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Archives 04-03-2002






Livingston Academy choir participates in Tech event
Auxiliary police approved by City Council
Convenience Center now open


Livingston Academy choir participates in Tech event


Members of the Livingston Academy choir are, in no particular order, Kayla Allen, Tonya Allen, Desirea Ashlock, Melissa Ball, David Becera, Sarah Bingham, James Brown, Alison Buford, Jonathan Chaffin, Ashley Copeland, Rosa Copeland, Russell Copeland, Rachel Farley, Brandy Flowers, Jennifer Hammock, Dustin Henry, Samantha Key, April Krack, Wendy Massie, Tyler Maxwell, Wesley McBride, Sondra Moe, Ashley Moore, Julie Murphy, Cathy Noe, Chasity Rhoton, Natasha Sidwell, Donna Sims, Michelle Smith, Joanna Stafford, Ashley Story, Rachel Tollett, Christy Vaughn, Angel Watson, Bridgette Wilborn, and Tonia Wilborn. Member Heather Stover is not pictured.


Tennessee Technological University's third annual mass choir event was held February 22 and 23. Upper Cumberland area students participating included 24 members of Livingston Academy's choir.

The LA students began a day and a half of rehearsals and sectionals on Friday, Feb. 22, working with Tech music faculty and choral students. Part of their rehearsal schedule was spent working in like groupings based on vocal parts.

The men's and ladies' group performed specific arrangements for their groups, as well as for the larger mixed ensemble.

More than 230 students from six schools were involved in the mass choir.

Livingston Academy's choir members returned to TTU on Saturday morning, rehearsed until noon, then presented a concert of the music they had practiced.


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Auxiliary police approved by City Council


An auxiliary police reserve program was reinstated at Livingston Police Department through action taken by Livingston City Council during the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 1, with all aldermen present.

In proposing the matter, Police Chief Roger Phillips said, "Last week, we discussed the possibility of reinstating the police reserves. The reserves will be used in concert with ball games, special occasions like Pioneer Days on the square, helping over at the ballpark, anytime there will be extra manpower needed."

The reserves would come under the same rules and regulations as the rest of the Police Department, according to Chief Phillips.

"The requirements for a reserve police officer is the same as a full-time police officer," he said, "the difference being that you can only work a reservist no more than 20 hours a week. There can't be any compensation whatsoever for that type work."

Reservists are required to attend inservice training, which the Police Department will provide, according to Chief Phillips. They are also required to have a physical and psychological evaluation the same as regular officers.

Alderman Johnny Halfacre asked what kind of authority the reservists would have as far as keeping the peace or making an arrest if the need arose.

Chief Phillips said reservists would be prohibited from making arrests. At least one certified officer will be assigned to accompany reservists who are on duty. The reservist would have authority to keep the peace, but if an arrest were necessary, the reservist would have to call the certified officer over to the scene. The certified officer would then make the arrest.

"The reason for that was that it just lessens our risk of civil liability, he said.

Each reservist will be issued a weapon.

Chief Phillips suggested starting out with five or six reserve officers.

"We would choose those five or six from applicants that are looking for full-time employment with the Police Department," he said.

The alderman unanimously voted to reinstate the auxiliary police reserve program.

Bill Randolph was hired, on a 4-2 vote, as a special drug investigator for Livingston Police Department. He will be paid from the drug fund.

Clean-up Week was set as April 22 through April 27.

Summer workers were hired.

Mayor Hosea Winningham announced that the second reading of rezoning Jeff Hunter's property from I-2 to C-1 was approved and beer permits were approved for Fueler's Friend and Ganesh Inc. at a recent public hearing.

Chief Phillips informed the City Council that the Police Department recently received a grant for a thermal imaging device. The device costs between $15,000 and $20,000, which the grant covered with no cost incurred to the city.

The meeting adjourned.




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Convenience Center now open

By Becky Meredith, OCN staff

A program to establish more convenience centers in Overton County was projected at the beginning of County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell's tenure.

Bobby McCoin, project coordinator for Overton County Executive's Office, said, "Since Mr. Mitchell came in three years ago, we started making plans deciding what we were going to do, and it takes a while to get things done," he explained.

After a few minor setbacks, however, two centers have recently been instituted one in Alpine, the other in Hardy's Chapel. The county's five other centers are located in the Hilham, Rickman, Hanging Limb, and Independence communities, along with the Livingston center on Airport Road.

According to McCoin, each time the county builds a center, around $40,000 is appropriated to the site.

"That's not counting the land, but we aready owned the land," he explained of the Hardy's Chapel facility.

The new convenience center in Hardy's Chapel was built next door to Hardy's Chapel Community Center, which was formerly occupied by a school. After the school closed, the land was "turned over" to the county.

All work on the Hardy's Chapel Convenience Center building was completed by county employees, who wrapped up the project in about two or three weeks, McCoin said.

"They built everything, except the county highway department did all the grade work and furnished the rock," he continued.

Household trash of county residents may be dropped off at county convenience centers.

"They can take scrap metal there, they can accept, and hopefully other people will bring, recyclables there, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans. We're not taking metal cans right now because there's no market, but as soon as there gets to be a market for them, we'll take metal cans," McCoin added.

Hardy's Chapel Community Center opened for business yesterday, April 2. Operation days are scheduled for each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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