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