Rainfall Covers County, Results
County Legislative Body Meeting Held February
Brown Trout Being Stocked In Dale Hollow
Covers County, Results In Flooding
Preston Street, which runs by Food Lion, was one
of the areas in Livingston receiving the most flooding from last
week's rainfall. According to the WLIV rain gauge, the county received
3-4 inches of rain.
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Legislative Body Meeting Held February 13
By Dewain E. Peek. and Deborah Forsman
The Overton County Legislative Body held its regular
monthly meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13 with Commissioner Wayne Sells absent.
The County Commission voted to adopt a resolution
authorizing the county executive to proceed with a project and make
application to obtain a Certificate of Public Purpose and Necessity
from the Building Finance Committee of the Tennessee Board of Economic
County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell
said, "What that is, before you can borrow any money for an
industrial park, this just pertains to industrial parks, you have
to have what they call a Necessity and Purpose approval from this
board. We're in the process of doing that now. It takes about two
months to do that. We have an extension on this property, a 90-day
extension, to allow us to do this."
After a motion by Commissioner Johnnie Webb and a
second by Commissioner Wayne Ferrell, Commissioner Greg Nivens asked
what the criteria are for this.
Executive Mitchell said, "About 25 thousand things.
I haven't got time to explain it tonight. I'm serious. You've got
to prove you need something."
Commissioners Greg Nivens and Donnie Bull voted against
A resolution was adopted to enter into an agreement
with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to erect caution
lights on State Highway 164 in front of Wilson Elementary School.
Executive Mitchell said, "We're getting a grant
to do that, for $10,000. We did the same thing out here in the cove
and we did the same thing out at Hilham.
"It'll be a blinking light up there. As the buses
are coming out and so forth, the lights blink. It's a dangerous
situation up there.
"So anyways, it's no cost to the county."
The Commission approved a budget amendment to the
Solid Waste budget in the amount of $4,800 decrease of disposal
funds and receipt of $43,200 grant.
According to Executive Mitchell, the $4,800 is matching
funds the county will have to pay when a $43,200 grant is received
to purchase a Bobcat for the recycling center, put a roof on the
tire storage building, and doors on the recycling building.
On another item, Executive Mitchell told the County
Commission, "At a recent meeting of the Upper Cumberland Development
District directors meeting, we had a concern about tires. All counties
have a problem with tires. The state's supposed to come around and
shred them. The state's slow about doing that."
Another concern was that consumers purchasing new
tires have to pay $1 per tire purchased, yet new car buyers do not
have to pay $4 because of the new tires on the car.
The Commission was asked to adopt a resolution asking
that the tire shredder be brought around more often and on a regular
basis, allow the market to determine the acceptable end-use of waste
tires, consider a $1 surcharge per tire of all new vehicle registration
tires, and provide a solution to the question of what will happen
if the state sticks to its recommendation that no tire chips can
go into a landfill. The state will allow no tire chips into landfills
beginning in 2002.
Executive Mitchell said, "This is simply a resolution
to send to our state representatives telling them to try to help
us solve this tire problem."
The Commission adopted a resolution authorizing the
Overton County government to transfer its trust accounts from First
Tennessee Bank National Association corporate and municipal trust
unit to Chase Manhattan Trust Company National Association. According
to Executive Mitchell, Chase Manhattan bought out the other bank
and all accounts must be transferred, which requires the resolution.
A resolution was approved to rescind a resolution
adopted on October 20, 2000 allowing Edith Key to buy back one year
of her retirement. Commissioners Randall Boswell and Donnie Bull
voted against the resolution.
Executive Mitchell said, "In exhibit #2, if you'll
read that thing, it obligates the county for a considerable amount
of money. Now, when we did this, we just thought she was buying
back a year of her retirement; she was going to pay the cost. We
didn't know we was going to have to open up a whole keg of worms."
Executive Mitchell went on with a string of items
the county would be required to do, such as doing a study and going
back through records to try to determine an amount that would then
have to be approved.
"It's not what we thought," Executive Mitchell
said. "It's nothing against that lady; it's just the fact that
she was not in the retirement system, did not get into the retirement
system. In 1973, the county opted to go with the state retirement
According to Executive Mitchell, employees at that
time had the opportunity to join the retirement system, but Key
"I didn't know it was this complicated or we
wouldn't have had it up before," Executive Mitchell said. "We
just made a mistake, and I would like to rescind it. I think that's
the only choice we've got. It would be a budget buster."
The county's second quarter report for the period
ending December 31 was approved. The school system second quarter
report was also approved.
A school budget amendment in the amount of $8,975
from the fund balance for an educational assistant at Wilson School
($6,074), a secretary for the School Board ($1,041), and a secretary
($1,860). The county Education Committee recommended against the
amendment. The County Commission voted to abide by the committee's
recommendation, with Commissioners Boswell, Bull, Ferrell, and Billy
A school amendment in the amount of $11,000 of mostly
Adult Basic Education Program (BEP) grants was approved. Another
BEP amendment was also approved .
A school budget amendment to hire persons to help
in maintenance failed to pass. The Legislative Body deadlocked with
Commissioners Boswell, Bull, Ferrell, Nivens, Phipps, Alan Atnip,
and Stanley Carter Jr. voting yes, and Commissioners Webb, Gail
Reed Arney, David Dorminey, Frank Martin, Tom Montooth, Grant Pennington,
and Billy Sullivan voted no. Executive Mitchell broke the tie, voting
A section of a school amendment to bring fire codes
up to standard and for alarm systems was approved.
A section of a school amendment for a roof and molding
at A.H. Roberts Elementary and Rickman Elementary received no action
because the item will be put up to bid.
A section of a school amendment was approved for
kitchen equipment for Livingston Middle School use at the community
center, which would later go to Livingston Academy. Commissioners
Montooth, Pennington, and Sullivan voted no.
A section of a school amendment was approved for items
for A.H. Roberts.
A section of a school amendment was approved for $15,000
for emergency repair to septic systems.
A section of a school amendment was approved for
A section of a school amendment was approved for
gas tanks and fencing at Wilson Elementary.
A school amendment for maintenance and transportation
A contract was approved between the Tennessee Department
of Transportation and Overton County Highway Department to build
a new bridge over Spring Creek on Waterloo Road.
The Commission approved the Sheriff's Department and
Clerk and Masters personnel policies.
The Highway Dept.'s year 2000 road map was approved.
Approved as Notaries-At-Large were Angie Hite, Rebecca
J. Raines, Vera D. Skinner, Natalie R. Skinner, Michael H. Skinner,
Teresa Hummel, Juanita Brown, Dennis Barsness, and Barbara Davis.
Appointed to a two-year term on the Overton County
Extension Agricultural Committee were Ralph Robbins, Michael Garrett,
Donna Holt, and Reba Maynard.
The Commission voted to suspend the rules to vote
on approving Director of Schools Bill Needham's bond. The bond was
The meeting adjourned.
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Trout Being Stocked In Dale Hollow
History was made on Thursday, Feb. 8 when 19,000 brown trout were
stocked in the Dale Hollow Reservoir in a partnership effort of
The eight-inch brown trout were purchased by the Tennessee Wildlife
Resources Agency and evenly distributed around the main lake body
by stocking them directly from two stocking trucks from a barge
furnished by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The fish were furnished
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fish Hatchery at Dale Hollow.
TWRA will continue to monitor the fish in this experimental introduction
of brown trout in an effort to offset the diminishing lake trout
fishery in Dale Hollow. The Reservoir was once known for its lake
trout, but over the past several years lake trout numbers have seriously
declined due to low dissolved oxygen content in the lake's water.
David Young, TWRA fish biologist, said, "Typically, in deep
reservoirs the water column will develop layers of water with varying
temperatures. The colder, heavier water would be found at the bottom
and the warmer, lighter water would be found at the top. This layering
or stratification effect will occur in the late summer and early
"Temperature stratification prevents the bottom layer from
mixing with the upper layers of water that are rich in oxygen. The
lower strata of water will become stagnant and low in dissolved
Lake trout prefer and need water temperatures of approximately
55 degrees Fahrenheit and that is found in the lower strata of stagnant
water low in dissolved oxygen. As a result, the lake trout have
died during the past several seasons.
"Unlike lake trout, during the critical months of summer,
brown trout will be able to avoid the low oxygen strata since they
can tolerate warmer water temperatures contained in the upper, oxygen
rich layers of water," Young said.
Brown trout were originally native only to European countries.
Over the past 90 years, they have been introduced and established
in 24 different countries. Trout, in general, have stringent water
quality requirements, demanding cool water temperatures, and well-oxygenated
streams and reservoirs. Compared to brook, rainbow, and lake trout,
brown trout are slightly more tolerant to higher water temperatures.
Brown trout tend to feed nocturnally and probably are not as easily
caught as their rainbow cousins, lending browns to attain more significant
size before being harvested. Freshly stocked browns will feed mainly
on crustaceans, insect larvae, and smaller fish. When the brown
trout reach the size of ten inches or more, their diet will change
to shad and other small forage fish.
Over the past decade, TWRA has introduced thousands of shad and
alewives forage fish into the Dale Hollow Reservoir. Crank baits
and other lures that mimic small forage fish can be used to catch
"Brown trout around one year of age will be seven-to-eight
inches long. In good habitats, browns can potentially grow as much
as six inches or more per year. Their average life expectancy is
five-to-eight years," Young said.
The state record brown trout is 28 pounds and 12 ounces and was
caught in Norris Reservoir tailwaters in 1998. The world record
brown is over 40 pounds and was caught in the White River in Arkansas.
"TWRA believes that the brown trout stocked in Dale Hollow
will have the potential to produce trophy-size catches in the 10-to-15
pound range," Young said.
TWRA biologist do not expect these brown trout to reproduce in
the Dale Hollow Reservoir because of the lack of feeder streams
with desirable spawning habitat. The brown trout will need to be
stocked periodically in order to maintain a desirable fishery. Brown
trout are already stocked regularly in the Dale Hollow tailwaters
and the day before the reservoir stocking, TWRA biologists found
a 12-pound brown trout below the Dale Hollow Dam.
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