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A Real Blast-Lighting up the Fourth of July
City Council meeting held Monday night

Nursing grant to help TTCL students

A Real Blast-Lighting up the Fourth of July



Darren Oliver/OCN staff
A large crowd watches the annual Hilham Fire Department’s fireworks show on Saturday, June 30. Though many enjoy professional shows such as the Hilham event, many residents choose to purchase and fire their own fireworks.

By BETH UNDERWOOD,
OCN Staff
Robert Brady’s fuse was lit when he was only 7 or 8 years-old. It was the first time he held a Roman Candle. Even though he’s grown now, his love of fireworks has yet to fizzle out.

It should come as no surprise that today is a day he’s been waiting for since the sun set on the Fourth of July last year.

“It’s definitely my favorite holiday,” Brady said. “I ask for fireworks, or money to buy fireworks, at Christmas.”

If the half-dozen or so fireworks tents in Livingston are any indication, Brady is not alone in his obsession.

The stands began popping up around the town in mid to late June, and have steadily been picking up customers ever since.

“There’s something that’s kind of addictive about lighting fireworks,” said Brittany McCoin, who helps her family run one of the fireworks stands.

“Business just gradually picks up every day. By the Fourth, most things will sell out.”

In fact several stands have already sold out of items, and were making plans to restock over the past weekend.

It’s not necessarily the small ticket items like sparklers and smoke bombs that sell out, it’s the big ticket items, often in the $50 to $100 range.

Brady said, “The most expensive single item I ever bought was $90. Lightning Under the Sun.”

For many, $90 is a drop in the bucket, with individuals spending anywhere from $200 to $500, and sometimes much more, for a big bang on the Fourth.

Upon visiting a fireworks stand, it’s easy to see just how that happens. The selection includes everything from bottle rockets and firecrackers to ground and air fountains, making the choices difficult. And if unsure of where to start, Brady suggests getting an assortment, which typically has sparklers, fountains, and rockets – something for everyone.

But it hasn’t always been that way.

“It’s amazing to see how much fireworks have changed over the years,”

Brady said. “They’ve gone from making loud noises to beautiful displays.”
Whatever the explosive of choice this Independence Day, emergency personnel urge keeping safety first, allowing only adults to light the products, keeping spectators at a distance, and steering clear of trees, power lines, and even hay bails.

“I accidentally burned down half the woods behind our house one time, when one of them landed on a hay bail,” Brady said.

The fire was enough to warrant arson suspicion, until Brady confessed that
he’d ignited the mishap.

But does that make him a pyromaniac?

He just grinned a little: “My mom would say it does.”

Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Livingston resident Robert Brady with the MOAB (Mother of All Bombs), one of his favorites this year.

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City Council meeting held Monday night

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN staff
Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, July 2, with all aldermen present.

The second reading of the ordinance banning temporary structures for primary commercial use was approved, with Alderman David Langford voting against.

In answer to questions of whether the ordinance applies to one-time vendors such as yard sales, car washes, and bake sales, Mayor Curtis Hayes said the ordinance would not affect those types of sales, but would attempt to regulate “fly by night” businesses that set up for a short period then move on.

Alderman John McLeod said, “You mean businesses that are set up to sell day-to-day as a business?”

“That’s right,” Mayor Hayes said.

“It wouldn’t have anything to do with the charities and wouldn’t have anything to do with the yard sales or a private citizen, it’s just the commercial enterprise,” Alderman McLeod continued.

The aldermen voted to apply for a TML grant in the amount of $1,000 to purchase safety equipment that will be used by the fire department, the water department, and the gas department. The grant will require matching funds.

Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial said the grant would be used to purchase struts to shore up trenches when men are working below ground level.

The City Council adopted resolutions to participate in the Three-Star Program.

Mayor Hayes said, “It helps with grants and money of that nature.”

Johnny Halface addressed the Council to give an update on improvements at Livingston Airport. He said the overlay is being put down.

Before the meeting adjourned, Alderman Lynn King commended Livingston Police Department for stepped up speed enforcement on the square. He said one officer was on foot holding the speed gun while another officer was waiting on down the street in a patrol car to pull over speeders.

“I think it’s a safety issue, and I appreciate the effort,” Alderman King said.

Mayor Hayes then commended the water department, the gas department, and the fire department for their recent action at Livingston Regional
Hospital.

“The hospital had a small crisis, big crisis actually,” Mayor Hayes said.

“They were out of water over there for two hours, and it was on their side.”

The departments, along with the mayor, worked together to restore temporary water availability to the hospital. LRH called in construction and plumbing contractors from Cookeville to install a primary line to restore permanent water access.

“A job well done,” Mayor Hayes said in appreciation of the city employees.

The meeting adjourned.

A called meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 to discuss charter revisions.

 

 

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Nursing grant to help TTCL students

Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley have awarded $224,187 to Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency in Cookeville.

Governor Bredesen said, “I am pleased to award this grant to the Upper Cumberland Resource Agency to assist Tennesseans in pursuit of careers in nursing. These students will help fill the nursing shortage in this area’s medical facilities and improve Tennessee’s healthcare industry.”

The money will address the needs of 36 participants who will be given the
opportunity to enroll in the Licensed Practical Nurse training at Tennessee
Technology Center at Livingston.

Senator Charlotte Burks added, “This will help our area’s medical employers get the help they need from newly licensed workers in our area.”

 

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