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Archives 07-08-2009

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Independence celebrated
Six apprehended in City Park concession stand break-in
Zoning amendments pass with some opposition
Flashers to be installed on Hwy 111 at Rickman

Independence celebrated

Darren Oliver photo
The red-white-and-blue were on display in the annual fireworks show at Willow Grove on Independence Day, July 4. The nation’s birthday was celebrated across the country in patriotic displays.


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Six apprehended in City Park concession stand break-in
Livingston Police Officers Chris Billings and Logan Carpenter were dispatched to Livingston City Park on an alarm call at the concession stand at approximately midnight Tuesday, June 30.

Upon arrival, the officers discovered a window to the concession stand had been broken out. A search of the area revealed that a number of items were missing from the stand.

Several individuals encountered a short distance from the park were detained.

Detective Tim Poore then arrived at the scene to assist in the investigation.

Six people were identified as being involved in the break-in. Three of them were identified as adults Casey Poston, Stephanie McDougall, and Lowell Ambs, and the other three were determined to be juveniles. The adults were taken to Overton County Jail on charges related to theft, burglary, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The juveniles will face charges in Juvenile Court.

Officer Carpenter, who is also the School Resource Officer (SRO), stated, “We try to have as many things as we can for our young people and a few out there just want to spoil it for everyone.”

Det. Poore stated, “This case was solved due to the quick response of the officers and teamwork. We want to send a strong message that those that choose to break in and destroy public and private property will be prosecuted to the fullest.”

LPD may also have solved another investigation. Det. Poore, Det. Jacob Boswell, and Patrolman Rick Brown have been investigating a number of thefts from local merchants in Livingston over the past three weeks, totaling over $1,000 worth of property.

As a result of their investigation, a number of suspects have been identified in what is being described as a theft ring. As part of the investigation, a search warrant was executed at a residence on Geesling Lane in the Hilham area, and a number of items allegedly stolen from Livingston were seized.

The case is still under investigation and charges will be presented to Overton County Grand Jury, according to LPD.

Det. Boswell stated, “We were able to make this case as a result of working with our merchants, who have taken the extra steps to maintain video surveillance in their businesses and were able to provide detailed descriptions of their property, which made the difference in identifying the stolen goods.”



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Zoning amendments pass with some opposition
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen held their regular monthly meeting Monday, July 6, with all aldermen present.

Adding zoning amendments to the agenda was approved, with Alderman David Langford opposing. When the zoning amendments were brought up for a vote, Alderman Langford was still opposed.

“I don’t think it’s going to help us a bit,” he said. “I think it will hurt us.

“I think it will hurt the people that’s existing here even though that they will be grandfathered in. That’s just something to smooth over at the time, and at a later date it will bite them.”

Alderman Robert Jolley made a motion to approve the amendments, and Alderman David Sadler II seconded.

In discussing the amendments, Alderman Lynn King objected to the Board of Zoning Appeals and the Planning Commission being made up of the same members, asking how a board that draws up the rules could be expected to waive those rules on appeal.

Alderman Langford again brought up the potential chilling effect of the amendments, which require paved lots for motor vehicle related businesses among other restrictions.

“We’re just making it harder and harder,” he said. “If a man’s trying to make a living, not violating the law, not disturbing his neighbors, leave him alone.”

When put to a vote, Aldermen Jolley, Sadler, and Bill Winningham voted yes, and Aldermen Langford, King, and Cindy Robbins voted no.

Mayor Hayes asked Alderman Jolley if he would rescind his motion and make a motion to approve the amendments along with a separate amendment that would make a separate 3-member Board of Zoning Appeals, with one member being an alderman. Jolley complied and Sadler rescinded his second.

Jolley made the new motion and Sadler seconded. This time Alderman King voted along with Jolley, Sadler, and Winningham and the amendments were approved, with Aldermen Robbins and Langford still voting against.

After Alderman Winningham declined an offer to be appointed to the BZA, then Alderman Langford was asked to serve. He agreed and was appointed.

Engineer Roy Wauford gave an update on the Butler’s Landing water project.

“The good news is, mechanically, physically we can be pumping water from the Cumberland River to Livingston and using it,” he said.

“Electrically, Tri-County hasn’t got their lines finished.

“The second item, money. The way it’s coming out moneywise looks like the $16 million dollar project’s going to wind up within $15,000 to $20,000 left over.”

A valve thought to be defective turned out to be an electrical voltage problem, according to Wauford.

“For some reason, that was just a one day occurrence,” he said.

A TML Safety Grant resolution was adopted to purchase a lift crane to install on the back of a city truck for use by different departments. Cost is expected to be in the $3,500 to $3,800 range, and TML will pay half.

The low bid of Edmonds Paving Company of $32,000 for paving Frazier Road was approved.

Jason Thomas was hired to replace Jay Mosley at the gas department.

Second reading on the Grinder Pump Ordinance was approved.

Second reading on the “Sharps” Ordinance was approved.

Second reading on the Gas Ordinance was approved.

Second reading on the Sewer Use Ordinance was approved.

Mayor Hayes presented a letter from Foster Lee who asked that the new stop sign at 3rd and Medlock be moved. The request was taken under advisement.

The meeting adjourned.




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Flashers to be installed on Hwy 111 at Rickman

Solar powered flashers atop warning signs will be installed in advance of the intersections at State Route 111 and State Route 293 near Rickman, according to a memo to Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland from State Traffic Engineer Michael L. Tugwell. The flashers will be purchased, installed, and maintained by Tennessee Department of Transportation.

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