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Archives 08-17-2005



Livingston Farmers Market currently in full swing
Indiana woman dies from lightning strike
Countywide beef meeting set for Monday



Livingston Farmers Market currently in full swing

Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Judy Jenkins, right, buys produce from Roger Flowers at the Livingston-Overton County Farmers Market. The market is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

From corn and tomatoes to apple jelly and pickles, area residents are finding fresh produce is as close as a trip to the local farmers market.

Livingston-Overton County Farmers Market, located at University and Spring streets is one of some 54 markets in the state of Tennessee, and one of more than 3,700 nationwide.

According to the USDA, 1,755 farmers' markets were operational in 1994. That number had more than doubled by 2004.

Livingston's market typically operates from May until October.

County Extension Agent Ron Johnson said although the market got off to a later than normal start, things are in full swing.

"The gardens were really late this year," Johnson said. "Normally, it kicks off at the end of May. This year it was the end of June. In the last week or two, it's really started steam-rolling."

For vendors, there are few options available for selling produce that are as economical as setting up at the market. For $2 a day, in-county vendors can display their produce all day. Out- of-county residents may also sell at the market for $4 a day.

The markets give customers the opportunity to purchase locally grown, farm fresh vegetables and fruits, which have long had a certain appeal because prices are reasonable and quality is high. It's also an opportunity to support local farmers, which supports the community as a whole.

Livingston-Overton County Farmers Market is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, contact Vella Ledbetter at (931) 823-0688.

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Indiana woman dies from lightning strike

A 67 year-old Indiana woman was killed Saturday near Jamestown when she was struck by lightning, while she and her husband were trail riding their mules, according to a report published in the Fentress Courier.

According to reports, Janet Hash, 67, and her husband, Marvin Hash, also 67, of Free-town, IN, had arrived at East Fork Stables on Friday, Aug. 12 and had set out for a day of trail riding Saturday morning on their two mules.

They were reportedly riding in the Jane Ben overlook area when a thunderstorm quickly came up. The couple got off their mules, put on their rain gear, and moved to a lower area.

They were reportedly standing by the mules when Mrs. Hash sustained a direct hit by a bolt of lightning. Marvin Hash, on the opposite side of the mules, was knocked several feet from where he was standing by the impact of the strike.

Both mules were also killed by the lightning strike.

Although injured by the strike, Mr. Hash managed to get to his wife and attempted to perform CPR, but this proved futile.

He then used his cell phone and called 911, and emergency service personnel from Fentress County Ambulance Service, Fentress County Rescue Squad, Fentress County Sheriff's Department, Fentress County Coroner's Office, and personnel from East Fork Stables responded to the area about 6 miles off Highway 127.

Mrs. Hash was transported by ambulance to Jamestown Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Mr. Hash was treated for shock, but was expected to recover.

The incident is being investigated by Coroner Gary Peters and Investigator Roger Norris of the Fentress County Sheriff's Dept.

This was the second lightning-related fatality within six weeks in Fentress County.

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Countywide beef meeting set for Monday

UT Extension Service and Overton Farmers Co-op have set up a countywide beef meeting for Monday, Aug. 22.

The meeting will be held in the commons area of Livingston Academy, beginning at 6 p.m.

UT Beef Specialist Warren Gill will discuss an overview of mineral use for beef producers, with the main part of his talk focusing on feeding calves.

Extension Agent Ron Johnson stated, "It is a profitable time to background and/or take calves to heavier weights, and many producers are doing just that. Producers have an excellent opportunity to earn extra income by feeding a balanced product, but must make wise use of the proper feeds and minerals.

"Prices have dropped somewhat for calves, but are still way above the last 10 year average."

Richard Brown, with the Upper Cumberland Beef Alliance, will give an update on the status of the new program, and U.T. Manage Specialist Laura Cantwell will discuss upcoming workshops.

Supplemental feeding of protein tubs to aid in the reduction of stress in cow herds will also be discussed.

The meeting should be finished by 8 p.m., according to Johnson.

For more information call Overton County Extension Service at (931) 823-2735 or Brian Gilliam at (931) 823-1291.

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