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Archives 03-22-2000


Primary Election Draws Few Voters
Reagan Home Destroyed By Fire
Commission Meeting Night Changed


Primary Election Draws Few Voters

Few Overton County voters turned out for the March 12 primary election. The election drew 2,970 voters, more than 1,000 less than the same primary in 1996, which drew 3,996 Overton County voters.

With the Democrat presidential nomination locked up by Al Gore, the Republican presidential nomination captured by George W. Bush, Larry King running unopposed for re-election as Assessor of Property, and Charles "Chig" Parrott the only Republican nominee for Highway Superintendent, the only race left to decide was the Democrat nominee for Highway Superintendent.

Incumbent Joe Garrett received 1,609 votes to 735 for J.D. Winningham, giving Garrett the Democrat nomination for election as Highway Superintendent. Garrett won in all but one precinct. Winningham won in Monroe with 81 votes to Garrett’s 53. Garrett will run against Parrott in the fall general election.

Al Gore received 2,004 votes, and George Bush received 369.

Larry King received 1,756 votes of confidence.

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Reagan Home Destroyed By Fire

The home of Jean Reagan on Sunset Drive in Livingston was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning March 14. The home apparently caught fire around 2 a.m. Mrs. Reagan was at work, and her son, Mark, was home at the time and was awakened by the barking of their pet dog, Sam, a Great Dane. The house was ablaze and smoke was throughout the house. Fairgrounds Fire Department responded to the call to suppress the blaze. The fire reignited four more times through the day before being completely doused.

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Commission Meeting Night Changed
By Dewain E. Peek

The Overton County Legislative Body will meet at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month after action taken in the Monday, March 20 regular monthly meeting.

Overton County Executive Richard M. "Ossie” Mitchell said, "It's very cumbersome to have this meeting, for me and my staff at our office, on a Monday. Everything happens on Monday and you can't hardly get your mind together for the important meeting that we have."

The first proposal was for the third Tuesday, but Commissioner Donnie Bull has fire chiefs meetings on that night.

When it seemed another night would not be agreed on, Executive Mitchell notified the County Commission, "If you don't start changing it from Monday nights, you're going to have you another chairman. That's just what it amounts to. I'm just fed up with it.”

The Commission then went through different suggestions until coming up with Tuesday nights and agreeing to have it at 6 p.m.

Executive Mitchell said, "Let's try it at 6. If it causes a problem, we'll change it."

Denzel Gore was appointed temporary judicial commissioner to replace Mark Peek, who resigned. Gore was named judicial commissioner retroactive to March 17, when the Public Safety Committee appointed him in a called committee meeting. He will serve through April 19. The Commission will appoint a new judicial commissioner in the next regular meeting, as well as set time of service and salary.

Budget amendments were approved at the Sheriff's Department to move money around to cover the increased cost of gasoline.

The second quarterly report of the Overton County School System was approved.

Approved as Notaries-At-Large were Sandra Woodward, John Roberts, Bruce E. Myers, Barbara Hargis, Wayne McDonald, Angie Hammock, Leslie Brown, Vanessa Mitchell, Melissa K. Linder, James A. Mitchell, Jammie Gibbons, and David K. Webb.

The meeting adjourned.



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