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Truck slides into Fair Street hole
City Council meeting held Monday night
Hilham man killed in head-on crash

City and county awarded community development grants

Change of season evident in leaves

Truck slides into Fair Street hole

“What a mess!” was all Randall Allen truck driver for Robert Orr Sysco had to say after Friday’s accident on Fair Street. Reportedly, while unloading goods at Dairy Queen, the truck’s brakes gave out and rolled across West Broad Street into the hole left fom the recent flood damage. Miraculously no one collided with the truck or was injured as it crossed the busy, two lane intersection beside Dairy Queen. Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge and several local fire fighters responded.

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City Council meeting held Monday night
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston Board of Aldermen and Mayor Curtis Hayes held their regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 2, with all aldermen present.

Police Chief Greg Etheredge informed the City Council that a 50/50 grant of up to about $3,700 has been approved for the Police Department to buy bulletproof vests. Mayor Hayes said the city’s match would be $3,624.95 and that the Police Department has the money in its equipment fund.

The aldermen voted unanimously to approve the matching funds.

Zach Littrell of Atmos Energy gave an update on the price of natural gas.
“November closed at $4.29, which is 42% cheaper than we had hedged for gas last year,” he said.

Alderman Bill Winningham said, “I think Atmos has done us such a good job, I’d like to extend this contract for another year.”

A one-year contract extension with Atmos was approved, with Aldermen Lynn King, Cindy Robbins, David Sadler II, and Bill Winningham voting yes, and Aldermen Robert Jolley and David Langford voting no.

A $500 donation for the annual Christmas parade, which had been budgeted, was approved. The parade will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

Second reading of Ordinance 2009-10-1, an ordinance to codify the municipal codes, was approved, and second reading of Ordinance 2009-10-2, an ordinance to adopt a digital zoning map, was also approved.

Mayor Hayes informed the Board of Aldermen that the city has been awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.

“We applied for a grant to replace the old water lines around the hospital, 1st Street, McHenry Circle, around this area right here – some of the oldest water lines in town,” Mayor Hayes said.

He went on to add, “It won’t cost us any money. It’ll be all grant money.”

Mayor Hayes also announced that work has begun on Fair Street, and that FEMA has approved funds to repair the road to the sewer plant, so bids should be let on it soon.

The meeting adjourned.

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Hilham man killed in head-on crash
A Hilham man was killed in a head-on collision Friday evening, Oct. 30.

According to reports, Randall Riddle, 54, of Hilham, was driving a 1989 Ford east on Hardy’s Chapel Road around 4 p.m. when he attempted to turn toward Brown’s Greenhouse on the crest of a hill. The Ford turned into the path of a 1996 Chevrolet pickup driven west by a 17 year-old male juvenile.

Riddle died from his injuries. Jones was apparently uninjured. Neither driver were wearing seatbelts, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report, which also states that using a seatbelt would have made a difference in the outcome of the collision.

The incident was investigated by Trooper Kendall Grasty and Sgt. James Sells of Tennessee Highway Patrol.

City and county awarded community development grants
Governor Phil Bredesen and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matthew Kisber recently approved a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to assist in infrastructure improvements in the Town of Livingston, and a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant to assist in infrastructure improvements in Overton County.

The Town of Livingston funds will be used for upgrading and modernizing the city’s water distribution system by replacing old cast iron pipes with 10,250 feet of water lines, 123 service lines and five fire hydrants. This project will serve 10,617 people, of which 7,633, or 71.9% are low-to-moderate income. Funding for the $570,000 project will include $70,000 in local funds.

The Overton County funds will be used to purchase two new ambulances and equipment to serve the entire county. Funding for the $322,581 project will include $22,581 in local funds.

These grant dollars were provided by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and were allocated under a procedure authorized by Tennessee General Assembly.

Gov. Bredesen said, “The grants awarded through this program provide funding needed to maintain and update community resources and improve the overall economic and environmental health of Tennessee. I’m proud the state of Tennessee can provide funding to communities to help spur economic growth and create jobs.”

Commissioner Kisber said, “These grants are evidence of the state’s commitment to helping our communities prosper. CDBG grants help increase our state’s economic edge and provide opportunities for our communities to improve their overall economic development strategies.”

State Senator Charlotte Burks added, “This CDBG grant will pave the way for continued economic progress in Overton County. I congratulate the community leaders for their work in securing the funds, and I look forward to seeing the fruit, including new jobs, of this valuable aid.”

The Livingston grant was approved following an application by the Town of Livingston, and the county grant was approved following an application by Overton County.

Allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set at local levels where community needs are best known. The CDBG program is administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development.
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to create higher skilled, better paying jobs for all Tennesseans. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more go to www.tnecd.gov.

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Change of season evident in leaves

Mac McLeod photo
The hills around Overton County are changing from shades of green to a multitude of different colors as the autumn season progesses, making for picturesque scenery.

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