Overton County News Overton County News - An Award Winning Newspaper - Livingston, Tennessee
homeabout ussubscriptionskids cornerlocal linkscontact us
80 Years Ago

Archives 02-16-2005



Overton County Fair named best in State
Hilham Elementary recognized as Title I Distinguished School
Jury issues $600,000 fine In cocaine case



Overton County Fair named best in State

photo courtesy of Fair Board
Showing off the Best Fair trophy are members of the Overton County Fair delegation, seated, Jerri Cross and Tammy Tinch, standing from left, Gene Medley, Lynn King, John Ross Robbins, David Cross, Brian Tinch, Katrina Beechboard, David Robbins, Cindy Robbins, Tina Williams, Donita Moore, and Rob Medley.

By GENE MEDLEY, Extension Director
The Overton County Fair delegation attended the 83rd Annual Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention in Nashville on January 28-29.

This year's theme was "Mixing Agriculture & Family Fun".

Friday morning, Jan. 28 was the day for entries in the Fair Showcase. This event is where all the fairs show off their individual programs and fair publicity items. Overton County came away with four 1st places and one 2nd place. The 1st places were for Fair Publicity Poster, Scrapbook, Hat or Cap, and Envelope. The 2nd place was for Event Flyer.

Friday night was the Fairest of the Fair Contest, where Katrina Beechboard represented Overton County extremely well. Even though she did not place, the Overton County delegation was very proud of her and how she represented her fair at the convention.

The delegation was very excited after the day's wins, but they were still waiting for the big event on Saturday night, Jan. 29.

Overton County Fair President David Robbins has served on the State Fair Board for one year as 2nd vice-president. He was elected to move up to 1st vice-president. He will have a direct part in planning next year's event and all of the activities. He will serve as vice-president for the Middle Tennessee area.

After a long wait, the awards banquet finally came. The Overton County delegation of 19 sat around two banquet tables awaiting with anticipation of the word. The crowd went silent as Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture Joe Gaines read aloud the winning Class A Fair Champion.

To my left was Cindy Robbins, who about beat me to death after the announcement that the Champion Fair for 2004 was the Overton County Fair.

This was the second time in history that Overton County's fair has won this most prestigious award.

The Overton County Fair is set for July 25-30. Volunteers are needed to be a part of the State's Best Fair in Division A.


top of page


Hilham Elementary recognized as Title I Distinguished School

Three schools in Tennessee are being recognized this year as State Title I Distinguished Schools.

Hilham Elementary, Smyrna Primary School, and Andrew Jackson Elementary have all shown a dedication to offering an exceptional education to all of their students.

These awards, given by Tennessee Department of Education and the National Title I Directors Association, recognize commitment to ensuring effective instruction and challenging academic content for all students, with particular attention to economically deprived children.

The Title I Distinguished School awards are based on performance on Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program tests, Tennessee Value Added Assessment System data, as well as making adequate yearly progress as required by No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The awards honor schools receiving Title I federal funds under the NCLB law.

Even though 74% of the students at Hilham Elementary are economically disadvantaged, the children consistently succeed, surpassing academic expectations.

The faculty at Hilham Elementary School believes that all students can meet high expectations. This is taught on a daily basis through faculty and staff attitudes.

Students receive technologically advanced teaching methods and participate in a multitude of achievement-based learning programs.

Department of Education Commissioner Lana C. Seivers said, "These three schools have shown repeatedly that all students have the potential to succeed, regardless of economic status. The dedication of the teachers, parents, and communities of these schools will help all their students succeed to their fullest potential."

These distinguished schools will be honored at the Title I Conference this spring.

Title I Distinguished School Recognition Program information may be found online at www.state.tn.us/education/acctdistinguished.htm.


top of page


Jury issues $600,000 fine In cocaine case

By ROBERT FORSMAN, OCN court reporter
A defendant charged with sale, delivery, and possession of cocaine was fined $600,000 by an Overton County jury last week in Criminal Court, Judge Leon Burns presiding.

Randall S. Sparks, 25, was convicted of six charges involving sale and delivery of cocaine exceeding 1/2 gram and sale and delivery of less than 1/2 gram cocaine. The jury issued a $100,000 fine for each charge.

Livingston Police Chief Roger Phillips said this was the largest fine he knew of in Overton County history.

Sparks was arrested in January 2004 as part of an undercover sting operation by Livingston Police Department and the Drug Task Force.

An Overton County Grand Jury indicted Sparks on eight charges in June 2004. Two counts were severed as lesser and included charges.

Attorney John Meadows represented Sparks. Assistant District Attorney John Moore prosecuted the case.

The jury deliberated 11 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict.

Sparks is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Burns on April 19. He faces a possible 15-year prison sentence.


top of page


Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570
tel 931.823.6485
fax 931.823.6486

Printing Supplies Graphic Design Custom Printing Advertising