Two Killed, One Critically
Injured In Sunday Evening Collision
East Port Marina Sustains Early Morning Fire
OCN Wins 5 UT-TPA Awards
Aldermen Held Called Meeting
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.
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
OCN Wins 5 UT-TPA
The Tennessee Press Association recently announced winners in
the 1999 UT-TPA Press Contest. Overton County News won placed in
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
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.
Aldermen Held Called
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
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
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
The meeting adjourned.
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Overton County News
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P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570