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