Parade Held In Livingston
Circuit Court Clerk Warns Of Bad Checks
Alderman Meeting Held Monday
Three Women Plead Guilty to 54 Bad Checks
Local Woman Pleads Guilty To 11 Forgeries
Held In Livingston
Smith's Trucking float took second place honors in the Business
& Industry category of the Overton County Christmas Parade held
Saturday, Dec. 4 in Livingston. The parade was one of the biggest
in years, according to the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of
Commerce. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)
The 1999 Overton County Christmas Parade was held Saturday, Dec.
4 in front of hundreds of spectators who lined Main Street and Oak
Street in Livingston. Mild weather allowed people of all ages to
enjoy the parade.
Oak Dale Baptist Church won the Grand Marshall's Trophy.
Other winners were: Business & Industry - 1st place, Livingston
Regional Hospital, and 2nd place, Smith Trucking; Churches - 1st
place, Memorial Baptist Church, and 2nd place, Allons Baptist Church;
Schools - 1st place, Vol State Community College, and 2nd place,
Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston;
Fire & Rescue Departments - 1st place, Overton County Rescue Squad;
Scouting Troops - 1st place, Cub Scout Pack #133, and 2nd place,
Girl Scout Troop #2208 and 2246;
Children Under 12 - 1st place, Tiny Tot King Creed Hayes, Tiny
Tot Queen Hallie Thompson, and Little Miss Devin Leigh Thompson,
and 2nd place, Toddler King Dillon Chilton and Toddler Queen Abby
Children 12 & Older - 1st place, Fairest of the Fair Airica Smith,
and 2nd place, Fairest of the Fair Runner-Up Ashley Mullins;
Antique Cars - 1st place, Bill Thomas' 1972 Volkswagen Beetle,
and 2nd place, Jim Slinker's 1952 Ford Truck;
Horse Wagons & Buggies - 1st place, Olen Anderson, and 2nd place,
Horse and Female Rider - 1st place, Jade Peek, and 2nd place, Shauna
Horse and Male Rider - 1st place, Corey King, and 2nd place, Matt
Other - 1st place, US 96, and 2nd place, Kicks 106.9.
Circuit Court Clerk
Warns Of Bad Checks
Circuit Court Clerk Johnny Brown is warning local business owners
about worthless checks.
Brown stated, "The holiday season is one of the worst times
of the year for worthless checks, particularly for checks written
by people who don't live in Overton County."
Brown recommends that business owners and their employees be careful
about accepting checks during this time of year.
"Right now we have tons of worthless checks floating around,"
Brown said. "Before cashing a check or accepting a check for
payment, get all kinds of identification, especially if you don't
know the person who's passing the check."
He advises calling the Circuit Court Clerk's Office if a merchant
is unsure of a check.
"We have the resources to quickly tell if the person trying
to pass the check has written a worthless check in Overton County,"
Circuit Court Clerk Johnny Brown may be called at 823-2312 or 823-2535.
By Dewain E. Peek
The Livingston mayor and Board of Aldermen held their regular monthly
meeting Monday, Dec. 6.
Mayor Hosea Winningham informed the Board that the recent surplus
auction brought in $27,850.
The Board approved purchasing a John Deere tractor from the state
The low bid from Advance Tank & Construction Co. on the water tank
at $72,526 was approved.
The low bid from Mid-State Construction on construction of a pumping
station with lines was approved at $193,000.
The low bid from Highways Inc. for hot mix to fix the road where
the tile was installed on Villa Drive was approved at $27 per ton.
The meeting adjourned.
Three Women Plead
Guilty To 54 Bad Checks
By Robert Forsman
Three defendants, charged with passing 54 worthless checks, pled
guilty last week in Overton County General Sessions Court, Judge
John Officer presiding.
Christy L. Presley, 23, pled guilty to passing 13 account closed
checks, 1 insufficient funds check, and 13 counts of passing a forged
Lori Barnett pled guilty to passing 13 insufficient funds checks
and 7 account closed checks.
Nikki Green, 26, pled guilty to passing 7 insufficient funds checks.
An insufficient funds check carries a minimum $25 fine plus $196
in court costs. An account closed check and passing a forged check
carry a minimum $50 fine plus $230.50 in court costs. Each worthless
check charge carries 16 hours of community service.
Judge Officer placed the defendants on supervised probation until
community service is completed and restitution, fines, and court
costs are paid.
A probation officer instituted a monthly payment plan for each
Each defendant was ordered to place a photo and an adjoining statement
about passing worthless checks in a local newspaper.
Judge Officer ordered each defendant to return to court January
18 if the requirements of probation aren't being met.
Local Woman Pleads
Guilty To 11 Forgeries
By Robert Forsman
An Overton County woman, charged with passing worthless checks
under a fictitious name, entered a guilty plea last week in Overton
County Criminal Court, Judge Lillie Ann Sells presiding.
Stephanie Fletcher, 35, pled guilty to 11 forgery charges. The
offenses occurred in July and August of 1998. Fletcher was indicted
by the Overton County Grand Jury on October 4, 1999.
The charges against Fletcher were the result of an ongoing investigation
by the Livingston Police Department.
According to testimony entered as proof, Fletcher opened a checking
account in Clay County under a fictitious name. Fletcher passed
11 worthless checks at Overton County businesses from the account.
The businesses included Sonic, Raceway, Pizza Hut, and Fred's.
Fletcher also pled guilty to theft of more than $500. Fletcher
obtained more than $500 worth of video equipment, video tapes, a
play station, and game cartridges under a fictitious name from the
Video Express, located at the bypass shopping center.
Captain Tim Emerton testified that items confiscated from Fletcher's
residence by the Livingston Police Department matched the description
of and the inscribed numbers on the items from the video store.
According to a plea agreement arranged by Fletcher's attorney,
Public Defender Art Johnson, and Assistant District Attorney Owen
Burnett, Fletcher was placed on four years Community Corrections,
a form of house arrest which requires random drug screens and unscheduled
visits by a probation officer.
As part of her probationary conditions, Fletcher is required to
pay fines, court costs, and restitution.
Judge Sells told Fletcher, "If the merchants don't receive
their restituion as ordered, you'll go to jail. I don't want that
to happen. But that's your decision."
Forgery and theft of more than $500 are Class E felonies which
carry a minimum 2-year prison sentence each when probation isn't
granted or a defendant is found guilty of violating probation.
Overton County News
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