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Archives 09-15-2010


National Rolley Hole Marble Tourney held
Couple flown out after Rickman intersection wreck
County Commission opts out of building code requirements
One injured in crash at Main, Bilbrey Friday

Appointments made to Planning Commission


National Rolley Hole Marble Tourney held

Josh Scott photo
Overton County’s Jeff Kimmel plays in an early Saturday morning tournament during the National Rolley Hole Tournament held this past weekend at Standing Stone State Park.
For more on the festival see Page 14A


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Couple flown out after Rickman intersection wreck
A man and his wife were traveling through Rickman at the intersection of Highway 111 and Highway 293 when the motorcycle they were riding became involved in a traffic incident that would see the couple flown out for emergency medical treatment.

According to reports from Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tiffany Breeding, 21, of Cookeville, was driving a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado and drove into the path of a 1998 Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle ridden by Larry Cairns, 69, of Monticello, KY.

In the incident, Cairns and his wife, Linda Cairns, 60, were thrown from the motorcycle and sustained serious injuries. They were flown from the scene via helicopter to U.T. Medical Center in Knoxville, where they were in critical condition at last report.

Breeding was transported via ambulance to Livingston Regional Hospital, but the extent of her injuries, if any, were unknown.

THP Lt. Jim Beaty worked the scene of the crash. At press time, the incident investigation was ongoing.

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County Commission opts out of building code requirements
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Sept. 13 with newly elected Commissioners Jackson Carter, Frank Martin, James Clouse, Jesse B. Bowman, Glenn Honeycutt, and Donna Savage joining re-elected Commissioners Jean Moore, Darwin Clark, Billy J. Parrott, Randall Boswell, Bruce Ledford, Billie G. Phipps, Rick Moles, Ben Danner, and Gregg Nivens.

Presiding at his first meeting, County Mayor Ron Cyrus informed the County Commission of a letter from the state, dated February 12, 2010, concerning residential building codes.

“What this basically does is, it requires building codes for all new single and double-dwelling homes in the county,” Mayor Cyrus said.
Fees would also be charged for the required inspections.

“It would run, I was told today, between $250 to $300 per building,” he said.

The county had three options – do nothing and the matter would be controlled by the state as of October 1, adopt it and take responsibility by appointing someone from within the county to perform the inspections, or opt out one year at a time. An opt out resolution would have to be adopted within 180 days following the election of the county’s legislative body or that option would expire, and would require a two-thirds vote by the Legislative Body.

The Commissioners voted unanimously to opt out of Residential Building Codes for one year.

By opting out of the legislation, the new law does not apply to the county, outside of the city limits, according to Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

In other business, Mayor Cyrus was elected chairman, and Commissioner Danner was elected chairman pro tem.

Difficult Lane was approved to be included for maintenance by Overton County Highway Department.

A resolution was adopted to authorize submission of an application for a Litter and Trash Collecting Grant for fiscal year 2010-2011 from Tennessee Department of Transportation and to also authorize acceptance of the grant.

Members of the Overton County Nursing Home Board were appointed as follows: 1st District – Frank Martin, 2nd Disrict – Darwin Clark, 3rd District – Randall Boswell, 4th District – Billie G. Phipps, 5th District – Gregg Nivens.

Members of the Beer Board were appointed as follows: 1st District – Jackson Carter, 2nd Disrict – James Clouse, 3rd District – Jesse Bowman, 4th District – Rick Moles, 5th District – Ben Danner.

Overton County standing committees for 2010-2011 were approved as follows:

Budget Committee – Jackson Carter, James Clouse, Randall Boswell, Glenn Honeycutt, and Gregg Nivens.

Public Safety Committee – Frank Martin, Darwin Clark, Jesse Bowman, Glenn Honeycutt, and Gregg Nivens.

Education Committee – Jackson Carter, James Clouse, Bruce Ledford, Billie G. Phipps, and Donna Savage.

Library Committee – Jean Moore, Darwin Clark, Jesse Bowman, Rick Moles, Ben Danner.

911 Board – Ben Danner and Jackson Carter.

Solid Waste Committee – Jean Moore, Billy Parrott, Bruce Ledford, Billie G. Phipps, and Gregg Nivens.

Industrial Development & Planning Committee – Jean Moore, Darwin Clark, Jesse Bowman, Rick Moles, and Donna Savage.

Salary & Employee Committee – Frank Martin, James Clouse, Randall Boswell, Glenn Honeycutt, and Ben Danner.

Insurance & Delinquent Tax Committee – Frank Martin, Darwin Clark, Randall Boswell, Glenn Honeycutt, and Donna Savage.

Agriculture Committee – Randall Boswell, Jean Moore, and Ben Danner.
Highway, County Property & Building Committee – Frank Martin, Billy Parrott, Bruce Ledford, Rick Moles, and Ben Danner.

Fair Committee – Jean Moore, Billy Parrott, Randall Boswell, Billie G. Phipps, and Ben Danner.

Ethics Committee – Jackson Carter, James Clouse, Randall Boswell, Rick Moles, and Gregg Nivens.

Veterans Committee – Jesse Bowman and Billie G. Phipps.

Mayor Cyrus asked that the Salary Committee meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the Overton County Courthouse Annex, and that the Budget Committee meet at 5:30 p.m. that evening.

Second reading of a resolution making appropriations to non-profit charitable organizations of Overton County for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2010 and ending June 30, 2011 was approved as follows:

Pacesetters – $6,000; Overton County Senior Citizens Center – $14,000; Meals on Wheels – $5,000; Rescue Squad – $8,000; volunteer fire departments – $96,000; Holland J. Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse – $1,000; Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce – $19,500; RSVP – $500; 4-H Club – $500; Livingston Municipal Airport – $6,000; UCHRA transportation – $2,500; Overton County Hogeye Festival – $1,000; Tennessee Rehabilitation Center – $1,000; Overton County D.A.R.E. Program – $1,500; Overton County Parade Committee – $300.

A budget amendment for the Sheriff’s Department was approved.

Bonds were approved for Franklin D. “Peck” Smith, W.B. Melton, and Gary Smith.

Changing the title of Overton County Mayor back to Overton County Executive was put off to the next meeting.

Minutes of the August 26, 2010 meeting were approved.

Mayor Cyrus gave an opportunity for members of the public to address the County Commission, with a 5-minute limit, and Michelle Lee asked Mayor Cyrus about HEFT Industries.

“Is that still planning on coming into Overton County?” she asked.

He answered, “This is what I know about it right now. There’s been actually nothing asked of the county, no money asked from the county, and it is still ongoing with the Chamber of Commerce.”

He went on to add, “I can appreciate the anxiety of people wanting a job. Itis extremely important. But I think we need to take every opportunity to make sure every opportunity is taken to follow this as far as we can, and hopefully it’s going to develop.”

He said Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and Greg McDonald of the Chamber of Commerce were going to meet with a HEFT representative the next day.

Before the meeting adjourned, Commissioner Martin asked about the lack of air conditioning in the courthouse during the meeting.

Mayor Cyrus answered that a tank that holds water used in the cooling system has holes rusted in it and will have to be replaced.


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One injured in crash at Main, Bilbrey Friday

Lyndon Johnson photo

A traffic collision at the intersection of West Main Street and Bilbrey Street Friday afternoon, Sept. 10 slowed traffic even more than the paving going on in the area at the time.

According to reports from Livingston Police Department, a tan 2000 Buick Park Avenue, above right, driven by Martha Dickson, 65, of June Chapel Road in Rickman, was traveling East on West Main Street and was turning left onto Bilbrey Street when a gray 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Jolene Blake, 21 of Bridge Lane in Livingston struck the Buick near the right front wheel.

Livingston Police cited Blake for not wearing a seat belt and violation of registration law. She was transported via ambulance to Livingston Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained in the crash.


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Appointments made to Planning Commission
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Livingston Board of Aldermen held their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 7. The meeting date was changed from the usual first Monday of the month because of the Labor Day holiday.

Aldermen David Langford, Bill Linder, Bill Winningham, Lynn King, Cindy Robbins, and David Sadler II were all present.

In new business, Paul Strong was hired as a full-time substitute for Clyde Qualls while he is out with an injury.

The Board approved purchasing road salt at $86.95 per ton. According to Mayor Hayes, the city has about 150 tons and will purchase 100 tons.

“Also this year we’re going to be having the salt brine,” Mayor Hayes said. “So, with the salt brine, we’re thinking it’s going to cut down on our rock salt.”

Robert Jolley was appointed to the Planning Commission to replace Charles Maynord, who has chosen to leave the position. Jolley had served on the Planning Commission as the alderman representative before exiting the seat as of September 1 when the term began for those elected in the Livingston Municipal Election held in June.

David Sadler II was appointed to be the adlerman representative on the Planning Commission.

They will serve on the Planning Commission along with Phillip McCormick, Rick McDonald, Jean Moore, Rebecca Pincheon, and Matilda Speck.

A public hearing on an ordinance to amend the zoning ordinance by adopting minimum site plan requirements for multi-residential, commercial, and industrial developments was set for 6:50 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4.

Water Department Supervisor Tim Coffee informed the Board that new water lines began being installed earlier that day.

“We’ll have some flagmen out, and we may have some streets closed periodically,” he said.

Police Chief Greg Etheredge informed the Board that the Police Department will hold a collection point for old medications from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25.

“We’ll take them into the police department and DEA will actually come up and dispose of them for us,” Chief Etheredge said. “So, it’s just a public service.”

Mayor Hayes also brought up a problem that is still occurring on the trash routes.

“Needles are still being put in the garbage,” he said.

He went on to say, “If they need containers, we can get them containers to put them in. And we also have a disposal place at the police department.”

Alderman Linder brought up a resident’s concern about visibility at the intersection of 2nd and Spring streets because of overgrowth.

He was assured that the overgrowth would be taken care of.

Before the meeting adjourned, Alderman Lynn King expressed appreciation to the city departments involved in containing a recent water leak on Bilbrey Street.


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