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