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Crafting a jolly Christmas
Board narrows direction for new building program

Buildings burn Monday at Hutchinson
Grants awarded to six local organizations

 

Crafting a jolly Christmas



Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Artists and crafters from the area displayed their products at the Arts and Home Show held Saturday, Dec. 15 at Overton County Fairgrounds in the Rotary Ag Complex Building.

Above, Venesha Moles was one of 25 vendors participating in the inaugural event.

For more on the Arts and Home show, read Thoughts from the Mountain in this week’s edition of Overton County News.


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Board narrows direction for new building program

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN staff

Overton County may soon have a new pre-K through 8th grade elementary school to relieve crowding and make room for future growth in the system’s current schools.

Overton County Board of Education’s Building Committee along with the full Board and three members of Overton County Legislative Body’s Education Committee held a work session Saturday, Dec. 15 to consider various plans for a new school building program.

Building Committee Chairwoman Tonia Sells opened the meeting saying, “We need to get an idea what we would like to see our system to look like in the next 15 years.”

The last building program of 5 years ago has now reached capacity and again requires more room for students, according to the School Board.

The committee discussed several different options presented for consideration, then the options were narrowed down. None of the proposals called for obsolescence of any of the current schools, according to Derrick Clemow, of Upland Design Group Inc.

“The condition of the schools, based on the renovation addition that was done five years ago, was really quite good. The condition of the schools, and their sites, is exemplary, frankly,” Clemow said.

He went on to say later, “One of the things that was said earlier that you all need to factor in, obviously, is that as you are thinking of these schools, think about their core capacity, because adding classrooms is fairly easy, getting a lunchroom big enough to serve the kids is tougher, getting a gym to seat the kids is tougher. So, look at core capacity.”

Other factors taken into consideration during the discussion of the plans were future growth, likely expansion of pre-K to one day be similar to kindergarten, the integration of the increasing number of home schoolers into high school, and athletics.

Athletics, particularly upper elementary basketball, continually came up in the discussion, and ultimately took some of the plans off the table.

A plan for the high school was not set. Factors brought up to be taken into consideration when choosing a direction for the high school included the serious crowding in the hallways at Livingston Academy when classes change, new technology classes that will require more space and qualified teachers, and that with more students coming in each year, the school will need more cafeteria room as well as more library space.

But the School Board did reach a consensus on converting all Overton County elementary schools, including Livingston Middle School, into pre-K through 8 schools and adding a new elementary school.

A study is being conducted within the school system to determine the area with the highest number of students. This study will be taken into consideration when choosing a location for a new school in order to help with busing, sense of community, and athletics.

Adding a new school may require a form of zoning, some of the Board members stated, but that was not discussed in depth.


Buildings burn Monday at Hutchinson

Livingston Fire Department was dispatched to the Hutchinson factory on Airport Road around 12:55 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17 on a report of tanks on fire and exploding.

When firefighters arrived, one storage building was fully engulfed.

Fire Chief Rocky Dial stated, “Once Hutchinson personnel arrived, it was determined that the drums and tanks contained hydraulic oil and cleaning soap. We put several county fire departments on stand-by until we had the fire under control.

“We used several handlines and the ladder truck to contain the fire.”
The fire was contained to two storage buildings.

“The main building did not appear to have sustained any damage,” Chief Dial stated.

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Bomb Squad and Arson Division were notified.

“The cause is unknown at this time,” Chief Dial said. “We were on the scene until 4:29 a.m. We would like to thank the county fire departments for their assistance, and the local Red Cross.”


 

Grants awarded to six local organizations

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has awarded $6,414 in grants to Overton County organizations to help respond to specific needs of the region.

Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation, said, “The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee believes in the present and future of Middle Tennessee and supports Overton County organizations working to improve the quality of life in our communities.

“The people of Middle Tennessee should be very proud of the extraordinary work being done by local nonprofits addressing a variety of needs from public education and animal welfare to children and seniors.”
Specific discretionary grants include a grant for Exchange Club/Stephens Center to provide in-home weekly visits to families at-risk of child abuse and neglect, and a grant to Shepherd’s Green to provide feed for 330 rescued pigs.

In partnership with Tennessee Arts Commission and funded by Tennessee General Assembly, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee also facilitates the Student Ticket Subsidy grant program.

The Student Ticket Subsidy program is designed to ensure that Tennessee’s school-aged children have access to live performance. The program is available to public school students, and the fund reimburses ticket costs for children in the 40 counties The Community Foundation covers.

Rickman Elementary School has received a Student Ticket Subsidy grant for 78 students to attend Cookeville Children’s Theatre.

A. H. Roberts Elementary School has received a Student Ticket Subsidy grant for 123 students to attend Cookeville Children’s Theatre.

Allons Elementary School has received a Student Ticket Subsidy grant for 32 students to attend Cookeville Children’s Theatre.

Rickman Elementary School has received a Student Ticket Subsidy grant for 150 students to attend Cookeville Children’s Theatre.

These discretionary and Student Ticket Subsidy grants are part of The Foundation’s annual grant making process that will distribute $1,301,295 to over 300 nonprofit organizations and schools throughout 36 Middle Tennessee counties.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 615 charitable funds. In the past 16 years, The Community Foundation has distributed $320 million to community programs and institutions. Currently, The Community Foundation manages endowment, unrestricted, and memorial funds totaling $426 million. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, TN, 37215. For more informationcall (615) 321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

 





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