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Wilson Elementary site of mock disaster
Monterey store robbed last week

City police to conduct census

 

Wilson Elementary site of mock disaster

Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Emergency workers rescue an "injured" student at Wilson Elementary School during a mock disaster on Wednesday, Feb. 28. The drill began at 9:01 a.m. when Principal Harold Watson notified 911 that a tornado had hit the school.

 

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Monterey store robbed last week

Photo courtesy of Dale Welch
Suspects in the February 27 robbery of the Guate-Mex store were caught on the store's surveillance camera.

Photo courtesy of Dale Welch
Police are still searching for suspects in the robbery of the West Commercial Avenue business.

By DALE WELCH, Hilltop Express with permission
A Monterey store was robbed of a substantial amount of cash just in a few short minutes during a daytime robbery last week.

According to reports, five women and two men entered Guate-Mex, a Hispanic grocery located at 102 West Commercial Avenue just after noon on Tuesday, Feb. 27. They paid for items they brought to the counter, but wound up taking much more.

Monterey Police Investigator Jackie McQuiston, Acting Chief Tim Murphy, Putnam Investigator Gary Roach, and Putnam Deputy Roger Cooper Jr. responded to an armed robbery call at the store in a matter of minutes.

According to information collected by police, the robbers arrived in a silver/grey Dodge minivan. Two men were wearing ball caps, one of which was a New York Yankees cap. Some of the five women were dressed in Middle-Eastern dress, complete with head scarfs.

The robbers kept employees busy during their time in the store. A surveillance video of the events show the alleged robbers bringing one item at a time to the counter and sometimes asking questions.

Guate-Mex has a check cashing business in the back of the store. A police report said one female employee was counting cash when one of the alleged female robbers came to the office window and asked for help. The employee had counted out an undisclosed amount of cash, but said to be in the tens of thousands of dollars, and had stacked it on the desk inside the check cashing office. She left the office to help the woman.

The alleged robbers quickly exited the building after paying for the items they had placed on the counter, and drove away down West Commercial. Thinking about the money, the female employee hurried back, but found it missing and notified a translator who works at the store to call 911.

No weapons were displayed during the robbery, according to reports. The investigation continues. Monterey Police ask that anyone with information regarding the case to call (931) 839-2323.

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City police to conduct census

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, March 5, with all aldermen present.

The Council approved a census of the citizens of the Town of Livingston to verify the numbers on file with the State of Tennessee, as recommended by the Livingston Planning Commission.

Mayor Curtis Hayes said, "The Planning Commission feels like it would be in the Town of Livingston's best interest to do our own census."

He said Livingston's population was 3,496 in the 2000 Census, and that the town's own poll had 472 added through annexation.

Livingston Police Department personnel will conduct the census, which is expected to take about 7 weeks.

Police Chief Roger Phillips said, "With the time constraints of 7 weeks, it may be necessary that we try to do a reverse 911 situation where the folks would be called and prompted to call back in to the police department or wherever we set our poll system up and give the information.

"That would go into a database, which would kick the street numbers out. And then the street numbers that were missed on that particular street, we would send people afoot to knock on those doors and get that information."

Residents with answering machines will be left a message to call in, if they are not home when the call is made.

The speed limit on Highway 52 East, which runs out of Livingston toward Jamestown, was changed to 45 mph on the westbound side. The eastbound side was already at 45 mph.

The low bid was approved for the runway overlay at Livingston Airport, pending approval by the engineering firm. Highways Inc. had the low bid at $1,283,876.

The city will pay 10% of the cost, and the state will pay 90%.

The low bid was accepted for 2 regulator stations and for running gas line to the new industrial park on Highway 111. GNC of Atwood, TN, had the low bid at $22,751.

Hayes Utility Contractors had the low bid for a 4-inch hot tap at $3,567.

"And no relation to me, make sure we get that correct," Mayor Hayes said. "There's no relation at all."

Hayes Utility Contractors had the only bid on fabricating and installing a regulator station at $13,800. The bid was approved.

The Council approved a condemnation suit against W.H. McCormick to gain the right-of-way for the water line project.

"We've met a couple of times with Mr. McCormick's attorney and our attorney and water superintendent, and were just unable to come up with an agreement," Mayor Hayes said.

City Attorney Kelly Williams said, "They agreed to give us a temporary easement, and we would look at the price after it was completed to see if we could reach an agreement, but that we needed to go ahead and file a condemnation suit."

The Council approved street lights for the recently annexed Hilham Highway area. Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) will provide the lights at a cost of $40,000. The cost would be added to the city's streetlight investment account.

The aldermen approved the purchase of a 2001 Chevrolet pickup from state surplus at a price of $4,200 for meter reading use.

Mayor Hayes said, "One of our vehicles shut down on us about a month ago."

Tri-Star Energy's natural gas awareness program was approved at $2,100.

"It's mandated by the state," Mayor Hayes said.

The mayor announced that the city's website is officially completed.

"We are officially www.cityoflivingston.net," Mayor Hayes said. "It is officially up and running."

He said payments to the city can be made at the website.

"You can pay your water and gas bill from your personal computer," Mayor Hayes said.

A surcharge will be added when paying online.

He urged everyone to check out the website, which was created by a local company.

"Ciphertek's done a great job on this," he said.

Chief Phillips addressed the aldermen to express appreciation for their support of the D.A.R.E. program. He also expressed appreciation to the county and the School Board for their support.

The meeting adjourned.

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