City Council chooses areas for annexation
Livingston man dies in head-on collision on
Carter Wilson born New Year's Day
Council chooses areas for annexation
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Further annexation was approved by Livingston City Council during
the Monday, Jan. 5 monthly meeting, with Alderman Thurman Langford
The alderman chose for annexation areas designated
as I, A, B, and C, with each area to extend 200 feet across bordering
The area designated as I includes Tennessee Drive
and Oak Terrace Drive. A includes Villa Drive, Sunset Drive, Sunrise
Drive, Mahaney Road, and Speck Drive. B goes from Minnow Pond Road
to County House Road. C is north of Rickman Road out to East Volunteer
The proposed annexation will next be presented to
Livingston Planning Commission to begin the process, which requires
various public hearings. The process could take approximately 6
months to complete.
The alderman approved seeking approximately 1.9 million
to upgrade the water plant.
The Council voted to sell old police cars through
sealed bids. Mayor Hosea Winningham informed the aldermen that Livingston
Police Department has received the four new police cars recently
approved to be purchased. Police Chief Roger Phillips said all but
one is in service, and that the other will have the decals applied
this week to put it into service.
Mayor Winningham informed the aldermen that Oak Street
has been paved, and that Cash Street will be the next street to
be worked on.
Alderman Johnny Halfacre informed the Council that
Livingston Airport has received the Front Door Award, which is presented
to airports that keep up a good appearance.
The meeting adjourned.
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man dies in head-on collision on I-75
By DON JACOBS, Knoxville News-Sentinel Reprinted
A driver alerted authorities of a pickup truck traveling the wrong
way on Interstate 75 four minutes before the truck slammed head-on
Friday, Jan. 2 into a car carrying five members of a Michigan family.
Six people died in the fiery crash shortly after midnight,
including the driver of the pickup truck and the family returning
from a holiday vacation at Disney World in Florida.
The driver of the white 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck
was identified as Jerry Bruce Garrett Jr., 33, of Livingston in
Overton County, about 25 miles north of Cookeville.
Garrett was traveling south in the northbound lanes
of I-75 near the Lenoir City exit when his truck collided with the
blue 1994 Chevrolet Caprice carrying the Michigan family, said Beth
Denton, spokeswoman for the Department of Safety.
Occupants of the Caprice included Kostika Papamihali,
56, and his wife, Vera Papamihali, 53, and their three daughters,
Elda Papamihali, 24, Renata Papamihali, 21, and Vasiola Papamihali,
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jimmy Whitt said
he was "just a few miles away" when a trucker alerted
the THP of the errant pickup truck at 12:04 a.m. But the collision
occurred before he and officers from the Loudon County Sheriff's
Office and the Lenoir City Police Department could intervene.
"I would assume he got on at Watt Road, but I'm
not sure," Whitt said.
When Whitt arrived, a Lenoir City police officer already
had pulled Garrett from the truck. Several officers sprayed fire
extinguishers to douse flames that erupted inside the Caprice, but
their efforts were futile.
"The interior of the Caprice was fully engulfed,"
Whitt said. "It was burning hard and fast when I got there."
Whitt said he was unsure if any of the occupants of
the burning car had tried to escape. He also was unsure of what
caused the fire.
Whitt said there was no indication that either vehicle
applied its brakes before the collision, about five miles west of
the Knox County line.
The Taylor, MI, family had been to Florida on vacation,
Whitt said. Their luggage in the trunk, which wasn't burned, contained
several souvenirs from Disney World and Sea World. The Papamihali
family had spoken to relatives Thursday before embarking on the
return trip home, Whitt said. Taylor, MI, is a suburb of Detroit.
Because of the extreme heat generated by the flames,
a University of Tennessee forensics team extricated the remains
of the family from the charred vehicle.
Whitt said he met Friday night in Knoxville with relatives
of the Papamihali family and decided to release the names of the
victims. Dental records, however, will be used to confirm the identifications
of the badly burned bodies.
Garrett was taken by Lifestar helicopter to the University
of Tennessee Medical Center, where he died later Friday during surgery.
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Wilson born New Year's Day
photo courtesy of LRH
Carter Wilson, son of Carey Wilson, was the first
baby to be born at Livingston Regional Hospital in 2004. He arrived
at 5:17 p.m. Thursday, January 1, weighing 7 lbs. 14 oz. and measuring
20 3/4 inches in length. Congratulating the family is Dr. Silas
Terry, who delivered the baby.
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