Spring Comes In With A Flurry
Woman Abducted From Home Sunday
Legislative Body Holds Monthly Meeting March 13
Comes In With A Flurry
Sandals and shorts would have to wait as spring came
in with a flurry. Snow flurries. Accumulation following rain made
driving hazardous and caused schools to close on Tuesday, March
20, the first day of spring. The slippery conditions caused vehicles
to leave roadways, against their drivers’ wills, and caused children
to leave schools, when school was let out early.
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Abducted From Home Sunday
Carter Masters left, Ruth Masters right.
A kidnapping was reported around noon Sunday, March
According to Overton County Sheriff's Department,
Ruth Masters was abducted from her granddaughter's residence on
Volunteer Drive in Livingston. She and her granddaughter had just
returned from church when they entered their home, went into the
bedroom, and Carter Masters allegedly was hiding in a closet after
having forced entry into the home.
Carter Masters allegedly forced his wife, Ruth Masters,
at gunpoint to leave with him, driving to his residence on East
McCormick Road in Livingston. The couple are in the process of getting
a divorce. Her car was at the East McCormick residence. They got
into her car, a white 1994 Plymouth Voyager minivan.
Ruth Masters has a restraining order against Carter
Masters. Authorities believe he is armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the
couple is asked to contact the local sheriff's office, Tennessee
Bureau of Investigation, or the FBI.
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Body Holds Monthly Meeting March 13
By Dewain E. Peek and Deborah Forsman
The Overton County Legislative Body held its regular monthly meeting
Tuesday, March 13 with Commissioner Wayne Sells absent.
The County Commission voted to lease the downstairs part of Joe
L. Evins Community Center to the Overton County School System. The
school will pay 35 percent of the utility bill for the entire building.
County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell said, “Nobody's
down there now. As you all know, L.B.J.&C. Head Start used to be
there. In fact, they were there, I guess, almost 20 years. They
were there way back in ‘86. They paid us $900 a month, but they
also used the upstairs kitchen. The Department of Education is just
going to use the basement part for Adult Education, and I think
some other things.
"I think it's been idle ever since L.B.J.&C. moved out. I
haven't had any prospects wanting to rent it. So, I'm glad the school
department is interested in using it."
A resolution was adopted to make application to the Economic Development
Administration for federal assistance in securing and developing
the new industrial park, and to allow the Upper Cumberland Development
District to make pre-application and prepare all documents.
A resolution was adopted to allow for the housing of state prisoners
in the new jail, and a resolution was also adopted to allow for
housing federal prisoners in the new jail.
The state will pay $35 where they are paying $18 now, according
to Executive Mitchell. Only non-violent felons will be accepted.
The only federal prisoners housed at the new jail will be those
who are in transit, according to Executive Mitchell.
A resolution was adopted to approve a contract with Tennessee
Department of Transportation and Overton County Highway Department
in the amount estimated at $50,000 for guard rails on the Honey
Springs Road and Collins Cove Road. The Tennessee Department of
Transportation will pay up to $50,000.
Approved as notaries-at-large were Tommy White, Wanda Krantz, Elizabeth
Chilton, Cynthia Sells, and Susie Rueve.
Executive Mitchell announced that Commissioner Wayne Sells has
submitted his resignation as a commissioner for the 1st District,
effective February 22.
"So next Court meeting, a month from today, we'll be appointing
somebody, if that's your wishes, to fulfill his position until the
next election, which we're talking about 17 months I guess,"
Executive Mitchell told the County Commission.
A budget committee meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday,
March 22. A public safety committee meeting will be held at 5:30
p.m. Wednesday, March 21.
The meeting adjourned.
Overton County News
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