Local Chamber seeks promotional pictures
Beautification Project adds new sidewalks
Burning permits necessary after October 15
Chamber seeks promotional pictures
By Rachel Smith, OCN staff
Helping the county grow, both commercially and residentially,
is just one of the many goals of Livingston-Overton County Chamber
of Commerce. In working to fulfill this goal, plans are underway
to develop a new promotional CD that will be used to help attract
new industry and residents to the county.
Rita Reagan, assistant chamber director, said, "It's
time for us to put together something new for our county that can
be used to help attract new industry and jobs to our county. The
CD could also be used to highlight our county to those who consider
After tossing around several ideas about a theme for
the CD, representatives from the chamber and local businesses decided
the best way to promote the county would be to utilize the county's
vision statement and to ask Overton County residents to submit pictures
that could be used in the CD.
"We want the people of Overton County to be part
of this project, so we're asking for their help. We need pictures,
lots of pictures. If someone has a picture that they feel will reflect
our vision statement, we ask that they submit it with their name
so it can be considered by the committee," Reagan said.
The vision statement Reagan refers to is one developed
a few years back by members of Leadership Overton and reads as follows:
A place where everyone can live, work, and play in
a small town atmosphere that offers a friendly, peaceful, and clean
environment with quality jobs and educational opportunities backed
by strong, responsible community leaders with an eye to the future.
According to Reagan, the committee can accept pictures
in both digital and hard copy format. She asked that digital pictures
be submitted by electronic means, either by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
or on a diskette as this will ensure better quality for the CD.
Hard copy pictures or diskettes can be dropped off
at the chamber office, located at 222 East Main Street, or mailed
to Chamber of Commerce, ATTN: CD Committee, P.O. Box 354, Livingston,
Reagan further stated that anyone submitting pictures
may pick them up at the chamber once the CD is complete.
Deadline for picture submission is Monday, Nov. 3.
For more information call the chamber at (931) 823-6421.
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Project adds new sidewalks
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
A city worker operating a backhoe pulls up old
sidewalk sections on the north side of the town square, as part
of Phase I of the ongoing Beautification Project.
The Courthouse Square Committee's Beautification Project
is underway, with work being done first on the north side of the
New sidewalks have been poured and utility wires have
been run underground.
According to Rita Reagan, of Livingston-Overton Chamber
of Commerce, work will be done on the west side of the square, or
the "E.B. Gray side" as she referred to it, upon completion
of the north side.
Then the south side will be fixed up, with the east
side's completion to wrap up Phase I of the project.
"Sixteen antique lampposts will be installed,"
Reagan said. "We're also in the process of getting new trash
receptacles for the inside of the square."
Another addition will be four six-foot-wide brick
crosswalks, adjacent to each door of the courthouse.
Part of the project is being delayed, as the committee
awaits word from Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) as
to whether or not stop signs will be put up on the square to replace
the traffic lights. If the traffic lights are done away with, the
streets on the east and west sides of the square will be changed
"We are working with a landscape architect from
University of Tennessee, but we're waiting for Tennessee Department
of Transportation's decision before we can go further."
Regardless of TDOT's decision, the landscaping will
"The square will hopefully be finished by next
year," Reagan said. "But there's no way to tell until
we hear from the Department of Transportation."
She expressed appreciation for the City of Livingston,
which is responsible for everything that has been done so far.
"We have to mention them," she said.
"Also, the utilities have been very cooperative,"
she said of Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, Twin
Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation, Comcast Cable, and Overton
County Cable, which have all moved their wiring underground.
Upon completion of all four sides of the square, Phase
II of the Beautification Project will begin. "Phase II will
focus on South Church Street," Reagan said. "We plan on
doing some work down there, such as putting a new trash receptacle
In the future, Reagan envisions other areas of the
city be "beautified".
"This is an ongoing project. We don't intend
to stop with the square and South Church Street."
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permits necessary after October 15
Tennessee's outdoor burning permit season begins today.
Outdoor burning permits are required from October
15 through May 15 for fires set outside the corporate limits of
any city or town.
Burning permits may be obtained from Tennessee Division
of Forestry free of charge by calling (931) 823-6538 for Overton
County or (931) 243-2667 for Clay County.
Obtaining a permit is easy, as the process is handled
completely over the phone, with the caller being given a burn permit
number and guidelines for burning.
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. Permits for the weekend should be obtained on Friday.
Only natural, unprocessed products such as branches,
leaves, trees, and untreated lumber may be burnt. Burning trash
and/or synthetic materials violates Tennessee Department of Environment
and Conservation (TDEC) standards and is subject to a fine. Burning
such materials releases toxic chemicals into the air that can cause
a multitude of health problems.
Tips for burning safely include having fire suppression
equipment on hand while burning, making a control line around the
burn pile, watching for sudden weather shifts, burning downhill
into the wind, and not leaving the site until the fire is completely
Setting fires without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor.
Anyone found guilty of such can be charged for the damages to private
property caused by the fire, court costs, and suppression costs.
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