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Archives 04-05-2011


Powerful storm front rips through area
Civil War Trail marker to be dedicated April 12
City Council meeting held Monday night
Fairgrounds VFD tanker rolls, firefighter injured

Powerful storm front rips through area

Carson Oliver photos
High winds, hail, and heavy downpours of rain slammed Overton and surrounding counties, as well as most of the state of Tennessee as a massive storm front moved through on Monday, April 4. The walkway Willow Grove connecting D dock was changed from a straight line to a zig-zag pattern, A dock and B docks came loose from their moorings, and damage to boats ranged from awnings torn off to some pleasure boats and pontoons sinking. Trees and buildings were damaged throughout the area and areas of Overton County were without power into Tuesday morning.

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Civil War Trail marker to be dedicated April 12

The dedication ceremony of the Livingston-Overton County Civil War Trail marker will take place at 10 a.m. April 12 at Overton County Courthouse.

Tuesday, April 12 holds historical significance for the sesquicentennial of the Civil War as it will be exactly 150 years from when the first shot was fired at Fort Sumter, which began the war.

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and Overton County Mayor Ron Cyrus will provide the welcome and recognition of special guests. Carrol Van West, director of MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area and co-chair of Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, will provide opening remarks on the Tennessee Civil War Trails. A reception will be held immediately after the ceremony at Millard Oakley Public Library.

Van West said, “Tennessee is creating a national model for how to plan and to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial by sharing how the war impacted families, farms, and towns across the state as well as leaving tens of thousands of brave soldiers dead on its 38 designated nationally significant battlefields.”

Tennessee Civil War Trails is part of a multi-state sustainable heritage tourism program that identifies, interprets and creates driving tours of both the greater campaigns and the lesser known Civil War sites. With the upcoming Civil War sesquicentennial commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the trails program will further highlight Civil War tourism in Tennessee.  

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development was awarded a 2-part federal enhancement grant, which is an 80/20 match through Tennessee Department of Transportation. More than 200 markers have already been installed through the program.

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

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen held their regular monthly meeting Monday, April 4.

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

An Assistance to Firefighters Grant was approved, with federal funding providing $23,916 and the city’s 5% match being $1,258.

According to Fire Chief Rocky Dial, the funds will go toward the purchase of hoses, nozzles, adapters, portable deluge sets, and training materials.

“That’s all stuff we’re going to have to start replacing in the next year or so,” Chief Dial said.

Charlie Woodward was transferred from the water plant to the Water Department to replace Jessie Cole.

Jody Jackson’s employment status at the water plant was changed from part-time to full-time with the addition of 8 hours on Wednesday to his current 16-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday. And Monroe Helton was hired at the water plant to fill the vacancy from Charlie Woodward’s transfer.

Livingston City Park part-time employees were hired as follows: Leonard Richardson, Randy Mullins, Brock McCoin, Ronnie Linder, Creed Hayes, and Dalton Jolley.

Livingston City Pool part-time employees were hired as follows: Taylor Eldridge, Kyle Ledbetter, Kiefer Smith, Robert Pardue, Michael Watkins, T.J. Smith, Mary Phillips, Leah Thomas, Tori Stocking, Mary Elisabeth Winningham, Cole Presley, Morgan Mayberry, Stenson Smith, McKenzie Poston, Kailen Melton, Heather Cravens, Justin Savage, Alex Wright, Marshall Cannon, Heather Thomas, Ryan Harris, Clint Cooper, Zachary Edmonds, Mark Winningham Jr., Megan Stonecipher, Chastin Smith, Tyler Harris, Hayden Hill, Tammy Vaughn, Jennifer Eilender, and Jim Officer.

Mayor Hayes said of the summer jobs, “There’s no benefits; it’s all minimum wage; nobody will get over 32 hours a week, other than the supervisors.”

Steve Jolley is the park supervisor and Bruce Lamb is the pool supervisor.

Mayor Hayes announced that a work session will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 for the purpose of meeting with TVA representatives.

“They’re going to come in and tell us what TVA has to offer us as far as economic development is concerned,” Mayor Hayes said.

The meeting adjourned.

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Fairgrounds VFD tanker rolls, firefighter injured

Photo submitted by Jeff and Kim Corbin
A Fairgrounds Volunteer Fire Department tanker truck shows damage sustained in a rollover crash that occurred Saturday, April 2. The truck’s driver, volunteer firefighter Terry King, was severely injured in the crash, according to other Fairgrounds VFD firefighters, and was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville for treatment of his multiple injuries.

By Lyndon Johnson,
OCN staff

A Fairgrounds Volunteer Fire Department firefighter was severely injured when the tanker truck he was driving rolled over in a ditch while en route to a grass fire on West McCormick Road Saturday afternoon, according to reports from other fairgrounds firefighters.

Terry King, 42, of the Okolona community was driving the tanker truck, which Fairgrounds VFD Chief David Burchfield said was a 1987 model, toward a grass fire when the truck overturned.

“He has said via his wife that there was a contributing vehicle in this crash– a small, brown car that was on the wrong side of the road in a curve,” Burchfield said. “Whether THP got that in their report, I don’t know.”

Attempts by Overton County News to obtain a copy of the official crash report from Tennessee Highway Patrol were not fruitful before press time.

Burchfield noted that King had experience driving large trucks and had been a wrecker driver for Langford’s wrecker service at one time before joining Fairgrounds VFD. Burchfield also said the truck probably wasn’t able to travel very fast at the time of the crash.

“That particular tanker is cold-natured anyway, it takes it forever to warm up and run at any kind of speed at all,” he said. “He didn’t have time for it to warm up from our fire hall to the scene of the crash. I’ve driven it all the way to Rickman and not had it warm up enough to run more than 45 miles per hour.

“He’s real responsible. He’s an experienced truck driver and everything,” Burchfield added.

Burchfield said the truck was equipped with seatbelts and that King was wearing his at the time of the crash. Despite that precaution, Burchfield and other firefighters with Faigrounds VFD indicated that King’s injuries were serious enough that he had to be flown to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville for treatment. King reportedly suffered broken ribs, fractured or broken vertebrae, and multiple arm injuries including a break in the bones of the lower forearm/wrist area and a damaged rotator cuff on the right arm.

As of Monday evening, Burchfield, who had been keeping in contact with King and his family since the crash, said, “He is doing better. I’ve been in contact with his wife and everything. She said he was doing better and everything, he was in a lot better sprits today. They had him sitting up in a chair. The prognosis is he will recover, but it’s going to be a long road.”

Burchfield said the tanker truck was a total loss and that he had been working with the fire department’s insurer Monday. He said the truck was valued at approximately $40,000 to $50,000.

As to how the loss of the tanker would affect his department’s ability to respond to fires, Burchfield said the department had another 2,000-gallon tanker. He noted that losing King for a while during his recovery from the crash will “put kind of a bit into things for a while.”

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