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Archives 04-02-2008


Blue Ribbons tied on tree in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month
Police Dept.makes arrests in burglaries

February state unemployment rises to 5.3%
Hog-Eye Car Show Saturday to benefit The Stephens Center


Blue Ribbons tied on tree in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month

Valerie Brown photo
The Overton Youth Leadership class ties blue ribbons in a tree on the Livingston Courthouse Square on Monday, March 31 in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. Each ribbon represents a child in the area who is a victim of child abuse. Among those participating were group directors Gene Medley, Rita Reagan, Wanda Krantz, and Carolyn Oldfather. A blue ribbon ceremony will be held April 24 from 5-6 p.m. on the courthouse square.

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Police Dept.makes arrests in burglaries

Livingston Police have arrested two men and recovered a stolen utility trailer valued at more than $2,000.

The men have been identified as William Walter Cook, 24, of 18th Street, Cookeville, and Barry Dale Staggs, 32, of Murray Lane, LaVergne. Both men have been charged with theft of property over $1,000 in connection with the theft of a locked utility trailer belonging to Puckett’s Furniture.

According to Livingston Police Department, Livingston Police Sergeant Randy Boles was on patrol on West Main Street when he noticed Cook and Staggs pulling the trailer from the rear of Puckett’s Furniture. Sgt. Boles investigated and found that the men had the trailer chained to the rear bumper of their truck.

Both Cook and Staggs have been lodged in Overton County Jail awaiting a hearing, in General Sessions’s Court.

In an unrelated case, Livingston Police have arrested Justin P. Lopez, 23, of Livingston, after police conducted theft investigations on Burgess Street and Doak Street recently. Officials allegedly found several stolen items and watched as Lopez loaded the items into an awaiting vehicle. Police stopped the vehicle and made the arrest.

Lopez was charged with 1 count of theft of property over $500, and 2 counts of theft of property under $500. He is jailed awaiting a hearing in General Sessions Court.

Livingston Police responded to a burglary of the Thrift Store located on Myers Street recently. Thieves had reportedly entered the rear door by force and taken money from the register. Police followed up leads from the scene and made the arrest of Scotty Dale Staggs, 34, of Allons.

Staggs has been charged with Burglary and Vandalism over $500 and Theft of Property under $500 in the case. He is in jail awaiting a hearing in General Sessions Court.



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February state unemployment rises to 5.3%

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for February was 5.3 %, up 0.4 percentage point from the January rate of 4.9, according to Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley. In 2007 the February unemployment rate was 4.5%.

The national unemployment rate for February 2008 was 4.8%, down from the January national rate of 4.9%.

“The rise in the February unemployment rate indicates that Tennessee’s economy is slowing, consistent with national trends,” Commissioner Neeley said. “Year-to-year employment growth is weak with declines in manufacturing.

“Employment in the service sector continues to experience positive growth.”

January-to-February gains occurred in state government educational services employment increasing by 3,400; educational and health services employment increased 2,800; and jobs in transportation equipment increased 1,900.

Month-to-month declines included retail trade employment, down 2,800. Financial activities employment lost 700 jobs, and hospital employment lost 400 jobs from January.

Over-the-year increases led with gains of 8,800 jobs in educational and health services. Leisure and hospitality employment increased by 4,900; and government jobs were up 3,800.

Manufacturing jobs were down from a year ago with employment decreasing by 14,200; financial activities employment lost 1,400 jobs.


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Hog-Eye Car Show Saturday to benefit The Stephens Center

Dewain E. Peek file photo
The inaugural LA Livingston Exchange Club “Hog-Eye” Car Show, sponsored by Re/Max, is planned for Saturday, April 5. Livingston Academy’s parking lot will be the location, with registration held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration fee is $20, with proceeds to go to The Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. Spectator admission is free. Trophies will be presented at 3 p.m. for 1st through 3rd place in the following categories: Best of Show; Best Chevy; Best Ford; Best Mopar; Best Interior; and Best Paint. Judging will be done by the spectators.

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