Unknown Chemical Causes Concern
Board Of Aldermen Meeting Held Monday
State Proposes Changes To Curvy Highway 52
Chemical Causes Concern
A Livingston Fireman prepares to investigate the scene
of a chemical leak on South Church Street shortly before noon Tuesday,
June 6. According to reports, Kristian Mansell, who lives in an
apartment nearby, noticed fumes Monday night. City officials were
called, who then in turn called the Tennessee Emergency Management
Agency (TEMA). The chemicals are believed to be a cleaning solution
used at the old Ideal Laundry, which is being torn down. A storage
tank is thought to have ruptured, releasing the chemicals into the
sewer. The situation was still being investigated at press time.
Mansell and his wife will not be allowed to return
to their apartment until the chemicals have been removed.
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Of Aldermen Meeting Held Monday
By Dewain E. Peek
The Livingston mayor and Board of Aldermen held their
regular monthly meeting Monday, June 5.
In old business, the second reading of the banner
sign ordinance was approved.
Mayor Hosea Winningham informed the aldermen of the
proposed change to the proposed Highway 85 project. The highway
currently planned would go past Livingston completely. The city's
proposed routing would bring the road closer to the town.
Mayor Winningham announced plans to discuss creating
a City Park Commission. The commission will be discussed at the
The Board approved the first reading of an ordinance
to allow any city employee to run for office and still work for
the city. Aldermen Robert Jolley, Thurman Langford, Harold Watson,
and, after having a statement read announcing his conflict of interest,
Johnny Stover voted for the ordinance. Aldermen Bill Winningham
and Johnny Halfacre voted against.
In new business, the low bid of Jason Garrett was
approved for landscaping at $3,030 for six months or $3,830 for
Hugh Peavyhouse was hired to the water department.
Jason Swallows was hired at the sanitation department.
The Board approved to transfer in lieu of tax to the
general fund from the gas fund $17,098.
The Board approved transfer of in lieu of tax to
the general fund from the water and sewer fund $23,099.
The Board approved a 5 to 10 percent increase in the
water and sewer rate, depending on the state requirement.
The first reading of rezoning the Anna Ruth Little
property on East Main Street from R-1 to C-3. A public hearing is
set for 10 a.m. Friday, June 23.
A local property clean-up resolution recently signed
by the governor was approved.
The Board approved blocking the west side of the square
for a Fall Festival, and also approved $500 for the festival.
The meeting adjourned.
Proposes Changes To Curvy Highway 52
Preliminary plans have been released by the Tennessee
Department of Transportation (TDOT) to replace portions of hilly,
curvy Highway 52 between Celina and the Overton-Clay county line
with a 60-mile per hour roadway, complete with 12-foot shoulders.
Clay County residents were given an opportunity to
ask questions and express their concerns at an open meeting held
Tuesday, May 23, in the Celina K-8 School cafeteria.
The Citizen-Statesman, a Clay County newspaper, reported
that Charles T. Graves, transportation manager for TDOT, announced
three alternatives that have been proposed. Alternative A would
displace approximately 31 families at a projected cost of $35 million,
while Alternative B would displace approximately 38 families at
a projected cost of $38.5 million. A third alternative, the “no-build”
option, will also be considered by state officials.
Under the proposed plan, Alternatives A and B would
meet existing Highway 52 near Dale Hollow Road with Alternative
A beginning at the entrance of Cumberland River Hospital and Alternative
B beginning one mile further south near Clifton Rich Road.
Graves reportedly said some negatives will be associated
with the 'no-build' plan because of the problem getting in and out
He reportedly said industrial-type recruitment is
probably not as high as it should be because prospective customers
may look at the transportation system and decide they can't get
their product in and out of the area.
The project is a segment of the proposed East-West
Upper Cumberland Development Route, which follows several existing
state routes between Wilson County and Campbell County.
Graves reportedly said it may be a year and a half
before state officials even recommend that the roadway be built.
He added that even if the project is approved, it could be 2-1/2
years before the legislature approves funds to purchase the right-of-way,
and construction may not begin for 3-1/2 to 4 years.
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Overton County News
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Livingston, Tennessee 38570