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Archives 06-07-2000



Unknown Chemical Causes Concern
Board Of Aldermen Meeting Held Monday
State Proposes Changes To Curvy Highway 52



Unknown 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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Board 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 next meeting.

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 eight months.

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.


State 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 of Celina.

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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