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Christmas In The Country kicks off Friday
Sheriff’s Department gives results of recent checkpoints
Hilham woman dies in I-40 crash Saturday
Livingston Fire Dept. receives grant



Christmas In The Country kicks off Friday


Gene Medley and Livingston Academy 4-H students prepare to decorate the official Livingston Christmas tree on the square for Livingston’s annual Christmas in the Country, which will kick off Friday, Nov. 27 with Mayor Curtis Hayes lighting the Christmas tree at 5 p.m. This year’s celebration is a four-week event to be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Friday night through December 18.
Overton County Merchants Association is planning many special events to take place around the square. Along with shopping and live music, guests may enjoy free hot cocoa, coffee, hot cider, popcorn, and hot roasted peanuts. A 5K Christmas for Kids run is scheduled on December 18 at 5 p.m. A local carriage service and wagon will be offering rides around the square and side streets. For more information call (931) 823-2218.



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Sheriff’s Department gives results of recent checkpoints
Overton County Sheriff’s Department conducted a number of checkpoints throughout the county on Wednesday, Nov. 11 to deter driving under the influence and check seatbelt violations.

Overton County is one of the top counties in Tennessee for not wearing seatbelts. During the checkpoints the following violations were found: seatbelt – 16; light law – 7; registration – 4; open container – 2; DUI – 1; simple possession – 1; possession of paraphernalia – 1; window tint – 1.
Law enforcement agencies across the state will be participating in special enforcement efforts leading up to the Thanksgiving travel holiday, with 52 law enforcement agencies in 19 Tennessee counties participating. Counties involved are Overton, Jackson, Clay, Pickett, Fentress, White, Macon, Smith, DeKalb, Anderson, Wayne, Franklin, Morgan, Jefferson, Monroe, Bledsoe, Grundy, Marion, and Sequatchie. Counties were selected based on both low seatbelt usage and a high unbelted fatality rate.

About a quarter of the U.S. population lives in rural areas yet more than half of all traffic deaths occur on rural roadways.

In Tennessee, 62% of the 776 people killed in car crashes in 2008 were in
rural areas. A large contributing factor is low seat belt use in pickup trucks.

In 2008, 72% of the pickup truck occupants who died in a traffic crash were not restrained at the time of the crash.

Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole said, “In addition to rural motorists, teen drivers, particularly young males, and pickup truck drivers, and passengers are most at risk of dying in a traffic crash.

“We must do all we can to protect ourselves and our passengers during the
busy Thanksgiving holiday travel season. Wear a safety belt every time you travel and make sure others in your vehicles buckle up as well, and talk to teens about the importance of buckling up every time they get into an automobile.”

Studies show that rural drivers also tend to speed along roadways they are
accustomed to driving. The chances of death or serious injury double for every 10 miles per hour a driver travels over 50 mph. Data proves crash involvement rates are almost 6 times greater for vehicles traveling 10 mph above or below the average speed.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Lieutenant Jeff Mosley said, “Obeying the speed limit and wearing seat belts clearly save lives. Unfortunately too many drivers in Tennessee and particularly those in our rural counties, still need a tough reminder.

“We are committed to doing everything we can to convince drivers to live by the law to save their lives and those of their loved ones during the holiday season and every day.”

 


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Hilham woman dies in I-40 crash Saturday
A Hilham woman died in a car crash Saturday, Nov. 21 on I-40 in east Cumberland County.

According to reports, Donna Faye Brennan, 64, of Hilham, was driving a 1997 Mercedes C23 east bound on Interstate 40 around 2 p.m. Saturday, when the car crossed the median into the west bound lane of I-40 and struck a tractor-trailer head-on at mile marker 335, about 15 miles east of Crossville.

The United Van Lines tractor-trailer, driven by Albert Galvin, 53, of Rock Mount, VA, struck a Stevens Transport tractor-trailer, then caught fire and burned on the right shoulder of the road.

Brennan and Galvin were later pronounced dead. Galvin’s passenger, Carolyn Galvin, was reportedly injured and was taken by ambulance to Cumberland Medical Center, as was the driver of the other semi, Raymond Martin. All were wearing seatbelts, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Troopers diverted drivers around the scene for several hours, as traffic backed up for miles. The west bound lane of I-40 was re-opened around 6:45 p.m. Saturday, but the trucks remained on the shoulder of the interstate.

 


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Livingston Fire Dept. receives grant


On hand for the fire grant presentation are, from left, Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial, Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes, and FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Coordinator Andy Hayes.

Livingston Fire Department received a $1,782 fire prevention grant recently from FM Global, an insurer based in Johnston, RI.
The award will be used to purchase a laptop computer and associated hardware to be used for fire education, pre-fire planning, and fire inspection work.
Andy Hayes, FM Global fire prevention grant coordinator, said, “In today’s climate, many organizations and agencies working to prevent fire face ongoing budget constraints, which can hamper even their most ambitious efforts. Through FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program, fire departments like the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, and other organizations that support fire prevention, can apply for funding to help strengthen their efforts to ultimately, and more effectively, prevent fire in their communities.
“Because fire continues to be the leading cause of commercial and industrial property damage, costing nearly $1 million on average per incident at our client locations worldwide, this program focuses on supporting preventive initiatives that can enable those organizations working to combat fire to be more proactive in their fire prevention efforts. After all, it is much better to prevent a fire than recover from one.”



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