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Archives 01-07-2004




City Council chooses areas for annexation
Livingston man dies in head-on collision on I-75
Carter Wilson born New Year's Day



City Council chooses areas for annexation

Further annexation was approved by Livingston City Council during the Monday, Jan. 5 monthly meeting, with Alderman Thurman Langford absent.

The alderman chose for annexation areas designated as I, A, B, and C, with each area to extend 200 feet across bordering roads.

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 Drive.

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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Livingston man dies in head-on collision on I-75

By DON JACOBS, Knoxville News-Sentinel Reprinted with permission
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, 16.

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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Carter 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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