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Construction underway to improve drainage
Flags flown half-mast to honor astronauts
New water tap fee increase approved by City

 

Construction underway to improve drainage

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Barriers direct traffic around road work at the junction of West Main Street and Broad Street while a convoy of tractor-trailers wait to unload huge concrete box culverts.

Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is replacing old drainage structure beneath the road to improve the drainage and meet all codes, according to Frank Campbell, operations specialist supervisor 1 with TDOT. Mid-State Construction is the sub-contractor.

The new box culverts are 4 feet tall and 10 feet wide inside and will be 126 feet long when all are connected. The old culverts are 2 feet tall and 10 feet wide.

All drainage pipes in that area will be tied into the new structure. Work is scheduled to be finished in four to six weeks, depending on the weather, according to Campbell.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution when driving through the construction area.

Two more construction phases are planned, at which time traffic will be shifted to the inside to accommodate construction on the outside.

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Flags flown half-mast to honor astronauts

Carson Oliver/OCN staff

Businesses, organizations, schools, and government offices all across the nation are lowering their American flags at half-mast in respect of those who lost their lives when space shuttle Columbia exploded Saturday morning, killing the seven persons aboard. The NASA astronauts who lost their lives were commander Rick Husband, pilot William McCool, payload commander Michael Anderson, mission specialists David Brown, Laurel Clark and Kalpana Chawla, and IsraelŐs first astronaut, Ilan Ramon.

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New water tap fee increase approved by City Council

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff

Higher water tap fees were approved by Livingston City Council in the regular monthly meeting held Monday, Feb. 3, with Alderman Thurman Langford absent.

Though Alderman James "Pug" Lee suggested leaving the residential fees unchanged, the new fees call for $300 for 3/4-inch residential taps inside the city and $500 for 3/4-inch taps outside the city. Alderman Lee voted against the measure.

The Council approved the purchase of a vehicle for the gas department. The vehicle is a 1-ton 4-wheel drive truck with a utility bed. Cost of the truck is $10,000.

First reading was approved on rezoning the old KMA building from I-1 to C-1.

First reading was also approved for an amendment to the zoning ordinance.

A public hearing for both of these measures is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21.

Daniel M. Clayton was hired at Livingston Police Department to replace Calvin Anderson, who was hired at Cookeville Police Department. According to LPD Chief Roger Phillips, Clayton is already police certified, and has served in the police reserve program.

Chief Phillips informed the Council that Livingston Police Department has received grant money to purchase seven radar units.

The Council adopted a sidewalk grant resolution. The grant will enable the city to build sidewalks from Oak Street to Fair Street. The grant is a 90/10 grant, meaning the town will pay 10 percent of the cost. Mayor Hosea Winningham said, "Out of $25,000, we pay $250."

Ronnie England was placed in the position of meter reader to replace Gary Heady, who is changing to another position.

The Council approved a request for $500 to be used in the Overton County Bluegrass Festival, which is planned for July 17-19.

Applications for a lifeguard supervisor will be taken until March 3.

Mayor Hosea Winningham informed the Council that an I.S.O. representative recommended the city purchase a ladder truck, hire a full-time fire chief, and schedule three-hour meetings each month.

The meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

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