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Archives 09-21-2005


National Rolley Hole Tournament held
Local 911 receives grant for mapping
Corridor J decision to be announced today



National Rolley Hole Tournament held

photos by Lindsay Thrasher/OCN staff
All eyes are on the silty dirt floor during a marble game held as part of the National Rolley Hole Tournament at Standing Stone State Park on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The annual National Rolley Hole Championship Marble Tournament was held at Standing Stone State Park on Saturday, Sept. 17.

When the dust settled, the team of Mitchell Thomspon and Wes Thompson of Tompkinsville, KY, were the National Rolley Hole Tournament champions.

The event also included a Tennessee Square tournament, a Ringer marbles tournament, and a British marbles tournament.

Throughout the day, spectators watched demonstrations of clay, flint, and glass marble-making. They also had the chance to make their own marbles.

Games for all ages were featured throughout the day, along with marble shooting lessons. Marble hunts, similar to an Easter egg hunt, was held.

For more information on Standing Stone State Park or the event call (931) 823-6347.

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Local 911 receives grant for mapping

Overton/Pickett Emergency Communications District (ECD) has been awarded a $20,000 grant by Tennessee Emergency Communications Board, also known as the state 911 board.

The grant is to be used for improvements in the GIS mapping system and related equipment. The system takes E-911 call location data and plots it on a computerized map. This will appear on an E-911 operator's computer screen and aid in dispatching assistance in an emergency.

Tennessee Emergency Communications Board governs all 911 related policies for the state of Tennessee. The Board has made this opportunity available to all ECDs in the state to help offset annual costs related to "Phase II E-911 service", and to help improve the area's public safety.

Lynn Questell, interim executive director of the state board, said, "We are very happy to provide this grant to Overton/Pickett 911 District.

"The monies provided today will assist the ECD in making periodic updates and revisions to their existing GIS mapping system. GIS mapping systems are more and more common in 911 centers.

"They enable location identification at a glance of the computer screen when the call arrives," Questell said. "This saves dispatchers precious time.

"In responding to emergencies, every second counts."

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Corridor J decision to be announced today

Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald F. Nicely, along with other state and local officials and dignitaries will hold two news conferences today, Wednesday, Sept. 21.

The events will last approximately 30 minutes each.

The news conferences will both take place at Standing Stone State Park at picnic area 3.

The first news conference, to be headed by Commissioner Nicely, will begin at 3:30 p.m. The second news conference, featuring Gove. Bredesen, will begin at 4 p.m. The purpose of the second news conference is to announce the alignment decision for the Appalachian Corridor J project.

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