Diploma Presented To War Veterans
Bond Set In Murder Case On Monday
Civil War Heritage Area Receives Approval
Presented To War Veterans
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
On hand for the presentation of diplomas were, front
row from left, Avle Garrett, James Edens, Gene Martin, Willard Bilbrey,
Freeman Thompson, back row, Paul Taylor, George L. Holton, Kersey
E. Stover, Overton County Director of Schools Bill Needham, and
Overton County Board of Education Chairman Milton Raines.
Overton County veterans who were unable to receive
their high school diplomas due to their service during wartime were
awarded official diplomas by the Overton County Board of Education
on Friday, Feb. 23 at the Central Education Office.
These diplomas were made possible by the Overton County
School System and the Tennessee State Legislature. The diplomas
were signed by Randall Dial, Overton County Board of Education Chairman
Milton Raines, Overton County Director of Schools Bill Needham,
State Representative John Mark Windle, and the state commissioner
Director Needham, who made the presentations, stated
to the veterans that he felt it was an honor to make the presentation
and to have his signature on their diplomas.
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In Murder Case On Monday
By Robert Forsman
A $250,000 bond was set in Overton County Criminal
Court Monday, Feb. 26 for Kenneth Rich, 47, who is charged with
the December 17 shooting death of 17-year-old Greg Innman.
The Overton County Grand Jury issued a true bill on
December 21, charging Rich with first-degree murder.
According to reports, Rich was at the home of Lillian
Peters when an altercation occurred. Rich allegedly shot Innman
in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun. As Peters struggled with Rich
for the shotgun, a 14-year-old at the scene reportedly shot Rich
with a .410 shotgun.
Rich, who was hospitalized following the shooting,
was transported to the courtroom for a bond hearing before Judge
Leon Burns from a DOC special needs confinement facility in Nashville.
Rich's attorney Public Defender Art Johnson told Judge
Burns, "He's currently being held in a special needs facility.
If he needs treatment, he needs treatment. If he's being held for
medical treatment, I won't object.
"But if he's not, he needs to be confined in
Overton County, where I can speak with him easily. You need an act
of congress to see him in Nashville."
Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett said, "Of
course he's being held for medical reasons. He's had abdominal surgery
for wounds. He'll need further abdominal surgery."
Judge Burns ordered Rich to be held at the DOC confinement
facility under a $250,000 bond and set the case for tracking on
the May 2 Overton County Criminal Court docket.
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War Heritage Area Receives Approval
Final approval has been given for an agreement establishing and
implementing the Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area, which will be
used to promote tourism and economic development in Overton County.
During a ceremony held at the Stones River National Battle field
in Murfreesboro, U.S. Representative Bart Gordon said "Numerous
battles were fought on Tennessee land during that period of our
nation's past. Because the state played such a key role in the Civil
War, it's important we conserve, interpret and commemorate the places
where our history unfolded.
"The heritage area will help visitors, and those of us who
live in Tennessee, have a better understanding of the state's Civil
War legacy. It also offers opportunities for tourism, promotion,
education, and economic development in every Tennessee county.
Civil War battles, skirmishes and other activity in Overton County
included Livingston on Dec. 15, 1863, and March 18, 1865.
Through a proposal written by James Huhta of the Middle Tennessee
State University Center for Historic Preservation, Gordon sponsored
legislation creating the Tennessee Civil War Heritage Area in 1996,
one of only 18 congressionally designated heritage areas in the
Gov. Don Sundquist then directed the MTSU Center for Historic Preservation
to create a compact with the Tennessee Historical Commission/Tennessee
Wars Commission to implement the area. After a series of public
meetings and extensive citizen input, the compact was crafted and
approved recently by the U.S. Interior Department.
"Tennessee was affected by the Civil War more profoundly than
any other state," Sund-quist said. "This important project
honors the lasting impact the war had on our state's course."
MTSU's Huhta agreed.
"This heritage area is envisioned not only to present the
military aspects of the war, but it will also give a little insight
into the state's post-war experiences,Ó he explained. "Interpretive
materials will be designed to tell a tale of women rising to leadership
positions, of disabled veterans coming home from the war, of the
emergence of black communities out of slavery."
Congress has authorized a $10 million appropriation for the heritage
area, not to exceed $1 million in a single year, to be used for
maps, exhibits, brochures, films and other related items. The federal
money requires a 50 percent match from non-federal funds. No money
will be used for land acquisition or capital construction.
Nearly 100 million people visit cultural and heritage sites in
the U.S. each year, and Tennessee ranks second only to Virginia
in the number of visits to Civil War sites.
Gordon added, "Tennessee heritage is certainly rich. This
heritage area will allow us to commemorate sites significant to
our history and well-being."
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