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Etheredge appointed Livingston police chief
Litter grant awarded to county
Unemployment rate 9.3% in county

Unemployment rate lowers to 7% in state


Etheredge appointed Livingston police chief


Bob Shartrand photo
Greg Etheredge is sworn in by Mayor Curtis Hayes as police chief of Livingston Police Department.

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Greg Etheredge was appointed as Livingston police chief in a called meeting of Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Livingston Board of Aldermen on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Etheredge, 39, replaces Roger Phillips who recently announced his retirement from the position after years of service to the Town of Livingston.

The aldermen had two candidates for the position to choose from – Tim Emerton, who has been with Livingston Police Department since 1983 and has been a captain with LPD since 1993; and Greg Etheredge, a criminal investigator for Overton County Sheriff’s Department who has years of law enforcement experience with various area departments. Both candidates are Livingston residents.

Mayor Hayes said, “We had seven candidates put in for the position, and five returned, and we narrowed the gap down to two.”

The Board first voted on appointing Emerton. Aldermen Robert Jolley and David Langford voted for, and Aldermen Lynn King, Cindy Robbins, David Sadler II, and Bill Winningham voted against.

Then the Board voted on Etheredge and the votes were reversed, with Etheredge receiving the appointment.

The meeting adjourned.

Livingston City Council then held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, with all aldermen present.

A water rate resolution was adopted to help pay for the $12.47 million water line project. The rate inside the city limits will raise 5%, the rate for residents outside the city limits will be raised 19%, and utility districts will be raised 14%. The rate increase will be made over a two-year period, one-half each year.

Mayor Hayes said, “Your minimum rate inside the corporate limits would be $12.82 compared to $12.20, again that’s your minimum rate for people living inside the corporate limits. Outside the corporate limits, the current minimum bill now is $18.29, and at the end of the increase on January 1, 2010, will be $21.93.”

Architect Roy Wauford gave an update on the water line project.

“The project is coming in pretty much on the time schedule,” he said.
Alderman Winningham asked how much of the project has been completed.

Wauford gave estimates of various aspects of the project and said, “The project overall I’d say would be in the 85 to 90 percent completion, moneywise.”

Mayor Hayes asked how much pipe has been put in the ground.

“There’s about 100,000 feet of pipe and it lacks about 6,000 feet,” Wauford said.

A water project loan resolution adopted.

An application for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant was approved. The city will be required to pay $55,556 in matching funds. If approved, the grant funds will be used to replace cast iron pipe originally installed in the 1920s and 1930s in an area between the bypass and the hospital. The old pipe is believed to be a source of contaminants.

A resolution was adopted to apply for a $500,000 USDA Rural Development grant to provide water to Black Hollow and Copeland Cove areas of Overton County.

Amanda Mainord of Upper Cumberland Development District informed the Board, “There’s about seven families in each area and they have no source of utility water at this time.”

Mayor Hayes added, “It will be at no cost to us. It will be funded, we believe to be, funded 100 percent. It will be a good chance to get them some running water, safe drinking water.”

The second reading of the beer ordinance was approved.

Zach Litrell of Atmos Energy spoke to the Board concerning natural gas and assured them of the company’s strength in today’s economic environment, and also assured the Board that the city is locked in at a good price for gas.

Mayor Hayes announced that John Meadows was filling in as the city attorney for the meeting.

The meeting adjourned.


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Litter grant awarded to county
As part of the StopLitter in Tennessee effort, Governor Phil Bredesen and TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely awarded Overton County a litter grant in the amount of $34,237 on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Gov. Bredesen said, “Each year, volunteers pick up around 25 million pounds of roadside litter in Tennessee alone. Litter is an eye-sore, it’s costly to clean up, and can be harmful to our environment, but it’s totally preventable.

“These funds will be used by counties across the state to organize their pick-up efforts and conduct educational campaigns to teach children and adults about the importance of keeping Tennessee beautiful.”

Litter grant funds are distributed annually by TDOT to all 95 Tennessee counties.

Commissioner Nicely said, “TDOT awards approximately $3 million each year to help local communities in their efforts to stop litter in Tennessee.

These funds are obtained through the collection of a specialty tax on the malt beverage and soft drink industry through the Litter Grant Bill, which was enacted by the General Assembly in 1981.”

The funds that each county receives are determined by county road miles and county population in order to ensure an equitable distribution statewide. Funds must be used for litter pick-up activities and litter prevention education. Education funding can be used in a variety of ways, such as sharing litter control awareness with schools, citizens, and businesses.

Through the litter pick-up program, approximately 25.5 million pounds of roadside litter were picked up on approximately 292,000 miles of county roads, and approximately 45,000 miles of state routes.

To find out more about Tennessee’s Litter Grant program visit http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/environment/beautification/littergrant.htm.

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Unemployment rate 9.3% in county
Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October 2008 was 7%, 0.2 percentage point lower than the September rate of 7.2%. The United States unemployment rate for the month of October was 6.5%.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for October 2008 show that 53 counties decreased in unemployment, 27 inecreased, and 15 remained the same.

Overton County’s unemployment rate remained at 9.3% in October, the same as in September. Overton had 940 unemployed of a workforce of 10,050.

Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. Unemployment in the Cookeville MSA lowered from 7.7% in September to 7.5%, with 3,750 unemployed of a workforce of 49,870.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate was 9.3%, up from 8.5% in September. Jackson had 470 unemployed of a workforce of 5,060.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate lowered from 7.1% to 6.7%. Putnam had 2,340 unemployed of a workforce of 34,760.

Clay County at 10.6%, down from 10.8% in September, had the state’s 8th highest unemployment rate. Clay had 370 unemployed of a labor force of 3,490.

Pickett County had the state’s 4th highest unemployment rate at 12%, up from 11% in September. Pickett had 220 unemployed of a workforce of 1,810.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate went up from 10.4% to 10.9% in September, making it 6th highest in unemployment in the state. Fentress had 840 unemployed of a workforce of 7,690.

Unemployment information is available online at http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/october2008county.pdf.

Unemployment rate lowers to 7% in state
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for October was 7%, down 0.2 percentage point from the September rate of 7.2.

The October rate a year ago was 5%. The national unemployment rate for October 2008 was 6.5%, up from the September rate of 6.1.

Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development James Neeley said, “Since September we’ve seen a slight gain in employment along with declines in the labor force causing the rate to fall slightly.

“From 2007, however, we are still seeing broad job losses and expect the unemployment rate to continue the slow pattern of moving upward.”

The business survey shows September-to-October gains in local government educational services employment, increasing by 2,800. Private educational services added 800 jobs, and hospital employment increased by 600.

Seasonal declines included leisure and hospitality, losing 6,100 jobs. Manufacturing lost 3,100, and construction employment decreased by 2,000.

From October 2007 to October 2008, educational and health services added
6,300 jobs. Local government employment increased by 3,600.

From 2007 manufacturing was down by 10,900. Leisure and hospitality lost 6,500 jobs, and professional and business services lost 6,500.





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