Woman suffers severe burns in home
Hilham woman dies in Hwy. 135 auto crash
Bill Needham given 2-year contract
Hilham man dies in Lebanon work accident
suffers severe burns in home fire
A Rickman woman suffered severe burns in a fire at
her home Sunday, March 9.
According to reports, Angela Norrod Walker, 31, suffered
burns over approximately 80 percent of her body after a fire started
in the kitchen of her mobile home around 1 p.m. Sunday. She was
the only person in the Rickman Road residence at the time of the
Walker was transported by helicopter to the Vanderbilt
Hospital burn unit, where she is listed in critical condition.
Rickman Volunteer Fire Department responded to the
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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woman dies in Hwy 136 auto crash
A Hilham woman died in a one-vehicle crash on Highway
136 early Saturday morning, March 8.
According to reports, Audrey Sue Jones, 23, was driving
a 2001 Dodge Dakota north on Highway 136, just north of Whittaker
Springs in Putnam County, around 1:30 a.m. when she lost control
of the truck. The truck turned left off the road, where it struck
a tree head on.
She was pronounced dead at Cookeville Regional Medical
Her husband, James Lynn Jones, was a passenger in
the truck. He was transported by helicopter to Vanderbilt Hospital.
Lt. Jimmy Beaty and Trooper Stanley Roberts investigated
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Needham given 2-year contract
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
Director of Schools Bill Needham was given a two-year
contract extension by Overton County Board of Education during the
monthly meeting Tuesday, March 4.
Modifications to the 2002-2003 school calendar were
Director Needham said, "The Calendar Committee
met a few days ago and they looked over the results of polling they
had done at individual schools. They came up with a recommendation
on ways to compensate for the extra days missed that weren't already
built into our stockpile days.
"The most we've missed in any year recently
is seven days," Needham went on to say, "and this year,
we've missed a total of 16. Ten of those were stockpiled snow days,
and we have one staff development day that can be converted to a
snow day, so that gives us 11 days with 5 more to make up.
"The consensus of the pole was about three to
one on the vote to use the first week of spring break and then use
that one day, and that would put us up to date where we are. If
it goes beyond that, we'll take a look at Memorial Day and Good
Friday. They're the other two days we have within the framework
of our calendar."
Chairman of the Board Jerry Glasscock said, "If
any parents have made plans or reservations or are going to suffer
any sort of financial loss, go ahead with their plans and get with
the teachers in each school."
He went on to say that the kids would have an opportunity
to make up the missed work if they should have to miss school due
to plans already made.
A board member said, "I've had several people
ask me if they'd be counted absent if they'd done made plans."
Needham answered, "As far as absences, if it's
a day of school and they're not present, they must be counted absent
under attendance laws.
"I think the main concern is with the work missed,Ó
he said. "So, individual teachers can allow them to make up
that work as long as they have a legitimate excuse. It has to be
an excused absence."
With all concerns out of the way on that issue, the
board approved the 2003-2004 school calendar.
Director Needham said, "July 31 would be the
first abbreviated day, and that would be registration day for students.
August 4, then, would be the first full day for students.
"You still have your two-week break in the fall
and two-week break in the spring. "There are 12 days scheduled
as stockpile days or snow days.
There is one that's scheduled for May 28 as a stockpiled
staff development day. By that being at the end of the year, should
we miss more than the 12 days for snow, we could convert that one
back in also.
"The last day of school, which would be abbreviated
day number three, would be May 29."
The Board discussed what should be done in planning
for missed days outside the range of the stockpiled days.
Inquired one board member, "If we do exceed
(the stockpiled days), can we go ahead now and say that we'll go
ahead and take the first week of spring break or the second week
or whatever? That way we'd know ahead of time."
Needham explained that the Board could make a recommendation
to the calendar committee.
The Board approved the calendar with the understanding
that the scheduled make-up for snow days would be brought up before
the calendar committee later on. "You can approve this calendar
now, and then next meeting or anytime make that modification,"
The board approved an application for a special education
grant to fund social skill and behavior classes for secondary students.
The Board approved each school applying for educational technology
grants for the 2002-2003 school year.
A trip to Gatlinburg March 6-8 was approved for LA
Interact students to attend the state Interact convention, funded
by the Livingston Rotary Club.
A trip to Cherokee, NC, on May 22-23 for the 7th grade
class at Livingston Middle School was approved.
Payment for educational assistants to take the paraprofessional
assessment was approved. The assessment is directed by the No Child
Left Behind Act, which states, "all paraprofessionals hired
after January 8, 2002, must have (1) compiled two years of study
in an institution of higher education, (2) obtained an associate's
(or higher) degree, or (3) met a rigorous standard of quality and
be able to demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic
assessment, knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing
reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, reading readiness,
writing readiness, and mathematics readiness)." Cost of each
assessment is $40. The Board accepted the resignation of Jennifer
Harris, educational assistant at Wilson Elementary School, effective
February 17. Amendment #2 General Purpose School Budget 2002-2003
was approved. Local Amendment #II Title I, 2002-2003, State Amendment
#1 was also approved.
An overnight trip was approved in executive action
for the Allons basketball teams and cheerleaders to go to the TNT
State Tournament in Springfield on February 14. An overnight trip
for both Rickman basketball teams and for the Allons boys basketball
team to go to the TNT State Tournament in Springfield on February
21 was also approved.
Also approved in executive action were the low bids
for communications equipment from Wireless Solutions as follows:
11 Motorola M1225 radios at $419 each, 2 wiring harnesses with bracket
for $27.70 each, 7 power cord/power supplies at $127.08 each, 7
Yagi antennas at $109 each, 3 one-quarter wave antennas at $17.23
each, 7 mounting brackets for M1225 at $10 each, 150 ft. one-quarter
super flex coax cable at $2.25 per foot, 14 connectors for M1225
at $43.33 each, 3 installations on busses at $100 each, 7 installations
at schools at $185.72 each, and 1 percent shipping at an estimated
The bid for drain enzyme from Chemsearch was approved
at $27.75 per gallon.
Director Needham issued the Director's Report to the
School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:
Approved intermittent medical leave for Lesia Franklin
beginning February 3 until July 30. Approved medical leave for Nancy
Eldridge, beginning April 21 and continuing through the end of the
Transferred Melinda Beaty to CLUE, effective February
Transferred Robert Jolley to Livingston Academy,
effective February 17.
Transferred Randal Dial to be principal at Livingston
Middle School, effective February 14.
Transferred Richard Evans to be director of Adult
Education, effective February 14.
Approved maternity leave for Melissa Palk, beginning
March 31 and continuing until May 23.
Hired Tabitha Ann Winningham to fill the vacancy of
Margaret Collins as educational assistant for the remainder of the
school year, beginning February 24.
The meeting adjourned.
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man dies in Lebanon work accident
A Hilham man died as a result of an accident late Friday afternoon,
March 7, after a car he was working on fell on him.
Allen Poston, 35, of Hilham, suffered major trauma
to the chest, according to Wilson County Emergency Management Agency
Captain Joey Cooper.
Cooper said by-standers started giving Poston CPR
while they waited for emergency workers to arrive. Paramedics reportedly
were able to get a pulse as they arrived at University Medical Center.
He was taken by LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The location of the accident was described as an old
building on Sparta Pike and Eastover Road. Cooper said it was not
a place of business, just a location where people worked on cars.
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