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Relay for Life held Friday
County Commission hires new county budget director
School Board moves forward on CDC room at LA

Relay for Life held Friday

Morgan Walters photos
Cancer survivors gathered during the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life for Overton County, held Friday evening, June 18 at Livingston Academy. The event raised $49,000 to service cancer patients in Overton County as well as national research.

In attendance were 50 cancer survivors from Overton County. Several festivities were held throughout the evening including the first ever crowning of the Relay for Life, King and Queen, Donald Ford and Sarah Thornburg.

Diamond sponsors for this year’s event were Livingston Regional Hospital, American Bank and Trust, Bank of Overton County, First National Bank, and The Livingston Clinic/InFocus Eyecare Center.

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County Commission hires new county budget director
By Dewain E. Peek
and Julie Young,
OCN staff

After a contentious discussion, Overton County Legislative Body hired a new budget director during the regular monthly meeting held Monday, June 21, with County Commissioner Chris Speck absent. The meeting had been postponed from the usual second Monday of the month.

County Commissioner Gregg Nivens gave information to the County Commission about the choice of the selection committee, Connie Hadynski.

“She’s had about 17 years experience. She’s got a degree in accounting. She worked for the last 10 years for Luna & Birdwell Investment Group,” Commissioner Nivens said.

He also said she was an administrative manager at Luna & Birdwell.

Hiring of a new budget director was not on the agenda, so the County Commission voted to suspend the rules to consider the matter.

Offering the budget director position to Hadynski was approved 11-3, with Commissioners Randall Boswell, Stanley Carter Jr., Darwin Clark, Ben Danner, Rick Moles, Jean Moore, Gregg Nivens, Billy J. Parrott, Billie G. Phipps, Jeff Staggs, and Johnnie Webb voting yes, and Commissioners Alan Atnip, Bruce Ledford, and Cindy Robbins voting no.

Hadynski was then asked if she would accept the position, and after a moment of silence, she did.

The rules were again suspended to consider a 120-day contract for Debra Maberry to train the new director, which was approved unanimously.

Budget Director Debra Maberry’s bond was approved.

A resolution was adopted to operate on a continuing budget and tax rate for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010.

Todd Matthews was appointed as coroner.

Ralph Robbins was appointed to the E-911 Board to replace Bill Bilbrey, whose term has expired.

The County Commission adopted a 5-year reappraisal plan for Tax Assessor Larry King.

Approval was given for clean-up of the rear lot at Overton County Heritage Museum.

School budget amendments were approved, as were county budget amendments.

Carolyn Marie Mabe, Hugh L. Ogletree, Brenda K. Sullivan, and Brenda K. Lafever were approved as notaries at-large.

The meeting adjourned.

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School Board moves forward on CDC room at LA
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Board of Education has voted to retain the services of architect J. Mark Rodgers to design the CDC room at Livingston Academy.
The action was taken during the regular monthly meeting held Monday, June 21, with Board member Sam Pendergrass absent.

Race To The Top and Tennessee First To The Top Act Scope Of Work and contract between OCEA (Overton County Education Association) and Overton County Board of Education was rejected.

The School Board approved 2009-2010 Debt Service Amendment #2 and 2009-2010 General Purpose Budget Amendment #3.

Expenditures were approved for a Technology Rich Preschool Classroom grant in the amount of $35,200, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton. This grant is to provide technology for the Special Education preschool program.

Expenditures were approved for an AT Service Center grant for working with children with disabilities in the amount of $35,000, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton.

Overton County Comprehensive Application for Special Education services for the 2010-11 school year was approved, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton.

Consent agenda items were approved as follows: resignation letters from Judy Moore, half-time counselor at A.H. Roberts Elementary, and Pat Swallows from being head baseball coach at Livingston Academy; and retirement letters from Nickey Franklin, instructor at Livingston Middle School, David Peterman, instructor at Livingston Middle School, Jan Gilbert, instructor at Livingston Academy, Betsy Stockton, instructor at Livingston Academy, Carolyn Nivens, third grade teacher at A.H. Roberts Elementary, Louise Swallows, School Nutrition supervisor, and Shirley Myers, supervisor of Instruction 7-12/Technology.

In executive action, Director of Schools Matt Eldridge took the low bid of $36 per 5-gallon pail of stripper from Kel-San, and took the low bid of $52.70 per 5-gallon pail of Picture Perfect 25% solid wax from Kel-San.

Also in executive action, a low bid on a used backhoe was taken from Livingston Rental Center at $12,500, and a low of $11,400 for bathroom renovations at A.H. Roberts Elementary School Pre-K was taken from R&W Construction.

Director Eldridge brought an item to the School Board’s attention that will be changed on the website, but has been in place as a policy and in use for many years. The item reads as follows: “It is the consensus of the Overton County Director of Schools, Board of Education, Livingston Academy Administration, and Guidance Department that the best method for determining senior class final ranking is as follows:

“Final ranking will be done in May after all the senior grades have been finalized. All cored required classes will be used to determine the final ranking. These courses include: English: 4 grades; Math: Top 3 grades; Science: Top 3 grades; Social Studies: Top 3 grades; Lifetime Wellness: 1 grade; Keyboarding: 1 grade.

“These fifteen (15) grades would then be added together and divided by 15 to obtain the final average for graduation. The quotient would be carried to the fourth decimal place and then truncated to insure accuracy. This method uses the student’s 100-point numerical Grade Point Average, otherwise known as the Long Average, as opposed to the 4.0 Grade Point Average scale.

“An approximate rank will be used until the final ranking is done for college applications and scholarships. This approximate rank will be the students’ entire academic career long average. This method is also used to inform Tennessee Technological University of the possible Valedictorian and Salutatorian in January.”

Director Eldridge issued the Director’s Report to the School Board. (The Director’s Report is published on page 4A.)

A work session will be held Monday, June 28, beginning at 5 p.m. to consider pay scales for school system employees, and a called meeting for the purpose of voting on the pay scales will be held immediately after the work session.

The meeting adjourned.


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