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Hall home destroyed by fire Friday
School Board approves camera lawsuit settlement
Legislative Body meeting held Monday



Hall home destroyed by fire Friday

Carson Oliver photos
Hardy’s Chapel and Rickman fire departments fight a fully engulfed house fire at the Swallows Chapel home of Kathy Hall on Friday, Sept. 5. According to reports, Mrs. Hall was at a neighbor’s house around 10:30 a.m. when her son yelled that their house was on fire. Other fire departments were also called to the scene, bringing tankers to fight the blaze. The house was destroyed.


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School Board approves camera lawsuit settlement

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff
Overton County Board of Educaiton held the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2, with Board member Sam Pendergrass absent.

The settlement of the Brannan et al vs. the Overton County Board of Education et al lawsuit, concerning cameras at a locker room at Livingston Middle School, was approved. Details of the settlement were not made public.

A mileage fee for school trips was increased from 25 cents to a dollar per mile. Board member Larry Looper voted against the increase. In the work session prior to the Board meeting, Looper had asked the Board to consider raising it to 50 cents instead of a dollar because smaller schools such as Wilson Elementary do not generate as much revenue in their sports programs as some of the other county schools.

Acting chairman Dolphus Dial was elected to serve as chairman of the School Board, and Kelly Hill was elected vice chairman.

Mark Peek was re-appointed to serve as Tennessee Legislative Network representative.

Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority members for the 2008-2009 school year were appointed as follows: Matt Eldridge - chairman, Melissa Savage, Gary Ledbetter, and SRO Logan Carpenter or John McLeod.

The 2008-2009 Extended Contract Program was approved.

Diane Sadler, Ph.D., was on hand to provide the School Board members information about the Extended Contract Program, and provided an example of the program’s results.

Telling about the credit recovery lab at Livingston Academy, Sadler said, “Through that endeavor, we had credit recovery, 161 high school students participated in that credit recovery program, 29 students received credit for a failed class, and 25 students were able to go in there and make up chapters of work that they had missed and passed the course, and 32 students graduated in 2008 that would not have unless they had gone in and made up those credits.”.

Robbie Byrd’s resignation as School Board secretary and bookkeeper was approved, effective Tuesday, September 30. She has worked in the Central Education Office the past 7 years, after working at Hilham for 6 years.

Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick said, “We hate to see her go.”

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

•Miranda Lacy was hired as an Industrial Technology teacher at Rickman Elementary School, effective August 8, 2008, as recommended by Principal Marsha Wyatt.

• Jenny Collins and Tammy Nimmo were hired as school nurses, as recommended by Coordinated School Health Supervisor Gary Ledbetter, Collins effective August 7 and Nimmo effective August 13, 2008.

•Donald Ashlock was hired as a substitute bus driver, effective August 12, 2008, as recommended by Transportation Supervisor Noah Hinson.

•Maternity leave was granted to Janie Norrod, beginning September 2, and continuing through September 29, 2008.

•Medical leave was granted to Rebecca Jenkins, beginning August 8, 2008.

•Medical leave was granted to Donna Lamb for the 2008-2009 school year.

 

 

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Legislative Body meeting held Monday

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 8, with all commissioners present.

The meeting was held in Overton County Justice Center because of repairs being made to Overton County Courthouse.

A budget amendment was approved to pay Ronald Smith for 76 and a half hours of comp time and overtime at the Highway Department, with Commissioners Darwin Clark and Billie G. Phipps voting no. Smith is leaving the department, and the payout was approved by former Road Superintendent Charles “Chig” Parrott while he was in office, according to Budget Director Debra Maberry. The $1,400 will be moved from the fund reserve to the salary account.

The second reading of the Non-Profit Resolution was approved.
A surplus auction was approved by the commissioners. The date was not set.

The following were approved as notaries at-large: Kaye Killmon, Angelia A. Skiles, Deanna Tompkins, and Janie Glasscock.

County Mayor Kenneth Copeland informed the commissioners, “The ambulance service director has resigned as director.”

No reason was given as to why Liz Crabtree had resigned as ambulance director.

The meeting adjourned.



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