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Under Pressure
Arrests made during recent checkpoints

Traffic fatalities decline over New Year’s weekend
Commodities recertification announced

 

Under Pressure

Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial opens up a hydrant on Railroad Street on Tuesday, Jan. 8 as part of the required fire hydrant flushing by the Town of Livingston. With 295 fire hydrants in the city, each hydrant takes about 15 to 20 minutes to flush. Among the items tested are three types of hydrant pressure as well as a chlorine check.
Livingston Fire Department will continue to flush hydrants during the month of January on days and evenings when weather permits.
According to a statement from the Town of Livingston, this is done to assure proper operations of hydrants and good quality water. City water customers may experience dingy water color and low water pressure.

 

 


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Arrests made during recent checkpoints

Overton County Sheriff’s Department conducted numerous sobriety checkpoints over the New Year’s holiday weekend at various locations throughout the county.

According to the Sheriff’s Dept., more than 600 vehicles were checked resulting in 6 citations, 18 warning tickets, and 7 arrests with charges ranging from DUI to simple possession.

Accidents in Overton County during the holiday weekend were down from last year, from four accidents with property damage to three this year, and from six with personal injury last year to three this year.

Sheriff W.B. Melton expressed appreciation to the citizens of Overton County for not drinking and driving over the weekend, and said his department will continue to protect and serve them no matter the situation.


Traffic fatalities decline over New Year’s weekend

Preliminary reports indicate nine people were killed during the New Year’s holiday weekend, compared with 16 fatalities during last year’s holiday. Statistics for the 2007-2008 New Year’s holiday reflect the time period from 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, to midnight Tuesday, Jan. 1.

If preliminary figures hold true, seven fewer fatalities occurred on Tennessee highways this New Year’s holiday than last year, despite a longer holiday period. In 2006-2007, the official holiday period was 78-hours. This year, the holiday period was 102-hours.

This holiday, there were seven fatal crashes. Six were single vehicle crashes, while one was a multiple vehicle crash. Five of the nine victims were not wearing safety restraints. Alcohol was involved in only one of the seven crashes, which represents a decline from eight fatalities in alcohol-related crashes in 2006-2007.

THP also participated in the Governor’s Highway Safety Office’s Cumberland Crackdown. During the 12-hour special enforcement initiative on Friday, Dec. 28, the THP and 22 other local law enforcement agencies teamed-up to conduct saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints. The Cumberland Crackdown focused enforcement efforts on Highways 127 and 111 from the Kentucky border and across the Cumberland Plateau to Hamilton County and the Georgia border.

A preliminary holiday statistical report, including the locations of where the fatal crashes occurred over the 2007-08 New Year’s holiday period, accompanies this release. The official traffic fatality count may rise due to delays in reporting and classification of traffic fatalities.

The highest number of fatalities recorded during the New Year’s holiday period occurred during the 78-hour period in 1970-71, when 19 people were killed in Tennessee traffic crashes. The lowest number of deaths occurred in 1982-83, when eight people were killed in a 78-hour period.

The Tennessee Department of Safety’s mission is to ensure the safety and general welfare of the public. The department encompasses the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Office of Homeland Security and Driver License Services. General areas of responsibility include law enforcement, safety education, motorist services and terrorism prevention. For more information visit www.tennessee.gov/safety.

 

 

Commodities recertification announced

U.S. Department of Agriculture has released new Temporary Emergency Food Program products for the 2008 Commodity distributions, according to Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency Executive Director Phyllis R. Bennett.

Commodities are surplus agricultural items that are given back to American families through government agencies. In the Upper Cumberland region, UCHRA distributes commodities in Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White counties.

Commodity Director Rebecca Harris said, “UCHRA holds distributions every other month, with several hours of distribution at each location.”
Recertification must be complete before the 2008 distribution. This recertification process is scheduled for Hanging Limb and Livingston from January 2 through January 15, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the UCHRA office located in Overton County Career Center at 106 West Henson Street in Livingston.

Appropriate documentation should be brought after calling to make an appointment to visit during the set dates.

Individuals and families receiving commodities through UCHRA have to be recertified each year to maintain their eligibility. Persons who receive either Food Stamps, Families First, SSI, LIHEAP or who live in public housing must bring proof they participate in these programs, and they are automatically eligible for commodities, or completion of a signed, self-declaration income statement that the total amount of household income is below 150% of the current income poverty guidelines.

Individuals who wish to have someone else do their recertification must send a note with the person authorizing them to do so.

USDA’s Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program is available to all recipients regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap.






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