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Archives 07-22-2009


Storm brings lightning, flood, fire
National Guard Regiment to mobilize later this year
Becca Savage crowned Fairest of the Fair

Storm brings lightning, flood, fire

Carson Oliver photos
A car is submerged under flood waters off West Volunteer Drive after heavy rains and lightning rumbled through Overton County from approximately 9 p.m. to just before midnight Wednesday, July 15.

According to reports, John Cartwright Jr. and Crystal Lefew were attempting to drive on West Volunteer Drive when the car was swept into flood waters where the road had given way over a 10-foot culvert near the city sewer plant. The two climbed out of the car and held onto trees for approximately three hours before being rescued by local emergency personnel and members of Putnam County River Team.

Norris Body Shop on Monterey Highway was destrroyed by fire during the storm. Fairgrounds Volunteer Fire Department was unable to respond because of the flooding, so Livingston Fire Department fought the blaze in the rain from approximately 11 p.m. before finally putting it out around 2:15 a.m. Paint, thinner, and other auto body products made extinguishing the fire difficult.

Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial said, “We were pumping 1,600 gallons of water a minute, and it wasn’t even fazing it.”

Lightning is generally believed to be the cause of the fire, but an investigation is underway.

At one point, 3,000 lightning strikes were indicated within a half-hour period. Weather stations in Livingston reported 9.57 inches of rain and 6.12 inches of rain.

Emergency communications were hampered during the storm after lightning struck the E-911 Communications Center just after the storm hit Overton County. E-911 personnel were injured from the lightning strike, but the injuries were not serious, according to reports.

Homes were damaged from flooding, and roads were washed out in parts of Overton County, though some areas were barely touched by the storm.

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National Guard Regiment to mobilize later this year
Major General Gus L. Hargett, Jr., Tennessee’s Adjutant General, announced Monday, July 13 that Tennessee’s largest National Guard unit, the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, headquartered in Knoxville, has received mobilization orders effective later this year.

Tennessee National Guard officials are working with the Department of Defense on the specific mission, number of soldiers, deployment date, and deployment location, which will be announced at a later date.

The regiment is composed of more than 3,000 soldiers from across the entire state of Tennessee, including Livingston.

Brigadier General Max Haston, Assistant Adjutant General, Army, said,
“The world situation is constantly changing after seven years of deployments, and the current situation will determine how and where the regiment is utilized as part of the Global War on Terror.”

Colonel Jeffrey Holmes, 278th Commander, said, “The regiment has anticipated the order and conducted individual and collective training for the deployment over the past six months. Our soldiers and families are prepared, and we’re ready to get it started.

“We began this process three years ago, and it will be gratifying to have the opportunity to finish the job.”

The 278th last deployed in June 2004 during which the unit trained Iraqi security forces and assisted with provincial elections and the National Constitutional Referendum. The regiment will mobilize through Camp Shelby, MS, for an unspecified period of time before deploying to their intended locations.

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Becca Savage crowned Fairest of the Fair

Winners in the Overton County Fairest of the Fair Pageant held Saturday, July 18 are, front row from left, 2nd Runner-Up and Miss Photogenic Keelyn Danielle Boles, daughter of Mark and Roxanne Boles, Miss Congeniality Mary Heather Maynord, daughter of Donna Kay Maynord and the late Mike Maynord, Miss Best Dressed Betsy Carr, daughter of Keith and Beth Carr, 2009 Fairest of the Fair Becca Savage, daughter of Rick and Marsha Savage, 1st Runner-Up Ashley Noel Maynord, daughter of June Maynord and the late Darryl Maynord, congratulated by 2008 Fairest of the Fair Kristen Williams and, back row, Tonya Hill, representing scholarship sponsor Bank of Overton County, Scott Watson, representing pageant sponsor Livingston Regional Hospital, and Fair Board President David Robbins.

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