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Everybody, out of the pool!
Aldermen vote to buy new garbage truck
City Council holds called meeting

Schools to hold speech screenings
Unemployment rate rises to 6.5% in state

Everybody, out of the pool!

Kevin Burmeister photos
Above, after leaping off the high diving board, Dillion Roberts tucks into a cannonball high above the surface of the city pool.
Left, both diving boards stayed busy on a hot summer afternoon at the pool, with lines forming for the low and high boards.
With the summer winding down, the Livingston City pool will be open only on weekends and for pool parties after Friday, August 8. Weekend pool hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Cost for admission is $2 for children and $3 for adults.
For more information, call 823-5844, or to book a party, call 397-6301.





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Aldermen vote to buy new garbage truck


A 2008 Freightliner garbage truck was on display outside City Hall during Monday night’s meeting. Though possession of the truck could have been taken immediately, it would have cost the city $113,950, a full $2,469 more than the 2009 model the aldermen voted to purchase.

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 4, with Aldermen David Langford and James “Pug” Lee absent.

The low bid of CMI Equipment Sales Inc. for a garbage truck was accepted at $222,962 for two 2009 Freightliners, $111,481 each. The trucks are to be delivered in 30 days.

Mayor Curtis Hayes said, “I believe everybody now knows we’ve had some garbage woes.”

He said the city’s regular garbage truck should be out of the shop Wednesday.

“We should be able to park the dump trucks and start using our regular garbage truck,” Mayor Hayes said.

All bids for cart lifters were rejected because the city does not have the garbage cans used with the lifters.

A resolution was adopted to request matching grants through the TML Risk Management Pool in order to purchase a mobile electronic warning sign and to purchase warning cones.

Of the sign, Capt. Tim Emerton of Livingston Police Department said, “It’s solar, battery powered. It can be able to be pulled by one of the patrol cars.”
Mayor Hayes added, “This is really handy for the water department, gas department, or anybody who needs lane closures.”

The aldermen voted to give $2,000 to Overton County E-911 to help purchase a Freddie the Fire Truck to teach children fire safety.

Tracy Harris of E-911 explained, “Freddie the Fire Truck is 37 inches tall. He’s completely radio controlled.”

The truck costs $7,800, of which $4,000 has already been acquired to use toward the purchase, according to Harris, and the rest of the money will be requested from another source.

An item concerning handicapped parking on North Church Street near the V.F.W. building was moved to next month’s agenda.

Mayor Hayes announced that the city pool will close on Labor Day weekend, and will be open only on weekends after this weekend.

The meeting adjourned.

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City Council holds called meeting

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

A called meeting of Livingston’s mayor and Board of Aldermen was held Tuesday, July 29, with Alderman John McLeod absent.

Second reading approval was given on an ordinance to repeal Section 2-101 relating to service of alcohol over 5% by weight because it conflicted with the newly passed “liquor by the drink” ordinance.

A tabled item concerning a proposal from Middle Tennessee Marketing (MTM) to supply gas to the Town of Livingston was also to be discussed last Tuesday evening.

Ronnie Maynord of MTM was on hand to answer questions from the Board and gave assurances that some of the Board’s concerns from last month’s meeting have been addressed. Maynord’s sister is the daughter-in-law of Alderman Robert Jolley, who asked that the proposal be added to last month’s City Council agenda.

Rick Maynord, brother of Ronnie Maynord, was also on hand to give information.

Mayor Curtis Hayes asked Rick Maynord, “Have you got all your ducks in line Rick? Are you’all ready to present?”

To which he answered, “Not really, not really. There’s some hiccups, just a little bit we need to iron out.”

The mayor and aldermen agreed to set aside time on Tuesday, Aug. 19 to hear from MTM and current gas provider Atmos Energy. One company will make a presentation from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., then, after a 10-minute break, the other company will speak to the Board from 7:40 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.

The meeting adjourned.

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Schools to hold speech screenings
Overton County Board of Education’s Special Education will conduct screenings for speech and language disabilities, beginning Monday, Aug. 11.

Pre-K classrooms will be screened first. Kindergarten students, who did not attend kindergarten during the 2007-2008 school year, will be screened following the phase-in days.

Students who do not do well on the screening instrument will be referred for additional testing. Those with questions about the screening activities should call the child’s school or the Central Education Office.

Unemployment rate rises to 6.5% in state

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June was 6.5 %, up 0.1 percentage point from the May revised rate of 6.4.

In 2007, the June unemployment rate was 4.6%. The national unemployment rate for June 2008 was 5.5%, the same as the May national rate.

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley said, “Tennessee is experiencing job losses in many industries, much like the rest of the nation.

“The service sector, where we’ve typically seen some employment growth, is down from last year. This is indicative of consumers tightening their belts and reducing spending, causing job losses in leisure and hospitality and in
professional and business services.”

From June 2007, educational and health services gained 7,700 jobs. Local government educational services employment increased by 2,900; and employment in general merchandise stores was up 1,200.

Manufacturing jobs were down from a year ago with employment decreasing by 8,600. Professional and business services employment lost 5,100 jobs, and leisure and hospitality employment was down 3,600 jobs.
From May to June the state had gains in leisure and hospitality employment, increasing by 3,400. Jobs in construction, natural resources, and mining increased 2,000; and health care and social assistance employment increased by 1,600 jobs.

Month-to-month declines reflect school closures for summer vacation, with local government educational services down 16,000; state government educational services down 2,200 jobs; and private educational services down 1,800 jobs.





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