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Two Celina men die in Thursday collision
Byrdstown man dies after fall from boat

Speed limit set at 20 mph on city streets

 

Two Celina men die in Thursday collision


photos by Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Two Celina men were killed when the 1986 Toyota Corolla they were traveling in collided head-on with a tractor-trailer on Airport Road around 2 p.m. Thursday, March 29.

According to reports, the Toyota, driven by Danny R. Stafford, 43, crossed the center line into the southbound path of a 2001 Kenworth T80 of Cooper’s Recycling. The collision occurred approximately a mile north of Livingston, just past Cooper’s Recycling.

Stafford and a front seat passenger in the car, Roger D. Booher, 51, were both fatally injured. Neither were wearing seatbelts, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report, which also states that seatbelt use could have made a difference.

The driver of the semi, Avery Gilpatrick, 50, of Livingston, was apparently uninjured. He was wearing a seatbelt, according to the THP report.
The truck was hauling no cargo.

The incident was investigated by Trooper Jimmy King with assistance from Troopers Andrew Goolsby and Neal Matthews, as well as THP Criminal Investigation Division Agent Randy Elmore.

 

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Byrdstown man dies after fall from boat

A Byrdstown man died Saturday, March 31 after falling from a boat on Dale Hollow Lake.

At approximately 6:53 p.m. Saturday, Pickett County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a possible drowning. Units were dispatched to the scene and confirmed that a man had fallen from a boat.

Efforts to recover the body were made until the early morning hours when it was called off due to the weather conditions. Divers Stuart Parsons and Eric Ragland of Overton County Rescue Squad assisted in the search.
Efforts resumed at approximately 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Around 8:30 a.m., the body of Sam Rich, 20, of Byrdstown, was recovered approximately 100 feet from the boat ramp at the plank yards in approximately 18 feet of water.

The body was recovered by diver John Clark, a private citizen of Byrdstown. Another diver, Tommy Hill of Pickett County Fire Department, was in the water conducting a search at the same time.
Pickett County Sheriff’s Office, TWRA, and Pickett County Rescue Squad was assisted by rescue squads from Overton, Clay, Fentress, White, and Cumberland counties, along with American Red Cross.

Pickett County Sheriff Clois Brown stated, “The Sheriff’s Office would like to commend everyone who participated in the search. Their quick response, professionalism, and coming to the aid of their neighbor was greatly appreciated.

 

 

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Speed limit set at 20 mph on city streets

By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff

All Livingston city streets without a posted speed limit now have a speed limit of 20 miles per hour. The new blanket speed limit was approved by Livingston City Council during the Monday, April 2 regular monthly meeting. All aldermen voted in favor of the change.

The action was one result of a petition for speed bumps on South Church Street that was submitted to the City Council by business owners on that street. Speed bumps were approved for the street, with Aldermen Robert Jolley and James “Pug” Lee voting no.

Before the vote, Alderman Jolley said, “I’m completely against speed bumps. I don’t believe in them. I don’t like them.”

The speed limit on Main Street was changed from 25 mph to 35 mph in the area from Twin Lakes Oil Co. to Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation’s office, and was changed from 30 mph to 35 mph on the coinciding area of Broad Street.

Traffic studies were approved for intersections with Melvin Johnson Drive, one on Highway 52 and the other on Bradford-Hicks Drive, as requested by Livingston Academy Principal Gary Ledbetter. The request asked for traffic lights that would be fully operational from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. when school was in session, and would flash yellow at all other times.

Alderman Jolley said, “I’m not sure that’ll work on 52, but on the bypass it would.”

The studies will be turned in to the state for approval and funding.
The aldermen voted to go forward with a sewer line project on Frazier Road. The cost of the project is a little less than $4,000, according to Water Department Supervisor Tim Coffee.

The Council approved purchasing a used stainless steel salt bed and spreader from Overton Co-Op for $4,000.

Street Department Supervisor Wayne Peek said, “Our other one’s shot.”
The low-bid 4.59% interest rate of American Bank & Trust on the $100,000 capital outlay note for the donation to Volunteer State Community College was approved.

The Council voted to purchase batteries for Livingston Fire Department’s portable radios, at $745.62.

The aldermen voted to buy orange cones for the flashlights at Livingston Police Department.

The need was brought up by Alderman David Langford.

“I would just like to say, the other night during the blackout, our police department did an excellent job trying to keep everybody from running together,” Langford said before asking Chief Phillips if the department had any red cone covers for their flashlights.

“There were times the other night when you fellas were hard to see,” Alderman Langford said.

“No, we don’t have the traffic cones,” Chief Phillips answered.
The aldermen approved the purchase of mulch for the playground at Livingston City Park from the low bidder, Barky Beaver, at $720. The mulch was needed to meet State Parks Commission requirements, according to Mayor Curtis Hayes.

Danny McCoin, Chuck Ball, Baxter Hughes, Frank Strong, and Leonard Richardson were hired as city park workers.

A surplus property sale was approved. It will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25. The aldermen voted to include a grader, with the reserve set at $3,000.

A contract with West Overton Utility District was tabled until after Mayor Hayes and the Board of Aldermen can meet with the West Overton Utility District Board to discuss the contract further.

A resolution was adopted to name J.R. Wauford Engineers to represent the

Town of Livingston in the water line project.
Roy Wauford gave an update on the water project.

“It’s going real well,” he said.

Bids are currently being taken on two parts of the project.

Mayor Curtis Hayes asked about the effect of flooding on the city’s Cumberland River intake facility should Wolf Creek Dam ever break.

“The intake would be put out of commission,” Wauford said, “It will not be washed away.”

He said the facility would be able to go back into service after the equipment was dried out. He also added that he doesn’t think the dam will fail, that measures being taken by the Corps of Engineers will work.
Police Chief Roger Phillips gave an update on the city’s census.

“We’ve completed the initial surge of going out door-to-door,” he said.

“We’ve come up right now with roughly 3,760 residents. I think though, with some of the houses that have been missed, I think we will probably be pushing 3,900.

“I want to thank our reserve officers; they’ve done an excellent job. The 911 Center has been a great help. Overton County Rescue has helped.
“Due to their help, we’ve not amassed any overtime in this thing. And we’ve probably less than $300 in the census.”

Mayor Hayes said, “I want to encourage every city resident that has not, by chance, been contacted by the local police department, or by telephone, I want to urge you to please call the police department as soon as possible and give them your name and how many people live in your residence.”
Dewayne Upchurch was given a certificate of appreciation for his work for the city’s street department.

Mayor Hayes announced that Clean-Up Week is April 16 through April 20.

Street Supervisor Peek said, “We can pick up everything except tires on rims; they have to be separate; and then paint, we can’t get paint.”

The meeting adjourned.

 

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