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Archives 09-03-2008



Undercover drug sting conducted by Sheriff’s Dept.
Chamber announces Three-Star certification
Unemployment rises to 10.2% in Overton County

Undercover drug sting conducted by Sheriff’s Dept.

Detectives and other officers from Overton County Sheriff’s Department conducted an undercover drug sting on Highway 84 on August 19, resulting in the seizure of more than $9,400 in currency, 8 firearms, 90 OxyContin pills, 2 chainsaws, and a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe. Detectives said they have been investigating this case for several months. Greg Brown, 28, of Rock Crusher Mountain, has been arrested in connection with the case, but the case is still under investigation and will be taken before Overton County Grand Jury, according to the Sheriff’s Deptartment.

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Chamber announces Three-Star certification

Regional Economic Development Specialist Karen Brown, who assists Overton County and eight other counties in providing support and opportunities to the Upper Cumberland Region, congratulates Livingston and Overton County for re-certification on their Governor’s Three-Star Program designation for 2008. Locally, Rita Reagan serves as Overton County’s Three-Star Chairman in addition to her many jobs at the Chamber of Commerce.

Livingston and Overton County has earned Three-Star designation for 2008.

The Three-Star Program is the governor’s community development certification program. The program concerns overall planning for economic development using a collection of best practices identified by the state.

Communities work through their strengths and weaknesses whether it is tourism, workforce, or downtown revitalization. The communities then break down their areas of concentration using strategic planning initiatives to reach their goals.

Overton County’s Three-Star Chairman Rita Reagan stated, “The best thing is that the program is incentives based, meaning the state rewards Three-Star communities with discounts and reduction of match money on grants and loans for being involved in this community preparedness program.”

Eighty-six counties were certified out of the 95 in 2007.

The Three-Star Program is described as the following:

•A snapshot of the community.

•An intentional growth plan.

•Helps to manage and market the community.

•Community preparedness.

•Communications plan to promote economic development.

•Public Relations.

•Centered on a 5-year strategic plan.

“Overton County’s five year plan is very comprehensive,” Reagan stated.

“It details the accomplishments and goals of our community. The plan is updated annually, changing and updating priorities as any other “to do” list.”

Before communities can tackle development issues they must maintain the basics of the following: Adult Leadership Program; Health Care Committee; Website Development; Existing Industry Program; Education Committee.

The program has a backbone of these 5 foundation areas: Planning & Infrastructure Development; Leadership Development; Community Development; Economic Development; Education Development.

Anyone interested in working on any of these committees should contact Rita Reagan at Livingston/Overton County Chamber of Commerce at (931) 823-6421 or chamber@twlakes.net.


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Unemployment rises to 10.2% in Overton County

Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2008 was 6.9%, 0.4 percentage point higher than the June revised rate of 6.5%. The United States unemployment rate for the month of July was 5.7%.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for July 2008 show that all 60 counties increased in unemployment, 29 decreased, and 6 remained the same.

Overton County’s unemployment rate went up from 8.9% in June to 10.2% in July. Overton had 1,030 unemployed of a workforce of 10,120.

Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. The Cookeville MSA rose from 7.5% in June to 7.9%, with 3,950 unemployed of a workforce of 49,950.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate was 9%, up from 8.6% in June. Jackson had 450 unemployed of a workforce of 5,030.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate went up from 6.9% to 7.1%. Putnam had 2,470 unemployed of a workforce of 34,800.

Clay County at 11%, up from 10.7% in June, had the state’s 7th highest unemployment rate. Clay had 390 unemployed of a labor force of 3,560.

Pickett County had the state’s 10th highest unemployment rate at 10.7%, up from 9.8 in June. Pickett had 210 unemployed of a workforce of 1,940.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate went up from 9.2% to 9.7% in July.

Fentress had 750 unemployed of a workforce of 7,780.

Unemployment information is available online at www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/july2008county.pdf.

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