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Monday crash claims life
Allons School broken into
City awards gas contract to Atmos

Unemployment rate drops to 6.6% in state

Monday crash claims life


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A Hilham area woman was killed Monday, Sept. 22 in a two-vehicle collision on Standing Stone Highway (Highway 136). According to reports, Lavernia Wilson, 66, was driving a 1989 Chevrolet Celebrity when she pulled from her driveway into the path of a 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup driven by Joshua Simpson, 18, of Hilham. Wilson died at the scene. Simpson was apparently uninjured. Lt. Jimmy Beaty of Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the incident.


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Allons School broken into
Overton County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a break-in at Allons Elementary School believed to have occurred between midnight and 3 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20.

According to the Sheriff’s Dept., Deputy Mike Tharpe was dispatched to the school Saturday and spoke to Allons Principal Melissa Savage, who stated that someone had broken into the school and caused extensive damage to drink machines throughout the school. Nothing appeared to be taken, but the machines sustained much damage.

Dep. Tharpe took photographs and recovered some legible fingerprints to send to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation laboratory for comparison.

The case is pending. Anyone with information on the case is urged to contact Dep. Mike Tharpe or an investigator with Overton County Sheriff’s Dept. by calling (931) 823-5635.


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City awards gas contract to Atmos
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

A called meeting of the Livingston mayor and Board of Aldermen was held Tuesday, Sept. 16 to discuss the natural gas contract.

Livingston City Council had been considering the current provider, Atmos Energy, and a local start-up company, Middle Tennessee Marketing, for the primary natural gas provider once Atmos’ contract runs out. Not only did the aldermen hear presentations last Tuesday from those two companies, but they also heard a presentation from another local start-up company, Tennessee Energy Solutions.

Before voting for a contract, the aldermen took a tabled motion from July 7 off the table.

Tennessee Energy Solutions failed to receive a motion, and Middle Tennessee Marketing also failed to receive a motion.

Alderman Bill Winningham made a motion to give Atmos Energy a 5-year contract. Alderman David Sadler II seconded the motion.
Alderman Robert Jolley spoke up, saying, “I disagree completely with a 5-year contract.”

He went on to say that 12 months is too long for a fixed rate.

Alderman Cindy Robbins also questioned giving a 5-year contract.

After the Atmos representatives were asked if a shorter contract would be acceptable, and they agreed to it, the motion was amended to a 3-year contract.

Aldermen Winningham, Sadler, Robbins, and Lynn King voted for giving

Atmos a 3-year contract, and Aldermen Jolley and David Langford voted against it.

The meeting adjourned.



Unemployment rate drops to 6.6% in state
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for August was 6.6%, down 0.2 percentage points from the revised July rate of 6.8, according to Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley. The August rate a year ago was 4.7%.

The national unemployment rate for August 2008 was 6.1%, up from the July rate of 5.7%.

“Tennessee’s unemployment rate of 6.6%, a 0.2 percentage points decline from July, is the result of modest gains in employment during the month,” Commissioner Neeley said. “Employment during August saw a growth of 0.1%, representing 3,200 employed persons.”

The business survey shows July-to-August gains in local government educational services, increasing by 10,400. Trade, transportation, and utilities added 2,600 jobs. Manufacturing increased by 2,500, as did professional and business services.

Seasonal declines included leisure and hospitality, losing 2,700 jobs. Other services were down 1,100 and building material and garden supply stores decreased by 500.

From July 2007 to July 2008, educational and health services continued to create a significant number of new jobs, adding 6,700. Local government educational services increased by 2,900, and general merchandise stores was up by 1,700.

Over-the-year losses totaling 19,100 were evenly split between goods-producing and service-providing employment. Good-producing losses were concentrated in manufacturing, down by 9,500. Declines in service-providing industries occurred in professional and business services, down 7,400. Leisure and hospitality lost 6,900, and financial activities decreased by 2,300.


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