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Blue&White Christmas shown in annual parade
School Board rejects taking bids on Rickman classrooms
Arrests made in Dec. 9 barn fire
North Church to shut down for 5K Run

Blue&White Christmas shown in annual parade


Darren Oliver photo
Stewart Shirley, son of Mary Beth and Greg Shirley, waves to the crowd from the W&O Construction Company float in Saturday’s parade.


Dewain E. Peek photo
W&O Construction Company’s float won the Grand Marshal’s trophy and 1st place in Large Business & Industry.


Dewain E. Peek photo
Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston’s float won the Judge’s Award and 1st in Schools.

Dodging predicted mixed precipitation, the 2009 Overton County Christmas Parade was held Saturday, Dec. 12, with 157 entries registered.

This year’s 44th edition of the Livingston/Overton County parade was themed “A Blue & White Christmas”. This year’s grand marshals were former Livingston Academy principals, and former principals Joyce Ramsey, Wayne Brown, Gary Ledbetter, and Gerald Maynard along with current principal Lesley Smith participated.

Vietnam veterans were honorary grand marshals.

W&O Construction Company won the Grand Marshal’s Trophy, breaking Tennessee Techonology Center at Livingston’s 4-year winning streak
TTCL won the Judge’s Award.

Other winners are as follows:
Large Business and Industry (over 9 employees) – 1st place, W&O Construction Company; 2nd place, Livingston Regional Hospital.

Small Business and Industry (9 employees and under) – 1st place, Pamie’s Unisex Hair Salon; 2nd place, Livingston Dance Studio.

Churches and Church Groups – 1st place, Harris Chapel First Freewill Baptist Church; 2nd place, Livingston First Freewill Baptist Church.

School Groups – 1st place, Livingston Academy Dance Team; 2nd place, Overton County Jr. Wildcats Cheer Squad.

Schools – 1st place, Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston.
Fire and Rescue Departments – 1st place, Overton County EMS; 2nd place, Hilham Volunteer Fire & Rescue.

Scout Troops – 1st place, Cub Scout Pack #133; 2nd place, American Heritage Girls TN 0226.

Children Under 12 – 1st place, Overton County Little Miss Hartlee Hill; 2nd place, Toddler King & Queen Carter Bowman and Mallie Carwile.

Children 12 and Older – 1st place, 2009 Junior Princess 1st Runner-Up Haley Norris; 2nd place, 2009 Hog-Eye Fest Queen and Junior Princess 1st Runner-Up Addy Stover.

Civic Clubs and Veterans Organizations – 1st place, Overton County Historical Society; 2nd place, Upper Cumberland Shriners.

Bands – 1st place, Livingston Academy Marching Band.

Antique Cars (cars up to 1949) – 1st place, Paul Davis’ 1948 Chevrolet.

Sports Affiliation Groups –1st place, Upward Flag Football; 2nd place,
Rickman Elementary Cheerleaders and Girls Basketball players.

‘50s Cars (cars 1950-1959) – 1st place, Ted Webb’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air; 2nd, Margaret and Roger Johnson’s 1950 Ford.

Muscle Car Era (cars 1960-1974) – 1st place, Lynn Livingston’s 1968 Buick Skylark convertible; 2nd place, Rickey Hix’s 1965 Chevrolet Bel Air.

Modern Era Cars (cars 1975 and Up) – Jamie Maynord and Bailey Wright’s 1978 Oldsmobile hearse; 2nd place, Suzi Taylor’s yellow 2004 Ford Mustang convertible.

Antique Trucks (trucks up to 1959) – 1st place, Raymond and Betty Brown’s 1946 Studebaker; 2nd place, Bruce Lee’s 1932 Ford.

Classic Trucks (trucks 1960-1974) – 1st place, Johnny White’s 1965 Chevrolet C-10 fleetside; 2nd place, Billy Wayne White’s 1964 Chevrolet C-10 stepside.

Modern Era Trucks (trucks 1975 and Up) – 1st place, Betsy and Ethan Carr’s 1998 Chevrolet; 2nd place, Cody Ledbetter’s 2005 Dodge Ram 3500.

Antique Tractors – No entries.

ATVs – 1st place, Brother’s Tackle Box; 2nd place, Dustin Ferrell.

Motorcycles – No entries.

Golf Carts – No entries.

Horse with Female Rider – 1st place, Jessica Coleman; 2nd place, Hayley Ledbetter.

Horse with Male Rider – 1st place, Cannon Smith; 2nd place, Michael Ledford.

Wagons and Buggies – 1st place, Moments Like These Carriage Company; 2nd place, B&R Mules.

Miscellaneous entries (Other) – 1st place, Overton County Beekeepers Association; 2nd place, Lynn Livingston’s “Island of Misfit Toys”.


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School Board rejects taking bids on Rickman classrooms
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Building additions at Livingston Academy and Rickman Elementary were considered during Overton County Board of Education’s monthly meeting held Monday, Dec. 14, with all members present.

An alternate plan for a CDC suite at Livingston Academy to meet the requirements for students with special needs was approved. The plan, which was suggested by Assistant Director Terry Webb in a work session held immediately prior to the regular meeting, calls for taking the agriculture classroom area and turning it into a CDC suite, and building a metal structure beside the school to house the agriculture class. The current agriculture classroom area has a bathroom that can be made handicap accessible and enough space to renovate into other needed rooms for the CDC program.

But a motion to take bids on 6 classrooms at Rickman Elementary failed.

In favoring a 6-classroom plan chosen in the earlier work session, Board member David Sadler said, “We’re just trying to get a plan, something, anything, to go to the county commissioners with.”

Chairman Kelly Hill said, “Because of the economic restrictions that we’re under, I feel like that we need to try to do something as minimal as we can.”

Board member Mark Peek brought up a method used in the past to gain extra rooms at schools as being a poor alternative.

“I think that our kids deserve a little bit better than these old portables coming back, if we can do it in a way that won’t raise taxes,” he said.

“We’ve kind of been assured that we think that we can do it with a million dollars at these two schools, to get us through these hard times.”

When put to a vote, Board members Dolphus Dial, Howard Miller, Lenard Ledbetter, Sam Pendergrass, Larry Looper, and Houston Robbins voted no, and Board members Sadler, Peek, Hill, and Ray Smith voted yes.

The vote was similar to one taking in the work session to choose a plan to add to the agenda. In the work session, when asked what they wanted to do Sadler, Peek, Smith, and Hill chose 6 classrooms, Pendergrass, Miller, and Looper chose 10 classrooms, Robbins chose 4 classrooms, and Dial and Ledbetter chose no classrooms.

In the work session, Dial had said, “My understanding is, if they cut us BEP, which I’m told they probably will, we can’t afford what we’ve got now.”

He mentioned that the school system’s building debt has been being paid from BEP funds.

And Director of Schools Matt Eldridge confirmed his cautious stance.

“If you take away that stimulus money we got this year, we’ll be down $300,000,” Director Eldridge said.

Action was taken on a problem brought up in the work session by School Health Coordinator Gary Ledbetter. School nurses have been conducting occupational therapy and physical therapy with students but have had incidents where the therapy was interrupted because of emergencies requiring a nurse’s care.

Hiring an interim certified nursing assistant was approved to perform the occupational and physical therapies.

Ledbetter had told the School Board that the position would cost about $10,000 per year.

Miller asked if $5,000 would finish out the school year, since it is halfway through.

Ledbetter said yes.

“We just need something for this year to relieve them to where that we’ve got three nurses on duty and then somebody to do the physical therapies and occupational therapies,” Ledbetter said.

The School Board approved signing on to participate in Race To The Top.

Alberta Dale’s retirement from half-time school counselor at A.H. Roberts Elementary, effective November 30, 2009, was approved.

Dial said, “I’ve known her for many, many years, and she’s been an outstanding teacher in this county. And I wish her well.”

Sadler added, “She’s a fine lady, a fine teacher, and she’s really been an asset to this system. I wish her the very best in everything.”

Applications for the following Special Education grants were approved:

Inclusion Aids in the Classroom, which will extend a grant already in place, and Technology in the Pre-School Classroom, which funds from this, if awarded, will be to place technology in the pre-school inclusion class and Miss Carolyn’s 3 year-old class.

In executive action, the contract with Coca-Cola was approved.

Director Eldridge issued the Director’s Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

•Granted maternity leave of absence to Jessica Bilbrey from December 3, 2009 to January 28, 2010.

•Hired Kim Walker at Rickman Elementary to fill in for Chasidy Choate, who is on maternity leave, from October 2, 2009 to November 13, 2009, as recommended by Principal Amy Brown.

•Hired Callie McDonald at A.H. Roberts Elementary for afterschool programs, as recommended by Principal Bridgett Carwile.

•Hired the following non-certified substitute teachers: Jeri Wilborn, Gail Flowers, and Felicia Richards.

The meeting adjourned.


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Arrests made in Dec. 9 barn fire
Names are being withheld of two individuals who have been arrested in connection with a barn fire in Monroe on Wednesday, Dec. 9.

According to reports, Overton County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a barn fire in the Monroe area on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and Sgt. Jeremy Carr and Dep. John Harris responded to the scene along with the Monroe Fire Department.

Inside the barn had been 450 round bales of hay, which were destroyed.
Upon investigation of the scene, the Sheriff’s Dept. called in State Bomb and Arson Agent Greg Whittaker to assist.

Officers received information from concerned citizens who identified the vehicle driven by the suspects. The two agencies allegedly were able to get confessions from those involved. Two individuals were arrested and booked into Overton County Jail for Arson on a $10,000 bond.

Sheriff W.B. Melton expressed appreciation to all those who helped with the investigation and is reminding citizens that any information they report to the Sheriff’s Department will remain anonymous.

Anyone wishing to give information on illegal activity may do so by calling (931) 823-5635.



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North Church to shut down for 5K Run
The Christmas for Kids 5K Walk/Run, sponsored by Livingston Jaycees, will be held Friday, Dec. 18 on the square in Livingston. The walk/run is held in conjunction with Christmas in the Country, which will also be held Friday evening.

Entry fee is $25 the day of the race, with all proceeds to go to the Livingston Jaycees Christmas for Kids.

Registration for the 5K walk/run will begin at 4:30 p.m., and it will start at 6 p.m. at the Post Office. North Church Street will be closed from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the run, which will continue down North Church and go around Winningham Park and then back to the square.

An awards presentation will be held at 8 p.m. with awards presented to the top overall male and the top overall female as well as prizes for the top runner in each of the following age groups: 10 and Under; 11-15; 16-25;
26-35; 36-45; 46-55; 56-65; 65 and Up.

For more information contact David Sadler at (931) 260-7494 or at dls273@yahoo.com.



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