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Archives 12-8-99


Christmas 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



Christmas Parade Held In Livingston

The 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 Vaughn;

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, Ashley Long;

Horse and Female Rider - 1st place, Jade Peek, and 2nd place, Shauna Norrod;

Horse and Male Rider - 1st place, Corey King, and 2nd place, Matt Mahaney;

Other - 1st place, US 96, and 2nd place, Kicks 106.9.


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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," he said.

Circuit Court Clerk Johnny Brown may be called at 823-2312 or 823-2535.

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Alderman Meeting Held Monday
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 for $6,500.

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 check.

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 defendant.

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.

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