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Art draws crowd
Sheriff’s Dept. honored during Legislative Body meeting

LA graduation to be held
Tenure granted at May 6 School Board meeting
Burn permit season ends

Art draws crowd

Dewain E. Peek photos
“Celebrating the Arts” show drew over 300 people Wednesday, May 7 at Millard Oakley Public Library.

Overton County residents displayed their artistry throughout the building. Participating artists included Budd Bishop, Jason and Beth Stoddart, Libby Allen, Mitchell White, Crystal Sons, Katherine Smith, Darren Oliver, Amy Hollars, Mick Barnes, Larry Misenhimer, Liz Holt, James Street, Teri Goode, and Vaneshia C. White.

On display outside the library, facing the parking lot, was artwork of Livingston Academy students.

Darren Oliver said, “It was nice to see so many people interested in the arts and to see other artist works right here in Overton County. Thanks to all those that had a hand in putting this show together.”

 


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Sheriff’s Dept. honored during Legislative Body meeting



By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, May 12, with Commissioners Randall Boswell, Gregg Nivens, and Johnie Webb absent.

A budget amendment was approved for the Sheriff’s Department to move grant money and money from salary accounts to go toward fuel.

A budget amendment was approved for paving at a convenience center.

A budget amendment was approved to pay $647,500 from a library construction budget toward the principal on the library capital outlay note.

Curtis Hayes and James Thrasher were appointed to the Library Board, and Diane Franklin was reappointed to the Library Board.

The Interlocal Communications Agreement was approved.

The County Commission released the county trustee of the 2006 taxes.

John Roberts, Mindy Ledbetter, and Shantelle Coleman were approved as notaries at-large.

David Leaverton, area field director for U.S. Senator Bob Corker, made a presentation in honor of Overton County Sheriff’s Department in recognition of National Police Week.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy and the U.S. Congress officially designated May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week of May 15 as National Police Week to commemorate law enforcement officers for their service to the nation. The annual observance includes a memorial service held May 15 on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol that pays tribute to officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

Leaverton said, “While many people run away from danger, these officers are running toward that danger to keep us safe. Their acts of bravery deserve our respect and commitment to insuring that they have the tools necessary to do their job.”

He went on to say, “I want to thank Sheriff Melton and his staff and the officers that work with him for the great job that they’ve been doing. I hear you’all may have to add on space at the jail because you’ve been taking care of business so well. So, congratulations for the work you’re doing.”

Then, County Mayor Kenneth Copeland made a presentation to the family of Bennie Oakley.

“Bennie Oakley started to work at the Overton County Highway Department on September the first, 1951, for Bill Copeland,” Mayor Copeland said, “and as secretary of the Road Commission, she worked for 18 elected road commissioners and highway superintendents.

“Bennie was very dedicated and loyal to everyone she worked for.”

Two plaques were presented, one to the family and one the current Highway Superintendent Charles “Chig” Parrott to place in the highway superintendent’s office.

The meeting adjourned.

 

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LA graduation to be held

Livingston Academy’s graduation will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16.

Admission will be different this year. Each senior will be given 8 tickets to give to parents or family members. The doors will open at 4 p.m. and only those ticket holders will be allowed in the gymnasium from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. After 5:30 p.m. the doors open for anyone.

Everyone in the gymnasium must be seated so when it fills up, the overflow crowd will be allowed to sit in the LA commons and watch the graduation ceremonies on the televisions. This is to help alleviate the overcrowding each year, which has become a safety hazard.

 

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Tenure granted at May 6 School Board meeting

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, May 6, with members Sam Pendergrass and Joey Smith absent.
The School Baord approved Federal Projects Consolidated Application, 2009, (Title I, IIA, IID, IV, V, VI – (which includes budgets and projects).
Social Studies textbook adoption was approved, as recommended by the textbook committees for the 2008-2009 school year.

Barbara Garrett’s retirement was accepted, effective at the end of the school year. She taught at Livingston Elementary School, then Livingston Middle School.

Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick said, “Mrs. Garrett has done an excellent job for almost 37 years.”

Tenure was granted to the following teachers as recommended by their respective school’s principal: Judy Goodpasture, Allison Goolsby, Shirley McDonald, Jimmy Miller, Debbie Roddy, Shirley Savage, Tammy Story, Shannon Watson, and Eleanor York.

Judy Goodpasture teaches Special Education for 7th and 8th grade at Rickman Elementary School.

Rickman Vice Principal Donnie Holman said, “She’s done a fine job. We’re proud to have her.”

Allison Goolsby teaches 6th, 7th, and 8th Language Arts, and teaches Writing at Allons Elementary School.

Allons Principal Melissa Savage said, “She’s great. We love her.”

Shirley McDonald is a guidance counselor at Rickman Elementary one-half time, and is one-half time at REACH Academy.

Vice Principal Holman said, “She works with different grade levels at the school and has done a really good job, and we’re proud to have her too.”

Jimmy Miller is the Technical Education teacher at Rickman Elementary, teaches the school’s computer classes, and is the girls basketball coach.

Holman said, “He’s done a great job for us. We’re really proud to have him.”

Debbie Roddy teaches 7th and 8th grade ITE, is a Title I coordinator, and runs the computer lab at Hilham Elementary School.

Hilham Principal Vickie Eldridge said, “She’s an asset to Hilham School.”
Shirley Savage teaches 3rd grade at A.H. Roberts Elementary School.

Principal Teresa Johnson said, “She does an excellent job. She’s wonderful.”

Tammy Story teaches 3rd grade and is a cheerleading sponsor at Rickman Elementary.

Holman said, “She really gets along with parents well. We’re proud to have her.”

Shannon Watson teaches 3rd grade at Wilson Elementary School.

Principal Harold Watson said, “She is a good teacher.”

Eleanor York teaches Math at Livingston Academy.

LA Principal Gerald Maynard said, “She does a very, very, very good job.”

The meeting adjourned.



Burn permit season ends

Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s Division of Forestry has announced that the outdoor burning permit season will end after Thursday, May 15.

The burning permit season runs from October 15 to May 15. Burning permits are obtained from Tennessee Division of Forestry free of charge by calling 823-6538 in Overton County or 243-2667 for Clay County.

Following the burning permit process saves private property, structures, wildlife and livestock, and human lives, according to the Division of Forestry.



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