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Truck climbs guy wire, no serious injuries reported
Director of Schools candidates to be interviewed April 7
Funding available for lunchroom equipment
Blue ribbons signify victims of abuse

Truck climbs guy wire, no serious injuries reported


Darren Oliver photos
Utility workers assess the situation after a black 1986 Chevrolet pickup climbed a guy wire around 8 a.m. Thursday, March 26. According to reports, driven by William Blake, 39, of Livingston, was driving the truck east into Livingston on Highway 52 (Jamestown Highway), near Memorial Gardens, when he apparently lost control in a curve on the rainslick road. The truck left the highway, went through a fence, and went up a utility pole guy wire, where it came to rest. Blake was taken to Livingston Regional Hospital where he was treated and released. Livingston Police Department investigated the incident.


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Director of Schools candidates to be interviewed April 7
Overton County School Board will start conducting interviews for hiring a new director of schools at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 at the Central Education Office, as directed by Chairman Dolphus Dial.

The list of candidates originally stood at 14, but 3 have dropped out. The School Board decided to interview the candidates who are traveling a long distance first and then to interview the local candidates. The remaining 11 on the list to be interviewed are Craig Bangston, Jerry Boyd, Doug Cotton, Charles Edmonds, Brett Lawson, D. Scott Porter, D. Coleman Woody, and Overton County residents Matt Eldridge, Harold Watson, Sarah Hogue, and Rick Moles.


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Funding available for lunchroom equipment
Tennessee Department of Education announced Thursday, March 26 that school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program can apply for grants to purchase approved school lunchroom equipment.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides the funding through a one-time appropriation to Tennessee of $2,275,738.
Governor Phil Bredesen said, “It’s difficult for school districts to make capital purchases during these tough economic times. These Recovery Act grants will improve the infrastructure of school cafeterias across the state and support the businesses and manufacturers who provide the equipment.”

Equipment that may be purchased is defined as an article of nonexpendable, tangible personal property with a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit cost of $5,000. Some items of lesser value will also be available for purchase with these grants. Districts will be notified of all school cafeteria equipment grants by early June and will be required to spend all funds by October 1, 2009.

Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said, “This is just the first of the Recovery Act dollars that will help our schools. These school nutrition grants will help schools serve a vital function of providing nutritious meals to their students.”

Strict criteria will be used to determine if a district is eligible to receive an equipment grant. Districts must participate in the National School Lunch Program, have at least 50% of their students participate in the free and reduced priced meal program, and be able to expend all grant dollars within three months of receipt.

Information on this grant and all stimulus funds available through Tennessee Department of Education can be found at http://tn.gov/education/recovery.shtml.

For more information contact Rachel Woods at (615) 253-1960 or Rachel.Woods@state.tn.us.



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Blue ribbons signify victims of abuse

Julie Young photo
On Monday, March 30, 666 ribbons were tied onto one of the trees on the square to represent each child who was abused or neglected in Overton County in 2008. This will kick off April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Blue Ribbon Child Abuse Prevention Memorial Ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 23 from 5 until 7 p.m at the Courthouse Square, in Livingston.


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