County Justice Center In Construction
Rickman Man Dies In One-Vehicle
Rescue Squad Member Owns
Justice Center In Construction
By April D. Blevins
Cold snowy weather temporarily halted construction
of the new 40,902 square foot Overton County Justice Center and
renovation of the old National Guard armory building. The project
is expected to be complete in spring 2001. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)
Construction on the Overton County Justice center is expected to
be complete in early 2001, according to County Executive Richard
"This is the biggest project the county has ever taken on.
We built a $3 million school, but that doesn't even compare to this
project," Mitchell said.
Construction of the project is taking place on five acres off of
the Livingston Bypass, the previous location for the National Guard
Armory. The main building will house the Circuit Court Clerk office,
Emergency 911 service, two courtrooms and a 144-bed jail. The Emergency
Medical Service will be housed in a separate 7,380 square foot building
on the grounds.
The complex comes at a cost of $5,488,979 and is being funded by
a surplus in the county debt fund. When the new armory was built,
the county was given the old building plus five acres. Since the
county already owned land for the project, at least $1 million was
saved, according to Mark Rodgers, the architect for the project.
Mitchell said, "I wanted to get this project under way when
I was in office eight years ago, but the county didn't have the
money for it then. Now, the timing is right."
The new 33,522 square foot jail will meet the staffing and facility
standards required for state certification which will bring $35
per day for each state prisoner being held. The current facility
is not certified, thus the county receives only $18 per day per
state prisoner. This money will be used to staff the jail, according
A jailer at the Overton County Jail said, "This new jail
has been needed for a long time. It was needed yesterday."
Construction on the complex began in September 1999 with W&O Construction
Co. as general contractor.
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Rickman Man Dies
In One-Vehicle Crash
A Rickman man died Monday morning in a one-vehicle crash on Old
According to reports, Richard E. Fish, 42, of Old Oak Hill Road,
was driving a 1993 2-door Pontiac Grand Am south on Old Highway
42 around 5:30 a.m. when he apparently lost control of the vehicle.
The car crossed the centerline, left the road, and hit the building
housing Medlin Radio Sales. Fish, who apparently was not wearing
a seatbelt, was ejected and the car rolled over him. He died at
According to the report and tests, alcohol was involved.
THP James Sells investigated the crash.
Charles Parrott Announces Candidacy
Charles Parrott has informed the NEWS he plans to run for election
to the office of Road Superintendent of Overton County in the upcoming
March 14 Democratic and Republican Primary Election. His statement
is as follows:
"I want to take this opportunity to announce my candidacy
for the office of Road Superintendent of Overton County in the upcoming
Democratic and Republican Primary.
"I appreciate the encouragement from many of you, the voters
of our county, to seek this office."
Larry King Announces Candidacy
Larry King has informed the NEWS he plans to run for re-election
to the office of Assessor of Property of Overton County in the upcoming
March 14 Democratic Primary Election. His statement is as follows:
"I, Larry King, would like to take this opportunity to thank
everyone for letting me serve as your Assessor of Property. I have
enjoyed serving the people of Overton County. I take great pride
in having performed that service in what I consider to be a fair,
honest, impartial, and courteous manner.
"I am married to the former Joyce Conatser, daughter of Louise
Conatser of Livingston, and the late Cledith Conatser. We have one
son, Corey, who is 16 years old. I am the son of Bonnie King of
Jamestown and the late Allard King.
"Even though I am running unopposed, your vote and influence
will be greatly appreciated."
Rescue Squad Member
Owns Special Canines
By Dewain E. Peek
Jacob Boswell of Livingston recently took ownership of two special
canines, a search and rescue dog and a weapons detection dog.
Boswell just completed a 2-week handling course in Colorado and
returned with the dogs on Saturday, Jan. 29.
A member of the Overton County Rescue Squad, Boswell said he got
the search and rescue dog because the squad doesn't have one.
"I decided to get the weapons dog because of what's going
on with schools, what you see in the news."
According to Boswell, the search and rescue dog, Raiden, does air
scenting, she also does tracking, but does most of her searching
through the air. She also does cadaver work.
"She'll do drowned victim, but she won't do deep water. I
haven't transferred her into it yet," Boswell said. "I've
got to break her into riding on a boat."
The weapons dog, Scooby, zones in on black powder.
"He'll find guns, ammunition, and he can find black powder
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