Home on Mofield Street damaged by Monday
Loan guarantee to help UCEMC upgrade system
Sheriff's Dept. issues report for last week
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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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.
"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
"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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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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Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570