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Archives 12-17-2008

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Wonder of Christmas displayed in parade
City Council changes policy on employee comp time
Sobriety checkpoints to be held



Wonder of Christmas displayed in parade


Dewain E. Peek photo
Tennessee Technology Center of Livingston’s float, complete with a live dove release, won the Grand Marshal’s trophy and 1st place in Large Business & Industry. The float featured a moving center displaying Christmas “Through the Eyes of a Child”.


Dewain E. Peek photo
Livingston Middle School Dance Team performed a routine while dressed in a candy cane theme.


Dewain E. Peek photo
Livingston Regional Hospital won the Judge’s Award with a Bethlehem theme.


On a warmer day than usual, though tempered with a cool breeze, the 2008 Overton County Christmas Parade was held Saturday, Dec. 13, with 136 entries registered.

This year’s 43rd edition of the Livingston/Overton County parade was themed “The Wonder of Christmas”. This year’s two grand marshals were Snowbird of WSMV Channel 4 and Ollie Otter. Snowbird announces school closings on Nashville’s Channel 4, and Ollie is the mascot for the state’s Booster Seat & Seatbelt Campaign Awareness Program.

Tennessee Technology Center won the Grand Marshal’s Trophy for the fourth consecutive year.

The Judge’s Award was won by Livingston Regional Hospital.

Other winners are as follows:

Large Business and Industry (over 9 employees) – 1st place, Livingston Regional Hospital; 2nd place, W&O Construction Company.

Small Business and Industry (8 employees and under) – 1st place, Buck’s Auction; 2nd place, Livingston Dance Studio.

Churches and Church Groups – 1st place, First United Pentecostal Church; 2nd place, Harris Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

School Groups – 1st place, Livingston Middle School Dance Team; 2nd place, Livingston Academy Dance Team.

Schools – 1st place, Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston.

Fire and Rescue Departments – 1st place, Rickman Volunteer Fire Department with Rickman Elementary School ballplayers and cheerleaders; 2nd place, Hilham Volunteer Fire & Rescue.

Scout Troops – 1st place, Hilham Cub Scouts Pack #344; 2nd place, Rickman Boy Scout Troop #72.

Children Under 12 – 1st place, Toddler King & Queen Tyler Garrett and Hailey Winningham; 2nd place, 2008 Tiny Tot King & Queen Parker Coleman and LeahKate Clark.

Children 12 and Older – 1st place, 2008 Junior Princess 2nd Runner-Up Abby Stephens; 2nd place, 2008 Overton County Junior Princess Lauren Davison.

Civic Clubs and Veterans Organizations – 1st place, Sons of Confederate Veterans; 2nd place, Al Menah Shriners.

Bands – 1st place, Livingston Academy Marching Band.

Antique Cars (cars up to 1949) – 1st place, Kenneth King’s 1933 Ford Victoria; 2nd place, Jerry Norrod’s 1934 Ford convertible.

‘50s Cars (cars 1950-1959) – 1st place, Chris Ayer’s 1951 Willys; 2nd, Richard Winton’s 1954 Ford Skyline.

Muscle Car Era (cars 1960-1974) – 1st place, Ricky Hix’s 1960 Chevrolet Impala; 2nd place, Roger Bybee’s 1968 Ford Mustang coupe.

Modern Era Cars (cars 1975 and Up) – Susan Hauer’s yellow 2004 Mustang convertible.

Antique Trucks (trucks up to 1959) – 1st place, 1948 Ford F-1 in memory of Roger Johnson; 2nd place, Bruce Lee’s 1932 Ford.

Classic Trucks (trucks 1960-1974) – 1st place, Johnny White’s 1965 Chevrolet C-10 fleetside; 2nd place, Billy White’s 1964 Chevrolet C-10 stepside.

Modern Era Trucks (trucks 1975 and Up) – 1st place, Wayne’s Customs and Stockton’s Grocery Store’s 2005 Dodge; 2nd place, Donnie Phillips’ 2006 Ford.

ATVs – 1st place, Danny Steward; 2nd place, Dustin Ferrell.
Motorcycles – No entries.

Tractors – No entries.

Horse with Female Rider – 1st place, Catherine Cates; 2nd place, McKenzie Wegner.

Horse with Male Rider – 1st place, Charles Webb of Rickman Saddle Club; 2nd place, Cody Warren.

Wagons and Buggies – 1st place, Bob and Sandra Matthews; 2nd place, Scott and Elaine Watkins and W.J. and Pauline Staggs.

Miscellaneous entries (Other) – 1st place, Tennessee Division of Forestry’s Smokey Bear; 2nd place, Overton County Right To Life.


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City Council changes policy on employee comp time

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

In an effort to reduce accrual of compensatory time, Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen worked with city department heads during a called meeting Monday, Dec. 15 to come up with a new comp time policy. Alderman Cindy Robbins was absent due to illness.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss employee compensation, and Mayor Hayes opened the meeting by presenting a plan to give each department head a $2,000 raise and put them all on salary instead of an hourly wage, in order to eliminate them from having comp time.

Alderman David Langford objected, saying, “I’ve talked to most of these fellas, and they don’t really want to be put on salary.”

He contended that by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), the city’s department heads cannot be salaried employees because they perform too much manual labor in the course of their employment. He also interpreted the FLSA to allow salaried department heads to do their own hiring and firing, and possibly do their own purchasing without consulting the Board of Aldermen.

Mayor Hayes said, “I guess we have a fundamental disagreement.”

Interim City Attorney John Meadows told the Board that the percentage of time a department head spends performing manual labor could make that supervisor exempt from being paid salary with no comp time.

Alderman Bill Winningham said, “I think the bottom line is we’re trying to get away from another 2,800 hours of comp time.”

Seven department heads attended the meeting: Wayne Gilpatrick, maintenance department, Wayne Peek, street department, Rick Winningham, gas department, Tim Coffee, water department, Johnny White, water plant, Danny Langford, sewer plant, and Rocky Dial, fire department.

After consulting with the department heads and coming to a consensus, the mayor and aldermen agreed to change the Town of Livingston policy that limits comp time to 80 hours to require any comp time in excess of 80 hours to be used within 60 days of going over 80 or the excess time will be forfeited.

In another matter, a contract with Overton County Board of Education was approved to pay one-half of the Student Resource Officer’s pay, $17,500, with the School Board paying the other half for this school year, August 1, 2009 through May 31, 2009. Mayor Hayes said the SRO pay agreement will have to be voted on each school year.

“Depends on how funds are,” Mayor Hayes said.

The Board of Aldermen then voted to change the policy for bereavement time off to include three days for grandchildren, one day for a brother-in-law or sister-in-law, and one day for aunt or uncle.

The meeting adjourned.

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Sobriety checkpoints to be held
Tennessee Highway Patrol, in conjunction with Overton County Sheriff’s Department and Livingston Police Department, will be conducting sobriety and driver license checkpoints in Overton County on Friday, Dec. 26.

Recognizing the danger presented to the public by intoxicated drivers and unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by intoxicated drivers who would violate the driving under the influence laws of Tennessee, and also on unqualified drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these road blocks to be an effective means of enforcing the driving under the influence laws and driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

 






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