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Archives 8-11-99


Jerry Breeding Pleads To Bank Robbery
School Board School Baby Program Continues Through May
Building Funding Approved By Legislative Body
Two Men Die In Seperate Single-Vehicle Incidents

Jerry Breeding Pleads To Bank Robbery
By Robert Forsman
Jerry W. Breeding, 48, of Gainesboro, pled guilty to one count of bank robbery in Federal Court last week.

Breeding was arrested and charged following the July 20, 1998 robbery of the Union Bank in Rickman.

According to reports, after two white males wearing stocking masks robbed the bank at gunpoint, Greg Phillips, the Captain of the Overton County Sheriff's Department during the Loftis administration, captured Breeding and Lonnie Arlis Greenwood following a high-speed chase that ended when the getaway car turned onto a dead-end road. Breeding was convicted in July of aggravated robbery by an Overton County Jury for his connection with the May 3, 1996 robbery of the Rickman Union Bank.

Breeding was convicted and sent to prison in 1980 for robbing a Putnam County bank in 1978.

Breeding had just been released from a halfway house, where he had been serving a sentence for violating parole, when he was charged and arrested in connection with the May 3, 1996 bank robbery.

Breeding was out on bond from the Overton County Jail, when he and Greenwood were arrested and charged with the July 20, 1998 robbery of the Union Bank in Rickman.

Sentencing is pending after Breeding's guilty plea in federal court last week to the July 20, 1998 charge.

Breeding is scheduled to appear in Overton County Criminal Court October 4 for sentencing by Judge Leon Burns for his conviction of aggravated robbery in connection with the May 3, 1996 bank robbery.

At last report, Breeding was being held in federal custody in Davidson County.

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School Board School Baby Program Continues Through May
By Dewain E. Peek
The Overton County School System's baby program will continue through May 2000 after action taken by the Overton County Board of Education in a called meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Chairman Donald Brown voted no and member Russell Gray was absent.

The school baby program for children ages 6 months to 18 months faced termination because it has been consistently losing money, calculated at more than $400 per month by Board member Tommy Simcox. The program would need to be at full enrollment to operate profitably. Chairman Brown said, "We've been in a hole ever since we started this. Unless your going to get enough parents willing to pay the difference, we're going to continue to be in the hole."

Board members were reluctant to end the program. Board member Melvin Johnson said, "What we need to decide is if this program is valuable enough to keep, and if it is to quit worrying about spending four, five or six thousand dollars because we all know that's what we're going to have to do every year."

The program will continue through May 31, 2000, but the fee was raised from $12 per day to $14 per day. During the discussion, Board members stated that some in the community were confusing the baby program with the Early Childhood program.

Johnson said, "I believe most people were afraid that we were talking about doing away with Early Childhood." Members of the Board pointed out they are two separate programs.

The Board approved a resolution on the school building project. The seven individual school building projects will be bid separately.

A Transition-To-Work grant proposal for REACH Academy was approved. The total grant is $75,000 for two positions at REACH, one a counseling position and the other a business liaison position. The county will provide 21 percent matching funds, $15,975.

The Board approved the Title VI C.S.R. Project. The project places two teachers at Rickman and one at A.H. Roberts School at a cost of $14.530. Director of Schools Eldon Davis said, "This is federal money to reduce class sizes."

Director Davis also said the people hired for the positions must be new people who are not in the school system. The meeting adjourned.


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Building Funding Approved By Legislative Body
By Dewain E. Peek
Three resolutions to provide funding of $14.5 million for renovation and additions to Overton County schools were approved in a called meeting of the Overton County Legislative Body on Tuesday, Aug. 3. The resolutions included the sale of bonds and authorization of loans with the Tennessee Public Building Authority.

The low bid of W&O Construction of $5,488,979 for the justice center was approved with all commissioners voting yes with the exception of Commissioner Johnnie Webb, a member of the County Commission's Education Committee, who passed on the vote stating a conflict of interest.

The meeting adjourned.


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Two Men Die In Separate Single-Vehicle Incidents
A Hilham man died in a single-vehicle wreck Wednesday, Aug. 4. According to reports, Dennis E. Breeding, 33, was driving a 1989 Mazda pickup north on Highway 136 around 2 p.m. when, approximately two miles south of Campground Road, the truck left the road in a curve and struck a tree. The incident was investigated by THP Jimmy King, THP James Sells, and THP Sgt. Joe Agee.

A Celina man died in a single-vehicle wreck Saturday, Aug. 7. According to reports, Juanita Page, 66, of Celina, was driving a 1986 Ford Taurus west on Highway 52 when the car left the road and hit a culvert, flipping the car over on its roof. She was injured in the crash, and a passenger in the car, William F. Page, 78, died. THP Jimmy King and THP Anthony Choate investigated the incident.



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