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Archives 04-18-2001




Bilbrey Home Damaged By Afternoon Blazes
Jean Moore Appointed To Legislative Body
Hilham Area Man Injured In Bombing


Bilbrey Home Damaged By Afternoon Blazes
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff

Becky Meredith/OCN staff

Sudden smoke spotted at the Lansford Bilbrey home, located at 506 Cross Avenue, was reported to the Livingston Fire Department Thursday, April 12. The firemen on hand were able to extinguish the fire, but apparently the flames reignited, as the firemen were called back to the scene a few hours later. According to Fire Chief Rocky Dial, the home received fire damage to the kitchen and basement with the rest of the house receiving smoke damage.



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Jean Moore Appointed To Legislative Body
By Dewain E. Peek and Deborah Forsman OCN staff

Jean Moore was appointed to replace Wayne Sells as a commissioner for the 1st District in action taken by the Overton County Legislative Body during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, April 10. Commissioners David Dorminey and Billie G. Phipps were absent.

Moore received the eight votes necessary for appointment. Sells resigned February 22 because of health reasons. Moore will serve until the next election, when the seat will be up for election.

Also considered for the seat was Phillip McCormick, who received 3 votes.

The County Commission approved leasing the old jail to the Overton County Historical Commission to use for a museum. County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell said the lease will be for 25 years at no charge. The group did not want to own the building because of insurance.

"We'll be carrying the insurance. They pay the utilities, fix the place up. They do everything else," Executive Mitchell said.

Darrell Flowers was appointed as deputy coroner to replace Donald George who wanted to resign.

A resolution was adopted giving the county executive authority to appoint a joint economic and community development board, which meets the requirements of Public Chapter 1101.

"The minimum committee has to be the county executive and mayor or mayors, since we just have one city it'll be a mayor in our case, so it'll be the county executive, and the mayor, and one greenbelt owner, one land owner who has property in the greenbelt system," Executive Mitchell said.

Tom Montooth was appointed to the board as the greenbelt owner.

A resolution was adopted to stop truck traffic on Speck County Road between Highway 111 and Old Highway 42.

A lease agreement was approved with Hazel Atkins to lease one acre of her land off Dogwalk Road one mile from Alpine area for a convenience center. The lease time will be for 10 years with an option to renew for 10 years. The lease consideration will be $150 per month.

"As some of you might know, we've been looking for a place in the Alpine for a convenience center for two years," Executive Mitchell said.

"We've even advertised in the papers, and we haven't had any takers. "This is a good piece of property. It's got good access."

Executive Mitchell went on to say, "The people up in Alpine deserve a place to take their solid waste as well as everybody else. We've been trying to do this and we've got the money to do it. We've had the money for a while."

Of the convenience center, Executive Mitchell said, "We'll put a compactor, we'll put a fence around it. It'll probably be open two or three days a week, with an attendant. We will not have any convenience centers without an attendant. That's for sure."

Commissioner Wayne Ferrell passed on the vote.

The Commission voted against a request from the Overton County Nursing Home Board to amend the bylaws to give the board the authority to contract or spend up to $25,000 for emergency purposes, defined as a situation that would adversely affect the health and safety of the nursing home residents, and only if the nursing home has the funds in its account. The Commission voted to leave the bylaws as is.

A Solid Waste Fund Budget Amendment was approved.

A motion carried to fully support the Overton County Fair Board's efforts to have the starting date of the fair changed from July 17 to July 23 with All-American Shows Inc.

A resolution was adopted asking the 102nd General Assembly to continue to support revitalization efforts for Tennessee Agriculture by committing at least 50 percent of tobacco money to farm communities.

Road names approved for emergency purposes only are Red Oak Lane, Iris Lane, and Midnight Lane.

Approved as notaries at-large were Loretta Ledbetter, Colene Ledbetter, Kim F. Smith, Melissa Norris, and Randy Dodson.

The meeting adjourned.


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Hilham Area Man Injured In Bombing

A Hilham area man was injured last week when a pipe bomb went off in the Cookeville Goodwill Superstore.

According to reports, Thomas Williams, 41, was shopping in the Cookeville store just after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 when he sat on a couch he was checking out. He lifted up a cushion and was struck by a blast.

Williams was reportedly bruised and cut on the left leg, but apparently did not need an ambulance to take him to the hospital.

A metal pipe was found that had apparently contained the explosive device. A note was attached to it. The note included complaints about working conditions at the store.

Two other similar notes had been received by the store before this incident, according to Cookeville police.

When police arrived at the Goodwill store, they evacuated the building and searched the store and the surrounding area. The ATF was notified. The ATF sent a bomb-sniffing dog from a Nashville unit to the scene. No other devices were found.

Cookeville police have indicated that they have suspects. Evidence is still being gathered concerning the bombing.



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