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Archives 02-23-2000


Let's Get Ready To Rock

Legislative Body Meeting Held Monday
Drugs, Cash Seized In Recent Raid
Indictments Issued In Counterfeit Case


Let's Get Ready To Rock

The 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 awarded accordingly.

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 Academy.

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 15.

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Legislative Body 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 clerk's office.

"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 years.

A resolution was adopted for the Overton County government to cooperate with and assist the Census Bureau in the county 2000 census count.

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.


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Indictments Issued In Counterfeit Case

Two Hilham residents have been indicted in connection with a counterfeit clothes raid.

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 said objects."

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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