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School Board discusses transportation policies
LA Homecoming Parade held Friday

National Crime Prevention Month observed

Emergency Prayers


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Bystanders pray with Barbara Garofalo as emergency personnel treat her husband.

A New York man is in Erlanger Hospital after a one-vehicle crash in Livingston on Tuesday, Oct. 7, but the man’s hospitalization has little to do with the crash.

According to reports, Garry Garofalo, 58, was driving a 2003 Chevrolet pickup with a camper and pulling a box trailer (loaded with a Harley-Davidson motorcycle) south on Bradford-Hicks Drive toward Main Street when he apparently experienced an incapacitating medical condition that made him lose control of the truck.

The truck snapped off a traffic light pole at the intersection with Main Street, went through the fence and across the parking lot of the former Holt’s Pharmacy location, and continued on until coming to rest in the Livingston City Creek bed.

At the time of the incident, Rebecca Miller, of Livingston, an employee of Deaconess Home Health in Baxter and CareAll Home Health in Cookeville, was on her way home from work and was stopped at the intersection of West Main Street and Bradford-Hicks Drive. She was getting ready to turn left onto the bypass when the Garofalo vehicle came by her. Miller said she had the green arrow to turn.

“The Lord told me to wait, and I put the vehicle in park before I saw the vehicle coming.” Miller said.

She went on to add, “After the wreck, I went ahead and turned left, went through Fred’s parking lot, down by McDonald’s then through Hardee’s parking lot and parked next to the Holt’s Pharmacy building. I rushed to the scene and found that he was not breathing and I could not find a pulse. I moved his head and he looked at me in the eyes.

“He was wedged between the seat and steering wheel, so I had to move him and get him on the seat where I could administer CPR. One other person helped hold his head inline with his body as I administered CPR. I did this for three to four minutes before EMS arrived and took over.”

According to reports, Garofalo was taken to Livingston Regional Hospital where his vital signs were finally restored before being airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga by helicopter.

His wife, Barbara, 56, was a passenger in the vehicle and was apparently uninjured, and Mr. Garofalo apparently suffered little or no injuries from the crash.

Mrs. Garofalo said they are from just north of Albany, NY, and had been camping at Standing Stone State Park from Saturday, Oct. 4 through Monday, Oct. 6 and were heading to Oklahoma for more camping.

She said her husband is in Erlanger Hospital in critical care, and that doctors believe the incident was caused by an abnormal heart rhythm, but that he is now breathing on his own and his heart is doing well.

“Everyone at the scene and at the hospital … were very nice,” Mrs. Garofalo said.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Marty Philpot investigated the incident.


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School Board discusses transportation policies

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7, with all members present.

In a public work session held before the meeting, a standard practice for the Overton County School Board, Transportation Supervisor Noah Hinson was on hand to answer questions from the Board.

“We’re picking up a lot more kids this year than we have in the past,” he informed the Board. “The problem we’re having right now is keeping ‘sub’ drivers.”

He said bus drivers make $54 a day.

“It puts us in a bind as far as drivers,” he said of the lack of substitutes.

An issue Hinson wanted addressed is what had been referred to as the
“two-tenths rule”, in which students riding a bus must walk to a main roadway to be picked up by the school bus if their homes are two-tenths of a mile or less from the main road. Hinson explained that what he thought was a rule was an apparently unwritten policy of the school system, so he asked that the school put a policy in place if they wish the practice to continue.

An item the School Board had wanted studied was whether the school system is better off continuing the practice of drivers being allowed to take buses home or if drivers should leave buses at the schools or the bus garage and drive their personal vehicles to and from work.

School Board member Howard Miller, who is a former transportation supervisor for Overton County Schools, had gathered figures and presented them to the Board. He pointed out that if drivers are required to use their own vehicles that they would be reimbursed 54 cents per mile.

“So, fuel costs, it would be cheaper for them to drive the bus,” he said.

“Okay, that’s not taking in consideration of the wear and tear on the bus. But we’ve got half a dozen drivers at least, maybe more, that automatically park theirs over here, and as soon as we start reimbursing some of them, they’re going to ask to be reimbursed.”

He went on to point out that fuel costs are not the only issue when talking about bus drivers.

“We’ll lose 6, 8, 10 bus drivers, because most of them’s retired, most of them don’t do anything else,” Miller said. “They’re pretty independent.

Like Noah said, one of the big problems we had last year, at the end of school last year, we ended up getting mechanics to drive to just have enough substitutes. It may be a little better right now, but if you lose that many we’re going to have buses parked.

“My suggestion is that we leave it like it is until the time we have to park the buses, if we do that, because it’s not going to make that much difference in what money that we save.”

School Board member Ray Smith told the Board that he agreed it should be left as it is.

Maintenance personnel vehicles were also brought up in the discussion. Four at the bus garage and three in maintenance drive vehicles owned by the school system.

School Board member Sam Pendergrass said, “I say shut ‘em down.”

Hinson spoke up, saying, “Most of us, when we took the job that was kindly like, you know, ‘you get paid this and you get a truck to drive back and forth.’”

Which prompted Smith to say, “It’s like taking your money away from you.”

School Board Chairman Dolphus Dial asked Hinson if they get called out much at night, and Hinson said it didn’t happen as much as it used to.

School Board member Lenard Ledbetter said, “Boys, you better leave the buses alone. I’m tellin’ you; or you better be hunting somebody to drive.”

The School Board members decided to put the items on next month’s agenda, one for maintenance and another for buses.

Before the discussion ended on the subject, Smith asked Hinson, “Those buses that’s took home, to people’s homes, do you get a call about them being vandalized or tore up?”

Hinson indicated no.

Smith then asked, “How about over here at the bus garage or when they park them over there at the schools, are they ever tore up?”

Hinson answered, “Yeah, we’ve had the keys stole.”

Miller interjected, “Windows shot through.”

Smith said, “That costs us money.”

Chairman Dial said, “Insurance pays for it.”

Hinson continued, “There’ll be something happen about once a month – a window knocked out, there’ll be a door with a rock through it, and sometimes they get every one of them.”

Chairman Dial suggested putting a fence up.

Also in the work session, Chairman Dial showed the Board members a schedule for the softball and baseball teams to use the batting cages in the baseball team’s field house, and said that keys have been given to the softball team so they can go in when it is their time.

He also said the Board should start working on a 3 to 5-year plan on improving the softball facilities.

“We have to,” he said.

He went on to say, “It’s got to be equal.”

Equal facilities are a requirement under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681), the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions.

Title IX states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The Tennessee State University website states the following of Title IX: “Specifically in the area of athletics, several factors are considered to determine if equal opportunity is being provided for both genders. Those factors include, but are not limited to:

•Whether the selection of sports and level of competition accommodates the interests and abilities of both genders;

•Scheduling of practices and games;

•Quality and availability of coaching and academic tutoring;

•Compensation of coaches and tutors;

•Provision of training, competitive, medical, housing, and dining facilities;

•Locker room availability and quality; and

•Publicity.”

In the regular monthly meeting, School Board members approved the Certification of Compliance with Tennessee Code Annotated Section 49-3-310(4)(A) that states that all students have been furnished all required textbooks.

Chris Langford’s low bid for tile at Livingston Academy was approved at $52,500.

The 2008-2009 School Approval Report was approved.

School System Accountability Compiance Report for 2008-2009 were approved, and all areas are said to be in compliance.

The School Board approved the following policies: Overton County Board of Education Code of Ethics Policy 1.106; Effective Boardsmanship Standards Policy 1.1061; School Support Organizations Policy 2.404, which replaces Policy 4.503; Use of Internet Policy 4.406; and Parent/Family Involvement Policy 4.502 as modeled after the TSBA recommended model.

Science textbook adoption committees for 2008-2009 were approved as follows: Elementary K-5 Committee; Middle Grades 6, 7, 8 Committee; and Secondary 9-12 Committee.

Inventory guidelines were approved.

Signatory officers for Lincoln Financial, formerly known as Jefferson Pilot, were approved. The chairman of the School Board and the school director serve as the signatory officers. The insurance company has changed ownership, requiring new officers to be designated.

An October 9 trip for Wilson Elementary second through fifth grade students Knoxville Zoo was approved.

Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick issued the Director’s Report to the School Board. (The Director’s Report is published elsewhere in this edition of Overton County News.)

In announcements afterward, School Board member Kelly Hill announced that Livingston Middle School received a $2,000 grant from Food Lion, which will go toward improving the library.

A meeting of the Building Committee with an architect was announced in the work session as set for Monday, Oct. 20, but a time was not announced.

Before adjourning, Chairman Dial reminded the School Board that the next monthly meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 3, a move made in the work session, though it wasn’t originally requested.

In the work session, Board member Pendergrass, who has missed many meetings this year, began to ask, “I have a tough time getting here at 5 o’clock on Tuesday, and I know that just gives us an hour before a 6 o’clock meeting, do you think we can change them from ...,”

School Board member Larry Looper then interrupted asking if Tuesday was a problem.

Pendergrass said, “Tuesday’s fine, but I’d like to come and do our work session at 6 and our meeting at 7.”

Other members indicated they liked that idea.

Looper said, “I wish we’d change it to Monday. Ballgames are on Tuesday.”

Board member Peek said, “But you’ve got other meetings to compete with.”

Livingston’s City Council meeting is also held at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month, which would keep any interested member of the public from being able to attend one of the county’s three main governmental body meetings (County Commission, School Board, City Council).

Looper answered, “Why do we care about other meetings?”

Other School Board members agreed with Looper on changing the date, so Chairman Dial said it would be changed to Monday with the work session to begin at 6 p.m. and the School Board meeting to begin at 7 p.m.

Before adjourning, some Board members asked about voting on the new meeting time, but Chairman Dial said, “That’s what we all decided on. I need a motion to adjourn.”



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LA Homecoming Parade held Friday


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Livingston Academy “Spirit of the Wildcats” Marching Band leads the LA Homecoming Parade on Friday, Oct. 10

 

National Crime Prevention Month observed
October is National Crime Prevention Month.

Each year, nearly 60,000 United States Treasury checks, totaling $56 million, are stolen from senior citizens and cashed fraudulently, according to Overton County Sheriff W.B. Melton.

“Most of these crimes are committed by family members, friends, acquaintences, and individuals who prey on our senior citizens,” Sheriff Melton stated.

“Since many Americans continue to receive their Social Security and
federal benefits by paper check, these individuals know when you receive your check through the mail. In order to prevent this from happening, please remove your check from your mailbox as soon as possible.”

Sheriff Melton urges senior citizens who have a checking or savings account to have their checks direct deposited instead of receiving a check through the mail.

“You may call 1-800-333-1795 or visit your bank or credit union to sign up for direct deposit,” Sheriff Melton advised.

Sheriff Melton also advised against senior citizens carrying a large amount of cash with them.

 



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