State expansion grand opening held
Alderman seat left empty, try again
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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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
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?Ó
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
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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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
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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