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Livingston To Purchase Chipper To Help Brush Pick Up

Livingston approved an $87,194 bid to buy a new chipper to help an issue with city brush pick up. Mayor Curtis Hayes said that the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation told officials they would need a permit to continue burning brush pickup. “We were just too close to residential and manufacturing so that’s left us in a hardship and ... Read More »

Overton COVID Numbers On Downhill Slope

Overton County COVID numbers may still seem high, but Health Department officials say that might not be the true picture. At Thursday afternoon’s COVID-19 Press Conference in Livingston, Nursing Director Megan Reeder said that positivity rates sit at about 30 percent currently. She said that rate might keep restrictions in place at nursing homes and medical facilities. “They’re still high ... Read More »

All Livingston Water Pressure Issues Should Be Resolved Monday

Livingston residents can expect all water pressure issues to be resolved on Monday. Mayor Curtis Hayes said a 12 inch water line burst along Highway 111 on Sunday morning causing outages and low pressure. Hayes said no residents should be without water or experiencing low pressure by the end of business hours. “When you have a 12 inch main line ... 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 »

Livingston Mayor Suspending COVID Press Conferences Indefinitely

Livingston is suspending all future COVID press conferences due to improved COVID positivity numbers. Overton County is reporting 38 active cases in the county, new cases reported have dropped from 9.6 per day to 3.9 per day over the last 14 days. Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes said the press conferences have served their purpose to keep the community informed. “I’m ... Read More »

Mayor Considering Vaccine Bonuses, Weekly Testing For Livingston Employees

Bonuses for being vaccinated and weekly testing for the unvaccinated are on the table for Livingston city employees. Mayor Curtis Hayes said with roughly 43 percent of his employees vaccinated, it is straining the police department, airport and public works. Hayes said he checked with his department heads about the effectiveness of this potential order. “It was my idea and ... Read More »

Livingston PD Staffing Shortage During COVID, Mayor Asks Community To Help

Livingston Police are having to work extra shifts, and leadership are patrolling: the impacts of the latest COVID surge. Mayor Curtis Hayes said officers and their families are being hit hard, leaving shifts understaffed. Hayes said he looked into a city employee vaccine mandate because he wants to protect his people. “We’re just filling the gaps,” Hayes said. “The great ... Read More »

Livingston Gets Legal Opinion On Mandating City Employee Vaccines

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes asked for a legal opinion on mandating vaccinations for city employees. Hayes said City Attorney John Meadows does not recommend the city taking any action. Meadows recommendation stated recent Tennessee law does not allow vaccine mandates from the city. Hayes said at the end of the day, COVID if affecting the city’s health and operations. “Livinston, ... Read More »

Live In Livingston Bringing Back Stacy Mitchhart, Tippin Time Changed

Live In Livingston is back Saturday with blues guitarist Stacy Mitchhart. The show starts at 5:30 in Livingston’s Central Park. Mayor Curtis Hayes said the invite is open to blues fans around the region because this is a show they will not want to miss. “What entertainment he can bring and will bring,” Hayes said. “He will be performing with ... Read More »

Livingston Passes First Reading Defining Mayor’s Hiring Powers, Nepotism

Livingston approved the first reading of charter changes allowing the city mayor to hire and suspend employees without board approval. Department heads would be exempt from the change approved Monday night. The city also approved the first reading of changes to its nepotism policy. City Attorney John Meadows addressed changes the board requested last month. “This amended policy would read ... Read More »