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Archives 04-16-2005



Cherry blossoms in full bloom in Overton County lawns
Area RC&D office may lose funding
Legislative Body holds monthly meeting April 11



Cherry blossoms in full bloom in Overton County lawns

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
An English Springer Spaniel trots along a line of Yoshino cherry trees in the lawn of Kelly Coleman's home on Fairview Road last week, before rains and wind took the blooms away. These Yoshino cherry trees are the same as those found in Washington, D.C. around the Potomac River Tidal Basin. The Japanese government presented the United States with a gift of 3,020 Yoshino cherry trees in 1912 after then First Lady Helen (Herron) Taft expressed an interest in the trees. First Lady Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two trees in a ceremony on March 27, 1912. A second gift of Yoshino cherry trees was made in 1965, and those trees were planted on the Washington Monument grounds.

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Area RC&D office may lose funding

photo courtesy of Hull-York Lakeland RC&D
The streets of Livingston by the old shirt factory were flooded on March 1, 1962, before Hull-York Lakeland took on the project of flood control in Livingston in 1967.

By GENE MEDLEY, UT Extension Director, & REGINA DANNER, Overton Soil Conservation District
The 2006 proposed United States budget contains a measure to close 50 percent of Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) offices across the United States.

Overton County is one of the 14 counties of the Upper Cumberland served by the Hull-York Lakeland RC&D Council and is included in the list of proposed cuts.

Hull-York Lakeland RC&D was started in 1965 and is the nation's second oldest. Its purpose is to bring economical and environmental development to an area of great need. The name comes from the area that it serves.

Cordell Hull was an important lawyer and politician who represented the Upper Cumberland area, and Alvin C. York was a war hero who brought a tremendous amount of attention and notoriety to the Upper Cumberland Region. The Lakeland part is for the tremendous resource of the lakes found in the Upper Cumberland region, including the large lakes of Dale Hollow, Center Hill, Cordell Hull, and the great rivers that feed them.

Hull-York Lakeland RC&D is made up of 4 directors from each of these 14 counties. The council members are recommended by the Soil Conservation boards and local county leaders to represent Overton County in this association. Current RC&D directors for Overton County are Curtis Hayes, Gene Medley, Gerald Maynard, and Regina Danner.

The Hull-York Lakeland RC&D Council has assisted Overton County by being a part of numerous projects such as the fire grant, flood control at the city park, outdoor classrooms, the weather station at Hilham Elementary, and work at Winningham Memorial Park, just to name a few.

Hull-York Lakeland also sponsors such educational programs as the Envirothon, an educational event in which high school teams from the Upper Cumberland compete in outdoor competitions. The springtime competitions are designed to challenge students with hands-on investigations concerning topics such as aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, soils, and environmental issues.

RC&D also sponsors the First Wheels Program.

The work that is done by the Hull-York Lakeland RC&D Council costs nothing to the citizens of Overton County, and saves the county taxpayer dollars.

Hull-York Lakeland Resource Conservation & Development Council is encouraging everyone to assist in voicing concerns about cutting the council's funding by calling, writing, or faxing local congressmen or senators.

Anyone who has any questions or needs concerning this matter should call the Overton County Soil Conservation District office at (931) 823-2722 ext. 3.

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Legislative Body holds monthly meeting April 11

Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 11, with Commissioners Randall Boswell and Chris Neal absent.

A resolution was adopted to show support for continuing the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

County Mayor Kenneth Copeland said, "That's something that the Upper Cumberland Development District is sending out, because it is something the President is wanting to cut. That's where we've been getting our money for running rural water lines, fire departments, and other things."

A lease purchase was approved for a computer system for the Register of Deeds office.

"He has the money that he has been collecting for the last several years for that," Mayor Copeland said of Register of Deeds "Peck" Smith.

A refund to Donald Gore was approved on overpayment of his 2001 and 2002 property taxes in the amount of $200.65.

Approved as notaries at-large were Kay Boswell, Sylvia Cunningham, Wanda Krantz, Toni Ferrell, John Meadows, and Jim Bean.

The meeting adjourned.

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