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Comet Lulin to be in view this week
Granville man arrested on drug charges
Diane Robbins appointed to Med Lab Board
Smoking ban at city parks now in effect

Comet Lulin to be in view this week

Bob Shartrand submitted this image of Comet Lulin taken last Wednesday. It can be seen from Livingston with binoculars as it passes through the constellations of Leo and Cancer in the first week of March, according to Shartrand. The comet will pass 0.41 astronomical units from Earth at its closest distance to Earth, about 14.5 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. It has a parabolic trajectory, which means it may have never come this way before – this may be its first visit to the Inner Solar System. Lulin was jointly discovered by Asian astronomers in July 2007. Quanzhi Ye from China first saw the comet on images obtained by Chi-Sheng Lin from Taiwan at the Lu-lin Observatory.


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Granville man arrested on drug charges

Overton County Sheriff’s Department arrested James Donald Rodgers of Granville on drug charges Friday, Feb. 27.

According to reports, the Sheriff’s Dept. had received information that individuals were selling drugs from a room at Overton Motel. A surveillance team watched the motel for a period of time, which led officers to vehicle stops, one of which resulted in the arrest of Rodgers.

He was charged with selling morphine, a schedule II narcotic, possession of drug paraphernalia, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Sheriff Melton is urging citizens of Overton County to report any illegal drug activity to the Sheriff’s Dept. at (931) 823-5635, and assures that all information will be kept confidential.



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Diane Robbins appointed to Med Lab Board

Governor Phil Bredesen appointed 36 Tennesseans on February 24 to serve on 12 boards and commissions.

The appointments included Diane D. Robbins, of Livingston, whom Gov. Bredesen appointed to Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board.

Gov. Bredesen said, “Tennesseans have always been known to give of their time and talents to serve their fellow citizens, and I thank these men and women for sharing in this tradition. They will be valuable additions to the respective boards they have been appointed to represent.”



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Smoking ban at city parks now in effect

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Old business dominated a short agenda for the Monday, March 2 regular monthly meeting of the Livingston Mayor and Board of Aldermen. Vice Mayor Bill Winningham presided in the absence of Mayor Curtis Hayes.

The Board approved the second reading of Cross Connection Ordinance 2009-2-2.

The second reading of Municipal Flood Plain Zoning Ordinance 2009-2-1 was approved.

Alderman Robert Jolley said, “We’ve just got to pass this ordinance so folks can have insurance.”

The Board approved the second reading of an ordinance banning smoking on city property except in designated areas, which carries a fine of up to $50, according to interim City Attorney John Meadows.

He said the primary purpose of the ordinance is to prohibit smoking at Willard Winningham Memorial Park and at the city ball parks.

“It is my understanding that the city plans on designating the parking lots of both those public places as the designated smoking areas,” Meadows said.

In new business, the Board changed the speed limit on Airport Road from 20 mph to 30 mph.

Vice Mayor Winningham announced that the city will hold a surplus property auction at noon Friday, March 27.

The meeting adjourned.


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