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Archives 10-6-99


Pickett Sheriff Hands In Resignation
Livingston Man Found Dead In His Car
Python Killed In Standing Stone Area
Aldermen Meeting Held Monday




Pickett 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 of 2000.

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 unfortunate circumstances."

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.

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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.

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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 TWRA.

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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Aldermen Meeting Held Monday
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 Chief Dial.

Randy Gore was hired to replace Frank Martin at the Livingston Fire Department.

A policy and procedure manual for the fire department was adopted. The meeting adjourned.


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