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Archives 6-30-99

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Two Killed, One Critically Injured In Sunday Evening Collision
East Port Marina Sustains Early Morning Fire Damage
OCN Wins 5 UT-TPA Awards
Aldermen Held Called Meeting Monday

Two Killed, One Critically Injuted In Sunday Evening Collision
By Dewain E. Peek

Two people are dead and one person is in critical condition following a two-vehicle collision on Highway 111 just past the Overton-Pickett County line, four miles south of Byrdstown.

According to reports, Cynthia J. Remke, 42, of Dunwoody, GA, was driving a four-door 1996 Acura Integra south on Highway 111 around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 27 as Jack R. Herald, 72, of Pall Mall was driving a 1998 Honda Odyssey mini-van north toward Byrdstown. The van reportedly crossed the center line of the highway and collided head-on with the car.

Cynthia Remke and Margie

Remke was wearing a safety belt. The Herald's were not wearing safety belts. The Tennessee Highway Patrol report stated that a safety belt would not likely have made a difference in the accident.

THP Jimmy King and THP Tony Wilson investigated the collision. Though not listed in the initial report, rain may have been a factor in the collision.

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East Port Marina Sustains Early Morning Fire Damage

A dock section of East Port Marina in Pickett County on the east end of Dale Hollow Lake burst into flames just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 29. The fire destroyed 26 boat slips housing 29 boats, including pleasure boats, fishing boats, and pontoons. Many of the boats were destroyed or severely damaged.

Clyde and Vickie Craig, owners of the dock who live in a residence near the dock, heard two loud cracks similar to a shotgun blasts, but the fire was already underway at the time.

Fire departments from Fentress, Alpine, Pickett, West Fentress, and Bolestown responded to the scene as well as Pickett County Sheriff's Department personnel.

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OCN Wins 5 UT-TPA Awards

The Tennessee Press Association recently announced winners in the 1999 UT-TPA Press Contest. Overton County News won placed in five categories.

Bob of North County Lines rules in Best Personal Column, for the third year in a row. The winning column depicted the life of a drug addict wanting a better life. The column ran in the October 7 issue and is reprinted in this issue.

Along with the three straight first place awards, Bob was runner-up in the category in 1994. "Writing well requires hard work," Bob said. "I want to thank my father, who passed away last year, for teaching me to work as hard as I can to do the best I can."

OCN brought home a third place award for Best Single Advertisement for an ad for Cumberland Vision Care with stars outlining the shape of glasses which was in the November 4 edition. The NEWS has placed in the category in three previous years, taking first place in 1995 and 1996 and fourth in 1997.

OCN also placed third in Best News Photograph for a photo by Dewain E. Peek of a 1958 Oldsmobile covered in ice which was on the front page of the December 30 edition. The NEWS placed sixth in the category in 1997. An editorial about what a hero is won a sixth place award in Best Single Editorial.

The editorial by Dewain E. Peek was in the May 20, 1998 edition. The award was the first in the Editorial category for the NEWS.

OCN won another sixth place award, in the Best Single Feature category, for the story of the Tent Girl by Dewain E. Peek published in the April 15, 1998 edition. The award was also a first in the category for the NEWS. A total of 1,129 entries were submitted by 87 of 132 TPA-member newspapers. Members of the Texas Newspaper Association judged the entries.

Other area newspapers placing in the 1999 UT-TPA Press Contest were Smithville Review, Crossville Chronicle, Herald-Citizen, and The Expositor. Smithville Review, which is in the same division as the NEWS, took third place in Sports and fifth place in Editorials.

The Expositor, which publishes twice a week but is in the same division as the NEWS, took home four awards - third place in Make-Up and Appearance, fourth place in Local Features, fourth place in Sports, and fifth place in General Excellence.

The Crossville Chronicle won six awards, three in the same division as OCN - second in Community Lifestyles, fifth in Best Feature Photograph, and sixth in Best Special Issue or Section. In a different division the Chronicle placed third in Best Single Feature, fourth in Local Features, and sixth in Public Service.

Herald-Citizen won four awards - first place in Best Single Advertisement, second in Public Service, fifth in Best Single Feature, and sixth in Best News Photograph.

Awards were given to the top six in each category.

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Aldermen Held Called Meeting Monday
By Dewain E. Peek

A called meeting of the Livingston mayor and Board of Alderman was held Monday, June 28 to discuss the proposed budget.

The current year's budget was amended to balance the books for the year's end.

The proposed budget for fiscal year 1999-2000 was amended to add $6,000 to the Overton County Public Library.

The first reading of the fiscal year 1999-2000 proposed budget was approved.

The city is looking into creating a pay scale for city employees.

A motion to change insurance companies from Swallows to TML was defeated with aldermen Johnny Stover and Robert Jolley casting the only yes votes. Insurance through Swallows has been over $200,000 per year the past three years. This year TML put in a bid of just over $82,000. Swallows made a bid of $87,000, then lowered it to just over $81,000. Alderman Jolley expressed outrage at the price the city has been paying for insurance over the past years. Most of the aldermen voting to keep the insurance with Swallows said they wanted to keep the insurance with a local company.

Wanda Silvers was approved to be hired as a dispatcher at Livingston Police Department.

Kenneth Lee Swallows has been hired as a patrolman to replace an officer who is leaving for higher pay at Smithville.

The Board voted to place advertisements to counter the ad campaign of UCEMC concerning the city's attempt to provide its own electricity. The next meeting of the Livingston mayor and Board of Aldermen will be the regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 5 at City Hall.

The meeting adjourned.

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