Summer Music Festival held on town
Uniform speed limit being considered for county
Public hearing set for Hwy. 52 corridor
Music Festival held on town square
Enjoying an impromptu picking and playing session
during the Overton County Summer Music Festival are Lola Brown and
Clifford G. Martin, both of Crossville, Frank Baker of Sparta, Steve
Lloyd of Timothy, Dewey Sherill of Crab Orchard, and, playing the
washboard, Nell Langford.
The Summer Music Festival was held Friday and Saturday,
July 19-20 on the courthouse square in Livingston. Events included
gospel music on Friday night, beauty contests on Saturday, and bluegrass
music on Saturday, night. The event also featured pony rides, food,
speed limit being considered for county
By RACHEL SMITH, OCN staff
Due to the growing number of requests for speed limits
on county roads, Overton County Legislative Body discussed the feasibility
of imposing a uniform speed limit for all county roads during its
regular monthly meeting Tuesday, July 16. Commissioner David Dorminey
Noting that the Sheriff's Department cannot monitor
speed limits on county roads where signs are not posted, County
Executive Richard M. "Ossie” Mitchell stated, "The County
Commission does have legal authority to set speed limits on county
He recommended the Highway Department meet and come
up with a number for the whole county.
"You're going to have this every court meeting
unless you come up with a uniform speed limit. I suggest you have
a meeting and make recommendations to the next county commission
meeting for a uniform speed limit."
He also advised the county would be financially responsible
for buying speed limit signs should this project be undertaken.
With this in mind, the legislative body passed a resolution
imposing a 20 mph speed limit on the county road in front of Allons
Elementary School. Originally written to be in effect "during
school hours”, this was amended to "When Children Are Present”
in order to include times of ballgames and other special events.
At the request of East Fork Road residents in the
Hanging Limb Community, commissioners also passed a 30 mph speed
limit on that road.
Mitchell said, "Billy Sullivan and some other
people has gone up there. There's a whole lot of houses down there,
and there's a big subdivision being built at the end of it.
"What it is, it's a straight stretch, about a
mile and a half. When they get on that straight stretch, as the
old saying goes, ‘They let the hammer down.' They want them slowed
down I think.”
Also approved during this meeting was a resolution
to make application to Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)
for assistance in construction of an industrial access highway for
Tennessee Mills Company, who plans to build a building to manufacture
With assistance of TDOT, Overton County will soon
be installing guardrails on Jay Bird Road in Monroe. TDOT will pay
100 percent of this project up to a maximum of $50,000.
With two firms vying for the job, commissioners voted
to allow Mitchell, with the approval of the Budget Committee, to
employ an engineering firm to begin the engineering work on the
planned industrial park in Rickman.
Mitchell said, "We need to get started so we
can be eligible to apply for EPA grants. You have to have some engineering
work done. All we've done down there so far is to have the plan
prepared and the archaeological study done. They told us all the
land was usable except one little corner down in the low end, a
quarter of an acre.
"We've got to get that thing started. If the
next administration, if they want to pursue it, then that's that
"We can't get these grants unless you have the
engineering work done. The reason I said with the approval of the
Budget Committee is I want them to look at these two proposals.
I want everybody to agree on what's the best price for the county."
Approved as Notaries at large were Debbie Reagan,
Katherine J. Collins, Vickie Carr, Tracy Eroacher, and Calvin Bilbrey.
When it came time for committee reports, County Executive
Mitchell said, "We haven't had a whole lot of meetings this
month. We've been working on the budget, and that's taken a lot
of our time."
Budget and Finance Committee Chairman Tom Montooth
advised, "We've met and had some bid openings for the wallpaper
and carpet here in this building (Overton County Courthouse), the
computer for the Ambulance Service, and the insurance for the county.
Other than that, we've been working on the budget some."
He informed fellow commissioners the income for the
Ambulance Service should be about $81,000 more than expected last
year, and the insurance bid was around $12,000 higher than last
Before closing the meeting, Mitchell requested all
commissioners read and study the regulations he passed out for zoning
an area around the airport to prevent cellular towers from being
built within so many feet of the runway. He indicated that a public
hearing would have to be held and this issue voted on.
"If they don't do that, we'll not be able to
get federal money," he said.
Commissioner Johnie Webb then addressed the court
about his feelings on the planned industrial park in Rickman. "I've
seen a lot of county courts, county judges, county executives, come
and go. I would hate to see this county have to get a committee
outside the county court to find industrial property.
"I've seen some letters in the paper saying we've
got empty buildings out there in the industrial park. They're owned
by people out of this county, and some of them out of state. They
own them, we don't. We don't have empty buildings, not one building.
"We have to plan ahead. You can't wait until
the industries come to look you over. We should recover our initial
investment in the property. I've seen this county grow from a one
shirt factory town to what it is today. If you have any questions
on how I feel about, just ask me. I'll tell you."
The meeting adjourned.
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hearing set for Hwy. 52 corridor
Tennessee Department of Transportation will conduct
a highway corridor public hearing Tuesday, Aug. 6 to discuss proposed
improvements to State Route 52 in Clay and Overton counties. The
hearing will be held in Celina Community Center, located at 145
Cordell Hull Drive in Celina.
The plan proposes to reconstruct State Route 52 to
four lanes from Celina to State Route 136 in Overton County. Four
alternates are under consideration. The project is approximately
7 miles in length.
The "open house" style hearing will be held
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. No formal presentation will be made, and citizens
may arrive any time within the two-hour period. Representatives
of the department will be present to provide information about location,
major design features, relocation assistance, the tentative schedules
for right-of-way acquisition and construction, and other matters
of interest related to the project.
The public is invited to ask questions and make comments
during the hearing, and will be given the opportunity to make opinions
known concerning the need for this project. Written statements and
other exhibits may be submitted to Project Comments, Tennessee Department
of Trasnportation, Suite 700, James K. Polk Building, 505 Deaderick
Street, Nashville, TN 37243-0332.
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