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Truck 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. 10.

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 late.

 

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School 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 said.

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 28, 2006.

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, 2006.

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 Shaw.

Hired Stacy Johnson and Della Eaves as substitute nurses.

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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LPD arrests 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.

 

Chase 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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