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Livingston native charged with first degree murder
AMonroe house explodes
Livingston-Overton County receive Three-Star Award
City Council meeting held

Livingston native charged with first degree murder
According to reports from the Loudon County News-Herald, a Livingston native has been charged with first-degree murder.

John Lee Nevans, 67, of 330 Highland Drive in Dayton was arrested at his home Tuesday, Sept. 28 on charges that he murdered 79 year-old Ronald Kronholm, according to information the News-Herald obtained from Loudon County Sheriff Tim Guider.

Nevans was reportedly a former business partner of Kronholm. Authorities said he had informed others he was unhappy because he was losing money on properties, though their business partnership had been dissolved for more than a year, according to Guider.

Blood was found on Nevans’ clothing “consistent with the blood spatter at the crime scene,” and Kronholm’s blood was found in Nevans’ truck, according to Loudon County Sheriff’s Department authorities. Nevans reportedly could not explain where the blood had come from, according to the warrant.

Officials told the News-Herald Nevans made several inconsistent statements during interviews, and at one time said that Kronholm had “took him for about $300,000.”

Maroon paint was found on Nevans’s white Ford pickup truck, and white paint was found on Kronholm’s maroon van.

Kronholm’s gunshot wounds were consistent with a shotgun blast, according to Guider. A shotgun once known to belong to Nevans has not been located by officials, though neither Nevans nor his son, who was the last person thought to have possession of the firearm, has filed a police report about the gun being stolen or taken.

Officials told the News-Herald that prior to his arrest, Nevans had told his wife he wanted to leave the country for South America, but she refused to go.

At last report, Nevans had not confessed to the murder and had not officially presented a lawyer. He was being held at the Loudon County Justice Center without bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 6.


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Monroe house explodes


Firefighters work to douse the flames at a residence at 358 Little Jaybird Lane in Monroe after a caller from the Dogwalk Road area, approximately two miles away, reported a loud explosion and a column of smoke in the vicinity. At roughly 9 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 Monroe, Alpine and Taylor’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Departments responded to the call.

The home, which was unoccupied and not connected to electric service, suffered extensive damage. Officials are still working to determine a cause of the explosion and the blaze that followed.

According to Monroe Volunteer Fire Department Chief Wayne Huckeby and Overton County Sheriff W.B. Melton, the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Squad is investigating the scene to determine what caused the explosion.




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Livingston-Overton County receive Three-Star Award


Leaders from Livingston and Overton County join state leaders as Governor Phil Bredesen presents the Three-Star Award.

Overton County has achieved certification under the state’s Three-Star program for excellence in economic development, according to Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber.

“Solid community development provides the foundation for successful economic development,” Commissioner Kisber said. “Our Three-Star communities play an integral role in the overall economic health of the state, and I congratulate Overton County for its commitment to excellence and dedication to long-term economic growth and success.”

Overton County and the Town of Livingston are now eligible to receive additional incentives under the guidelines of the Tennessee Three-Star program.

ECD Assistant Commissioner of Community Development Rick Meredith said, “ECD is proud to support Overton County in its dedication to long-term economic growth and success. The community has emphasized essential foundational steps and targeted its strengths that will improve quality of life and grow jobs.”

Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence provides services to communities that participate in the Three-Star program based on the Baldrige National Quality Program and provides feedback to help communities implement and improve their plans.

The Three-Star program is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year after beginning in 1980 as the “Three-Star Award for Successful Completion of the Community Economic Preparedness Program”. Under Governor Bredesen, the Three-Star program has been revamped to include a benchmarking system for community excellence. The program has now grown to 89 programs certified, representing more than 340 cities and towns.

In order to receive the certification, communities are required to meet criteria in planning, leadership, community, business, and education and work force development categories.

Incentives for receiving the certification include identification on all FastTrack infrastructure and job training applications, eligibility for matching grants, if criteria set by ECD are met, earning points in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, assistance from ECD’s Regional Economic Development specialists and the sharing of “best practices” in community development, and the establishment of a strategic plan that is updated annually with measurable goals, specific actions, responsible parties, and a timeline.

For more information about the Three-Star program visit www.tn.gov/ecd/CD_three_star.html.




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City Council meeting held
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 4. Aldermen David Langford, Bill Linder, Bill Winningham, Lynn King, Cindy Robbins, and David Sadler II were all present.

A request for a stop sign on the northbound side of Preston Street at the intersection of 7th Street was approved. Traffic was already required to stop on the southbound side and the East 7th Street side, as well as on the West 7th Street side, which is offset from the intersection. Signs will be placed at the intersection to indicate either All-Ways Stop or 4-Way Stop.

In recommending the stop because of residents’ concerns, Police Chief Greg Etheredge suggested giving motorists time to become familiar with the stop before issuing citations.

“We just need to make sure we give them time to understand that there’s going to be one there, and we give them some time before actual physical enforcement. I think that would be the right way to do it. It will take a while for people to get used to it.”

Second reading of new site plan requirements was approved.

Asked by Mayor Hayes to explain the ordinance, Codes Inspector Darius Sims said, “This is just dealing with multiple family residential, you know, two or more apartments, two or more mobile homes in a trailer park, two or more whatever residential, and it also deals with commercial and industrial.
But it does not apply to single-family residences.”

Alderman Sadler asked if it applies to barns or sheds, and Sims answered that it does not.

“Basically, what it does, it requires an individual, when they come in with a site plan, it is drawn to a certain scale on a certain size piece of paper and with all the utilities listed – whether it be water, sewer, gas – locations of adjacent structures, adjacent property owners, that type thing, allowing the Planning Commission an opportunity to look at it and either approve or disapprove their site plan.”

Charles Maynord was appointed to the Board of Zoning Appeals to replace Diane Ledbetter, who was not able to serve because of her work schedule.

The meeting adjourned.



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