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USDA marks $750,000 for West Overton water
Drug raid conducted in Gainesboro
LPD launches crackdown on impaired driving

USDA marks $750,000 for West Overton water

Kevin Burmeister photo
On hand for USDA’s presentation of a $750,000 grant-loan were, front row from left, USDA Rural Development Area Specialist Jerry Jolley, Larry Cato of Barge-Waggoner, West Overton Utility District General Manager Terry Walker, USDA Rural Development State Director Mary Ruth Tackett, West Overton Utility District Board President Gene Snowden, West Overton Utility District Secretary Brenda Anderson, West Overton Utility District Board Member David Key, back row from left, David Leaverton of Sen. Bob Corker’s office, Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland, Billy G. Smith of Rep. Bart Gordon’s office, and USDA Rural Development Area Director Joe Woody.


Rural Development State Director Mary Ruth Tackett joined West Overton Utility District Manager Terry Walker on Friday, August 15 to announce a federal investment of $750,000 for water infrastructure improvements in Overton County. The announcement at the utility’s office was one of 12 water improvement projects worth more than $28 million announced that day for Tennessee communities.

“Safe, reliable water is a fundamental building block for every healthy, growing community,” Tackett said. “Thanks to the support of our congressional delegation Rural Development has the financial resources to help West Overton meet the growing needs of the families and businesses that live and work here.”

A Rural Development loan of $646,000 and grant of $104,000 will be used to increase the utility’s capacity to deliver water to the western part of Overton County where new developments have generated rapid growth in residential demand.

Water improvements are funded through Rural Development community programs, which provide financing for drinking water, waste-water treatment, solid waste disposal, and storm-water facilities for rural residents. Loans and grants are made to public and cooperative entities serving rural areas with a population less than 10,000. USDA Rural Development invested nearly $59 million last year to improve water and waste-water infrastructure for Tennessee communities.

Participants in the presentation also included Rep. Bart Gordon’s Representative Billy Smith, Sen. Bob Corker’s representative David Leaverton, Overton County mayor Kenneth Copeland, members of the West Overton UD board of directors, and Rural Development Area Director Joe Woody and staff Jerry Jolley and Alice Wills.

USDA Rural Development is committed to the future of rural communities in Tennessee by investing financial and technical assistance through housing, community and business development programs. In Fiscal Year 2007, Rural Development assisted more than 600,000 Tennessee families and businesses with more than $308 million in financial assistance through loans and grants.

For more information on business development, affordable housing, or community infrastructure programs available in the Overton County area, contact the Rural Development Area Office in Cookeville at (931) 528-6539, extension 2, toll free at 1-800-342-3149, extension 1493, or online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.

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Drug raid conducted in Gainesboro

Overton County Sheriff’s Department, in cooperation with Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, conducted an undercover narcotics investigation that resulted in the execution of a search warrant in Gainesboro recently.
According to reports, the combined efforts of both departments resulted in the seizure of several hundred Dilaudid and morphine pills along with several marijuana plants.

Among other items seized were more than $6,000 in currency, a 4-door 2000 Volvo, a 1993 Lincoln Continental, and a 2000 Chevrolet pickup.
Anyone with information about illegal drug activity is urged to contact Overton County Sheriff’s Dept. at 823-5635. The Sheriff’s Dept. assures that all calls will remain anonymous.


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LPD launches crackdown on impaired driving

America is facing an impaired-driving crisis and the problem is especially acute during the summer months. That’s why Livingston Police will join other police agencies throughout the country in support of an intensive crackdown on impaired driving this August 15-September 1.

Nationally, more than $50 million will be spent on this year’s crackdown, known by its tagline: “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”
In 2006 alone, nearly 13,500 people died in crashes in which the driver or motorcycle rider was legally impaired, according to the latest statistics from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Among them were 306 children under age 15.

Captain Tim Emerton said, “All too often, innocent law-abiding people suffer tragic consequences and the loss of loved ones due to this careless disregard for human life. Because we’re committed to ending the carnage, we’re intensifying enforcement during the crackdown. We’ll be especially vigilant during high-risk nighttime hours when impaired drivers are most likely to be on our roads.”

Across the country, more than $30 million in state and federal funds will be spent in support of the high-visibility crackdown through television and radio ads targeted to young male drivers, the most common perpetrators of this crime. Another $20 million will be spent on extra police enforcement, including saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints during the crackdown period.

In every U.S. state as well as the District of Columbia it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher. More than 10,000 police agencies will participate in this year’s mid-August through Labor Day crackdown, including law enforcement officers representing every state, District of Columbia, and many U.S. cities and towns.
According to the latest data, 32% of motor vehicle driving fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 % or above, an average of afatality every 39 minutes.

Livingston Police Department will be aggressively looking for all impaired drivers during the crackdown.

“Our message is simple and unwavering. If we find you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions,” Capt. Emerton said. “Even if you beat the odds and walk away from an impaired-driving crash alive, motorists should be aware that the consequences of driving while impaired can still virtually destroy your life.”

According to Livingston Police Department, violators often face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use an ignition interlock. Their insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects.
“Driving impaired is simply not worth all the consequences. So don’t take the chance,” Capt. Emerton said. “Remember, if you are over the limit, you’re under arrest.”

The national “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.” crackdown is led by NHTSA and combines high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.

For more information on the crackdown visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org.

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