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Archives 07-28-2010


Pull! 72nd Annual Agricultural Fair held last week
National Guardsmen returning Thursday
County unemployment rate rises to 11.1% in June
Anti-Drug Coalition formed to eradicate drugs in county


APull! 72nd Annual Agricultural Fair held last week

Landon Amonett photo
Mule pulling was a popular event during the 72nd Overton County Agricultural Fair held July 19-24 at Overton County Fairgrounds. Along with the agricultural events, the fair also featured games, rides, carnival food, and contest booths.

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National Guardsmen returning Thursday

About 265 soldiers of Tennessee Army National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment are scheduled to arrive Thursday, July 29, at the Guard’s Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna.

One hundred thirty-five Guardsmen from Jamestown, Livingston, and Oneida, representing Troop E of the 278th’s 2nd Squadron, are expected to roll in to Smyrna by bus at 1:30 p.m. One hundred thirty soldiers from McMinnville, representing Troop F, 2nd Squadron of the 278th, are scheduled to arrive at 3 p.m.

The soldiers are currently undergoing out-processing at Camp Shelby, MS.

They will complete out-processing at Smyrna, and then be transported by bus to their respective armories approximately two to three hours after their arrival in Smyrna.

National Guard officials emphasize that all times are subject to change and that in recent weeks, returning units have arrived up to one hour earlier than expected.

The Knoxville-based Armored Cavalry Regiment of approximately 3,400 is coming home from Iraq six months earlier than expected, and all of its units are scheduled to be back in Tennessee by the end of August.

The public is invited to be at the Smyrna training site Thursday to welcome the Guardsmen home.

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County unemployment rate rises to 11.1% in June
Tennessee’s county non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for June 2010 show the rate decreased in 17 counties, increased in 72 counties, and remained the same in 6 counties.

Overton County’s unemployment rate was 11.1% for June, up from 10.7% in May. Overton had 1,080 unemployed of a workforce of 9,710.

Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. Unemployment in the Cookeville MSA went up from 9.7% to 10.1% in June, with 4,990 unemployed of a workforce of 49,490.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate went up from 11.3% in May to 11.9% in June. Jackson had 580 unemployed of a workforce of 4,840.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate went up from 9.2% in May to 9.5% in June. Putnam had 3,330 unemployed of a workforce of 34,950.

Clay County’s unemployment rate went up from 12.3% in May to 12.5% in June. Clay had 420 unemployed of a labor force of 3,360.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate went up from 11.7% to 11.8% in June. Fentress had 950 unemployed of a workforce of 8,040.

Pickett County’s unemployment rate went up from 13.4% to 13.9 in June. Pickett County had 260 unemployed of a workforce of 1,880.

Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.8%, up from 6.6% in May. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 20.9%, up from 19.6% in May.

Unemployment information is available online at http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/june2010county.pdf.

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Anti-Drug Coalition formed to eradicate drugs in county

Members of the Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition gathered Tuesday, July 20 for a board of directors meeting. Attendees include, front row from left, OCADC board members Wanda Krantz, Thelma Danner, Cynthia Carmack, Carolyn Oldfather, OCADC grant writer Amy Davis, back row, OCADC board members Gene Medley, Gary Ledbetter, Mike Meadows, Executive Director Patrick Martin and Project Coordinator Nora Anderson of the Community Anti-Drug Coalition in Jackson County, and OCADC Project Coordinator Mark Peek. OCADC Board of Directors also includes Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes, Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland, Sheriff W.B. Melton, Police Chief Greg Etheredge, David Robbins, David Sadler, Dawn Killman, Donna Hall, Logan Carpenter, Mercedes Lawrence, and Rita Reagan.

By Amy G. Davis,
OCADC writer

To eradicate drugs in Overton County: that’s the mission.

Even if just one person is helped, members of the new Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition say it’s worth the effort.

“That’s our biggest goal,” said Livingston Regional Hospital CEO Mike Meadows, president of the Anti-Drug Coalition. “You’re never going to get rid of drugs completely, but if you can reach just one child or one group of kids and steer them away from drugs, you’re changing their lives.”

Meadows, along with approximately 30 other community leaders and concerned citizens, are onboard to do just that. The coalition is more than a year in the making and finally coming to fruition, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the State of Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

“The grant was for developing coalitions,” said treasurer Wanda Krantz, who, along with fellow OCADC members Gene Medley and Gary Ledbetter, was instrumental in securing the grant funds.

“My motivation for getting involved was that I could see monies available to tap into and bring into our community,” Krantz said.

Along the way, OCADC teamed up with the Jackson County Community Anti-Drug Coalition for mentoring.

Mike Meadows said, “As part of one of their grants, they were to help start other anti-drug coalitions, and they’ve helped us tremendously.”

Now that start-up funds are in place, OCADC is moving forward. An office has been set up in the Courthouse Annex, 417 East University Street, and two staff persons have been hired, Mark Peek and Amy Davis.

Meadows said, “I think both individuals have great strengths to bring to the table and get this program off the ground.”

Peek, who joins the coalition as project coordinator, said, “It’s important that somebody steps up to the plate and tries to do something about drugs in Overton County, and that’s what we are trying to do with this new program.

“We want to be very active in the community and in the schools to promote awareness and combat the problem.”

Peek, a 1990 graduate of Livingston Academy, also serves as a school board member, a judicial commissioner working with youth and adult drug offenders, and a photographer for his Livingston business, Captured Forever. He also worked 14 years for the Secretary of State’s office.

Davis, who will be working in grant writing and marketing, brings to OCADC more than 10 years of experience in the journalism field. She is a 1996 graduate of Livingston Academy and a 2000 graduate of Tennessee Tech University, where she earned a degree in English-Journalism. She has served as a feature writer and editor at the Herald-Citizen, public relations writer at Tennessee Bible College, and as a freelance writer for the City of Livingston.

“I am excited and honored to work with the Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition,” Davis said. “I look forward to seeking and writing grants to fund coalition programs and projects, as well as working in our community and schools to promote positive, drug-free lifestyle choices.

“This is a great organization, and I believe much good will come of it.”

With “Eliminating Drugs Through Education” as the motto of their anti-drug campaign, coalition members plan to get busy this fall, first in the schools, working with existing programs such as Project Graduation and D.A.R.E., and then adding new ones as needed.

Sheriff W.B. Melton, a member of the OCADC board of directors, said, “Drugs are a big problem in Overton County, not only your narcotics but also your prescription drugs. It’s something we need to protect our kids from as much as possible and educate them about.”

Krantz said, “We don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Good programs are already in place. I think we just need to help support them and make them better. My vision is to have a coalition that is very active in the community, and for a large percentage of the grant monies we receive to go back into the community. I’d also like to see us do some educational programs with the youth and maybe some that entail adults too.”

Meadows added, “One of my personal goals is to build a skate park in the City Park where kids can feel safe, a drug-free recreational area.”

Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition consists of the following members: Mike Meadows, Wanda Krantz, Carolyn Oldfather, Gary Ledbetter, Gene Medley, Thelma Danner, Curtis Hayes, Cynthia Carmack, David Robbins, David Sadler, Dawn Killman, Donna Hall, Greg Etheredge, Kenneth Copeland, Logan Carpenter, Mercedes Lawrence, Rita Reagan, W.B. Melton, Amanda Schlachta, Andy Langford, Andy Mitchell, Darren Oliver, Greg McDonald, Jamie Burnette, Linda Halsell, Mark Peek, Amy Davis, Mike Gilpatrick, Sarah F. Bilbrey, and Tommie G. Donohue.

Sheriff Melton said, “The coalition is people in the community being aware and working toward one common goal, and that goal is to keep drugs out of our community. I’d just like for others to be aware of it and get involved.

We could always use more hands, trying to prevent our kids from using drugs.”

For more information or suggestions call OCADC at 823-3797.

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