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Archives 04-23-2003






Home on Mofield Street damaged by Monday fire
Loan guarantee to help UCEMC upgrade system
Sheriff's Dept. issues report for last week


Home on Mofield Street damaged by Monday fire

Livingston volunteer firefighters spray water into the Mofield Street home of Bobby Ledbetter on Monday morning, April 21. According to reports, a neighbor saw smoke coming from the home and called 911. Livingston Volunteer Fire Department personnel arrived on the scene shortly after the call was made around 11:10 a.m. Smoke was coming from the house and garage. The home was heavily damaged.




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Loan guarantee to help UCEMC upgrade system

A $15 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corp. upgrade its system by adding another 127 miles of power line to the more than 4,000 miles of existing line, according to U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon.

"Providing residents with a reliable power source enhances a community's quality of life and economic development opportunities," Gordon said. "Top-notch companies that pay good wages demand easy accessibility to utilities.

"Upper Cumberland Electric has done an outstanding job in providing low-cost power to the Middle Tennessee area, but it also realizes upgrades to its power and distribution system will continue to make Middle Tennessee a desirable place to locate a business or home. This loan goes a long way in helping the utility achieve that goal."

The electric utility provides power to about 45,000 customers in Clay, DeKalb, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Putnam, Smith, Wilson, Pickett, and White counties. USDA's Rural Development Administration is guaranteeing the loan, which is being made through the Federal Financing Bank over a 34-year period.

Aging equipment and growth in the region are factors making it necessary for the utility company to upgrade its power system continuously, according to Carl Brandt, the utility's chief executive officer.

"As load increases, these older wires are not able to handle capacity," Brandt explained. "So it's an ongoing process to upgrade the system."

Upper Cumberland Electric also will use the loan to replace two power substations in Smith County, as well as replace power poles, he added.



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Sheriff's Dept. issues report for last week

Lt. Keith Smith with Overton County Sheriff's Department reported a fairly calm, average-activity week last week.

The department responded to a total of 162 calls.

According to the report, the department had 2 DUI calls, 1 burglary call, and 2 breaking and entering calls.

The department had 24 calls that required general investigation, 5 motor vehicle accidents without injury, and 2 motor vehicle accidents with injury.

The department served 41 civil warrants. Officers responded to 2 reports of domestic disturbances with no weapons and 2 fights in progress. A single fire was reported, along with a vehicle fire. The department also received two calls for alarms that were activated.

Two suspicious person reports were made and one vandalism to property call was made.

Three calls on disturbing the peace were received and seven unknown calls were made.

One public intoxication was reported, along with one fall, one dead on arrival incident, and one drug overdose.

Officers also responded to a report of child abuse/neglect, a reckless driving report, and 7 calls for domestic or farm animals on the loose.

A total of 35 routine traffic stops were made, 3 car doors unlocked, and a traffic stop was made to check a vehicle.

Two escorts were made by the Sheriff's Dept.

Prisoners picked up totalled 8, and 2 others were transported from the Justice Center.



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