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Veterans Day event held Saturday at Courthouse
County Commission approves $200K note for spec building
Overton County has 40% voter turnout for election
Drug Take Back held Saturday

Veterans Day event held Saturday at Courthouse

Lyndon Johnson photos
Above, members of the Livingston post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars stand at attention during the playing of TAPS after firing the customary three volleys in memory of those who died in service to our country at a Veterans Day ceremony held on the Livingston Courthouse Square Saturday, Nov. 6.

Lt. Lora Atkinson of the United States Navy Reserve spoke at the event, in addition to a speech by Livingston VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Linda Kinney and a singing of the national anthem by Margaret Cody. During the ceremony, Gordon and Linda Kinney and Jack and Carolyn Copeland laid wreaths at the Veterans Memorial monument on the North Courthouse Square. Also, the 2010 Buddy Poppy Princess, Kelsey Lynn Brown, was crowned by 2009 Princess Jessica Huntley. After the event concluded, the VFW hosted a gathering with refreshments at the VFW hall on Church Street.

At right, David Moles, U.S. Navy, retired, salutes the flag as it is raised at the event’s inception while Cody sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” from the podium.

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County Commission approves $200K note for spec building
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 8 with Commissioners Jackson Carter, Frank Martin, Jean Moore, Darwin Clark, James Clouse, Billy J. Parrott, Randall Boswell, Jesse B. Bowman, Bruce Ledford, Glenn Honeycutt, Billie G. Phipps, Ben Danner, Gregg Nivens, and Donna Savage all present, and Commissioner Rick Moles absent.

A 3-year capital outlay note in the amount of $200,000 was considered for an EDA project to build a spec building on an 8-acre parcel in the industrial park next to the lettuce factory. The county will receive $1.3 million in grant funds for the project.

County Mayor Ron Cyrus said, “It is a spec building. It’s a 50,000 square-
foot building is what is being planned to build.”

The building will be built in a manner that will allow it to later be expanded to 100,000 square-feet if necessary.

Commissioner Glenn Honeycutt asked, “Why do we need this building when we have other buildings in the county that’s empty?”

“Good question,” Mayor Cyrus answered. “There may be other buildings in the area, but they’re all privately owned. The county owns no buildings, they own no buildings like what we would need to bring industry in.”

He later noted a limitation of those privately owned buildings, “Most industry wants something with a higher ceiling.”

Commissioner Danner said, “If we had something definite come in here, it sounds good. To me it kinda sounds like that ‘Field of Dreams’, you build it they’re going to come.”

Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce Director of Economic Development Greg McDonald was asked by Mayor Cyrus to give more information on the subject. He said many companies are looking for places to locate their manufacturing, but that Overton County has only three buildings that can be marketed for business – the Berkline building, the old LA Mfg. building, and the old Just On Time building, all of which have ceilings too low for most modern manufacturers.

“That’s all we have, and we don’t own none of it, it’s all held privately,” McDonald said. “So, when we get a request for information in, we don’t have anything to offer.”

Mayor Cyrus said, “I really believe this is the direction we need to go. We cannot possibly create or attract jobs into the area unless we’ve got something to offer.”

Commissioners Carter, Martin, Moore, Clark, Clouse, Parrott, Boswell, Bowman, Ledford, Honeycutt, Phipps, Nivens, and Savage voted yes, and Commissioner Danner voted no.

During the discussion about manufacturing, McDonald also addressed concerns of many in the public about HEFT Industries, which first announced a September date to be in operation and now apparently has no
definitive date to be operational.

“I know everybody’s had different opinions on that, but it is real,” McDonald said. “They are in Tennessee.”

He later said of HEFT Industries, “That came in through the back door, ladies and gentlemen. It came in through a real estate agency, not typically done the way we typically see. Most companies come in through TVA or through the state. And they came in. So, they were one of those ones still knocking on doors and looking at facilities.

“They have negotiated a price on the Berkline building. Have they closed on it? No, they have not. They negotiated a very good price.”

Two resolutions were adopted for patrol cars from USDA. The resolutions were adopted in order to sell general obligation bonds for the purchase of patrol cars, with $130,000 in bonds and $45,000 in grant funds. The Sheriff’s Department plans to repay the loan within six months.

Mayor Cyrus said, “We’ve got the money, but the way the grant was
written, we have to take a loan in order to get it.County General Quarterly Reports were approved, as was Overton County Schools Quarterly Report.
Director of Schools Matt Eldridge gave an update on funding for a new CDC room at Livingston Academy.

“We did get growth money for that, so we’re not going to ask you all for anything for the building part,” Director Eldridge said.

He said the school system received about $450,000.
The County Commission approved $1,750 for a Library Tech grant.

Mayor Cyrus said, “The money is already appropriated in the budget.”
Grants already in progress were approved, with Commissioner Danner voting no. They are as follows:

•Sheriff’s Department – ByrneJAG for radio equipment, $20,000 with a $5,000 match; Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) for OT-saturations, $42,662.82; GHSO for salary/equipment, $16,793.79; U.S. Marshals for salary/equipment, $10,000 or up.

•Juvenile – Tennessee Commission on Children & Youth for salary, $9,000; Tennessee Commisson on Children & Youth for alternative placement, $300.

•Library – Library Tech Grant for equipment, $6,000 with a 50% match; ARRA for equipment, $12,494; IMLS for equipment/building, $159,341.70.

•County Mayor – CDBG-Housing for housing rehabs, $375,000; EDA for water lines and spec building, $1,313, 550 with a $200,000 match; Department of Environment & Conservation for corrective action at the old landfill, $300,000.

•Election – Department of State for voting machines, $2,000.

•Health Department – Tennessee Department of Health for dental services, $153,800.

•Ambulance – CDBG-Ambulance for ambulances, $283,000 with a $21,000 match.

•Litter Grant – Tennessee Department of Transportation for roadside pick-up, $29,237.

•Solid Waste – Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation for tire disposal, $11,800; Dept. of Environment & Conservation for recycling equipment, $24,672 with a $2,468 match.

•Highway – FEMA for flood repair-roads, $10,743.81.

Budget Amendments #4 and #5 were approved.

A resolution to authorize the jail administrator to charge the inmates co-pay amounts on Medicare was put off until next month’s meeting so more information can be gathered.

The following were approved as notaries at-large: Gary Smith, Tina M. Holton, Robin Jean Gail Long, David L. Moore, Vickie Carr, and Glenda Sue Norrod with Hershel Wilson and Barton Norrod approved as notary bond signers for Glenda Sue Norrod.

Minutes of the October 12, 2010 meeting were approved.

Horace Poston addressed the County Commission about Dynamite Lane on which he lives. He said that 75 feet of that road near his property is not being maintained by the county and the water runoff is damaging his property.

After Poston and the county commissioners discussed the matter for about 10 minutes, with no resolution because the County Commission has no authority over the road superintendent, Mayor Cyrus said, “The road commissioner, you’re going to have to work that out with him.”

After a few more minutes of discussing the matter, the meeting adjourned.

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Overton County has 40% voter turnout for election
Bill Haslam was elected to succeed Phil Bredesen as governor with an overwhelming victory in the State of Tennessee General Election held Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Republican candidate Haslam defeated Democrat candidate Mike McWherter by an unofficial vote total of 1,041,576 to 529,983.

In Overton County voting, Haslam was preferred 3,088 to 2,065 over McWherter. McWherter fared better than Haslam in Hilham, where he received 141 votes to Haslam’s 105, and ran close in Livingston, 203 to 210, but lost in ever precinct except Hilham.

Overton County had a 40% voter turnout, with 2,372 voting early and absentee and 2,975 voting on election day, for a 5,347 voter total.

Republican Diane Black was elected to the 6th U.S. Congressional District
seat of Bart Gordon, who chose not to run for re-election. She received
128,340 votes to Democrat candidate Brett Carter’s 56,057.

In Overton County, Black also received the most votes, with 2,893 to Carter’s 1,852. Black carried every precinct except Hilham, which preferred Carter 118 to 113.

Democratic incumbent 15th District State Senator Charlotte Burks narrowly
retained her seat with 22,795 votes to Republican challenger Gary Steakley’s 22,612. Independent Joe B. Wilmoth received 8,779 votes.

In Overton County, Burks won every precinct, garnering 2,626 votes to Steakley’s 1,733 and Wilmoth’s 610.

Democratic incumbent 41st State Representative John Mark Windle easily
won re-election with 8,700 votes to Republican challenger Patrick McCurdy’s 4,862 votes, which was also reflected in Overton County voting, Windle 3,410 and McCurdy 1,502.

A state constitutional amendment to allow the citizens of Tennessee to have the personal right to hunt and fish, subject to reasonable regulations and restrictions prescribed by law, was overwhelmingly desired by state voters, with 1,255,840 yes votes to 181,465 no votes. Overton County was no different, with 4,416 yes votes and 331 no votes.

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Drug Take Back held Saturday

Volunteering their time to help with Overton County Anti-Drug Coalition’s Drug Take Back held Saturday, Nov. 6 at Bank of Overton County parking lot are, from left, Livingston Academy SADD Club members Tiffany Good, Renee Lugar, and Toni Coleman along with Rickman Elementary student Jenna Peek. Overton County Sheriff’s Department and Livingston Police Department helped in the event that offered a way to safely dispose of outdated and unwanted prescription drugs that could otherwise endanger children if kept in medicine cabinets and harm the environment if disposed of improperly. For more information about proper drug disposal contact Overton County Sheriff’s Department or Livingston Police Department, and to learn more about OCADC call 823-3797.

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