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Archives 10-15-2003




Local Chamber seeks promotional pictures
Beautification Project adds new sidewalks
Burning permits necessary after October 15



Local 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 relocating here."

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 chamber@twlakes.net 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, TN 38570.

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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Beautification 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 square.

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 to one-way.

"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 be redone.

"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 there, etc."

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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Burning 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 out.

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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