runs into bus, minor injuries reported
School Board rejects mowing by prisoners
LPD arrests two in morphine investigation
Chase ends in Hanging Limb area
Truck runs into bus, minor injuries reported
photos by Carson Oliver/OCN
Only minor injuries were reported after a truck slammed
into an Overton County Schools bus around 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan.
According to reports, the school bus, driven by Bennie
J. Sells, 57, of Livingston, had pulled from Spicer Road onto Highway
111 and was headed northbound when it was struck in the rear by
a white 1999 Dodge pickup driven by Wade O. Paul, 30, of Rickman.
None of the 21 children onboard were seriously injured.
Paul sustained minor injuries, as did some of the children.
Paul was issued a citation for following too close.
Buses ran an hour late that morning for all Overton
County schools except Wilson Elementary School, which ran two hours
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Board rejects mowing by prisoners
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting
Tuesday, Jan. 9, with all members present. The meeting had been
moved from the usual first Tuesday of the month.
The School Board turned down the offer by Overton
County Sheriff's Department for inmates of Overton County Jail to
do the mowing on school property.
When the offer was brought up in the meeting, Director
of Schools Mike Gilpatrick said, "That is something (County
Mayor) Kenneth Copeland and I have talked about, among other things,
but we have not had a chance in a work session to discuss this,
which I mentioned at the County Court meeting last night. And I
think you'all and I have probably gotten a barrage of calls and
visits concerning this.
"And as I stated last night, our concern, first
and foremost, is safe and secure schools, and leaving no element
of doubt to our schools and parents as to the safety of those children
on that school property."
Board member Sam Pendergrass asked, "The way
I understand this, this is not going to save the School Board any
money at all as far as this year and next year?"
Director Gilpatrick answered that the School Board
would still be obligated in the agreement to budget the same amount
of money for the next two years to go toward the mowing.
"Any savings that we might realize would be down
the road, three or four years from now," Director Gilpatrick
He went on to say, "Of course, we're always open
to ideas to save the Board and the county money. But, no, as of
the next two years, it wouldn't save the Board any money. We'd have
to pay the same amount of money for mowing."
Board member Mark Peek said, "If there's ever
an inkling of a doubt that something might happen to a child in
our school system and it happens while we're Board members, if there's
an inkling, then we would be responsible. It's not that we don't
want to save the county money, because that's important, but the
kids are number one, and that's what we've got to look out for."
He continued, "That's what the parents who have
contacted me have been concerned about is there might be that slim
chance. Well, it just takes one time.
Director Gilpatrick later added, "We do appreciate
the offer from the Sheriff's Office."
The Board approved the resignation of Rhonda Mainord
as Overton County Schools nurse, effective immediately.
Director Gilpatrick said, "Rhonda has served
as the school nurse for a number of years and has done quite a good
job for us."
The resignation of Rachel R. Smith, teacher of chemistry
and physics at Livingston Academy, was approved, effective December
Director Gilpatrick said Smith wanted to spend more
time with her family.
The Board approved the resignation of Shirley Smith
from the Allons Elementary lunchroom, effective December 17, 2006.
Board member Dolphus Dial said, "Shirley's been good for Allons
School. She's done a real good job up there. We'll really miss her."
The Board also approved the resignation of Lisa Ramsey
as basketball coach at Allons Elementary, effective December 1,
Director Gilpatrick said she recently had surgery
and needed to get away from coaching awhile.
Director Gilpatrick issued the Director's Report to
the School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:
Hired Tammy Castle as the school system's licensed
practical nurse, effective January 3, as recommended by Sheila Pemberton.
Hired the following for the L.E.A.P. after-school
program at Allons Elementary School as recommended: Gail Martin
Camp, Pam Smith, Dusty Watts, Jenny Geesling, Wayne Sells, Gail
Liebreich, Lesa Langford, and Valerie Thomas.
Hired Kimberly Hibbs Thorpe for the chemistry-physics
position at Livingston Academy, effective January 3, as recommended
by Gary Ledbetter.
Hired Tammy Ledbetter as a cook for Allons Elementary,
effective January 3, as recommended by Melissa Savage.
Hired Shawn Gray as Allons boys basketball coach,
effective December 1, 2006, as recommended by Melissa Savage.
Hired Tim Copeland for 2 weeks extended contract for
remedial programs based on student need for grades 9-12 at Livingston
Academy, effective December 5, 2006.
Hired Grant Swallows as head football coach at Livingston
Academy, effective December 12, 2006, as recommended by Gary Ledbetter.
Hired Hunter Sells as bus attendant, effective November
1, 2006, as recommended by Sheila Pemberton.
Hired Lynette Rice to teach English at Livingston
Academy during Misty Strong's maternity leave, effective November
8, 2006, as recommended by Gary Ledbetter.
Hired the following non-certified substitute teachers:
Michael Baker, Christy Buck, Jessica Lee, Nicole Thomas, and Stacy
Hired Stacy Johnson and Della Eaves as substitute
Granted medical leave of absence for Carolyn Vaughn
from November 27, 2006, through December 16, 2006.
Granted medical leave of absence for Jennifer Dillon
from December 4, 2006, through December 15, 2006.
Granted medical leave of absence for Tim Breeding
from December 18, 2006, through January 29, 2007.
Granted medical leave of absence for Dale King from
January 3 through January 21 for security guard, and from January
3 through February 4 for bus driving.
Granted medical leave of absence for Lisa Ramsey from
January 3 through January 29.
Granted leave of absence for Terry Webb, effective
January 3 through December 31. He has taken a position with Tennessee
Department of Education's vocational/career technical education
program, according to Director Gilpatrick.
The meeting adjourned.
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two in morphine investigation
Two Livingston residents have been arrested in an
investigation involving morphine
After an investigation, Livingston Police arrested
Janis Bilbrey, 46, of Oakley Drive, on charges in connection with
possessing a Schedule 2 narcotic (morphine) with intent to sell
or deliver to others.
Police allege that others had in their possession
morphine drugs to pay for items that were going to be side scanned
and not paid for at a local store.
Timothy A. Cope, 19, of North Goodpasture Street,
has been charged with theft of property under $500 and facilitation
with intent to possess Schedule 2 narcotic (morphine).
Livingston Police reportedly seized a 2000 Ford Taurus
in the case.
Both Cope and Bilbrey were awaiting arraignment before
General Sessions Judge John Officer.
ends in Hanging Limb area
By DALE WELCH, Hilltop Express with permission
A Crossville man faces several charges after he led law officers
on a chase through three counties before it ended in the Obey River
near Hanging Limb.
Bobby Eugene Harville, 43, of Sandy Creek Road, Crossville,
formerly of Monterey, was charged with driving on a suspended driver
license, reckless driving, evading arrest (motor vehicle), failure
to yield to blue lights, habitual motor vehicle offender, violation
of the registration law, violation of the seat belt law, and having
no vehicle insurance.
Morgan County Deputy Rick Hamby initiated a stop in
Morgan County on a gray Ford Mercury with two occupants, because
he alleged the tags on the vehicle were expired. When he checked
the tag, it came back, he said, as belonging on another vehicle.
According to Deputy Hamby, he pursued the vehicle
into Fentress County, down Campground Road, and onto the Muddy Pond
Road in Overton County before the vehicle crashed into the Obey
River near Highway 164.
Harville was apprehended by Deputy Hamby in the river,
but another as yet unidentified occupant escaped down the river.
Because the deputy was unfamiliar with roads two counties
over, about 8 minutes elapsed before other responding agencies,
including Overton, Putnam, and Fentress sheriff's departments, Monterey
Police Department, and even, the deputy said, a Children's Service
worker, arrived on the scene to help.
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