Employee and son of winter workshop board member. That employee worked part-time as a dispatcher before becoming a climber. The Director said that relationship had nothing to do with his ability to provide laboring work.
Engaged to district director's daughter. The Director said that was incorrect, they were not engaged at the time of his employment. He also was working to build fences around tower sites and other jobs along with climbing. Since the engagement, he has not been employed.
Engaged to district employee's daughter. The Director said that is also incorrect that they have not been nor are engaged. The person in question also is trained in rope rescue and is part of the rescue squad. The report states that there is no written policy or contract for the climbers. He also reported that many of the climbers were doing it for no pay until the board approved compensation. Start off Memorial weekend by donating blood to save a life Amanda Hill Bond No one ever wants to hear that there is something wrong with their child.
When my husband and I had our third child, we overcame a lot but we weren't prepared for what awaited us. Our family was forever changed the day after our son was born. We learned that he had a congenital heart defect that left his heart functioning as half of one. We had never known how critical blood products were until then. At that time, he had a 50 percent chance of even surviving the first surgery.
He was only nine days old for that surgery and that was just one of three open-heart surgeries he had by age two. He had to have blood products throughout that time. Even if they were pulling out an arterial line after surgery, they had to have blood products in the room ready to be used in case of a bleed.
Our family also got to donate blood as a direct donation for Chance to be used if needed for his last open-heart surgery. The surgeries are not a fix, they are only palliative surgeries that help give him the best quality of life.
Chance is now seven years old and lives life to the fullest. You could never tell anything was wrong with that kid, he doesn't let his heart defect slow him down. Although, he has been known to try to use it as an excuse to get out of responsibilities. We are very hopeful for his future and we want to help make sure that other people know about congenital heart defects. CHD affects approximately 1 in births, and there are several people who have been affected that are living in our own community.
You can find more information about CHD at conqueringchd. We also have a Tennessee Chapter to help provide support for families. Because someone cared enough to donate blood, our family is impacted to remember to give back. In a time when we often feel powerless, we can help be the difference between life and death for someone. We do this blood drive in awareness of CHD and in honor of Chance.
Let's kick off the holiday by helping save a life!!! Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. An adult has approximately pints of blood in their body. A baby, depending on weight, may have less than 10 ounces which is just over a cup. One pint of blood donated means potentially up to three lives saved.
Amid the comptroller's questionable expenditure's report, the board heard justifications from the director for the issues that were brought up in the report. Those members in attendance were: Chairman Stanley Carter, Jr. Absent was Tim Ford and Darrell Hoover. Director Chris Masiongale began with discussing information about the district and that he had started working in The Overton-Pickett District is the only merged district and the only stand-alone district in the state.
There are 10 full-time dispatchers and they answer around , calls a year. The district requires that each dispatcher be trained as an EMT and also have some law enforcement training. Director Masiongale went over everything brought out in the report and provided his explanation for each of the items. Masiongale told the board, "I am not aware of any instance where funds were used for personal benefit. I have made mistakes but I have brought everything to the board.
I have not been deceitful, dishonest with intent to do anything wrong. Some of the questionable actions brought out in the report had also been ran through legal and state auditors before they had been approved by the board. He also presented further documentation for several of the questions providing explanations that were not included in the report.
It was noted that the vehicle that was used by Masiongale has been sold, and food purchases for employees has been very limited since July 1, Masiongale indicated the comptroller's office began asking questions and requesting records in March Since then, many of the recommendations of the Comptroller have already been implemented and the board and director have been working with financial advisor Scott Leduc to help the district be in compliance with the law.
When Leduc presented information to the board, he included that he thought the investigative report was a little one-sided because it was missing a few details. We take advice from legal, audit findings, and the CPA and we sit down and try to make the best decisions with the information we have," said Chairman Carter.
Chairman Carter expressed the willingness of the board to continue cooperating and discussed his suggestions that were to be presented to the board at Monday's meeting. Recommendations were presented to the board by Chairman Carter that were to be considered for the next board meeting.
He also announced at the meeting that he was retiring and would continue helping the board transition with new counsel. The chairman asked that everyone provide a vote of confidence in Director Masiongale to decide what path the board would be taking moving forward. The confidence vote was that the director is capable of doing the job and that the board should keep him. All voted yes except Larry Ledford who voted no. I'll do whatever it takes," said Masiongale to the board. After the comptroller's report was released, Pickett County Executive Richard Daniel posted on his Re-Elect Richard Daniel Facebook page, that he "intended on requesting that all current Overton-Pickett E board members resign, request that the Director be suspended or fired immediately and all employees who refused to cooperate with the comptroller's investigation as indicated in the audit report be fired immediately.
Civil War grave marker stolen A Facebook post involving the theft of a Civil War grave marker prompted questions by this newspaper. It was believed that it had been missing for up to a year prior to being reported. Unfortunately, there were no leads for the investigation. Saufley was the first recorded death in Tennessee during the Civil War and the grave was at Travisville Cemetery. If you have any information regarding the missing marker, please contact the Pickett County Sheriff's Office Communication memorabilia destroyed in fire A call was received on Wednesday at 4: Upon arrival, a wooden multi-level building was engulfed in flames.
According to owner Robert Huddleston, while he was working on a lawnmower, it arced and caught the gas on fire. He reported that he tried to extinguish the fire but couldn't get to the fire extinguishers.
As firefighters were battling the blaze, it started burning close to the side of the owner's mobile home. It was learned that there was still someone inside of the residence who was wheelchair bound and that person was moved to a safe location outside.
Other fire department agencies were called to assist due to the manpower needed to help contain the fire from spreading the home and the lack of water available at the area of the fire.
Two Byrdstown-Pickett County volunteer firefighters were treated at the scene because of the fire's intense heat and smoke. The building along with several vehicles was lost in the fire. Both the building and vehicles were filled with communication memorabilia and technology equipment, some dating back to the s.
Huddleston said that he had called Cordell Hull Museum earlier in the day to see if they would be interested in creating a post office with telegraph equipment but unfortunately, all of that was destroyed. The mobile home suffered some heat damage but nothing significant. Firefighters worked to contain the fire until after 8 p. VECustomers Share contributions average 50 cents per month per customer. An agenda was presented and a motion was made by Johnny Sells to adopt the proposed agenda.
A second was voiced by Barb Mitchell and with all members voting aye the motion carried. A motion was made by Johnny Bilbrey to approve the minutes of the March 12, regular meeting as written.
A second was voiced by Rex Tompkins and with all members voting aye the motion carried. Town Engineer Nathaniel Green reported to the board that the pre construction meeting for the new CDBG water system rehab project that was held Monday, April 16th, at 11 a. Mayor Sam Gibson reported to the council that Johnny Lee was up for his 6 months review and recommended approval.
A second was voiced by Johnny Bilbrey and will all members voting aye the motion carried. Under General Discussion the mayor gave an update on the Town Park bathroom project, as well as trash pickup. The mayor gave a report on the 3rd quarter budget for the FY of funds spent and remaining balances. With no further business to discuss a motion was made by Rex Tompkins to adjourn until the next regular meeting on May 14, at 5: A second was voiced by Barb Mitchell and with all members voting aye the meeting adjourned at 5: We need funding for one SRO for each school," said Elder.
The other county without resource officers is Polk. Elder reported that various counties seem to be split on who provides the funding, whether it be school, county, or percentage of both. When the school system conducted a recent safety drill, there were several issues found at the high school.