Mock DUI drill held at Livingston Academy
Liquor sales option to be on city ballot
"Stamp Out Hunger" drive set for
DUI drill held at Livingston Academy
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
The scene greeting Livingston Academy seniors Friday
morning was of a crash with four victims. Two of the victims in
the enactment were fatalities. Of the other two, one was an impaired
Overton County Health Council conducted a mock DUI
crash scene at Livingston Academy on Friday, April 26. The event
was held for LA seniors only.
The mock DUI scene was set up to emulate an automobile
wreck in which alcohol was the primary cause of the crash. Donna
Holt's nursing students at Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston
portrayed victims in the crash scene. Though staged, the crash was
planned to look as though a real wreck had occurred.
Students witnessed Livingston Police Chief Roger Phillips
call in the wreck, and saw the arrival of members of Livingston
Police Department followed by Livingston Fire Department trucks
and then tge arrival of ambulances from Overton County Ambulance
The crash followed realistic occurrences at such
a wreck, down to the arrival of a distraught mother of a crash victim.
The intoxicated driver was given a field sobriety
test, and upon failing, was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car
to be taken for booking.
Just as at a real crash, ambulances left with victims
and bodies. The fire trucks left when no longer needed. Policemen
left. Then in the remaining silence, wrecker service personnel loaded
up the cars to clear the scene.
After students left the crash scene, they went into
the LA mini theater where they listened to Kathy Masters, spokesperson
for Mothers Against Drunk Driving, tell about her son, Seth Gilpatrick,
who was killed by an impaired driver.
Afterward, the students heard from Assistant District
Attorney Owen Burnett, who told them about the punishment awaiting
those who kill when drinking and driving.
Others participating in the event included the Livingston
Academy staff, Overton County E-911, Overton County Rescue Squad,
Watkins and Langford Wrecker Service, Livingston Regional Hospital,
Dale Hollow Mental Health, UT Agricultural Extension Service, Overton
County Health Department, Overton County Board of Education, Upper
Cumberland Electric Service, Maynord's Thrifty, and Celebrations
Overton County Health Council expressed appreciation
to all who contributed to the event.
Angela Hassler of the Health Council stated, "The
hard work and involvement of each group and individual contributed
to the success of this mock DUI education program.
"The Health Council realizes each person and
organization put forth a great effort to include this event in their
schedules, and we are appreciative. Without the support of these
organizations, individuals, and the community, programs like this
one could never happen."
Alcohol-related crashes are the leading cause of death
among teenagers, according to the University of Tennessee's Tennessee
Traffic Safety Resource Service Center for Transportation Research.
Alcohol is involved in almost half of all motor vehicle wrecks that
In Tennessee, legal intoxication is defined at having
a BAC of .10 or more. A federal mandate for states to lower the
legal level to .08 has been ignored by the Tennessee General Assembly,
at the risk of losing federal road funds. (More DUI drill photos
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sales option to be on city ballot
Liquor sales would be legal inside Livingston city
limits if a local option passes in the upcoming Municipal Election.
The local option authorizes retail package stores
to sell alcoholic beverages as defined in Tennessee Code Annotated
57-4-102 as provided by law (1).
Definition of alcoholic beverages, according to Tennessee
Code Annotated 57-4-102, is "alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine,
and every liquid containing alcohol, spirits, wine, and capable
of being consumed by a human being, other than patented medicine
or beer where the latter contains an alcoholic content of five percent
(5%) by weight, or less."
By state law, alcoholic beverages also include "any
liquid product containing distilled alcohol capable of being consumed
by a human being manufactured or made with distilled alcohol irrespective
of alcohol content."
Also on the ballot will be an election of a mayor
and three aldermen for the Town of Livingston.
The Municipal Election will be held Wednesday, June
Those casting a voting in the election must reside
inside the city limits or have at least a 50 percent ownership of
property within the city limits at the time of registration and
Deadline to register to vote in the election is Monday,
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Out Hunger" drive set for May 11
National Association of Letter Carriers and United
States Postal Service will conduct their 10th annual food drive
Saturday, May 11.
Vincent R. Sombrotto, president of National Association
of Letter Carriers, said, "Every day, more than 26 million
Americans rely on food assistance programs to provide them with
needed nourishment. A growing number of them are working families
who have to make tough decisions between shelter, medical needs,
clothing, and food on a daily basis.
"Last year, with donations from millions of
Americans, we delivered more than 70 million pounds of food to help
those in need."
Those who want to participate in the drive should
leave nonperishable boxed or canned food items in a sturdy bag by
their mailbox for their letter carrier to collect.
Goods gathered will be distributed in their respective
area, and may include such items as soup, pasta, canned meats, fish,
vegetables, and fruits, and cereals or rice.
Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570