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No serious injuries in Hanging Limb collision
Smoking restricted in parks
Layla Nicole is New Year’s Baby

Michael Meadows begins position as CEO at LRH
Unemployment rises to 10.1% in county

No serious injuries in Hanging Limb collision

Dale Welch/Hilltop Express

No one was seriously injured in an auto crash on the Hanging Limb Highway at Green Pond, in spite of one vehicle turning over. On Sunday, Jan. 4, just after noon, Lavon Bowman, of East Fork Lane flipped his Nissan Pathfinder in a crash with Denette Miller, driving a Chevrolet Malibu, which came to a stop just around the curve toward Wilson Elementary School. Bowman was transported by ambulance to Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Miller was taken by personal vehicle for medical treatment. Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers and the Overton County Sheriff’s Department investigated the crash. Mountain Volunteer Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene.

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Smoking restricted in parks
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Smoking at Livingston City Park and at Willard Winningham Memorial Park will soon be restricted to the parking lots.

The first reading of a new ordinance banning smoking at the city parks was approved during the Monday, Jan. 5 regular monthly meeting of Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen. A public hearing will be held at 6:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2.

“We’ve just received an unbelievable amount of complaints about smoking at our parks, mainly at our ballparks,” Mayor Curtis Hayes said.

People sitting in the grandstands can’t enjoy watching the games when they are dealing with smoke, according to Mayor Hayes.

“Just to be frank, people don’t like it,” he said.

Smoking will be allowed only in designated areas.

“Those areas will be the parking lots,” Mayor Hayes said. “So, you can still actually smoke while you’re in the parks, but no smoking in the stands, no smoking on the walking tracks, no smoking in the swimming pool, no smoking on the fields of course.”

An alderman asked what the penalty would be for violating the ordinance.
Interim City Attorney John Meadows said, “It will be a civil fine of up to $50.”

A taxi cab permit was approved for Larry Neal. Enforcing the rules concerning taxi cab service is under the authority of Livingston Police Department. Before approving the permit, Police Chief Greg Etheredge informed the Board that Neal has met all criteria for being approved.

A taxi permit for Thurman Gaw will be considered at next month’s regular monthly meeting.

James Clouse was hired part-time at Livingston Fire Department after Fire Chief Rocky Dial requested the hiring to give the department a third part-time employee to help cover for vacations and other time off of employees, such as comp time. Mayor Hayes recommended the hiring and informed the Board that Clouse is a certified officer and works for the City of Cookeville.

The meeting adjourned.

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Layla Nicole is New Year’s Baby

courtesy of Captured Forever Photography
Laura Neely, of Allons, gave birth to Layla Nicole at 4:59 a.m. New Year’s Day at Livingston Regional Hospital. She weighed 5 pounds, 12 ounces and was 19 inches long. Standing with the New Year’s baby and her mother is Dr. Silas Terry, the delivering physician.

Michael Meadows begins position as CEO at LRH

“I am excited to announce that Michael J. Meadows has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer of Livingston Regional Hospital,” said Larry Mason, MD, chairman of Livingston Regional Hospital Board of Directors. “He will continue the tradition of strong leadership.”

The Board of Directors made their announcement stating that Meadows would assume his duties January 5, 2009.

Meadows brings a background in healthcare leadership to his role as CEO having served both as chief executive officer, chief operating officer, and as director and administrative director of laboratory services in mid-size to large hospital organizations.

Most recently he served as the chief executive officer at Starke Memorial Hospital, a 47-bed acute care hospital located in Northwestern Indiana. Prior to becoming a CEO, Meadows served as the chief operating officer for three years at Logan Regional Medical Center in West Virginia.

Prior to his career in healthcare management, Meadows served for 13 years in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman First Class. He worked as a clinical supervisor, total quality management instructor, and in pathology and laboratory departments.

He holds a bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from University of the State of New York, and master of Science degree in Healthcare Administration from Marshall University Graduate College. He is a member of American College of Health Care Executives and of American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

He said, “I am excited about the possibilities that await me at Livingston Regional. My family and I are looking forward to our move to Livingston and making our home in Overton County.

“I look forward to working with the physicians, hospital staff and members of the community.”

Michael Clark, American Division president for LifePoint Hospitals Inc., commented, “We, at LifePoint, are very excited to have Mike, a known successful CEO from within our ranks, take this promotion to Livingston.

He is an ideal fit for the community with his family commitment and desire to be a strong part of the community.

“He is very well liked by the physicians that he has supported in his
previous rolls, and is known as a dedicated leader and team player to the hospital staff and management.

“We look forward to supporting Mike in this new endeavor for a long time
to come.”

Meadows is married with five children. He enjoys golf and outdoor activities in his spare time. He is an unwavering fan of the Marshall University Thundering Herd and WVU Mountaineers.

Livingston Regional Hospital, a 114-bed acute care facility, has served the community since 1976.

Unemployment rises to 10.1% in county
Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November 2008 was 6.9%, 0.1 percentage point lower than the October rate of 7%. The United States unemployment rate for the month of November was 6.7%.
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for November 2008 show that 62 counties increased in unemployment, 20 decreased, and 13 remained the same.

Overton County’s unemployment rate rose to 10.1% in November, up from 9.3% in October. Overton had 1,020 unemployed of a workforce of 10,090.

Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. Unemployment in the Cookeville MSA went up from 7.5% in October to 7.7%, with 3,810
unemployed of a workforce of 49,730.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate was 9.5%, up from 9.2% in October. Jackson had 480 unemployed of a workforce of 5,040.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate remained at 6.7%, the same as in October. Putnam had 2,320 unemployed of a workforce of 34,590.

Clay County at 11.7%, up from 10.8% in October, had the state’s 5th highest unemployment rate. Clay had 400 unemployed of a labor force of 3,430.

Pickett County had the state’s 4th highest unemployment rate at 12.9%, up from 12.1% in October. Pickett had 240 unemployed of a workforce of 1,830.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate went down from 10.9% to 10.7% in November, making it 10th highest in unemployment in the state. Fentress had 820 unemployed of a workforce of 7,660.

Unemployment information is available online at

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