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Archives 07-12-2000



Sheriff"s Dept. Seizes 100 Marijuana Plants
Tax Rate Raised To $2.04
Indiana Boy Drowns In Dale Hollow Lake
Kentucky Teen Drowns Near Dale Hollow Dam
Candidates Announce


Sheriff's Dept. Seizes 100 Marijuana Plants

Deputy Tom Key, left, and Sheriff Kelly Hull, right, confiscated 100 marijuana plants from an area off Dog Walk Road on Monday, July 10. The plants ranged from four to nine and a half feet high.

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Tax Rate Raised To $2.04
By Dewain E. Peek

The Overton County tax rate increased from $1.89 per $100 of assessed value to $2.04 after action taken by the Overton County Legislative Body during a called meeting Monday, July 3.

Explaining the need for the increase, County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell said, "There's three new things in this budget that haven't been in before.

"Number one is building an ambulance substation in Hanging Limb. Those people deserve it. We can't service the area in a timely manner because it is so far away.

"Number two we're putting money in there for a maintenance man. The county needs a maintenance man. The schools department's had one, but the county hasn't had one. We've got something like 17 buildings in the county and a lot of them's deteriorating to the point that it's going to cost us a whole lot of money, so we feel we're saving money by adding a maintenance man to keep the buildings up.

"And number three we've got the new operations of the brand new jail. We figure we'll have to operate that six months out of this budget.

"So that's three new things that heretofore haven't been in our budget."

All voted for the new tax rate.

All county commissioners voted for adoption of an appropriating resolution for Overton County government in the fiscal year from July 1, 2000, to June 30, 2001. The resolution funds the following budgets: County General, Courthouse and Jail Maintenance, Debt Service, Highway, Solid Waste, Drug Fund, General Purpose School, Central Cafeteria, and Education Debt Service.

The first reading of the non-profit funding resolution was approved. Non-profit funding will be as follows: Pacesetters - $6,000; Senior Centers - $5,500; Meals On Wheels - $5,000; Rescue Squad - $1,200; Volunteer Fire Departments - $10,000; The Stephens Center - $1,000; Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce - $10,000; RSVP - $500; 4-H Club - $500; Livingston Airport - $3,600; HRA Transportation-Highway Department - $2,800; Pioneer Days - $1,000.

The County Commission approved deeding the old Liberty school and church property to First Freewill Baptist Church. The one acre or less property was deeded to the School Board by J.W. McDonald on April 18, 1949. The current School Board has approved deeding the property to the church, but only the Overton County Legislative Body has authority to make transfer the property to the church.

The meeting adjourned.

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Indiana Boy Drowns In Dale Hollow Lake
By Robert Forsman

An 11 year-old Indiana boy drowned in Dale Hollow Lake on Thursday, July 6.

According to reports, the family of Evan J. Taylor was on vacation at a houseboat from Cedar Hill Boat Dock. The family was at the east fork of the Lick Run area at approximately 5:30 p.m. when the children, who were in the water, were told to get back in the boat, but the family apparently did not notice that Evan had not returned.

The boy's life jacket was found on the back of the houseboat. The family notified Cedar Hill Dock by radio. The dock then notified Clay County Rescue members of the missing child. According to Clay County Rescue Squad Captain Butch Burnette, the rescue members responded within 27 minutes to the scene.

The body of Evan Taylor was recovered by a diver, Clay County Deputy Matt Roberts, at 6:20 p.m. in approximately 15 feet of water.

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Kentucky Teen Drowns Near Dale Hollow Dam

A 19 year-old Kentucky man was found dead near the south end of Dale Hollow Dam on Saturday, July 8.

According to reports, Greg Grant of Celina found the body submerged in 18 feet of water around 1:30 p.m. when he jumped from a rope he was swinging on and plunged into the lake. Grant saw an outline that looked like a body.

A former Los Angeles firefighter who has lived in Clay County for the past eight years, Grant called to nearby boaters to call 911 as he went to his truck and got an extension cord to tie to a tree and tie around the body so it could be pulled from the lake.

Personnel from the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Clay County EMS, Clay County Rescue Squad, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers soon arrived and pulled the body onto a rock ledge. The body was taken to Cumberland River Hospital and later identified as Brandon Hume of Tompkinsville, KY. An autopsy will be performed, though no foul play is suspected.

The body is believed to have been in the lake for approximately 12 hours.

Hume, who had not been reported missing, was said to have been with a group of teens the night before on a rented houseboat docked near the south end of Dale Hollow Dam. Clay County deputies had reportedly visited the houseboat near midnight to investigate a report of noise. The deputies seized alcohol discovered on the boat.

The houseboat was reportedly moved early on Saturday, apparently without anyone noticing Hume's absence.

Candidates Announce

Donald Brown Announces Candidacy
Donald Brown has informed the NEWS that he is a candidate for re-election to the Overton County Board of Education for the Fourth District in the Thursday, August 3 election. His statement is as follows:

"I have a desire to see the present building program through to its entirety. The program provides additional facilities for all schools of Overton County. The program's completion is of the utmost importance to me. My experience will be of tremendous importance in completing this project.

"As your board member, I have diligently tried to represent you and your concerns. The board considered any ideas or suggestions that were presented to me.

"I am a lifelong resident of Overton County. My wife and I along with our two daughters live in the fourth district. Your continued support and vote would be most appreciated."

Brown has served four terms and is seeking re-election for another term.

Gary Gilbert Announces Candidacy
Gary Gilbert has informed the NEWS that he plans to run for election to the Overton County School Board in District Four in the upcoming Thursday, August 3 election. His statement is as follows:

"I would like to ask the residents of the 4th District to get out and vote on August 3. It is our privilege and responsibility to make this important decision. Go to the polls, you have a choice for the four-year term on the Overton County Board of Education.

"Elected school board members are servants of the people, and they are guardians for all of our children:

a guardian who works only for the good of our students and to continually improve our school system;

a guardian who truly believes that all of our students deserve the best education possible;

a guardian who will demand a school system with integrity and the highest of moral values and lead by example;

and a guardian who will guarantee fairness for all students, teachers, and employees.

"God has blessed me: Mom-Jan Gilbert, teaching at LA, and our Son-Kurt going into the 7th grade at Rickman are my ‘life.' You all know my ‘other' family, the girls and boys, students, past and present ball players, all whom we have considered as our own. In 1979, we chose to live and work in Overton County, and now to raise our son. We are proud to be a member of the Rickman community and the Rickman School family.

"Thank you for your confidence and support. I will be honored to served the 4th District with openness and fairness."

Joey Smith Announces For School Board
Joey Smith has informed the NEWS he plans to run for the Overton County School Board in the 2nd District in the upcoming Thursday, August 3 election. His statement is as follows: "I would like to announce my candidacy for School Board Member from the 2nd District, which includes the Allons, Independence and Monroe communities.

"I am the son of Imogene Smith and the late Willie M. Smith. My wife is the former Beth Staggs. We have one son, Todd, who will be a 6th grade student at Allons Elementary. We live at Old Stover Road in the Independence community. "I know the importance of our children getting a good education. To obtain this we must have good teachers, principals and also good facilities for them to attend.

"When elected, I will work with the director of schools, the other school board members, and staff. I pledge to help any way I can to achieve these goals.

"I am very much interested in the children of our county. I believe I can help, and would very much appreciate your vote and support in the August 3 General Election.

Thank you, Joey Smith"

Randy Goodman Seeks Election
Randy Goodman has informed the NEWS that he plans to run for election to the Overton County School Board in District One in the upcoming Thursday, August 3 election. His statement is as follows:

"I, Randy Goodman, would like to help create a friendlier, more understanding school board, therefore, I am announcing my candidacy for the four-year term of the District 1 school board seat.

"We live in a great community, and I see no reason why we can't have a great school board as well. Unfortunately, I know there are a lot of people who have lost confidence in our current school board, and I want to do everything I can to restore that confidence.

"As a product of public schools, I know how important it is for a parent to be involved in their children's schooling. That is why I think the school board should welcome input from parents and teachers instead of ignoring it. If I'm elected, I promise that the concerns of anyone attending a school board meeting will not fall on deaf ears.

"My campaign is based on two major issues.

"First and foremost, as a member of the school board, I promise to always base my actions and decisions on the future education and best interests of our children. I do not have political or power agendas. My candidacy is not based on Randy Goodman; it's based on the concerns of our community, our children.

"Secondly, I will always conduct meetings in a professional, courteous manner. During my tenure, the board will not proceed to another item on the agenda if anyone wants to discuss a particular concern. The fact that a person took the time and effort to come to a board meeting is very important and shouldn't be taken lightly.

"I would like to create a more positive relationship between the board and the teachers and school administrators. It is essential to have the opinions and concerns of those school officials heard and addressed.

"I welcome any phone calls from Overton County citizens regarding my candidacy, as well as anyone who wants to help in some form or fashion. I can be reached at 823-7451.

"The election will be held on August 3, with early voting beginning July 14 and ending July 29. Thank you for your confidence and support."

Goodman is married to the former Betsy Endicott, daughter of Bettye Endicott Clark and the late Dr. John Endicott. Randy and Betsy have two children, Sarah, 16, and Graham, 13, both of whom have always attended Overton County schools.

In addition to taking active roles in his children's education, Goodman is also very active in the community. His family attends Livingston First United Methodist Church, where Randy teaches a men's Bible study group, serves on both the administrative board and board of trustees, and represents the church as a lay delegate at the annual conference convention. He is also a member of the Lion's Club.

The Goodmans met while attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They both graduated from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis.

After receiving his bachelor of science and doctorate of optometry degrees, Goodman established his practices in the Upper Cumberland, where he has served the community for 21 years. He has been an active member of the Tennessee Optometric Association where, among his many professional positions, he has served as its president as well as the Tennesee trustee to the Southern Council of Optometrists. Today, the couple practices with the Eye Centers of Tennessee, which has four offices in the Upper Cumberland.


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