Old LA Monument Crumbling
Restricted At City Gravel Lot
County Legislative Body
Meeting Set For April 11
LA Monument Crumbling
The last vestige of the old Livingston Academy building on University
Street is the concrete nameplate that once was perched atop the
entrance to the school. When A.H. Roberts School was built, the
old Livingston Academy nameplate was placed as a monument in the
back lot, facing University Street as it did when it was on the
old school. Now the monument is crumbling apart, as do all things
neglected and forgotten. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)
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At City Gravel Lot
By Dewain E. Peek
Recent events prompted action by the Livingston Board of Aldermen
in the Monday, April 3 regular monthly meeting to restrict parking
at a city lot.
Making the motion, Alderman Robert Jolley said, "Some time
ago, 18 months or so, I made a motion to allow open parking on the
city's parking lot on East Main Street, what we commonly call the
gravel parking lot. The occurrences of the last two weeks - I've
changed my mind.
"The trash has been awful. We have allowed cans to be put
there, which they tend not to use - beer bottles, first one thing
and another. And a couple of week's ago we had a "domestic
dispute" I'll call it, for lack of a better term.
"Profanity was unbelievable. One sheriff's officer stopped,
and my wife called for assistance, and the first thing you know
there were five or six police cars there, which I appreciate very
The Board voted unanimously to put the parking lot back to restricted
A motion to allow tobacco back in City of Livingston buildings
as it was before being banned failed with Aldermen Jolley, Johnny
Halfacre, and Bill Winningham voting no.
Alderman Jolley proposed changing the town charter to allow all
citizens of Livingston, whether city employees or not, to run for
elected office in the City of Livingston. Alderman Harold Watson
is a city employee and Alderman Johnny Stover is a patrolman with
the Livingston Police Department.
Mayor Hosea Winningham expressed concern over allowing city employees
to hold office in the city.
"The way I look at it, coming up in four years, you could
have six city employees running City Hall,Ó he said, "and I
don't think that's right to the people out there, the taxpayers."
The mayor said if four employees were on the Board, the tax rate
couldn't be set because the four would not be allowed to vote on
money matters concerning their departments of employment. It would
be a conflict of interest.
City Attorney Kelly Williams informed the Board that state law
says employees cannot hold elected office unless the city charter
says they can. She said policemen are allowed to participate in
political activity, but the courts have not yet addressed whether
a police officer can hold elected office for the city he is employed
The involved Board members dispute the interpretation of the law
and how it is applied. The Town of Livingston charter does not address
employees serving as aldermen.
Left to the state law, it is unlikely the courts would allow policemen
to serve in a capacity barred from other employees, creating discrimination
against all other employees. It is also unlikely the courts would
strike down the rule against employees serving as aldermen because
a city department could, in effect, take control of all city departments
by getting its personnel elected to the majority of seats on a board.
According to Mayor Winningham, to change the city charter, an ordinance
must be drawn up, approved by the Board of Aldermen, then a public
hearing set and held, then passed on second reading by the Board,
then sent to the state for approval. This could not be done by the
April 15 qualifying deadline.
Alderman Watson attempted to second the motion, but Mayor Winningham
pointed out that it would be inappropriate because it was a conflict
of interest that personally affects Watson. Alderman Watson withdrew
his second, and Alderman Thurman Langford seconded the motion.
The motion failed with Aldermen Bill Winningham and Johnny Halfacre
voting no, Aldermen Robert Jolley and Thurman Langford voting yes,
and Aldermen Harold Watson and Johnny Stover abstaining from the
Though the motion failed, the matter is still in dispute whether
Aldermen Watson and Stover can be placed on the ballot for the city
Alderman Watson said, "My name will be on the ballot come
The Board agreed to purchase a new Impala police car for use by
Police Chief Roger Phillips. The bid of Skinner Chevrolet of Livingston
was accepted at a cost of $19,820. Alderman Stover passed on the
The Board voted to restrict large truck traffic on the south side
of Airport Road. Long trucks have had trouble negotiating the sharp
turn, causing the road to be blocked while the trucks try to get
out of the curve. A warning sign will be placed at approximately
Buena Vista Drive and a Do Not Enter sign, with the truck length
prohibited stated, placed at approximately Carr Avenue.
A public hearing will be held Friday, April 21 at 10 a.m. for a
beer permit for Food Lion. Food Lion already has a beer permit,
but the name on the license needs to be changed.
The meeting adjourned.
Patrol cars from Livingston Police Department and Overton County
Sheriff's Department lined the entrance to the gravel parking lot
on East Main Street a few weeks ago, the scene of a dispute that
prompted restricting parking in the area. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)
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Body Meeting Set For April 11 Computers
By Dewain E. Peek
The Overton County Legislative Body will hold the regular monthly
meeting on Tuesday, April 11. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.
The County Commission formerly met on the third Monday of each
month, but the meeting night was changed in the last Commssion meeting
to the second Tuesday of each month. The tentative agenda is as
1. Call to order - Sheriff's Department.
2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance - Grant Pennington.
3. Roll Call - County Court Clerk Hugh L. Ogletree.
4. Consider reading and approval of the minutes for March 20, 2000.
5. Committee reports:
A. Budget and Purchasing Committee, Chairman David Dorminey.
B. Solid Waste Committee, Chairman Gail Arney.
C. Highway and County Property Committee, Chairman Billy Sullivan.
D. Nursing Home Committee, Chairman Frank Martin.
E. Education Committee, Chairman Tom Montooth.
F. Public Safety Committee, Chairman Stanley Carter.
G. Insurance, Delinquent Tax Committee, Chairman Bill Phipps.
H. Veterans Committee, Chairman William J. Webb.
I. County Salary and Employee Policy Committee, Chairman Greg Nivens.
J. Fair Committee, Chairman Greg Nivens.
6. Consider the appointment of a Judicial Commissioner and the term
7. Consider Budget Amendment #6 to the County General Fund.
8. Consider approval of the following road names for emergency purposes
only: New Lane, Rock Springs Lane, and Old Thompson Road. These
names were approved by the County Highway and Property Committee
in their March 22 committee meeting.
9. Consider a resolution to urge the General Assembly to enact Senate
Bill 2765 regarding railroad crossings. This is a request from the
Tennessee County Services Association.
10. Consider approval of proposals from roofing contractors to roof
the fairgrounds stadium or grandstands.
11. Announcement or anyone wanting to address the Legislative Body.
12. Consider a motion to adjourn.
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