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Archives 03-12-2003






Woman suffers severe burns in home fire
Hilham woman dies in Hwy. 135 auto crash
Bill Needham given 2-year contract
Hilham man dies in Lebanon work accident


Woman 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 fire.

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 fire call.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Hilham 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 Center.

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 the incident.

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Bill Needham given 2-year contract


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 approved.

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, 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," Needham said.

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 $90 total.

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 school year.

Transferred Melinda Beaty to CLUE, effective February 17.

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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Hilham 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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