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Archives 12-03-2003




Christmas Parade to be held Saturday
Thanksgiving Day crash fatal for two women
City Council meeting held Monday night



Christmas Parade to be held Saturday

The 2003 Overton County Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6. This year's theme is "Christmas: A Season of Traditions".

Lelan Statom of News Channel 5 will be the grand marshal. The Christmas parade will begin at 3 p.m. at the intersection of the Highway 111 bypass and Highway 294, near Livingston Limestone. The parade will continue onto East Main Street to Broad Street, across the town square, to Oak Street. The parade will disperse at Overton County Medical Center on Oak Street.

Line-up will begin at 1 p.m. on the bypass, from the intersection of Highway 294 back toward Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston.

The following categories will be featured in this year's parade: Business and Industry; Churches; Scout Troops; Fire and Rescue Departments; Children Under 12; Children 12 and Older; Schools; Civic Clubs and Veterans Organizations; Antique Cars (25 years and older); Late Model Cars (less than 25 years-old); Trucks (all models); Wagons and Buggies; Horse with Female Rider; Horse with Male Rider; and Other. A Judge's Award, a Best Band Award, and the Grand Marshal's Award will also be presented.


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Thanksgiving Day crash fatal for two women

Two women were killed in a two-vehicle collision on Hanging Limb Highway last week.

According to reports, Flora Mae Stamps, 34, of Livingston, was driving a 1993 Saturn west on Highway 164 around 4:51 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 when she lost control of the car. The Saturn went off the right side of the road, then was overcorrected, causing the car to slide into the path of a 1998 Ford Expedition driven east by Mark Davis, 49, of Cookeville.

Davis reportedly attempted to avoid a collision, but the car struck the SUV in the front. The Expedition then went over an embankment.

Stamps and a passenger, Ralonda N. Wright, 31, of Monterey, sustained fatal injuries.

Davis was also injured as were his passengers, Tina Louise Davis, 35, Megan R. Davis, 7, Cameron T. Davis, 5, and Christina R. Riddle, 13, all of Cookeville.

Trooper Jeff Cook, of Tennessee Highway Patrol, investigated the incident. Lt. Oddie Shoupe, Sgt. Kevin Norris, Trooper Ashley Mercer, and THP Criminal Investigation Division Agent Troy Human also investigated the collision.



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City Council meeting held Monday night


Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 1, with Alderman Thurman Langford absent.

The Council voted to take out a loan of $100,000 for the water department, to be paid over five years.

Police Chief Roger Phillips asked the Council to change a policy concerning holiday time. Chief Phillips asked that members of Livingston Police Department who work on holidays be required to take holiday time off within 60 days of the holiday they worked.

Alderman Curtis Hayes opposed the change, saying he believed the policy has worked well so far.

Chief Phillips said the current policy had worked until the last couple of years. He said he now has times late in the year when the department becomes understaffed because so many are taking their holiday time.

The policy change was approved by a 4-1 vote.

A permit was considered for Ralph F. Ruby, new owner of Raceway, to sell beer at the gas station. A public hearing will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 19.

The aldermen voted to help support a good faith resolution the county is considering for Volunteer State Community College general obligation bonds in the amount of $500,000 to be issued at a later date.

Alderman Hayes made a motion to require a truck assigned to a Livingston Street Department employee to be left at a city facility at the end of the employee's shift. The employee had allegedly been driving the truck for his personal use after working hours.

The meeting adjourned.


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