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Pickett Sheriff Charged Last Week
School Board Approves New School Budget
Legislative Body Meeting Set For Monday

Pickett Sheriff Charged Last Week
By Jim Hill, Editor of Pickett County Press

Pickett County Sheriff Charlie Logan, 39, has been charged with statutory rape, according to documents filed in Pickett County on Thursday, June 10.

Also charged with the same offense is Peggy Dale, 26, of Turkey Town Road, Hilham.

The complaint filed by officers with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation alleges that Sheriff Logan met with Peggy Dale and a 15 year-old Overton County girl in the parking area of the Durango Bar, located on Highway 111 at the Pickett/Overton county line, on May 25 where sexual relations were allegedly committed by Logan with both females.

TBI officers alleged that Dale told the minor to have sex with Logan and actively participated with the intent to promote the commission of the offense of statutory rape.

Statutory rape is a Class E felony and is punishable with not less than one nor more than two years, according to the Criminal Sentencing Reform Act of 1989.

District Attorney Bill Gibson, who this week confirmed to the Pickett County Press that he would ask that another district attorney from another part of the state prosecute the case.

Gibson said, "It's not unusual to do this." The district attorney's office handles cases that the local sheriff's department presents or offers the grand jury for prosecution.

Gibson also confirmed that Sheriff Logan was not required to step down or relinquish his duties just because charges had been filed against him.

Logan turned himself in at the Pickett County Courthouse last Thursday afternoon and appeared in session court where bond was set at $15,000. Logan made bond and was free to resume his official duties.

Peggy Dale was also placed under arrest Thursday and her bond was set at $15,000, but was later reduced to $7,500. At this writing, she remains in the Putnam County Jail at Cookeville. Public Defender Art Johnson has been appointed to represent Dale.

Art Johnson said he has interviewed Dale and advised her of her rights. "She appeared to be shocked at having been charged in this case. I can't say more at this time."

DA Gibson also said a judge from another part of the state would likely be appointed to hear the case, which is set for a preliminary hearing in Pickett County on Friday, June 25.

General Sessions Judge Ronnie Zachary is also expected to recuse himself. Gibson wasn't sure how long all this might take.

Apparently, according to the district attorney, the minor reported the alleged incident to Overton County authorities.

Sources said the TBI had been investigating the case for at least two weeks prior to Thursday's arrests.

Logan was elected sheriff last year and took office on September 1, 1998.

His attorney is Randy York of Crossville. York said his client looks forward to trying the case and does not intend to resign.

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School Board Approves New School Budget
by Dewain Peek

The Overton County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Thursday, June 10 with all members present.

In new business, the Board approved the 1999-2000 General Purpose school budget, with member David Langford voting against it.

The 1999-2000 Central Cafeteria budget was approved, as was 1999-2000 Title I, Title II, and Title VI federal projects.

The Board voted to allow Livingston Academy Principal Gary Beaty to go forward with having the new soccer field built at LA. The state has given a right-of-way to the school system. Money for construction of the field and facilities is being donated by Pepsi.

The insurance claim check for fire damage at Allons Elementary School was accepted with the understanding that the amount can be amended if necessary.

The Board approved 1998-99 General Purpose School Budget Amendment #2. Amendment #23 DARE 99.01 original budget was approved.

Letters of retirement were accepted from Dennis Barsness and Robbie Reagan. In executive action, a bid for library automation software was approved at $11,049.40 from Companion Corporation, the only bidder.

Director of Schools Dolphus Dial issued the Director's Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:
Joey Hoover was hired as a Special Education teacher at Wilson Elementary.
Wanda White was hired as a custodian at Livingston Academy to replace Sue Phillips who resigned. Melinda Beaty was hired as principal at Livingston Middle School to replace Mike Garrett who retired.
Eddie Linder was hired as the driver education teacher for the summer of 1999.
Diane Mabry was hired as the director of Early Childhood for the summer of 1999.
Sheena Garrett and Tonya Phillips were hired as educational assistants in the pre-school language class for 133 hours.
Donna Elder was hired as a Title I educational assistant for the 1999-2000 school year to replace Robbie Reagan who retired.
Gene Medley was hired as a substitute bus driver.
Dolphus Dial was placed at Livingston Academy as a teacher.
Hired for the Summer Nutrition Program were Phyllis Robbins as manager, Barbara Stewart as assistant manager, Joyce Ledbetter, Agnes Hamilton, Virgil Jackson, Patricia Reagan, Dale King, and at Wilson, Cornelia Brown, Nancy Tinch, Charlotte Dillon, and Billie Rooker as monitor.

The meeting adjourned.

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Legislative Body Meeting Set For Monday
By Dewain E. Peek

The Overton County Legislative Body will hold its regular monthly meeting Monday, June 21. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Overton County Courthouse. The tentative agenda is as follows:

1. Call to Order - Sheriff's Dept.

2. Invocation - Grant Pen-nington - Pledge of Allegiance.

3. Reading and approval of the minutes of May 17, 1999.

4. Committee Reports: A. Budget and Purchasing Committee - Chairman Wayne Sells; B. Solid Waste Committee - Chairman David Dorminey; C. Highway and County Property Committee - Chairman Stanley Carter; D. Nursing Home Committee - Chairman Frank Martin; E. Education Committee - Chairman Grant Pennington; F. Public Safety Committee - Chairman Randal Boswell; G. Insurance, Delinquent Tax Committee - Chairman Bill Phipps; H. Veterans Committee - William J. Webb.

5. Consider a budget amendment from the Solid Waste fund in the amout of $56,000 to pave the convenience centers in Livingston, Rickman, Hanging Limb, Independence, and Hilham, and a part of the Senior Center in Livingston, and approval of the low bid of $56,000 of H & C Asphalt.

6. Consider a resolution to adopt a new addressing and mapping policy recommended by the County Highway and Property Committee.

7. Consider a resolution requesting the state to designate Standing Stone as a "Resort Park" and that an effort be made to improve and expand the park accordingly.

8. Consider a resolution to approve a waste tire contract with Tennessee Tire Recyclers, Inc., the tire haulers that furnish waste tires to Signal Mountain Cement.

9. Consider a resolution to sell the old road bed which the county received when a new bridge was built on State Highway 136 at Flatt Creek. The adjoining land owners will be given an opportunity to bid, and it will be sold for the highest bid.

10. Consider a resolution to increase the litigation tax to the maximum amount allowed by the state.

11. Consider a year-end budget amendment.

12. Consider the appointments of Greg Nivens and Stanley Carter to the Airport Board/Authority.

13. Consider approval of Dolphus Dial's bond.

14. Consider the following as Notaries at Large: Luann Hannah, David Winningham, and Kathy Winningham.

15. Announcements and anyone wishing to address the Legislative Body.

16. Adjourn.

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