Car crushed in Tuesday collision
City, county receive matching grant
Alpine Institute named National Historic
sunrise glows on town of Livingston
Bobby Graves/OCN staff
No serious injuries were reported after a tractor-trailer
struck a car on Highway 84 around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8.
Gerald Morrow, of Livingston, told officers he was
driving toward Monterey when two deer crossed the road in front
of him. As he slowed down, the gray 2000 Daewoo he was driving was
struck in the rear by a 2000 Freightliner tractor-trailer, driven
for Berkline by Roy M. Hubble, of Mooresburg.
The Daewoo was knocked several feet and overturned
before coming to rest upside down, with Morrow and a passenger,
Balerie Mansell, still inside. They then managed to get out. Neither
had appeared to sustain any serious injuries.
The truck driver was apparently unhurt.
THP Jimmy King investigated the incident.
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county receive matching grant
Gov. Don Sundquist and Tony Grande, state commissioner
of the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) recently
announced a $1,500 matching grant for Livingston-Overton County
as part of the Governor's Three-Star Program.
Gov. Sundquist said, ̉Tennessee's Three-Star communities
have gone the extra mile to prepare and compete for economic development
opportunities. Our matching grant program is another way to support
these communities and to encourage their continued economic growth."
Livingston-Overton County is one of 67 Three-Star
communities statewide. The community has been certified under the
Three-Star Program for six years.
The $1,500 matching grant approved for Livingston-Overton
County is to be used for such projects as beautification programs,
leadership training, and the development of marketing plans and
marketing materials. These include websites, brochures, publications,
and initiatives that may be beneficial to businesses seeking to
relocate or existing industries looking to expand.
The Governor's Three-Star Program was created 20
years ago to encourage Tennessee communities to prepare and compete
for economic development opportunities. The goals of the program
are to preserve existing employment, create new employment opportunities,
improve family income, and create a strong leadership base for economic
Since its beginnings, the program has steadily grown
each year as new communities work with the state to enhance their
appeal as locations for businesses, industry, or other economic
Grande said, ̉The Three-Star Program is a valuable
and effective tool to assist communities in developing the necessary
leadership and infrastructure to become vibrant business locations
and to encourage community prosperity."
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Institute named National Historic District
photos courtesy of Upper Cumberland Development District
Alpine Institute has been named Tennessee's newest
National Historic District. The Historic District consists of Alpine
Christ Church Presbyterian, the church parsonage, the Alpine Institute
gymnasium, Alpine Elementary School, and the Alpine Institute workshop,
dairy barn, and creamery.
Alpine Institute, located in the Alpine Community,
has been announced as Tennessee's newest National Historic District.
The State Review Board of Tennessee Historical Commission
approved the Alpine nomination on September 25.
The recognition of Alpine Institute as a National
Historic District was the culmination of seven months effort on
the part of interested local citizens, Tennessee Historic Commission,
and Upper Cumberland Development District's (UCDD) Historic Preservation
The research and nomination process for Alpine Institute
National Historic District was undertaken by Randal Williams, historic
preservation specialist and planner for UCDD's Special Projects
Wendy Askins, executive director of UCDD, said, ̉The
Upper Cumberland Development District is pleased to have been involved
in the nomination process of the Alpine Institute. This is an honor
for Overton County and the entire Upper Cumberland region. The UCDD
is dedicated to projects such as this one, which preserve our unique
cultural heritage and identity, which is an integral part of the
Alpine Institute Historic District is located in Alpine,
on State Highway 52, approxi-matley seven miles east of Livingston.
The historic district is comprised of Alpine Christ Church Presbyterian,
the church parsonage, the Alpine Institute gymnasium, Alpine Elementary
School, and the Alpine Institute workshop, dairy barn, and creamery.
The first school known as Alpine Institute was founded
around 1821 by John L. Dillard, a Princeton-educated Presbyterian
minister. The original Alpine Institute was a log structure built
atop Alpine Mountain. The school was established under the auspices
of the Presbyterian church and offered standard 19th century academic
John L. Beveridge, who was a Presbyterian minister,
taught at the original Alpine Institute. Beveridge went on to become
governor of Illinois in 1873. The original Alpine Institute was
burned during the Civil War.
A new school was begun in 1880 in Alpine, called Alpine
Academy. The school was co-educational with an enrollment upwards
of 200 students. For reasons unclear, this school had ceased operation
by the late 1880s.
Around 1890, a new Alpine Institute was opened, which
was also known as the Bowden-Roberts School. The school was financed
by means of tuition fees, and taught courses from primary to collegiate
level. It is believed that Alpine Institute was the first school
in the state to incorporate a history of Tennessee into its curriculum.
This Alpine Institute was established primarily by A.H. Roberts,
who went on to become governor of Tennessee in 1918.
The final Alpine Institute was established by Presbyterian
Church USA around 1917. The school opened in a single building and
graduated its first class in 1924. Presbyterian Church USA and Overton
County Board of Education worked in conjunction to upgrade the programs
and services offered at Alpine Institute. By 1936, Alpine Institute
was considered one of the best schools in Middle Tennessee.
During the 1930s, Alpine Institute was chosen as a
building project of Works Progress Administration (WPA). WPA built
several of the buildings at Alpine Institute. The buildings were
constructed of native materials and were excellent examples of local
craftsmanship. Upon completion, Alpine Institute was one of the
most modern schools in Tennessee.
Alpine Christ Church Presbyterian was built in 1934.
The building is gothic revival-style and was built of stone quarried
on Alpine Mountain.
The church was constructed of local materials without
the use of blueprints, and is an example of native ingenuity and
The church is still in use and has become a popular
location for weddings because of its beauty and setting.
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Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570