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Archives 11-08-2000



Early Voting In County Sets Record
Car Washes Allowed To Re-Open
County 4-H Team Wins State Contest


Early Voting In County Sets Record

A huge turnout was expected in Overton County Tuesday, Nov. 7 if the early voting is any indication. Early voting for this election set a new record for the county.

A total of 2,183 county voters cast their votes early, including 150 who voted by mail due to their inability to make it to the polls in person. The majority of these were from Overton County Nursing Home.

The 2,183 voters represent approximately 17 percent of the 13,000 registered voters in Overton County. The average of early voters across the state is about 20 to 23 percent.

The polls opened at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and, according to personnel in the election office, the turnout was heavy from the start.

Results of the voting was expected to be "down to the wire" in the Presidential race and the final count was expected to be very close.

Look for a full report on the election next week in the NEWS.


Car Washes Allowed To Re-Open

By Dewain E. Peek

Car washes in Livingston will be allowed to re-open after action taken during the Monday, Nov. 6 meeting of the Livingston Board of Aldermen. Alderman Curtis Hayes cast the only dissenting vote.

Representatives of local car washes told the aldermen that it was not fair that their businesses were closed down when others that use more water, such as laundromats, are allowed to stay open. They also asserted that since much of the water goes back into the sewer system for treatment and recycling, they don't consume as much water as many may believe.

Water bills indicate that local car washes account for approximately one-half percent of the total per day water use.

City Lake is down 56 and three-fourths inches, but the level has risen since the city prohibition on outdoor use and car washes went into effect.

The Board voted to hire an engineering firm to study fixes for the city's water needs. Among the ideas to be considered are raising the dam, dredging City Lake, and building a water treatment facility at Dale Hollow to take water from there.

The Board voted to create an ordinance prohibiting methadone clinics in the City of Livingston.

The Board adopted a revised Drug-Free Workplace policy.

A request from Judy Evans for a $500 refund on land near the bypass was taken under advisement. When asked if she could wait until the next meeting for an answer, Evans said, "I've waited 20 years."

A request to rezone property belonging to Timothy Williams from R-1 to R-2 was rejected, receiving instead a vote to keep it as is. Approximately 50 people signed petitions to keep the zoning as is.

A public hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 24 to consider beer permits for Scot Market #22 and for Carr Gas Co.

In old business, the second reading was approved on rezoning Alfred Ballinger's property from C-3 to I-1.

Mayor Hosea Winningham announced that the gas contract with Little Creek Farms has been signed, but no money has been received on the $31,000 owed to the city. The city was assured that the money would be delivered before the contract goes into effect.

The meeting adjourned.


County 4-H Team Wins State Contest

By Ron Johnson

The Overton County Senior 4-H Land Judging Team brought home 1st place honors from the State 4-H Contest, held in McMinnville on Monday, Oct. 30.

The Senior Team was named winner at the awards ceremony over approximately 11 other teams from across the state of Tennessee. The team scored 1010 points out of a possible 1200. Hardeman County placed second in the 4-H Division with 963 points.

Team members include Joe Smith, who was second high scorer for the event with 342 points, Andy Dickerson who was fourth overall high scorer, Adam Smith, who was fifth high scorer, and Elliot Hicks who was sixth high scorer.

Gabe Krantz with NRCS and Ron Johnson, U.T. Extension Agent, served as team coaches. Land Judging is just one of several teams that youth may participate on.

Land Judging teaches young people to make decisions and evaluate land for agricultural uses and homesite purposes. Recognizing the scientific characteristics of the four particular dug pits used in the contest and then rating each pit as to its best use with recommended management practices takes many hours of practice. After classifying the soil, team members also rank the pit as to its best homesite use.

The team will travel to the International Contest in Oklahoma City, OK next May.

Overton County has won 13 state contests over the years and stands alone among the 94 other counties in the number of state titles.



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