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Archives 05-16-2001




Three Injured Sunday In Hwy. 111 Collision
Legislative Body Applies For Empowerment Zone
Customer Appreciation Day Slated


Three Injured Sunday In Hwy. 111 Collision
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle collision around 12:20 p.m. Sunday, May 13. According to reports, William C. Pedigo, 28, of Cookeville, was driving a black 1991 Nissan 4X4 north on Highway 111 when Leon L. Mills, 72, of Allred, attempted to drive a silver 1990 Toyota minivan from East Turkey Creek Road onto Highway 111. The minivan pulled into the path of the Nissan. The Nissan struck the van in the front driver's side corner. The van veered right and stopped on the shoulder of the right northbound side of Highway 111. The Nissan veered left and came to rest in the area between the north and south lanes.

Mills was transported from the scene via Air Evac helicopter to Vanderbilt Hospital. A passenger in the van, Carol C. Mills, 68, was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital by Overton County Ambulance Service. Pedigo was also transported to LRH by ambulance.

THP Jimmy King investigated the collision. He was assisted by THP Sgt. Jim Beaty and THP Sgt. Joe Agee. Rickman Volunteer Fire Department, Overton County Sheriff's Department, and a unit from Algood Police Department all responded to the scene.


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Legislative Body Applies For Empowerment Zone
By Dewain E. Peek and Deborah Forsman

The Overton County Legislative Body held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, May 8, with Commissioners Gail Arney and Gregg Nivens absent.

The Commission approved budget amendments concerning solid waste and the litter grant program, and for a copier for the tax assessor's office.

Jean Moore was appointed to the budget committee, education committee, fair committee, and insurance committee. She was placed on the same committees that Wayne Sells was on. Moore was appointed to fill out the term of Sells who resigned his position for health reasons.

The county's third quarter report was approved.

County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell said, "From the total we're in pretty good shape. We're right on target just about on the total.

"But in some categories, there've been some overspending. We're notifying those departments to quit spending because when the money's gone it's gone. Unless it's an emergency, we don't appropriate any more money. We run out it's just tough. That's the way you run a budget."

The school system's quarterly report was approved.

The County Commission approved an agreement between the Overton County Highway Department and the State Department of Transportation to erect guardrails on the Cliff Springs and Upper Hilham roads. The estimated cost is $50,000, which TDOT agrees to pay 100 percent of the cost.

A mutual aid agreement was approved with Cumberland County for emergency purposes.

Executive Mitchell said, "We have agreements with most counties around in case they have an emergency we go to their help and they do the same with us. We can call on them."

He later went on to explain why the agreement is needed, "What this agreement does is enable people to get paid through the emergency management people. If you don't have the agreement with the other counties, then the federal government will not pay for these services. So it behooves all counties to have an agreement. It doesn't say you have to send anything."

He assured the commissioners, "We're not forced to do anything. It's still left up to us."

The property assessor's notary bond was approved.

Approved as notaries at-large were Bertha Wilson, Jeanette Brown, Denisa Buchannan, Angie Adkins, Lisa Webb, Marlene Pigg, and Carolyn F. Dees.

An addendum to the agenda brought up for consideration two resolutions.

The first was a resolution to request the unclaimed balance of accounts remitted to the state treasurer under the unclaimed property act. The Commission approved adoption of the resolution.

The second resolution was adopted to enter into an agreement with Fentress and Morgan counties to make an Empowerment Zone application.

Executive Mitchell said, "Part of Overton County is eligible for it, and part of it is not. The part that's eligible for it is two Census tracts. One Census tract is the mountain area, and the other Census tract swings around at Eagle Creek and Alpine area. So if you think of it in communities, it's Alpine area, part of the Eagle Creek area in Monroe, it's Crawford and Hanging Limb and the whole mountain area.

"Now, jointly we have a good chance of getting approved as an empowerment zone. All of Fentress County is eligible, and about 60 percent of Morgan County is eligible."

He explained to the commissioners the advantage of having the application approved.

"If it is approved it gives great incentives," he said. "It gives factories incentives to build there without paying any taxes. It puts money from the federal government without matching funds for all kinds of infrastructure, for water systems and anything that would improve the community."

The meeting adjourned.


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Customer Appreciation Day Slated

By Dewain E. Peek and Deborah Forsman

Livingston Customer Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, June 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at businesses throughout the town, according to the Livingston Merchants Association and the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce.

The purpose of the event is to bring customers from the Upper Cumberland area back to Livingston to show them appreciation with special discounts, drawings for prizes, and a carnival atmosphere throughout the town.

Local merchants wanting to participate may contact The Paper Place at 118 West Court Square in Livingston or call (931) 823-2218.

Deadline for sponsorship is Friday, May 25.


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