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Fire destroys structures at Livingston Sawmill
Curtis Hayes sworn in as mayor of Livingston

Teen injured in accidental shooting
John McLeod named to alderman seat

 

 

Fire destroys structures at Livingston Sawmill

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

 

A large black plume of smoke was seen for miles after a structure at Livingston Sawmill caught on fire around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Firefighters from Livingston Fire Department responded to the scene within minutes, but one building had already been heavily damaged and another structure was on fire. Using the ladder gun, pumping 1,150 gallons of water per minute, Livingston firefighters quenched the flames from above and used another hose to suppress the fire from ground level.

Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial said, "The ladder gun played a key role in preventing the fire from spreading to other buildings. It pumped a large amount of water quickly."

Manpower was brought in from many county fire departments.

"We are thankful to all the county departments that helped, and to the people, and the Red Cross, who brought bottled drinking water for the firefighters," Chief Dial said. "It was really appreciated."

The fires were completely extinguished by around 5:30 p.m. Along with the damage to the two structures, a de-barker and a head saw were damaged in the fire.

The fire is believed to have started from a broken hydraulic hose spraying on a saw motor, but that is still to be confirmed. The incident is still under investigation.

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Curtis Hayes sworn in as mayor of Livingston

Kassie Hunley/OCN staff

Judge John Officer administers the oath of office to Curtis Hayes, who will take office as the mayor of Livingston on Friday, Sept. 1. A large crowd attended the ceremony held on the Overton County courthouse grounds Thursday evening, Aug. 24.

 

 

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Teen injured in accidental shooting

A 16 year-old Livingston Academy freshman was flown to Erlanger Trauma Center on Friday, Aug. 25 for treatment of a gunshot wound.

Officers of the Livingston Police Department responded to Livingston Regional Hospital Emergency Room at approximately 8 p.m. after two persons had entered the emergency room seeking treatment after being shot by a large caliber handgun.

According to reports, Jeff Roberts, 33, and an unidentified 16 year-old juvenile had been injured by a single gunshot from a 10mm semi-automatic handgun.

According to the official report, Roberts was inspecting the pistol at his home on Upper Hilham Highway, when it discharged, striking him in the palm of the hand and then striking the juvenile, who was standing near Roberts. The bullet went into the juvenile's lower abdomen and exited through his back.

A family member had brought both gunshot victims to the ER.

The juvenile was in critical condition and was airlifted by Erlanger Life Flight to Erlanger Trauma Center in Chattanooga. Roberts was transported by ambulance to Erlanger.

The case is still under investigation by Livingston Police Department.

 

 

John McLeod named to alderman seat

 

By DEWAIN E. PEEK

With a split vote, Livingston City Council appointed John McLeod to take the seat that will be vacated by Curtis Hayes when he becomes mayor September 1.

The action was taken in a called meeting Monday, Aug. 28.

Alderman Bill Winningham made the motion to appoint McLeod, and it was seconded by Alderman Johnny Halfacre in his last meeting before leaving office.

On the vote, Winningham, Halfacre, and Alderman Curtis Hayes, in his last meeting as an alderman, voted for, Aldermen James "Pug" Lee and Robert Jolley voted against, and Alderman David Langford passed on the vote.

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

Another matter on the called meeting agenda was a waiver for Overton County Rescue Squad to hold a road block fundraiser.

Alderman Halfacre said, "I'm for stopping all road blocks."

To which Alderman Winningham said, "If it weren't for about three organizations, I'd go along with you on that."

The waiver was approved with a unanimous vote.

The other item for discussion was the city's hiring and firing policies.

Alderman Lee made a motion to freeze all hiring and firing until the policies were worked out.

Mayor-elect Hayes said, "I think you're handicapping the mayor."

The motion passed, with Hayes and Winningham voting no.

The meeting adjourned.

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