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Archives 04-14-2010


Deputy dies from fall in state park
County to receive $706,000 from Race to the Top
School Board work session held April 6
Motorcycle crash kills Hilham man Sunday

Legislative Body meeting held Monday

Deputy dies from fall in state park

Darren Oliver photos
Rescue workers pull on a rope to recover the body of Deputy Chad Pritchard on April 6.

Darren Oliver photos
Deputy Chad Pritchard lost his footing and fell into this rocky hole Tuesday, April 6.

He had just got out of the academy, and I feel like he was going to be top notch,” Sheriff W.B. Melton said of Chad Pritchard on Tuesday, April 6 after the Overton County deputy fell to his death in Standing Stone State Park.

“We’ve been looking at this area for some time on some old cases, and today I sent two deputies, and I got some help from the park rangers here,” Sheriff Melton said.

Around 9:45 a.m., the men came upon an 8 to 10-foot wide opening to a
vertical cave in the Rocky Mound Road area of the park.

“He stepped down to it and wanted to take one more step and shine his light over in it, and when he did, his feet slipped out from under him,” Sheriff Melton said.

Pritchard, 26, fell down the hole an estimated 160 to 200 feet to an area of the cave estimated to be about 75 feet wide.

He had been on the force for about two and a half months, according to Sheriff Melton, and had previously worked in the jail.

“He was always ‘yes ma’am, no ma’am, yes sir, no sir’, that kind of attitude,” Sheriff Melton said. “So, you know, those people are sometimes hard to find.”

Sheriff Melton would not comment on the case being investigated.

Emergency personnel from Overton and Putnam counties were called to the scene and rappelled into the cave. Pritchard’s body was placed in a Stokes basket and a line of rescue workers pulled the ropes to bring the body out of the cave. The recovery ended around 2:30 p.m.

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County to receive $706,000 from Race to the Top
Tennessee has been awarded $500 million in federal education money through the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition and Overton County will receive $706,000, according to Tennessee Department of Education estimates.

According to state Department of Education estimates, Cumberland County Schools will receive $1.6 million in local Race to the Top funds, Jackson County Schools is estimated to receive $459,000, Pickett County will receive $191,500, Putnam County will receive $3 million, and White County will receive $984,000.

State Senator Charlotte Burks said, “For years, Tennessee has ranked near the bottom of nearly every educational measure. Now, we have the chance to become a national leader in education reform.”

The $500 million grant will be spread out over four years. State education officials will begin determining how the funds will be used in the coming months.

Some of the money will fund the Teacher Professional Development Fund, which will dedicate funds for teacher training and professional skills development for the first time in Tennessee history.

“Our school teachers deserve all the support we can give them, because they form the foundation of our state’s education system,” Burks said.

The federal funds and school reform measures are expected to be in place in time for the start of the 2010-11 school year in August.

Tennessee and Delaware were named winners of the first round of the competition, which will award a total of $4.35 billion to states committed to education reform. Tennessee was one of 16 finalists from more than 40 applications.

Senator Charlotte Burks may be reached sen.charlotte.burks@capitol.tn.gov or (615) 741-3978 or 301 War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN 37243-0215.

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School Board work session held April 6

Dewain E. Peek photo
Derrick L. Clemow presents Upland Design Group’s Plan 1 for proposed additions at Livingston Academy.

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN Sports

Overton County Board of Education will meet in regular session Monday, April 19 at the Central Education Office, as directed by Chairman Hill.

A paraprofessional meeting will be held at 5 p.m., an open door work session will begin at 6 p.m., and the Board meeting will start at 7 p.m.

In a work session held Tuesday, April 6, Director of Schools Matt Eldridge gave the School Board information on silent cigarette smoke alarms, which are being considered to curb the student smoking problem in Livingston Academy’s restrooms.

Derrick L. Clemow of Upland Design Group was on hand to answer more questions about the architecture/engineering firms proposal for adding a
CDC room at LA.

In the proposed design that School Board members seemed most interested in, the special needs classroom would be constructed on the east side of the building and the hallway to connect it to the school would go through what is now the Communications classroom. A new classroom for

Communications is also included in the proposal.

Clemow said, “In that CDC suite we will have a demonstration kitchen, where kids can learn life skills, washer and dryer, for cleaning skills as well as cleaning up after themselves.”

The CDC suite would also include roll-in showers, sinks, commodes, and a time-out room.

A gross estimate of around $750,000 was mentioned for the proposal that also included Agriculture classrooms.

Director Eldridge asked of the CDC suite, “What’s that classroom going to cost?”

And School Board member David Sadler Sr. also asked about how much just the CDC would be.

A cost of around $280,000 for the CDC room and about $80,000 for the Communications classroom gave the School Board a rough estimate of $360,000 for the minimum additions.

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Motorcycle crash kills Hilham man Sunday
A Hilham man died in a motorcycle crash on Turkey Town Road around 3:16 p.m. Sunday, April 11.

According to reports, Charles E. Tigrett, 54, of Hilham, was riding a 2003 Harley-Davidson motorcycle west on Turkey Town Road with Sherry Grace Young, of Sumter, SC, as a passenger when he rounded a curve and met a car in the middle of the road.

Tigrett swerved to avoid the car and lost control, leaving the roadway on the right side and traveling down an embankment before striking a tree.

Both Tigrett and Young were wearing helmets.

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

Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 12, with Commissioners Randall Boswell, Gregg Nivens, and Jeff Staggs absent.

A loan resolution was adopted in order for the Sheriff’s Department to buy patrol cars. The resolution had previously been approved in August of last year.

According to County Mayor Kenneth Copeland, the Sheriff’s Dept. will receive a $45,000 grant, but in order to receive the grant, a loan must be taken through Rural Development.

“In order to get this, you have to borrow the money from them in order to get the grant,” Mayor Copeland said, “and the sheriff has the money in his drug fund for his $85,000. But I don’t think he can pay that right now. He has to do this loan for a while before he can pay that off.”

He added, “You can’t get the grant if you don’t get the loan. They go with each other.”

David Holt and Jean Moore were appointed to the Agriculture Committee to fill vacancies from the expired terms of Ben Danner and Mike Garrett.
A road off of Hummel Lane was named Buckeye Lane.

The following were approved as notaries at-large: Phyllis A. Looper, Amy Nicole Dunaway, Tim L. Richardson, Amy Jo Fletcher, June Mitchell, Julia Hope Tate, Donna Angela Franklin, Julie E. Officer, and Linda R. Bozza.

Mayor Copeland announced that Budget Director Debra Maberry will be retiring at the end of May. A committee to consider applications for a replacement will be made up of Commissioners Jean Moore, Bruce Ledford, Stanley Carter Jr., Gregg Nivens, and Rick Moles. Danny Wilson will assist the commissioners.

Maberry may continue with a 3-day a week contract until her replacement is settled into the position.

The County Commission is also going to consider changing to a centralized system with a chief financial officer instead of the current system with a budget director.

The meeting adjourned.

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