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Cadillac takes nose dive
City Council votes for more annexation
School calendar approved for 2010-2011 academic year
Unemployment lowers to 10.6% in state

Cadillac takes nose dive


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Francis Davis was driving a Cadillac DeVille west on Zachary Street around noon Wednesday, April 14 when she turned to go south on North Goodpasture Street toward Speck Funeral Home and the car went off a ledge along the roadside. She was not injured. Rick Brown of Livingston Police Department investigated the incident.


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City Council votes for more annexation


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By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston’s corporate city limits is expanding.

Acting on a recommendation made by Livingston Planning Commission earlier on Monday, April 19, the Board of Aldermen voted to annex an area south and west of the current boundary.

Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Livingston Board of Alderman sat in on the Planning Commission meeting then convened a called meeting Monday in order to move along a request by Casey Shokoui to have the future site of Casey’s Frontier Chevrolet brought into the city.

In the Planning Commission meeting, Codes Inspector Darius Sims described the area to be annexed in what is being referred to as Phase I, saying, “ It takes in Highway 111, the right-of-way of Highway 111 down to West McCormick Road. It takes in everything on the right hand side of Highway 111, all the way over to Windle Community Road.”

He said the area, which does not take in all of West McCormick road, just the land that is inside the town’s Urban Growth Boundary, includes 92
parcels of land.

“It involves about 130-something people in this area,” Sims said.

According to Sims, the Plan of Services includes a lower water rate, garbage pick-up once a week, police and fire protection, bushhogging and picking up limbs and brush within 2 years, extending natural gas lines within 5 years, and paving streets and extending sewer mains within 10 years.

Sims also said the Town of Livingston’s ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating of 4 can provide lower insurance premiums for homeowners who have insurance with companies that use the ISO in determining rates.

The Planning Commission voted to recommend the annexation 6-1, with Robert Jolley, Matilda Speck, Jean Moore, Charles Maynord, Rebecca Pincheon, and Phillip McCormick voting yes, and Rick McDonald voting no.

The Planning Commission also voted to recommend to the City Council amending the Urban Growth Boundary after completion of Phase I to include the new location of Casey’s Frontier Chevrolet, immediately south of West McCormick Road on Highway 111, as requested by Casey Shokoui.

In the called City Council meeting, Mayor Hayes presented the Planning Commission’s recommendation, and again stated Shokoui’s desire to have his dealership in the city.

“General Motors wants him to be inside the corporate city limits,” Mayor Hayes said.

Alderman David Langford asked what the city would be spending versus what the city would be getting.

Mayor Hayes said a fire department substation may be needed to serve the area, and that it would cost about $50,000 for a building to house a fire truck, which is what the added taxes from the annexation is expected to bring in, not counting Casey’s Frontier.

Mayor Hayes said the city has a fire truck that could be stationed in the area.

When put to a vote, Aldermen Robert Jolley, Bill Winningham, Lynn King, and David Sadler II voted yes, and Alderman David Langford voted no.

Alderman Cindy Robbins was absent because of a family emergency.

A public hearing on the annexation is set for 5 p.m. Monday, May 17.



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School calendar approved for 2010-2011 academic year
By Dewain E.Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 19, with Board member Sam Pendergrass absent.

The 2010-2011 Overton County School Calendar was approved as follows:

June 22-24 – Teacher in-service mandated.

August 4 – Teacher in-service.

August 5 – Teacher in-service mandated.

August 6 – Students register (Abbreviated #1);

August 9 – Discretionary administrative #1 teacher work day (no students).

August 10 – First full day of school.

September 6 – Discretionary administrative #2 Labor Day (no students).

October 11-15 – Fall Break.

November 11 – Veterans Day (no school).

November 24 – Discretionary administrative #3/parent teacher conferences (no students).

November 25-26 – Thanksgiving holiday (no school).

December 17 – Abbreviated day #2.

December 20-31 – Christmas Break.

January 3 –  Staff development day (no students).

January 17 – Discretionary administrative #4 Martin Luther King Day (no
students).

February 21 – Presidents Day holiday (no school).

March 14-18 – Spring Break.

April 11-15 – TCAP achievement test.

April 22 – Good Friday (no school).

May 23 – Last full day of school.

May 24 – Discretionary day #5/teacher work day (no students).

May 25 – Staff development day (no students).

May 26 – Abbreviated day #3. Last day of school.

Approval was given to post a math instructor position for Livingston Academy to meet new standards that will be required for high schools.

The School Board approved two weeks of maintenance for stripping, buffing, and waxing floors, to be paid at the at regular pay rate of the personnel.

Approval was given to apply for the USDA Rural Distance Learning Telecommunications Grant and to authorize Director of Schools Matt Eldridge to serve as the individual signature authority for all grant documents on behalf of the Overton County School System.

The Summer Nutrition Program provided by Tennessee Department of Human Services was approved, as requested by School Nutrition Supervisor Louise Swallows.

The following English/foreign language textbook adoption for the 2010-2011 school year were approved, as recommended by Overton County Textbook Committee: grades 3-5 – The Grammar and Writing Book, Pearson Education Inc., publishing as Scott Foresman; grades 6-8 – Tennessee Elements of Language, Holt-McDougal; grades 9-12 – Tennessee Elements of Language, Holt-McDougal; German – Deutsch Aktuell 1, EMC Publishing LLC; Spanish – Realidades 1, Prentice Hall – Pearson Education Inc.

Consent items were approved as follows:

•Field trips for A.H. Roberts Elementary: 1st grade to Knoxville Zoo on April 28; 2nd grade to Nashville Children’s Theatre on April 21; 2nd through 4th grades to Dollywood on May 13 for the Accelerated Reader Program.

•Overnight field trip for Allons Elementary’s 5th grade to Cedar Lake Camp on May 17 and 18.

•Field trips for Rickman Elementary: 3rd grade to Tennessee State Aquarium in Chattanooga on May 10; kindergarten to Nashville Zoo on April 13; 5th grade to Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge on May 11; 8th grade to Dollywood on May 7.

•Livingston Academy Band spring trip to Dollywood on May 1 to perform in the park.

•Livingston Middle School 8th grade field trip to Wilderness Resort and Dollywood in Pigeon Forge on May 13 and 14.
Chairman Kelly Hill said, “Again, I want to thank the principals for doing a great job getting those field trips in here ahead of time. They’ve really taken that to heart and we appreciate it.”

In executive action, the School Board approved the low bid of Steve Ward and Associates for gymnasium bleachers at Rickman Elementary School at $21,766.

Director Eldridge said, “We’ll probably start that right after graduation.”
Bus bids from Central States Bus Sales Inc. were approved at $71,149 for one 77-passenger bus and $213,447 for three buses.

The School Board approved the low bid of $5,270 per quantity of 10, with $45 shipping and handling, for Mimio, and $14,250 per quantity of 300, with $65 shipping and handling, for responders/clickers from Learning Labs Inc.

The following low bids were approved for lawn care services: A.H. Roberts Elementary – Weaver’s Landcare at $105; Allons Elementary – Weaver’s Landcare at $120; Hilham Elementary – Weaver’s Landcare at $90; Livingston Middle School – Weaver’s Landcare at $135; Livingston Academy – Jolley Farms at $245; Rickman Elementary – Weaver’s Landcare at $150; Wilson Elementary – Bowden Lawn Service at $145; Old Central Education Office building – Weaver’s Landcare at $32.50; Overton County Board of Education, bus garage, and soccer field – Tim Emerton Lawncare at $40 for Central Office or $115 with the soccer field. The soccer association pays for some of the soccer field mowing.

Carolyn Needham’s letter of retirement, after 42 years in the school system, was accepted, as was Eliseo Rios’ letter of retirement.

School Board members expressed appreciation for Needham’s years of service and to Rios for filling a need in the system teaching Spanish.

Director Eldridge issued the Director’s Report to the School Board (published on page 5B of this edition of OCN).

Before adjourning, some of the School Board members congratulated Director Eldridge on receiving a high evaluation from the Board. Chairman Hill announced in the work session held immediately prior to the regular monthly meeting that Eldridge receive a 4.33 rating, on a scale in which 3.5 is passing and 5.0 is perfect.



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Unemployment lowers to 10.6% in state
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for March was 10.6%, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the February rate of 10.7%. The March rate last year was 10.1%.

The national unemployment rate for March 2010 was 9.7%, unchanged from the February rate of 9.7%.

Labor Commissioner James Neeley said, “Modest employment growth occurred again in March. We’ll need sustained growth to recover from the unprecedented losses during this recession.”

According to the monthly Household Survey, this is the largest monthly increase in the labor force (+9,700) since October 2005.

According to the Business Survey, 6,600 job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, 5,200 in mining and construction, 4,800 in trade, transportation and utilities, and 4,700 in administrative, support, and waste services.

Major employment decreases occurred in financial activities, down by 1,000, information declined by 700 jobs, and professional, scientific, and technical services decreased by 400.

Year-over-year increases occurred in educational and health services, up by 12,300. Administrative, support, and waste services gained 3,200, and retail trade was up by 1,200.

Year-over-year decreases occurred in manufacturing, down by 17,700, trade, transportation, and utilities lost 15,200, and mining and construction decreased by 10,700.



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