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Archives 11-12-2003




Man escapes injuries in Tuesday semi wreck
School Board meets in regular session
Fire destroys mobile home in Hilham



Man escapes injuries in Tuesday semi wreck

photos by Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

A truck driver from Glasgow, KY, barely escaped injuries Tuesday morning, Nov. 11, when the tractor trailer he was driving overturned near Alvin Garrett Lane on Alpine Mountain in what is commonly referred to as "Dead Man's Curve".

Shannon Robinson was reportedly hauling a load of chicken feed for Shoemake and Soris Farms, Inc. when the crash occurred.

According to a witness, the only visible factor in the wreck was Robinson's failure to negotiate the curve.

Trooper Jimmy King investigated the wreck. Also responding to the scene were members of Overton County Sheriff's Department and Overton County Ambulance Service.


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School Board meets in regular session


Overton County School Board members met in regular session Tuesday, Nov. 4. Board member Joey Smith was absent.

With no executive action on the agenda, the board went straight into new business with the approval of quarterly reports for the period ending September 30, for the following: General Purpose School, Federal Projects, Central Cafeteria, Education Debt Service, and Education Capital Projects Funds.

Board members then approved the Special Education Carryover budget, along with budget amendment #1 for Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities for 2003-2004.

Student field trips approved during this session included the Livingston Academy senior class trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL, from April 24, 2004, to April 29, 2004, which will be during Education Week according to Director of Schools Bill Needham. An overnight trip for Livingston Academy FCCLA students to Cincinnati, OH, from Friday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Nov. 16 was approved, as was a trip for Livingston Academy honor students to go to Washington, D.C. in 2004 with no specific date set yet.

Also approved was a surplus equipment sale to be held Saturday, Nov. 22.

"We've got three or four buses and maybe another older vehicle and some other miscelleaneous equipment to sell," Needham said, "but not as much as we had the last time."

Final action in new business was the approval to issue a quitclaim deed to the trustees of Sulphur Community Church for property no longer used by the school system.

Needham said, "This is property that was used by the school system many, many years ago, but has been used by the community church for the past 30 years or so. It's deeded in the name of Overton County Schools.

"The church wants to improve the property, but you can't borrow money on property you don't own. We need to release any claim as far as school use of the property then the county commission will have the final vote on it.

"So, I guess, we're really asking you to authorize your chairman and myself to sign the quitclaim deed by this vote."

After concluding new business, Needham then issued the Director's Report, as follows: Hired Marcia Johnson for one-week extended contract at Allons. Hired the following teachers for two-weeks extended contract: Lynn Ashburn, Mark Lee, Samantha Stephens, June Puckett, Tina Green, Marsha Deck, Roger Smith, and Jean Jolley.

Hired the following teachers for a four-week extended contract: Valerie Maynord, Peggy Daniels, and Margaret Leach.

Hired Sarah Dingwall as a tutor for the 21st Century Community Learning Center at Livingston Middle School effective October 20.

Approved a leave of absence for Reba Phipps from October 21 through December 8.

Hired Marti Reed from October 21 until December 8 as a janitor at Rickman Elementary to temporarily replace Reba Phipps, who is on medical leave of absence.

Hired Cassandra Hunley as bus attendant on Waymon Baltimore's bus at a rate of $5.15 per hour, maximum of three hours per day. Salary to be paid with IDEA special education funds.

Hired Debra Fisher as certified substitute teacher and the following non-certified substitute teachers: Rita McDonald, Patsy Wilborn, Victoria Smith, Terry Lawson, Melissa Poore, Stephanie Johnson, Linda Watkins, Kim Matthews, David Burchfield, Jerry McDonald, Heather Clark, and Janie Thomas.

The meeting adjourned.


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Fire destroys mobile home in Hilham

OCN staff photo

Hilham Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a mobile home fire on Davis Road around 9:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7. The residence occupied by Teresa Stewart was fully engulfed. No one was home at the time of the fire, and Stewart was in the process of moving to a new residence, according to Dewain Winningham of Overton County Sheriff's Department.


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