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Archives 7-21-99


Overton County Fairesst of the Fair Pageant Held Saturday
Legislative Meeting Held Monday
Firefighters Douse Trailer Fire
Byrdstown Man Found Shot To Death

Overton County Fairest of the Fair Pageant Held Saturday

The 1999 Overton County Fairest of the Fair Pageant was held Saturday, July 17 at Overton County Fairgrounds. This year's pageant had 13 contestants.

The theme for the pageant was "Stars". Contestants, dressed as famous people, were brought to the stage in a stretch limousine. The crowd was treated to impersonations of Deana Carter, Barbara Eden's Jeannie, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra, Vivian Leigh's Scarlet O'Hara, Sleeping Beauty, Olivia Newton John in "Grease", Faith Hill, Minnie Pearl, Austin Powers, and others.

The question for the interview segment was, "If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?" Many contestants said they would change noting because God made them the way they are for a reason. The interview segment was conducted by master of ceremonies Barry Moody.

Musical entertainment was provided by Tosha Cole, Ashley Peeler, Stephen Garrett, and a special appearance by "The King".

When all judging was finished, Airica Smith, 18 year-old daughter of Tim and Patty Smith of Livingston, was crowned 1999 Fairest of the Fair. She was congratulated by Livingston Regional Hospital CEO Tim McGill on behalf of Livingston Regional Hospital, sponsor of the pageant. Then, Kelly Williams presented a $1,000 scholarship to the Fairest of the Fair winner on behalf of herself and other local lawyers Steve Daniels, Daryl Colson, John Heath, John Hubert Little, Bruce Myers, John Officer, John Roberts, Lynda Simmons, and John Mark Windle, who all sponsored the scholarship.

Airica Smith is a 1999 graduate of Livingston Academy and is currently enrolled at Tennessee Technological University where she will begin classes in the fall for a two-year pre-professional program. She will then transfer to the University of Tennessee at Memphis to work toward a degree as a dental hygienist.

First runner-up was Ashley Brynn Mullins, 17 year-old daughter of Bryan Mullins and Lynda Winningham of Livings-ton, and second runner-up was Amy Burnett, 18 year-o

ld daughter of William and Florence Burnett of Livingston. Amy Burnett also won Miss Photogenic. Mandy Maynord, 17 year-old daughter of Mike and Donna Maynord of Allons, was named Miss Congeniality.

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Legislative Body Meeting Held Monday

By Dewain E. Peek

The Overton County Legislative Body held its regular monthly meeting Monday, July 19 with all members present.

The County Commission approved a contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation in which the D.O.T will pay 100 percent of the costs up to $50,000 for the installation of guardrails on the Coffee Mountain hill on Willow Grove Road.

The Commission approved refunding Pacesetters Inc. property tax in the amount of $830.48. The state declared the property tax exempt December 3, 1996.

The second reading of the non-profit donation resolution was approved as follows: Pace-setters - $6,000; Overton County Senior Citizens Center - $5,500; Meals On Wheels - $5,000; Rescue Squad - $1,200; Volunteer Fire Departments - $10,000; Holland J. Stephens Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse - $1,000; Overton County Chamber of Commerce - $10,000; RSVP - $500; 4-H Club - $500; Airport - $3,600; and HRA Transportation-Highway Dept. - $2,800.

The Commission chose not to consider a bond issue for the school system until after the total figure for the construction and renovation is given on July 22.

Condemnation procedures to acquire a right-of-way over a portion of Champion Paper Company's land on Cub Mountain was unnecessary after the company issued a letter of intent to give right-of-way, allowing the county to go ahead with creating a detour route for Highway 85 on the company's land.

Approved as notaries-at-large were Kelly R. Williams, Leecia Bilbrey, and Mary Lee Looper. A joint meeting of all committees was set for 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 28.

The meeting adjourned.

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Firefighters Douse Trailer Fire
By Dewain E. Peek

Quick response by the Overton County Sheriff's Department and the Livings-ton Fire Department may have saved the 442 Carr Avenue trailer home of Jo Ellen Davenport. According to reports, a lit citronella candle, pictured below, was on a plastic table on the porch. The candle's container apparently became hot enough to set the table on fire. The burning table apparently melted down to the wood floor, which then began to burn.

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Byrdstown Man Found Shot To Death
By Jim E. Hill, Pickett County Press Editor

A Byrdstown man was found shot to death in front of his home on Friday, July 16.

Authorities said Bill Winningham, age 63, who lived at 411 Hillcrest Drive, Byrdstown, was found lying in his driveway at about 6:20 in the morning last Friday.

Some relatives to a nearby neighbor of Winningham's discovered the body and called 911, Pickett County Sheriff Charlie Logan said.

It appears that Winningham died from a shotgun blast to the chest, but Sheriff Logan said, "We are expecting an autopsy report that will confirm the cause of death."

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are conducting an investigation and Sheriff Logan said he had assigned two of his officers to work with the TBI of the case.

Neighbors in the area, at least two, had left for work that morning at about 4 a.m. and then at 5 a.m. told this reporter that they had failed to see the victim, who was lying between his car and pickup truck in front of his home located just off Highway 111.

TBI agent Russ Winkler would only confirm that he was here conducting a homicide investigation, but did say as many as two other agents were assisting him along with the local authorities.

Byrdstown and Pickett County do not see this sort of thing often, in fact, the last murder investigation conducted here was back in August of 1995. That case involved the murder of a young man and woman. That case was solved and, the man responsible is in prison.

Pickett Sheriff Charlie Logan said, "Not only is this a crime against the victim and his family, but against the people of Pickett County."

He asked that if anyone has any information in this case to please contact him at 864-3210.

Winningham is believed to have been shot sometime between 10:15 p.m. Monday and 6:22 a.m. Tuesday.

Winningham was buried last Tuesday.

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