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Archives 08-02-2000




Parking Permits To Be Issued At LA
Thunderbird Wins Applause Award
Two Area Men Indicted In Rickman Bank Robbery
Marijuana Plants Seized Recently



Parking Permits To Be Issued At LA

Livingston Academy students will be issued parking lot permits for their cars during the 2000-2001 school year.

The permit will be hung from the rear view mirror and will correspond to the license plate number on the car. Only vehicles with the parking permit will be allowed to park in the student parking area.

Teachers will also be issued parking permits to park in the faculty and staff parking area.

The purpose of the permit is to help make the school safe for all students. The permits will enable the school administration and the resource officer to better monitor the traffic flow through the parking lot.

The parking permit will be issued through the school during the first few days of school, at no cost to the students. Funding for the permits was provided by the Drug Free and Safe Schools Alliance.

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Thunderbird Wins Applause Award

Thunderbird Cafe received the Chamber Applause Award presented by the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce. Attending the Tuesday, Aug. 1 presentation are from left, Johnie Lee, chairman of beautification committee, Bill Phipps, Chamber board member, Lynn King, Chamber board member, Tim McGill, out-going Chamber president, Rita Looper, Chamber assistant, and Scott Gantt, Gene Gantt, and Charles Smith, partners in Thunderbird Cafe.

Livingston's newest restaurant, Thunderbird Cafe, was presented the Chamber of Commerce Applause Award on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Thunderbird Cafe is not the average get-it-and-go type of restaurant. About five years ago, Charles Smith had an idea of how to sell antiques and food, he just needed an empty building and a theme. Construction began a few years later on the former Classic Theatre and Mary Catherine's Boutique.

The process of converting the building was a huge undertaking. During the renovation, the original store front was discovered behind the awning and the old theatre projection room. The front was put back to its original state, with old pictures used as a guide to recreate the store front. The original ceiling was made of pressed tin tiles.

After extensive masonry restoration, which was much needed due to the age of the building, the 50s decorated cafe is now open and ready to serve the public.

Thunderbird Cafe conjures up visions of how things used to be - a cool place to date, eat, and play the jukebox. The cafe offers shakes, malts, burgers, and blue plate specials, treats and food which have all but disappeared with today's quick drive-through services with processed food.

Among the many food selections served are Big Ernie's Chili Dog, loaded with chili, slaw, onions, and mustard; the Poor Boy, a grilled ham and cheese sandwich on a hoagie style bun with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise; the Poor Girl, a cheeseburger on a hoagie style bun topped with slaw and tomato; and the cafe's signature item, Half & Half, which is half a Poor Boy sandwich and half a Poor Girl sandwich.

Ice cream treats served include floats, sundaes with extra toppings available, cones and cups, banana splits, and cheesecake.

The neon signs, clocks, and stop lights across the walls, an original porcelain and marble soda fountain, and an endless list of other artifacts will send customers back a few decades.

Many authentic collectibles from the 50s are on display, most of which are available for purchase.

Thunderbird has plans during the Livingston Academy football season to stay open late during all the home game nights. The cafe will sponsor a trivia game at LA home ball games.

Smith, managing partner of the Thunderbird, invites everyone to stop by and enjoy the food, fun, and especially the ice cream at the Thunderbird, located on West Court Square in Livingston. Regular hours are 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


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Two Area Men Indicted In Rickman Bank Robbery

Two area men have been indicted in connection with the October 21, 1999 armed robbery of the Rickman branch of Union Bank & Trust Co.

According to reports, Daron Glenn Dunn, 35, of Paran Road, and Gary Dewayne Bowen, 34, of Algood, were named in an indictment issued by a federal grand jury in Nashville last week. Both men are in jail on other charges.

The indictment concerning the Rickman bank robbery charges that Dunn and Bowen used a dangerous weapon to rob the bank, which jeopardized the lives of the bank employees. The two are also charged with carrying a firearm while committing a crime of violence in the case.

The two were reportedly already facing other robbery charges in connection with a string of robberies in 1999.



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Marijuana Plants Seized Recently

Approximately 1,500 marijuana plants were harvested Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27 by members of the Governor's Task Force, Overton County Sheriff Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Wildlife Resource officers, ABC, and the Tennessee National Guard Drug Team.

Plants range in sizes from 4 feet to 10 feet tall. The marijuana was harvested from different sections of Overton County. At least two cases will be presented to the grand jury, according to Sheriff Kelly Hull. Others are still under investigation.

Two helicopters were involved in the seizure, one from the National Guard and the other from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Sheriff Hull is asking anyone with information on any marijuana patches or any other drug activity to call the Sheriff's Office at 823-5635.

"Let's work together to make Overton County as drug free as possible," Sheriff Hull stated.



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