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Archives 10-08-2003




Emergency disaster drill held at Industrial Park
West End Annexation plans move forward
Overton man dies at beach in Florida



Emergency disaster drill held at Industrial Park

Mica Stewart/OCN staff

Firetrucks line up at the scene of a disaster drill conducted Saturday, Oct. 4 at an unoccupied building in Overton County Industrial Park. The annual drill is mandatory for county emergency services personnel.

Representatives of Livingston City Fire Department, Overton County Sheriff’s Department, Overton County Ambulance Service, and Livingston Regional Hospital were among the emergency workers who arrived at the scene and attempted to rescue those “injured” in the staged chemical spill.

Other emergency crews and teams participating in the drill were Overton County 911 Center, a HAZMAT team, Mountain First Responder, Fairgrounds Volunteer Fire Department, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Hardy’s Chapel Volunteer Fire Department, Rickman Volunteer Fire Department, and EMT students from Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston.

At right, a “victim” of the staged chemical spill awaits treatment from rescue workers at the disaster drill held on Saturday.


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West End Annexation plans move forward

Livingston City Council moved forward on annexing an area on the west end of town by approving the first reading of the West End Annexation Ordinance during the regular monthly meeting held Monday, Oct. 6.

A gas contract was approved for a period of five years.

A resolution was adopted to support completing Highway 111 as a four-lane highway to the Kentucky state line.

The bid of Bank of Overton County, of 2 percent, was accepted for an interest note for the purchase of police cars.

The City Council agreed to share the cost of creating a CD-ROM to promote the city, the county, and local businesses. The city’s share of the $7,500 cost is $2,500. The county is expected to pay $2,500, and private donations are expected to pay the remaining $2,500.

The Council will meet with Overton County School Board on Monday, Oct. 13 to try to resolve a disputed gas bill. The meeting will be held at the Central Education Office, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The alderman voted to take bids on paving a section of Oak Street that includes a portion that was recently widened four feet.

The Council voted to purchase two cabs for two of the city’s newer backhoes.

The meeting adjourned.


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Overton man dies at beach in Florida

By LOURDES BRIZ, Florida Today staff
Bryan Mullins was spending a picture-perfect day at the beach, swimming with his 11 year-old son, when things suddenly went very wrong.

The 43 year-old Melbourne, FL, man was in chest-high water Monday, Oct. 6 near the Fifth Avenue boardwalk with his son, Willard, and his nephew. His parents, who were visiting from Tennessee, watched from shore.

Suddenly Mullins went underwater. Brevard County (FL) Sheriff’s Agent Lou Heyn said Mullins may have suffered some kind of health problem and disappeared underwater about 12:42 p.m.

“It doesn’t look to be a drowning,” Heyn said, but an autopsy Tuesday should be able to provide more answers.

Family members watched as Mullins’ son, along with off-duty Sheriff’s Office Agent Mike Spadafora, carried the man to shore and performed CPR.

“They pulled him out quickly,” Heyn said.

They were not able to resuscitate him, and Mullins was taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 1 p.m., according to a police report.

Heyn said rip currents were not likely responsible for the death.

Mullins was born and raised in Overton County. He had been a law enforcement officer in Overton County with Livingston Police Department and with Overton County Sheriff’s Department, and was in the trucking business.

Speck Funeral Home of Livingston is in charge of funeral arrangements, which were incomplete at press time.



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