White Powder Discovered At Swallows Agency
City Council Considers Putting Engineer On
County Gift Certificates To Be Available
Powder Discovered At Swallows Agency
The parking lot at The Swallows Agency was the site
of much panic and serious investigation Thursday when personnel
of the agency discovered white powder on an envelope around 2:15
p.m. The lot was evacuated by law enforcement by 3:34 p.m.
An evacuation took place Thursday afternoon at The
Swallows Agency, located on West Main Street, after a piece of mail
at the business was discovered to have a suspicious, white powdery
substance on the outside.
Livingston Police Department was immediately notified
and the area was sealed off, pending identification of the substance
The city police were joined in the investigation by
members of the FBI and TBI and a decontamination procedure was initiated
on one person by Livingston Fire Department.
The source of the mail was traced back to an insurance-related
firm in Michigan, which was under renovation at the time the letter
was initially mailed. Officials were then able to determine the
substance coating the envelope was drywall dust.
As anthrax scares sweep the nation, Livingston Police
Department has answered some 15 mail-related calls in the last 12
to 15 days.
All calls were legitimate concerns, not prank calls,
and most pieces of mail questioned had no return addresses on them.
Anthrax has not been found in any local case.
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Considers Putting Engineer On Staff
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
Livingston's City Council held the regular monthly
meeting Monday, Nov. 5, with Alderman Bill Winningham absent.
The City Council is considering hiring an engineer,
after a plan to extend sewer service in the Overton Heights area
was temporarily shelved because the state requires an engineer to
draw up the plan.
Alderman Robert Jolley suggested, "I think we
just need to hire us an engineer and put him on staff."
Alderman Jolley went on to say, "One little project
here is going to pay his salary."
Department supervisor Tim Coffee told the Council
he liked the idea of having an engineer on staff because department
supervisors would have more input on how a project would be carried
Alderman Curtis Hayes also like the idea, saying,
"We'd come out ahead in the long run."
Mayor Hosea Winningham said he would check into how
much it would cost the city to hire an engineer to put on staff.
The aldermen approved a hazardous material and threat
The Council agreed to sell James Tinsley 20 feet by
50 feet alley areas at $100 each.
Gary Heady was transferred to meter reader to replace
Mike Gilpatrick who quit. Scott Barlow was hired to take Gary Heady's
former job with the town.
Nichole Dishman was hired at Livingston Police Department.
The Council voted to give $400 to the 2001 Christmas
The aldermen voted to adopt a resolution to join with
Hen-dersonville in asking the Tennessee General Assembly to pass
a measure to help small cities enforce outdoor sign ordinances.
Alderman Hayes voted against the resolution.
The meeting adjourned.
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Gift Certificates To Be Available
An Overton County gift certificate program has begun
through the efforts of the Overton County Merchants Association.
All merchants who participate will have their businesses
listed as places consumers can redeem the gift certificates.
All gift certificates will be issued in $5 increments.
Any business wishing to be part of the first issue
of the Overton County Gift Certificate Program should contact Darren
Oliver, vice president of the Overton County Merchants Association
at Overton County News (931) 823-6485 before November 21.
Anyone wishing to buy Overton County gift certificates
for their employees or an individual should contact Darren Oliver
at Overton County News, 415 West Main Street, Livingston, TN 38570.
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Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570