Sheriff Hands In Resignation
Livingston Man Found Dead In His Car
Python Killed In Standing
Aldermen Meeting Held Monday
Sheriff Hands In Resignation
Citing personal and legal problems, Charlie Logan tendered his
resignation as sheriff of Pickett County at noon Friday, Oct. 1,
according to a report in the Pickett County Press.
Logan gave his resignation to Pickett County Executive Jack Whittenburg.
The Pickett County Press reports that Chief Deputy Robert Stockton
will carry out the duties and responsibilities associated with the
operation of the sheriff's department until the Pickett County Commission
appoints a sheriff to serve until the next general election in March
A press release from Logan to the Pickett County Press states,
"I have been honored by the people of Pickett County by being
elected as Sheriff. However, I find myself involved in personal
legal problems that require my total attention. Due to this circumstance,
it is not possible for me to effectively continue to serve as Sheriff
of Pickett County. I believe that the people of Pickett County deserve
a sheriff who can serve without distractions. I therefore find it
necessary to resign my position as Sheriff of Pickett County."
Logan thanked those that supported him and went on to state, "I
apologize to those who have been hurt and disappointed by these
He also asked for support and prayers.
Logan is currently indicted on allegations of having sex with
a 15 year-old girl. Also indicted in the incident is Peggy Dale
of Overton County. The cases have not yet gone to trial.
In recent weeks, Logan's qualifications to have been elected as
sheriff in the 1998 election have come into question. The Pickett
County Press reports that District Attorney Bill Gibson said his
office received a tip alleging that Logan had paid someone to take
his GED test. Gibson reportedly turned the information over to the
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Livingston Man Found
Dead In His Car
Deputies with the Clay County Sheriff's Department investigate
the scene where a 42 year-old native of Livingston was found dead
in the back compartment of his station wagon around 3 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 25 on Chilton Road at Dale Hollow Lake. James Lee
Ledbetter had apparently died that day or the night before. According
to reports, a blasting cap had been wired to the dome light bulb
and apparently touched into the circuit causing the cap to explode
in the left neck area. The impact of the blast blew out the back
glass of the station wagon. All the doors were locked when he was
found. A note was found on the dash of the vehicle. The incident
was investigated by the Clay County Sheriff's Department and has
been ruled self-inflicted.
Python Killed In
Standing Stone Area
An eight-foot python was found in a logging area at the edge of
Standing Stone State Park when it was run over on Monday, Sept.
27 by Scott Hammock of the Greenbriar Community of Hilham.
According to Wayne Adcock of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency,
Hammock got out of his vehicle and upon realizing it was a large
snake and mortally wounded he killed the reptile and took it back
to where they were logging. He later took it home and called the
The snake is currently on ice and may be used in demonstrations.
Tropical snakes, pythons are normally found in Thailand, Vietnam,
and other countries in Southeast Asia. The snake would not have
been able to survive a winter in Tennessee, according to TWRA. Though
non-poisonous and usually not aggressive, they are carnivorous,
strangling their victims before ingesting them. The snake had eaten
a small animal a short time before being run over.
A herpetology meeting was held at the Hyder-Burks Center at Tennessee
Technological University the weekend before the snake's demise.
Herpetology is the study of amphibians and reptiles.
According to Adcock, the reptiles are sometimes domesticated and
kept until they become too large to manage and no market exists
for large pythons, so people sometimes dump them off.
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By Dewain E. Peek
The Livingston mayor and Board of Aldermen held their regular monthly
meeting Monday, Oct. 4 with all members present.
The Board voted to extend the gas contract to 2003.
The low bid of $26,248 for a Ford backhoe, with trade-in, from
Mountain Farm was accepted and purchase approved on the condition
that money can be found in the city budget to pay for it.
The Board agreed to make a speed bump on the driveway of Overton
County Nursing Home.
Rocky Dial was appointed assistant fire chief in the place of James
Melton. It was directed that the Ford Bronco used to carry some
of the fire fighting equipment be turned over to Assistant Fire
Randy Gore was hired to replace Frank Martin at the Livingston
A policy and procedure manual for the fire department was adopted.
The meeting adjourned.
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