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Archives 05-29-2002






Big Springs home destroyed by fire
TVA plans power outage scheduled this weekend
Relay For Life to be held at Livingston Academy



Big Springs home destroyed by fire

Becky Meredith/OCN staff

The home of Donald and Lisa Presley, located on Big Springs Road, burned down late Wednesday night, May 22. According to reports, the youngest of the Presley's two teenage sons heard a "popÓ coming from upstairs at around 11 p.m. When he looked upstairs, he reportedly saw the second story filled with smoke. Monroe Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene around 11:30 p.m. and began fighting the fire. Also dispatched to the scene were members of Livingston Fire Department, Overton County Sheriff's Department, and Overton County Ambulance Service. Travis Gore, fire chief of Monroe VFD, said the firefighters on hand battled the flames for about 4-1/2 hours.

"When the fire came through the roof, we had to give up," Chief Gore said. "We just backed up and tried to contain it."

The origin of the fire has not been determined, Chief Gore reported.

The family was able to salvage a few things off the front porch. The Presleys escaped from the home without injuries, reports stated.


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TVA plans power outage scheduled this weekend

Tennessee Valley Authority will disconnect power to its Livingston substation on Celina Highway, beginning at midnight Saturday, June 1. The outage will occur for up to five hours into Sunday morning, June 2.

Power to all Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation customers served from the substation will be interrupted.

Customers served from power lines and tap lines along highways 52, 84, 85, 111 North, and in Livingston city limits will experience the power interruption.

TVA will be expanding its substation facilities during the next few months. The power interruption time will be used to safely transfer transmission power lines from an existing pole located where excavation will be done to a new pole.

The expanded and upgraded substation will accommodate operations related to the existing 161 kV transmission line extending between TVA's substation and its Livingston substation and a new 161 kV transmission line that will be built to connect TVA's substation in Jamestown to its Livingston substation. Because of the dual feeders from Cookeville and Jamestown, the completion of these construction projects will greatly improve the reliability of power in Jackson, Overton, and Putnam counties, according to reports.

Carl Brandt, general manger of UCEMC, said, "UCEMC will take advantage of TVA's power outage to perform some maintenance on its facilities located in the area of the outage to keep customers from having to experience another outage.

"We regret any inconvenience the planned power outage may cause; however, we believe the reliability of service and quality of power that the expanded and upgraded substation will bring to customers served from it will be worth the inconveniences of the outage."

The planned power interruption may be postponed if inclement weather that includes lighting is in the area or is expected in the area at the scheduled time.



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Memorial Day service held on town square

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Veterans salute toward the Overton County Veterans Memorial after Bobbie Speck, of American Legion Bohannan Unit 4 Ladies Auxiliary, and Marjorie Therrien, of Veterans of Foreign Wars, James T. Davis Post 5062, Ladies Auxiliary, place wreaths at the monument. Speck and Therrien were escorted by Roy Tudor and Gene Snowden.

The wreath placement was part of Memorial Day services held on the Livingston Square on Monday, May 27.

This year's Memorial Day service extended recognition to include the Port Authority officers, policemen, and firefighters who lost their lives in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 and the days following.

The Overton County Honor Guard (at right) carried out a 21-gun salute near the conclusion of the service.

(More Memorial Day service photos inside this edition.)



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