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Archives 8-4-99


Motorcycle Wreck Seriously Injures Two
Local Man Dies When Struck By Car On I-40
No Loitering To Be Posted
Relay For Life To Be Held At Fairgrounds

Motorcycle Wreck Seriously Injures Two

A woman and her daughter were seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck on Monday, July 26.

According to reports, Sonya K. Lee, 35, of Livingston, and her daughter, Brittany Royston, 7, were riding a 1988 Suzuki south on Old Standing Stone Road around 8 p.m. when, near Lee Lane, the bike went across the northbound lane and struck a barbed wire fence.

The two were both flown to Erlanger Hospital via Life Force helicopter.

THP James Sells investigated the incident.

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Local Man Dies When Struck By Car On I-40

A Monroe man died Monday, July 26 after being struck by a car on Interstate 40. According to reports, Justin Craig McDonald, 36, was working with a Highways Inc. road crew to repair a bridge on I-40 that crosses Highway 96 at Buffalo Valley. It was McDonald's first day back working for Highway Inc. after having worked for and left employment with the company in the past.

Around 4:30 p.m., he and other workers had finished the day's work and were on their way to their personal vehicles. McDonald reportedly darted in front of a 1986 Ford LTD driven east by Tom R. Smith, 51, of Nashville. Smith swerved in an apparent attempt to avoid McDonald, but was unsuccessful. In the outside of the eastbound lane, the left front of the car struck McDonald.

McDonald was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Investigating the death were THP Brian Lawson, THP Lt. Lucius Howard, THP David Bush, THP Sherry Beaty, and THP Shannon Brinkley.

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No Loitering Times To Be Posted
By Dewain E. Peek

Nightly sitting around the square was banned in action taken by the Livingston Board of Aldermen in the Monday, Aug. 2 meeting.

Livingston Police Chief Roger Phillips addressed the Board saying, "Due to the increase in disruptive behavior, trash, vulgar language, and loud music on the square of the evenings, I regret that I need to make a recommendation to the Board that we post signs around the courthouse square prohibiting loitering between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. The loitering ordinance as it is written would not interfere with normal business practices of those businesses that stay open later than 6 p.m.

"Since May, we have answered 14 disturbing the peace complaints up there on the square, 2 fight complaints, 15 loud music complaints, 1 lewd behavior complaint, and 2 throwing biscuit complaints. Those are on top of the incidences where the officer observes on the square and sees something and stops.

"These complaints are made by the citizens of this town.

"It's unfortunate that we've come to this point, because we have asked the people that are parking around the square to keep the trash picked up, to keep the noise down, and to respect the people that live around the square. But it has continually got worse."

The no loitering hours and advertisement of them was approved unanimously.

Cutting out evening loitering at another area on East Main Street has also been considered, but the Board decided to leave it open for now in hope that the situation there improves.

The Board accepted the low bid of Southern Seasons, of Rickman, of $1,123.50 for mulching and weeding at the Public Safety Building, the Overton County Courthouse, Livingston City Hall, and the Livingston Industrial Park. Six companies submitted bids for the one-time service. The Board approved purchasing a 2000 Ford F150 four-wheel drive truck for the gas department.

James M. Davis was hired at the Police Department to replace Steve Leffew, and Wanda Silver was hired at the Police Department as a dispatcher to replace Mike Gilpatrick.

The Board voted to require city pool employees to be trained in life saving so they can serve as life guards.

First National Bank was added to a resolution of 1985 which granted a cable franchise to James C. Bilbrey.

The second reading on rezoning Wilson property from R-1 to I-1 was approved.

The Board agreed to sell a portion of an alley to Carol Coleman for $100. Because part of the house was built on the alley years ago and the current owners were unaware of it until a recent survey, the Board went against its policy of not selling alleys .

Alderman Johnny Halfacre reported that the Livingston Airport will receive grants to take care of most of the needed improvements. The grants will pay an estimated 90 percent of the cost of the improvements.

The meeting adjourned

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Relay For Life To Be Held At Fairgrounds

The Overton County Fairgrounds will be the site for a tri-county American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraiser to begin Friday, Aug. 13. The location was changed from previous announcements, but the date is the same.

Walkers and runners from Overton, Clay, and Pickett counties will participate in the 12-hour non-competitive event to aid the fight against cancer.

Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants can walk or run around a track relay style. Participants camp out around the track and when they aren't taking their turn on the track, take part in family fun activities. Teams from companies and organizations collect donations for time participating. The relay will last all night, but participants do not have to stay all night.

Relay For Life is an awareness raiser as well as a fundraiser. Many of the participants will be people who have been cured of cancer themselves. The funds raised are to be used to expand services to patients and their families, to offer more programs that will teach people to reduce their risk of getting cancer, and to expand American Cancer Society's cancer research programs.

A cancer survivor ceremony will be held before the Relay For Life gets underway. All the survivors present will lead the first lap of the relay.

An "In Honor" luminary at a candle light ceremony may be requested for a cancer survivor for a $10 minimum contribution. Contributions sent to the American Cancer Society in advance will be processed prior to the event. All bags will be placed by the committee members prior to 8 p.m. The ceremony is open to the public.

For more information on Relay For Life contact Dee Ledford, honorary chair for the event, at 823-2413 or Laurie Smith at 823-8998.

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