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Archives 2005


Stolen items, pup recovered by LPD
Fuel price forces fee for school trips
Rolley Hole Tournament set at Standing Stone



Stolen items, pup recovered by LPD

Livingston Police Chief Roger Phillips and LPD Detective Sergeant Bill Randolph show items recently recovered in an LPD investigation.

The Livingston Police Department Drug Investigation Unit followed up on leads involving recent burglaries. Sgt. Randolph recovered a Washburn guitar, reported stolen in a burglary at Aaron's Chapel Community Church in the Greenbriar community, and also recovered a TV/VCR/DVD combination unit reported stolen in a burglary at Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church in the Hardy's Chapel community.

A pit bull pup, reported stolen from a residence in the Okolona community, was recovered and returned to its owner.

Also recovered were a Minn Kota trolling motor, a Stihl chainsaw, and a shop vacuum, reported stolen from a Livingston residence under construction.

Investigations into the thefts are continuing, while other suspects are being identified. These cases are expected to be presented to the next session of Overton County Grand Jury.

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Fuel price forces fee for school trips

Increased fuel prices pushed the Overton County Board of Education to place a tariff on school groups' bus trips.

Effective October 1, all extracurricular bus trips will cost 25 cents per mile, along with paying the bus driver.

The action was taken during the Monday, Sept. 12 regular School Board meeting.

Board member David Langford asked, "How is our fuel bill running now?"

Director of Schools Bill Needham answered that at the amount used last year, the school system will be around $20,000 short.

Langford said, "I had a person ask me, and I told him I didn't know the answer to the question, what if we went to a four-day week?"

Director Needham said, "It would take special permission from the state to do that."

Noting that the school day is already longer than in the past because of stockpiling against snow days, Needham said, "You'd have a fairly lengthy day."

He went on to say, "I think that's something that if the situation gets critical, then we will look at it."

Needham and members of the Board were uncertain if a four-day week would be worth trying, when taking into consideration the extra costs involved in a longer day. The hardship on parents who would have to find sitters for one day each week and the detrimental effect on the students' education in a lengthened day also were mentioned as negative aspects of a four-day school week.

Livingston Academy's attendance policy was approved as previously presented.

Michelle Williams was elected as chairman of the School Board, and Tonia Sells was elected vice chairman.

Melody Williams was elected to serve as a TLN representative for the 2005-2006 school year.

The Board voted to make Noah Hinson the lead mechanic at the school bus garage, and increase his salary by $2,000.

The Board voted to increase support staff salaries by 35 cents per hour.

Livingston Academy Science Club was approved to take a trip to the Knoxville Zoo on September 22, and an overnight trip to Chattanooga on November 10-11 was also approved.

The low bid of $21,542 from School Specialties was approved for three Pre-K packages and installation.

Before the vote, Board member Melody Williams asked, "What's involved in these classroom packages?"

Director Needham said it included furniture and supplies.

"The funds are in the grants this year to do a lot of that," he said. "Probably, if those same grants are funded next year, we won't get that additional. Any new ones probably would."

The low bid of $4,500 was approved for the 2005-2006 School Activity and Central Cafeteria Fund audit from Hugh W. Smith Sr. C.P.A.

Director Needham issued the Director's Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

Medical leave was granted to Patricia Reagan from October 17 through October 28.

Monica Kemp was hired as a temporary educational assistant at A.H. Roberts Elementary School to fill in for Donna Elder, who is currently working as the bookkeeper for Teresa Sells during her medical leave.

Teachers hired for the Hilham Elementary after-school program are Nick Denby, Brenda Denby, Cathy Parsons, Sherry Hall, Louise Smith, Tammy Dailey, Kathy Sells, Deborah Fisher, Mechelle Nivens, Garry Boles, Jessica Bilbrey, and Edie Williams.

Samantha Williams, Kylar Winningham, and Meagan Trevathan were hired as peer tutors for Hilham Elementary's after-school program, and Brittany Lee and Lisa Webb were hired as substitutes.

Kimberly Dillon, Debra Loftis, and Annette Poston were hired as non-certified substitute teachers.

Gene Medley was hired as a substitute bus driver, effective September 1.

The meeting adjourned.

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Rolley Hole Tournament set at Standing Stone

The annual National Rolley Hole Championship Marble Tournament at Standing Stone State Park is set for Saturday, Sept. 17.

The rolley hole championship will kick off activities at 8 a.m. and continue through 9 p.m.

The Tennessee Square tournament will begin at 10 a.m. with the Ringer marbles tournament to start at 1 p.m. and the British marbles tournament scheduled for 5 p.m.

Throughout the day, spectators can watch demonstrations of clay, flint, and glass marble-making. They will also have the chance to make their own marbles.

Games for all ages will be featured throughout the day, along with marble shooting lessons. Marble hunts, similar to an Easter egg hunt, will be held at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Visitors can also enjoy live bluegrass music by Blue Shadow and Cumberland Heart, who will be playing from noon to 4 p.m.

Barbecue and other concessions will be available.

Admission to the National Rolley Hole Championship is free.

For more information call (931) 823-6347.

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