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Three days of incessant rain leaves flooding in its wake
Livingston man dies in auto crash on I-40
LMS principal, vice principal reassigned


Three days of incessant rain leaves flooding in its wake

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Intrepid motorists drive through a water-covered Highway 52 just outside of Livingston on Sunday afernoon. The flooding over the weekend forced those with not so seaworthy vehicles to detour on Fredonia Road or Dogwalk Road to get to and from their residences in Oak Grove, Alpine, and beyond.

Rain began early Friday morning and did not cease until late Sunday night, when it turned to a smattering of snow flurries and freezing rain. The rains left homes flooded and roads submerged throughout Overton County and much of Middle Tennessee. The subsequent freezing temperatures iced over roads, causing more hazardous road conditions.


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Livingston man dies in auto crash on I-40

A Livingston man died in a car crash on I-40 Wednesday, Feb. 12.

According to reports, Jonathan Breeding, 20, of Livingston, was driving a 1985 Toyota Corolla west on I-40 around 6:50 a.m. when the car ran off the left side of the road near the Gordonsville exit. The car was apparently overcorrected and came back across the road and hit a rock wall. The car rolled over several times before coming to rest upside down on the highway.

Breeding was not wearing a seatbelt, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report, but the reporting officer noted that it would not have made a difference. High speed was listed as a factor in the fatal crash.

Breeding was headed to work at Performance Fast Food Group in Lebanon, according to reports. Relatives told authorities he was running late for work and missed his ride in Cookeville.

He was the son of Lonnie Joe and Janie Sue Breeding.

Trooper Monte Terry of Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the incident, with assistance from THP Lt. Vic Donoho.



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LMS principal, vice principal reassigned

Livingston Middle School Principal Melinda Beaty and LMS Vice Principal Robert Jolley have been reassigned.

Acting on the advice of legal counsel, Director of Schools Bill Needham made the moves Thursday, Feb. 13.

Melinda Beaty has been transferred to CLUE, the school systemÕs alternative school. Robert Jolley has been transferred to Livingston Academy.

Randall Dial, who was director of the Adult Education curriculum, was named as principal at LMS.

JTPA Coordinator Richard Evans will be assuming the director position in Adult Education.

The reassignments follow a parental outcry concerning security cameras in an area of Livingston Middle School where a portion of the locker rooms were in view.

All schools in the Overton County system have security cameras, 16 per school. Cameras around locker room areas are usually placed on the exterior of the outside entrance/exit door. But at Livingston Middle School, cameras for the locker room doorway were installed inside instead of outside.

The cameras were brought into question after girls on a visiting basketball team noticed them on January 9.

Authorities were notified, and the cameras were taken down the following day.

Overton County Board of Education hired an outside agency to investigate the situation, independent of the law enforcement investigation.







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