Smoke spotted at Pamida Tuesday
Locker room cameras cause $4 million suit
School Board holds regular meeting
spotted at Pamida Tuesday
Katie Linder/OCN staff
Visible smoke was reported at Pamida department store around 8:15
a.m. Tuesday, July 8. Livingston Police and Fire departments were
dispatched to the West Main Street location to check out the potential
fire. At last report, the smoke was thought to be caused by a faulty
air conditioning unit at the store, and no flames had been spotted.
Above, Officer Ray Smith, left, and Assistant Fire Chief Rocky Dial
evaluate the situation. Firemen remained at the scene until they
felt sure the building was safe and unlikely to catch on fire.
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annexation area receives final approval
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
The Carr subdivision area will be absorbed into the
town of Livingston within 60 days.
Final approval came upon the second reading of Ordinance
2003-6-1 during the regular monthly meeting of the Livingston City
Council on Monday night, July 7. Alderman Thurman Langford was absent.
The action takes effect 60 days from the approval
of the second reading.
The City Council narrowly approved the first reading
of Ordinance 2003-7-2 to annex an area on the east end of Livingston
along State Route 294 and Highway 52. Aldermen James "Pug"
Lee and Curtis Hayes voted against the annexation.
When the matter was brought up for consideration,
Alderman Lee said, "I am against it, and I'm going to be against
it five years from now, because I've not saw anybody that wanted
it. Everybody I've talked to is against it."
Vice Mayor Bill Winningham answered, "Talk to
people in the city that are footing the bill for all of this stuff
After motions were made to approve the annexation,
Alderman Robert Jolley said, "I can understand Pug being against
it, but I don't know why the people don't want to be in the city."
Jolley went on to emphasize that the annexation is
not about tax dollars, but about bringing more population into the
Alderman Johnny Halfacre brought up more about the
ability of Livingston to grow. "One thing about this property,
too, if you look around the city, we don't have any place to build
a new subdivision. You've got to have more property to build more
A resolution outlining the plan of services for that
area was adopted, with Alderman Lee voting against the measure.
The Council approved a franchise agreement with Comcast
Cable, with Alderman Curtis Hayes voting no. The 15-year contract
calls for a 5 percent franchise fee to be remitted to the city,
a move up 3 percent from the previous 40-year franchise agreement
made in 1963.
In making the dissenting vote, Alderman Hayes said,
"I'm for Comcast for the contract, but not the 5 percent."
First reading of Ordinance 2003-7-1 was approved concerning
the Occupational Safety & Health Program.
Alderman Lee made a motion to stop allowing city vehicles
to be used after work hours, except for those assigned to supervisors.
Alderman Hayes seconded the motion. The motion failed to receive
approval, but Alderman Jolley passed on the vote and asked that
the matter be looked into further.
The meeting adjourned.
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Board holds regular meeting
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
Overton County Board of Education held its regular
monthly meeting Tuesday, July 1.
Business was temporarily suspended just after the
meeting was called to order so a group of students could be recognized
for winning the Overton County "Laws of Life" essay contest,
which was a part of the school system's character education program.
One winning essay was picked for each grade from 5 to 12.
After the winners were recognized, business resumed.
Among the executive actions was the approval of bids
for school buses from Blue Bird of Tennessee.
The bid priced special education buses at $48,500
each, 54-passenger buses at $55,379 each, 72 passenger buses at
$54,770, and 78 passenger buses at $57,154 each.
A question was raised by one board member about the
54 passenger bus, and whether or not there was a need for the smaller
Director of Schools Bill Needham said, "We'd
use that where there's mountainous areas, where it's really hard
for them to get in."
In other executive action, the low bid for Promethian
ACTIVboards, slates, and stands was aproved at $2,689 each from
Apple Computer, Inc. The bid was previously awarded in error to
Nashville Media Services, whose bid was $2,695.
The low bid for copy paper from American Paper and
Twine Company was approved at $18.90 per case.
The low bid for Mita 3060 toner from G.M. Supplies
was approved at $41 per carton.
The low bid for Mita KM3530 toner from N&L Business
Systems was approved at $100.17 per carton.
A trip for Project SEEK Summer Enrichment students
to Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg on June 12, was approved, as
was a trip for Livingston Academy to the same place on June 18.
In new business, both the resignation of Cindy Robbins
(effective June 3,) and the retirement of Judith Story (effective
June 1,) were approved.
Also in new business, the 2003/2004 General Purpose
School Fund Budget, the 2003/2004 Education Debt Service Fund Budget,
and the 2003/2004 Central Cafeteria Fund Budget were all approved.
Silver Grant 2003-04 in the amount of $13029 (Special
Education Federal Budget) was approved.
The Comprehensive Plan for Providing Special Education
Services was approved for the 2003/2004 school year.
Amendment #2 to IDEA was approved.
Local Amendment #20 was approved to Title II, Part
Local Amendment #21 was approved to Class Size Reduction
In the Director's Report, a host of substitute and
non-tenure teachers were hired and placed.
Marlene Harris was hired at Livingston Academy as
an educational assistant for ISS and alternative school.
Nathaniel Kennard was hired as boys basketball coach
at Hilham for the 2003/2004 school year.
Johnathan Maynard and Casey Coleman were hired to
clean books and shelves in the Livingston Academy library.
Summer Walker and Katrina Swallows were hired as
educational assistants for Wilson Elementary.
Paula Walker was hired for the summer school tutoring
program at Wilson Elementary.
Hired as non-certified substitute teachers were Mechelle
Bowman, Tonya Ferrell, and Ashley Bowers.
Shannon Pirtle was hired as elementary band instructor
for the 2003-2004 school year.
Kirby and Dean Boles were hired as part-time custodians
during July at Adult Education.
Christie Neely was hired for 80 hours to assist with
new textbook processing procedures.
Barbara Winningham was transferred from A.H. Roberts
to Livingston Academy for the 2003-2004 school year.
Maternity leave was approved for Christy Qualls from
August 19 to November 25.
A one-year leave of absence was approved for Traci
Smith for the 2003-2004 school year.
The meeting adjourned.
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