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Hogeye Fest drives in a crowd
School Board welcomes Eldridge, thanks Gilpatrick
Hollars appointed Circuit Court Judge

Hogeye Fest drives in a crowd


Bob Shartrand photo
Boy Scout Troop #72 showed their vigilance as they carried on with the flag retirement ceremony during the soaking rain.


Dewain E. Peek photo
After the rains, Hogeye Fest carried on with the Standing Stone Cruisers Cruise-in, music groups, and booths around the Livingston square on Saturday, June 13.


Darren Oliver photo
The Kid Fun Run brought out competitors to outrun Ollie the Otter during Hogeye Fest.


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School Board welcomes Eldridge, thanks Gilpatrick
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Matt Eldridge signed the contract with Overton County Board of Education to become the new Director of Overton County Schools after the contract was finalized in the Monday, June 15 regular monthly meeting of Overton County Board of Education

The School Board also presented current Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick a certificate of appreciation for his service to the school system.

In other new business, negotiating supplements were approved as follows: 2008-2009 school year – $2,000 for the chief negotiator and $500 for each team member; 2009-2010 school year – $2,000 for the chief negotiator and $1,000 for one assistant negotiator.

Sharon Sevier’s retirement as an instructor at Rickman Elementary School was accepted, effective May 22, 2009. Sevier has served in the Overton County School System for 35 years.

Director Gilpatrick said, “Sharon’s done a wonderful job for those 35 years.”

Noah Hinson’s resignation as transportation supervisor was accepted, effective the end of the 2008-2009 school year. He will return to the lead mechanic position.

The Board approved 2008-2009 General Purpose Budget Amendment #2.
The School Board approved the Special Education American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Fund), as requested by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton. These funds must be spent in 27 months and were presented at the June 2 work session.

The Comprehensive Application for Special Education service for the 2009-2010 school year was approved, as requested by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton. This was also presented at the June 2 work session.

The Board approved the 2009-2010 Consolidated Federal Projects and Budget for Title I, Title IIA, Title IID, Title IV, and Title VI, as requested by Supervisor of Federal Projects Diane Sadler. This also was presented at the June 2 work session.

Reduced term contracts of 100 and 120 days were approved.

A 100-day contract for an Educational Information System (EIS) position was approved, with Board member Sam Pendergrass voting no.

In executive action, Wilson Elementary trips requested by Principal Terry Webb were approved as follows: third, fourth, and fifth grades to Chuckles in Crossville on May 20; and sixth and seventh grades to Cumberland Science Museum in Nashville on May 20.

LA Dance Team was approved to perform at Livingston Academy during the Relay for Life held May 29, as requested by Robert Wayne Sells.

Livingston Academy Dance Camp was approved from June 1 to June 5 at Livingston Academy, as requested by Robert Wayne Sells. The camp ran from 8 a.m. to noon each day, with the proceeds to be used for purchasing uniforms for LA Dance Team members.

Chairman Dolphus Dial directed Matt Eldridge, incoming director of schools, to impress upon the principals that trip requests need to be brought to the School Board before they occur.

“These principals ought to know what trips they’re going to be taking,” Dial said. “Really stress that.”

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

Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

•Hired Carolyn Burchfield and Janie Carter, 70 hours each, for the pre-school summer program, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton. This is to be paid from IDEA/Federal Dollars.

•Hired Alberta Wade, 35 hours, for Speech service, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton. This is to be paid from IDEA/Federal Dollars.

•Hired Melissa Hix, 2 weeks, as an attendant for a disabled child who will be attending the summer program at Livingston Middle School, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton. This is to be paid from IDEA/Federal Dollars.

•Hired Mark Higgins, effective May 27, for a Math position at Livingston Academy, as recommended by Principal Harold Watson.

•Hired Deborah Sells Higgins, effective May 27, for a Physics position at Livingston Academy, as recommended by Principal Harold Watson.

•Hired Erin Jorge, effective August 1, as a Speech and Language Pathologist for Overton County Schools, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton. This position will be filled based on Stimulus Funds Project to be approved.

•Hired Courtney McBride, effective January 2009, as assistant softball coach for the 2009 season, as recommended by Livingston Academy Softball Coach Elizabeth Maxwell.

“That date on that is to correct an oversight we had in the paperwork,” Director Gilpatrick said.

•Hired Dana Gore, effective June 8, for an English instructor position at Livingston Academy, as recommended by Principal Harold Watson.

•Hired Teresa Johnson, effective June 8, as Supervisor of Instruction Pre-K-6, as recommended by Matt Eldridge, incoming director.

•Hired Terry Webb, effective June 8, as Director of CTE, as recommended by Matt Eldridge, incoming director.

•Melissa Savage was hired, effective June 8, as Supervisor of Attendance, as recommended by Matt Eldridge, incoming director.

•Hired Harold Watson, effective June 8, as Supervisor of Transportation, as recommended by Matt Eldridge, incoming director.

•Hired Doug Smith, effective June 9, as Livingston Middle School Principal, as recommended by Matt Eldridge, incoming director.

Before adjourning, School Board members again expressed appreciation to Director Gilpatrick for his service.

Chairman Dial said, “The school system is better because you were in it. I appreciate the 35 years that you dedicated of your life to the Overton County School System.”

In a work session held before the regular monthly meeting, the School Board again addressed the possibility of a new drug policy.

Chairman Dial said of the current policy, “The way I read this, that if a principal suspects a teacher or someone on his staff of using drugs he can pick up the phone and call the director of schools and the director of schools can require that individual to go get tested. So, we have a pretty good policy in place.”

The current policy does not require testing as a condition of being hired.

More information on drug policies will be presented to the Board in a future work session.

The next regular monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, July 7.

 


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Hollars appointed Circuit Court Judge

Betty Aronson photo
Amy V. Hollars is sworn in by Criminal Court Judge David A. Patterson as a judge of the Tennessee Circuit Court for the Thirteenth Judicial District.

Amy V. Hollars, of Livingston, was appointed to the Tennessee Circuit Court for the Thirteenth Judicial District on Friday, June 12.

Governor Phil Bredesen appointed Hollars to fill a vacancy created by the retirment of Judge John A. Turnbull, her father.

The Thirteenth Judicial District is composed of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White counties.

Gov. Bredesen said, “Amy Hollars has developed extensive civil trial experience in her career, and I’m confident her skills, education, and practice experience will serve her well in this capacity. I am pleased to appoint Amy to this seat, and I appreciate her willingness to serve the citizens of the Thirteenth Judicial District.”

Hollars previously served as a solo practitioner in Overton County as well as attorney for the City of Livingston from October 2007 through October 2008. She is a former partner in the Knoxville firm Hodges, Doughty, and Carson.

Hollars said, “I’m honored to receive this appointment and appreciate the confidence Governor Bredesen has shown in me. I look forward to working with the litigants, attorneys, and the public at large, and I will endeavor to do the work of a trial judge with integrity, fairness, and diligence.”

Hollars was appointed as special circuit court judge for the Thirteenth Judicial District by Gov. Bredesen in October after Judge Turnbull submitted a notice of physical disability. Tennessee law provides a process for the appointment of a special temporary judge in the event sickness or disability prevents a state judge from carrying out his or her duties.

Hollars, 42, holds degrees from University of the South and Vanderbilt University, and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from University of Tennessee College of Law. She previously served on the board of directors of Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. She and her husband, James Hollars, have three children.

 



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