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Theft suspects arrested, escape, and recaptured
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Overton County Schools matches state in report card

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Veterans Day Celebration


As a tribute to local veterans, each art student at Livingston Academy has drawn a waving flag. The Art Club then put them together to make a wall piece at LA to honor the veterans and thank them all for their service in sustaining freedom.

The annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held on the Livingston square at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 11. Refreshments will be served afterward at VFW Post 5062.

Livingston Middle School will present its annual “Salute to Veterans” at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. We hope you will join us for a brief program by our student body with dessert to follow.

LMS Principal Doug Smith said, “We are thankful for the freedom we enjoy today and realize that your service to our country has helped make that possible. Our students, faculty, and staff will be honored if you can attend.”



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Theft suspects arrested, escape, and recaptured
Livingston Police Officers Jerry Rhoton and Ray Smith along with Det. Tim Poore responded to a break-in call at Maynord’s Thrifty Clothing on Wednesday, Nov. 4. A large number of items were reported as having been stolen from the business the night before.

A few hours later, Officer Smith discovered items later identified as being some of the stolen property at a separate location in Livingston. At his point, at least two suspects were identified as being Terry “Faddle” Flowers Jr. and Ashley Garrett, of Overton County.

The following day, Officer Smith received information that the two could be hiding out at a residence in Allons. Shortly after, LPD officers went to that location and searched the residence, finding the two suspects hiding under a bed. Later that evening, after taking Flowers and Garrett into custody, LPD officers allegedly located another stash of stolen items from the thrift store at an abandoned trailer off Byrdstown Highway.

By 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, Flowers and Garrett were charged with possession of stolen property and placed under a $10,000 bond and transported to Overton County Jail. Their court date was set for Tuesday,

Nov. 10 in Overton County General Sessions Court.

Officers participating in the investigation along with Officers Smith and Rhoton and Det. Poore included Det. Jacob Boswell, Capt. Chris Halfacre, and Chief Greg Etheredge.

Chief Etheredge stated that the case was made as a result of some really good police work by Officer Smith, who led the trail of the stolen property to the suspects.

“We are unsure at this time if this case is related to some other break-ins that have recently occurred in our community and surrounding counties, but there are some similarities, which have gotten our atttention,” Chief Etheredge stated.

On the night of November 5, Flowers and Garrett escaped from Overton County Jail. After being booked in at the jail around 7 p.m., they were placed in holding cells, according to Overton County Sheriff’s Department.

“Around 11:30 p.m., the correctional sergeant in booking went to the restroom located in the booking area,” Sheriff W.B. Melton stated. “At this time, Terry Lee Flowers Jr. and Ashley Dawn Garrett left their holding cells and exited the building through the sally port area and proceeded over the back fence.

“The sergeant was reprimanded by way of a 7-day suspension without pay and was also demoted to corrections officer.”

Flowers and Garrett were apprehended Sunday night, Nov. 8 after information was obtained by LPD Sgt. Randy Boles that they were possibly at a residence in Monroe. Overton County Sheriff’s Dept., in conjunction with Livingston Police Department apprehended Flowers and Garrett at the residence. The owners of the residence were not aware that
they were fugitives, according to LPD.

The two were charged with Escape from a Penal Institution and both were held for arraignment on November 10.

Chief Etheredge stated, “We were very glad to get these two back in custody, just another example of what happens when the Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department cooperate together.”

Officers participating in the apprehension operation from the Sheriff’s Dept. included Sgt. Robert Garrett, Sgt. Jeremy Carr, and Dep. Derrick Sidwell.

LPD officers, along with Sgt. Boles and Chief Etheredge, included Officers Brandon Walker and Chris Billings.

“Many of our cases are solved by our local citizens standing up and providing information about criminal activity in our community,” Chief Etheredge stated.

Anyone with such information is urged to contact the Police Department at (931) 823-6496.

“You will remain anonymous,” Chief Etheredge assured.

The Police Department is stressing to local businesses and residents to consider silent alarm systems and reinforcing entry points. LPD suggests some simple solutions such as additional deadbolts and locks on doors, lighting dark areas, and maintaining and inventory of personal property.

“Livingston businesses and residences can feel free to contact the Police Department and request an officer to come to your location to assist you with ideas to improve your security,” Chief Etheredge stated.


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Sen. Corker to hold town hall meeting
U.S. Senator Bob Corker will hold a town hall meeting in Livingston on Friday, Nov. 13.

Sen. Corker will provide an update on his work in Washington and take questions from the audience. The event, sponsored by Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce, is open to the public.

This marks Corker’s 68th county visit and 39th town hall meeting this year.

Tennesseans seeking more information about the event should contact Senator Corker’s Knoxville office at (865) 637-4180.

The Overton County Town Hall Meeting will be held at 8 a.m. Friday, Nov, 13 in the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce building, located at 222 East Main Street.

Bob Corker was elected to the United States Senate in 2006. He is a member of the Banking, Energy, and Foreign Relations committees and ranking member of the Special Committee on Aging. Corker grew up in Chattanooga and graduated from University of Tennessee. He was a businessman before serving as Tennessee’s commissioner of finance and as mayor of Chattanooga.



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Overton County Schools matches state in report card
Tennessee Department of Education released Tuesday, Nov. 3 the annual comprehensive report card on pre-K – 12 education, including state, district and school-level information on achievement, demographics, and discipline.

This year’s report card demonstrates fundamental changes to the calculations of Value Added and Achievement scores. The method of calculating scores and the scale used to determine letter grades have been revised to allow for a transition to the new standards and assessments required by the Tennessee Diploma Project.

Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said, “Because we have been on an aggressive path of improvement with the Tennessee Diploma Project, it was necessary to utilize this transition year to change our calculation methods and more accurately demonstrate student progress in an effort to pursue higher standards.”

Two major changes have been implemented for calculation of scores on the Report Card. First, the baseline year for comparing student achievement has been reset using 2009 test scores. Second, a new grade scale will be used.

The scale used to determine all grades A through F has been dramatically revised, meaning scores considered to be an “A” proficient in years past may now be a “B” or “C”.

Assistant Commissioner of Accountability and Teaching and Learning Connie Smith said, “Part of student success means setting the stage. With the Tennessee Diploma Project and recalibrating the Report Card, we’re setting the stage for our students to be more competitive and better prepared for career or college after high school.”

In 2007, Tennessee Department of Education launched Tennessee Diploma Project. The more rigorous curriculum and graduation requirements TDP calls for, become effective this year. For more information on TDP visit: http://www.tn.gov/tdp.

To access Report Card data visit http://tn.gov/education/reportcard/index.shtml.

The 2009 system profile for Overton County Schools shows 218 teachers for 3,315 students, with 67.4% of the students considered economically disadvantaged. Overton County’s per pupil expenditures are $7,152.

Tennessee’s state average is $8,518 per pupil.

In No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress, as expected with three years of high marks and little room for progress, Rickman Elementary School is now on the Target list. Also on the Target list this year is Livingston Middle School.

A.H. Roberts Elementary School, Allons Elementary School, Hilham Elementary School, and Wilson Elementary School are all listed as in Good Standing, and Livingston Academy has reached School Improvement 2.

TCAP Academic Achievement shows Overton County matching the state in 3rd through 8th grade Reading/Language – B, Social Studies – B, and Science – B, but below the state in Math with a C and state with a B.

TCAP Writing in 5th grade and 8th grade also matched the state with A scores in both.

TCAP Writing for 11th grade received a B, and the state grade was A.

In the Value Added category, which is a 3-year growth standard that evaluates if a system or school is gaining in achievement, Overton County received an F in Math, a D in Reading/Language, an F in Social Studies, and a D in Science.

A.H. Roberts Elementary School, with 550 students, received an A in Math, a B in Reading/Language, an A in Social Studies, and a B in Science for Academic Achievement, but received F grades in Math, Social Studies, and Science, and a D in Reading/Language in the Value Added.

Allons Elementary School, with 296 students, received a C in Math, a C in Reading/Language, a C in Social Studies, a C in Science, an A in 5th grade Writing, and an A in 8th grade Writing for Academic Achievement, but received F grades in Math, Reading/Language, Social Studies, and Science in the Value Added.

Hilham Elementary School, with 270 students, received a B in Math, a B in Reading/Language, a B in Social Studies, a B in Science, an A in 5th grade Writing, and an A in 8th grade Writing for Academic Achievement, and received a C in Math, a B in Reading/Language, a D in Social Studies, and an F in Science in the Value Added.

Livingston Middle School, with 449 students, received a C in Math, a B in Reading/Language, a B in Social Studies, a B in Science, an A in 5th grade Writing, and an A in 8th grade Writing for Academic Achievement, but received an F in Math, a D in Reading/Language, an F in Social Studies, and a C in Science in the Value Added.

Rickman Elementary School, with 662 students, received a C in Math, a B in Reading/Language, a B in Social Studies, a B in Science, an A in 5th grade Writing, and an A in 8th grade Writing for Academic Achievement, but received D grades in Math, Reading/Language, Social Studies, and Science in the Value Added.

Wilson Elementary School, with 195 students, received a C in Math, a D in Reading/Language, a D in Social Studies, a C in Science, a B in 5th grade Writing, and a B in 8th grade Writing for Academic Achievement, and received an F in Math, a D in Reading/Language, an F in Social Studies, and a D in Science in the Value Added.

Livingston Academy, with 883 students, received a B in 11th grade Writing.


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