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Archives 07-29-2009

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Fair week, brings fun for families
Called School Board meeting held July 20
OCN wins three UT-TPA awards
Unemployment rate rises

Fair week, brings fun for families


Darren Oliver photo
Addison Hardin, daughter of Angie Prillhart and Mike Hardin, picks up a duck during the 71st Overton County Agricultural Fair held July 21-25 at Overton County Fairgrounds.
The fair featured games, rides, carnival food, and contest booths, and the arena featured events throughout the week, such as the popular rodeo held Wednesday, July 22.


Julie Young photo

 


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Called School Board meeting held July 20
Overton County Board of Education held a called meeting Monday, July 20 for the purpose of approving the 2009-2010 budget. Board members Lenard Ledbetter and Ray Smith were absent.

Before approving the budget, the School Board approved a pay increase for paraprofessionals and bus drivers, as recommended by the Paraprofessional Committee. Board member Kelly Hill abstained from voting because his wife is a paraprofessional in the school system.

After approving the 2009-2010 proposed budget, the School Board conducted other business unrelated to the budget.

The 2009-2010 Negotiating Team was approved as follows: Diane Sadler as chief negotiator and Teresa Johnson as assistant.

A.H. Roberts Elementary School instructor Janie Carter’s retirement was approved.

I.D.E.A. Part B Special Education Budget Amendment #1 for budget year 2008-09 and I.D.E.A. Pre-School Budget Amendment #3 for budget year 2008-09 were approved.

A 100-day contract for Marcia Johnson was approved.

The School Board recognized Overton County Education Association (OCEA) negotiating representative Billie Akers.

The following executive action items were also presented for approval:

•A volleyball camp held July 13-17 at Livingston Academy was approved, as requested by LA Volleyball Coach Christie Jenkins.

•The low bid from C.C. Dickson was approved on 26 HVAC units for Rickman Elementary at $562.66 each, totaling $14,629.16, including shipping.

Director of Schools Matt Eldridge presented a Director’s Report during the called meeting. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

•Donna Lamb, who is returning from sick leave, was placed at Rickman Elementary to cover Kara Miller’s sick leave.

•Karen Cowan was hired to work 10 additional days in the January 2009 to June 2009 period.

•The following were hired as bus drivers, as recommended by Transportation Supervisor Harold Watson: Ray Rockwell, Billy Phipps, Mark Ogletree, and Earl Stevens. Earl Stevens is for an additional half-route only.

•Michelle White was hired, effective July 13, 2009, as Pre-School Special Education instructor, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton.

•Jane Bittis and Amber Coleman were hired, effective July 13, 2009, as Pre-K educational assistants, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton.

•Marsha Wyatt was hired, effective July 13, 2009, as Gifted coordinator, as recommended by Director Matt Eldridge.

•Wayne Sells was hired, effective July 10, 2009, as principal of Allons Elementary, as recommended by Director Matt Eldridge.

•Bridgett Carwile was hired, effective July 10, 2009, as principal of A. H. Roberts Elementary, as recommended by Director Matt Eldridge.

•Marsha Wyatt, Rick Moles, and Vickie Eldridge were hired, effective July 7, 2009, to compile and correlate TCAP data summaries for all elementary schools, as recommended by Shirley Myers, supervisor of instruction for 7-12/Technology.

The meeting adjourned.

A work session was held immediately prior to the called meeting. During the work session, Mike Gilpatrick gave a report from Livingston Academy Alumni Association concerning the school’s centennial celebration.

The school began teaching students September 14, 1909. A celebration will be held at LA on Saturday, Sept. 26, starting at 10 a.m. An assembly program will be held at 2 p.m in the gymnasium with a roll call of classes.

A request has been made to the state for a historic marker at the old Livingston Academy site. The marker will cost $1,300 from Alumni Association.

The School Board then worked on the budget.
Overton County Board of Education’s next open door work session will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 at the Central Education Office, as directed by Chairman Dial.


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OCN wins three UT-TPA awards
Overton County News won three awards in the UT Tennessee Press Association 2009 Newspaper Contest.

Awards were presented in five categories based on average weekly circulation, including small and large daily and non-daily newspapers.

Kentucky Press Association judged a total of 1,477 contest entries from 84 TPA newspapers.

Overton County News won 1st place in Best News Photograph with a photo by Darren Oliver of people praying after a truck ran through the intersection of Main Street and the bypass, crashed through a fence, then came to rest in the Livingston creek.



The KPA judge stated, “Nice moment. Photographer saw the ‘action’ away from the action that tells the human impact.”

“North County Lines by Bob” placed 4th in Best Personal Column with a story focusing on Harold, his late Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor.

The contest judge stated, “Chronological storytelling style makes reading easy. And the vivid descriptions, told with humor in an understated way, make you want more. Perfect way to tackle this subject.”

Bob commented, “Thanks to readers for keeping me going.”

Overton County News placed 5th in Make-Up And Appearance. OCN earned “Excellent” ratings in headlines, graphics, and mechanical production.

Overton County News competed in Group II, which is for newspapers with a weekly circulation of 5,001 to 15,000.



Unemployment rate rises
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June was 10.8%, up 0.1 percentage point from the May rate of 10.7%. The June rate a year ago was 6.4%.
The national unemployment rate for June 2009 was 9.5%, up from the May rate of 9.4%.

Labor Commissioner James Neeley said, “Like the national unemployment rate, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has continued to climb. The fact that this is such a minor increase is encouraging as the state had experienced steeper increases in unemployment rates each month for several consecutive months.”

The last time Tennessee’s unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted, was as high as the current rate was November 1983.

According to the Business Survey, 5,000 job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, 3,100 in health care and social assistance, and 300 in other services.

Major employment decreases occurred in local government educational services, down by 24,500. State government educational services declined by 4,200 jobs, and manufacturing decreased by 3,900.

Year-over-year increases occurred in local government, up by 12,900.

Health care and social assistance increased 10,100, and arts, entertainment, and recreation gained 1,600.

Manufacturing was down 51,000, trade transportation and utilities lost 29,100, and mining and construction decreased by 26,600.

Local government increases were primarily caused by the inclusion of approximately 9,400 Summer Youth Program workers through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

 



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