Stolen Figures Recovered
Teen Injured In Saturday Morning Wreck
Constable Position Continues
Retailer Makes Plans To Locate In Area
Five Stolen Figures
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
Teen Injured In
Saturday Morning Wreck
A Monroe teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday
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
Excessive speed was apparently a factor in the wreck. The incident
was investigated by THP James Sells.
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
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
The option is on four acres of space at the proposed Volunteer
Plaza near the edge of the Livingston city limits on Highway 111
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.
Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570