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Archives 04-09-2008


Bruce Lamb named LA football coach
Hog-Eye Car Show held for The Stephens Center

City Council meeting held Monday
School Board meeting held April 1


Bruce Lamb named LA football coach

Bruce Lamb

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

For the third time in as many seasons, Livingston Academy will have a new head football coach, and for the first time in a long time, it will not be a graduate of the school.

Bruce Lamb, a graduate of Cookeville High School, and an assistant at LA for the past six years, was named the new coach last week. Lamb succeeds Grant Swallows, who resigned the post after one season, to take a position at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.

“I’ve always taken a lot of ribbing about being the only coach on the Livingston staff that didn’t graduate from the school,” Lamb laughs, “but I always felt a part of this program and am looking forward to being the head coach.

“I know we have a lot of work to do to build the program back to where it was several years ago, but we have a good staff and the kids are anxious to get started.”

A graduate of Tennessee Tech, Lamb’s coaching career started in Livingston when Danny McCoin was head coach the first time. He stayed three seasons with the Wildcats before moving back to Cookeville for two seasons as offensive coordinator. From Cookeville, Lamb went to Sparta High School as head coach for four years. During that period of time, Lamb guided Sparta to the playoffs in 1999.

In 2001, Lamb returned to Livingston Academy under head coach Matt Eldridge and played a major role in the 2005 team that won the state 3A championship.

“Those were special years,” Lamb continued. “We had a very special group of youngsters that not only had talent, but also dedication and great team leadership. That’s what we want to return to.

“We only lost eight seniors off last year’s team, so we have some experience returning and having talked with the team, we’re excited about what they want to do.

“We know we have a ways to go, but we are going to head in the right direction. Everything we do as coaches is about the players. They are first and foremost and we want them to have a good experience here and that’s why I applied for the job and accepted it when offered.

“After graduation in 2006, we had to start from scratch, and it’s been tough,” the new coach continued. “We’ve only won two games in the past two seasons, and there have been some very good coaches here during that time. We play in the toughest region in the state so we will be looking for players to step up and take over as leaders. They are here, we just have to find them.”

After winning the state title in 2005, Eldridge stepped down as head coach and McCoin returned to the top spot. After a 1-9 season, McCoin resigned and Swallows took over but could not return the Wildcats to winning ways. He posted a 1-9 mark in his only season.

Returning to assist Lamb as assistant coaches will be Mark Winningham and Mark Ogletree. New additions to the staff will include McCoin, who will bring a world of knowledge to the offensive side of coaching, and John Stults, who has been coaching at Monterey.

“This will be a very good staff,” Lamb said. “Danny (McCoin) is as good as it gets on the offensive side of the ball, and Winningham and Ogletree are outstanding coaches who are very dedicated to the players. We are real happy to get John (Stults), who has been very successful at Monterey.

“If we need more coaches, we will add them, but right now I believe this group can get the job done, and we are all on the same sheet of music as to how to get things going in the right direction.

“We have a challenge ahead of us, there’s no doubt, but we’re looking forward to it,” Lamb concluded. “We are here for the players and that’s what makes me excited about this season. We will work hard and give it our best.”

Spring practice will get underway April 28, and the first scrimmage game will be May 13 against Cumberland County.


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Hog-Eye Car Show held for The Stephens Center

Dewain E. Peek photo
The inaugural LA Livingston Exchange Club “Hog-Eye” Car Show was held Saturday, April 5 in Livingston Academy’s parking lot. Proceeds from the show go to The Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

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Mike Damico rolls into the show with his 1972 Chevelle SS.

Dewain E. Peek photo
Raymond and Betty Brown brought out their near perfect 1946 Studebaker pickup. The truck was rust free before being restored.


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City Council meeting held Monday

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 7 with all aldermen present.

In old business, the second reading of rezoning Roy Roberts property on North Spring Street was approved.

In new business, the City Council approved purchasing LCD video equipment for the various departments’ use at a cost of $9,530 using the state bid process. The new equipment will be purchased out of the Equipment Fund, according to Mayor Curtis Hayes.

Alderman Robert Jolley made a motion to name a field at Livingston City Park in honor of Johnny “Squeak” Smith in recognition of his years of service to the softball program. The aldermen voted to name the field Johnny “Squeak” Smith Memorial Field.

“I coached with him, against him, umpired with him and everything for 30 years,” Alderman Jolley said.

He went on to say, “He put everything he had into those girls softball teams.”

Danny McCoin, Leonard Richardson, Frank Strong, and Chuck Ball were hired to work at Livingston City Park.

Mayor Hayes informed the aldermen that no bids had been received for GIS mapping systems and that bids would be asked for again.

“What we’re trying to do is get all of our water lines, sewer lines, gas lines, fire hydrants, regulator stations, and things of this nature on computer instead of just on paper and on word of mouth,” Mayor Hayes said.

Mayor Hayes announced that the pre-conference bid on SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system will be held at 10 a.m. April 24 at City Hall, and that the actual bid will be at 2 p.m. April 29.

Enhancement grants have been awarded in the amount of $2,000 to Livingston Fire Department, $1,000 to Livingston City Park, and $2,000 to the Farmer’s Market, according to Mayor Hayes.

Clean-Up Week will be held in Livingston on April 21 through April 25.
Supervisor Wayne Peek said the city will pick up almost everything except paint. He also said up to four tires not on rims per household would be picked up.

Mayor Hayes updated the aldermen on the water run-off problem at Hood’s Café.

“That problem’s been fixed over on Church Street,” Mayor Hayes said.
The meeting adjourned.


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School Board meeting held April 1

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, April 1, with Board member Sam Pendergrass absent.
In executive action, the low bid from Howard Computers for electric white board converters was approved as follows:

•Virtual Mimio Xi WirelessVTL-610-0021 at $778 for a quantity of 1.

•Virtual Ink Mimio Interactive VTL-600-0045 at $10,054 for a quantity of 14.

In new business, the Board approved the Asset Capitalization and Depreciation Policy of Compliance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) statement 34, as recommended by Danny Wilson, CPA, consulting on the GASB resolution.

Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick said, “This brings us in compliance as has been noted as one of our conditions in our latest audit report.”

The Limited English Proficient/Language Minority Students policy was approved, as recommended by the Policy Committee and approved by Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA).

A $2,500 D.A.R.E. program allocation was approved for the 2007-2008 school year.

“This is the matching amount that we normally give to the D.A.R.E. program,” Director Giplatrick said.

An agreement was approved between Putnam County Board of Education and Overton County Board of Education for services to students at Wilson Elementary School.

The agreement allows Wilson Elementary students to attend Monterey High School.

Chairman Tim Vaughn explained part of the agreement, saying, “If you start at Wilson and go to Monterey, transfer to LA, you will not be allowed to go back to Monterey.”

He further explained, “Also, if you start at LA, you can never go to Monterey.”

The 2008-2009 Special Education Assistive Grant Award Application in the amount of $35,000 was approved.

Director Gilpatrick said, “We have been approached to be the lead county for this award. This would be $35,000 per year for 5 years to set up an assistive technology classroom.”

Trips were approved for the following:
•Hilham Elementary School 7th and 8th grade students extended day trip to University of Tennessee at Knoxville on April 3.

•Hilham Elementary School 8th grade students overnight trip to Pigeon Forge on April 9 and 10.

Linda Reed’s retirement as a teacher at Wilson Elementary School was accepted.

“She’s served Overton County for many years and has done a good job for us,” Director Gilpatrick said.

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

Principals and supervisors were hired at their current locations. The Livingston Academy principal position has been posted and will be hired at a later date.

Currently tenured teachers were hired.

Bruce Lamb was hired as Livingston Academy football coach, effective March 31, 2008.

Carlene Riddle was hired as a teacher at Wilson Elementary School, effective March 31, 2008, as recommended by Principal Harold Watson.

Shelia Ellis was hired as temporary custodian at Rickman Elementary School to fill in for Reba Phipps, effective February 25, 2008 through March 7, 2008, as recommended by Principal Marsha Wyatt.

Wanda Lawhern was hired as temporary custodian at Rickman Elementary to fill in for Reba Phipps for the remainder of the school year, effective March 24, 2008, as recommended by Principal Marsha Wyatt.

Linda Ledbetter was hired as an educational assistant to cover Erica Danner’s leave, beginning March 24, 2008 through April 28, 2008, as recommended by Principal Teresa Johnson.

Melissa (Paulette) Carr was hired as temporary custodian to cover for Greg Phillips’ leave, beginning March 3, 2008 and ending March 24, 2008, as recommended by Principal Teresa Johnson.

Andy Gunnels was hired as head soccer coach for the Overton County junior high program, as recommended by Livingston Academy Soccer Coach Ethan King and the search committee.

Medical leave was granted to Bennie Sells from March 3, 2008 through March 31, 2009.

Maternity leave was granted to Marsha Wyatt from April 25, 2008 through May 19, 2008.

The next School Board Policy Committee meeting will be held Thursday, April 24, one of the topics will be the granting of leave.

The School Board Safety Committee will next meet Monday, April 14.
In the work session preceding the regular monthly meeting, interim Livingston Academy Principal Gerald Maynard was asked about having the LA graduation on the football field.

“To be quite honest, it’s just logistically unfeasible,” he answered.
He went on to say,” We have to set up for graduation at least 36 hours prior to it.”

Principal Maynard said weather ruled out moving graduation to the football stadium.

As a step to help with the overcrowding problem, the school was considering giving each graduating senior 6 tickets, but since the work session that number has been raised to 8.

“Our gym will comfortably seat approximately 2,200 people,” Maynard said.

With about 210 graduates, the tickets could ensure close relatives will be able to attend. Those with the reserved tickets would have to be in the gymnasium before 5:30 p.m. that evening.

“I want the parents and relatives of these people to have guaranteed seats,” he said.

He later added, “I hate to have to start doing this, but it’s becoming a fire hazard.

Also in the work session, Terry Webb gave the School Board information on the Tennessee Diploma Project.

“This is for the class of 2013; they are seventh graders in Overton County. So, we’ve got to get ready, come up with a plan, have it in place,” Webb said.

Under the plan, diplomas will show distinction in career categories, much like college majors.

Schools are required to implement the plan in stages over the next few years, and the Gateway test will be replaced in three years. All high school students will then be required to take the ACT test. A 19 on the ACT will be the academic standard.

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