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Election-Liquor by the drink passes, Hayes re-elected
No tax increase in city budget
TVA transmission line to run through Monroe area

Dam road damaged
Secret Shopper scam hitting area residents

Election-Liquor by the drink passes, Hayes re-elected


Curtis Hayes, Mayor


Cindy Robbins, Alderman


David Sadler II, Alderman


Bill Winningham, Alderman

Incumbent Curtis Hayes was overwhelmingly re-elected as mayor of Livingston and liquor by the drink was favored in the Town of Livingston Municipal Election held Wednesday, June 4.

A total of 1,237 voters took part in the election, with for perhaps the first time in the town’s history those early voting and using absentee ballots outnumbering voters going to the polls (672 to 565). The last city election, held in June 2002, had 1,455 voters, 659 who voted early and absentee.

The referendum for or against legal sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises in Livingston garnered 1,172 total voting, with 653 for and 519 against.

Details of an ordinance to allow the sale and the rules involved are being compiled by City Attorney Amy Hollars.

In the mayor’s race, Hayes received approximately 87% of the 1,199 votes cast in that contest, with 1,038 to challenger Robert Jolley’s 161 votes.

A charter amendment to change the mayor’s term from two years to four years received 783 votes for and 393 against, with 1,176 votes cast.

Livingston voters re-elected Bill Winningham as alderman at-large, with
676 votes, but two other seats up for grabs will be filled by new aldermen.

Cindy Robbins received the most votes in the aldermen election, with 753, and David L. Sadler II was elected with 554 for the third and last available seat.

Incumbent James “Pug” Lee came up short with 485 votes, and incumbent John McLeod trailed also unsuccessful challenger Randy Smith, who garnered 346 votes to McLeod’s 332.


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No tax increase in city budget
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

“No tax increase,” said Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes of the 2008-2009 budget before the Board of Aldermen during a called meeting held Monday, June 9, with all aldermen present.

The budget for the Town of Livingston does include a raise for all city employees, a 50-cent raise across the board at a cost of $90,000, according to Mayor Hayes.

Mayor Hayes informed the aldermen of the wish lists of each city department and told them what items are included in the budget and what items could not be added. Among the items placed in the budget is a request by Livingston Police Department for motorcycles.

The budget includes one police package Harley-Davidson on a lease-purchase of $12,000 a year.

“The motorcycles would be just for traffic, your speeders and things like that,” Mayor Hayes said.

With the city paying nearly $4 a gallon for gasoline and one Ford patrol car nearing the end of its usefulness, Mayor Hayes said Police Chief Roger Phillips is looking to cut fuel costs.

“According to the Harley-Davidson people it’s 50 miles to the gallon,” Mayor Hayes said.

The budget allows for the purchase of a conventional rear-load garbage truck to be purchased on a capital outlay note. Mayor Hayes said the truck should cost around $160,000.

Paving of streets through a capital outlay note is also included in the 2008-2009 budget.

The aldermen made one change to the budget presented to them. They asked that a donation to Overton County Senior Citizens Center be changed from $3,000 to $6,000. The first reading of the budget was approved with that change.

First reading of amendments to the 2007-2008 budget received approval.
A public hearing on the budget amendments will be held at 6:15 p.m. Monday, June 30, with the second reading up for approval at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

A public hearing on the 2008-2009 budget will be held at 6:25 p.m. June 30, and the second reading will be presented for approval at 6:30 p.m. that evening.

The called meeting adjourned.

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TVA transmission line to run through Monroe area
Tennessee Valley Authority has identified a preferred route for a new transmission line that will provide a source of power to the Monroe area.

The preferred route begins at TVA’s Livingston-Huntsville 161-kilovolt line and extends east, northeast to a proposed new substation in the Monroe area of Overton County. The 5.5-mile route is expected to have the fewest overall impacts of the alternatives studied. About 2 miles of the route will parallel TVA’s existing Livingston-Byrdstown 69-kV line.

This length of route has been reduced by 2 miles from the alternative routes presented at an open house in February.

The route would affect 21 tracts of property. TVA will work with property owners to obtain 100-foot easements for construction, operation, and maintenance of the line. Property owners will be compensated for the easements at fair market value and retain possession of the property.

TVA is expected to begin acquiring easements for the transmission line right-of-way during the spring of 2009. Construction is scheduled to begin during the summer of 2009.

TVA’s decision follows receipt and evaluation of public input on alternative route segments. TVA’s objective in determining a route is to select the best overall path, weighing the same environmental, land use, engineering, and cultural considerations to ensure that overall project impacts, as well as impacts to the community at large, are minimized.

A map of the project and additional information are available at www.tva.gov/power/projects/index.htm.

TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financed. TVA provides power to large industries and 159 power distributors that serve approximately 8.8 million consumers in 7 southeastern states. TVA also manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality, and recreation.

 

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Dam road damaged



The road crossing Dale Hollow Dam will be closed to vehicular traffic for an extended period of time this summer. The purpose of the road closure is for investigation and repair after a vehicular accident on Saturday night, June 7. No one was seriously injured; however, the safety railing received extensive damage that will take time to repair. The road will be barricaded at the intersection of Walker Ridge Road and Will Terry Road near the south end of the dam and barricaded at the Dale Hollow Dam Road/Cut Through Road intersection at the north end of the dam.


Secret Shopper scam hitting area residents
Livingston Police Department is warning residents of a “secret shopper” scam.

Overton County residents have been contacted by telephone, and some have responded to magazine ads, to be “Secret Shoppers”. In the scam, the person receives a bogus check by mail and is asked to deposit the check and immediately go shopping to Wal-Mart, Kmart, etc. and spend about a tenth of the amount, then they are to rate the purchases and wire transfer the balance or purchase money orders and mail to an address.

According to LPD, the checks are bogus and the person is left responsible for the check. Checks have been seen in amounts of $3,000 to $4,620 and have been on different banks in different states, but the common item is being a “Secret Shopper”.



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