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Archives 12-06-2000

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First Snow Of Season Blankets Overton County
Methadone Clinic Ordinance Goes Forward, Uncertain
Christmas Parade Held In Livingston


 

First Snow Of Season Blankets Overton County



The Livingston Square was beginning to look a lot like Christmas after Saturday night's snowfall. The first snow of the season caused school closings for the first time this school year.

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Methadone Clinic Ordinance Goes Forward, Uncertain

By Dewain E. Peek

The Monday, Dec. 4 regular monthly meeting of the Livingston Board of Aldermen opened with confusion over the role of the minutes and how an ordinance is enacted.

When approval of the previous meeting's minutes was brought up, some of the aldermen wanted an item taken out of the minutes, specifically the motion, which was approved with a 6-0 vote, to have an ordinance not allowing a methadone clinic in Livingston. They apparently thought the action bound them to have an ordinance.

City Attorney Kelly Williams and Mayor Hosea Winningham attempted to explain that items cannot be taken out of the minutes unless the wording is incorrect. If the wording is incorrect, then the correct wording must replace the error.

Williams said, "That's what you voted on, and that's the minutes. The only thing you can strike out of the minutes is what's not correct."

Alderman Johnny Halfacre said the minutes properly reflected what was voted on. He also explained what the minutes are for.

"All the minutes are is what we did at the meeting," he said.

He also explained that if the Board doesn't want to prohibit a methadone clinic, then they can either vote against the ordinance on the first reading, or even approve the first reading, and after a public hearing, if they decide they don't want it, then vote it down when the second reading is brought up for approval. An ordinance must first be drawn up, then the first reading approved, which then calls for a public hearing, after which it must still be approved on second reading before it can go into effect.

When the ordinance on prohibiting methadone clinics came up for a vote, Alderman Halfacre said his concern was that where the clinics, which are to help people get off of hard drugs, once had the patient take the methadone at the clinic and stay there for a while to be monitored, now the drug is handed to the patient who then can leave. The drug could be used or it could be sold without the clinic knowing.

"That's why I'm totally against it being in Livingston," Alderman Halfacre said.

Police Chief Roger Phillips told the Board, "That alone is not the only reason.

"It's a common practice today for addicts to go to methadone clinics to get the methadone while still addicted to their drug of choice. They get the methadone. They take it and sell it on the street.

"Not only that, places like Chattanooga where those methadone clinics are in operation, the folks from all over that area, a several county area, that have drug problems go to that methadone clinic. Some of them legitimately. But unfortunately, quite a few others are not for legitimate reasons.

"They go to get that methadone to sell on the street, but while they are in that town or in that county they are committing crimes just like they do in other counties to buy drugs."

Chief Phillips recommended against allowing a clinic in Livingston.

Alderman Curtis Hayes said he wanted to hear both sides of the issue, as did Alderman James "Pug" Lee.

"That's what I want a public hearing for is so I can understand it," Alderman Lee said.

The public hearing was set for Thursday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m.

At the urging of Alderman Lee, the Board voted to give $500 to Judy Evans who wanted reimbursement for a quit claim deed her father purchased from the city about 20 years ago. City Attorney Williams advised against it, but the Board voted 4-2 for the motion, with Aldermen Lee, Hayes, Robert Jolley, and Thurman Langford voting for, Alderman Halfacre voting against, and Alderman Bill Winningham abstaining from the vote.

The Board was informed the city has received a check from Little Creek Farms in the amount of $31,606.78.

The possible purchase of a front end loader was put off until the next regular meeting. The city needs a new front end loader, but the cost will be more than $75,000. Paying for the loader may require an increase in taxes.

The Board accepted the resignations of Donnie Perdue and Rodney Whited.

Alderman Hayes asked about the speed zone on West Main Street. The Board took no action on changing the speed limit in a previous meeting. The speed limit has not been changed, but the city has moved the "55 MPH Speed Limit" sign to just past the Pamida entrance, creating the impression that the 40 mph speed limit extends to that point.

The Board gave a department head the authority to terminate an employee who has attendance problems.

The meeting adjourned.

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Christmas Parade Held In Livingston

The 2000 Overton County Christmas Parade was held in Livingston Saturday, Dec. 2 in front of hundreds of spectators who lined the parade route, braving the cold and rain.

Beaty Swamp Community Church won the Grand Marshall's Trophy.

Other winners were: Business & Industry - 1st place, Livingston Regional Hospital, and 2nd place, Cooper Recycling;

Churches - 1st place, First Baptist Church, and 2nd place, Memorial Baptist Church;

Schools - 1st place, Future Farmers of America, and 2nd place, Vol State;

Fire & Rescue Departments - 1st place, Rickman Fire Department, and 2nd place, Hilham Fire Department;

Scouting Troops - 1st place, Cumberland Valley Girl Scouts #2246, and 2nd place, Cub Scout Pack #133;

Children Under 12 - 1st place, VFW Poppy Princess McKinzie Poston, and 2nd place, Overton County Little Miss Sarah Gore;

Children 12 & Older - 1st place, National Total Miss Ashley Mullins, and 2nd place, Fairest of the Fair Second Runner-Up Ciara Cross;

Antique Cars - 1st place, Joe Phillips' 1963 Ford Falcon convertible, and 2nd place, Johnnie White's 1965 Chevrolet pickup;

Civic Clubs & Veterans Organizations - 1st place, 4-H Honor Club, and 2nd place, Lions Club;

Horse Wagons & Buggies - 1st place, Lacy Smith, and 2nd place, Larry King;

Horse and Female Rider - 1st place, Hayley Wisehart with Lacy Snyder and Cody Flatt, and 2nd place, Shauna Norrod;

Horse and Male Rider - 1st place, Justin Rogers, and 2nd place, Scott Ramsey;

Other - 1st place, WLIV Radio, and 2nd place, 94.7 FM County Giant.

 

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