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Schools Exploring Safety Options

Overton County Schools are exploring ways to increase safety at the county’s schools. Director of Schools Donnie Holman said discussions with law enforcement officials began in the wake of the Uvalde shooting in Texas. He updated the school board at a work session following the board’s monthly meeting. “(Livingston Police Capt.) Greg Smith and I…

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Overton County Passes Budget

Seventh Consecutive Year Without Tax Increase The Overton County Commission has passed its 2022-23 budget with no tax increase for the seventh straight year. The commission approved the new budget at its June meeting Monday night. The tax rate remains at 1.9706 and is expected to raise an estimated $8.1 million in property taxes for…

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DA Pulls LPD Assistance

District Attorney Bryant Dunaway has pulled his office’s support to the Livingston Police Department’s efforts to inventory its evidence room. Dunaway made the decision following the Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s decision to suspend Police Chief Greg Etheredge for three weeks and impose a six-month probation period on June 6. In an email to Livingston…

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Commission Recommends Rezoning

The Livingston Planning Commission is recommending the city rezone a lot at the intersection of W. 1st street and Bradford Hicks Dr. The lot’s owner, Jason Ray, requested the change from high-density residential (R2) to local commercial (C1) at the commission’s Jan. 25 meeting. “Pretty much,” Ray said. “I want to have it rezoned commercial…

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Help Needed For Homeless Count

Homelessness advocates in Overton County will need volunteers in an attempt to get an accurate count of the homeless population later this month. The annual “Point in Time”, or PIT, count will take place during the night of Jan. 25. In the Upper Cumberland, Homeless Advocacy of Rural TN (HART) assists the federal government with…

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LRH Joining New Company

Livingston Regional Hospital will soon be under a new ownership group. Current owner, HighPoint Health System, made that announcement on Oct. 26. After HighPoint’s planned acquisition of Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare is complete, LRH, along with 18 other of LifePoint’s hospitals and healthcare facilities, will become part of a new company, ScionHealth. David Cox, Director of…

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Fight The Flu Day Nov. 9

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be on everyone’s mind, health care workers want to also stress the importance of fighting the flu. Megan Reeder of the Overton Co. Health Department said the health department is currently offering flu shots daily, but they are about to ramp up efforts to get the community vaccinated. “We…

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School Board Updates Closing Policy

The Overton County School Board has updated its emergency closing policy to address how it handles canceling high school sporting events. According to the previous board policy, the principal of the high school was responsible to decide on canceling high school games. Under the revised policy, the decision will be made by an executive committee…

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Stadium Costs Increase, Cuts Made

A number of changes have been made to the Livingston Academy Football stadium plans in the wake of a ballooning price tag. On September 30, some members of the Overton County School Board met with the stadium’s designers. It was there that they learned the budget for the construction of a new stadium had almost…

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