Prayer Walk 2000 Deemed Successful
Voters Reject Appointed School Board Members
Child Dies In Four-Wheeler Accident
Reject Appointed School Board Members
By Dewain E. Peek
Four of five appointed school board members were defeated
in the Thursday, Aug. 3 Overton County General Election. The one
remaining ran unopposed.
On Tuesday, March 30, 1999, the Overton County Legislative
Body officially expanded the Overton County Board of Education to
10 members and officially appointed James Hunter, Donald Wells,
Tommy Simcox, Melody Williams, and Melvin Johnson to the School
Board. At the time, many in the county wanted the voters to decide
who would represent them in the new positions. Last week the county's
voters had a say. Melody Williams, who ran unopposed, will be the
only one returning in September.
The School Board part of the election had two seats
up for election in the 1st District, a four-year term and a two-year
David H. Langford was re-elected to a four-year term
with 574 votes to challenger Randy Goodman's 374. Goodman carried
Livingston Ward II with 106 votes to Langford's 73, but Livingston
Ward I gave Langford 182 votes to 96, and Ward III was too close
at 56 for Langford and 52 for Goodman.
For 1st District's two-year term, Jerry Glasscock
was narrowly voted in over Allan Terry with 370 votes to Terry's
335. Livingston Ward II made a difference for Glasscock who carried
the ward 83 to 67 over Terry. Incumbent appointee Jim Hunter was
a distant third in the voting with 192.
A four-year term was open in the 2nd District. Joey
Smith received approximately 70 percent of the vote in defeating
incumbent appointee Donald Wells, 656 votes to 295. Smith carried
all three precincts.
A four-year term was also open in the 3rd District.
Edith R. Key won over incumbent appointee Tommy Simcox with 364
votes against 281. Simcox won in Alpine and Rushing Springs, but
Key was too strong in Wilson where she garnered 211 votes to Simcox's
The 4th District had a four-year term and a two-year
Chairman Donald Brown was re-elected to a four-year
term with 296 votes to challenger Gary Gilbert's 189. Brown carried
all three voting precincts.
Incumbent appointee Melody Williams received 160 complimentary
votes in her unopposed bid.
The 5th District elected Tim Coffee to a four-year
term in place of incumbent appointee Melvin Johnson. Coffee received
approximately 73 percent of the district's votes, carrying all three
In the Highway Superintendent race, Democrat incumbent
Joe Garrett was re-elected with a narrow margin, 2,167 to Republican
challenger Charles "Chig" Parrott's 1,843. Parrott was
strong in Monroe and Fairgrounds voting, but Garrett won in all
Unopposed Assessor of Property Larry King received
2,484 votes of confidence.
In the State Democratic Primary, which along with
the State Republican Primary was held along with the Overton County
General Election, State Representative John Mark Windle received
2,628 confidence votes, State Senator Lincoln Davis received 1,996
complimentary votes, and 6th District Congressman Bart Gordon received
2,253 complimentary votes.
Overton County voters preferred John Jay Hooker for
U.S. Senate with 803 votes to nearest challenger Jeff Clark's 419.
Clark narrowly took the nomination over Hooker in statewide voting.
In the State Republican Primary, U.S. Senator Bill
Frist received 456 complimentary votes, and 12th Senatorial District
nominee Ralph G. Deporter received 254 complimentary votes.
Overton County voters preferred David Charles 207
to 127 over Eleanor Gibbs for the right to face Bart Gordon in the
November election. David Charles won the nomination statewide also.
The election drew 4,366 Overton County voters, approximately
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Dies In Four-Wheeler Accident
Information provided by Pickett County Press
Authorities were dispatched to Eagle's Nest Drive
around 10:20 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 in response to a 911 call regarding
a four-wheeler accident.
Upon arrival, Pickett County Deputy Tim "Elmo"
Booher found that two men and the 8 year-old daughter of one of
the men had all been riding a Honda Foreman ES all-terrain-vehicle
and had apparently veered off the roadway and struck a four-strand
barbed wire fence.
Eight year-old Rayvin Rauch suffered fatal injuries
and died at the scene, according to reports.
Her father, Robert Rauch, 33, of Norcross, GA, apparently
received only minor cuts.
Jai Anthony Husband, 28, of Atlanta, GA, reportedly
sustained several cuts and abrasions. Pickett County Sheriff Robert
Stockton and Deputy Brian Franklin, along with a Tennessee State
Trooper responded to the scene.
Pickett County EMS dispatched three ambulances. The
injured were taken to Livingston Regional Hospital.
Authorities said the young girl had been visiting
her grandparents, Frank and Hazel Rauch of Byrdstown.
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