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Wicked winds
Drug house raided on Airport Road

City Council meeting held Monday
Overton County Fair 1st runner-up in State

Wicked winds

Beth Underwood/OCN staff
After a day of temperatures in the 50s, high winds blew across the state on Tuesday, Jan. 29, causing extensive damage throughout the county. Sheila Phelps, of Rickman, awoke Wednesday morning to find one of her metal storage buildings demolished, with large chunks of metal strewn as far away as 200 feet from the building’s original location. The destroyed structure had been located behind the beige and red storage building, which sustained no damage. Above, two 2x4s broke off of the structure, forming a cross in Phelps’ garden area.

By Beth Underwood,
OCN Staff

A powerful cold front pushed across the state on Tuesday evening, Jan. 29, bringing with it high winds, extensive damage and power outages throughout the county, leaving some roads momentarily impassable and closing Overton County Schools and City Hall on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

At City Hall, the roof and back door were damaged, some of the brick was knocked off the building, and the electric meter was disengaged when two large locust trees fell on electric lines.

“The damage was very minor compared to what it could have been,” said City Mayor Curtis Hayes. “City workers and UCEMC worked very hard to get us back up to speed, and we were heating up the building by 3:30 p.m. (Wednesday).”

Jimmy Johnson, UCEMC district manager, said crews were in the field shortly after the storms arrived, cutting limbs and debris off power lines and restoring power.

“We started about 8 p.m. on the 29th and finished up about 3:30 p.m. on the 30th,” he said. “We don’t quit until we get everyone back on.”

In addition to numerous power outages in town, Johnson said the areas of Alpine, Monroe, Livingston Boat Dock, Hardy’s Chapel, Poplar Springs, Curtis Road, and Moore Road were especially hard hit. Residents throughout the county reported downed trees and debris.

“When we have storms like this, it’s kinda like being in the big game,” Johnson said. “In this job if you make a mistake, you don’t go home. As long as I send them out and get them all back in one piece, it’s been a good night.”

History of January 29
1905- Nashville records greatest one-day snowfall for January, measuring 8.5”.

1948- The high temperature at Nashville reaches just 28 degrees. It was the seventh consecutive day in which temperatures had remained below freezing, setting a record. During this stretch, the temperature had never risen above 31 degrees, nor fallen below -2 degrees.

1951- The worst ice storm in Nashville’s history began, causing a complete stalemate of transportation in Nashville for two days. Frozen precipitation started during the evening, with 1.6” of snow and ice accumulating by midnight.

1966- Monteagle measured 15” of snowfall – the most ever recorded in one day.

Information courtesy of NOAA

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Drug house raided on Airport Road

Officers with Overton County Sheriff’s Department conducted a search warrant at a house on Airport Road, inside the Livingston city limits, on Friday night, Feb. 1.

The search warrant was obtained through gathering information and surveillance.

Three individuals were arrested and transported to the Sheriff’s Dept. and booked on various charges from the raid along with other charges that have been brought against them.

Several hypodermic needles were allegedly found, some loaded with a liquid substance believed to be morphine. Several pills believed to be a narcotic substance were also allegedly found, as well as a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

A couple of weed trimmers reported stolen were found and recovered, along with a firearm and several hundred dollars in cash that was seized, according to Sheriff’s Dept. personnel.

In the state of Tennessee, it is illegal to have a firearm around a known illegal substance.

Another search warrant was executed later in the evening and a number of stolen items were recovered, according to the Sheriff’s Dept. personnel.

Several hundred hypodermic needles were allegedly found, along with several open morphine capsules with the narcotic missing from them.

Sheriff’s Dept. personnel also recovered items reported as stolen, including firearms, an air compressor, and chain saws. The items were taken to the Sheriff’s Dept. for further investigation.

According to Sheriff’s Dept. personnel, 11 persons were inside the residence at the time of the raid, and cases against 3 of those will be taken to Overton County Grand Jury.

Anyone with information on drugs or any crime being committed in Overton County is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Dept. at (931) 823-5635 or by writing to Overton County Sheriff’s Dept., 1010 John T. Poindexter Dr., Livingston 38570. The Sheriff’s Dept. assures that identities will be kept confidential.


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City Council meeting held Monday

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 4, with all aldermen present.

Engineer Roy Wauford spoke to the Council about the water project.

“You’ve done the best job of easement acquisition I’ve seen in 50 years,” he said.

Wauford noted that the 19-miles of water line easements were acquired at a total cost of $283,000.

J&H Construction Inc. had the low bids on the next two parts of the project, at a total bid price of $2,932,918. A resolution was adopted to award the bids for raw water transmission lines to J&H and to request that $500,000 in additional funds be provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. The awarding of the bids is subject to approval of the Department of Agriculture.

Wauford said, “These bids that you just approved tonight are from Hilham to the water treatment plant.”

The project is expected to be complete in just over a year.

Resolution 2008-2-1 was adopted to apply for a CDBG Housing Grant in the amount of $500,000 to rehabilitate homes inside the city limits. The money can be used for various home improvements.

Mayor Curtis Hayes said, “We’ve been fortunate enough to get this grant before, and if we are fortunate enough to get it again, it won’t cost the town any money.”

Rebecca Pincheon was appointed to Livingston Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals to take the place of Linda Riser, who died in October.

The second reading of the temporary structure ordinance was approved.

The second reading on adopting International Codes was approved, with the exclusion of property maintenance.

The City Council voted to turn the Municipal Election over to the Election Committee. The Municipal Election will be held June 4.

Zach Littrell of Atmos Energy gave an update on natural gas. He informed the aldermen that the city’s contract saved about $7,000 when compared to the market price.

Johnny Halfacre gave an update on Livingston Airport. He said money for a maintenance hanger is being used to construct T-hangers.

“We can build 10 new T-hangers for the same price as one new maintenance hanger,” he said.

The meeting adjourned.

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Overton County Fair 1st runner-up in State

Anita Speck photo
Overton County Fair won 1st runner-up and also Merit Award in Single A Division at the Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention held January 18-20 at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Nashville. Fair board members are, David Robbins-fair board president, Mark Speck, Whittney Sells-Fairest of the Fair, John Ross Robbins, and Donita Moore.

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