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Archives 12-22-99


Five Stolen Figures Recovered
Teen Injured In Saturday Morning Wreck
Constable Position Continues As Is
Retailer Makes Plans To Locate In Area



Five Stolen Figures Recovered

Five of eight Christmas figures reported missing from the Livingston Middle School outdoor display have been recovered.

According to reports, a hunter found the figures in the Willow Grove area and contacted the Livingston Police Department.

The LPD began investigating a theft complaint from the school on Bilbrey Street after someone apparently took the wooden figurines, valued at over $350, in the early morning of Saturday, Dec. 4. Still missing are Tigger, Piglet, and Schroeder playing a piano.

The figurines were made by the seventh and eighth grades at the school to celebrate the holidays. Anyone with knowledge of the whereabouts of the items still missing are urged to contact the Livingston Police Department.

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Teen Injured In Saturday Morning Wreck

A Monroe teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning.

According to reports, Robert Watson, 18, was driving a 1975 Chevrolet 2-door north on Highway 294 off of Oakley-Allons Road around 1:10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18 when the car missed a curve, left the road and hit a tree. The car spun and hit a second tree, breaking the car in half. The front part of the car continued on to hit another tree and the rear half of the car spun back into the road, where it came to rest.

Watson was flown from the scene via LifeForce to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Excessive speed was apparently a factor in the wreck. The incident was investigated by THP James Sells.

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Constable Position Continues As Is
By Dewain E. Peek

The office of constable in Overton County survived voting by the Overton County Legislative Body in the Monday, Dec. 20 regular monthly meeting.

The meeting was held in the old Bilbrey store building instead of the Overton County Courthouse because criminal court continued into the night.

Two items on the agenda addressed the position of constable. One would set qualifications for the office, the other would do away with the office.

Those wishing to do away with the position focused on the liability to the county if a constable does something wrong.

Those supporting keeping a constable position focused on the good the office does, primarily as a process server.

Kameron Bates, the county’s only currently serving constable, addressed the County Commission, saying he has tried to make it an honorable position and that it is a position that serves the community. He said he is in favor of stricter qualifications for the position.

The Commission first voted on a Private Act stating that to run for constable, a person must show proof that they have a certificate showing that they have been certified by the state of Tennessee and met all the requirements cited in Title 38, Chapter 8, of the Tennessee Code Annotated, and is, therefore, qualified to serve as a law enforcement officer in the state of Tennessee.

The private act failed, needing a two-thirds vote and receiving support from only 9 of the 15 commissioners.

Next considered was abolishing the position. The measure would require a two-thirds vote in two meetings of the Legislative Body. The measure failed to receive the needed 10 votes.

The following road names were approved for emergency purposes only: Cornerstone Parkway, Sunset Boulevard, Scout Lane, Memory Lane, and Poplar Point Lane.

Old Crawford Mill Road was approved as a county road.

A revised resolution on the payment schedule for the school bonds was adopted. The Commission had previously voted on the matter, but the wording needed revising to be legally satisfactory.

The city and county 20-year growth plan was approved. The plan identifies areas of the county and city where the most growth is likely over the next 20 years.

Approved as notaries-at-large were Ryan Smith, Molly Talent, Debbie Denney, Cynthia Ledbetter, Pamela Swift, Charles V. Maynord, Barry L. Johnson, Phil Ballenger, Sue Ann Savage, Angie Hunter, and Rhonda Scott. The meeting adjourned.


Retailer Makes Plans To Locate In Area

A major retail store has signed an option on land in Livingston, according to information released by Jodi Cates Allen of RE/MAX Crossroads.

The option is on four acres of space at the proposed Volunteer Plaza near the edge of the Livingston city limits on Highway 111 South.

The firm will reportedly require 35,000 square feet of retail space and will employee approximately 100 people.

Cates said, “Other retailers, both local and out of town, have expressed an interest in locating in the plaza. There will be over 40 acres left for development.”

More information is expected to be released soon.


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