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Archives 12-26-2007

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Sounds of the Season
Library to receive $389,000

Stephens Center moves to new location
Livingston left out of home rehab funding

 

Sounds of the Season

Band Director Shannon Pirtle leads the Rickman Elementary School Beginning Band in a Christmas tune during the recent series of elementary school band concerts. More concert coverage is on pages 2A, 3A, and 6A of this edition.


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Library to receive $389,000

U.S. Representative Bart Gordon has secured $389,000 to help Overton County officials add new materials and cutting-edge technology to the county’s new library in Livingston.

“Building the library was the first step, but the county now faces the challenge of stocking the library shelves with useful books and materials, keeping computers running to provide internet access, and offering educational programs for county residents,” Rep. Gordon said.

County Mayor Kenneth Copeland said the federal funds would enable Millard Oakley Public Library to provide more resources to county residents who use the new facility, which opened in May.

“The new library is a great asset to the community and especially to Overton County’s children,” County Mayor Copeland said. “With this funding, we will be able to make this a really nice facility and stock the library with useful materials and provide good programs.”

The funding was included in an annual funding bill for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Economic Development Initiative. U.S. House of Representatives approved the bill on December 19. The Senate has already approved the bill, and it now goes to the President for his signature.


Stephens Center moves to new location



The Exchange Club/Holland J. Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse has a new home at 307 A West Broad Street.
At right, Carolyn Isbell, executive director of The Exchange Club/Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and Robert Mellema, of Martin Signs, remove the Stephens Center sign from the old location.

The new year 2008 will mark the 20th Anniversary of The Exchange Club/Holland J. Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

To help celebrate this milestone, Kevin McBroom of Martin Signs donated a new sign to help perk up the old building; however, just a few months away from that anniversary The Stephens Center had to find a new home.

Since its beginning in April of 1988, The Stephens Center has been located in a large office building on University Street, and this space was donated by Anna Stephens, the owner of the building and the founder of The Stephens Center. With her health declining, a decision was made in November to sell the building, and the building sold very quickly.

The Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse found a new location in Livingston so the center could remain in its home town. The Winninghams, of Winningham Hardware, are working with the executive director of The Stephens Center to make the rent affordable to the non-profit agency. The new location is 307 A West Broad Street.

The move has caused added expenses for the non-profit, and financial contributions are needed more than ever, according to Executive Director Carolyn Isbell. The Stephens Center will be launching a capital campaign in early 2008 to raise the funding necessary to build a permanent home.

The public is encouraged to feel free to drop by and visit The Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse and send contributions to 307 A West Broad. The phone number remains (931) 823-6432.

 

 

Livingston left out of home rehab funding

The Town of Livingston submitted a grant on February 28 to Tennessee Economic and Community Development Department for a housing rehabilitation project.

Mayor Curtis Hayes applied for the grant for the town through Upper Cumberland Development District. In the application, the town proposed to rehabilitate homes in the Kennedy Street, Burgess Street, Doak Street, and Pecan Street areas.

Had the project been funded, it would have provided for safe and sanitary housing for 15 households made up of 65 persons .

The state completed the analysis on December 5 and concluded that Livingston did not rank high enough to be funded.

According to Mayor Hayes, in the Community Development Block Grant program, communities across the state compete for the grant money. In the housing rehabilitation category, a total of 12 applications were submitted, with only 4 being funded.

 





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