Get Ready To Rock
Body Meeting Held Monday
Drugs, Cash Seized In Recent
Indictments Issued In Counterfeit
Get Ready To Rock
garage door is rising on Rock Rally 2000, Battle of the Bands. Members
of the Orion, from left, Adam Etheredge, Lucas Oliver, Darren Murphy,
and Mark Mabry, with drummer Scott Clinton notably absent, prepared
for the event with a jam session Saturday, Feb. 19 in Etheredge's
garage. The Overton County Health Council organized event will be
held Saturday, April 15 at Livingston Academy. For more information
see article found on inside pages. (photo by Darren Oliver)
By Rachel Smith
Ask a parent what seems to be the biggest problem
facing our youth today and the answer will likely be either alcohol,
drugs, or teenage pregnancy.
These problems are faced on a daily basis not only
by youth across America, but also by the youth of Overton County.
To respond to these issues, the Overton County Health
Council, along with other organizations and local businesses, will
sponsor Rock Rally 2000, Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April
15 at Livingston Academy.
The idea originated last fall at a meeting of the
Health Council when members of the LA Student Council said they
would like to bring an old-fashioned, rally-type event back to the
school. Students further suggested that a battle of the bands be
held so students and parents alike could be drawn to the event.
From these ideas, it grew into Rock Rally 2000, Battle
of the Bands, which is tailored to students ages 10 to 19, but will
apply to all ages, as well as parents.
Angela Hassler, Health Council member, said, "Students
at Livingston Academy are helping us to organize and publicize this
event. We needed their input to come up with the idea, and we need
their help, as well as the community's, to make the rally a success."
The main event of the day will be the Battle of the
Bands, with the Rotary Club providing cash prizes for bands that
compete. Each band will be judged based on audience applause and
Bands interested in participating are asked to contact
Hassler at the Overton County Health Department. Each band must
have at least one member who is currently a student at Livingston
Several guest speakers are being sought for the rally.
At press time, the only speaker confirmed is State Representative
John Mark Windle.
More than 30 exhibits will be displayed by various
organizations in the Upper Cumberland, including the National Guard
Armory, who will display a mobile museum, souped-up Hummers, Bradley
tanks and other military equipment.
Another exhibit scheduled is the Tennessee Trucking
Associa-tion's "No Zone Rig," a tractor trailer truck
painted to show where not to drive because of blind spots. Chattanooga
Cares, DHS, SADD, Genesis House, Crisis Pregnancy Center, TWRA,
and Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett, among others, will
also have exhibits on display that day.
The Overton County Health Council plans to get involved
in the Overton County schools by educating and implementing activities
focusing on preventing and overcoming at-risk behavior.
The council encourages the participation and involvement
of parents, youths, businesses and organizations in this rally.
Anyone interested in joining the Health Council or
with questions or ideas about the Rock Rally should call Shelia
Pemberton at 823-1287 or Angela Hassler at 823-6260.
Members of the Overton County Health Council are,
front row from left, Pauletta Brady, Angela Hassler, Dr. Diane Sadler,
co-chairperson, Melissa Thomas, Beverly Madewell, Shelia Pemberton,
co-chairperson, and Pacesetters operations manager Amy Wilson, back
row, from left, Diane Fowler of Family Mission, Robbie J. Melton,
Dawn Hickey, Andy Langford, Erskine Peoples of Blue Cross Blue Shield,
Marsha Harris, and Lori Arms.
Amy Wilson, operations manager for Pacesetters, informs
Rock Rally 2000 co-chairpersons Dr. Diane Sadler, and Shelia Pemberton,
that Pacesetters will donate over 600 buttons to be given away to
students and participants during the activities scheduled for April
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Meeting Held Monday
By Dewain E. Peek
The Overton County Legislative Body held its regular monthly meeting
Monday, Feb. 21 with Commissioner Wayne Sells absent.
The County Commission approved an updated county road map.
County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell said, "The
law states that the Highway Department has to update the county
road map ever so often, and the copy of it is in the county court
"What this map consists of, if anybody wants to see it, is
a map of Overton County with red lines for all the roads that are
county roads. So if you want to know what a county road is, you
go to Hugh L.'s office and he'll have a copy of the map."
The Commission approved Private Act No. 67 House Bill No. 2036
Private Acts of 2000, which repeals two former acts.
Executive Mitchell said, "What it really does is shift some
of the responsibility from the circuit court clerk's office to the
clerk & master's office."
The Commission approved hiring Karen Dyer of Criminal Justice Services
as a consultant to help with the training and transition when personnel
move from the old jail to the new facility. The cost is $25,000
to be paid out of the building fund.
Executive Mitchell said, "She will work for a year, then she
will be on retainer at no more extra cost for as long we need her."
Executive Mitchell said he first thought hiring someone to do this
would be a waste of money, then he and Sheriff Kelly Hull went to
Marion County to see what they went through when moving into a new
jail and changed his mind.
"They had all kinds of problems," Executive Mitchell
said. "They spent more on fixing equipment than they would
have if they'd had somebody to train people."
A budget amendment was approved to put money that has been received
by the county into the budget.
The Commission adopted a resolution appointing members to the County
Regional Solid Waste Planning Board. Appointed were Lee Crowder
representative from industry, for two years, Walter C. Masters,
representative from the public sector, for four years, A.B. Coleman,
appointed by the City of Livingston, for two years, and Commissioner
Gail Arney for four years and Commissioner Billy Sullivan for six
A resolution was adopted for the Overton County government to
cooperate with and assist the Census Bureau in the county 2000 census
The County General quarterly report was approved.
Approved as notaries at large were Tammy Beaty, Danny Lee Langford,
Neil Ashburn, Kathy Mitchell, Beverly Stephens, Diane Franklin,
Martha Watson, Charlotte Garrett, Kimberly Taylor, Fred Amonett,
Jennine Lynn Huddleston, Amelia Martin, and Bruce E. Myers.
The Overton County Historical Society asked to be given use of
the old jail building to house an Overton County museum when the
new jail goes into use. The Commission approved drawing up a lease
agreement with the Historical Society.
The meeting adjourned.
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Drugs, Cash Seized
In Recent Raid
Officers from the Overton County Sheriff's Department and the Livingston
Police Department served a search warrant at the Crooked Circle
Lane home of Patricia R. Coleman around 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17.
Officials report the seizure of Tylox capsules, cocaine, and other
drug paraphernalia, along with several thousand dollars in cash.
Evidence in the raid will be presented to the Overton County Grand
Jury, according to authorities.
According to authorities, Patricia R. Coleman and Charles Robbins
were taken into custody and charged with the sale and delivery of
schedule 2 narcotics, in connection with another criminal case.
In Counterfeit Case
Two Hilham residents have been indicted in connection with a counterfeit
The Overton County Grand Jury issued a true bill charging Harold
Lloyd Conner a.k.a Harold Lloyd Wilson a.k.a Harold Hostutler and
Shirley Hostutler with two counts of criminal simulation.
The indictment charges that the two "did unlawfully and with
intent to defraud or harm other, possess objects with a value of
more than $60,000 made or altered so that they appeared to have
value that because of age, antiquity, rarity, source, or authorship
they did not have with the intent to sell, pass or otherwise utter
Conner a.k.a. Wilson a.k.a. Hostutler was also indicted on two
counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and was
indicted on one count of possession of a gambling device, which
was identified in the indictment as a punch board.
Both are in the Overton County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
The indictment resulted from an investigation that began in Smith
County where counterfeit items were found and eventually traced
back to Overton County.
A warrants check on a suspect, Conner, revealed he was wanted in
Ohio. A subsequent implementation of a search warrant at his Hilham
residence produced many counterfeit articles of clothing with brand
names such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Old Navy, Calvin Klein, and
more. Also found were several weapons, gambling devices, and a substantial
amount of money.
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