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Veterans Day observed
Fire destroys garage in Rickman Thursday

School system addresses staph infection concerns
Equipment grant helps city purchase patrol car

 

Veterans Day observed



Beth Underwood/OCN staff
World War II veteran William “Johnie” Webb was among those in attendance for this year’s Veterans Day observance on Monday, Nov. 12 at the courthouse square in Livingston. Veterans from all branches of service were in attendance for the ceremony that featured guest speaker and Vietnam veteran Dwane Craig. Livingston Middle School sixth graders provided the music, and fourth graders from A.H. Roberts carried the service banners.

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Fire destroys garage in Rickman Thursday



Rickman Volunteer Fire Department, with assistance from Hardy’s Chapel Fire Department extinguish a blaze in Rickman on Thursday, Nov. 8. A garage behind Jim Sullivan’s home on Rickman-Monterey Highway became fully engulfed around 8:50 a.m. The cause has not yet been determined. The structure was a total loss.

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School system addresses staph infection concerns

In light of several cases of MRSA staph infections showing up in Middle Tennessee, Overton County Schools are making efforts to inform students, staff, and parents of the steps being taken to prevent infection in the school system, according to Overton County Coordinated School Health Supervisor Gary Ledbetter.

While Overton County, like other counties typically have a few cases of staph within the schools, MSRA staph has caused a great deal of concern among citizens.

Ledbetter said, “We have always tried to be pro-active in preventing those cases in the past; however, today’s concerns are the contagious, more drug-resistant type of staph (MRSA).

“We are encouraging all school personnel to emphasize the importance of routinely cleaning desks, door knobs, equipment, water fountains, restroom areas, locker room facilities, etcetera, in order to kill the bacteria that may exist in those areas.”

Ledbetter noted he has met with all school principals and supervisors in the county to implement a plan of action to reduce the risk of student infections, and that he continues to monitor progress made.

Ledbetter may be contacted at 823-1287 to answer questions or concerns.

 

Board of Education meeting held November 6

Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Nov. 6 with all members present.

The Board approved an Adequate Yearly Progress Award of $25,000.
Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick said, “This is a grant that Sheila Pemberton had written for one of our schools that was on “Target”.

Low bids were accepted on asphalt paving at Hilham Elementary School, Wilson Elementary School, and Allons Elementary School.

School Board Chairman Tim Vaughn said, “This will be expensed through the Reserve Fund and it’s in the budget already. If there is an overage, we’ll have to go to the County Court for additional funding out of the Reserve Fund.”

Quarterly reports were approved for General Purpose, Federal Projects, Central Cafeteria, and Education Debt Service Funds for the quarter ending September 30, 2007.

The School Board approved second 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.

A trip to Atlanta, GA, was approved for the FCCLA Cluster Meeting, as requested by Sara Bilbrey and Linda Halsell. Livingston Academy has 8 students and 2 advisors who plan to ride with the Clarkrange High School group.

A trip to Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg was approved for the Livingston Academy Science Club on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

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

Rhonda Mainord was hired as an LPN, effective October 1, 2007, as recommended by Sheila Pemberton and Gary Ledbetter.

Mark Olgetree was hired as a Special Education inclusion aide at Reach Academy, effective October 22, 2007, as recommended by Sheila Pemberton and Mark Winningham.

The following personnel were hired for the Allons Elementary L.E.A.P. After School Program, effective October 1, 2007: Valerie Thomas, Pam Smith, Dusty Watts, Lisa Langford, Gail Liebreich, Gail Martin, Jenny Geesling, and Wayne Sells.

The following personnel were hired for the A.H. Roberts Elementary L.E.A.P. After School Program, effective October 1, 2007: Janie Norrod, Bobby Gore, Karen Newport, Maura Medley, Samantha Stephens, Marsha Deck, Micki Smith, Kellie Hayes, Stephanie West, Kim McDonald, Tina Dillon, Jennifer Eilender, Lori Thompson, Kim Curd, Shirley Savage, Michael McCormick, Kelly Stover, Candy Reeser, Kim Cantrell, Cheryl Savage, Teresa Johnson, and Michael Smith.

All of the faculty and staff members of Rickman Elementary School were hired for the Rickman L.E.A.P. After School Program, effective October 1, 2007.

Jeff Staggs was hired as a bus driver, effective October 11, 2007, as recommended by Transportation Supervisor Howard Miller.

Dr. Randy Hankins’ resignation from being principal at Livingston Academy was accepted.

Gerald Maynard was appointed as interim principal at Livingston Academy.

Christina Hite was hired as a cook at the Rickman Elementary lunchroom, as recommended by Principal Marsha Wyatt.

Jamie McCowan was hired as a bus attendant on the Special Education bus driven by Kenneth Conner, effective October 22, 2007, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton.

Mala Terry was hired as a certified substitute teacher.

The following were hired as non-certified substitute teachers: Amanda Philpot, Ben Jolley, Willow Bilbrey, Sheila Ellis, Callie McDonald, Mark Ogletree, Mandi Looper, Sara Robinson, Kellie Matthews, Sheila Green, Tanya Crawford, Jennifer Daniels, and Joseph White.

Tammy Nimmo, Letrice Brown, and Sandra Puschnig were hired as substitute nurses.

Lonnie Ford was transferred to Kenneth Conner’s bus route, as recommended by Transportation Supervisor Howard Miller.

Kenneth Conner was transferred to the Special Education bus to replace Cindy England, who resigned, effective September 17, 2007, as recommended by Transportation Supervisor Howard Miller.

Leave of absence was granted to Eleanor York, beginning October 2, 2007.

Medical leave of absence was granted to Lori Thompson from October 29, 2007 through January 7, 2008.

Before adjourning, Chairman Vaughn noted to the Board members that the Department of Education has issued its Schools Report Card.

“Everything looks much improved in all areas,” Chairman Vaughn said.
Director Gilpatrick added, “We’ve seen a number of gains.”

He expressed appreciation to the teachers, principals, and the students.
“For next year, the Report Card should read: ‘All schools in good standing’. So we continue to show progress there, and I am very proud of what the folks out in the field do and what it means. It shows a dedication and a desire to meet those standards.”



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