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Welcome Home, K Troop
City Council adopts resolution in appreciation of area soldiers
Hardy's Chapel VFD receives federal grant

 

 

Welcome Home, K Troop

With heartfelt thanks for all the support and prayers received during the deployment of our soldiers, the 3/278th Family Readiness Group has expressed appreciation to Overton County.

The main body of Knife Troop will be returning to Overton County and the Livingston National Guard Armory between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. The rear detachment will arrive in Overton County between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, with the wash rack to follow at a later date.

The Family Readiness Group encourages everyone to begin putting up red, white, and blue everywhere, along with signs, banners, and other displays of support for the returning National Guardsmen.

The group also invites everyone to join in welcoming the troop home on Friday and Monday.

The 3/278th had been deployed to Iraq since November of last year.

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City Council adopts resolution in appreciation of area soldiers

Livingston City Council held its regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 7, with all aldermen present.

The Council adopted a resolution in appreciation of area soldiers' service to the country.

Alderman Johnny Halfacre gave an update on the construction at Livingston Airport.

"They like about 45 days until completion," Alderman Halfacre said.

He informed the Council that a new lighting system was installed this past weekend.

"The road has been relocated, all the utilities have been moved, and they're using the road," Alderman Halfacre informed the Council.

"The pavement on the new part, what they call the base coat, the binder, weather permitting, they are supposed to start putting it down Thursday and Friday of this week. So, hopefully, by Friday it will be completed to the point it can be used, provided the lighting system all checks out okay.

"The binder that they put down is not the finished top coat, but it will be to the same elevation as the pavement we have now, and they will mark it with temporary paint so it can be used immediately, planes can land and take off on it. Then, in the spring we're going to do a complete overlay pavement over the old as well as the new.

"The pavement we have on the old part is 23 years-old, and it's cracking and coming apart," Alderman Halfacre said. “We did a patch repair on it two years ago. In the spring, we will have a completely new overlay.

"All the grade work is done, the topsoil is down, and they are seeding and strawing this week. It is well within probably five weeks of everything being completed."

The upgrade at the water plant is progressing, according to Mayor Frank Martin.

The Council approved the first reading of rezoning Julie Jolley's property on Hilham Highway from R-1 to C-3.

A section of Hale Avenue, in Carr Subdivision, was renamed Lowell Stephens Avenue in honor of the former Overton Habitat for Humanity president. Lowell Stephens Avenue will run from Jack Street to Long Street.

Alderman Curtis Hayes said, "Habitat for Humanity has bought some property over there, and is in the process of building a home. We've got in mind, actually, of building about three homes.

"Our former president, Lowell Stephens, did so much work for that organization, we just thought it would be a good gesture on our part, if possible, to name this subdivision and street on his behalf.

"This involves two residents, and all the residents involved have given us approval to go ahead 100 percent, pending Board approval. I've talked to the family also."

Mayor Martin informed the Council of vandalism at Livingston City Park and at Winningham Memorial Park, in which water fountains were damaged and the attached water pipes were broken.

"I guess we've lost $500 or $600 worth of water on these two episodes," Mayor Martin said.

The vandalism happened during the daytime, according to Mayor Martin.

Fire Chief Rocky Dial informed the Council that part of the FEMA grant equipment has been received. Livingston Fire Department has received air packs and boots, and turnout gear will be arriving soon.

"We've got our air tanks already in service. We've got our boots in. We're still waiting on our turnout gear. It should be here sometime this month."

Mayor Martin announced that Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11 will be a holiday for city employees, and that city workers will have November 24 and 25 off for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The City Council and city workers were presented certificates of appreciation from Overton County Historical Society for cleaning and preserving County Home Cemetery.

The meeting adjourned.

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Hardy's Chapel VFD receives federal grant

Hardy's Chapel Volunteer Fire Department will receive a $50,350 Department of Homeland Security grant for the purchase of firefighting equipment.

Fire Chief Brent Shake said the department will use the funds to purchase 10 sets of turnout gear and six breathing units.

"What we've got is very old and obsolete," Shake said. "We've got a chance to update our equipment, and that's what we're going to do."

Homeland Security awarded the grant through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program created by Congress to help underfunded fire departments provide better service to community residents. In addition to funding operations and firefighter safety programs, the grants also can be used to purchase firefighting vehicles.

U.S. Representative Bart Gordon, a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, said, "Countless lives and properties have been saved through the valiant efforts of firefighters and rescue squad members," Gordon said. "This program is a much-needed opportunity for local fire departments to strengthen their resources and capabilities."

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