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Archives 02-09-2000


Two Men Seriously Injured In Head-On Collision Monday
Counterfeit Clothes Seized From Hilham Residence
Smoking Prohibited At City Buildings



Two Men Seriously Injured In Head-On Collision Monday

THP James Sells investigates the scene where two men were seriously injured in a head-on collision around 5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7.

The collision occurred on a stretch between the Alpine gymnasium and Green Hills Cemetery.

According to reports, John Conner, 61, of Allardt, was driving a blue 1996 Dodge Ram pickup east on Highway 52 when a burgundy 1998 Chevrolet full-size pickup crossed a double yellow line apparently to pass another vehicle and collided head-on with Conner's truck.

Conner, who suffered extensive injuries, was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital. The driver of the Chevy, Stanley Whited, 74, of Alpine, also suffered serious injuries and was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital, and was later transported by ambulance to the University of Tennessee trauma center at Knoxville.

Both vehicles were equipped with air bags, which were deployed.

The collision was investigated by THP James Sells. Charges are pending in the incident.

(OCN staff photo)

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Counterfeit Clothes Seized From Hilham Residence

Approximately $827,695 worth of counterfeit merchandise was seized from a Hilham residence on Friday, Jan. 28 when the Overton County Sheriff's Department, in cooperation with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Smith County Sheriff's Department, carried out a search warrant. The estimate is according to Federal Trademark Investigators.

The investigation in Overton County began after investigators in Smith County located several counterfeit items. Further investigation traced the items to Overton County and located a possible suspect, identified as Harold Conner a.k.a. Harold Wilson. Upon running a warrants check, authorities discovered Conner a.k.a. Wilson was wanted on a felony charge in Ohio.

Smith County investigators contacted the TBI, who in turn notified Overton County Sheriff's Department investigators.

TBI Agent Russ Winkler, Sheriff Kelly Hull, and Chief Deputy Craig Story went to the residence of Conner a.k.a. Wilson and took him into custody on the felony warrant. Authorities obtained a search warrant for the residence.

Upon searching the residence, investigators discovered numerous counterfeit items including the following: Tommy Hilfiger, Barney, Nike, Old Navy, Abercrombie and Fitch, FUBU, Adidas, Pokeman, Disney, Ray Ban sunglasses, Oakley sunglasses, Calvin Klein sunglasses, FUBU watches, Mouado watches, Rolex watches, Bulgari watches, University of Kentucky, University of Tennessee, Polo, and Dooney Burke. Also found were several weapons, gambling devices, and a substantial amount of money.

The investigation has identified at least two suspects, according to authorities. The case will be presented to the next Overton County Grand Jury.



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Smoking Prohibited In City Buildings

By Dewain E. Peek

A tie-breaking vote by Livingston Mayor Hosea Winningham near the end of the Monday, Feb. 7 City Council meeting banned smoking in city buildings.

A department head asked for a room at the city garage to be made smoke free, prompting Alderman Johnny Halfacre to make a motion to prohibit smoking in city buildings, and Alderman Bill Winningham seconded the motion. Upon voting, Winningham, Halfacre, and Alderman Robert Jolley voted for the measure, Alderman Johnny Stover, Alderman Thurman Langford, and Alderman Howard Watson voted against. With the council deadlocked, Mayor Winningham voted for the ban. Aldermen Watson and Langford expressed displeasure with the mayor's tie-breaking vote.

The Board accepted the bid of D&W Environmental - Knoxville for a salt spreader for $3,950.

The bid of MAFECO for an air tank filling compressor system for fire department use was approved at $24,998, with half to be paid by the city and half to be paid by the county.

The second reading of ordinances 2000-1-1 and 2000-1-2 were approved. Mayor Win-ningham said the ordinances would be put in the newspaper.

The Board voted to turn the city election over to the Overton County Election Commission. The city election will be held July 7.

A.B. Coleman was appointed to the Overton County Solid Waste Committee.

Allen Terry was appointed to the Planning Commission.

Keith Hughes was hired for the water department.

The resignation of Bobby Anderson as a police officer was accepted.

The resignation of Randy Gore from the fire department was accepted.

The meeting adjourned.


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