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Two first graders suffer dog bites
Local history shared with India students

Postal stamp prices to increase May 12
Truck runs off Tower Hill Road
Last contract approved for city water project

Two first graders suffer dog bites
Two A.H. Roberts Elementary School first graders suffered dog bites during a school outing on Friday, May 2.

According to reports, Livingston Police, First Responders, and Overton County EMS responded to a frantic call Friday morning that two children at a school outing had been bitten, and that a third was on the ground with the dog on top of the child.

Emergency personnel rushed to the scene and reportedly found that a young black Labrador mix had broken the skin on two young children and scared another when it knocked them to the ground.

The children were picked up by their parents to be taken for treatment.

The dog was turned over to the Department of Health and was being tested.

The report from Livingston Police Department states, “All the children were really scared, but none seriously injured.”

A statement from Livingston Police Chief Roger Phillips says,” This scenario has been played out far too often in Livingston this year due to pet owners allowing their dogs to run loose and uncontrolled.

“Pet owners who do not control their dogs are placing themselves at risk of serious civil and criminal liability and exposing others to the risk of serious injury and property damage.”

State and local laws prohibit allowing dogs to run loose and uncontrolled on public property or the property of another. Violations of these laws can be met with stiff penalties that always are subject to fines and court cost, and can include jail time.

Pet owners can also be held responsible for damages, such as medical expenses, loss of property, and, in some cases, loss due to pain and suffering.

“With the risk of great financial loss, not to mention the trauma and pain caused by dog attack, it just makes good sense to keep pets under control and off the streets,” Chief Phillips’ stated.

“Officers of the Livingston Police Department will aggressively enforce the Dogs Running at Large law and the law requiring documentation of rabies vaccination. All violators will be charged and prosecuted.”


 


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Local history shared with India students

Budd Bishop presents students at R.C. Public School in India with a commemorative snowglobe of Overton County Courthouse.

Livingston resident Budd Bishop recently had the unique opportunity to not only visit India, but to spend time with a group of Indian students in the tiny village of Barkheda.

The village is home to R.C. Public School, which is attended by first through eighth graders.

Personally funded by and housed on the property of Headmaster Ramesh Meena, visitors supply the students with basic materials such as paper, pens, and supplies.

During Bishop’s visit, he wrote out a brief history of the United States Judicial System, from the county courthouse to the U.S. Supreme Court. He also assisted the students in drawing a map of the U.S., and located the city of Livingston, which the headmaster will use for future classes.

Bishop also presented the school with a memento – the inaugural Overton County Courthouse snowglobe.

 

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Postal stamp prices to increase May 12
The price for a 1-ounce First-Class stamp will increase from 41 cents to 42 on May 12.

Prices for other mailing services, such as Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services (including single-piece Parcel Post), and Special Services will also change. The average increase by class of mail is at or below the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

Postmaster General John Potter said, “The Postal Service developed the Forever Stamp for consumers to ease the transition during price changes.

“We encourage Americans to buy Forever Stamps now for 41 cents, because like the name suggests, they are good forever.”

The price goes up to 42 cents on May 12.

The Postal Service has sold 5 billion Forever Stamps since the launch last April and plans to have an additional 5 billion in stock to meet the expected demand before the May price change.

Consistent with the new Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, prices for mailing services will be adjusted annually each May. The Postal Service plans to provide 90 days’ notice before the price changes each year.

 

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Truck runs off Tower Hill Road

A boy and a girl were treated for injuries after a one-vehicle wreck on Tower Hill Road around 5 p.m. Friday, May 2. According to reports, Cody King, 17, of Byrdstown, was driving a 1991 Ford F-150 on Tower Hill Road when he apparently lost control in a curve and the truck rolled over an embankment. King and a passenger, Anna Buck, 15, of Tower Hill Road, who were both wearing seatbelts, were taken to Livingston Regional Hospital where they were treated and released for minor injuries. Trooper Jamie Stephens of Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the incident.



Last contract approved for city water project
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, May 5 with all aldermen present.

The City Council approved the $522,400 low bid of W&O Construction for a SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system.

Water project architect J.R. Wauford said, “This is the last contract of the big water project.”

He said the SCADA system will run all the booster stations, show the level in all tanks, automatically turn booster stations on and off, allow the water plant to monitor to turn the intake on and off, and monitor the level in the surge tank being built at Hilham.

“In addition to that, they will be able to set the amount of water that they want to filter at the water plant,” Wauford said.

The low bid of True North, a Murfreesboro company, for GIS mapping systems was approved at $9,300.

Mayor Curtis Hayes said, “What this mapping system will do, it will allow us to locate water lines, gas lines, sewer lines, fire hydrants, things of that nature on the computer now instead of just on a hard copy papers, and just good memory. We’ve just been lucky that we’ve had employees for several years that know where all the water, sewer, and gas lines are.”

Before approving the bid, the aldermen asked the gas and water department supervisors their opinions on the system.

Gas Department Supervisor Rick Winningham said, “I think it will be good for the future.”

Water Department Supervisor Tim Coffee agreed, and said the information on the reliable old maps that are being used needs to be preserved before those maps wear out.

He explained the system, saying, “If you’re out looking for a gas meter, you know sometimes they’ll be on the right-hand side of the house, with this right here you can look at exactly where that meter’s at.”

The Council voted to extend sewer lines on Airport Road, Kennedy Street, and Carr Avenue.

Mayor Hayes said, “It’ll benefit about twenty houses, one church, one garage, and no easements required. Cost is $15,517.15. Of course, if everyone were to hook on it would pay for itself.

“We’ve had a couple of residents request that.”

Alderman Robert Jolley said, “If we can afford it, I think we need to go ahead with it.”

Mayor Hayes assured, “We can afford it.”

Lifeguards were hired for the city pool. Bruce Lamb is the supervisor.

A request by Wayne Allred to purchase the old waterworks plant on Elm Grove Road was taken under advisement.

Mayor Hayes announced that a city surplus sale will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 12 at the city garage.

He also said, “We are running a week or two late on our bushhogs, but we are going to cut the grass. We’re just trying to save a little money here on fuel.

“We’ll start bushhogging again in about two weeks,” Mayor Hayes said.
Alderman John McLeod announced that the D.A.R.E. Camp for 6th graders who graduated from the D.A.R.E. program will be held June 9 to 12 at Overton Lodge at Standing Stone State Park. He invited the aldermen, city employees, and the public to visit during the camp.

The meeting adjourned.



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