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My First Car
Bluegrass Festival set for July 18 & 19
Development District receives $64,852 grant

Official Trees Proclaimed

My first car

Auto Speak article by Dewain Peek



In September, Overton County News will publish a special automotive section and this year a new feature will be added, if we receive your responses.

We are asking for our readers to send in stories about their first car. These stories can include a picture or pictures of the car, or truck if that may be the case. The deadline is tentatively set for September 5, and these stories can be dropped off at the Overton County News office, but if possible, please e-mail them to news@overtoncountynews.com.

As for a starting point of how to submit your story, I will submit to you an example using my first car.

Type of car, and any details about it – My first car was a 1969 GTO, 400 cubic in Pontiac engine, Muncie 4-speed with Hurst shifter, vinyl top.
First impression/where did it come from? – I wanted a 1964 GTO, but my uncle had a ’69 he wanted to show me. When I first saw the GTO, I didn’t want it. It looked like a leopard on the passenger side where the Montero Red paint had faded to almost pink and small body putty fillings dotted the door, and the driver side had a black front fender and door. I got in the car at Druther’s, where Arby’s is located now, and the next thing I knew we were almost to where Coffman’s Grocery is now, and I was saying, “I want it; I want it; I want it.”

Favorite/worst/interesting memory – I learned to drive a straight shift at 16 years-old by trying to pull this beast into my driveway. You see, the driveway was on an incline, on gravel. I would usually stall it when I started up the hill. Then I would restart it, pop the clutch, and throw gravel everywhere.
One day I got a bright idea. Instead of slowing all the way down before I turned into the driveway, I would keep a little speed up when I turned in. That would keep it from bogging down.

I approached the drive, let off the gas, but didn’t get on the brakes. Whoa! I can’t get it turned. There goes Dad’s newly planted tree. Oh no, here comes the porch. Slam the brakes. Crunch.

Assessing the damage, I saw a crumpled right front fender, bent Endura bumper, and smashed turn signal and valence panel. Now I needed to back this thing away from the proch without tearing up the yard.

I don’t know if it was the fear of wrecking that had now lifted or what, but when I sat back down in the driver’s seat, I eased the clutch perfectly and never again had trouble controlling the clutch. I got so smooth a friend of mine thought the car was an automatic.

What happened to it?/Where is it now? – Needing money for college, but not wanting to sell the GTO, I traded it to my uncle Joe for a black ’79 Trans Am, which I sold after driving for a while. The ‘69 made it back to Overton County in recent years with my cousin Carl buying it from my uncle and restoring it to life. Now in Judge regalia, the GTO is back in my uncle’s ownership and no longer in the county.

I look forward to receiving your stories for the special section. They don’t have to be long, just the make, model, and year will suffice, and you don’t even have to send in a picture. If you can send a picture, please send the pictures as jpg attachments.

Exhaust Note
Standing Stone Cruisers Car Club and Overton County Fair Association will hold the second annual Cruise-in at the Fair this Saturday, July 19, beginning at 5 p.m.

Just like the monthly cruise-ins on the Livingston square, this is a non-judged event for auto enthusiasts to bring out their cars, trucks, or motorcycles for a family-oriented evening.


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Bluegrass Festival set for July 18 & 19 |

Music, gospel, and bluegrass is 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 lineup includes The Bilbrey’s, Grace Harbour, New Jerusalem, Donna Isaac, and Committed.

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

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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Development District receives $64,852 grant

Governor Phil Bredesen and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke announced Friday, July 11 that 8 of the state’s development districts will receive grants totaling $409,618 to support solid waste management activities in fiscal year 2008-09 in communities across Tennessee.

The grants include $64,852 to Upper Cumberland Development District.
Tennessee General Assembly established the state’s development districts in 1966 to do general and comprehensive planning and conduct development and administration activities for local governments.

Gov. Bredesen said, “I appreciate the valuable resource our development districts provide for local community and municipal leaders, especially in regard to the functions supported by these grants that help advance Tennessee’s environmental goals in the area of solid waste reduction and management.”

Tennessee’s development districts assist the state’s solid waste planning regions in compiling information about landfills, source reduction, composting, and recycling for the state’s Annual Progress Report. The report is a planning and reporting tool required by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991, which was the first comprehensive solid waste planning legislation in Tennessee history.

The data is used to determine each region’s progress towards Tennessee’s goal to achieve 25% waste reduction in Class I landfill solid waste.
Local governments also receive technical assistance from development districts in designing, implementing, upgrading, and maintaining solid waste programs, systems, and facilities, including landfills, convenience centers, and recycling centers.

Commissioner Fyke said, “The support provided by our state’s development district offices have been instrumental in assisting solid waste regions with planning and implementing mandates of the Solid Waste Management Act. We’re pleased to be able to continue our support of this important work.”

Grant amounts are determined on an annual basis and awarded based on available funding and the scope of work undertaken by each district.
The other grants are as follows: East Tennessee Development District – $25,000; First Tennessee Development District – $50,000; Greater Nashville Regional Council – $53,766; Northwest Tennessee Development District – $50,000; Southeast Tennessee – $66,000; South Central Tennessee – $50,000; Southwest Tennessee – $50,000.

Development District Grants were authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and are supported from the Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund administered by the Department of Environment and Conservation. Tennessee Solid Waste Management Fund receives its revenues from a tipping fee surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed of in Class I landfills and from a pre-disposal fee on new tires sold in the state.

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Official Trees Proclaimed




Kevin Burmeister photo

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes, seated left, and Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland, seated right, jointly signed a proclamation naming the official trees of Livingston and Overton County. The official large tree is the Yellow Wood, and the official flowering tree is the Fringe Tree.
The tree selection was a result of “Overton County Official Tree Project”, a class project begun by Leadership Overton Class of 2008, the idea for which originated with the Courthouse Square Committee. The official species were determined by a ballot for public voting printed in Overton County News, as well as tallied votes from area 5th grade students.
Leadership Overton class members on hand were, standing from left, Judy Franklin, Beth Williams, Pat Gore, Lora Clouse, Stacy Johnson, Donna Hall, and Dan Smith.

Official trees have already been planted at Dylan Pond and next to Overton County welcome signs on Highway 111. Leadership Overton plans to plant more trees in other areas throughout the county, including the courthouse square and local schools.

Donations for the project are being accepted, and may be made to First National Bank, in care of Beth Williams.

 

Fringe Tree



Yellowwood



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