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Archives 11-05-2003




Hilham man dies in Eagle Creek crash
Local veterans visit Arlington National Cemetery
City workers receive extra holiday time



Hilham man dies in Eagle Creek crash

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Thomas Ray Vaughn, 35, of the Turkeytown area of Hilham, died Monday evening after this Builder's Supply Co. block truck he was driving overturned off of Jay Bird Road. According to reports, Vaughn was driving the 26-foot 1995 Mack, loaded with brick and mortar, down Eagle Creek Hill when the brakes locked as he attempted to slow down. The truck failed to negotiate a curve, went over a guardrail, and rolled over. Vaughn was ejected from the truck. Trooper Marty Philpot of Tennessee Highway Patrol and an officer with the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division investigated the fatal incident.

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Local veterans visit Arlington National Cemetery

photo courtesy of Hull-York DAV Chapter
Placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on October 17 are, from left, Clifford Phillips, Howard Huddleston, Allon White, Allard White, Billy Moody, Ben Crabtree, Congressman Lincoln Davis, Jimmy Ray Sells, Daniel Smith, Carmon Hammock, Max McWhorter, Mike Sells, William "Bill" McQuistion, and Junior Stephenson.

The Hull-York Disabled American Veterans Chapter 5 was given the distinguished honor of placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, Oct. 17.

The honor was granted by the commanding general of the U.S. Army Military District of Washington.

A total of 25 individuals from the chapter and the auxiliary attended the ceremony.

The four Disabled American Veteran members at the ceremony were Daniel Smith, Jimmy Ray Sells, Billy Moody, and Ben Crabtree.

Congressman Lincoln Davis was also present. He was instrumental in gaining the invitation for the chapter.

After visiting the cemetery, the group was invited by Congressman Davis to visit his office in Washington, D.C. Davis also arranged for a tour of the Capitol.

During the visit at the Capitol, Congressman Davis surprised the group by hosting a luncheon at the Capitol restaurant.

The group next visited the Vietnam and Korean Memorials.

The Hull-York Disabled American Veterans Chapter has members in Pickett, Overton, and Fentress counties and Clinton County, KY. The chapter has 108 members and meets the second Saturday of each month at Cordell Hull Birthplace Museum.

The group recently completed a fundraiser for a commuter van to transport any veteran, member or non-member of the chapter, to doctor appointments and to hospital visits. The $11,000 match for the van has been deposited in a local bank and is awaiting paperwork to complete the purchase.

Commander Larry Baker and the chapter expressed appreciation to those who donated money, time, and effort for the cause.


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City workers receive extra holiday time

Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 3, with Alderman Thurman Langford absent.

Alderman Robert Jolley proposed giving city workers the day after Thanksgiving off.

Mayor Hosea Winningham opposed the idea, saying some workers can't be off and that this would open up the question of giving other days after holidays off.

Alderman Jolley put the proposal in the form of a motion, and it was approved with a 3-2 vote.

The low bid of Highways Inc. for paving an area of Oak Street was approved at $32 per ton. Mayor Winningham estimated the job would take 684 tons.

Second reading of the West End Annexation was approved.

The City Council voted to donate $1,500 to the D.A.R.E. program.

Kelly Williams' bid was approved for legal services for the airport.

The Council approved a new kind of flexible gas pipe for use by contractors, with certain regulations to be imposed.

The Council voted to purchase swing arms for traffic lights on the square, as part of the beautification project. Installation is expected to cost around $13,000. Mayor Winningham had suggested using cable instead of mounting the lights on arms, which would have been less costly. But the aldermen expressed a desire to go forward with the beautification project's plans of doing away with wires around the square.

Bricks were to begin being installed on the square Tuesday, Nov. 4, according to Mayor Winningham. The bricks will be set in sand rather than in mortar.

The City Council approved donating $400 for the 2003 Livingston-Overton County Christmas Parade.

Wanda Krantz was reappointed to the Planning Commission, to serve through November 2006. Her term was scheduled to expire this month.

David Parsons was reappointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals, to serve through November 2006. His term was also scheduled to expire this month.

Betty Huffer's resignation was accepted.

The meeting adjourned.


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