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Vol State expansion grand opening held
Alderman seat left empty, try again next Monday

Contests slated for Bicentennial weekend

 

NarcVol State expansion grand opening held

courtesy of Vol State

Grand opening activities were held at the Volunteer State Community College campus at Livingston on Thursday, Aug. 17. The grand opening began with a ribbon cutting ceremony, which was followed by tours and two separate open house events. Those on hand for the ribbon cutting included, from left, Rita Reagan, Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce administrative assistant, Congressman Lincoln Davis, Regent Millard Oakley, Congressman Bart Gordon, Chancellor Charles Manning, Volunteer State President Warren Nichols, Hal Ramer, founder and former Vol State president, Commissioner of Education Lana Seivers, and Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland. More on the grand opening is inside this edition of Overton County News.

 

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Alderman seat left empty, try again next Monday

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff

Curtis Hayes is irreplaceable, or so it seemed, Tuesday, Aug. 22 during the called meeting of Livingston City Council.

When the meeting ended, no one was appointed to fill the alderman position that will be left vacant when Mayor-Elect Curtis Hayes takes office.

One of the purposes for the called meeting was to fill the position, and many assumed it would go to John McLeod.

In the June 7 Livingston Municipal Election, in which three aldermen seats were up for grabs, incumbent David H. Langford and Lynn King had the most votes, with 912 and 900 respectively, and incumbent Robert Jolley won the third seat with 416 votes, just 4 more than McLeod.

But when the City Council considered the vacancy last week, McLeod was not appointed.

The meeting opened with the aldermen voting to accept Curtis Hayes' resignation as alderman, effective 12 p.m. July 31, then they turned their attention to the impending vacancy.

Alderman James "Pug" Lee said, "Let the taxpayers, the voters, vote somebody back in the next election."

To which Alderman Johnny Halfacre said, "That's two years."

After Alderman Lee made a motion to leave the seat open, Alderman David Langford asked, "Can we put somebody in that position at any given time?

Mayor Frank Martin answered, "If you've got a majority vote you can."

As the discussion went on, Alderman Johnny Halfacre said, "John was the next man in line in the votes, and I feel like he'd be the one to put in there."

Alderman Langford seconded the motion. Aldermen Lee, Langford, and Jolley voted for the motion, and Aldermen Halfacre, Hayes, and Bill Winningham voted against it.

Mayor Martin broke the tie by voting to leave the seat open.

Another item on the called meeting agenda was to keep or rescind a deal with Upper Cumberland Development District to oversee the new water line project.

Some of the aldermen had been led to believe the city could save $55,000 by taking the project out of the hands of UCDD, but learned from a UCDD representative who addressed the Council that UCDD would still have to be paid for their part in the project and that the other potential savings was money that may or may not be needed regardless of who administers the project.

Alderman Lee said, "I hate to switch in the middle of the stream. We've done got this thing started and I think we ought to leave it like it is."

Alderman Jolley made a motion to leave it as is. The motion passed, with Alderman Halfacre voting no.

A called meeting was set for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28 to discuss the hiring and firing policies of the City of Livingston.

Alderman Jolley said, "I'd rather do it before Frank leaves and Curtis takes over, because Curtis is still an alderman on the 28th."

The meeting adjourned.

 

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Contests slated for Bicentennial weekend

 

Overton County bicentennial license plates will be available for $10 each.

With Overton County's Bicentennial celebration kicking off in only 16 days, member of the Bicentennial committee are reminding county's residents that several contests and recognitions will be part of the weekend's many events.

In addition to recognizing the oldest person in the county, the Bicentennial committee will also recognize the oldest married couple, oldest military veteran, and the youngest resident of the county. If you, or anyone you know, may qualify for these milestones, make plans now to attend the celebration on Livingston's square.

The public is also invited to dress up in period costumes to celebrate the county's 200th birthday. Judges will pick their favorite attire in several categories and age groups.

Old-time farm equipment is also being sought for display during the 3-day celebration. Anyone with equipment to display is asked to contact Gene Medley at (931) 823-2735.

In addition to bicentennial mugs, calendars, and posters, a commemorative Overton County license plate will be available for purchase at $10 each.

Overton County's bicentennial celebration will be held September 8, 9, and 11.

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