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Archives 07-28-2004

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Katrina Beechboard wins 2004 Fairest of the Fair
County Mayor appoints committee for footage rule
Unemployment rate rises in Overton County

 

 

Katrina 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 County Fairgrounds.

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County 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 beer permits.

Colson said, "Before you can approve the minutes from the last monthly meeting, you need to correct an issue in the voting.

"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 that."

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 beer permits."

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 -1.00, 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 Overton County.

A resolution was adopted designating the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce as the contact for the Three-Star Pilot Program.

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 no.

The meeting adjourned.

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Unemployment 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 the same.

Overton County's unemployment rate went up from 4.0 percent to 4.8. Overton County had 450 unemployed of a workforce of 9,470.

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 of 4,990.

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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