Parking Permits To Be Issued At LA
Thunderbird Wins Applause Award
Two Area Men Indicted In Rickman Bank Robbery
Marijuana Plants Seized Recently
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,
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 Ô50s 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 Ô50s 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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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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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
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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