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Fire totals home on Tom Davis Road
Overton County Schools matches state in report card
Livingston woman must repay TennCare $25,000
Legislative Body meeting set for Jan. 13

 

Fire totals home on Tom Davis Road

Lyndon Johnson photo
Firefighters from Livingston Fire Department attempt to extinguish the blaze at a home on Tom Davis Road Friday, Jan. 7. The residence, which was fully engulfed by the time the fire department arrived on the scene, suffered heavy damage, including a collapsed roof structure.

Lyndon Johnson photo
Livingston firefighters size up the task ahead of them as they prepare to douse the towering flames at a Tom Davis Road residence Friday, Jan. 7.

By Lyndon Johnson,
OCN staff

A structure fire last week left a Livingston home totally destroyed and a renter without a home.

According to reports from Livingston Fire Department Chief Rocky Dial, the call went out at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7. LFD responded to the scene to find the home located at 172 Tom Davis Road in Livingston totally engulfed.

The home, which Dial said was owned by Marsha and Pat Judd of Algood, was reportedly rented by Julie Adams. Despite the best efforts of LFD’s firefighting crew, Dial said he estimated the home to be a total loss.

Dial said the fire was likely caused by an electrical failure, noting it looked in his opinion like the blaze had started in the corner of a room, near where a TV had been plugged in.

Overton County EMS and Livingston Police also responded to the scene to provide assistance.





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Overton County Schools matches state in report card
Tennessee Department of Education released on Friday, Jan. 7 the list of schools and school districts that showed gains and those that did not show sufficient progress on performance standards under the federal No Child Left Behind guidelines for the 2009-10 school year.

In a unique year, DOE has concurrently released the annual comprehensive report card on Pre-K-12 education, including state, district and school-level information on achievement, demographics, and discipline.

Across the state, schools and districts faced challenges with increased standards and assessments. During this year of transition, many schools and districts have shown improvement and progress.

Education Commissioner Bruce Opie said, “Several factors converged to impact student success, including increased standards and assessments, yet our educators and school leaders have still shown great progress. This is just the beginning of what will be a transformational process for our state.”

The State Board of Education set new academic proficiency levels on July 30, 2010. At the same time, the State Board voted to reset the state’s academic benchmarks under No Child Left Behind, which required approval from U.S. Department of Education.

Tennessee currently measures whether schools and districts are making “adequate yearly progress” (AYP) toward the goal of 100% of students being proficient in Reading and Math with a 90% high school graduation rate by 2014. Individual schools not meeting benchmarks in the same subject area for two years are considered “High Priority” and receive additional support and interventions from the state. A status determination for a school system is based on failing benchmarks in the same subject for both the elementary and high school grade spans.

Schools and districts must meet performance standards in 37 categories at each grade span to be deemed in “Good Standing” under federally mandated No Child Left Behind.

The 2010 system profile for Overton County Schools shows 214 teachers for 3,402 students, with 71.1% of the students considered economically disadvantaged. Overton County’s per pupil expenditures are $7,371.

Tennessee’s state average is $8,773 per pupil.

In No Child Left Behind Adequate Yearly Progress, Rickman Elementary School moved from the “Target” list to “Good Standing”, and Livingston Middle School moved from “Target” to School Improvement 1. Livingston Academy is listed as School Improvement 2-Improving.

A.H. Roberts Elementary School, Allons Elementary School, Hilham Elementary School, and Wilson Elementary School are all listed as in “Good Standing”.

TCAP Academic Achievement shows Overton County matching the state in 3rd through 8th grade Reading/Language – C, down from a B last year, Math – C and Social Studies – B, all matching the state, but Overton County achieved a B in Science, a letter grade above the state’s C average.

TCAP Writing in 5th grade and 8th grade matched the state with A scores in both.

TCAP Writing for 11th grade received a B, and the state grade was A.

In the Value Added category, a growth standard that evaluates if a system or school is gaining in achievement, Overton County received an F in Math, a D in Reading/Language, a D in Social Studies, up from an F last year, and an F in Science, down from a D last year.

A.H. Roberts Elementary School, with 532 students, received an A in Math, a B in Reading/Language, an A in Social Studies, and an A in Science, up from a B last year, for Academic Achievement, but received F grades in Social Studies and Science, a C in Reading/Language, up from a D in 2009, and a B in Math, up from an F, in the Value Added.

Allons Elementary School, with 309 students, received a D in Math, down from a C in 2009, a C in Reading/Language, a C in Social Studies, a C in Science, the same as the previous year, an A in 5th grade Writing, and an A in 8th grade Writing for Academic Achievement, the same as 2009, but received F grades in Math, Reading/Language, Social Studies, and Science in the Value Added, the same as the previous year.

Hilham Elementary School, with 279 students, received a C in Math, down from a B in 2009, a B in Reading/Language, a B in Social Studies, a C in Science, down from a B, an A in 5th grade Writing, and an A in 8th grade Writing for Academic Achievement, and received an F in Math, down from a C, a C in Reading/Language, down from a B, a D in Social Studies, and an F in Science in the Value Added.

Livingston Middle School, with 436 students, received a C in Math, a B in Reading/Language, a B in Social Studies, a B in Science, an A in 8th grade Writing, all the same as last year, and a B in 5th grade Writing, down from 2009, for Academic Achievement, but received an F in Math, a D in Reading/Language, and a C in Science in the Value Added, the same as last year, and moved up from an F in Social Studies to a D.

Rickman Elementary School, with 710 students, received a C in Math, a B in Reading/Language, a B in Social Studies, all the same as last year, a C in Science, down from a B, an A in 5th grade Writing, and an A in 8th grade Writing for Academic Achievement, but received an F in Math, down from a D, an F in Reading/Language, down from a D, a D in Social Studies, and an F in Science, down from a D, in the Value Added.

Wilson Elementary School, with 197 students, received a D in Math, down from a C, a D in Reading/Language, a D in Social Studies, a D in Science, down from a C, a B in 5th grade Writing, and a B in 8th grade Writing for Academic Achievement, and received an F in Math, a F in Reading/Language, down from a D, an F in Social Studies, and an F in Science, down from a D, in the Value Added.

Livingston Academy, with 935 students, received a B in 11th grade Writing, the same as last year.



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Livingston woman must repay TennCare $25,000
An Overton County woman has pleaded guilty to TennCare fraud and theft of services.

Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced Tuesday, Jan. 4 that Leslie A. Christensen, 41, of Livingston, pleaded guilty to five counts of felony TennCare fraud and one count of theft of services.

Christenson was sentenced to five years imprisonment, suspended to supervised judicial diversion probation if she repays TennCare $26,818.79 in restitution, in addition to a $5,000 fine plus court costs. She must also undergo an alcohol and drug assessment.

Christenson was one of 22 TennCare enrollees among 50 people arrested in October 2007 in an investigation of Clark’s Pharmacy in Livingston. In that case, pharmacist Malcolm D. Clark was also charged in the investigation, and last year he pleaded guilty charges including selling the painkiller Oxycodone within a drug-free school zone, TennCare fraud, theft of property over $10,000, and unlawfully dispensing the strong pain killer morphine. Clark was ordered to pay almost a quarter of a million dollars to the Overton County Sheriff’s Department, over $97,000 in restitution to TennCare, and $39,000 to Overton County, and he was ordered to “retire” his Tennessee pharmacy license.

Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said, “We are continuing to work hard to place charges against anyone we find misusing the TennCare program. People should get the message that the OIG is going after TennCare fraud with a full court press.”

District Attorney General Randy York prosecuted these cases. Overton County Detective Greg Etheredge, lead investigator, brought these cases to OIG’s attention.

OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $2.5 million paid in restitution and recoupment to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $171 million for the TennCare program, according to latest figures. To date, over 1,300 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone may report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud”.


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Legislative Body meeting set for Jan. 13
Overton County Legislative Body will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13. The meeting will be held in the second floor court room of Overton County Courthouse on the square in Livingston.

The tentative agenda is as follows:

1. Call to order – Sheriff’s Dept.

2. Invocation.

3. Pledge of Allegiance by County Commissioners.

4. Roll Call - Court Clerk.

5. Approve minutes for November 8, 2010 meeting.

6. Consider approval for Medical Resolution for Overton County Jail.

7. Consider approval of CDBG Water Line Resolution.

8. Approval for W.B. Melton to hang picture of Chad Prichard in the courtroom.

9. Presentation of American flag – Terry Melton.

10. Approve HIDTA Grant for Sheriff’s Department. No matching funds.

11. Approve Budget Amendment #6 for General Fund, Amendment #1 for Solid Waste Fund, Amendment #1 for Highway Department, no new money.

12. Notaries at large: Debbie Ann Carmack, Hosea Winningham, Judy L. Dillon, and Constance M. Brown, who will need Marina Gore and Philip Gunter to be approved as her notary bond signers.

13. Anyone wishing to address the County Commission.

14. Adjourn.


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