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Donald Cayden Archbold first born in 2011 at LRH
Note approved to pay contractors for 2009 flood damage repairs
County unemployment rate lowers to 9.2% in September
Area agencies participate in mock shooting drill

 

Donald Cayden Archbold first born in 2011 at LRH

Gail Shartrand photo
Livingston Regional Hospital’s New Year’s Baby for 2011 is Donald Cayden Archbold, son of Donald Cory Archbold and Hanna Marie Archbold of Cookeville. Donald Cayden Archbold arrived at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1, weighing 7 lbs. 13 oz. and measuring 20 inches in length. He was delivered by Dr. Jim Nelson.
Grandparents are Rachel and Jeff Dixon and Tony and Mary Bryant, and great grandparents are Gayle Archbold and the late Donald Archbold, Lee and Sherry Thurman, and Marie Whittaker and the late Terry Whittaker.



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Note approved to pay contractors for 2009 flood damage repairs
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen held their regular monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 3.

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

A capital outlay note in the amount of $663,000 was approved to pay construction companies that have repaired areas of the city damaged by flooding in 2009.

Mayor Hayes said, “This goes back to the 2009 flood disaster that we had here in Livingston. We have got approved of the total bill of that, it was $951,437.60.”

TEMA and FEMA approved paying 87.5% of that amount, according to Mayor Hayes.

“The problem that there is, they tell us it’ll be three to five years, starting in 2009,” he said of when the government agencies are expected to disburse the funds. “So we have some contractors that are ready to be paid.”

The Town of Livingston will pay the other 12.5% of that cost.

“We will have our part, but FEMA/TEMA has not kicked in their part,” he said.

Ordinance 2011-1-1 was approved concerning operation and maintenance of parks and recreation facilities, creation of a board and member’s terms and filling of vacancies.

Mayor Hayes said this helps in pursuing grants for the city park.

“We are trying to get Benchmark Certified,” he said.

Codes Inspector Darius Sims added, “It’s about to become a necessity to become a Benchmark or you don’t get any grants. And most of the grants, we receive a 50/50 match, but the last two we’ve been denied because we haven’t been a Benchmark.”

Second reading was approved on rezoning Dr. Larry Mason property on Oak Street from R-1 to C-1.

Alderman Lynn King was appointed to the Tree Board.

Water Department Supervisor Tim Coffee presented a plaque to Ritchey Qualls, who recently retired, in appreciation of his 34 years of service to the Town of Livingston. He was also presented a Hen & Rooster pocket knife, engraved with his name, from the Water Department personnel.

Johnny Halfacre gave an update on projects at Livingston Municipal Airport.

“The upcoming project for this coming year is the new T-hangars,” he said. “We’ve only got six T-hangers up there. We’ve got a waiting list with about 20 planes.

“We intended on building 20 T-hangars and we have the money. This is federal grant money that we’re using for this that we’ve been appropriated over the last four or five years that we’ve rolled back.”

He said more than $800,000 is available for the project, which calls for 10% matching funds, at 5% from the city and 5% from the county.

“There’s a wetland issue that’s the first thing we have to deal with,” Halfacre said. “We don’t know exactly what that’s going to cost, but we’ll get that taken care of and then with the money we have, if we don’t have enough left for 20 T-hangars, we’ll build 15-16, as far as the money goes.”

He said work should begin in the middle of summer and be completed sometime around fall.

The meeting adjourned.




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County unemployment rate lowers to 9.2% in September
County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for November 2010, released December 23, show that the rate increased in 85 counties, decreased in 8 counties, and remained the same in 2 counties.

Overton County’s unemployment rate was 9.9% for November, up from 9.3% in October. Overton had 990 unemployed of a workforce of 9,980.

Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. Unemployment in the Cookeville MSA went up from 8.8% to 9.1% in November, with 4,620 unemployed of a workforce of 51,010.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate remained at 10.3% in November, the same as in October. Jackson had 510 unemployed of a workforce of 4,950.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate went up from 8.5% in October to 8.7% in November. Putnam had 3,130 unemployed of a workforce of 36,080.

Clay County’s unemployment rate went up from 11.4% in October to 12.2% in November. Clay had 400 unemployed of a labor force of 3,320.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate went up from 10.5% to 11.1% in November. Fentress had 880 unemployed of a workforce of 7,950.

Pickett County’s had the state’s 3rd highest unemployment rate in November at 15.5%, up from 12.9% in October. Pickett County had 280 unemployed of a workforce of 1,810.

Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.3%, up from the October rate of 6%. Scott County had the state’s highest unemployment rate at 19.9%, up from 18.9% in the previous month.

Unemployment information is available online at http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/nov2010county.pdf.
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for November was 9.4%, unchanged from the October rate. The national unemployment rate for November 2010 was 9.8%, up two-tenths of a percentage point from the October rate.


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Area agencies participate in mock shooting drill

Lyndon Johnson photos
Several area agencies, including Overton County Sheriff’s Department, Livingston Police Department, Allons Volunteer Fire Department, Overton County EMS, and staff of Allons Elementary School participated in a mock shooting drill at the school Monday, Jan. 3.

Above, the Critical Response Unit and Allons VFD get ready at Allons Baptist Church, where a staging area was set up.

At bottom, a Livingston Police Department officer cases the school property from a distance, keeping a close eye on any activity happening there.

The drill’s scenario was that a disgruntled subject had exploded a bomb and shot school personnel on school property.



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