Inmates Clean Up Roadside Dump
Fake $10 Bills Passed In Overton County
Clay County Man Arrested In Overton
Clean Up Roadside Dump
Becky Meredith OCN staff
Richard Rogers, left, and Michael Cox, inmates at
Overton County Jail, stand alongside trash they spent several hours
gathering, along with another inmate. The workers collected this
trash over a period of two days.
"Beautiful Tennessee" isn't very beautiful
in all areas, especially in Dry Hollow, due to what may be considered
laziness and lack of responsibility.
For at least 20 years, a roadside in this community
of Overton County has been used as a personal landfill by some.
But much of the trash has been at this location for only a few weeks,
according to Bobby McCoin, project coordinator with the Overton
County Executive's Office.
As part of the Litter Grant Program, administered
out of the Executive's Office, inmates from Overton County Jail
are allowed to participate in the cleanup, saving the county a lot
The inmates are not paid for the work and are selected
by good behavior and/or short sentences, according to Sgt. Tim Poore,
Overton County Sheriff's Department.
Referring to the litter program, Poore said, "I
think it's pretty good. They are giving back to the county what
they've taken out."
Bobby Lawson, litter grant officer, supervises the
work and drives the van of inmates to and from sites.
Workers cleaned up a great deal of trash Wednesday,
April 25 and Thursday, April 26, which included refrigerators, stoves,
dryers, stock feeders, and other miscellaneous trash. Also dumped
were dead cows and other large animals.
On Wednesday alone, the workers collected a 40 yard
roll-off box full of metal trash and a trailer full of miscellaneous
McCoin said this collection was the largest for Overton
County in a long time.
"We hope the fact that we're cleaning it off
will keep people from dumping trash here so we don't have to come
The irony is, those disposing of trash now by throwing
it out the window as they're driving along or taking it and dumping
it off somewhere pay for it later in taxes when it has to be cleaned
According to McCoin, the act of collecting this garbage
costs county taxpayers quite a bit of money every year.
Some members of the Dry Hollow Community are not happy
about the dumping situation whatsoever.
One downstream neighbor of the site said, "This
is the headwater of West Fork River, which runs straight into Dale
Hollow Lake. There are dead cows and other animals dumped at this
site. I think this might be something the Corps of Engineers would
be interested in."
More than 400 tons of trash are collected off Overton
County roadsides yearly, according to McCoin, when residents of
the county, by law, should have it hauled off to an official dumping
The Overton County Solid Waste Department hauled off
the trash collected last week to a county convenience center, where
the gatherings can now be recycled.
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Bills Passed In Overton County
Livingston Police Department is currently investigating
the passing of a counterfeit $10 bill.
According to police, the bogus bill appears to be
faded green and may have been copied. Several businesses in Overton
County have reported similar incidents.
Anyone with information concerning the passing of
the bogus bills are urged to contact Livingston Police Department
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County Man Arrested In Overtonh
A Clay County man was arrested in Overton County after
an alleged domestic dispute at a home on Willow Grove Highway.
According to reports, Josh Gaw, 22, was in a dispute
with his father when he allegedly shot through the front door of
the house. Clay County Sheriff's Department notified Overton County
law enforcement that Gaw could be headed into Overton County.
Overton County deputies apprehended Gaw on Coffee
Mountain after he took a side road and ran away on foot. He was
caught around 7:30 p.m.
Gaw was returned to Clay County where he was charged
with aggravated domestic assault. Charges in Overton County are
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