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Improper turn leads to citation, headache
Mayor breaks tie, no new gas taps outside city
Trick-or-Treating Halloween treats abound Saturday
County unemployment rate lowers to 9.2% in September
Time change also time to change battery

Improper turn leads to citation, headache


Lyndon Johnson photo
A two-vehicle collision on West Broad Street Thursday afternoon, Oct. 28 tied up traffic just as many were getting off work. According to the crash report from Livingston Police Department Officer Jonathan Storie, a silver 2003 Honda Accord driven by Emily R. Smith, 21, of Byrdstown, was traveling West on West Broad Street when it struck a white 2000 Nissan Altima driven by Robert G. Day, 36, of Livingston.

According to Storie’s narrative, Smith was traveling West on West Broad Street when she attempted to make an improper left turn into the parking lot at Buckeye Home Medical at 321 West Broad Street, turning into the path of Day’s Nissan Altima and causing Day to strike Smith’s Accord in the driver’s side rear quarter.

Smith was cited for failure to comply with the Financial Responsibility Law, which requires motorists in Tennessee to carry automobile insurance. Neither Smith nor Day was physically injured in the collision. Passengers in Day’s Nissan, a 12-year old minor whose name was not released by Livingston Police Department and Lisa Day, 34, of Livingston, also were uninjured.


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Mayor breaks tie, no new gas taps outside city
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

No new natural gas or sewer taps will be extended outside Livingston’s city limits after December 1, the result of a tie-breaking vote by Mayor Curtis Hayes during the Monday, Nov. 1 regular monthly meeting of the mayor and Board of Aldermen.

When the item was brought up, Alderman David Langford asked, “If you’ve got a line laying there in front of your house that you’re not currently on, you do have the opportunity to get on it, right?”

“Well, I thought that was what we all discussed,” Mayor Hayes said in an apparent reference to a meeting other than one underway.

Alderman Lynn King said, “Not after December 1st, no new taps.”

And Mayor Hayes also said, “There will be no gas taps, or sewer taps, outside the city limits.”

Alderman Cindy Robbins also questioned not allowing new taps on existing lines.

Langford added, “I could kinda go along with not extending no lines out, but now, if there’s a line laying there and somebody’s building a new house or something, and with the line already laying there, us in the business to sell gas and sell water and sell sewer, I don’t see why not take his money.”

Alderman David Sadler II answered that the money doesn’t cover the expense of adding the service and maintaining it.

Langford again said, “I mean, if you’re in the business, I don’t see why not sell your product.”

Mayor Hayes answered, “I don’t think they ever should have been extended outside the corporate limits, if you ask me. That’s the way I feel.

“People outside the corporate limits shouldn’t have benefits of living in the city. That’s the way I feel. That’s just me. I don’t have a vote.”

After that, Mayor Hayes asked for a motion of some kind, whether to pass it, vote it down, or take it under advisement.

With no one making a motion, Sadler suggested, “I think the tap rates outside the corporate limits need to be raised, and the rates need to go up.

At least we ought to get something from them instead of people just outside the limits getting everything that the city has that the taxpayers inside pay for and nobody else does.”

Langford said, “I know it, but we’re doing the taxpayers an injustice by not collecting money and lowering their fees.”

“Their fees are lower,” Sadler said.

Langford likened the proposed action to a gas station refusing to sell gas.

“I just don’t understand that, when you’re in the business,” he said.

Sadler said, “I thought our business was to supply our taxpayers.”

“It is,” Langford said, “but with the line laying there, I mean, I don’t see why you wouldn’t sell your product. I just don’t see that.”

King offered, “Well, I think the idea was to make it more attractive to be inside the city limits, David.”

“Well, I understand that,” Langford said, “but that’s still not helping. I mean, we’ve got it for sale. I just don’t see that.”

Alderman Bill Linder asked, “If that was the case, then why was it run out into the county.”

Mayor Hayes answered, “I’m sure to bring in more revenue.

“At the same time,” he continued, “I think hindsight is 20/20. But you take someone that lives outside the corporate limits that don’t have the same benefits that the city has, you may not have people fighting very hard when you try to extend the corporate limits. It’s real easy to say, ‘We don’t want to be in the city,’ when you’ve got gas and water and some sewer.”

Vice Mayor Winningham made the motion and King seconded it.

On the vote, King, Sadler, and Winningham voted yes, and Langford, Linder, and Robbins voted no.

Mayor Hayes said, “I vote yes. I vote yes because I think it should be a benefit to live inside the corporate limits.”

A donation of $500 to the annual Christmas Parade was approved.

Jimmy H. Nivens was hired as a certified electrician on a contractual basis of 12 months at $14,000.

Mayor Hayes said, “Mr. Nivens comes with an extensive amount of experience from the Clay County school system and Carwile Mechanical, and I think we’re getting a bargain at $14,000 a year.”
Nivens will begin on November 15.

Jesse Cole was hired at the Water Department as a full-time employee.
Mayor Hayes said, “Jesse will be replacing Randall Buck. Randall Buck will be replacing a retiring Richie Qualls.”

The meeting adjourned.



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Trick-or-Treating Halloween treats abound Saturday


Darren Oliver photo
Halloween was oberved in Overton County on Saturday, Oct. 30 instead of the October 31 holiday date. Trick-or-treaters gathered candy across the county, such as these at Walnut Grove Church of Christ’s Bible Character Walk held below the grandstands at Overton County Fairgrounds. Approximately 400 people were treated to 20 Bible scenes that included a short dialog. Children were given candy to help them remember the stories they heard.


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County unemployment rate lowers to 9.2% in September
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for September 2010, released October 28, show that the rate decreased in 85 counties, increased in 7 counties, and remained the same in 3 counties.

Overton County’s unemployment rate was 9.2% for September, down from 9.5% in August. Overton had 910 unemployed of a workforce of 9,920.

Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. Unemployment in the Cookeville MSA went down from 9.2% to 8.7% in September, with 4,440 unemployed of a workforce of 50,910.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate went down from 11.2% in August to 10.1% in September. Jackson had 500 unemployed of a workforce of 4,960.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate went down from 8.9% in August to 8.4% in September. Putnam had 3,020 unemployed of a workforce of 36,030.

Clay County’s unemployment rate went down from 10.9% in August to 10.7% in September. Clay had 360 unemployed of a labor force of 3,360.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate went down from 11.3% to 10.8% in September. Fentress had 870 unemployed of a workforce of 8,070.

Pickett County’s unemployment rate went up from 12.8% to 13% in September. Pickett County had 240 unemployed of a workforce of 1,860.

Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6%. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.9%, up from 19.8% in the previous month.

Unemployment information is available online at http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/sept2010county.pdf.

Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 9.4%, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the August rate of 9.6%.

The national unemployment rate for September 2010 was 9.6%.




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Time change also time to change battery
Daylight-saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 7, with clocks being turned back one hour, and it also marks the 23rd anniversary of the “Change Your Clock Change Your Battery” program, created by Energizer and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), which reminds people to check and change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors during the fall time change.

Forty percent of fatal fire injuries occur in homes without working smoke alarms, while 23% occur in homes in which at least one smoke alarm is present but fails to operate.

Jack E. Parow, president and chairman of the board of International Association of Fire Chiefs said, “A working smoke alarm is a family’s best defense for surviving a home fire.”



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