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Archives 08-13-2003




Three escape injury in drive-time crash
School Board holds regular meeting
Vacationers injured on Dale Hollow



Three escape injury in drive-time crash

Carson Oliver/OCN

Three people, including a 4 year-old girl, were apparently uninjured in a two-vehicle collision on Thursday, Aug. 7. According to reports, Billy C. Tucker, 17, of Rickman, driving a black 1994 Ford Ranger, was attempting to turn from West Main Street onto the Livingston bypass around 7:22 a.m. and pulled into the path of a silver 2001 Chevrolet Impala driven by Amanda J. Owens, 26, of Alpine. According to the report of Patrolman Tracy Langford of Livingston Police Department, Tucker did not have the turning arrow on the traffic light, but the light was green for both northbound and southbound traffic. Tucker, Owens, and 4 year-old Madison Owens reported no injuries.


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School Board holds regular meeting


Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Aug. 5 with all members present.

As Director of Schools Bill Needham read over his director's report, it became clear that several people had been hired in preparation for the new school year, which began August 4.

Dale Flatt was hired at Wilson Elementary as a physical education teacher, as was Jami Cherry.

Tabitha Winningham and Melissa Robbins were hired at Livingston Middle School as educational assistants.

Vickie Eldridge was hired at Hilham Elementary as the school principal.

Kim Colson was hired at Wilson Elementary as a classroom teacher.

Donna Reid was hired at Wilson Elementary as a guidance counselor.

Carolyn Burchfield was hired at Rickman Elementary as a behavior management teacher.

Tamara Bibb was hired at Wilson Elementary as a special education teacher.

Kim McDonald was hired as the librarian at A.H. Roberts Elementary School.

Candy Reeser was hired at A.H. Roberts as a special education teacher.

Kerri Story was hired at Allons Elementary as a guidance counselor.

Grant Swallows was hired at Livingston Academy as a vocational communications instructor.

Melissa Savage was hired as a classroom teacher at Livingston Middle School.

Ricky Dodson was hired as a bus driver.

Judy Story and Pam Dunn were hired as certified substitute teachers.

Toni Marie Ferrell and Glenna Guffey were hired as non-certified substitute teachers.

Also in the director's report were a number of approved transfers and leaves of absence.

Dale Flatt was transferred from Wilson Elementary to Livingston Middle School.

Janie Dycus was transferred from A.H. Roberts to Livingston Middle School.

Amy Loftis was transferred from Allons to A.H. Roberts.

A one-year leave of absence was approved for Heather Melton for the 2003-2004 school year, as was also the case for Whitney Cobb and Mandy McCormick.

In executive action, several bids for the school nutrition program were approved.

Institutional Wholesale will be supplying schools with food and supplies, Lewis Bakery will be bringing the bread, Southern Belle Dairies will provide the milk, Purity Dairies will keep the ice cream stocked, and Universal Pest Control will keep kitchens county-wide free of any sort of life form other than human.

In new business, the Quarterly Report for General Purpose, Federal Projects, Central Cafeteria, Education Debt Service and Education Capital Project Funds for the period ending June 30, 2003 was approved.

The contract between Overton County Education Association and Overton County Board of Education was ratified to include negotiated changes.

Resignations of Richard Franklin, Tonia Little, and Margaret Swallows were accepted.

The resignation of Matthew Smith, effective July 14, 2003, was accepted.

Director of Schools Needham said of Smith, who was a principal for the Overton County School System, "For those who have not heard, he will be professor of education at Tennessee Tech. He'll do well there."

Chairman Jerry Glasscock said, "I think it's their gain and our loss."

The meeting adjourned.


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Vacationers injured on Dale Hollow

A 9 year-old girl was severely injured on Dale Hollow Lake Sunday, Aug. 10.

According to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), a personal watercraft operated by Richard Loeffer, 71, of Pennsylvania, was pulling a girl and a boy on an inner tube near Star Point in Pickett County around 12:30 p.m. As the watercraft attempted to make a turn in a narrow cove, the tube swung around and hit a bank.

Kinsley Ard, of West Virginia, struck a tree and sustained severe head injuries. The boy received apparently minor injuries.

The girl was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital, where she was then transported by helicopter to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

The incident is still under investigation by TWRA.

In another incident at Dale Hollow this past weekend, TWRA received a call at 10:26 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 of a boat needing assistance near Willow Grove Boat Dock.

According to TWRA officials, Chris Blassaras was piloting a 23-foot Model 234 Edge tunnel-hull speed boat, with Pamela Friend and John Thompson, all of Noblesville, IN, on board. The three were on vacation. The boat apparently took on water from a hole in the stern, which caused it to sink.

When TWRA officers arrived, the nose of the boat was sticking up out of the water, and the three vacationers were in the water. The two men and the woman were brought on board the TWRA boat to be taken to safety. No injuries were reported.

Another injury was reported on Saturday after a lightning strike.

According to TWRA, seven vacationers were swimming in Ashburn Creek around 6 p.m. when a storm approached. They boarded their ski boat and headed back to their rental houseboat to take shelter when lightning struck nearby. One of the passengers, a 47 year-old woman sitting in the front of the boat, sustained burns from the strike.

She was transported by helicopter from Byrdstown Medical Center to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. She has since been released from the hospital.


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