Katrina Beechboard wins 2004 Fairest of the
County Mayor appoints committee for footage
Unemployment rate rises in Overton County
Beechboard wins 2004 Fairest of the Fair
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
All eyes are on Katrina Beechboard as she accepts the 2004
Overton County Fairest of the Fair crown and sash presented by 2003
Fairest of the Fair Jessica Savage. Beechboard, the 18 year-old
daughter of Kenneth and Carol Beechboard of Allons, won over 18
other contestants in the pageant held Saturday, July 24 at Overton
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Mayor appoints committee for footage rule
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Overton County's historic courthouse was again packed
with concerned citizens for the Overton County Legislative Body
meeting on Monday, July 26.
Before current business was considered, County Attorney
Daryl Colson addressed the County Commission about a vote taken
in last month's meeting to abide by the 2,000-foot rule when issuing
Colson said, "Before you can approve the minutes
from the last monthly meeting, you need to correct an issue in the
"At the last meeting, there was two votes taken.
Those votes were passed, supposedly, on a 7 to 6 vote. That is not
a legal majority.
"In Tennessee, since there are 14 members on
this board, a majority is 8. And they were declared to be passed,
when in fact, they did not have a majority, and therefore, they
need to be stricken and the minutes need to be corrected to reflect
County Commissioner Donald Jeff Keyes asked about
voting to disregard that vote and then taking another vote.
Colson said, "There's still a 2,000-foot rule
on the books. As I've indicated in the Beer Board meeting, it's
probably unenforceable at this point in time, but it's still on
the books until further action can be taken."
Commissioner John Phillips asked, "What kind
of action do we need to take?"
Colson said, "In order to reinstitute the 2,000-foot
rule, is that your question? Revoke any licenses that are in violation."
Commissioner Johnie Webb asked, "Who's got the
authority to revoke those licenses?"
Colson replied, "The Beer Board only. The Beer
Board has the sole responsibility for issuing, denying, and revoking
By a show of hands vote, the Commission voted to
approve the minutes with the 2,000-foot rule votes stricken. Commissioner
Stanley Carter Jr. was absent.
Later in the meeting, County Mayor Kenneth Copeland
addressed the situation.
"I'm going to appoint a committee to work on
restoring the 2,000-foot rule where it can be enforced. I'm going
to have them to make a recommendation at the next County Court meeting
on August 9."
He then appointed David Smith, Daryl Colson, and David
Dorminey to serve on the committee. David Smith has been an outspoken
advocate of the 2,000-foot rule, and David Dorminey is a county
commissioner and chairman of the Beer Board.
The tax rate was set at 1.94, down .03 from last
year's rate of 1.97. The breakdown is as follows: County General
-Ê1.00, down from 1.01 last year; Sanitation Solid Waste - .09,
down from .10 last year; Highway Public Works - .05, the same as
last year; General Purpose School - .60, the same as last year;
and Debt Service - .20, down from .21 last year. Commissioners Keyes
and Phillips voted against the tax rate.
The appropriations resolution was approved unanimously.
The Commission approved the first reading of a resolution
making appropriations to non-profit charitable organizations of
A resolution was adopted designating the Livingston-Overton
County Chamber of Commerce as the contact for the Three-Star Pilot
Changes to the Travel and Expense Policy were approved
as recommended by the Comptroller's Office.
A resolution was adopted supporting the passage of
federal legislation allowing sales tax to be deductible from federal
income tax and to allow for a buyout of tobacco farmers.
Approved as notaries at-large were Shantell Coleman,
Diane Davis, Amber Coleman, John Mabrey, Mary Frances Fleming, Judy
Greenwood, Lori Cannon, and Tammy LaRue.
Before adjourning, Commissioners Phillips and Keyes
wanted the Legislative Body to once more vote to continue using
the 2,000-foot rule as it is on the books.
Commissioner asked for the Commission to let the
committee work it out.
"We've got a good committee here. I think they
are good people, and they'll do what's right," he said. "And
we'll have something to vote on that we can enforce. I don't want
to vote on something that's not enforceable."
The motion was put to a vote and failed 6-7, with
Commissioners Phillips, Keyes, Shaun Hale, Ben Danner, Randall Boswell,
and Gail Arney voting yes, and Commissioners Webb, Chris Neal, Jean
Moore, Frank Martin, Gary Hollars, Dorminey, and Alan Atnip voting
The meeting adjourned.
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rate rises in Overton County
Tennessee's seasonally adjusted June unemployment
rate was 4.5 percent, down from the revised rate of 4.8 percent
of May. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates showed
79 county rates increased, 8 county rates decreased, and 8 remained
Overton County's unemployment rate went up from 4.0
percent to 4.8. Overton County had 450 unemployed of a workforce
Clay County's rate of 12.3 percent, up from 10.6 in
May, was the state's highest unemployment. Clay had 360 unemployed
of a workforce of 2,920.
Jackson County's unemployment rate went up 1.4 percent,
from 5.4 to 6.8 percent. Jackson had 340 unemployed of a workforce
Pickett County's unemployment rate rose from 5.4
to 6.7 percent, with 150 unemployed of a workforce of 2,230. Fentress
County's rate went up from 5.9 to 6.8 percent.
Fentress had 420 unemployed of a workforce of 6,210.
Putnam County's unemployment rate went up from 3.3 percent to 3.7.
Putnam had 1,160 unemployed of a workforce of 31,750.
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