Three Injured Sunday In Hwy. 111 Collision
Legislative Body Applies For Empowerment Zone
Customer Appreciation Day Slated
Injured Sunday In Hwy. 111 Collision
Dewain E. Peek/OCN
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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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
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
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
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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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)
Deadline for sponsorship is Friday, May 25.
Overton County News
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