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Family escapes injury in Hwy 111 car fire
Tim Coffee named School Board chairman

Library closed for move to new location

 

Family escapes injury in Hwy 111 car fire

Carson Oliver/OCN
Jackson County resident Scott Murphy and his wife Bertha were travelling north on Highway 111 at approximately 2:10 p.m. Monday, March 19, when their 1996 Pontiac Grand Am started making a funny noise, then made a popping sound. Murphy stopped the car on the shoulder of the road near Ragland & Riley Veterinary Clinic. The Murphys evacuated their children, ages 3, 6, and 8, from the vehicle, which had caught on fire. Rickman Fire Department was called, but their emergency vehicle reportedly was experiencing mechanical difficulties. Livingston Fire Department arrived on the scene to put out the fire. The car was destroyed.

 

 

 

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Tim Coffee named School Board chairman

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Overton County Board of Education held a called meeting Thursday, March 15, with all members present.

The School Board unanimously elected Tim Coffee back to the position of chairman.

Coffee apologized for his sudden resignation in the March 6 meeting, and said, "I think I made a rash, too quick, decision on something I should have sit back and thought about.

"I had a lot of different options other than doing what I did the other night, and I've regretted it every minute that I did do it.

"I thank all of you for putting your trust back into me, and I will try to lead this board and go forward."

The School Board transferred an outdated bus to Livingston Fire Department for use as emergency transportation. The bus will revert back to the Overton County School System if it ceases to be used for emergency transportation.

Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick said, "This is in light of the safety issues and so on of Wolf Creek Dam, transporting people from there, or any adjoining county, whatever emergency transportation."

Coffee, who is employed with the Town of Livingston, said a plan is in place in which city volunteers will vacate the nursing home in Celina should the dam fail. The Celina nursing home currently has bout 61 patients. The original plan called for two Overton County ambulances to try to do the evacuation.

"We thought of an idea, if they had an old bus we could fix up, we could bring all those patients out at one time," Coffee said.

He said the bus use would not be limited to that particular scenario.

"And they will be used if there's a tornado or anything where we need to move elderly, or anybody, in mass numbers, we can go to them and move them in mass numbers instead of moving two or three at a time," Coffee said.

In other new business, Tim Vaughn was appointed to the negotiating team and Diane Sadler was appointed to the management team.

Trips were approved as follows:

Wilson Elementary 8th grade class trip to Atlanta from May 4 to May 6.

Hilham Elementary Beta Club trip to Gatlinburg Aquarium from March 26 to March 27.

Hilham Elementary 4th grade trip to the State Capitol Building on March 30.

Livingston Academy FFA trip to the FFA Convention in Gatlinburg from March 26 to March 28.

In executive action, an overnight trip was approved for Livingston Academy Interact Club to attend the Interact Conference in Gatlinburg, from March 2 through March 4.

Director Gilpatrick issued the Director's Report for March 2007 to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

Hired Kimberly Thorpe as interim chemistry and physics teacher at Livingston Academy to replace Rachel Smith, effective January 2, 2007.

Hired Alberta Wade as the countywide ELL (English as a second language) teacher as recommended by Diane Sadler to meet the federal requirement for ELL services, effective March 6, 2007.

Hired Travis Staggs as a bus attendant on Janice Brown's bus as recommended by Sheila Pemberton, effective February 1, 2007.

Granted medical leave for Villa Maxwell from January 12 through February 23.

Granted maternity leave for Heather Bowman from April 4 through May 4.

Granted maternity leave for Christy Jenkins from March 26 through May 23.

The meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

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Library closed for move to new location

Overton County Public Library closed Monday, March 19 to move into the new Millard Oakley Public Library on the Livingston Square.

The staff anticipates that the library will be closed to the public until 8:30 a.m. Monday, April 9, when the new library will open.

Any books, movies, or audios that are currently checked out should be returned to the new Millard Oakley Library before their due date. But no books, movies or audios can be renewed during the three weeks.

Librarian Janet Gann said, "Thanks for everyone's help and consideration during this important move."

 

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