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Mofield house destroyed by fire Thursday morning
City Council updated on flood damaged streets
Agriculture-Industry Day to be held October 7

Mofield house destroyed by fire Thursday morning

Darren Oliver photos
Livingston Fire Department responded to 303 Mofield Street on Thursday, Oct. 1 after the house caught fire in the lower center of the structure around 2:30 a.m. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but the fire smouldered and caught up again just before daylight.The final extinguishing was accomplished using a ladder pumper. Hilham and Rickman fire departments assisted with manpower to fight the fire.

Tennessee BBQ and Dairy Queen furnished coffee and breakfast to the workers.

Preliminary investigation indicated electrical wiring as the cause of the fire.

Owned by Brad and Lynda Simmons, the building housed Seasons Gifts, Dining, Bed & Breakfast. At left, Seasons owner Debbie Meadows and building owner Brad Simmons look on as firefighters battle the blaze.

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City Council updated on flood damaged streets

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen held their regular monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 5, with all aldermen present.
Mayor Hayes addressed concerns about Fair Street and Volunteer Drive where the flood destroyed the roadway. He said environmental concerns are holding up repairs.

“The problem you’ve got is with the stream running through there,” he said concerning Fair Street. “They’re wanting to divert the water and make a bigger hole than what it is to make sure the stream stays a steady flow while we repair this, and then move the stream back over to where it belongs then repair the other side.”

He said the city could be fined up to $40,000 if the stream is disturbed improperly.

“Within six weeks it will be repaired,” Mayor Hayes said.

He went on to say, “Just bear with us a little bit. We’re working as hard as we can as fast as we can.”

Of Volunteer Drive, he said the planned overpass, which will cross over Highway 111, will cause water runoff and the state and federal agencies have not decided what to do in that area.

“We’re going to do what they pay for, and at the end of the day they may pay for only what is there now,” he said.

Mayor Hayes also informed those in attendance about the water project.

“We are at the Cumberland River pumping wide open now,” he said.

Chemical costs for water treatment during the first 21 days of pumping from the Cumberland River were $1,455 lower, according to Water Plant Supervisor Johnny White.

An agreement with North Overton Utility District to allow Livingston to take over the water customers on Fairview Lane was approved, pending approval of North Overton Utility District. The current contract with North Overton will be amended from 10 million gallons per month to 12 million gallons per month at $2.61 per thousand gallons, and water over 12 million gallons at a rate of $3.61 per thousand gallons.

The cost to the city for adding these customers will be $36,450, according to Mayor Hayes.

“So, it will take us about four and a half years to see a return,” he said. “It’s a pretty unique situation though there, they are Town of Livingston taxpayers but they’ve been in North Overton Utility District.”

The water line on Fairview Lane will be changed from 3-inch to 6-inch.
Mayor Hayes reminded the aldermen that water rates will increase 10% on January 1, 2010.

In other business, TML Resolution 2009-10-1 was adopted.

Mayor Hayes said, “TML is our risk management for insurance.”

He said the resolution updates the coverage.

First reading of Ordinance 2009-10-1 to codify the municipal codes was approved.

A public hearing and the second reading of the ordinance will be held at 6:50 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2.

“All the codes and ordinances that have been passed since 1987 we have now got an updated version of it,” Mayor Hayes said.

First reading of Ordinance 2009-10-5 to adopt a digital zoning map was approved.

A public hearing and the second reading of the ordinance will be held at 6:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2.

Codes Inspector Darius Sims said, “It just updates the current zones, those that have been changed by the Planning Commission.”

He went on to say, “Because it is digital, it does clarify, like a particular lot.

It’s more accurate.”

Michael Hayes was hired at the Water Department to replace Rodney
Dempsey, as recommended by Supervisor Tim Coffee.

Coffee said, “Michael has done a really, really good job, and he has brought a lot to the table when he left Wascon coming to us.

The meeting adjourned.

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Teen’s body left at local hospital

By Mary Jo Denton,
Herald-Citizen staff

The body of a teenage girl was brought to the hospital emergency room in Livingston early Tuesday, Sept. 29, and the man and woman who brought her there are under investigation.

Authorities involved in the investigation believe that Kayla Bilbrey, 16, of Livingston, died of a drug overdose. If that proves to be true, it could turn into a murder case.

Reportedly, she was brought to Livingston Regional Hospital around 5:30 a.m. in a private car and was dead on arrival. According to some sources, the man and woman who brought her there then left the scene, but were later located by police for questioning in the case and are now under investigation.

District Attorney Randy York, contacted by the Herald-Citizen last week,
declined to discuss the case in any detail, but did confirm that an investigation into the case, a possible homicide, is underway. The body of the girl was sent to Nashville for an autopsy.

Hospital officials contacted police when it was determined that the patient who had been left at the ER entrance was dead, some sources said.

Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge, his detectives, Overton Sheriff W.B. Melton and his deputies, York and his investigators, Terry Hembree and Greg Phillips, as well as TBI agents worked on the case all that day and most of that night, gathering evidence and interviewing possible witnesses.

Reportedly, investigators are looking at a possible second degree murder charge against the person or persons who supplied the drugs believed to have caused the death. The state law on second degree murder specifies the crime as “the knowing killing of another” or as “a killing of another which results from the unlawful distribution of any Schedule I or Schedule II drug when such drug is the proximate cause of the death of the user”. Second degree murder is a Class A felony.

Kayla Bilbrey was a student at Livingston Academy.

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