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Storm knocks out powe
Hogeye Fest to be held on square Saturday
Prisoner dies in Overton County Jail
A.H. Roberts to receive $17,000 grant
School Board meeting set for June 15

Storm knocks out power

Darren Oliver photo
Livingston Street Department Supervisor Wayne Peek saws through a large tree blocking North Oak Street while other city personnel clear debris after a storm hit the area last Wednesday.

High winds, heavy rain, and hail put almost half of Overton County in the dark late Wednesday, June 3.

The power outage occurred when high winds brought a tree down on a Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) substation distribution line crossing North Oak Street, just behind the Livingston substation. This distribution line serves a radius of customers extending from Livingston to south Monterey Highway and northward into Allons and beyond, according to UCEMC.

Livingston Street Department personnel and UCEMC employees rushed to the scene and began clearing the debris and restoring damaged power lines, and other UCEMC employees were receiving customer calls and dispatching information as it came in.

The majority of Overton County’s electric power was restored by 7:30 p.m., but some smaller outages scattered beyond the substation were not restored until about 9:30 p.m. that night. According to UCEMC, electric power must be restored closest to its source, the substation, and worked outward before all outages are corrected.

Carl Ledbetter of UCEMC stated, “Storms can occur without warning and outages can be many. UCEMC thanks its many customers for their courtesy, patience, and understanding during this event.”

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Hogeye Fest to be held on square Saturday
Hogeye Fest will take over the Livingston square on Saturday, June 13.
The day’s activities will begin at 8 a.m. with a 5K run sponsored by the Jaycees.

A Kids Fun Run, sponsored by Right to Life, will be held at 9:30 a.m.
Registration for the barbeque contest will be held at noon. Entry fee is $15 per meat, with awards to be given for best beef, pork, chicken, and lamb.

Cooking will start at 2 p.m. May enter all four meat categories, but must use charcoal or wood, no gas grills. If using marinates, the judges may ask for the recipe.

Registration for the ice cream contest is also noon, but this contest has no entry fee. Cranking will begin at 4 p.m.

Ice cream may be hand-cranked or made with an electric freezer, but must be frozen or cranked at the contest. All contestants must bring two quarts frozen for samples. All entries using eggs must cook the custard at home before transporting it to the contest. No toppings are allowed.

The final product must be submitted to the judge on a paper plate, and all contestants must submit the recipe to the judges.

Samples of the ice cream entries will be provided to visitors with designated bowls, which will be sold for $5 each. Taster’s Choice will be judged by visitors with designated bowls. Contestants must have a helper to dip the samples.

Prizes will be awarded at 5:30 p.m.

Copies of the rules for both the barbeque and ice cream contests are available at The Paper Place on the square.

Karate and dance demonstrations will be performed between 10:30 a.m. and noon, and arts and crafts booths will be open around the square.

Boy Scouts will conduct a flag retirement ceremony at 5 p.m.
Music will be performed beginning around 1 p.m. and continuing until around 10 p.m.

For more information on Hogeye Fest call Pam Sadler at (931) 261-3862.

The Standing Stone Cruisers Car Club Cruise-in will begin around 4 p.m.
SNIP-OC (Spay & Neuter Incentive program of Overton County) will have a booth to accept donations at Hogeye Fest on Saturday. The organization will be giving away a spay or neuter for a dog or cat.

Along with Hogeye Fest, Overton County Heritage Museum will hold Museum Fest on Saturday, June 13.

Museum Fest will include a Civil War Camp, featuring local musician and songwriter Jim Bowman, storytelling by Susan Pangle and Edwin Garrett, music by Edwin Garrett and Syrene Peavyhouse, art by Jim Loftis, carving by Donnie Stover, a plant sale, and a quilting bee.

The quilting bee is presented by Allons, Alpine, West Fork, and Friendship home demonstration clubs and is open to anyone who wishes to help finish a quilt that will be sold, with the proceeds going to the museum.

A beauty pageant sponsored by the Merchants Association and the Kiwanis Club will be held Thursday, June 11 in conjunction with Hogeye Fest. For more information on the pageant call Renea Stover at (931) 823-8800.


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Prisoner dies in Overton County Jail
The death of a prisoner at Overton County Jail is being investigated by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

According to Overton County Sheriff’s Department, Thomas Morgan, 70, of Smyrna and formerly of Overton County, was found unconscious in his cell by a corrections officer on Friday, June 5, hanging from a sheet wrapped around a water pipe in the cell. According to reports, Morgan was still alive when he was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Morgan had been indicted by a grand jury and was picked up by Smyrna Police Department. Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge and District Attorney’s Office Investigator Terry Hembree had traveled to Rutherford County on Thursday, June 4 to take custody of Morgan and then booked him into Overton County Jail around 9 p.m. that night on Criminal Court charges of rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery by an authority figure, and incest.

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A.H. Roberts to receive $17,000 grant
A.H. Roberts Elementary School will receive a $17,000 school food authority grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), according to Governor Phil Bredesen and Commissioner of Education Dr. Timothy Webb.

The grants fund the purchase of lunchroom equipment for school district’s participating in the National School Lunch Program. ARRA provides this funding as a one-time appropriation to Tennessee.

Gov. Bredesen said, “We cannot ignore the importance of healthy, nutritious meals that give students the fuel they need to focus in school and continue good eating habits as adults. This Recovery Act money will allow school districts across the state to improve the quality of school nutrition, thus improving the quality of our children’s education.”

The focus of these competitive grants include purchasing equipment that improves the safety of food served in school meal programs, improving the overall energy efficiency of school nutrition operations, supporting expanding participation in school meal programs, and improving the overall quality of school nutrition meals that meet dietary guidelines.

To be selected, a school must have 50% or more of its students eligible for free or reduced price meals and must meet other criteria set out under ARRA.

Commissioner Webb said, “We are very fortunate to be able to provide nutritious meals to our students, especially as we meet the challenges of increased standards next year with the Tennessee Diploma Project. Our children need every educational tool available and that includes nutritional services.”

For more information on these grants visit http://tn.gov/education/recovery.shtml, and see “Grant Opportunities”. For more information on Tennessee Diploma Project visit http://tn.gov/TDP/.

School Board meeting set for June 15
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff
Overton County Board of Education will meet in regular session Monday, June 15 in the conference room of the Central Education Office, as directed by Chairman Dolphus Dial. An open door work session will begin at 6 p.m. and the Board meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

A work session was held Tuesday, June 2, with the majority of the session concerning the new budget and an end-of-year budget amendment.
Diane Robbins, lab manager at Livingston Regional Hospital, gave information about drug testing, which the School Board is considering adopting into policy.

“We are just a collection facility,” she informed the School Board. “We do not perform the actual testing.”

The hospital sends the sample to a laboratory, which uses gas chromatography to weed out false results.

“That is the gold standard,” Robbins said.
Tests cost $30.50 each.

“Hawaii has just passed a mandatory drug testing
policy for their teachers,” Robbins said.

School Board member David Sadler Sr. said, “The only thing about it is, if a person comes to you for help prior to being caught, we need to help them.”

Loudon County has a drug testing policy, so the Board plans to look at that policy and to further consult with legal counsel.

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