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Motorcycle rider crashes while popping wheelie
School Board meeting held last week

Legislative Body votes to sell old library building

 

Motorcycle rider crashes while popping wheelie

A Livingston area man was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital after colliding with an SUV on East Main Street around 1 p.m. Thursday, April 5.

According to reports, Brandon Choate, 21, was doing a wheelie on his 2000 Honda CBR in the left lane of East Main Street when a 2005 Dodge Durango, driven by Michael F. Schmitz Jr., of Celina, crossed north on Goodpasture street. The motorcycle, which was reported as going well above the 25 mph speed limit, struck the SUV in the left rear quarter and veered off into the street.

Choate was charged with reckless driving, not having a motorcycle license, not having liability insurance, and violation of the registration law.

Capt. Tim Emerton of Livingston Police Department investigated the incident.

 

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School Board meeting held last week

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff

Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, April 3.

The meeting’s business began with a correction to the minutes of the March 15 meeting. The correction states that Diane Sadler is part of the management team along with the negotiating team.

The School Board approved Allons Elementary School’s 8th grade to go on a trip to Six Flags in Atlanta on May 17 and 18.

Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick issued the Director’s Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

•Hired all currently tenured teachers for the 2007-2008 school year.

•Hired Gary Ledbetter as Coordinated School Health Director for the 2007-2008 school year.

•Hired Melissa Rhule as a non-certified substitute teacher.

Chairman Tim Coffee announced that the School Board members have decided to fund scholarships from their personal money. Each School Board member has pledged to give one month’s School Board salary to fund the scholarship, with a $1,000 scholarship going to a student who goes to a college, and a $500 scholarship going to a student who goes to a technology center.

“We talked about that a long time tonight,” Chairman Coffee said of the work session before the meeting. “We made the decision we were going to go ahead and start that this year.”

A 3.0 grade point average is required for consideration, and attendance will be a factor. The choice will be made from essays.

“Their essay is going to be on their favorite teacher who has affected them most,” Chairman Coffee said.

The essays will be unsigned, but will have numbers that are assigned to the candidate students for identification.

A short video presentation on Progressive Farmer Farm Safety Day Camp was shown to the School Board. Every 4th grader in the county is invited to the camp each year. The next Farm Safety Day Camp is scheduled for May 11 at Overton County Fairgrounds.

Board Member Kelly Hill announced that Livingston Middle School will
hold a career day on April 25.

He also announced that the A.H. Robert Elementary School 4th grade was selling tickets for an Easter basket as a fundraiser to help purchase a van lift for 10 year-old Kelsey Holman, who was born with spina bifida. The class had raised $2,000 at the time of the School Board meeting. Hill said a benefit for Kelsey will be held on April 28 at Joe L. Evins Community Center.

Board Member Tonia Sells spoke about a new fence that will be placed around Rickman Elementary School.

“That’s going to help the security,” she said.

She also announced that the school’s 80th anniversary would be celebrated on April 6 during the Rickman Alumni Banquet.

Board Member Mark Peek gave a favorable report on the Hilham Beta Club and on the kindergarten at the school.

A work session will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, with a building committee meeting to follow.

The meeting adjourned.

 

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Legislative Body votes to sell old library building

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 9. Commissioners Alan Atnip, Stanley Carter Jr., and Rick Moles were absent.

The commissioners voted to sell the old Livingston Public Library building at auction, with part of the money going to Volunteer State Community College as pledged in the March 26 called meeting and the rest going toward retiring the debt on the new Millard Oakley Library.

County Mayor Kenneth Copeland said the new library cost $1,315,157.77.

He said, “The money that Mr. Oakley gave us is now $619,000. So, all we’re really going to have to finance is somewhere around $650,000. So, with his help and the Friends of the Library, we’ve got something to be proud of over there right now.”

A budget amendment was approved to move $210 from the Fund Reserve to the Drug Fund for dog food and veterinary expenses for the K-9 at Overton County Sheriff’s Department.

The County Commission adopted a resolution authorizing the Industrial Development Authority of Overton County to negotiate and accept from Hydroserre payments in lieu of ad volorum tax with respect to the hydroponic growing facility.

The following reappointments were made to the Industrial Development Authority: John Roberts, Jean Moore, and Tim McGill for 2-year terms; Ralph Robbins and Dr. Jim Nelson for 4-year terms.

A resolution was adopted to establish restrictive covenants for the water
and sewer line going to the industrial park.

The Adult Oriented Establishment Board was appointed with the following county commissioners as members: 1st District – Cindy Robbins, 2nd District – Billy Parrott, 3rd District – Jeff Staggs, 4th District – Chris Speck, and 5th District – Johnie Webb.

County Attorney Daryl Colson was asked by County Mayor Kenneth Copeland to give an overview of this board.

“The Adult Oriented Establishment Board is similar to the Beer Board except it regulates adult oriented establishments that may wish to locate in Overton County,” Colson said. “We haven’t had any since we set the board, but it does establish regulations for these establishments.

“If anyone were to file an application, this board would have to meet and review the application, review the statutes, see whether or not this business complies. Basically, that’s the purpose of this board.”

Commissioners who serve on the board receive no compensation.

Approved as notaries at-large were Bill Winningham, Jonell Speck, Jeanette Ferrell, Sandra L. Roberts, Cindy Robbins, Donna J. Copeland, Rita Vaughn, Tena R. Ledbetter, Michael R. Giaimo, Chaska Brown, Tammie Kay Parsons, Karen Ledbetter, and Liz Johnson.

Mayor Copeland announced that Livingston Rotary Club has offered to provide funding for the heating and cooling system at the new agricultural complex at the fairgrounds up to the amount of $30,000.

The meeting adjourned.

 

 

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