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Archives 6-2-99


Escapess Caught In Smith County
Memorial Day Remembrance Held
4-H'ers Participate In District Demonstration

Escapees Caught In Smith County
Escapees Caught In Smith County The remaining two escapees from last week's Overton County Jail escape were captured in Smith County last week. According to the Overton County Sheriff's Department, Michael Huffer and Lance Farmer, the two escapees, had allegedly stolen Ronnie and Karen White's Honda Accord from the parking lot at Precision Rubber Corp. the night of the escape.

The Overton County Sheriff's Dept. received a lead on the whereabouts of Huffer and Farmer. Capt. James D. Harris and Chief Deputy Craig Story along with Sgt. Tim Poore and Deputy Joe Riddle went to Smith County and met up with Smith County Chief Investigator Bill Cosby and worked on the lead for about five hours. When the officers arrived at a trailer on P Ridge Road in Chestnut Mound, the two escapees had just arrived. A foot chase ensued with Huffer and Farmer being apprehended and taken to the Smith County Sheriff's Dept. for questioning. The two were then returned to Overton County Jail.

The White's Honda has been recovered with some damage having been done to it, according to the Overton County Sheriff's Department.

Farmer, Huffer, and the third escapee, Jason Ledbetter, who had been caught by the Overton County Sheriff's Dept. the night of the escape, appeared in Overton County General Sessions Court before Judge John Officer on Thursday, May 27. A hearing was set for July 1.

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Memorial Day Remembrance Held
By Dale Welch

The Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. For many it is an extra day off from work. Some head to the area lakes, while many drag out their barbecue equipment for that nice charcoal flavored hamburger or hot dog.

Yet for some it is a time to remember fallen comrades who gave their lives so that citizens can enjoy that trip to the lake or a barbecued hamburger, pretty much any time they like.

On the Overton County Courthouse square, a memorial service was held to honor those who paid the “supreme sacrifice” for freedom. As the light rain fell upon the ceremony, it seemed as if the heavens were mourning also.

The event was held near a monument that stands in remembrance of those who died. The names of Overton County men who fought and died for the principles of freedom are etched into that stone and in the hearts of their families and members of American Legion Bohannon Post #4 and James T. Davis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5062, the two sponsors of the event.

Several dignitaries were on hand, including 1992 Ms. Senior Tennessee Loretta Qualls, who sang the national anthem. A plaque was given to Robert DeSantis for his devotion to the Overton County veterans groups. Others recognized in the program were the Gold Star Mothers and Sisters, and the Poppy Queen and her court.

Pete Peterman, a 91 year-old veteran, who is the chaplain of V.F.W. Post 5062, and takes part in its honor guard ceremonies, was recognized as the oldest veteran in attendance. Peterman's first duty with the honor guard was at the burial of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and World War I soldier Sgt. Alvin C. York. Guest speaker Victor Coomes, of the American Legion, said, “It seems that patriotism is now becoming just a word. But, if you will ask any of us veterans who have already answered the call, they'll tell you that patriotism means loyalty to our country and the will to fight if necessary.

“There is no place on this earth that can compare to the U.S.A. This is home, and, by golly, it is worth fighting and dying for.” He went on to say, “It is by their sacrifice and by the grace of God that we live in a free land.”

Those who had fallen for freedom received a 21-gun salute and a final blast of “Taps”. At the conclusion of the memorial service, Coomes challenged the crowd to explain the meaning of patriotism to their children.

For more information about the American Legion, which meets the first Tuesday of each month, contact Victor Coomes at 823-4182; and for more information about the V.F.W., which meets the second Thursday of each month, contact Bob Ledbetter at 823-3009.

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4-H'ers Participate In District Demonstration
A total of 29 4-H'ers from Overton County participated in the sub-district junior demonstration activity held May 11 at Tennessee Technological University. The group finished the day with eight first place ribbons, nine second place, three third places, and six fourth place awards. The following are the official placing and project areas from Rickman Elementary School: Beau Massengill - 1st in Bicycle, Brittany Smith - 2nd in Stitches, Mallie Stephens - 2nd in My Home, and Tiffany Livingston - 4th in Home Environment; A-H Roberts Elementary School: Amber Stansberry - 1st in Nature, Brittany McCoin - 2nd in Animals, Jessica Norrod - 2nd in Energy, and Allison West - 3rd in Foods; Livingston Middle School: Kelly Kemton - 1st in Clothing, Brian Colson - 1st in Conservation, Leslie Poston - 1st in Consumer Education, Dana Looper - 1st in Entomology, JeremiahLaycock - 1st in Garden, Jonathan Maynord - 1st in Horse, Brad West - 2nd in Citizenship, Kendra Smith - 2nd in Dairy, Ben Jolley -2nd in Health, Graham Goodman - 2nd in Meat Science, Allison Medley - 2nd in Vet. Science, Jacob Pennington - 3rd in Forestry, Ashley Long - 3rd in Personal Development, Cody Melton - 3rd in Wildlife, Cassie White - 4th in Dairy Foods, Wilson Cates - 4th in Safety, Ryan Mcdonald - 4th in Sheep, Savannah Copeland - 5th in Arts and Crafts, and Mary Faye Maynord - 5th in Recreation.

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