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Class AA Runner-Up
School Board to interview director candidates April 7
Stolen items recovered
Tennessee revenue down $69.7M from budget

Class AA Runner-Up


Dewain E. Peek photo
Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats are the 2009 Class AA State Runner-Up after a hard-fought state tournament run that ended with a nail-biter against Gibson County’s Lady Pioneers on Saturday, March 7. The Lady Cats took down five of the top 10 teams in Class AA to earn the right to play in the championship game.

 


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School Board to interview director candidates April 7
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

A date for interviewing director of schools candidates was set during a work session held before the Overton County Board of Education regular monthly meeting Monday, March 16, with all members present.

When a suggestion was made to interview all 14 who submitted resumes, Board member Larry Looper objected.

“I don’t think we should interview people who don’t qualify,” he said.
Board member David Sadler Sr. said, “I agree.”

Looper asserted, “That’s wasting their time and ours too.”

And Sadler added, “If they’re not certified, there’s no reason for us to talk to them. They know what the qualifications are.”

The Board decided to notify those who are not qualified that they have been disqualified from the search process.

The remaining candidates will be given 30 minutes each when interviews are conducted Tuesday, April 7, beginning at 4 p.m. The pool will be narrowed to two candidates, who will be interviewed again on Tuesday, April 14, beginning at 6 p.m., and one will be chosen that night to be hired as the new school director.

Also during the work session, Maintenance Supervisor Dennis Barsness informed the School Board of a system that would save on energy costs in the schools.

“It puts all heating, air conditioning, and lighting under computer control and sensors in the classrooms,” he said.

The big obstacle at this point appears to be the approximately $300,000 price tag, but because of the potential long-term savings, the School Board kept the option open if next year’s budget has room for it.

In the regular monthly meeting, Wilson Elementary School Principal Terry Webb was approved as a representative of the Board to give him authority to submit a grant to USDA Rural Development Agency for the purpose of developing Wilson Elementary as a school and community wellness center.

If the more than $100,000 grant were awarded to Wilson School, it would pay for installation of recreational venues such as a volleyball court, basketball court, tennis court, softball field, and playground area at no cost to the school system.

Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick said, “He has an in-kind contribution, but the community is helping him with that.”

The School Board approved a request by Vanessa Farris and LaDonna Jackson to organize a county-wide cheer team for the Jr. Wildcats, which has met the approval of Livingston Middle School Principal Rick Moles.

Budget Amendment #3 for Assistive Technology (Special Education) Grant 2008-2009 was approved, as was In-House Amendment #1 for Carl Perkins/Vocational Budget 2008-2009.

The Board approved the retirement of George Morgan, a custodian at Livingston Academy, effective February 6, 2009.

“ We appreciate him,” Director Gilpatrick said.

Wilson Elementary School’s eighth grade class was approved to take an overnight trip to Pigeon Forge on May 8 and 9.

Livingston Academy Band was approved to take a spring trip on April 3 to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, where they will perform in the park. This trip will replace a previously approved spring trip due to funding purposes.

An FFA trip to the state convention in Gatlinburg was approved for March 30 through April 1.

Allons Elementary Schools’ eighth grade class was approved to take an overnight trip to Pigeon Forge on May 7 and 8.

Allons Elementary’s Jr. Beta Club was approved to take an out-of-state trip May 14 to attend the “Outdoor Classroom” at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville.

Livingston Middle School’s dance team was approved to take a trip to Sevierville on March 21 and 22 to compete in the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Competition.

In executive action, Judy Dillon’s request to take the Special Olympics team to the State Special Olympics Tournament in Nashville on March 13 through March 15 was approved.

“I’m happy to report that they won their second state championship in a row,” Director Gilpatrick said.

Zack Emerick was hired as an OJT Technology assistant for Livingston Academy at 10 to 20 hours per week to be paid for by LA’s e-rate allocation, as recommended by LA Principal Harold Watson.

“This is no cost to the Board,” Director Gilpatrick said.
Board member Kelly Hill asked him to explain to the public what “e-rate” is.

“E-rate is federal refunds we get based on our phone usage,” Director Gilpatrick said.

The refunds can only be used for technology, according to Gilpatrick. The funds are bing used to reformat computers for the labs.

Director Gilpatrick issued the Director’s Report to the School Board.

Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

Medical leave was granted to Terry Morgan from February 17, 2009 to March 16, 2009.

Medical leave was granted to George Morgan from January 8, 2009 to March 9, 2009.

Medical leave was granted to Roger Webb, beginning February 16, 2009.

Maternity leave was granted to Jennifer Dillon from March 2, 2009 to May 20, 2009.

Medical leave was granted to Rita Qualls from February 2, 2009 to March 13, 2009.

Paula Hoover was hired, effective February 23, 2009, to cover Terry Morgan’s medical leave at Wilson Elementary, as recommended by Principal Terry Webb.

Eddie Gilpatrick was hired, effective March 9, 2009, as a custodian at Livingston Academy to replace the retiring George Morgan, as recommended by Principal Harold Watson. Though not considered a conflict with the nepotism policy, Director Gilpatrick disclosed that he is a distant cousin of Eddie Gilpatrick.

Medical leave was granted to Judy Nave from March 9, 2009 to May 22, 2009.

Before adjourning, School Board members expressed appreciation to the Livingston Academy Lady Wildcats basketball team for taking the Class AA runner-up spot in the state tournament, and also congratulated the Special Olympics team on winning for a second year in a row. They also wished the LA boys basketball team luck in this week’s state tournament.

Then Director Gilpatrick announced, “As many of you know, Livingston Academy started its fall term on September the 14th, 1909, and the hundredth year celebration will be September 26th, 2009, this coming fall.

He went on, “It’s going to be a full-day event, beginning at 10 o’clock in the morning and continuing into the afternoon. So, not only will it have class reunions by the year, but it will have a roll call of the classes.”



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Stolen items recovered


Deputy Brandon Matthews and Deputy Derrick Ledbetter stand behind firearms recovered in a recent theft investigation.

Overton County Sheriff’s Department recently recovered stolen items.
An investigation began Thursday, March 12 when Deputy Derrick Ledbetter responded to a residence on Muddy Pond Road in reference to a theft. At the scene, Dep. Ledbetter was told that several firearms and other property had been taken from the home.

A resident of the home became a prime suspect in the theft. Further investigation revealed that the resident had pawned the stolen firearms, as well as other property, at two pawn shops in Cookeville, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

During the pawn shop investigation, Dep. Ledbetter determined that the suspect had also allegedly pawned property reported stolen from another residence on March 10.

Firearms and other property were recovered and the evidence will be presented to the Overton County grand jury, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Also, on Wednesday, March 4, Deputy Brandon Matthews recovered a 4-wheeler in the Cliff Springs area. The vehicle was later determined to have been stolen from Crossville. A suspect in the theft has been identified and warrants for his arrest are on file.




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Tennessee revenue down $69.7M from budget

Tennessee revenue collections continued to decline in February. Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz announced March 6 that overall February revenues, representing January sales, were $668.4 million, which is $69.7 million less than the amount budgeted for the month.

“February becomes the seventh consecutive month this fiscal year in which sales taxes and corporate income taxes experienced negative growth over a year ago,” Goetz said. “February also marks the 12th negative growth month for sales tax collections out of the last 14 months, reflecting a continued weakness in consumer confidence and the state’s overall economy.

“In spite of the severe revenue shortfall, the governor and the General Assembly will work together to end this fiscal year with a balanced budget as constitutionally required.”

On an accrual basis, February is the seventh month in the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

The general fund was under collected by $61.1 million, and the four other funds were under collected by $8.6 million.

Sales tax collections were $53.8 million less than the estimate for February. The February growth rate was negative 7.88%. The year-to-date growth rate for seven months is negative 5.99%.

Franchise and excise taxes combined were $4.3 million below the budgeted estimate of $37.7 million. For seven months revenues are undercollected by $166.6 million. The year-to-date growth rate for seven months is negative 23.35%.

Gasoline and motor fuel collections for February decreased by 5.75%, but were $293,000 above the budgeted estimate of $70.9 million. For seven months revenues are undercollected by $33.4 million.

Tobacco tax collections were $1.2 million over the budgeted estimate of $23.6 million. For seven months, revenues are undercollected in the amount of $4.6 million.

Year-to-date collections for seven months were $591.8 million less than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was undercollected by $543.2 million and the four other funds were undercollected by $48.6 million.

The budgeted revenue estimates for 2008-2009 are based on the State Funding Board’s consensus recommendation adopted by the second session of the 105th General Assembly in May 2008.

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