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Drug raid nets cocaine, assault rifles
Livingston Academy Prom held last Friday night
City Council meeting held Monday night

 

 

Drug raid nets cocaine, assault rifles

courtesy of LPD
Sgt. Bill Randolph and Chief Roger Phillips of Livingston Police Department display some of the drugs, cash, and weapons confiscated during a raid on Monday, April 25.

A large amount of cocaine was confiscated in a drug raid at Matrix Petroleum Incorporated on Monday, April 25.

Agents with Livingston Police Department and the 13th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crime Task Force executed a search warrant at the business, which is located in Overton County Industrial Park.

According to the LPD report, Matrix, Basin Petroleum Company is a broker for oil companies located at the 129 Industrial Drive location. The business is owned and operated by Thomas R. Watkins of Clay City, KY.

Inside the building, agents allegedly found a large amount of cocaine and cocaine base, or "crack", packaged for resale. Large quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine, along with other illegal narcotics, were allegedly found in vehicles belonging to employees.

Agents reportedly confiscated loaded assault rifles and hand guns. Five vehicles and a tractor and trailer were also seized.

A bank account holding in excess of one-half million dollars has been seized in connection with the case.

Ten persons were questioned at the scene and then released.

Agents have been in contact with federal officials concerning possible federal charges in the case.

The case is still under investigation, and charges will be lodged at a later date, according to LPD.

Drug agents with LPD and the 13th Judicial District Task Force said this was one of the largest illegal drug cases and seizures of assets, including cash, in the area.

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Livingston Academy Prom held last Friday night

Among those decked out for the occasion are, from left, Leah Thomas, Cory Vaughn and LaKeisha Walker, Matt Bilbrey and Brandi Smith, Steven Walker and Brittany McDonald, and Michael Graff and MaryJane Young.

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City Council meeting held Monday night

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, May 2, with all aldermen present.

In old business, the second reading of an ordinance banning new installations of single-wide mobile homes was approved.

According to Alderman Curtis Hayes, the ordinance allows for existing single-wide mobile homes to be replaced with single-wide mobile homes within 6 months of the removal of the former trailer.

Aldermen David Langford and James "Pug" Lee passed on the vote.

Delinquent property taxes will soon be turned over to the Clerk & Master's Office. According to Mayor Frank Martin, all 2003 property tax not paid by June 1 will be published in a local newspaper on June 7 and June 14, and will be turned over to the Clerk & Master on June 27.

Alderman Johnny Halfacre asked that the approximately 50 people on the list be called and informed of the pending action.

A request for speed bumps on Hi-Tech Drive, Water Street, and Preston Street was denied.

Alderman Bill Winningham said, "Last year we didn't put down speed bumps on Chestnut Street. In the summer time, that is probably the most used area in this whole town. There's probably over 500 people up there tonight, and running up and down the street.

"If we can't put speed bumps on Chestnut Street, then I don't think we should anywhere else in Livingston, other than putting the ripples over at the hospital."

Mayor Martin informed the Council that two bids were received on the water plant upgrade. The low bid of Building Crafts, of Blountville, at $1,431,856 was accepted.

Norrod Paving's low bid on paving of the walkway, parking lot, and driveway at Winningham Memorial Park, was approved at $6,000.

"We will get enough money out of the grant to do that with," Mayor Martin said. "We won't have to take it out of our money to do that."

After considering moving the dispatching of Livingston Fire Department to Overton County E-911, the City Council decided the benefit was not worth the cost, and Mayor Frank Martin was a bit displeased with the cost given to the city.

"We were quoted a figure of $5,163, then they came back and said that it would cost us $10,623.75 to move it out there," he said. "And then they said it would take $5,460 a year thereafter.

"Now, they dispatch for District 2, 3, 4, and 5, and don't charge those fire departments anything. They also dispatch for Byrdstown Fire Department, and they don't charge them anything.

"I feel like District 1 is being discriminated against by 911. But that's just my opinion. I don't feel it's right."

According to Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial, the ISO (Insurance Services Office) rating for Livingston Fire Department would change only .39 points if 911 dispatched for the department.

The Council voted to keep charitable donations the same as they have been, with no new additions.

Mayor Martin announced that natural gas prices are locked in for a year.

"So it will be basically the same thing it was in '04," he said.

A list of lifeguards for Livingston City Pool was approved, subject to certification.

"To be hired, they've got to be certified," Mayor Martin said.

The aldermen voted to give a plaque to former policeman Johnny Stover, who began working for Livingston Police Department on January 1, 1976 and whose service ended May 1, 2005.

The meeting adjourned.

 

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