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Undercover drug bust leads to arrest of 44 suspects
Overton County presented Three-Star award

Livingston Airport receives $6.4 million Aeronautics Grant

 

Undercover drug bust leads to arrest of 44 suspects

Photo courtesy of Dale Welch/Hilltop Express
Livingston Police Department Drug Unit, along with other area agencies, completed an 8-month undercover investigation on Thursday, April 12. The investigation led to the arrests of 44 suspects on 70 counts of illegal drug trafficking.

The Livingston Police Department Drug Unit recently concluded an 8-month undercover drug investigation with indictments on 44 suspects, and 70 counts of illegal drug trafficking. Six vehicles, several hundred dollars in cash, and illegal narcotics were also seized.

Several of the suspects were on probation for other charges associated with illegal narcotics.

Livingston Police Chief Roger Phillips stated that without the information supplied by citizens and the hard work of police officers these very successful operations could not take place,

“When we all work together, we see and enjoy the benefits to our communities,” he said.

While serving these indictments officers arrested two other individuals on other charges – Ronald Wheeler, of Livingston, was arrested for possession of a Schedule VI drug under ½ ounce, and Greg Bowers, of Monroe, was picked up on a capias from Putnam County.

The following were arrested on indictments:

Brenda Porter, Livingston; Paul Stewart, Livingston; Mark Staggs, Livingston; Debbie Cox, Livingston; Michael D. Barnes, Livingston; Ruby L. Garrett, Livingston; Elizabeth W. West, Livingston; Kermit T. Estep, Livingston; Larry G. Sidwell, Livingston; James E. Cox, Livingston; Janice C. Flowers, Livingston; Tammy Lewis, Livingston; David W. Long, Rickman; James (Sad) Wilson, Rickman; Crit B. Gaw, Rickman; Kimberly D. Moore, Rickman; Timothy W. Martin, Rickman; Kimberly M. Fetterolf, Rickman; Stanley J. Fetterolf, Rickman; Hennie Bull, Rickman; Gregory Moss, Rickman; Hollis Scott Dishman, Rickman; Jeffrey L. Thompson, Rickman; Eric Carmack, Monroe; Tommy R. Crabtree, Monroe; Chad E. Burks, Hilham; Patsy Poindexter, Celina; Ricky L. Allen, Celina; James E. Gurley, Jr., Livingston; Shelia D. Perry, Livingston; and Christopher Robert Neukam, OH.

Other agencies assisting the Livingston Police Department are 13th Judicial District Task Force, HIDTA Task Force, Overton County Sheriff ‘s Department, National Guard Counter Drug Unit, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, and PSI Probation.


 

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Overton County presented Three-Star award

On hand for the presentation of the Three-Star Award are, from left, ECD Commissioner Matthew Kisber, Carolyn Oldfather, Katherine Johnson, Toni Johnson, State Senator Charlotte Burks, Governor Phil Bredesen, Rita Reagan, assistant director Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Keisling, Wanda Krantz, Johnnie Lee, ECD Assistant Commissioner Rick Meredith, Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland, Livingston Vice Mayor Bill Winningham, State Representative John Mark Windle, Chamber President Gene Medley, Roger Underhill, and Phillip McCormick.

Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Economic and Community Development (ECD) Commissioner Matthew Kisber recently recognized Overton County as a certified Three-Star community during a ceremony held at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville.

“Our Three-Star leaders understand the importance of doing what is needed to make our communities and our state better,” Gov. Bredesen said. “This involves protecting our environment, preserving our heritage, supporting our local businesses, watching out for our neighbors, and, most importantly, investing in education for our children to secure their hopes and dreams.”

The Three-Star Program helps communities take advantage of economic development opportunities. Its goals are to preserve existing employment, create new employment opportunities, increase Tennessee family income, improve quality of life, and create a strong leadership base.

Commissioner Kisber said, “I am proud to congratulate Livingston-Overton County on achieving Three-Star status. Without strong community development, there can be no sustainable economic development.

“This community has responded well to the challenges presented by the Three-Star program, which asks communities to examine themselves, set goals and take the necessary steps to fill the gap between the two.

“By participating in the program and addressing education, leadership, infrastructure and other economic concerns, Livingston-Overton County is preparing for economic opportunities and success.”

Livingston-Overton County’s Three Star Status is maintained each year by the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce. Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce Assistant Director Rita Reagan is the Three-Star chairman/coordinator.

Overton County and the City of Livingston are now eligible to receive incentives at Level II under the guidelines of the Tennessee Three-Star program.

To receive Three-Star certification, communities must meet a number of criteria in the organizational, community, business, education, and work force development categories.

Incentives for receiving the certification include credit on all FastTrack infrastructure and job training applications, eligibility for matching grants, if criteria set by ECD are met, and the advantage of earning points in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) process.

For more information on Three-Star visit online at www.tnecd.gov.

 

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Livingston Airport receives $6.4 million Aeronautics Grant

The state will provide an Aeronautics Grant in the amount of $6.4 million to Livingston Municipal Airport to assist with improvements to the facility, according to an announcement by Governor Phil Bredesen on Wednesday, April 11.

“General aviation airports are critical to the economic development of communities across the state,” Gov. Bredesen said. “These airports provide quick access for businesses, serve as reliever airports for local flight centers and are important shipping hubs.

“In order to stay competitive these airports must be kept up to date.”
State Senator Charlotte Burks said, “As the airport continues to grow, these grant funds will be used to expand the apron at Livingston Municipal Airport.”

State Representative John Mark Windle added, “The Livingston Municipal
Airport is vital to businesses and citizens in this region.

“This is exactly the kind of investment I hope the state continues to make in our general aviation transportation system.”

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely explained that the grants are made available through the department’s Aeronautics Division.

“This division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction, and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system,” Commissioner Nicely said. “We are pleased to be able to provide millions of dollars each year for the betterment of our airports through our grant programs.”

Grant applications are reviewed by Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a 5-member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state airport system plan.

TAC Chairman Lonnie Strunk said, “These grants can have a significant impact on the future of a general aviation airport and its economic contributions to our state. Our board examines the applications carefully to ensure that the funds will be put to good use.”

TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. General aviation includes all aircraft not flown by commercial airlines or the military.

 

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