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Rescue teams search lake after Thursday boat crash
Nursing home settles on new insurance
Bluegrass Festival

 

 

Rescue teams search lake after Thursday boat crash

 

Darren Oliver/OCN staff

Clay County Rescue Squad members search for any sign of a Missouri man believed to have been piloting a ski boat that crashed on Dale Hollow Lake last week.

According to Clay County Rescue Squad Captain Butch Burnette, an 18-foot inboard-outboard ski boat hit a bluff near Cedar Hill around 1 p.m. Thursday, July 17, demolishing the boat. Witnesses could not distinguish whether or not a person was in the boat, but stated that "something" flew out.

Divers were in the water searching about five minutes after the collision, but did not find a body. Underwater cameras were also used, but also revealed nothing in the 130 feet of water. The boat was transported to Clay County Jail for further investigation.

The boat was reportedly borrowed from a local resident in Clay County by Robert Clair York, 59, of St. Louis, who was vacationing with relatives in Celina. He has not been seen since Thursday.

Deep water divers are expected to join the search this weekend.

 

 

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Nursing home settles on new insurance

By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff

"Fellas, we've got to do something," Board member Frank Martin said to other members of Overton County Nursing Home Board of Directors.

The Board had to settle on a new insurance policy at the meeting held Wednesday, July 16.

Phrases like "we're down to the wire" and "we need to make a decision" were oft heard at the table.

A possible problem with the insurance bid approved at a previous called meeting caused the Board to take another look at the bids.

The Commercial Insurance Agency emerged the favorite, though there were still disagreements on how to go about the switch from the Swallows Agency's coverage to the new policy.

After much debate on coverage amounts, lump sum payments, and finances, Gary Hollars made a motion to accept Commercial Insurance Agency's bid for coverage for the upcoming year.

The room fell silent.

"I guess that motion failed," Chairman Grant Pennington said.

But Pennington spoke too soon, because after a little more debate and discussion, board member Frank Martin seconded the motion.

The motion was approved, with all members voting for it.

It was then brought to the attention of the Board that an independent appraiser needs to be hired to appraise the facility for the new insurance agency.

At around $3,000, the idea of hiring an appraiser with the already stretched funds of the nursing home was not a favorite amongst the members of the Board.

Nursing Home Administrator Tammy Norris said, "If it'll lower coverage costs, it'll save money in the end."

The Board agreed to advertise for an appraiser in order to find the cheapest they can.

In other business, the Board accepted the bid on copy machines from N&L Business Systems. The bid was for a 60-month lease on copy machines with a service contract to cover parts and labor in the event the machines need repairs.

Concerns were raised about the need for approval of a budget for the nursing home, but it was agreed upon by the board that the budget could not be set at this time. The Board will not know how much funding per diem it will be receiving next year until September, according to Chairman Pennington, which, along with the insurance concerns, would make setting up a budget next to impossible.

The nursing home administrator's contract was renewed at the same rate as last year, with no increase in pay.

Discussion then turned back to insurance talks. A motion was made that next year the Board should bid on insurance for a two-year period.

Pennington then remarked that the issue of insurance was mentioned in March and April, though very little was done about it until the last minute.

The motion to bid insurance for two years at a time beginning next year passed, all for. The Board expressed concerns about resident-to-worker ratio. Due to the level of funding per diem, the nursing home will not be able to continue operating with the current number of staff unless more residents come in.

The Board decided to look into trying to increase the number of residents in the nursing home by calling nearby nursing home facilities to see if they need space, and by concentrating on the needs of Overton County's elderly.

The next meeting of the Nursing Home Board was set for Monday, August 11 at 5 p.m.

The meeting adjourned.

 

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Bluegrass Festival

Kevin Burmeister/OCN staff

Hundreds gathered for bluegrass music and old fashioned fun at the annual Overton County Bluegrass Festival, held last week on the Livingston square. Among the throng of bluegrass lovers attending were, from left, Otis Fred Johnson, Linda Ledbetter, and Nell Langford, who formed a three-piece outfit just outside the courthouse.

 

Overton County Bluegrass pageant held Thursday, July 17

Kevin Burmeister/OCN staff
Overton County Bluegrass Queen 2002, Sarah Farris, far left, congratulates Overton County Bluegrass Queen 2003, Nikita Beaty, center left, Christen Cates, first runner-up, center, Amber Upchurch, second runner-up, center right, and Jordan Lynn Upchurch, Miss Photogenic, far right.

Kevin Burmeister/OCN staff
Winners in the Junior Princess Bluegrass pageant held at Livingston Academy Thursday, July 17 are, 2003 Junior Princess, Kelly Leigh Johnson, far left, Tristan Robbins, first runner up, center left, Carissa Hargis, center right, and Latasha Nashall Hooten, far right, tied for second runner-up.

Kevin Burmeister/OCN staff
Winners in the Junior Miss Bluegrass pageant held at Livingston Academy Thursday, July 17 are, 2003 Junior Miss, Caitlin Coleman, far left, Megan Breanna Henson, first runner up, center left, Heidi Vaughn, second runner-up, center right, and Devin Leigh Thompson, far right, Miss Photogenic.

Kevin Burmeister/OCN staff
Winners in the Boy Tiny Tot Bluegrass pageant held at Livingston Academy Thursday, July 17 are, 2003 Boy Tiny Tot, Jacob Gray, far left, Allen Langford Scott, first runner up, center left, Andrew Fowler and Kyle Scott, tied for second runner-up, and James Austin Cecil III, far right, Mr. Photogenic.

Kevin Burmeister/OCN staff
Winners in the Boy Toddler Bluegrass pageant held at Livingston Academy Thursday, July 17 are, 2003 Boy Toddler, Elijah Zane Sircy, far left, Daven Campbell, first runner up, center left, Cannon Brock Smith, second runner-up, center right, and Connor Wade Smith, Mr. Photogenic, far right.

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Winners in the Little Miss Bluegrass pageant held at Livingston Academy Thursday, July 17 are, 2003 Little Miss, McKenzie Poston, far left, Keistan Nicole Dalton, first runner up, center left, Laiton Lane Pigg, second runner-up, center right, and Chelsae Tenille Smith, Miss Photogenic, far right.

Kevin Burmeister/OCN staff
Winners in the Girl Tiny Tot Bluegrass pageant held at Livingston Academy Thursday, July 17 are, 2003 Girl Tiny Tot, Kaleigh Dannette Petty, far left, Makinsey Faith Perdue, first runner up, center left, Keilee LouAnn Dalton, second runner-up, center right, and Kira Larve, Miss Photogenic, far right.

Kevin Burmeister/OCN staff
Winners in the Girl Toddler Bluegrass pageant held at Livingston Academy Thursday, July 17 are, 2003 Girl Toddler, Kassidy Mashay Roberts, far left, Cassidy Holt, first runner up, center left, Amy Lynn Rogers, second runner-up, center right, and Lee Ann Eldridge, Miss Photogenic, far right.

Kevin Burmeister/OCN staff
2003 Baby Girl Bluegrass was awarded to Jayleigh Faye Harris. Not pictured was Robyn Taylor Mabrey, first runner-up.

 

 

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