Cruisers Hold Car Show
Aldermen Meeting Held Monday
Appears In Court To Face Murder Charge
Hold Car Show
Andy and Anna Yoder of Cookeville are hard at work making sure their
1935 Chevy is sparkling at the Standing Stone Cruisers Show and
Cruise held Saturday, April 29 in the parking lot of Livingston
Academy. The show was well attended, especially for a first time
show. Almost 70 vehicles were entered in the show, and several interesting
cars cruised by to check out the show.
(photo by Dewain E. Peek)
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Meeting Held Monday
By Dewain E. Peek
The Livingston Board of Alderman and Mayor Hosea Winningham
held their regular monthly meeting Monday, May 1 with all members
Alderman Robert Jolley again brought up allowing city
employees to run for alderman. Alderman Jolley said he understood
a document written by City Attorney Kelly Williams to say that an
ordinance could be drawn up to allow city employees to hold elected
"We can pass that at a called meeting or an open
meeting before election time and it will go into our city charter,Ó
Alderman Jolley said.
He asked Williams if he was correct in his assumption
and she indicated he was.
Of city employees holding city office, Williams later
said, "They normally canÕt unless itÕs provided in your own
charter, which an ordinance, see, changes your charter. It puts
that right in there. And you donÕt have to go to the legislature
to have it passed, or anything like that.Ó
Alderman Jolley made a motion to direct City Attorney
Williams to write an ordinance to allow any or all city employees
the right to qualify and to seek election to the Board of Aldermen
while they are still employees of the city.
Mayor Winningham disagreed with Williams interpretation
of the law, and said, "IÕm against it.Ó
When put to a vote, Aldermen Bill Winningham and Johnny
Halfacre voted against the motion, but it passed with Aldermen Jolley,
Thurman Langford, and two current aldermen affected by the motion,
Harold Watson and Johnny Stover voting for the motion.
Before voting, Alderman Stover said, "Before
I vote on it, thereÕs a little thing here IÕve got to read.Ó
He read a legal statement saying he has a conflict
of interest because he is an employee of the city, but he is voting
because of conscience and obligation to his constituents.
Alderman Watson said, "IÕm not voting for it
because, myself, I donÕt have to work, but IÕm voting for all of
the people within the city limits. ThatÕs how I feel. I think anybody
in the city limits should be able to run for alderman, if they work
for the city.Ó
In other business, an ordinance regulating banner
style signs was approved. The Board voted to give a variance for
a Livingston Regional Hospital sponsored sign at Livingston Academy.
An employee was approved for the sanitation, and two
employee recommendations were approved for the Livingston Police
Department. A list of kids to work summer jobs at city facilities
was also approved.
The Board voted to donate $500 to the Pioneer Days
Committee to help with the festival expenses.
The Board voted to purchase a tractor at a cost of
$6,500 with exchange.
The Board adjourned.
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In Court To Face Murder Charge
By Dewain E. Peek
A fully operational methamphetamine laboratory was discovered by
the Overton County Sheriff's Department on Monday, April 17.
According to reports, officers from the Overton County Sheriff's
Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the 13th District
Judicial Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence on
Little Jay Bird Lane. The residence searched was a camper trailer
reportedly belonging to Ronald Looper.
During the search , a fully operational meth lab was allegedly
discovered. Also allegedly found was a jar containing chemicals
with a blasting cap submerged in the chemicals, believed to be a
booby trap to blow up the trailer if the lab was discovered.
A bomb disposal unit from Fort Campbell was called in to dispose
of the blasting cap and chemicals. The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department
was also involved because of the danger of explosion or fire in
disposing of the chemicals.
Seven people were arrested at the residence, according to the Overton
County Sheriff's Dept. Arrested at the scene were Ronald Looper
of Monroe, Curtis Edwards of Monroe, Chris L. Smith of Garrett Town
Road, Julia Reed of Crawford, Kevin Pritchard of Byrdstown, Brenda
Thompson of Cookeville, and Jennifer Crouch of Albany, KY.
The government no longer is paying for the cleanup of meth labs,
so the county will have to pay for the $8,000 to $10,000 cleanup
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Johnny Stover Announces Candidacy
Johnny Stover has informed the NEWS he plans to run for re-election
to the office of Alderman in Ward I in the upcoming Wednesday, June
7 City Municipal Election. His statement is as follows:
"I, Johnny Stover, announce my candidacy for re-election for
Alderman representing Ward I in the upcoming City Municipal Election.
"I have worked for the city of Livingston for 24 years. I
am a member of Eagle Creek Lodge #530. I have two kids, Jamie Michelle
Stover and John Michael Stover.
"I would like to take this opportunity to ask the residents
in Ward I for your support and your vote on Wednesday, June 7, 2000.
However, I would encourage everyone to go out and vote in this election
for the candidate of their choice."
Winningham Announces Candidacy
Hosea Winningham has informed the NEWS he plans to run for re-election
to the office of Mayor for the Town of Livingston in the Municipal
Election to be held on June 7. His statement is as follows:
"I deeply appreciate the opportunity which the citizens of
Livingston have given me to serve as their Mayor. During my time
in office, I have continued to work hard and be a full-time Mayor
for the town. I believe that our town has made significant progress
of which I am very proud. I have made every effort to keep taxes
as low as possible and will continue to do so in the future.
"I pledge to the citizens that I will continue to be a hard
working Mayor and will continue my efforts for progress in our town.
I am proud to be your Mayor, and I ask for your vote and support."
Winningham is the son of the late Lester and Ruby Winningham. He
is married to Ann Winningingham, daughter of the late Otley and
Ethel Smith. They have two daughters, Angela, who is employed with
USDA, Office of Rural Development, and Amy, who is married to Donny
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