Primary Election Draws Few Voters
Home Destroyed By Fire
Commission Meeting Night
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
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
Larry King received 1,756 votes of confidence.
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Reagan Home Destroyed
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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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
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
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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Overton County News
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