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Archives 05-05-2010


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Flooding closes roads
City Council assured water intake undamaged
Law enforcement plans prom and graduation patrols
Unemployment lowers to 10.6% in state

Flooding closes roads


Carson Oliver photo
A sign warning of flooding on Hodges Street in Livingston is indicative of many roads in Overton County after torrential downpours Sunday, May 2 followed by rain that saturated the ground on Saturday, totalling 6.5 inches for the 48-hour period. In addition to Hodges Street off of Zachary Street in Livingston, Carr Avenue and Kennedy Street off of Airport Road as well as Oak Street and Celina Street were closed from flooding. In all, 15 roads in Overton County were temporarily closed, including Flatt Creek Road, Hunters Cove Road, and Jay Bird Road were closed. Emergency personnel were called to rescue people inside a car submerged on Monroe Branch Lane, and the people escaped the vehicle safely, though the vehicle washed downstream and was considered a total loss.
Many emergency workers from Overton County went to Clay County to assist in rescue operations. Jackson and Clay County schools were closed Monday and Tuesday, and Overton, Pickett, and Putnam counties ran 2-hours late on Monday.
Westward across the state from Overton County, interstates were closed and Nashville was flooded to near record levels. At the latest count, 19 persons had died in the flooding.



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City Council assured water intake undamaged
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen held their regular monthly meeting Monday, May 3, with all aldermen present.

Mayor Hayes allayed worries about the water intake at Butler’s Landing given the weekend Cumberland River flooding. He said the “brains” of the operation was approximately 60-foot high, and that the water was just over 30-foot high with a couple more feet of water expected. So, water is still being pumped from the intake and is not expected to have any problems.

The following were hired as lifeguards for Livingston City Pool, as recommended by Supervisor Bruce Lamb: Dylan M. Harris, Ty Eldridge, Kameron “Chase” Dunn, David Adam Wilson, Haley Ann Burnette, Marshall Cannon, Kailen Melton, Alex Wright, Allyssa Thompson, Heather Thomas, Ridge Harris, James Ryan Officer, Michael Watkins, Kyle Ledbetter, Frank Vance Robinson IV, Taylor Eldridge, Hayden Hill, Kiefer Smith, Ryan Harris, Stenson Smith, Leah Thomas, Mary Beth Winningham, Robert Perdue, Jennifer Eilender, Tammy Vaughn, Mary Phillips, Rachael Kingery, Justin Savage, Garrett W. Beu, Heather Cravens, and Tori Stocking. All are certified.

The pool will open Memorial Day weekend.

The aldermen approved the second reading of an ordinance to adopt by reference state traffic offenses and rules of the road.

Second reading of a financial responsibility (insurance) law ordinance was approved, which allows the Livingston municipal court to adjudicate these cases instead of having to send them to Overton County General Sessions Court.

Second reading was also approved of an ordinance to establish reasonable fines and court costs for violations of municipal ordinances in the Town of Livingston.

First reading of Ordinance 2010-5-1 was approved to change the zoning classification of the Moore property on Zachary Street from C-3 to R-1. A public hearing was set for 6:50 p.m. June 7.

The low bid of Mountain Farm International for a commercial grade zero-turn mower was approved for the airport. According to Johnny Halfacre of the Airport Committee, the contract with the airport operator calls for the city to provide a mower and for the operator to do the mowing.

“We’re approved for an $80,000 grant at the airport to buy mowing equipment with, which we haven’t used any of it,” Halfacre said.

The grant is a 75/25 grant, with the city paying the 25% and the grant paying 75% for the low bid, which will make the city’s cost for the mower $1,829, according to Halfacre.

Warren Nevad, municipal management consultant with Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS), presented a Local Government Leadership Program Level II certificate to Alderman Lynn King.

Before adjourning, Mayor Hayes told the Board that he has received complaints about dogs, such as pit bulls and rottweilers, in the city parks, and that he has asked City Attorney John Meadows to look into drawing up a dangerous dog ordinance.



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Law enforcement plans prom and graduation patrols
Tennessee Department of Safety is joins the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, National Organizations for Youth Safety, U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Governors Highway Safety Association, and Students Against Destructive Decisions to promote National Youth Traffic Safety Month.

Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is encouraging students to pledge not to drink and drive or text and drive.

Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said, “You can have a good time and do it in a smart way. Prom, graduation, and the beginning of summer are times to celebrate, but don’t let a good time be the last time; pledge not to drink and drive. Not only is it the law, the consequences can be deadly.”

Prom and graduation saturation patrols will be held in Overton County on Saturday, May 8, in Putnam, Pickett, Cumberland, Van Buren, DeKalb, and Jackson counties on Friday, May 21, and Putnam and Fentress counties on Saturday, May 22.

A national survey of 11th and 12th grade students suggested that 90% believe their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night, but few think that the behavior carries a high degree of risk. The Department of Safety is encouraging Tennessee youth to join the campaign and speak up for alcohol and drug free proms.

THP Colonel Mike Walker said, “Texting or talking on cell phones while driving is dangerous to the driver and all those on the roadway around them. Teens must understand that texting and talking on the phone while driving is against the law and every time a driver takes his or her eyes or focus off the road, even for just a few seconds, they put their lives and the lives of others in danger.”

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, distracted driving kills nearly 6,000 Americans a year.

In Tennessee, TCA 55-50-311 stipulates: “Any driver possessing a learner permit or intermediate driver license is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle on any highway while using a handheld cellular telephone.”

The teen driver is subject to a $50 fine and a 90-day delay in eligibility for an intermediate restricted or intermediate unrestricted driver license. TCA 55-8-19 stipulates that texting while driving and reading a text while driving are against the law for all drivers. The driver is subject to a $50 fine. Since January 3, THP troopers have issued 51 citations for texting while driving.

For more information on Teen Driver Safety visit http://tn.gov/safety/pubsafety/teendriversafety.html.


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OCN wins 12 advertising awards

Holding the 12 Ideas Contest awards won by Overton County News are, from left, Susan Gaumont, graphic design, Advertising Director Darren Oliver, Morgan Walters, advertising consultant, and Rachel Smith, advertising consultant.

Overton County News brought home 12 awards in the 2010 Tennessee Press Association Ideas Contest, which were presented Friday, April 16 during the Advertising/Circulation Conference held in Chattanooga.

A total of 871 entries from 35 newspapers were submitted in the 2010 Ideas Contest. OCN competed in the Non Daily – More Than 5,000 Paid Circulation category.

OCN Advertising Director Darren Oliver said of the awards, “We are always happy to win awards, but creating an advertisement that produces positive results makes us even happier. The hardworking staff at OCN appreciates everyone that gives us the opportunity to create your advertisement and marketing materials.”

Overton County News won the top three honors in Best Black & White Ad, taking 1st place with“We Love Our Soldiers” for First National Bank, 2nd place with “Building Banking Relationships For Generations” for Union Bank, and 3rd place with “Dribbling!” for Union Bank.

OCN won two awards in Best Real Estate Ad: 2nd place with “Fall Harvest of Homes” for Re/Max; and 3rd place with “Win-Win!” for Anita Holland.

Overton County News also won twice in Best Use of Single Color Ad, taking 2nd with “Refinancing...Now’s The Time!” for First National Bank, and 3rd with “We Can Keep You Out” for Livingston Flower Basket.

The NEWS placed 2nd in Best Sales Promotion with “What A Team Family” for First National Bank, and placed 2nd in Best 1/4 Page or Smaller Ad with “We’re Engaged!” for Mattography.

“Your just out-of-town low cost super market” for Brown’s Shop Rite took 3rd place in Best Food Store Ad.

OCN placed 2nd in Best Classified Section, and also placed 2nd in Self-Promotion of a Newspaper with “OCN Wins Advertising Awards!”.


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