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Archives 04-26-2000



LA Prom Held Saturday
Monterey Youth Fatally Injured In ATV Accident
Sheriff's Dept. Discovers Meth Lab
Curtis Hayes Announces Candidacy



LA Prom Held Saturday

The 2000 Livingston Academy Prom was held Saturday, April 22 at the Holiday Inn in Cookeville. Among those attending were, from left, Chasity Bilbrey, Joe Sells, Sarah Kelly, Matthan Houser, Derek Knappenberger, Chris Everley, Nicole Thrasher, Brandon Geesling, Julie Boles, Jerran Allen, Christy Hastings, Jeff Garrett, and Kara Masters. (photos by Dewain E. Peek)

Brandon Smith escorted Christen Cates to the prom via a 1932 Ford Victoria. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)

Couples danced throughout the evening during the 2000 Livingston Academy Prom. (photo by Dewain E. Peek)


Monterey Youth Fatally Injured In ATV Accident

A 12 year-old boy died as a result of an all-terrain-vehicle wreck on Castro Thompson Lane around 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19.

According to reports, Dustin Grant Rush, of the Pleasant Ridge Community, was riding a 1992 Honda 4-wheeler from his home to a nearby friend's house when he apparently lost control of the vehicle while traveling south on Castro Thompson Lane. The ATV traveled up an embankment and threw him off, causing him to land on the road.

He was not wearing a helmet, according to reports.

Dustin was transported by helicopter to the trauma center at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. He died Sunday evening, April 23.

The wreck was investigated by THP James Sells.



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Sheriff's Dept. Discovers Meth Lab
By Dewain E. Peek

A fully operational methamphetamine laboratory was discovered by the Overton County Sheriff's Department on Monday, April 17.

According to reports, officers from the Overton County Sheriff's Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the 13th District Judicial Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence on Little Jay Bird Lane. The residence searched was a camper trailer reportedly belonging to Ronald Looper.

During the search , a fully operational meth lab was allegedly discovered. Also allegedly found was a jar containing chemicals with a blasting cap submerged in the chemicals, believed to be a booby trap to blow up the trailer if the lab was discovered.

A bomb disposal unit from Fort Campbell was called in to dispose of the blasting cap and chemicals. The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department was also involved because of the danger of explosion or fire in disposing of the chemicals.

Seven people were arrested at the residence, according to the Overton County Sheriff's Dept. Arrested at the scene were Ronald Looper of Monroe, Curtis Edwards of Monroe, Chris L. Smith of Garrett Town Road, Julia Reed of Crawford, Kevin Pritchard of Byrdstown, Brenda Thompson of Cookeville, and Jennifer Crouch of Albany, KY.

The government no longer is paying for the cleanup of meth labs, so the county will have to pay for the $8,000 to $10,000 cleanup expense.

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Curtis Hayes Announces Candidacy

Curtis Hayes has informed the News he plans to run for election to the office of Alderman in Ward I in the upcoming June 7 Municipal Election. His statement is as follows:

"I, Curtis Hayes would like to announce my candidacy for Alderman of Ward I in the Town of Livingston, in the upcoming June 7 election.

"I am a life-long resident of Overton County. I reside at 515 N. Goodpasture St. in Livingston. I am a former employee of the Livingston City Police Dept. and the Overton County Sheriff's Dept. I am currently employed by Tennessee Tech University in the paint department.

"I am very active in the community. I have coached the Overton County Youth Football Team and a Babe Ruth baseball team both for seven years.

"I am married to Julie Hill Hayes, who is also a life-long resident of Overton County. Julie is employed at Livingston Regional Hospital in the Admitting Department. We have two sons, Creed who is five years- old and Carter who is one year-old.

"I would like to encourage everyone to go the polls on June 7, 2000, and vote for Curtis Hayes Alderman Ward I. Your vote and support is greatly appreciated."


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