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Relay For Life held Friday
City Council changes Church Street parking

LA library to receive artwork
Adult graduation ceremony set Thursday

Relay For Life held Friday


Darren Oliver photos
Overton County’s annual Relay for Life was held Friday, May 30 at Livingston Academy to raise money for American Cancer Society. Survivors started the ceremony with a “Survivor Walk”, which this year included survivors of up to 36 years. In the Relay For Life fundraiser 11 teams came together to raise money for the fight against cancer, and approximately $43,000 has been raised since January.
Overton County Relay For Life Chairperson Tonya Hill said, “This is been one of the best Relay For Life events that we have ever had. I appreciate the community and their support.”

Cancer survivors are applauded at the end of the “Survivor Walk”.

Money was raised through luminaries.


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City Council changes Church Street parking

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, June 2, with all aldermen present.

Heritage Barber Shop owner Johnny Murphy asked the Council to change the handicap parking spaces across the road from his business on North Church Street near the square.

Two handicap parking spaces run alongside the pawn shop and the VFW building, and they are divided by a driveway providing access to the rear of Livingston Flower Basket. The upper one is accessible to the sidewalk that has a ramp up to the VFW building; the lower one is parallel to a wall and is on an incline. Murphy proposed changing the lower space to regular parking and taking down the “Handicapped Parking” sign next to the upper one and adding a stencil to mark that space for handicap use.

He explained that the signs cause confusion, that instead of just taking up two of six spots along the street, “They really take up all of them.
“My customers will pull up to the top handicap sign and, no fault of mine or yours, they don’t know whether the parking is behind it or in front of it.”
He said many of his customers think that all six of the spaces are for handicap parking.

“I’m asking to remove the lower one and then just on the other one keep that handicap spot. I don’t want to take all the handicapped away because it’s got your veterans there in the building,” Murphy said.

“Get rid of the lower one, and I feel okay about it because if your handicapped enough or disabled enough that you need a handicap spot, that lower spot won’t do any good anyway – it’s right up against the wall.”

Mayor Curtis Hayes asked Codes Inspector Darius Sims, who provided photos of the area on a projection screen during the meeting, if any violation would occur if the city eliminated the handicap spot.

“No, those businesses, Curtis, are considered mercantile type businesses and there’s not any requirements as far as the city’s concerned,” Sims answered.

He agreed that the lower spot is not ideal for a handicapped individual to use.

Alderman Lynn King, owner of Livingston Flower Basket, said, “Into the alley, there’s a slight ramp; I have seen a lot of people pull up beside of that and let people get out of the car and go up that ramp and into the VFW building, then park. Apparently that’s much easier than parking down here because they can get out on the passenger side of their vehicle.”

Murphy also asserted that the lower spot does not comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Alderman James “Pug” Lee said, “This lower one right here is no benefit to any handicapped person.”

And Alderman John McLeod added, “It needs to be moved from where it is anyway; it’s not safe where it’s at.”

The aldermen voted to remove the sign from the lower space and to add a stencil symbol on the pavement in front of the upper sign, and to ask the police to monitor the spaces to determine if the one handicap parking spot is adequate.

In other business, payment in lieu of taxes to the General Fund were approved for water and sewer at $40,167 and natural gas at $19,239.

Mayor Hayes announced that a called meeting of the mayor and Board of Aldermen has been set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 9 to discuss the budget and budget amendments.

The meeting adjourned.

 

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LA library to receive artwork

The Livingston Academy library will receive the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Picturing America award to improve learning through the addition of historic works of art, according to U.S. Representative Bart Gordon.

“Picturing America is a program that brings some of the country’s finest works of art directly to classrooms and libraries,” Rep. Gordon said. “Students may recognize some of the pieces, but they may not know the history behind the works. Picturing America is a fun, tactile way for students to learn about American history and culture.”

The Livingston Academy library will receive 40 high-quality 24x36 inch reproductions of selected masterpieces, a resource book to provide teachers with lesson ideas and background information about the reproductions, and an online resource, providing access to images, lesson plans and more detailed information on the masterpieces and artists.

The works of art include Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington, Alexander Gardner’s photograph of Abraham Lincoln, Emanuel Leutze’s painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware”, and Norman Rockwell’s illustration “Freedom of Speech”.

The school will receive its materials this fall. A second phase of applications begins August 4 and continues through October 31. Schools interested in participating may apply at www.PicturingAmerica.neh.gov.

 

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Adult graduation ceremony set Thursday

The 2007-2008 Overton County Adult Education graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5 at Joe L. Evins Community Center.

All students taking part in the graduation must meet in the Adult Ed. classroom in the Community Center between 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. to be fitted for a cap and gown.

All graduates will be formally recognized by Representative John Mark Windle and Senator Charlotte Burks.

Honor cords and certificates will be presented to the two graduates with the highest overall averages on the GED exam. Certificates will also be given to the students who have the highest score in each test area.

All students are asked to call the Adult Education office at (931) 823-7761 to confirm attendance.

Family and friends are invited to attend the event.






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