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County Commission votes to give Vol State $200,000
Chamber of Commerce welcomes Hydroserre

Forestry suspends all burning permits statewide

 

County Commission votes to give Vol State $200,000

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Vol State President Warren Nichols speaks to the Overton County Legislative Body during the called meeting Monday, March 26.

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body held a called meeting Monday, March 26 concerning Phase II and Phase III of the building project at Volunteer State Community College in Livingston. Commissioner Randall Boswell was absent.

After hearing higher education advocate Millard Vaughn Oakley and Vol State President Warren Nichols, the County Commission voted to give $200,000 to the project.

The county plans to use $72,000 from county property on Highway 111 that was sold recently, $75,000 from a refund from a utility project for the new industrial park, and the other $53,000 from money gained when the old public library building is sold.

The $200,000, along with $100,000 from the Town of Livingston, is part of $467,797 being raised in order to receive matching funds from the state for the building project.

Tennessee Board of Regents must give approval.
Oakley said, “The full board meets in Memphis on Thursday of this week.
That’s why this meeting’s kind of critical.”

The meeting adjourned.

 

 

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Chamber of Commerce welcomes Hydroserre

Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Livingston hosted a meeting Wednesday, March 21 to welcome Hydroserre, the new company locating in the Highway 111 industrial park. The meeting was held in the conference room of the Chamber of Commerce Building. Company officials were present to talk with local people and answer questions. They expect to grow just over one million heads of lettuce a week.

 

 

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Forestry suspends all burning permits statewide

State Forester Steve Scott announced Monday, March 26 that Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is suspending the issuance of burning permits statewide until weather conditions improve.

“It’s extremely dry, and we’re experiencing an increase in wildfire activity across the state,” Scott said. “With most areas being well below average in rainfall, and with very little precipitation predicted in the near future, we are suspending the issuance of burning permits in the state until further notice.”

Activities affected by the burning restriction includes, but is not limited to, outdoor burning of brush and leaves, forested areas and burning to clear land. During official fire season, October 15 through May 15, state law requires citizens to get a burning permit before conducting any open, outdoor burning. During fire season, anyone burning without a permit is subject to a Class C misdemeanor.

“The burning permit system is a very important wildfire prevention tool that allows us to communicate with citizens about how, where, and when it is safe, and when it is not safe, to burn,” Scott said.

“By suspending burning permits, we’re able to help reduce the chances of escaped debris fires, which are a major cause of wildfire in Tennessee. We’re also able to devote more firefighting resources to where they’re needed the most.”

Escaped debris burns are a leading cause of wildfire; however, 40% of the wildfires so far this year have been due to arson, which is a class C felony punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline toll-free at 1-800-762-3017.

According to state forestry officials, so far this year 1,320 wildfires have consumed more than 19,900 acres of forestland and have threatened or destroyed numerous homes and other structures.

In March alone, Tennessee has had 841 fires that have burned nearly 15,000 acres, up 46% from the average number of acres consumed during the month.

State forestry firefighters are currently battling major blazes north of Chattanooga on Signal Mountain in Prentice Cooper State Forest, where more than 300 acres have burned, and in Campbell County north of Jacksboro, where a 1,000-acre fire continues to burn. At last report, the Signal Mountain fire was about 70% contained. The fire has required the use of two USDA Forest Service air tanker drops since Sunday evening to help slow its spread.

For more information about the status of burning permits call the local state Division of Forestry office or visit online at www.tennessee.gov/agriculture/forestry and click on “Fire Information”.

 

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