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Ag/Industry Day held in Overton County
Burning permit season begins this Friday
Power outage planned for October 23

 

 

Ag/Industry 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 in Livingston.

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 Salute.

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 Bicentennial Afghans.

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 & Trust.

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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Burning 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 permit number.

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 health problems.

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 out.

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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Power 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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