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Pettus Read headlines Ag Appreciation Day
Randy Hankins resigns as Livingston Academy principal

Warrants served in narcotics investigation
Tim Vaughn elected School Board chairman

 

Pettus Read headlines Ag Appreciation Day



Columnist Pettus Read, director of communications for Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation, was the featured guest speaker at Agriculture/Industry Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Read shared some favorite memories and spoke of the importance of agriculture and industry to the region.

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Randy Hankins resigns as Livingston Academy principal

Dr. Randy Hankins, principal at Livingston Academy, has submitted his letter of resignation effective October 8, 2007, according to Overton County Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick.

“Effective immediately, Mr. Gerald Maynard, assistant principal, has been named interim principal,” Director Gilpatrick stated in an e-mail to the media. “Mr. Maynard brings many years of experience to the job and will continue the positive strides forward taking place at Livingston Academy.

“The Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (SACS) committee made up of administration, faculty and staff of LA are working tirelessly on school improvement efforts,” he continued. “A second focus of the new administration will be to improve the graduation rates for Overton County. The state mandate is 90%.

“By doing so, it should lead to a better educated Overton County for the years ahead, giving our youth more opportunities for the future.”

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Warrants served in narcotics investigation

Overton County Sheriff’s Department executed five search warrants on Saturday, Oct. 6 as the result of ongoing criminal investigations of narcotics trafficking.

In an unusual twist, four of the search warrants were served along one roadway, Fetterolf Lane. Overton County deputies executed these warrants simultaneously at approximately 5:30 p.m.

In the group of raids, Sheriff’s Dept. personnel reported the seizure of narcotics at each of the locations searched. Officers allegedly found more than a pound of processed marijuana, evidence of growing marijuana, drug paraphernalia, morphine, Hydrocodone, Somas, hypodermic needles, and scales.

In addition, four individuals were arrested on the scene on outstanding arrest warrants in Putnam County, White County, Jackson County, Overton County, and the State of Georgia.

As midnight approached, an additional search warrant was executed at a residence on Byrdstown Highway. Officers reported seizing more narcotics and drug paraphernalia at that location.

According to the Sheriff’s Dept., the cases will be presented to the Overton County Grand Jury at a later date in regard to at least 13 individuals on charges ranging from simple possession, manufacture of marijuana, sale and distribution of narcotics, and TennCare fraud.

Lt. Lee Dulworth was the lead investigator in the case and was assisted by John Harris, Kelly Hull, Lee Richardson, John Garrett, Michael Tharp, Greg Pouch, John Pinto, Tonya Yarbrough, Michael Veal, Adam Stewart, Greg Etheredge, and Sheriff W.B. Melton.

Tim Vaughn elected School Board chairman

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN staff

Residents packed the Central Education Office conference room for the Tuesday, Oct. 2 Overton County Board of Education meeting to hear more on the situation with the principal at Livingston Academy.

At the end of the meeting, Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick began speaking on the matter saying, “I sit here with mixed emotions.”

He continued further, “It has come to my attention some things that are being investigated, and I do have the high school principal, Randy Hankins, on administrative leave until the investigation and questions of him are completed, at which time a recommendation will be made to the Board.”

Addressing concerns of a group present at the meeting, he said, “I too am a Christian person, and ask for your prayers for guidance in making the right decision that will be based on what’s best for our students in the school.”

Director Gilpatrick tripped on his words while trying to say, “This is not an easy job.” And he let the audience know that the stress of the situation is affecting him.

“I promised to do for this county, for this Board of Education, that I will always try to do what’s best for our students, and that’s what I will try to do.”

Vice Principal Gerald Maynard has been appointed interim principal at Livingston Academy.

In unfinished business from last month’s meeting, Board officials were elected.

With no other nomination and no opposition, Tim Vaughn was elected chairman of Overton County Board of Education.

Likewise, with no other nomination and no opposition, Dolphus Dial was elected vice chairman.

Mark Peek was elected as TLN representative.

The low bids from NEMC for musical equipment were approved as follows: Conn 20K sousaphones, silver, at $5,395; Olds concert tubas, 4-valve action, at $3, 058; Olds concert tubas, 3-valve ¾ size, at $2,029; “Championship Series” Pearl snare drum, 12-inch black, at $318; “Championship Series” Pearl bass drum, 1 set of 4, 18-inch, 20-inch, 22-inch, and 26-inch black, at $1,363; “Championship Series” tenor/quint drums at $627; Holton H179 Farkas double horns at $2,245; Yamaha convertible euphoniums, silver, at $1,248; Yamaha valve intermediate euphoniums, silver, at $1,683; Selmer Bb bass clarinet at $1,099; Fox Renard 330 oboes at $2,529; Fox Renard 240 bassoons at $6,298.

The School Board approved first reading of the following policies: 2.404 School Support Organizations: 2.702 Inventories; 3.202 Emergency Preparedness Plan; 3.205 Security; 3.300 Equipment and Supplies Management; 3.401 Scheduling and Routing; 4.600 Grading; 5.305 Family and Medical Leave; 5.602 Staff Time Schedules; 6.200 Attendance; 6.303 Interrogations and Searches; 6.308 Bus Conduct; 6.316 Suspension/Expulsion/Remand; 6.317 Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority; 6.404 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS); 6.411 Student Wellness; and 6.412 Emergency Allergy Response Plan.
Text book committee members were approved as follows: Social Studies K-6 – Judy Garrett, Lisa Ramsey, Mechelle Nivens, Vicky Phillips, and Christy Miller; Social Studies 7-12 – Jamie Loftis, Betty Massengill, Rhonda Wright, and David Peterman.

Addendum #1 to the 2007-08 Federal Projects Consolidated Application was approved.

Safe Schools Application/Project for FY2007-2008 was approved.

The Board approved the Certification of Compliance with Tennessee Code Annotated Section 49-3-310(4)(A) stating that all children enrolled in the Overton County School System have been furnished all required text books.

The Board also approved the Report of School System/School Compliance based on Tennessee statutes and State Board of Education rules, regulations, and minimum standards for approval of schools grades pre-K to 12.

Hilham Elementary kindergarten teacher Diane Mabry’s retirement was approved.

The meeting adjourned.




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