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Hogeye Showdown gives a taste of Summer
Bluegrass Festival set for July 18-19 on square
Road blocks planned for Overton County

DHS inspections increase with rising temperatures

Hogeye Showdown gives a taste of Summer


Kevin Burmeister photo
The 2008 Hogeye Showdown, with its barbeque and ice cream contests, live music, and cruise-in, attracted a crowd to the Courthouse Square in Livingston on Saturday, June 14, including Rachel McCoy, right, whose festive outfit reminded visitors to the square to celebrate flag day any way they could think of.


Darren Oliver photo
A 1934 Ford showed that the barbeques weren’t the only grills to fire up during Saturday’s event. In addition to the smell of barbeque, classic cars of all types drew people to the event, filling the streets surrounding the Courthouse Square.


Kevin Burmeister photo
Above, Claire Coleman keeps still for a face-painting during Saturday’s event, which also included many games and activities for children. Ms. Coleman also participated in the ice cream contest, helping her team with the peach ice cream entry.

 


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Bluegrass Festival set for July 18-19 on square
Music, gospel, and bluegrass is once again this year set to fill the air around the Livingston town square Friday and Saturday nights, July 18 and 19.
As in the past several years, gospel musicians will take the stage on Friday night with no less than five groups scheduled to perform, starting around 5 p.m.

According to gospel music coordinator Grant Pennington, this year’s line up includes The Bilbrey’s, Grace Harbour, New Jerusalem, Donna Isaac, and Committed.

“We’ve had these groups in the past and everyone seems to like them so we’re bringing them back,” Pennington said. “They all really enjoy coming to Livingston and we’re happy they have decided to return.

“Over the past several years, the turnouts have been great, and with good weather we’re expecting the same this year.”

On Saturday, the action will get underway sometime around noon with an open stage and cloggers from Allardt. The bluegrass portion of the program will start around 4 p.m.

New groups this year will include Flash Point, a group from Lavergne, New Foundation from the Moss area, and Conspiracy To Kill A Possum, a group of young pickers, some still students at Livingston Academy. James Harris and Friends is a group put together by Harris, a former Overton County resident, and all have played in various bands around the area for several years.

Clearview and Mountain Rose will round out the schedule. Both bands have played in the area for years and have become favorites of bluegrass fans in Middle Tennessee.

Festival Chairman Mac McLeod said, “We’re excited about the new bands coming. Charles Geesling and I worked hard to come up with some new talent and we think we have it this year in addition to bringing back the old favorites.

“Buster Davis and Mt. Rose are hard to beat, and Clearview has become one to the top bands in this area. Conspiracy To Kill a Possum is a group of youngsters headed by Jackson Carter and Tyler Collins along with some of their picking friends who really put on a great show. Part of them played last year and were the hit of the festival.”

The program both nights should run until about 10 p.m.

Craft booths, food vendors and children’s rides are all expected to surround the square and be part of the festival, which has become one of the biggest in this area. Performances both nights are free to the public and everyone is invited as are pickers, who are expected to cover the square grounds filling the air with bluegrass music.


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Road blocks planned for Overton County
Overton County Sheriff’s Department will begin holding a series of sobriety checkpoints today, Wednesday, June 18 through Saturday, June 21.

Checkpoints will be conducted in Monroe, Hilham, Rickman, Hanging Limb, and Hardy’s Chapel communities of Overton County.

According to Sheriff W.B. Melton, the checkpoints are an effort to curb drunk driving and promote safe driving. The Sheriff’s Dept. asks that those who choose to drink always get a sober designated driver and that everone always buckle up their safety belts.

Tennessee Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Sheriff’s Department and Livingston Police Department, will also be conducting sobriety and driver license checkpoints in Overton County the week of June 20.

Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers and unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers who would violate the driving under the influence laws of Tennessee, and also on unqualified drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these road blocks to be an effective means of enforcing the driving under the influence laws and driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

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DHS inspections increase with rising temperatures
Child care providers across Tennessee are being put on notice – keep the children safe during the hot summer months, or face the consequences.

Tennessee Department of Human Services’ child care licensing division is conducting its annual summer transportation crackdown. Hundreds of unannounced inspections and surveillances are planned this summer to ensure child care agencies follow DHS licensing rules and keep children safe as temperatures rise. Those caught breaking the rules face a range of penalties, from being put on notice, probation or even suspension of their transportation operation.

Children can suffer sunburn and dehydration after only a few moments inside a closed vehicle during hot weather. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle climb quickly, rising to more than 107 degrees within minutes. Children exposed to such extreme heat can suffer heatstroke, brain damage, and death.

DHS Commissioner Gina Lodge said, “Most child care agencies we regulate are working hard to ensure their children stay safe during the hot summer months. Providers are trained on transportation rules every six months. Our counselors are checking in on them this summer to remind them of the detailed procedures that must be followed, correct problems they discover and, ultimately, help prevent tragedies.”

The risk of severe injury and even death, however, is not limited to children transported by child-care providers. Extreme heat poses a serious danger to all children. Nationwide last year, at least 35 children died when they were left in hot cars, trucks and SUVs.

Department of Human Services licenses 3,400 child care agencies across the state, and more than 700 offer transportation.

Last year, 80 providers were “put on notice” due to serious violations, including failure to have proper signage on the bus and keep proper maintenance records on the vehicle. Six agencies voluntarily suspended their licenses to transport due to critical violations, including failure to conduct proper walk-throughs, having exposed wires in the vehicle and failure to keep transportation logs. Keeping accurate logs helps ensure that providers know exactly where all the children are at all times and that no children are left on the van or bus.

Witnesses of transportation or other child-care violations are urged to call the Child Care Complaint Hotline at 1-800-462-8261.





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