Ag/Industry Day held in Overton County
Burning permit season begins this Friday
Power outage planned for October 23
Day held in Overton County
By RONALD B. JOHNSON, Extension Agent
The annual salute to Overton County's agriculture and industry was
held Wednesday, Oct. 6, and was well attended by about 150 people.
Overton County 4-H members greeted and registered
participants at the Family Life Center of First Methodist Church
A country ham breakfast was sponsored by First National
Bank of the Cumberlands and started the morning program.
After breakfast, Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland
served as master of ceremonies and welcomed everyone to the Ag/Industry
Rick Shipkowski, deputy director for the states'
office of Homeland Security served as the after-breakfast speaker.
Craig Green, of First Methodist Church, led the invocation.
The decorations, including pumpkins and mums, were
provided by Jolly Family Produce and by Brown's Greenhouse.
The Ag/Industry Day Program annually recognizes one
outstanding person or organization devoting outstanding service
to the community. Ralph Robbins, of Tennessee Technology Center
at Livingston (TTC-L) and a member of the Resource Development Committee,
presented a plaque to Bruce Myers.
Robbins spoke to the group about how much time Myers
had spent encouraging various groups to improve the square in Livingston,
and through his efforts the square project is almost complete.
Myers was present and accepted the 2004 Overton County
Rural Development Committee Annual Service Award.
UT Extension Agent Ron Johnson gave a preview of the
morning tour of the MDL Boer Goat Farm in Allons.
Prior to the tour preview, Wanda Krantz presented
a Vision Statement framed document to the Tennessee National Guard
unit here in Livingston, the 278th ACR, for their sacrifice and
commitment to serve in the local unit. Robert McDonald accepted
the award to be placed at the Livingston armory. The RD Committee
had voted at an earlier meeting to present the Vision Statement
each year to a deserving public organization to put on display.
The Vision Award went right along with the theme for
the day -"A Salute to Our Local Armed Forces".
A tour of the MDL Goat Farm in Allons was taken after
the breakfast program. At the farm, participants listened to how
the partnership between Owen C. Hall and Mark Ledford started. Ledford
served as the tour guide because Hall was unable to be at the farm
due to an accident.
Mark Ledford's wife, Diane, and their daughter, McCaleb,
also assisted with the tour.
Two bus loads of participants took the farm tour and
learned all about Boer meat goat production from the Ledfords.
After the tour, the group arrived back in Livingston
at Livingston City Park for lunch and contests. Lunch was prepared
and served to all participants by the UT Extension staff and other
volunteers, led by Gene Medley.
Winners in the men's horse shoe toss contest were
Kevin Vaughn and Ralph Robbins. Wanda Garrett won the women's horse
shoe toss with Clarice West coming in second.
Anna Ruth Qualls and Mayme Catherine Swallows tied
for the Ag/Industry Day Quiz. They both will receive Overton County
Several door prizes were given out during the day.
Winners of those included James Meadows, who took home a country
ham from Jerry's; Gola Gunter, who took home a Berkline recliner;
and Bob Rice, who took home a gift pack from Puckett's.
Julie Rolen and Hosea Winningham both received free
visits at Tennessee Technology Center's Cosmetology Department.
A bicentennial afghan was won by Wilma Huckeby.
Ten white mums, provided by Brown's Greenhouse, were
also given out as door prizes at the breakfast.
Gold dollars were provided to all by American Bank
The organizers said the salute was enjoyed by all
who attended, and expressed special appreciation to all those who
helped or assisted in some way, especially the sponsors who make
the day possible.
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permit season begins this Friday
Outdoor burning permits are required in Tennessee
from Friday, Oct. 15 through May 15 for fires set outside the corporate
limits of any city or town.
Burning permits may be obtained from Tennessee Division
of Forestry for free by calling (931) 823-6538 for Overton County
or (931) 243-2667 for Clay County.
Upon calling to obtain a burning permit, citizens
will also receive guidelines for burning and will receive a burn
Forestry Division office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30
p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits for the weekend should be obtained
on the Friday before burning.
Only natural, unprocessed products such as branches,
leaves, trees, and untreated lumber may be burnt. Burning trash
and/or synthetic materials violates Tennessee Department of Environment
and Conservation (TDEC) standards and is subject to fine. Burning
such materials pollutes the air with toxic chemicals and can cause
Tips for burning safely include having fire suppression
equipment on hand while burning, making a control line around the
burn pile, watching for sudden weather shifts, burning downhill
into the wind, and not leaving the site until the fire is completely
Setting fires without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor.
Anyone found guilty of such carelessness can also be charged for
the damages to private property caused by the fire, court costs,
and suppression costs.
Following the burning permit process is very beneficial,
according to the Forestry Division; the process saves private property,
structures, money, wildlife, and, most importantly, human lives.
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outage planned for October 23
Tennessee Valley Authority will disconnect power to
UCEMC's Bangham Substation beginning at midnight on Saturday, Oct.
23 for up to two hours into Sunday morning, Oct. 24.
The power interruption is needed to remove some obsolete
equipment from TVA's transmission line supplying power to UCEMC's
Bangham Substation from TVA's primary substation in Cookeville.
Power to UCEMC's customers in northern Putnam County,
including the Bangham Community and surrounding area, southeastern
Jackson County, including the Dodson Branch Community and surrounding
area, and southwestern Overton County, including the Rickman Community
and surrounding area, will be interrupted.
Carl Brandt, general manager of UCEMC, said, "UCEMC
will take advantage of TVA's power outage to perform some routine
maintenance on its facilities located in the area of the power interruption
to keep customers from having to experience further planned power
interruptions by UCEMC.
"We regret any inconvenience the planned power
outage may cause; however, we believe the reliability of service
and quality of power that the continuing upgrade of the power system
will bring to customers served in the area will be worth the inconveniences
of the power interruptions," Brandt said.
The planned power interruption may be postponed if
inclement weather that includes lightning is in the area or is expected
in the area at the scheduled time of the power interruption.
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