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Archives 10-12-2005



Halloween Bash held on Livingston Square
Twin Lakes election held last Saturday
City Council meeting held Monday



Halloween Bash held on Livingston Square

photos by Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Spooks, ghosts, and goblins turned out Saturday evening, Oct. 8 for the Standing Stone Cruisers' Halloween Bash on the Livingston Square, the last of the monthly cruise-ins for 2005. Despite cooler temperatures and a near-constant drizzle, the Bash was well attended. The Bash included a costume contest for kids and for adults, and door prizes were given away throughout the evening.

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Agriculture/Industry salute held

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Richard Brown, coordinator for the newly formed Upper Cumberland Beef Alliance, speaks to the Ag/Industry Day crowd about the opportunity for beef producers to earn more income through the alliance.

The annual salute to Overton County's Agriculture and Industry was held Wednesday, Oct. 5, and was well attended by about 150 people.

Participants were greeted by 4-H members who registered them at Livingston Church of Christ Windham Building. A country ham breakfast, sponsored by First National Bank of the Tennessee, started the morning program.

After breakfast, Livingston Mayor Frank Martin served as master of ceremonies and welcomed everyone to the Ag/Industry Salute.

Richard Brown, coordinator of the newly formed Upper Cumberland Beef Alliance, served as the after-breakfast speaker. Brown spoke on the purpose of the new alliance and said it would help beef producers in receiving more income for their calves by improved genetics and group marketings.

Brown was presented an Overton County afghan by UT Extension Agent Ron Johnson.

Bro. Kirk Talley, minister of Livingston Church of Christ, officially welcomed everyone to the church facilities and led the invocation.

Decorations, including pumpkins and mums, were provided by Jolley Family Produce and Brown's Greenhouse.

Ag/Industry Day recognizes annually one outstanding person or organization that has devoted outstanding service to the community. Ralph Robbins of the Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston (TTC-L), and member of the Resource Development Committee, presented a plaque to Rita Reagan, assistant director of Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce.

Robbins spoke to the group about how much time the Chamber has spent going above the call of duty, encouraging various groups, individuals, and agencies to join and improve various aspects of the city and county, especially the renovation at Livingston Airport.

Reagan accepted the 2005 Overton County Resource Development Committee Annual Service Award on behalf of the Chamber.

Wanda Krantz presented a Vision Statement framed document to Livingston Regional Hospital for their sacrifice and commitment to serve the county. Krantz explained how many youth and needy organizations have been helped by the local hospital.

LRH Administrator Tim McGill accepted the award, which will be placed at an appropriate location at the hospital.

Johnson gave a preview of the upcoming morning tour of Livingston Chocolate Company, located on North Church Street. At the company, participants were welcomed with the red carpet treatment by owner Julia Bishop and manager Lee Crowder. The crowd of more than 100 listened to how the company was started in the 1950s and how it operates today, bottling different drinks for 10 large companies nationwide.

Groups of 10 walked through the plant and observed how raspberry tea, a high end product, was being bottled. Two bus loads of participants took the plant tour and learned all about the company and that the chocolate drink can be purchased locally at the plant and designated stores.

After the tour, the group went to Livingston City Park for lunch and contests. Lunch was prepared and served to all participants by the UT Extension staff and other volunteers, led by Gene Medley.

Winners in the men's horseshoe contest were Ken Loggins and Larry Duewer. Martha Markin won the women's horseshoe toss with Elon Dillon coming in 2nd.

Winners in the watermelon-spitting contest included 1st place winner Ralph Robbins and 2nd place winner Jordan Danner.

The winner of the annual Ag/Industry Day Quiz was Larry Duewer, and 2nd place went to Jerry Flowers.

Several door prizes were given out during the day. The winners included: Bobbie Goodpasture - country ham from Jerry's; Leatrice Melton - Berkline recliner; and Gene Buckner - ╩gift pack from Puckett's.

TTC-L provided free cosmetology make-overs to Rebecca Gore and Carl Masters. Yellow mums, provided by Brown's Greenhouse, were also given out as door prices at the breakfast. Susan B. Anthony Silver Dollars were provided to all by American Bank & Trust.

The Resource Development Committee expressed appreciation to all who helped or assisted in any way and to the sponsors who made the day possible.

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Fatal wreck victims' names released

The names of five people killed in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 136 on Tuesday, Oct. 4 have been released.

Killed in the collision were Roger Sidwell, 37, Jennifer D. Flowers, 36, Jeffrey L. Watkins, 27, Mathew Emerick, 21, all of Livingston, and Brookelyn Conner, 18, of Monroe.

According to reports, Mark Phillips, 34, of Cookeville, was driving a small tractor-trailer hauling Pepsi north on Highway 136 around 7:30 a.m. when a 1994 Plymouth Acclaim, driven by Sidwell, crossed from Allen's Chapel Road into his path.

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