Livingston Academy choir participates in Tech
Auxiliary police approved by City Council
Convenience Center now open
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
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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police approved by City Council
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
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,Ó 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,"
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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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 Ð 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,"
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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