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Archives 04-15-2009



Storms roll through Overton County
Legislative Body meeting held Monday evening
Director search narrowed to Eldridge, Watson
OCN wins Best of Show in advertising contest
County receives $10,000 to help homeless

Storms roll through Overton County

Julie Young photo
On Friday, April 10 during the storms that caused devastation in Murfreesboro, several trees blew over throughout the county. Above is a tree that blew down on the road at the home of David and Cynthia Sells on Third Street up from the hospital. Emergency crews were notified and immediately unblocked the road. No damage was reported to the home.

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Legislative Body meeting held Monday evening
Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Legislative Body held the monthly meeting Monday, April 13, with Commissioners Gregg Nivens and Billy Parrott absent.

A resolution was adopted to authorize an application for funding under the Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program.

The Sheriff’s Department has received the grant in the past.

An amendement to the Sheriff’s Personnel Policy was approved.

The School Quarterly Report was approved.

A budget amendment was approved to move funds designated for the note on water and sewer lines for the lettuce plant so payment can be made, and a capital outlay note was approved for $75,000 for ambulance remounts at Overton County EMS and for $117,980 for a rolloff truck bed for the Solid Waste Department.

The County Commission approved a plan presented by the Leadership Overton Class of 2008-2009 to erect a memorial for soldiers Jeremiah Savage and Brad McCormick, who died serving their country in Iraq.

The memorial will be placed in the northwest corner of the courthouse grounds.

Susan Upton, speaking for the group, said, “We have chosen a local craftsman to create a fountain here on Court Square in memory of these two Marines, or any others that may have to be added. This fountain is moveable if, for some reason, something else has to take its place.”

Leadership Overton is currently raising funds for the project.

John Alcorn was appointed to the Library Board, as recommended by the County Commission Library Board.

The following were approved as notaries at-large: Randy Arnold Dodson, Tammy Mae Leslie, Colene Ledbetter, Toni Marie Ferrell, Tonya S. Reagan, Wanda K. Krantz, Steve Daniels, Kay Boswell, John Milton Meadows III, and Jennifer Lynn Ledbetter.

Budget Director Debra Maberry informed the county commissioners that the refunding bond issue will save more money than expected.

“It came in much better than what we had originally told you at the last court meeting,” she said. “Your savings over the next 15 years in Debt Service on the refinancing is $339,478. So that came out very well.”

Livingston-Overton County Merchants Association President Pam Sadler addressed the County Commission concerning Hog-Eye Fest, which will be held June 11-13. Hog-Eye Fest will begin with a beauty pageant at Livingston Academy on Thursday, June 11.

Sadler invited the commissioners and County Mayor Kenneth Copeland to be present at a ceremony set for 5 p.m. Friday, June 12 to welcome people to the festival. Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Livingston aldermen are also invited to attend the ceremony.

Boy Scouts will hold a flag retirement ceremony that evening.

Sadler informed the commissioners that a 5K run and kids fun run will be held on Saturday, June 13 as well as a BBQ cook-off, ice cream making contest, and a cruise-in.

The meeting adjourned.

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Director search narrowed to Eldridge, Watson
Overton County Board of Education conducted interviews for a new director of schools on Tuesday, April 7, with all members present.

The list of candidates to be interviewed stood at 11, but just 10 participated in the interviews. The School Board interviewed Sarah Hogue, Craig Bangston, Doug Cotton, Coleman Woody, Charles Edmonds, Jerry Boyd, Brett Lawson, Harold Watson, Rick Moles, and Matt Eldridge. D. Scott Porter had been scheduled to be interviewed, but did not participate.

After the interviews were completed, each School Board member named their top two candidates. Every Board member except Ray Smith chose Harold Watson and Matt Eldridge. Smith named Eldridge and Charles Edmonds.

Overton County School Board set 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 14 as a time to work out details of the contract for a new school director.

The School Board was scheduled to hold further interviews of Harold Watson and Matt Eldridge on April 14, beginning at 6 p.m., with a new school director to be chosen at that meeting.

The regular monthly meeting of Overton County Board of Education will be held Monday, April 20 at the Central Education Office, as directed by Chairman Dolphus Dial. An open door work session will begin at 6 p.m. and the Board meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

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OCN wins Best of Show in advertising contest

TPA Advertising Committee Chairman Sandra Shelton presents the 2009 Best of Show award to OCN Advertising Director Darren Oliver.

Tennessee Press Association presented the 2009 Ideas Contest awards on Friday, April 3, and Overton County News received five 1st place awards, two 2nd place awards, a 3rd place award, and the Best of Show.

The awards presentation was held in conjunction with the Advertising/Circulation Conference in Franklin.

OCN Advertising Director Darren Oliver said, “OCN is very honored to be in a contest with such great talent. We are very proud to win these advertising awards, but we would like our advertising customers to be the ultimate winners. As always, our main objective is to produce effective advertisements.”

Overton County News won the top prize, the Jack Freeland Memorial Award Best of Show, for a self-promoting ad – “Read… It does a mind good.”

Carson Oliver, publisher of the Overton County News, won the first Jack Freeland Memorial Award in 1981 while with the Livingston Enterprise.

Jack Freeland, for whom the Best of Show award was named, was advertising manager of The Daily Herald in Columbia, and was active with the TPA Advertising Committee.

OCN won 1st place in Best Use of Single Color for an advertisement for Union Bank’s internet banking.

Another ad for Union Bank, touting banking services, won 1st place in Best Black & White Ad.

And yet another ad for Union Bank, “Dribbling”, won 2nd place in Best Sales Promotion.

A page with pictures of Babe Ruth players and quotes by famous Major League Baseball players won 1st place in Best Feature Page.

An advertisement for Tangles about “Gas Prices Are Hair Raising” won 1st place in Best 1/4 Page or Smaller Ad, and placed 3rd in the category with a “Trick or Treat Costume Party” advertisement for Crickets.

OCN placed 1st in Self Promotion of Newspaper, and placed 2nd in Best Classified Section.

Members of the Kentucky Press Association judged the contest on March 6 in Elizabethtown, KY. A total of 1,095 entries from 41 newspapers were submitted in the 2009 Ideas Contest. The contest has 27 categories, with each divided into five circulation divisions, two for non-dailies and three for dailies.

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County receives $10,000 to help homeless
Overton County has been awarded a $9,986 grant to help people in need of food and shelter, according to U.S. Representative Bart Gordon.

“The money allocated today will help to expand Overton’s existing program,” explained Congressman Gordon. “Not only can the funds be used for food and shelter purposes, but they can also be used to provide one-month assistance with rent, mortgage, and utility payments to prevent evictions, and transition assistance from shelters to stable living conditions.”

The America Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law on February 17, provided funding to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP) National Board Program.

ESFP’s objectives are to allocate funds to the neediest areas, to ensure fast response, to foster public-private sector partnerships, to ensure local decision-making, and to maintain accountable reporting.

Contact the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency at (931) 823-7323 for more information about the grant Overton County received. Funds were allocated on the basis of a formula that took current population, unemployment, and poverty into account.

Congressman Gordon added, “I am confident that grants like this, in addition to the job creation components and federal grant programs that received funding from the Recovery Act, will pull Middle Tennessee and the rest of the country out of this recession and back on the track of economic prosperity.”

For more information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the programs that received funding visit Congressman Bart Gordon’s “Economic Recovery Center” at www.bart.house.gov/recovery.

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