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Archives 05-27-2009


Patriots honored at Memorial Day ceremony
Relay for Life to be held May 29 at LA
Byrdstown man wins $1M in Tennessee Lottery
Fire destroys structure on Fox Street Thursday

Patriots honored at Memorial Day ceremony

Betty Aronson photo

A Memorial Day ceremony was held on the Livingston square Monday, May 26 to honor those who gave their lives in service to their country. The memorial included guest speakers, laying of a wreath at Veterans an Honor Guard’s 21-gun salute, and at the Overton County memorial monument.

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Relay for Life to be held May 29 at LA

The Relay for Life of Overton County will be held on Friday, May 29 at 6 p.m. at Livingston Academy. The theme for this year is “Dancing Under the Stars”. Dance exhibitions are planned throughout the evening along with several segments being devoted to specific decades and styles of dancing.

Other family events include a dunking booth, featuring members of the Livingston Police Department, face painting, fireworks, team karaoke, along with live music and food. There will also be a luminaria ceremony in recognition of cancer survivors.

This marks the 25th year of Relay for Life. Conceived in May of 1985 by Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, WA, the inaugural Relay for Life raised $27,000 for cancer research. Now an international fundraiser uniting 3.5 million participants from over 20 nations, raises money toward supporting cancer research, benefiting patients and communities by funding various support programs, information resources and advocacy efforts.

For more information on Overton County Relay for Life, contact Tonya at (931) 823-3355.

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Byrdstown man wins $1M in Tennessee Lottery

courtesy of Pickett County Press
Billy Glenn Smith won $1 million on a $20 scratch-off.


A Byrdstown man is now one of the Tennessee Lottery’s million dollar winners.

Billy Glenn Smith, 75, was trying his luck with the state’s lottery on Friday, May 15 when he hit the big one at the Dale Hollow Shell. Smith won the $1,000,000 on a $20 scratch-off ticket.

Smith is a retiree from Tennessee Conservation Department after serving 31 years as superintendent of Pickett State Park. He is an avid lottery player, having won up to $10,000 several years ago at the same Shell station.
He said, “I won several times with a $1,000 ticket and once with a $2,500 ticket.”

He said he played the lottery just about every day. But this day was different. Smith told Pickett County Press that he had asked the Lord to help him win big that day, and if he didn’t win, he was calling it quits.
Smith has two grown sons, one who lives in Byrdstown another who lives in Florida, and has two granddaughters.

When asked what he planned to do with his winnings, Smith replied, “I’m going to help out my family and keep some for myself.”

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Fire destroys structure on Fox Street Thursday

Carson Oliver photo
Firefighters douse any remaining embers from a structure fire on Fox Street. Firefighters were dispatched to a fire at the abandoned house, near the old WLIV building, around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21. The cause of the fire has not been determined.


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