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Yards and yards of sales
Livingston Airport to receive grant

Search warrant yields pills, guns, and cash
Blue Ribbon Ceremony to be held
City Council holds called meeting

Yards and yards of sales

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Cindy Burchett racks up an arm-full of deals at a local yard sale. As the weather continues to improve, the number of area yard sales will continue to increase as well. Yard sales have become a popular way to get rid of unwanted items and put a little extra cash in the pockets of the sellers. They’ve also become serious business for shoppers, who often plan their Saturdays around the sale, hoping to score the best bargains.

 


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Livingston Airport to receive grant

An aeronautics grant in the amount of $25,000 has been approved for Livingston Municipal Airport in Overton County, according to Governor Phil Bredesen.

“As our communities continue to grow and thrive, it becomes increasingly important that our airports stay competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of the travelers who use them,” Gov. Bredesen said. “The Livingston Municipal Airport is vital to this region’s economy and travel system, and I’m pleased to support its continued growth.”

Funds from this aeronautics grant will be used for relocation of the Aviation Weather System (AWOS).

State Senator Charlotte Burks said, “This airport is vital for many in our community, so I’m pleased to see the governor and TDOT providing these funds to Livingston Municipal Airport.”

Representative John Mark Windle added, “The AWOS system is vital for safety at the airport. This is an important grant for Livingston Municipal Airport.”

The grants are made available through Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely said, “This division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system. These grant programs provide millions of dollars each year to local airports for needed improvements.”

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a 5-member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state airport system plan.

TAC Chair Belinda Anderson explained, “Our board examines the applications carefully to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be put to good use.”

TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. The division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.


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Search warrant yields pills, guns, and cash

Overton County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on Thursday, April 17 at a residence on Upper Hilham Road. During the search, officers allegedly found pharmaceutical pills with a street value greater than $15,000 as well as 2 quart jars of moonshine, more than $9,000 in cash, 7 guns, and several marijuana plants. The search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation over several months, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information involving illegal drug activity in Overton County is urged to call (931) 823-5635, and the Sheriff’s Department assures that all calls will remain anonymous.

 

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Blue Ribbon Ceremony to be held

Last year, 423 children were the victims of child abuse or neglect in Overton County. In an effort to heighten awareness of and put an end to child abuse, Overton County will hold a Blue Ribbon Ceremony on Livingston’s courthouse square at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

Children of all ages experience abuse, but the youngest children are the most vulnerable. Children younger than 1 year-old account for nearly one-half of child abuse deaths reported each year, and 85% are younger than 6 years of age.

Each April, Child Abuse Prevention Month activities raise awareness about this problem; and, most importantly, about what each of us can do to help prevent the abuse and neglect of the children in our communities.

Everyone in Tennessee is required by law to report suspected child abuse. This is the first step in getting needed services for parents and children. To make a confidential report of abuse call 1-877-237-0004 at any time.

Many families are able to find the support they need to stay together and care for their children in their homes through the prevention programs offered by The Exchange Club/Stephens Center, a non-profit, child abuse prevention agency serving parents and children for the past 20 years. The Exchange Club/Stephens Center offers home visitation and parent education/support groups to help parents develop parenting skills, understand the benefits of nonviolent discipline, and understand and meet their child’s emotional, physical, and developmental needs. Those interested may become a Volunteer Parent Aide with The Exchange Club/Stephens Center to make a difference in the life of a child.

Overton County CASA is a new program offered by The Stephens Center.
CASA is a tool for the Juvenile Court Judge who appoints CASA Volunteers to children in abuse and neglect court cases. CASA Volunteers advocate on behalf of the children in custody and are often instrumental in preventing children from reentering state custody. To become a Volunteer Parent Aide, a CASA volunteer, or to make a much-needed financial contribution, call the Stephens Center at 823-6432.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first presidential proclamation of Child Abuse Prevention Month.


City Council holds called meeting

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston City Council held a called meeting Monday, April 21 to hear a presentation by Zach Littrell of Atmos Energy.

The Town of Livingston is in the last months of a natural gas contract with Atmos, and the locked in price of 7.96 has expired. Market price as of Monday’s meeting was 10.75.

Livingston’s current gas purchasing contract with Atmos will expire in October. Littrell’s presentation, based on a 5-year contract, gave options on how the city may want to purchase gas in the future.

No action was taken by the aldermen.

The meeting adjourned.




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