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Archives 02-04-2004

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County Basketball Tournament held
City Council votes for annexation
Winery raided after owner's license expires

 

 

County Basketball Tournament held

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Allons Elementary's Will Peterman, #50, rejects a shot by Rickman Elementary's Josh Huitt, #15, in the Overton County Basketball Tournament championship game. The Allons Hawks won the championship 59-35 over the Bulldogs.

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City Council votes for annexation

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Annexation of areas designated as 1, A, B, and C moved forward with a vote by Livingston's City Council on Monday, Feb. 2. The next step is a preliminary hearing for property owners in the affected areas to learn more about the annexation and to voice their concerns.

The first reading of a sewer ordinance on the pretreatment program was approved.

A representative from Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System addressed the City Council concerning a Service Credit Resolution to allow three former city employees to buy into the retirement plan. Though the action would not raise current employees' costs, it would raise the city's portion, which is currently 8.35 percent, to 8.8 percent.

Alderman Johnny Halfacre said, "Let's take a month to look at it and put some figures together. If it's not too much, I'd like to help these guys."

The Council voted to take the matter under advisement and bring it back up at the March meeting.

The City Council granted a request by Police Chief Roger Phillips to switch drug investigator Bill Randolph from being paid out of the drug fund to being paid out of the general fund.

Aldermen Johnny Halfacre and Robert Jolley were appointed to the Airport Property Committee.

Only one person entered sealed bids on two old police cars. The bids were deemed too low, and were rejected by the City Council. The cars will not be sold at this time.

Mayor Hosea Winningham informed the Council that a small area of land has been donated to the city at Winningham Park.

Water Department Supervisor Tim Coffee addressed the City Council about the water line rehab projects.

"It's wrapping up, right at the end. There's a lot of cleanup to do, a lot of patchwork paving. All the lines have been cut. All the lines have been laid right now."

He said much work was still to be done on residents' yards and some fire hydrants.

The meeting adjourned.

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Winery raided after owner's license expires

By MARY JO DENTON, Herald-Citizen staff by permission
State agents raided a winery in Overton County last week and seized more than 8,000 bottles of wine because the owner allegedly sold wine without being licensed to do so.

It happened at Lowe's Winery on Forest Hill Road in the Rickman Community on Wednesday, Jan. 28, according to State Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents.

ABC agents allege that H.E. Lowe and his wife, the owners of the winery, allowed their state license to expire over a year ago, but recently sold a bottle of wine to an undercover agent who had received information alleging that wine was being sold there.

The state license which the Lowes once had allowed them to legally produce and sell wine at their business, which is located at their residence.

According to some sources, the owners had planned to go out of business and believed they could legally "give away" wine and take "donations" for it.

But at least one ABC agent, working undercover, recently entered the business and bought a bottle of wine for $8, the ABC alleges.

After that and further investigation, five state agents and several Overton County Sheriff's Department deputies conducted a raid at the winery, seizing thousands of bottles of wine and wine-making materials, according to the ABC.

The wine and the materials were packed into a utility truck and hauled to the ABC's evidence vault in Nashville.

No charges were filed immediately, but the case will be presented to the Overton County Grand Jury later, and could result in a charge of Possession of Non-Taxed Alcoholic Beverage, ABC agents said.

Lowe's Winery is one of several wine-making operations in the Upper Cumberland area.

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