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LA Prom held Saturday night
Overton dodges bullet on swine flu, so far
Story named Election Administrator
Rickman man injured in Saturday crash
County awarded food, shelter funds
Needles banned from city garbage pick-up

LA Prom held Saturday night


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Lee Gatts and Becca Savage were named Livingston Academy Prom King & Queen 2009. The 2009 LA Prom was held Saturday, May 2 in the Livingston Academy gymnasium.


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Overton dodges bullet on swine flu, so far
As of May 4, Tennessee has only one confirmed case of the H1N1 or swine flu with 8 probable cases; however, there is some good news. None of them are in Overton County.

According to Andrea Turner of Tennessee Department of Health, there have been 224 specimens tested in Tennessee but only 9 cases of swine flu have been found. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed a total of 286 cases, with one death in Texas. The number of confirmed cases increases daily, and is expected to continue to rise.

In Overton County, Livingston Regional Hospital is constantly monitoring patients who present flu-like symptoms. Like the seasonal flu, the virus is transmitted person to person. The hospital maintains a Cover Your Cough station prominently in the Emergency intake area, and those patients running a temperature are given a mask to wear.

Michelle Watson, Chief Nursing Officer at Livingston Regional Hospital said “Anyone who presents with what we feel are flu-like symptoms will also be asked for a detailed travel history. We are maintaining direct communications with the State Department of Health, as well as getting frequent updates from the CDC.”

The CDC has stated that the symptoms for the swine flu are the same as for the seasonal flu: fever, muscle aches, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough and sore throat. Their recommendation to avoid the flu is also the same: cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, wash your hands often with soap and water, and avoid close contact with sick.

People cannot, however, get the swine flu from eating pork. Eating properly handled and cooked pork and pork products is safe, according to the CDC.

And the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to avoid swine flu scams, which have begun to be circulated on the internet. Don’t believe online offers for vaccinations against swine flu because a vaccine does not exist.

For more information on swine flu and updates on progress in fighting the outbreak, go to www.cdc.gov/swineflu or the state website at http://health.state.tn.us/swineflu.


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Story named Election Administrator


New Election Administrator Craig Story is congratulated by Election Commission Chairman Beth Cox.

Craig Story is now the Overton County Election Administrator. Story was appointed during Thursday, April 23 meeting of the Overton County Election Commission, which was held for the purpose of reorganization.

The structure of the Election Commission had changed with the shift in the balance of power in the Tennessee General Assembly after last November’s state legislative elections. With a Republican majority, the makeup of election commissions in all 95 counties changed from three Democrats and two Republicans to three Republicans and two Democrats.

In Overton County, Loretta Qualls was removed from the Election Commission and Sharon Ott was added.

After the April 23 meeting was called to order, Beth Cox was nominated for chairman, and Election Commissioners Ott, Cox, Ron Cyrus, Hershel Wilson, and Marie Bush, the former chairman, all votes for.

Marie Bush was then elected secretary of the commission.

Sharon Ott then nominated Craig Story for administrator, and Ron Cyrus seconded the motion. Cox, Cyrus, and Ott voted for the nomination, and Bush and Wilson voted against. The motion passed, removing Tommy Simcox as administrator and replacing him with Story.

The meeting adjourned.



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Rickman man injured in Saturday crash



Dewain E. Peek photo
A Rickman man was injured in a one-vehicle collision around 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2. According to reports, this white 2008 Toyota Highlander was driving from the Walgreens parking lot through the Subway parking lot when it struck a curb, accelerated and struck another curb and hit a street lamppost and a entrance sign to Subway before crashing into guy wires to a utility pole and stopping on top of a fire hydrant. The driver, Robert Derfler was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital for treatment.


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County awarded food, shelter funds
Overton County has been chosen to receive an additional $9,986 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The original allocation was $20,939.

The selection was made by a national board chaired by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, and United Way of America. The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board made up of local elected officials and other community representatives will determine how the funds awarded to Overton County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; 2) have an accounting system; 3) practice nondiscrimination; 4) have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board.

Overton County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously through local and regional service agencies. These agencies were responsible for providing meals, lodging, rent/mortgage assistance, and utility assistance.

Applications must be delivered to the UCHRA Livingston office by 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, in order to be considered for funding. Applicant organizations are encouraged to have a representative at the local board meeting, which begins at that time.

Further information about the program may be obtained by contacting Board Chairman Rev. Dee Wells at First Christian Church by calling 823-2413 or UCHRA County Coordinator Dian Dillon at the UCHRA Livingston office located at 106 West Henson Street by calling 823-7323.



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Needles banned from city garbage pick-up
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Medical needles will be banned from city garbage pick-up as a result of action taken during the Monday, May 4 regular monthly meeting of the Livingston mayor and Board of Aldermen.

| The first reading of the ordinance controlling the disposal of medical or other hazardous waste was approved, and a public hearing for the ordinance will be held at 6:45 p.m. Monday, June 1.

The ordinance states: Needles shall be placed in puncture-proof containers immediately after use and disposable syringes shall be disposed of with other medical waste and not become part of the normal solid waste stream.

The disposal of all pathological and/or infectious waste shall be the responsibility of the person generating the waste and it shall be illegal for said pathological and/or infectious waste to be mixed with other refuse or garbage being collected by the city and/or any approved collection agencies in the city.

The ordinance also concerns other forms of hazardous waste, stating: The following substances are hereby prohibited from being deposited in garbage containers or in any way being associated or moved with the garbage, rubbish or refuse that is to be collected by the City of Livingston:

•Flammable liquids, solids or gases, such as gasoline, benzine, alcohol or other similar substances.

•Any material that could be hazardous or injurious to city employees or material which would cause damage to city equipment.

•Radioactive material.

•Construction waste which shall have been generated or created from construction, demolition, remodeling, or other construction site preparation, including, but not limited to, rocks, trees, debris, dirt, bricks, fill, plaster, and all other types of scrap building materials.

•Hot materials such as ashes, cinders, etc.
Mayor Curis Hayes said, “Right now, anyone needing a ‘sharps’ container in the city, if they’ll contact City Hall or the Police Department, with help from Livingston Regional Hospital, we’ll provide them with a ‘sharps’ container.”

A receptacle will be placed at the Police Department for disposal of needles in containers.

When the ordinance becomes enacted, violations will carry up to a $50 fine for each occurrence and loss of city garbage pick up.

In items concerning the city pool, lifeguards were hired and the low bid on a slide was approved.

According to Bruce Lamb, pool supervisor, the slide has a left hand turn and can be hooked up to become a water slide.
The approximately $2,450 purchase will be made using a portion of $5,000 the city park receives from Coca-Cola each year.

A $1,500 donation to the Overton County Drug Free Youth program and D.A.R.E. camp was approved.

Police Chief Greg Etheredge gave an update on the Police Department, covering the last six months.

He listed calls received, arrests, accidents worked, work with other agencies, and work done at the Public Safety Building such as painting the building, repairing the outside lighting, replacing the locks, landscaping, and switching offices to improve work stations for detectives.

“We’ve added lightbars to the cruisers that are more energy-efficient as
related to gas, and they are also OSHA compliant, which we weren’t prior to changing those,” Chief Etheredge said.

The funding for the lightbars had come from a sale of seized property, according to Chief Etheredge.

“Taxpayers didn’t pay anything for that,” he said.

He further stated, “We’ve increased our fleet size by three vehicles.

“The SRO vehicle is a big black truck; we’re really proud of it, the kids love it,” he said. “That was recovered from a previous loan to the Drug Task Force. That was a seized vehicle by the Police Department prior to me taking office, and we asked for it back and they gave it back to us.”

Another vehicle the department has put to use was seized and forfeited in a DUI charge.

“So that didn’t cost the taxpayers anything,” Chief Etheredge said.

A buy-back of a seized vehicle gave the department $9,500, which was enough to buy a third vehicle and to purchase the logos for all of the vehicles, and an insurance company has donated a trailer to the department, according to Chief Etheredge.

He also informed the aldermen that some of the officers will be attending SWAT school.

All officers now have a laptop computer through a grant, and grant money was used to buy a large video monitor to pull up a satellite-imaging mapping system provided by 911, according to Chief Etheredge.

He informed the aldermen that officers on patrol are now doing business
door checks.

Merchants Association President Pam Sadler addressed the City Council about the Hog-Eye Festival.

“As probably most of you know, there will not be a bluegrass festival in July,” she said. “Due to the fair running about the same time as the bluegrass festival, they have now decided not to have it.”

Bluegrass music will now be incorporated into Hog-Eye Fest 2009,
according to Sadler. A beauty pageant will be held on Thursday, June 11 as part of the festival.

Sadler invited the mayor and aldermen to join in the Friday night, June 12
welcoming along with the county mayor and county commissioners.

A 5K run will be held at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 13 as part of the three-day event.

Concession booths will be open around the square, and on Saturday a barbecue contest and an ice cream contest will be held, then at 4 p.m. the Standing Stone Cruisers Cruise-In will begin.

“We’re going to have real arts and crafts from Overton County,” she said.
The meeting adjourned.


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