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Archives 08-25-2010


Flood 2010 hits county
Alleged meth lab busted in Rickman
County awarded $29,000 in litter grant funding
Town Hall meeting set for August 31


Flood 2010 hits county

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The bridge near Oak Springs Lane on Highway 293 was overtaken by waters reaching approximately 12 feet last week.

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A freezer floats away from a home in the Rickman area after last Wednesday’s deluge.

Torrential rains came down on Overton County early Wednesday, Aug. 18, causing flooding across the county and forcing some out of their homes.

Overton County schools were called off at 9:45 a.m., but buses were not sent out while the storm was still over the area.

Three swift water rescues were performed as more than 7 inches of rain fell in less than a 24-hour period.

Overton County Emergency Management has been conducting assessments of damage in the area, and Emergency Management Director Chris Masiongale said that Tennessee Emergency Management Agency told him that Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individual Assessment Group began assessing homes in the area on Tuesday, Aug. 24.

“They will begin on the PA (public assistance – roads, bridges, etc.) later in the week.” Masiongale said. “We have estimated approx. 6 million in damages across the county. That number includes all damages both public, and individual.”

He said anyone wishing to report damage to their property should call (931)

As of Sunday, Aug. 22, Masiongale had received information showing 3 structures as destroyed, 10 with major damage, 12 with moderate damage, and 30 with minor damage.

“Clean up continues at those homes most damaged, two church groups assisted homes in the Oak Springs Community, and on the Tommy Dodson Highway on Saturday,” he said. “As well, we are continuing to evaluate homes that have called in with damage.

“We have delivered dehumidifiers, and generators for three residents and a
church that requested them. I spent most of the day today refueling, and helping those that had no help, and delivering more bottled water, masks, and gloves to all.

“More volunteers are needed throughout the week, these residents are growing tired and weary and could certainly use more help with the cleanup efforts. These folks are having to rip out everything in their homes up to about 4 feet on the walls. That means insulation, sheet rock, tile, wood flooring, wiring, etcetera.”

Overton County Solid Waste has placed dumpsters at Oak Springs Lane and Mirage Drive.

“They continue to take any debris, and garbage at the recycling center at no cost,” Masiongale said. “To date they have taken in 17.5 tons.”

He said Twin Lakes Telephone Cooperative Corporation has suffered a great deal of loss, especially in the Jackson County area, with estimated damages well within the millions.

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Alleged meth lab busted in Rickman

An officer wearing a protective hazmat suit removes methamphetamine paraphernalia from the residence of Michael Carmack at 511 Tommy Dodson Highway in Rickman during a search of the residence on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Officers from Overton County Sheriff’s Department and Livingston Police Department conducted a joint operation last weekend that resulted in a search warrant being executed at the residence of Michael Carmack at 511 Tommy Dodson Highway in Rickman.

On Saturday, Aug. 21, officers raided the residence and allegedly found a meth lab with multiple components and mixed chemicals. Due to the hazardous nature of meth labs, meth-certified officers donned protective hazmat suits for the processing and cleanup of the evidence recovered.

Officers participating in the raid included Overton County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Brian Franklin, Detective Michael Tharp, Sgt. John Garrett and Deputy Steve Hritz. Officers participating from Livingston Police Department included Brandon Walker and Ray Smith.

According to local law enforcement officials, the case will be presented to Overton County Grand Jury at a later date.

Anyone with information related to criminal activity is urged to contact the Overton County Sheriff’s Department at (931) 823-5635 or the Livingston Police Department at (931) 823-6496. Those wishing to report information anonymously may call the anonymous tip line at (931) 783-3743.

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County awarded $29,000 in litter grant funding

As part of the effort to StopLitter in Tennessee, Governor Phil Bredesen and TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely awarded $3,862,515 in litter grant funds to all 95 counties in Tennessee on Wednesday, Aug. 18.

Gov. Bredesen said, “These funds will be used by counties across the state to organize their pick-up efforts and conduct educational campaigns to teach children and adults about the importance of keeping Tennessee beautiful.”

Overton County will receive $29,237, according to Commissioner Nicely. Litter grant funds are distributed annually by TDOT to all Tennessee counties for litter clean up and education.

“TDOT awards approximately $3 million each year to help local communities in their efforts to stop litter in Tennessee,” Nicely said. “These funds are obtained through the collection of a specialty tax on the malt beverage and soft drink industry through the Litter Grant Bill, which was enacted by the General Assembly in 1981 and are put to use by local communities to prevent litter through education and clean-up activities.”

The funds each county receives are determined by county road miles and county population in order to ensure an equitable distribution statewide.
Funds must be used for litter pick-up activities and litter prevention education. Education funding can be used in a variety of ways, such as sharing litter control awareness with schools, citizens, and businesses.

Through the litter pick-up program, approximately 25.5 million pounds of roadside litter were picked up on approximately 292,000 miles of county roads, and approximately 45,000 miles of state routes.

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Town Hall meeting set for August 31

Livingston Police Department will hold a town hall meeting at the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce building on Tuesday,
Aug. 31. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss concerns of the public in regards to criminal activity in Livingston and Overton County in an effort to join forces between the citizens and Livingston Police Department.

Police Chief Greg Etheredge, along with detectives and other LPD personnel, will address concerns and share information with the public.

Livingston Police Dept. has also announced the beginning of a Citizens Police Academy. The first class will be held Monday, Oct. 4, beginning at 6 p.m. and lasting until approximately 9 p.m. The class will run for 10 weeks, meeting on Monday nights, and is free of charge to citizens of Livingston and Overton County. Class size will be limited to 25.

Applications may be picked up at Livingston Police Department or the Chamber of Commerce building, 222 East Main Street. Applications will be accepted through Monday, Sept. 20.

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