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Computers stolen from Central Education Office
One seriously injured in Sunday collision
Livingston Housing Authority awarded $118,000 grant
Sewer line approved for Hawkins Road
Motorists urged to watch for cyclists

Computers stolen from Central Education Office


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Bob Shartrand photo

Detective Tim Poore, top, and Detective Jacob Boswell, above, investigate a break-in at the Overton County Board of Education Central Office.

School officials notified Livingston Police Department of the break-in on Monday, April 6. Officer Logan Carpenter responded to the scene and notified Det. Poore and Det. Boswell of the burglary. Obvious signs of forced entry to the building were present, and a number of doors were damaged as the thieves tried to make entry to different offices. Several computers and other electronic equipment have reportedly been taken.

The case is currently under investigation by Livingston Police Department. Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other criminal activity, is urged to contact LPD at (931) 823-6496.


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One seriously injured in Sunday collision
An Allons man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 111 around 2:45 p.m. Sunday, April 5.

According to reports, Will Amundson, of Rickman, was driving a silver 2007 Toyota pickup west from Netherland Road and attempted to cross Highway 111 when he pulled into the southbound path of a red Toyota Solara.

The car’s driver, Travis Puckett, of Willow Grove Highway, Allons, was airlifted by Air Evac to UT Hospital in Knoxville. His passenger, Tracey Puckett, was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital where she was treated and released.

Amundson was apparently uninjured.

THP Wade Williams investigated the incident.


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Livingston Housing Authority awarded $118,000 grant
Livingston Housing Authority has been awarded an $118,453 grant for the express purpose of modernizing public housing units and in turn creating construction jobs, according to U.S. Representative Bart Gordon.

“When we passed the Economic Recovery package in February, we designed it to create jobs in the short term,” Congressman Gordon said. “This grant will do that; the Livingston Housing Authority is required to give priority to projects that are ‘ready to begin construction rapidly’.”

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the grant to the Livingston Housing Authority through the Public Housing Capital Fund, a HUD program that provides annual funding to public housing authorities to develop, finance, and modernize public housing facilities. The Public Housing Capital Fund received additional grant money when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law on February 17, which enabled it to provide the Livingston Housing Authority with the $118,453 grant.

“This grant will not only create jobs in Livingston area,” added Gordon, “it will also help keep the energy bills of public housing residents as low as possible.”

In allocating the HUD grant, Livingston Housing Authority is required to prioritize ready-to-go projects and give special consideration to projects that will increase energy efficiency and lower the long term operating costs of public housing facilities.

For more information on the HUD grant contact Livingston Housing Authority at (931) 823-6423.




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Sewer line approved for Hawkins Road
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

A sewer line for Hawkins Road was approved during the Monday, April 6 Livingston Mayor and Board of Aldermen regular monthly meeting, with all aldermen present.

The project is estimated to cost $24,600 and make sewer service available to 17 homes, a church, and The Building Center.

Mayor Curtis Hayes said, “This is one of these issues where we said, when we can we would add sewer as we can, and we’ve got the money to do it.”
The first reading of a lease agreement with Animal Awareness was approved. The group will lease the old waste water plant behind Bilbrey Stables. A public hearing is set for 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 4.

Mayor Hayes announced that Clean-Up Week in Livingston will be observed April 13 through April 17.

Street Department Supervisor Wayne Peek said, “We’ll take four tires without rims, anything on rims we don’t take, if the rim’s separate we’ll take them, but hazardous materials we don’t take; and paint cans if they’re empty we’ll take them, but if they’ve got paint in them we won’t take them.”

A proposed ordinance on refuse and trash disposal guidelines was tabled until it can be reworded.

In bringing up the ordinance, Mayor Hayes said, “Our employees that pick up our garbage in the city are being stuck by needles that are put in garbage cans.”

The ordinance would prohibit anyone from putting needles or hazardous waste in trash to be picked up.

Needles were found by a sanitation worker the day of the meeting.

Supervisor Peek said, “He didn’t get stuck, but he found some.”

Mayor Hayes stressed, “It’s beginning to be a problem.”

Alderman David Langford pointed out that wording in the ordinance did not completely prohibit needles from being in the trash, and other wording could have required the city to provide trash containers for city residents.

Alderman Robert Jolley suggested tabling the ordinance until it can be reworded, and the other aldermen agreed.

As to disposal of the needles, Police Chief Greg Etheredge and Supervisor Peek have approached the administration at Livingston Regional Hospital about the problem, and Chief Etheredge said the hospital is looking into providing a receptacle for needle disposal.

After the ordinance was tabled, Mayor Hayes said, “I want to caution anyone who is using needles, that our employees’ health is at risk. And they’re still subject, with Board approval, of having their garbage pick-up suspended. So, I just want to caution that, whether there’s an ordinance in there or not, we have that right to suspend garbage pick-up.”

The low bid of First National Bank, at 2.98% interest rate, was approved for a $400,000 capital outlay note for power line construction to the Butler’s Landing inlet pumps of the city’s water project.

Mayor Hayes informed the aldermen that the recent surplus property auction brought $15,441.

Mayor Hayes informed the aldermen that direction arrows to let drivers know which lane is the turn lane have been installed at the intersection of Melvin Johnson Drive and Highway 52, as requested by Livingston Academy Principal Harold Watson.

Warren Nevod, Municipal Technical Advisory Service representative from University of Tennessee, presented 18 diplomas to city employees who successfully completed Management Academy Level 2.

“I work with 48 cities in this region, and I can say without hesitation that the City of Livingston is probably the most progressive training customer that we have at MTAS,” he said. “I don’t know of any city, from its employees to the Board, that is as engaged in municipal training that the City of Livingston is.”

The meeting adjourned.



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Motorists urged to watch for cyclists

Darren Oliver photo
David and Elaine Dalton of Cookeville can often be seen cycling tandom on the Bike Trail on Highway 111 up to Livingston and back. The Daltons cycled 5,494 miles in 2008 doing trails and highway rides.
“We encourage other cyclist, runners, and walkers to wear bright clothing to help be seen by motorists.”
The courtesy of friendly eye contact, waving, and smiling can make the roadways much safer for everyone as people enjoy the great outdoors.



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