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Archives 12-10-2008



Firefighters save structure in Thursday afternoon fire
School Board meeting held December 4
Livingston Academy to receive arts grant

Christmas Parade set for Saturday

Firefighters save structure in Thursday afternoon fire

Dewain E. Peek photo
Livingston Fire Department firefighters use a chainsaw to cut holes in the roof of Pansy Brown’s Cullom Street residence to let out the smoke after a fire started in the home around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4. The fire was extinguished within 30 minutes of the call. A possible overload in the electrical system may have been the cause, according to Livingston Fire Department.

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School Board meeting held December 4
Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Thursday, Dec. 4, with all members present.

In new business, the School Board approved the Safe Schools Act of 1998 Application for Funding FY 2008-2009.

The Board approved the 403(b) Savings Plan for school system employees to be able to contribute to, in addition to their retirement and Social Security benefits.

Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick said, “It does not cost us anything, yet we have to offer that and administer that.”

Budget Amendment No. 1 and Budget Amendment No. 2 for the Special Education Assistive Technology Grant were approved.

“That program is getting up and going, and we’re getting a lot of good compliments from the state in regards to this,” Director Gilpatrick said.

The Board approved the first reading of changing the regular monthly meeting night from the first Thursday of each month to the third Monday of each month, with the work session to begin at 6 p.m. and the meeting to begin at 7 p.m.

Shirley McCormick’s retirement resignation was approved, effective October 11, 2008.

In executive action, Livingston Academy’s Family Career and Community Leaders of America chapter was approved to take a trip to the FCCLA National Conference in Cincinnati, as requested by sponsors Sarah Bilbrey and Linda Halsell. The local club participates yearly as a part of the Career and Technical Education curriculum.

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

Rita McDonald was hired for Title VI teaching assistant position for the 2008-2009 school year, effective November 10, as recommended by Allons Elementary School Principal Melissa Savage.

Casey Cravens, who was previously hired as a certified substitute teacher, was hired for the second grade teaching position at Allons Elementary for the 2008-2009 school year, effective October 29, as recommended by Principal Melissa Savage.

The following were hired as substitute teachers: Robert Brown, Staci Morris, Martha Pritchard, Angela Sullivan, Leda Stover-Bivins, Delilah Blankenship, and Deborah Simko.

Ray Rockwell was hired as a substitute bus driver.

Margie Taylor and Gail Sells were hired as substitute cooks.

Before adjourning, School Board members agreed to hold a work session
the first Tuesday in January, at 6 p.m.

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Livingston Academy to receive arts grant
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a charitable organization that benefits nonprofits serving worthy causes in 40 Middle Tennessee counties, has awarded Livingston Academy an Arts Build Communities (ABC) grant.

The Arts Build Communities program is funded by Tennessee General Assembly and administered in cooperation with Tennessee Arts Commission and The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The ABC grant program aims to strengthen communities by funding projects that nurture artists and arts organizations.

Those eligible to apply for ABC are tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, public or private educational institutions (K through college), libraries, or governmental agencies. Funds awarded to a single organization range from $500 to $3,000. ABC grant funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar by the recipient.

Organizations in the following counties receive funding through this program: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putnam, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, Wayne, White, Williamson, and Wilson.

ABC grants fund a variety of quality arts projects. For more information visit www.cfmt.org.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 670 charitable funds. In the past 17 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $408 million to community programs and institutions. Currently, The Community Foundation manages funds totaling $372 million. For more information contact Laundrea Lewis at (615) 321-4939 or toll-free at 1-888-540-5200 or on the web at www.cfmt.org.

Christmas Parade set for Saturday

The 43rd Annual Overton County Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 13. This year’s two grand marshals will be Snowbird of WSMV Channel 4 and Ollie Otter.

Snowbird announces school closings on Nashville’s Channel 4, and Ollie is the mascot for the state’s Booster Seat & Seatbelt Campaign Awareness Program.

The Christmas Parade Theme for 2008 is “The Wonder of Christmas”.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the intersection of the Highway 111 bypass and Highway 294, near Livingston Limestone. The parade will continue onto East Main Street to Broad Street, across the town square and onto Bilbrey Street, going in front of Overton County Nursing Home and then dispersing at the intersection of Bilbrey Street and West First Street.

Line-up will begin at noon on the bypass, from the intersection of Highway 294 back toward the Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston.

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