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Archives 12-27-2000



Livingston Jaycees Toy Drive A Success
Troopers Urge Drivers To Make Right Choice
Thrasher Named OCNH Employee Of Year


Livingston Jaycees Toy Drive A Success

The Livingston Jaycees, with assistance from the Overton County Sheriff's Department and the Sheriff's Department's Explorers group, delivered toys and other gifts to approximately 400 Overton County children during the 2000 holiday season. The need was easily met by the giving of many local citizens through angel trees located at Bows, Petals 'N Lace, West End Market, Winningham True Value Hardware, Pamida, and many other businesses, factories, and individuals.

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Troopers Urge Drivers To Make Right Choice

It's a simple choice, but one that all too often leads to criminal, or even deadly, consequences. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is urging New Year's celebrants to make the right choice this year - don't drink and drive.

During this holiday, which more than any other is associated with drinking and driving, troopers and other officers of the Department of Safety will be on the look-out for those who don't make the right choice. More than half of the traffic fatalities during the 1999 New Year's holiday were the result of alcohol-related crashes.

Safety Commissioner Mike Greene said, "We're going to do everything we can to avoid a repeat of last year's numbers. However, we need our citizens to make responsible choices, especially when it comes to drinking and driving. There are many options to help people make the right choice, such as appointing a designated driver, using public transportation, or calling a taxi."

This year's official holiday period will begin at 6 p.m., Friday Dec. 29, and continue until midnight Monday, Jan. 1. During the 1999 holiday, 13 people died in 11 separate crashes, and seven of the 13 deaths occurred in alcohol-related crashes. The average Blood Alcohol Content of drivers who tested positive was .16.

All of those who died were vehicle occupants, and 10 (77 percent) were not wearing safety restraints. Five of the 10 were ejected from their vehicle.

"Even if you make the right choice, you may meet others on the road who have not, so you need to be on the alert for impaired drivers," Greene said. "First and foremost, wear a seatbelt. More than anything else, buckling up can significantly reduce you risk of injury or death should you be involved in a traffic crash."

The Highway Patrol will be using all its available resources and troopers will be out in force during the New Year's holiday, warns THP Col. Jerry W. Scott.

"We'll be using various enforcement methods across the state in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic crashes during this holiday," Scott said. "So if you plan on driving on Tennessee roadways, be aware that we will be right out there with you."

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Thrasher Named OCNH Employee Of Year

Brenda Thrasher has been named the recipient of the Employee of the Year award for 2000 at Overton County Nursing Home.

She has worked at the facility for over six years in the Housekeeping Department on Wing 2, working both day and evening shifts. She reportedly goes out of her way to keep her wing clean, to assist the residents, and family members in any way she can.

Thrasher also works in the Nursing Department. She obtained her CNA certification through the facility's on-site training program last year.

She resides in Livingston with her five children, Terry and John, who attend Livingston Academy, Pam, who attends Tenenssee Technological University, Monica, who recently married Kelly Thompson, and Eddie, who has one child, Justin.


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