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Explosion destroys Livingston home
City receives $6.3 million for water line project

Melton still basketball coach at LA

Explosion destroys Livingston home


The updraft from intense flames bend the water stream as area firefighters fight the blaze after an explosion Monday, June 4.

The old Anna Ruth and Varney Little house at 420 Jamestown Highway was destroyed by fire Monday, June 4.


According to reports, an explosion started the fire around 7:30 p.m. The explosion was heard by many at Livingston City Park, approximately a half-mile away.


Jody and Cindy Mantle, who live at the residence with his mother, Vicki Little, were home at the time. Little was out of town. The couple were in separate rooms on the second story when they heard the explosion below. They then exited the home through upstairs windows.


The Mantles were transported to Livingston Regional Hospital. Mrs. Mantle suffered burns and smoke inhalation. Mr. Mantle was examined and released.


Many area fire departments responded to the scene, including Livingston, Rickman, Fairgrounds, Monroe, Alpine, Timothy, and Allons.
The fire is being investigated by several state emergency agencies.
One witness speculated that natural gas could have leaked from an old water well and caused the explosion.

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City receives $6.3 million for water line project

 

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
On hand for the presentation are, from left, State Representative John Mark Windle, consulting engineer J. Roy Wauford, Livingston Water Department Supervisor Tim Coffee, Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes, David Leaverton, field representative for U.S. Senator Bob Corker, U.S. Representative Bart Gordon, Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Jolley, Rural Development specialist, Rural Development State Director Mary Ruth Tackett, Livingston Vice Mayor Bill Winningham, Polly Hill, Rural Development technician, Livingston Alderman David Langford, and Melissa Boner, project manager.

 

U.S. Representative Bart Gordon and Rural Development State Director Mary Ruth Tackett joined Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes at Livingston City Hall on Friday, June 1 to announce a new federal investment of $6,300,000 to complete funding for needed improvements to the public water system serving families and businesses in Livingston and surrounding areas of Overton County.


Rep. Gordon said, “A safe, reliable supply of drinking water and dependable sewer service is crucial to the well-being of any community. Utility improvement projects like this one are necessary to keep pace with our growing communities, and they are key to attracting companies with good-paying jobs.”


Rural Development funds will be used to construct a new raw water intake, approximately 18 miles of transmission main and a surge tank, and to make needed improvements to the city’s existing water treatment plant.


The raw water intake will be located at Butler’s Landing on the Cumberland River, and will eliminate the need for the less reliable existing water intakes on Carr Creek and Roaring River. The project will enable the city to meet current Environmental Protection Agency requirements and to increase system capacity to meet the needs of households and businesses for the foreseeable future.


Tackett said, “I am proud, with the support of Congressman Gordon, that Rural Development has the resources to assist this community, the Utility District and local leaders as they build for the future.”


Funding for the project from Rural Development includes a $5,000,000 low interest loan and a grant of $1,300,000.


Other funding for this project includes a Community Development Block Grant of $500,000, and a loan of $5,000,000 from the State Revolving Loan Fund. Livingston will contribute an additional $250,000 to bring the total investment in essential community infrastructure to $12,050,000.
Mayor Hayes said, “The City of Livingston is very pleased to partner with Rural Development to provide a long-term, reliable raw water source for our system.


“This project was made possible by the direct Rural Development investment and also the technical expertise of the RD area office staff. We appreciate all they’ve done for our community.”


Water improvements are funded through the Rural Development community program, which provides assistance to public or non-profit entities for the financing of water, sanitary sewerage, solid waste disposal, and storm wastewater facilities that serve households and businesses in rural areas. Entities serving rural areas with a population less than 10,000 are eligible for funding through these programs.


Others participating in the announcement included U.S. Senator Bob Corker’s Field Representative David Leaverton, Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland, State Representative John Mark Windle, Project Engineer Roy Wauford, RD Area Director Joe Woody, and RD Area Specialist Jerry Jolley.


For more information on homeownership contact the Rural Development Area Office in Cookeville at (931) 528-6539 ext. 2, toll free at 1-800-342-3149 ext. 1493 or visit online at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.

 

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Melton still basketball coach at LA

By MAC McLEOD,
OCN Sports

“Richard is our coach at Livingston Academy and will be staying with us. We have had some issues that we had to work through, but we feel those issues have been addressed and we are now ready to move forward.”
With that statement, Overton County Director of Schools Michael Gilpatrick dispelled rumors that have been running wild the past week that Livingston Academy head boys basketball coach Richard Melton had been terminated.


Apparently the word got out last Wednesday that Melton met with new Livingston Academy Principal Randy Hankins and came away with the impression that he had been fired. He even notified some of his players that he was terminated, and on Thursday, some players and parents met with Director Gilpatrick to discuss the issue.


“First let me say that Coach Melton was never terminated,” Gilpatrick said Monday afternoon, June 4. “I am the one who hires and fires, and I never fired Coach Melton, therefore, he’s not terminated.


“We have met with Coach Melton several times over the past months to discuss certain things, and hopefully we now have all that worked out and he knows what we expect of him as the head basketball coach at Livingston Academy.


“Coach Melton is a young coach, and from what we have seen of him over the past two years, he will be a successful coach. He’s passionate about the game and wants to do a good job. We appreciate that and try to understand what he is trying to do.


“Sometimes that passion has created some issues, but with maturity that will come with the job, things should work out for all concerned.”


Gilpatrick went on to add that Coach Melton’s ability has never been questioned, and his win-loss record will not be a factor in his employment at Livingston Academy.


“There has already been too much talking about this,” Gilpatrick added. “Perhaps everyone can learn something from this and put it behind us.
“Coach Melton and the team left this morning (Monday) for basketball camp, and we look forward to this year’s season. The team has been strong in the past two years, and maybe this year it will be even stronger.


“But we must not forget that our main goal here is education, and we want to graduate young people and improve test scores just as much as we want our athletic teams to win games.”


Overton County News was unsuccessful in attempts to reach Coach Melton for comment before press time.


 

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