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Archives 06-30-2004



Fire Dept. tries out 75-foot ladder truck
Utility District receives $350,000 loan and grant
Arrest made in Waterloo shooting



Fire Dept. tries out 75-foot ladder truck

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Members of Livingston Fire Department try out a 75-foot ladder truck that will go into service in mid-July. The firefighters must complete a 3-day training session before the $423,000 truck can go into use. Along with the ladder, the E-1 truck has a 1,500 gallons per minute pump. A ladder truck has been on the town's wish list since the mid-1980s because it will provide better access to the taller buildings in Livingston. The Fire Dept.'s Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating is expected to move to 5 from its present 6 when the truck goes into service, according to Assistant Fire Chief Rocky Dial. ISO ratings are on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the best and 10 the worst. A city's ISO rating affects insurance rates.

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Utility District receives $350,000 loan and grant

A ceremonial check was presented to North Overton Utility District on Monday, June 28 to signify a $350,000 loan and grant to make improvements to the water system.

Congressman Bart Gordon and Mary Tackett, state director of USDA Rural Development, attended the ceremony held at the North Overton Utility District office in Allons. Also participating in the ceremonial check presentation were County Mayor Kenneth Copeland and David Weed, field representative for Senator Bill Frist.

U.S. Rep. Gordon said, "A community's drinking water should be safe and reliable. This project will ensure the customers of the North Overton Utility District have a safe source of drinking water, and it bolsters the community's economic development efforts, which improve quality of life through good jobs and opportunity."

Rural Development funds will be used to upgrade the transmission main from the brown tank to Oakley-Allons Road. This 2.5 mile segment of line will help alleviate disruptions of water service caused by leaks, low pressure, and increased maintenance costs to the old main.

Overton County is part of the Upper Cumberland Circle Four EZ/EC Champion Community. This project was funded by Rural Development's utility program, which provides assistance for water, sanitary sewage, solid waste disposal, and storm wastewater facilities to public bodies such as municipalities, counties, special purpose districts and nonprofits. Loans and/or grants are made to serve rural areas with a population less than 10,000.

Tackett said, "We are pleased that Rural Development could be of assistance to North Overton Utility District on this project. These upgrades will enhance the service to the existing 1,377 customers. We commend everyone who worked on this project."

Also attending the ceremony were Bill Dobbins, executive director of Tennessee Association of Utility Districts, Dewight Stamps, Cookeville area director, Jerry Jolley, and Ann Turner, area specialist for USDA Rural Development.

USDA Rural Development is committed to the future of rural communities by assisting with financial and technical assistance through various housing, community, and business-cooperative programs. Further information on Tennessee Rural Development programs can be obtained by visiting the website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.

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Arrest made in Waterloo shooting

An arrest has been made in the late April shooting death of Daniel Richard Duncker, 26, of Buffalo Valley Road, Cookeville, according to a report in the Herald-Citizen.

Duncker's body was discovered on April 30 in the Waterloo area of Putnam County near the Overton County line, about 100 yards from Waterloo Bridge at Spring Creek. The man had reportedly been shot several times by a small caliber weapon.

According to the report, TBI Investigator Bob Krofssik, with assistance from Putnam County Sheriff's Department, arrested Andrew Martin Soimis, 32, on Friday, June 25.

Soimis, formerly of Ohio, lived in the same trailer park as Duncker. Soimis is charged with first degree murder and was held in Putnam County Jail without bond. He was scheduled to appear in Putnam County General Sessions Court on Monday, June 28.

Duncker, Soimis, and a third unidentified person reportedly went to the Waterloo area to fish. No motive for the shooting was given by authorities.

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