kids receive special visit from K Troop
Blues singer returning for encore
Overton to receive pumper unit to improve fire
Start kids receive special visit from K Troop
photo by Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Livingston Head Start student Skylar McKinney (above) appears
to be in awe as Army National Guard Sgt. Josh Parsons gives him
an inside look at one of the armory's 5-ton trucks.
Members of K Troop visited Livingston Head Start
on Thursday, March 16 for the childrenŐs on-site field trip.
All the children at Livingston Head Start got a
chance to have a hands-on look at the huge camouflage 5-ton cargo
truck that members of K Troop brought to the school.
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singer returning for encore fundraiser
Roberts Entertainment promotions will turn up the
sound again this April as blues singer and Livingston native Roy
Roberts returns for the second annual fundraiser to benefit Overton
County Heritage Museum.
The event will take place on Saturday, April 29 at
Livingston Academy's mini-theater. Featured performers include Roy
Roberts, Chick Willis, Hub City Bluegrass, and special guest James
Brown's half-brother Little Royal.
Roberts, who has released numerous CDs and performs
the world over, thinks the fundraisers are an integral part of preservation
of Overton County's history, and encourages citizens to not only
attend the benefit, but support the museum in other ways too.
"The word I want to get out to everybody is that
they should come on in and be a part of it, because it's part of
their history," he said.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins
at 7 p.m.
Ticket donation is $20, and tickets are available
at the museum. Contact Paula Stover at (931) 498-2551 or (931) 403-0909
for tickets or additional information.
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to receive pumper unit to improve fire protection
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of
Forestry has unveiled a new tool in fighting wildland fires in Tennessee.
A total of 51 "pumper units" are being deployed
in 49 counties across the state, including Overton, Fentress, and
Putnam, to improve fire protection in areas where development interfaces
with the landscape.
The new equipment was funded through an appropriation
of more than $500,000 in the current year's state budget as proposed
by Governor Phil Bredesen and supported by the Tennessee General
State Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens said, "As
we continue to experience growth in many of our outlying areas,
being able to respond quickly and with better equipment will be
crucial to our fire suppression efforts in the future.
"This new equipment will help us meet that challenge,
and we're proud that Governor Bredesen and members of the General
Assembly recognize the importance of this public safety service."
The pumper unit consists of a 150-gallon tank with
a high pressure pump mounted in the bed of a pickup truck, capable
of delivering a higher volume of water or foam and drawing water
from a variety of sources.
State Forester Steve Scott said, "Homes built
in heavily wooded areas can present a real challenge for firefighters
who must work in close quarters to build fire breaks between structures
and an advancing fire.
"These units will allow us to respond more effectively
to debris fires, roadside grass fires, and fires threatening structures
- often before they become larger fires requiring more equipment
and expensive resources."
The Division of Forestry is equipped to work in wildland-urban
interface zones along with volunteer and local fire department personnel
in protecting structures from wildfire. State forestry officials
say the cooperation between the Division of Forestry and local fire
departments is crucial to providing an effective wildland fire suppression
The Division of Forestry provides technical assistance
and $250,000 annually to volunteer fire departments through federally
funded grant programs. The Division of Forestry also provides financial
and technical assistance to community groups to address local issues
associated with wildland-urban interface fires. Workshops are conducted
to educate homeowners and community leaders on how to identify high
fire risk areas and how to protect property from wildfire.
Grant funds are provided to local communities to reduce
risk of structural loss or injuries from wildfires through risk
assessments and hazardous fuel reduction projects.
Last year, the Division of Forestry deployed 112 "fireplow"
units across the state to replace its aging fleet of heavy dozers
and transport trucks. The upgrade was funded through a $20 million
bond issue proposed by Governor Bredesen and supported by the Tennessee
Since January 1, Tennessee has had nearly 1,100 wildfires
that have burned more than 16,700 acres. Nearly 40% of those fires
were due to arson. Tennessee averages about 2,500 wildfires annually
that burn around 25,000 acres, resulting in the loss of valuable
forest resources and structures.
Official fire season in Tennessee is from October
15 through May 15. During that time citizens not covered by local
fire restrictions are required to obtain a permit from the Division
of Forestry before conducting any type of open outdoor burn.
Since August 2005, the TDA Division of Forestry has
responded to emergencies with more than 140 firefighters and specialists,
heavy equipment and other resources in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma
for hurricane relief and wildfire suppression efforts.
More information about wildfire danger and protection
can be found at www.tennessee.gov/agriculture by clicking on "Fire
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