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Christmas In The Country starts with Santa this Friday
Fall colors abound in Overton County

Fatal wreck leads to charges
City awarded $2 million loan increase for water
Overton County awarded $230,000

 

Christmas In The Country starts with Santa this Friday



photo courtesy of Merchants Association

Livingston’s annual Christmas in the Country will kick off Friday, Nov. 23 with Mayor Curtis Hayes lighting the Christmas tree at 5 p.m. This year’s celebration is a four-week event to be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Friday night through December 14.

Overton County Merchants Association is planning many special events to take place around the square. Along with shopping and live music, guests may enjoy free hot cocoa, coffee, hot cider, popcorn, and hot roasted peanuts. A local carriage service will offer horse and buggy rides around the courthouse. Also, a historical tour by Darren Shell will be given throughout the night. Parents are especially encouraged to bring their children on November 23 to see Santa Claus.

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Fall colors abound in Overton County

Wanda Krack took this colorful picture Sunday morning as the fog was burning off a country road. Fall foliage such as this can be seen throughout Overton County.

 

Fatal wreck leads to charges

By Mary Jo Denton, Herald-Citizen staff
with permission

A Rickman man has been indicted by the grand jury in Putnam County for vehicular homicide in connection with a car crash that killed his best friend a couple of months ago.

Christopher James Martin, 25, of Okolona Road was booked into Putnam County Jail on Wednesday, Nov. 14, charged with vehicular homicide and drunk driving in the death of George Brandon Brown, 25, also of Rickman.
The car crash happened at 2:40 a.m. September 16 on West 9th Street in Cookeville.

Martin was driving a 1992 Honda Prelude west on 9th Street, and Brown was a passenger in the vehicle, police said.

Approaching a curve at Briarwood Drive at a high rate of speed, Martin lost control of the car, which crossed over into the oncoming lane, went into a spin, and slid off the roadway on the left side, Cookeville Police Capt. Mark Maxwell said.

The car ran down an embankment, back up the embankment, then went airborne, crossed a private driveway, and hit some trees. After hitting the trees, the car began flipping and landed on its top at an apartment building, Maxwell said.

Martin and Brown had not been using seatbelts. When police arrived, they found Martin standing beside the wrecked car and Brown lying next to it.
Brown was dead, and Martin was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries and released.

He told officers that he and Brown had been friends since the third grade.

Since the time of the accident, Traffic Division officers have conducted a complete investigation, and recently Officer Darrin Stout presented evidence to the Putnam grand jury.

The indictments issued allege that Martin was driving drunk that night and that he “unlawfully and recklessly” killed Brown by doing so.

Martin was arrested by Officer Stout on , Tuesday, Nov. 13. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Criminal Court on February 11.

 

 

City awarded $2 million loan increase for water

Governor Phil Bredesen has announced that six communities will receive low-interest loans totaling $46,898,498 through the State Revolving Fund Loan Program to fund water and wastewater construction projects. The Department of Environment and Conservation administers the SRF Loan Program for the State of Tennessee.

“I am pleased to see local governments accessing this important program,” Gov. Bredesen said. “The State Revolving Fund loan program is a tool to help communities address their current infrastructure needs and allow them to prepare for future needs.”

SRF recipients include the cities of Livingston, Lafayette, Memphis, Nashville, and Shelbyville, and the Water Authority of Dickson County.

Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke said, “Community investments in our drinking water and wastewater systems are vital to maintaining environmental and public health. These loans will help keep our communities moving forward.”

In Overton County, the Town of Livingston will receive a $2 million loan increase to an existing 20-year loan, with an interest rate of 1.51%, to construct a raw water intake at Butler’s Landing on the Cumberland River and to install approximately 99,500 linear feet of raw water transmission main from the new intake to the existing water treatment plant. Utilizing the Cumberland River will give Livingston a more reliable water source that is able to accommodate current and future needs.

State Senator Charlotte Burks said, “Investment in our water infrastructure is important to our community. This low-interest loan to the City of Livingston represents a significant partnership between the state and local government that will be a great benefit.”

State Representative John Mark Windle added, “The entire community benefits from improvements to the water infrastructure. I am very pleased that the state and local governments can work together in partnerships like this one for the public good.”

The SRF Loan Program provides low-interest loans that help communities, utility districts, and water authorities finance projects that protect Tennessee’s ground and surface waters and public health. Loans are used to finance the planning, design, and construction of water and wastewater facilities.

Through this program, communities, utility districts, and water authorities can obtain loans with lower interest rates than most can obtain through private financing.

The funding order of projects is determined by the SRF Loan Program’s priority ranking list, which ranks potential projects according to the severity of their pollution problems, compliance or protection of public health.

Environment and Conservation administers the SRF Loan Program in conjunction with Tennessee Local Development Authority.

Through 2007, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided seed money for the SRF Loan Program, and the state provided matching funds.

 

Overton County awarded $230,000

On behalf of Governor Phil Bredesen, Assistant Commissioner Cathy Taylor, DrPH, MSN, RN, of Tennessee Department of Health presented Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland a check for $230,000 in special needs funding on Friday, Nov. 16.

The award will be used to fund renovations of the Overton County Health Department facility in Livingston to provide additional clinic space. Taylor was joined by Overton County Health Department Director Andy Langford, as well as other state and local government officials and county staff members.

Gov. Bredesen said, “It is our goal to make primary care services available throughout Tennessee near the places where our citizens live and work. By committing these financial resources to Overton County, the state and the Tennessee General Assembly have ensured the residents of this community will have access to these important health services.”

State Senator Charlotte Burks added, “Our county health departments provide crucial health prevention and treatment services, and I am glad to help support these efforts in Overton County.”

State Representative John Mark Windle, stated, “The people of Overton County and the surrounding community will benefit from this funding and the services it will help provide.”

Taylor said, “We are so pleased we were able to work with Governor Bredesen and the Legislature in supporting the provision of primary health care through our health department clinic in Overton County.

“These services are an important way to prevent serious illness and provide management of chronic health conditions.”

Overton County Health Department at 1080 Bradford-Hicks Drive in Livingston provides an array of services including adult primary care, family planning, immunizations, well child/EPSDT screenings, WIC and nutrition services, breast and cervical cancer screening, birth and death certificates, children’s special services, HIV testing and counseling, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, and communicable disease control.

Primary care services are offered on a sliding fee scale based on income, with a $5 minimum fee for each visit.

Hours for the clinic are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Individuals wishing to make an appointment may contact Overton County Health Department at (931) 823-6260.



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