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Welcome Home! Local Guardsmen return to Tennessee
Sales Tax Holiday set for weekend
Three flown out after car hits semi hauling logs
New site plan requirements approved

 

Welcome Home! Local Guardsmen return to Tennessee


Landon Amonett photos
Tennessee Army National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment arrived at the Guard’s Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna on Thursday, July 29, where the 135 Guardsmen from Jamestown, Livingston, and Oneida, representing Troop E of the 278th’s 2nd Squadron and 130 soldiers from McMinnville, representing Troop F, 2nd Squadron of the 278th completed out-processing.

Units from Dunlap and Cookeville, with 130 and 60 soldiers respectively, returned on Sunday.


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Sales Tax Holiday set for weekend
The fifth annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 6 and will continue through Sunday, Aug. 8.

The Department of Revenue is reminding Tennessee shoppers that during these three days of savings, consumers can save almost 10% on tax-free clothing, school and art supplies, and computer purchases.

“The annual Sales Tax Holiday was designed with Tennessee families in mind,” Governor Phil Bredesen said. “The holiday provides much needed savings for all Tennessee shoppers and prepares children for success by making sure they start the first day of school properly equipped with items they need.”

The holiday begins Friday, Aug. 6 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, Aug. 8 at 11:59 p.m. During the designated 3-day weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on select clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr said, “Last year’s tax-free weekend was extremely successful in giving back to Tennesseans, providing nearly $8 million in tax savings to Tennessee families. We are hopeful that all Tennessee shoppers will enjoy the immediate relief of the 2010 Sales Tax Holiday.”

For more information visit the Sales Tax Holiday website at www.tntaxholiday.com to learn more about the items exempt from sales tax. Tennessee Department of Revenue also assists consumers via e-mail at Salestax.Holiday@TN.gov and through its toll-free statewide telephone hot
line at 1-800-342-1003. Staff is available to answer questions Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.

In a continued effort to promote Tennessee’s sales tax holiday, Department of Revenue has launched a new dedicated facebook page at http://facebook.com/TNTaxHoliday.

Examples of exempt items include the following:

Clothing – shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms whether athletic or non-athletic and scarves;

School supplies – binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers, and scissors;

Art Supplies – clay and glazes, acrylic, tempera and oil paints, paintbrushes for artwork, sketch and drawing pads, and watercolors;

Computers – central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components and preloaded software. While the CPU may be purchased separately, other items must be part of a bundled computer package in order to be eligible. though iPad’s are eligible for tax exemption, video games and consoles are not.


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Three flown out after car hits semi hauling logs


Dewain E. Peek photo
Two men and a woman were transported by air ambulance after a two-vehicle collision on Highway 52 around 8 a.m. Friday, July 30. According to reports, Christopher Evans, 19, of Moss, was driving a white 1997 Honda Civic east on Highway 52 when the car crossed the center line into the path of a 1994 Freightliner hauling logs for Walnut Creek Timber. Charles Nivens, 62, of Cookeville, swerved the rig to the right, but the Honda struck the tractor at the rear wheels and then struck the trailer at the rear. The car traveled back across the eastbound lane and came to rest over the ditch.
According to reports, Evans, who was wearing a seatbelt, and front seat passenger Jessica Sandusky, 20, of Moss, who was not wearing a seatbelt, were transported by Air Evac to Vanderbilt Hospital, and back seat passenger Shawn Killmon, 19, of Celina, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported by air ambulance to Erlanger Hospital. Nivens, owner-operator of the truck, was wearing a seatbelt and was apparently uninjured.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Williams investigated the incident with assistance from THP Lt. Jimmy Beaty. Evans faces charges of driving on a suspended license and a moving violation, according to THP.



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New site plan requirements approved
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen held their regular monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 2, with all members present.
New site plan requirements proposed by Livingston Planning Commission were approved.

Alderman Robert Jolley, a member of the Planning Commission, said, “This is just a basic plan.”

He added, “We’re trying to get it designed to scale just a little more than just on a napkin or a piece of loose leaf paper with a rough drawing on it. Some of them come to us, we couldn’t tell what street they were on and how far off they were going to be.

“This proposal has the setbacks and street locations”
Engineer J.R. Wauford informed the Board that the project to repair the city dam has been completed, and that it came in $4,000 under the original contract.

He said the project to replace water mains also came in under estimates.
“So, you’re able to cut back your contribution by $15,000,” Wauford said.

Wauford also tried to explain what may be causing red water. He told the City Council that he believes that, even though the city uses a corrosion inhibitor, iron has built up in unlined cast iron pipe and is breaking loose when the weather goes from unusually cold to unusually warm, causing the pipe to contract then expand.

A resolution was adopted to accept the $401,441.20 low bid of G. Meeks Construction LLC, of Sparta, to replace unlined iron pipe in an area north and west of Livingston Regional Hospital. The project will be funded through grant money and $55,500 from the city.

A representative for Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc. gave an update on West Volunteer Drive and informed the aldermen that the road may be open by the end of next week.

Zach Littrell of Atmos Energy gave an update on the natural gas market.

Livingston City Council approved selling an alley at the corner of Daugherty Street, at a cost of $1,000, to Marty Maynord, whose property adjoins the alleyway.

Alderman Jolley was presented a plaque in appreciation of his 12 years of service to the Town of Livingston. Bill Linder will take Jolley’s seat on the Board of Aldermen on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Gas Department Supervisor Rick Winningham suggested giving a plaque of appreciation to Robert Watson, who is retiring after 23 years service to the Town of Livingston. The mayor and aldermen agreed.

The meeting adjourned.



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