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Overton Commission Honors Billie Phipps For 26 Years Of Service

Overton County Commission honored long-time county commission Billie Phipps for his service to the county Monday night. Phipps was first elected in 1980, and has served a total of 26 years. County Executive Ben Danner read the proclamation before the commission at its meeting Monday night. Phipps lost his seat in the 4th District to Patrick McCurdy by 17 votes ... Read More »

Overton Signs Letter Of Fiscal Strength For Three-Star Grant

Overton County Commission has sent a letter of fiscal strength to the state. County Executive Ben Danner said that the letter states the county has healthy finances and is able to pass a balanced budget. He said it will allow the county to apply for the state’s Three-Star grant program. “With the money from the Three-Star, we try to use ... Read More »

Overton Commission Passes Budget, No Tax Increases For 7th Consecutive Year

Overton County Commission passed its budget Monday night with one of the healthiest fund balances the county has ever had. That’s according to County Executive Ben Danner. He said that since he’s gone into office eight years ago, the county has doubled its general fund balance. “And what that means is that if things go badly, like the fuel prices,” ... Read More »

Overton Joins Opioid Abatement Agreement To Receive Settlement Pay

Overton County has joined in an state-wide opioid abatement agreement that could bring millions of dollars back to the community. County Executive Ben Danner said if settled, the lawsuit against pharmaceutical distributors will pay out over 18 years. “The smaller the community it seems like the bigger the problem is,” Danner said. “From working with the inmate crew and seeing ... Read More »

Overton Considering Water Access Expansion with ARP Funding

Water access in Overton County could see longstanding issues resolved through American Rescue Plan money. County Executive Ben Danner said up to $6 million in work extending water or improving infrastructure are being considered. “We’ve got some areas at Dry Hollow and some places in Rickman and some other places,” Danner said. “For years the county has tried to get ... Read More »

Livingston Approves Paying Half Of Retail Consultant Hiring Cost

The Livingston Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved covering half the cost of hiring a retail consultant. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannon Cantrell said the cost would be $30,000 to cover a one-year contract. Cantrell said the idea comes from discussions about addressing sales tax leakage in Overton County. A motion was made to cover the whole cost, until ... Read More »

Overton Pursuing Highway Grant To Replace Aging Equipment

The Overton County Highway Department has been approved to apply for a $100,000 equipment grant. The county would have to provide a 50 percent match if the application is approved. Highway Superintendent James Norrod said this is an opportunity to upgrade an aging fleet. “Maybe another truck, we’ve been short on dump trucks and mowers,” Norrod said. “They’ve been getting ... Read More »

Overton Approves Preliminary Redistricting Map, Four Districts Change

The Overton County Redistricting Committee selected a map to send to the full county commission for approval. County Executive Ben Danner said roughly 700 people will be in new districts. Danner said the majority of map changes were people being taken from Rickman and moved into District Three, the “Mountain” District. Some residents from District Three were moved into District ... Read More »

Overton Searching For Grant Funding To Aid In Archival Work

Overton County is looking to use up to $15,000 in grants and American Rescue Plan funding for county archival work. County Executive Ben Danner said that the money is important funding in preserving the history of Overton County. “So we’ve got records,” Danner said. “We’ve got Andrew Jackson’s signature on things, we’ve got a whole lot of signatures of famous ... Read More »

Overton Looking To Maximize Life Of Old Annex Building Through Sale

Overton County wants to maximize the use of its annex building through its auction. County Executive Ben Danner said that many Overton residents have a special connection to the building from its previous use as a hospital. For that reason, Danner said the County wants to ensure it’s put to good use. “The building will run down if it’s sitting ... Read More »