Fire Dept. tries out 75-foot ladder truck
Utility District receives $350,000 loan and
Arrest made in Waterloo shooting
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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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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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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Livingston, Tennessee 38570