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Bogus bills lead to arrest of Livingston residents
Young Patriots to march in Livingston this Saturday
County to operate on continuing budget

Fire Marshal offers fireworks safety tips
City Council approves 2008-2009 budget

Bogus bills lead to arrest of Livingston residents


Livingston Police Officer Logan Carpenter inspects counterfeit $20 bills that will be evidence against two Livingston residents.

Two Livingston residents have been jailed and charged with passing bogus $20 bills recently.

Michael W. Brown Jr., 21, of Railroad Street, and Tiffany Romanelli, 26, also of Railroad Street, were booked after police investigated two complaints from local businesses concerning bogus bills.

Jerry`s IGA came into possession of one of the bills and the other was given at Mid-America Fireworks, located on West Main Street. Both store clerks were able to give police clues as to the suspects and their vehicle. A BOLO (Be On The Lookout ) was issued to other law enforcement agencies in the area for the suspects.

Livingston Police stopped the suspect vehicle on North Church Street and made the arrests.

According to LPD, the bills were of very high quality and appeared to have been copied from an original bill.

Both suspects have been charged with Criminal Simulation, a Class E Felony and will appear in General Sessions Court before Judge John Officer to answer the charges. LPD Officer Logan Carpenter made the arrest.



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Young Patriots to march in Livingston this Saturday


The Roaring River Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are sponsoring the
Children’s Patriot Parade on Saturday, July 5 in Livingston. The non-motorized parade starts
at 9 a.m. and registration begins at 8 a.m. in the parking lot behind Millard Oakley Public Library. Prizes will be given for best costumes and all participants will be given handouts.



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County to operate on continuing budget
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, June 30, with Commissioners Alan Atnip and Bruce Ledford absent. The meeting had been postponed from the usual second Monday of the month.

A continuing budget resolution was adopted for the county to operate under last year’s budget until the tax rate can be set for the new fiscal year.

A resolution was adopted for a proposal with Tennessee Department of Transportation for road improvement project STP-85(14), 67005-1210-14.

County Mayor Kenneth Copeland said, “That’s the road from Highway 85 at Vol State and comes around and goes back in behind Pennington’s store on Highway 85.”

The County Commission approved selling the old Hanging Limb factory building by sealed bid for it to be torn down and moved off the site. Part of the money from the sale is to go toward a fence on the site.

Tipping fees at Overton County Recycling Center were raised from $45 to $50 because of an increase in fuel cost and an increase from Scott Solid Waste for disposal.

“Their fees are going up so we need to go up,” Mayor Copeland said.
An increase in the charge for disposing tires at the recycling center was approved, and will start August 1. The state grant has decreased from $15,609 to $11,800.

Solid Waste Director Vaden Thompson said, “We’re going to charge a dollar and two dollars, every tire. We’ve been allowing 12 a year free.”
The County Commission approved adjusting convenience center hours.

Mayor Copeland said, “This adjustment is to help save some money.”

A resolution was adopted for the Litter and Trash Collecting Grant for FY 08-09.

A Community Facility Grant of $8,000 was approved for furnishings at the Rotary Agricultural Complex.

Year-end budget amendments were approved for Overton County Schools, and year-end budget amendments were approved for all county
departments.

Overton County Schools quarterly report was approved.

Budget Director Debra Maberry’s bond was approved.

The following were approved as notaries at-large: Tracey Wehr, Vanessa Farris, Sheila Winton, Thomas E. Stephens, James R. Johnson, Edna Jean Russell, Diane Norrod, Cara L. Boone, and Judy Greenwood.

Pat Gore, speaking for the 2007-2008 Leadership Overton class, addressed the County Commission to present the top nominations for the official county tree.

“Our class project this year was to help the Overton County Courthouse Committee choose the official county tree and official city tree and they wanted us to help them with the voting,” she said. “So we had a ballot put in the paper so that people could choose between two large trees and two small flowering trees. We also polled all the fifth graders in Overton County.”

The winners were the Yellow Wood Tree for the large tree and the Fringe Tree for the small flowering tree. The County Commission approved the choices as official county trees.

Mayor Copeland informed the commissioners that the July regular monthly meeting will likely be postponed from the second Monday to a later date in the month when the budget will be ready for approval.

The meeting adjourned.

 

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Fire Marshal offers fireworks safety tips
State Fire Marshal Leslie A. Newman wants to remind Tennesseans that, while fireworks are a traditional part of Fourth of July celebrations, many people are seriously injured each year by their careless use.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office encourages you to leave fireworks to the professionals. If they are legal where you live and you decide to set them off on your own, be sure to follow these important safety tips:

• Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks.

• Read and follow all warnings and instructions.

• Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.

• Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from the house, dry leaves, and flammable materials.

• Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned.

• Keep a bucket of water and a garden hose nearby in case of a malfunction or fire.

• Like matches and lighters, sparklers are not toys and cause hundreds of injuries every year. Sparklers burn hot, can reach temperatures as high as 1200º F, and stay hot long after they’ve burned out. You wouldn’t hand a matchbook or lighter to a child to wave around or play with, so don’t give a child a sparkler.

• Fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries. A new law effective in 2007 prevents children under the age of 16 from purchasing fireworks and those that are age 16 or 17 must have a photo ID to purchase them.

“Please enjoy the holiday at a public display presented by trained professionals,” Newman said, “where compliance with state-of-the-art fire codes offers a safer way to celebrate our nation’s independence, and avoid consumer fireworks to keep festivities from turning into tragedies.”

For more information on firework safety, visit www.tennessee.gov/sfm.


City Council approves 2008-2009 budget
By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN staff

The 2008-2009 budget was approved before the Board of Aldermen in its second reading at a called meeting held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 30. All aldermen were present.

“Nothing’s changed, it’s still the same thing,” Mayor Curtis Hayes said of the proposed budget.

He did clarify a question regarding a difference in this year’s revenues from the previous year.

“There was no money lost,” he said. “There was $200,000 less business than what it was before. That’s due to the Berkline closing, District Phone, basically, was cut in half, and a milder winter.”

“The balance is still the same,” he added. “We’re making as much money as we always have. We just had $200,000 less business.”

Alderman David Langford raised a question about the proposed purchase of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for the Livingston Police Department.

“Since we can buy anything that we want to since we have the money in there, you might check into some other brands,” he said.

“When that time comes, we’ll certainly look into it,” Mayor Hayes replied.
Alderman-elect David Sadler II raised a concern, asking if the motorcycles would have to be dormant through the winter months.

Alderman James Lee answered that the range of temperatures in which the proposed motorcycle would be usable was 34º to 102º.

“We should be able to use them 10 months out of the year,” Mayor Hayes said.

The called meeting was adjourned.



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