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Archives 12-30-2009


Sobriety checkpoints
Trailer destroyed by fire last week
Livingston Airport receives $36,000 aeronautics grant
Cumberland Crackdown underway this week

Sheriffs Department receives bus from LESO

Sobriety checkpoint

Darren Oliver photo

Livingston Police Department will conduct sobriety checkpoints from 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31 to 3 a.m. Friday, Jan. 1.

Sgt. Jonathan Swift stated, “We would like to just remind those who choose to drink to have a designated sober driver.”

Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside checkpoints in Overton County the week of January 1.
Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by unqualified drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.
Tennessee Highway Patrol has found these road blocks to be an effective means of enforcing the driver license laws of Tennessee while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

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Trailer destroyed by fire last week

A trailer on Upper Hilham Road was destroyed by fire around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23. Lance Gore and his girlfriend, Karen Hogue, who is 13 weeks pregnant, had moved items into the home and were remodeling the trailer they were renting from Ted Turner. Although they were not yet staying in the trailer at the time of the fire, all contents, including clothing, were lost. Hilham Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.

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Livingston Airport receives $36,000 aeronautics grant
A federal aeronautics grant in the amount of $36,000 has been approved for the Livingston Municipal Airport in Overton County, according to Governor Phil Bredesen.

“Our local airports are vital to the economy and travel system of Tennessee,” Bredesen said. “Investing in our airports helps keep them competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of businesses and travelers.

I’m pleased to support continued improvement at Livingston Municipal Airport.”

Funds from this aeronautics grant will be used for a self-fueling system at the airport.

The grants are made available through Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely said, “This division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction, and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system,” reported. We are pleased to continue to support Tennessee’s general aviation and commercial airports.”

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a 5-member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state airport system plan.

Ronald Cooper, chair of the TAC, explained, “These grants can have a significant impact on the future of a general aviation airport and its economic contributions to our state. Our board carefully reviews all applications for grant funds to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be put to good use.”

TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports.

The division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.

Senator Charlotte Burks and Representative John Mark Windle helped secure these funds for Livingston Municipal Airport.

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Cumberland Crackdown underway this week
Governor’s Highway Safety Office will join 88 agencies from 28 counties to kick off the Cumberland Crackdown at noon, Wednesday, Dec. 30.

The crackdown will be one of the largest enforcement events in Tennessee.

Law enforcement agencies will be focusing their efforts on some of the deadliest highways in their jurisdiction, including Highway 111 in Overton and Pickett counties and State Route 52 in Clay County. These highways were identified by the Department of Safety using data from the present all the way back to 1994.

Agencies will conduct sobriety checkpoints and saturation points along these roadways from 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30 until 3 a.m. Thursday.

GHSO Liaison Clint Shrum said, “We are able to use a more proactive approach to enforcement this holiday season by using data provided to us by the Department of Safety. Having the ability to determine the areas that are the most dangerous allows agencies to appropriate the right resources to ensure highway safety. Because of this approach, the Cumberland Region is experiencing a noticeable decrease in highway fatalities this year.”

GHSO Director Kendell Poole added, “This time of year can be one of the happiest for families as they get together and make new memories; however, those happy moments can be stolen away in seconds because the holiday season is one of the deadliest and most dangerous. Enforcement will make a difference.”

Governor’s Highway Safety Office is reminding Tennessee drivers to stay safe throughout the holiday season and buckle up, watch speed, and designate a sober driver when taking part in holiday festivities.

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Sheriffs Department receives bus from LESO

Betty Aronson photo

On Tuesday, Dec. 22, Overton County Sheriffs Department received a 44-passenger bus through the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) program, a surplus outlet of the U.S. Department of Defense. Sheriff W.B. Melton, far right, stated that having the bus will benefit not only the Sheriffs Department, but also the Overton County school system, and other county entities in emergency situations. Also on hand for the occasion were, from left, Gerald Maynord, assistant principal of Livingston Academy, and Matt Eldridge, director of Overton County Schools.

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