City, county receive Three-Star status
County Clerk's office broken into last week
Overton County awarded food, shelter funds
county receive Three-Star status
Livingston-Overton County has received Three-Star certification
again from the state of Tennessee. The city and county received
the honor during an awards luncheon and ceremony held at Nashville
Convention Center recently. On hand for the event are, front row
from left, Joe Barker, assistant commissioner of Economic and Community
Development, Wanda Krantz, Hosea Winningham, and Katherine Johnson,
Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce board members, Gov.
Phil Bredesen, Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland, Curtis Hayes,
Livingston city councilman, Myra West, of Tennessee Technology Center
at Livingston, Rita Reagan, assistant director of Livingston-Overton
County Chamber of Commerce, Matt Kisber, Economic and Community
Development commissioner, back row, Ralph Robbins, Chamber board
member, Tim Emerton, captain of Livingston Police Department, Budd
Bishop, Chamber board president, Julia Bishop, Chamber board member,
Livingston Mayor Frank Martin, and Larry Smith and Jim Means, Chamber
Gov. Phil Bredesen and Economic and Community Development
Commissioner Matt Kisber joined community leaders from across the
state to celebrate Tennessee's Three-Star communities at this year's
Governor's Conference on Economic and Community Development.
The governor officially recognized 74 communities,
including Livingston-Overton County, for earning this distinguished
certification. Community leaders accepted the award recently during
a special awards luncheon and ceremony held at Nashville Convention
Kisber said, "Gov. Bredesen and I are pleased
to congratulate these outstanding communities for their achievements
in this program. Our goal with this program was to develop something
that would be more comprehensive and beneficial to communities and
help them close the gap between economic stagnancy and competitiveness.
"The program's focus on education, community
leadership, and infrastructure helps local communities identify
key marketing strengths to grow and retain jobs, improve quality
of life, and better prepare for sustainable growth."
The state's redesigned Three-Star Program has set
high standards and incentives like no other state-run program in
the nation. It is being hailed as a best practices model among community
development initiatives assisting both urban and rural communities
in developing strategic economic and community development plans
that meet the needs and challenges of an ever-changing economic
The Three-Star Program assists communities in preserving
existing employment, creating new employment opportunities, improving
family income, and creating a strong leadership base for economic
The program has steadily grown as communities work
with the state to increase their appeal as locations for new business
In order to receive the certification, communities
are required to meet a number of criteria in organizational, community,
business, education, and work force development categories. Incentives
for receiving the certification include identification on all FastTrack
infrastructure and job training applications; eligibility for matching
grants, if criteria is set by ECD; and the advantage of earning
points in the Community Development Grant (CDBG) process.
Joe Barker, ECD assistant commissioner of community
development, said, "The key to successful community development
is the implementation of programs like Three-Star which set practical
and manageable steps, that if followed, will mean better prepared
communities for growth.
"This program steers Tennessee communities in
the right direction to reach the destination of successful economic
For more information about the Three-Star Program
visit online at www.tnecd.gov.
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Clerk's office broken into last week
An undisclosed amount of cash was taken last week
when Overton County Clerk Hugh L. Ogletree's office was broken into.
The break-in was discovered Thursday morning when
the office was to be opened for business. The office is located
in Overton County Courthouse Annex on University Street.
According to Livingston Police Department, entry
was gained by forcing a door open. After entry, the culprit found
and opened a money drawer and took the money that was inside.
Livingston Police Department is investigating the
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County awarded food, shelter funds
Overton County has been chosen to receive $10,653
to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a national board chaired
by Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives
from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities,
Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ
in the USA, and United Way of America.
The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated
by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs
in high-need areas around the country.
The local board, made up of elected officials and
other community representatives, will determine how the funds awarded
to Overton County are to be distributed among the emergency food
and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.
The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive
these funds and any additional funds available under this phase
of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the national board,
local agencies chosen to receive funds must: be private voluntary
nonprofits or units of government; have an accounting system; practice
nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency
food and/or shelter programs; and, if they are a private voluntary
organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies
are urged to apply.
Overton County has distributed Emergency Food and
Shelter funds previously through a number of local and regional
service agencies. These agencies were responsible for providing
meals, lodging, rent/mortgage assistance, and utility assistance.
Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Further information about the program may be obtained
by contacting Dian Dillon, of the UCHRA office in Livingston, at
Applications must be delivered to the UCHRA office
in Livingston by Thursday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. in order to be considered
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P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570