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Archives 10-16-2002






Car crushed in Tuesday collision
City, county receive matching grant
Alpine Institute named National Historic District



Enchanting 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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City, 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 development.

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 enterprises.

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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Alpine 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 Program.

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 Department.

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 UCDD's mission."

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 fare.

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 craftsmanship.

The church is still in use and has become a popular location for weddings because of its beauty and setting.






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