Three escape injury in drive-time crash
School Board holds regular meeting
Vacationers injured on Dale Hollow
escape injury in drive-time crash
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
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Board holds regular meeting
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
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
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
Donna Reid was hired at Wilson Elementary as a guidance
Carolyn Burchfield was hired at Rickman Elementary
as a behavior management teacher.
Tamara Bibb was hired at Wilson Elementary as a special
Kim McDonald was hired as the librarian at A.H. Roberts
Candy Reeser was hired at A.H. Roberts as a special
Kerri Story was hired at Allons Elementary as a guidance
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
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
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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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
The girl was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital,
where she was then transported by helicopter to Erlanger Hospital
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
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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