Close election results in no change
Local Relay For Life raises over $24,000
Bank robbery attempted at Rickman
Loftis pleads to murder conspiracy
First reading of city budget approved
election results in no change
The Livingston Municipal Election resulted in no changes,
though the voting was close in all categories. A total of 1,391
city voters went to the polls.
Incumbent Hosea Winningham retained the mayor's seat
with a 95-vote margin over challenger Curtis Hayes.
The liquor referendum resulted in a 149-vote favor
denying package liquor sales.
Johnny Halfacre, Thurman Langford, and Robert D. Jolley
retained their aldermen seats in more close voting.
Relay For Life raises over $24,000
By ROBBIE J. MELTON
Despite what they tell you in college, partying all night does
pay off, at least at the American Cancer Society Relay For Life.
Hundreds of dedicated volunteers camped out and partied the night
away to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer Friday,
May 31. That night alone, the Relay For Life event in Livingston
Pauletta Brady, Relay For Life chair, said, "There are not
enough ways to show our appreciation for your support of the American
Cancer Society Relay For Life events in Overton County; however,
the 8.9 million Americans alive today with a history of cancer and
the millions of volunteers who are working diligently to fight this
deadly disease thank you for contributing to the fight."
After a brief ceremony, cancer survivors kicked off the event by
leading the first lap of the overnight event. Then, one member from
each of the 13 teams began walking or running relay style for the
12 hour period.
After sundown, lighted luminaria lined the track in honor of those
living with cancer and in memory of those who lost their battle
with the disease. A ceremony recognized and remembered those from
Overton County that have been touched by cancer.
American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary
health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health
problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering
from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service.
For more information about Relay For Life call American Cancer
Society at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
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robbery attempted at Rickman
The Rickman branch of Union Bank & Trust Company was
almost robbed Saturday morning.
A car pulled up to the bank between 8 and 8:30 a.m.
and its occupants reportedly got out and began putting on ski masks.
After the bank tellers realized what was taking place
outside, they quickly engaged the alarm system and the doors automatically
locked. The subjects, upon realizing they could not enter, fled
the scene with no loot.
The getaway car was recovered; however, officials
had no suspects at last report. At least two persons are believed
to have been involved in the attempt, possibly three.
Anyone arrested for the crime will face charges of
Attempted Armed Robbery.
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pleads to murder conspiracy
By ROBERT FORSMAN, court reporter
Jeffery G. Loftis, 37, an Overton County Jail inmate,
pled guilty Monday to conspiracy to murder his ex-wife.
Represented by Public Defender Art Johnson, Loftis
entered the plea during the June 3 session of Overton County Criminal
Court, Judge Leon Burns presiding.
Livingston Police commenced an investigation after
receiving a tip that Loftis said he wished his ex-wife would fall
off the face of the earth and he would pay someone to kill her.
A meeting was arranged between Loftis and an undercover
officer posing as a hit man. When asked how much he would pay for
the murder, Loftis said he could make a down payment in a month.
Loftis was arrested.
He was indicted by Overton County Grand Jury on February
11. He was arraigned and placed under a $100,000 bond, which he
was unable to make.
According to the plea agreement, Loftis was sentenced
to 8 years in prison with credit for jail time served since his
arrest in February.
Loftis also pled guilty to violation of probation
and to delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance.
He was sentenced to 6 years in prison for the parole
violation and to 8 years in prison for the drug conviction. All
sentences will be served concurrently.
Having a prior criminal record, Loftis was sentenced
as a Range II offender. According to sentencing guidelines, offenders
in that category serve prison sentences at a rate of at least 35
At that rate, an 8-year sentence equals 2 years, 9
months and 12 days.
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of city budget approved
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
First reading of the 2002-2003 Town of Livingston
budget was approved by Livingston City Council during the Monday,
June 3 regular monthly meeting, with all aldermen present.
A budget hearing is set for Monday, June 24 at 6 p.m.
All the rates are to remain the same, according to
Mayor Hosea Winningham. The Council approved the Merchants Association
request for $500 for the Overton County Summer Music Festival scheduled
for July 19-20. The action is dependent on the state not cutting
funds to the town.
The Council approved in lieu of tax for natural gas
in the amount of $12,355 to the General Fund.
The Council also approved in lieu of tax for water
and sewer in the amount of $21,735.
Second reading was approved on rezoning Alfred Ballinger
property from I-1 to C-3.
Mayor Winningham informed the Council that a project
to make East Main Street from "the triangle” to Overton Restaurant
into a three lane will begin soon.
"If that goes like scheduled, it should be done
in three months,” Mayor Winningham said.
The state already has enough right-of-way for the
project, according to Mayor Winningham. Some sidewalks will be moved
and several utility poles will also be moved.
The state has informed the Town of Livingston that
traffic lights for the intersection of Bilbrey Street and Main Street
will be let to bid on February 4, 2003, according to Mayor Winningham.
The Council approved the Court Square Committee. Alderman
Johnny Halfacre, who is also a member of the committee, informed
the Council of a major project the committee has been involved in.
"The big project that's coming up involves the
state, city, and county all," Alderman Halfacre said.
The town has a problem of water running into buildings
in places where sidewalks are not higher than the road. To fix the
problem, the state will grind down the roadways around the square,
and the city will put in storm drains.
When the renovation is made, overhead electric wires
will be replaced with underground wires.
"There'll be new sidewalks and new streets,"
Alderman Halfacre said.
To assist in future maintenance without damaging the
renovated roadway, a specific area will be created for all utilities
to flow through.
"All the water lines and electric lines will
be in this ditch – cables, TV cables and so on," Alderman Halfacre
said. "If there's ever a problem, then we don't have to dig
up our new sidewalks or our new streets. They'll take these blocks
out – whoever, city, electric company – go in and fix the problem,
and then they'll put gravel back, and just lay the blocks back."
Mayor Winningham informed the Council that residents
in the Carr subdivision are requesting annexation into the city
A Tennessee Housing Development home grant application
submitted by the Town of Livingston was not approved, according
to the mayor.
The Council approved changing the time for making
the lines on the city ballfields to 5 p.m., and also approved having
two workers stay until 7 p.m. at the ballpark to keep the restrooms
The meeting adjourned.
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