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Archives 11-29-2000



Christmas Parade Set For Saturday
Murder Suspects Arrested In Overton County
Gainesboro Man Dies In Overton County Wreck


Christmas Parade Set For Saturday

The 2000 Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m. The parade will begin at the intersection of Highway 42 and Highway 294 near Livingston Limestone, continue on 294 to the intersection of Highway 52 (East Main Street) and continue on to Broad Street, passing across the square and turning onto Oak Street, ending at the intersection of Oak and First streets just beyond Livingston Regional Hospital. Line-up will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the Bradford-Hicks bypass (Highway 42) from the intersection of Highway 294 back toward the Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston.

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Murder Suspects Arrested In Overton County

Two murder suspects were arrested in Overton County around 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24.

Overton County Sheriff Kelly Hull had felony murder warrants from Morgan County and served them on Vanessa Baston, 40, and Darrell Ray Dixon, 35, of Jamestown Highway. The two are charged with the murder of an 86 year-old man who was strangled at his residence in Morgan County on Sunday, Nov. 19. The apparent motive was theft and robbery.

Arresting officers were Sheriff Hull, Deputy Will Barbee, and Jail Administrator Donnie Matheney. Agencies involved in the arrest along with the Overton County Sheriff’s Dept. were Morgan County Sheriff's Dept., Fentress County Sheriff’s Dept., and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Morgan County took custody of Baston and Dixon around 5:30 p.m. Friday, and transported them to Morgan County Jail.

Two other persons were also allegedly involved in the murder and have been charged with felony murder. They are also in Morgan County Jail.

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Gainesboro Man Dies In Overton County Wreck

A 49 year-old Gainesboro man died in a one-vehicle wreck on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

According to reports, Danny L. Smithson was driving a 1988 Ford Bronco west on Allens Chapel Road around 5:30 p.m. when the vehicle left the road on the right shoulder and he apparently overcorrected and lost control. The Bronco crossed the center line, ran into a ditch, and overturned.

THP Sgt. Jimmy Beaty investigated the fatal wreck.




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