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Archives 03-21-2001




Spring Comes In With A Flurry
Woman Abducted From Home Sunday
Legislative Body Holds Monthly Meeting March 13


Spring 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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Woman Abducted From Home Sunday

Carter Masters left, Ruth Masters right.


A kidnapping was reported around noon Sunday, March 18.

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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Legislative 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.



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