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LA Prom held Saturday night
Voting drops to 30% for primary elections
School Board work session held, monthly meeting set
County Commission meeting held Monday
Overton County Band Concert held May 4

LA Prom held Saturday night

Dewain E. Peek photos
Livingston Academy students hit the dance floor during the 2010 LA Prom held Saturday, May 8 in the school gymnasium. Justin Hill and Brittany Hess were named Livingston Academy Prom King & Queen 2010.

 



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Voting drops to 30% for primary elections
Overton County’s Democratic and Republican primaries drew 3,871 of the county’s 12,843 registers voters, 30%, to the polls on Tuesday, May 4. The number of voters was more than 1,000 less than the last primary for the Overton County offices of County Executive, Trustee, Sheriff, Circuit Court Clerk, County Clerk, and Register of Deeds.

The following are unofficial totals, pending certification.

In the highly contested Circuit Court Clerk’s race, Barbara A. Matthews won the Democrat nomination with 834 votes. Susan M. Robbins at 591, had the most votes in Allons and Hilham, and Mark W. Peek, at 586, had the most votes at Rushing Springs and Hardys Chapel. Doug Looper received 491 votes, having the most votes at Wilson, Cindy Robbins received 405 votes, Christy Sims Harris received 349 votes, and had the most votes at Independence, and Bryce Easterly had 58 votes.

Matthews will face Republican nominee Eddie Mott in the August general election. Mott received 245 complimentary votes in the Republican primary.

Incumbent County Mayor Kenneth Copeland received 1,608 votes to be the Democrat nominee for re-election to the office, with a 230-vote advantage over challenger Chris Speck, who garnered 1,378 votes and had the most votes at Allons, Monroe, and Hilham. Ed Choate received 208 votes.

Ron Cyrus received 337 complimentary votes as the Republican nominee for the office. Cyrus and Copeland will face each other in the County General Election.

Incumbent Register of Deeds Franklin D. “Peck” Smith retained his office. He received 1,941 votes, and challenger Tom Hall received 1,185 votes. Smith will be unopposed in August.

Incumbent W.B. Melton received the Republican nomination for re-election as Sheriff with 402 complimentary votes, and Bill Randolph received the Democrat nomination for Sheriff with 1,966 complimentary votes.

Incumbents County Clerk Hugh L. Ogletree and Trustee Peggy Clark Smith ran unopposed. Smith received the most votes for any candidate in the Democrat Primary with 2,904 complimentary votes, followed by Ogletree with 2,831 complimentary votes.

Amy V. Hollars received 2,240 complimentary Overton County votes in her uncontested bid for Circuit Court Judge, and District Attorney Randall A. York received 1,745 complimentary votes in Overton County in his uncontested bid to retain his 13th Judicial District position.



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School Board work session held, monthly meeting set
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN Sports

Overton County Board of Education will meet in regular session Monday, May 17 at the Central Education Office, as directed by Chairman Kelly Hill.

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, May 4, with School Board members Mark Peek and Sam Pendergrass absent, Kim Thorpe addressed the Board and asked for a donation to Project Graduation.

“We had planned for Project Grad to be on the General Jackson,” she said.
But the flooding in Nashville nixed that plan.

“We are now going to the Tennessee showboat in Knoxville,” she said, which is also less expensive than the General Jackson.

She said 186 of the graduating class has signed up for Project Graduation.

“Last year was about 61%, this year we’ve got 84 right now,” Thorpe said.
Information given to the School Board about Project Graduation stated,
“During the past twenty-two years of providing Project Graduation activities, Livingston Academy has not lost a single student to drug or alcohol related accidents.”

When asked how much money was still needed to provide Project Graduation this year, she said about $5,000.

School Board members indicated that amount could be donated.

Director of Schools Matt Eldridge gave an update on Race to the Top.
“We don’t have approval yet,” he said.

He presented a planned scope of work that will be submitted for approval.
“We’re going to get about $175,000 each year,” he said.

The funds will be disbursed for a 4-year period.

Among the items in the scope of work proposal are the addition of learning labs for math, social studies, and science.


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County Commission meeting held Monday
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, May 10, with Commissioners Stanley Carter Jr., Rick Moles, and Billie G. Phipps absent.

Regulations for ambulance service operation were approved.

Commissioner Darwin Clark of the Public Safety Committee said, “Basically, all it does is, if a private vendor wants to come into our county and start running an ambulance service we’ll hold them to a set of standards.”

The County Commission approved relieving the county trustee of the 2008 property tax in the amount of $61,907.44 that has been turned over to Clerk and Master Dorothy Stanton for collection.

A budget amendment for the Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $13,528.44 was approved. The amounts involved in the amendment are reimbursements and grant funds.

Budget Director Debra Maberry said, “This amendment has no new money in it at all.”

The County Quarterly Report was approved, and the School Quarterly
Report was approved.

Director of Schools Matt Eldridge addressed the County Commission to ask for approval of the school system’s Race to the Top Local System Scope of Work, which must be turned in before Overton County will receive the funding. After listening to Director Eldridge outline many of the items involved, the commissioners approved the Scope of Work.

A resolution for the circuit court clerk was adopted.

Joshua V. Hoeppner and Cherisse Sells were approved as notaries at-large.
The meeting adjourned.




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Overton County Band Concert held May 4


Darren Oliver photo
Overton County Schools Band Program, which includes 5th Grade Beginning Band, 6th-8th Grade Advanced Band, Livingston Academy Choir, Livingston Academy Band, and LA Band’s “Rock Band”, held a county-wide concert at on Tuesday, May 4.


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