Overton County Fair thrills kids of all ages
Cub Mountain road to receive interim fix
Water rates to increase 32 percent in three
County Fair thrills kids of all ages
photos by Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
The 66th Annual Overton County Agricultural Fair was held at
Overton County Fairgrounds from July 26 through July 31. Fairgoers
were treated to the sights and sounds of colorful rides and games
along with the scents of carnival food and agricultural exhibits.
While the rides provided thrills for children of more advanced ages,
the smaller children had fun with games of their own.
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road to receive interim fix
The Office of the Overton County Mayor received notice
on Friday, July 30 from Tennessee Department of Transportation that
the transportation commissioner has given the go-ahead for an interim
fix to be done through Region 2 maintenance forces on Highway 85
and Cub Mountain.
Mayor Copeland stated, "Work on the highway should
begin in the next couple of weeks.
"We have been working on this problem for the
last one-and-a-half years, and we are very pleased improvements
are going to be made."
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rates to increase 32 percent in three years
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Livingston City Council voted on water rates, a new fire chief,
and a settlement with the School Board during the regular monthly
meeting held Monday, Aug. 2. Alderman Thurman Langford was absent.
The Council voted unanimously to raise the water rates
over the next three years. Rates will go up 12 percent on October
1, then 10 percent more next year, and 10 percent more the following
According to the engineering firm, the water rate
increase is a stipulation of the Department of Environment & Conservation
in approving a $5 million loan for the water project.
When discussion began on increasing the rates, Mayor
Hosea Winningham said, "That's a high water bill."
The mayor, presiding over his last monthly City Council
meeting, asked the aldermen to take more time to study the increases
before voting on them.
During the discussion, Vice Mayor Bill Winningham
said, "Looks like we've invested a lot of money already, not
to go along with this. It's a pretty good increase, but somebody's
got to pay the fiddler if you want to drink clean water."
Alderman Robert Jolley concurred, "We're not
going to get started if we don't process this loan."
He later said, "Let's just do it and get it over
Aldermen Johnny Halfacre and Curtis Hayes addressed
the Council about the need for a full-time fire chief.
Alderman Halfacre said, "We've spent a lot of
money on our fire department. We've got probably as nice a fire
department as any town our size, but we still have a part-time chief."
A.B. Coleman has been the fire chief for years, serving
in a part-time capacity.
Halfacre made a motion to make Rocky Dial the new
fire chief. Vice Mayor Winningham seconded the motion.
Alderman Hayes said, "We've went so far with
this ISO. We've spent a lot of money on it to get us up to the next
He said two primary needs of the fire department to
help move to a better Insurance Services Office rating are a full-time
fire chief and a generator.
Alderman James "Pug" Lee said, "I think
we ought to all sit down and discuss this thing before we make a
Alderman Lee said he hadn't heard about replacing
Coleman until Sunday.
Alderman Jolley said, "Until I talk to A.B. Coleman,
I'm going to vote no, because he hasn't told me he was through."
Dial was present at the meeting, and Jolley looked
at him and told him it wasn't anything personal against him, that
he had nothing against him being fire chief. Lee expressed the same
Aldermen Halfacre, Hayes, and Winningham voted yes,
and Aldermen Jolley and Lee voted no.
In very old business, the Council discussed Overton
County Board of Education's rejection of the last settlement offer
on gas bills at A.H. Roberts Elementary.
Alderman Jolley asked, "Are we going to settle
this with them, or are we going to court?"
Alderman Hayes pushed for the Council to settle the
Hayes said, "I just think we need to get some
closure on this."
After much discussion, Jolley put forth, "I make
a motion that we send the Overton County Board of Education a check
for $350,000 and waive their present gas bill to $12,424.22."
All aldermen voted for the settlement proposal.
Ordinance 2004-8-1 was approved to zone the newly
annexed area. A public meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug.
Ordinance 2004-8-2 was approved to rezone Larry Norris'
property on Oak Street from R-2 to C-1. A public hearing will be
held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20.
Jonathan Swift was hired to replace Charles Davis
at the Police Department. Davis had quit, according to Mayor Hosea
The City Council voted to adopt Tennessee Code Annotated
as part of the city ordinance, and agreed to allow the use of the
Public Safety Building as a shelter for Head Start, as requested
by Police Chief Roger Phillips.
According to Chief Phillips, the Public Safety Building
is designated as a public shelter.
Gas Department Supervisor Rick Winningham addressed
the Council to announce, "The last week in August into the
first week in September, we're going to be doing a leak survey and
Alderman Halfacre addressed the Council to announce
his resignation from the Court Square Committee, citing business
taking too much time. He suggested Alderman Jolley for the committee,
and he was appointed.
Halfacre said, "The meetings are of the morning,
like at 8 o'clock, and I really need to be at my workplace at that
time. I'm so busy right now, I just haven't been able to attend
the meetings; and I'm not doing the square committee right by keeping
Before adjourning, Alderman Hayes brought up two
more topics -the need for a generator at the Public Safety Building,
and keeping the City Pool open on weekends through Labor Day.
Hayes said that when the power goes out, police and
fire personnel are relegated to hand-held radios that don't reach
the repeater well because of inadequate signal strength.
According to Chief Phillips, the Public Safety Building,
which houses both the fire and police headquarters, has an auxiliary
telephone that works when the power is out, but the main phone system
is out of service when the power is out.
Chief Phillips said, "We are designated as an
alternate dispatch for 911. We've got a battery backup at the repeater
up there that will handle it, but when the power goes out, the radio
there at the police department doesn't work. So, we're just floating
dead in the water without some kind of power."
Alderman Hayes asserted, "We need a generator."
According to Phillips and Dial, Electrical Inspector
Houston Robbins said the building needs an 80-kilowatt generator
with a 400-amp automatic transfer switch.
Three bids had been taken for a generator with these
specifications and the lowest bid was from C1, which would be in
the $23,000 to $24,000 range installed, depending on the amount
of work the city puts into preparing the site where it will be installed.
Though they weren't sure where the money would come
from, all aldermen voted to accept the bid from C1.
The Council voted to keep the pool open on weekends
though the Labor Day weekend.
Alderman Hayes then suggested offering the position
of fire inspector to A.B. Coleman at his part-time fire chief pay
rate. The offer will be discussed with Coleman and voted on at the
next meeting if he is interested.
The meeting adjourned.
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