Sheriff's Dept. Assists In Search For Bank Robber
City Budget Approved With Same Rate
Former Livingston Resident Charged In Fentress
Dept. Assists In Search For Bank Robber
Dale Welch/Hilltop Express
Overton County Sheriff Kelly Hull and Fentress County
Sheriff Ray Atkinson check out the vehicle believed used by the
Overton County SheriffÕs Department personnel assisted
in the search for a bank robber last week.
For the second time in the span of two months, the
Union Bank of Clarkrange was robbed. According to reports, around
9:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 29, a white man of medium height and heavy
build wearing a toboggan mask over his head and face threatened
bank employees with a silver semi-automatic pistol and demanded
money. The robber took an undisclosed amount of money.
No one was apparently injured in the robbery.
The robber took off in a green Jeep, but a member
of the Fentress Rescue Squad tried to block his path. The robber
pointed his gun and forced the Rescue Squad member to back away.
Another Rescue Squad member soon picked up the pursuit
and followed the robber north on Highway 127 and down Martha Washington
Road, where he lost sight at a 4-way intersection with Campground
Road in Fentress County. The vehicle was later reported seen on
the part of Campground Road that leads into the Muddy Pond Community.
Law enforcement personnel from several agencies searched
the area. A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter assisted in the
search, after being dispatched from Chattanooga.
A green Jeep Wagoneer was found later found abandoned
off Union B. Road, but the robber had gotten away.
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Approved With Same Rate
By Dewain E. Peek OCN staff
The Livingston City Council approved the first reading
of the 2001-2002 budget during the Monday, June 4 regular monthly
meeting, with Alderman James P. Lee absent.
The tax rate remains the same at 1.16.
The Council voted to donate $325 to the Southern Poison
Center, to be given out of the drug fund. The Livingston Police
Department has used the center to identify drugs in the past, according
to Police Chief Roger Phillips.
Chief Phillips said, "We do use them from time
to time. ItÕs not a service that we use every day or every week,
but we do use them from time to time. When we do call them itÕs
generally when we are just at a loss as to a certain substance or
certain kind of a pill that we run across that we donÕt know what
According to Chief Phillips, the center provides the
information for free.
The Council agreed to give Overton County Public Library
more money than the $2,000 budgeted if more money can be found for
An ordinance concerning worker safety was approved.
A resolution was adopted concerning funding for the
proposed turn lane on the square at Church and Broad streets. A
resolution setting pipeline codes was adopted.
Harold Fletcher was named to fill Richard KnightÕs
position on the Planning Board and BZA. Knight resigned from the
The City Council gave permission for a clock to be
placed in a parking space on the south side of the courthouse.
In old business, the second reading of a zoning ordinance
on adult bookstores and adult video stores was approved.
The second reading on an ordinance concerning day
care facilities was also approved.
The low bid of $1,500 from New World Landscaping was
approved for mulching. Alderman Curtis Hayes voted no.
The low bid of $11,150.33 from G&C Supply Co. Inc.
was approved for street signs.
The meeting adjourned.
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Livingston Resident Charged In Fentress Murder
A former Livingston resident has been arrested and
charged in the death of an 85 year-old Fentress County woman, according
to a report in Fentress Courier.
Officers from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation,
the District Attorney General's Office, the Fentress County Sheriff's
Department, the Jamestown Police Department, the Fentress County
Coroner's Office, and others conducted a three-week investigation
into the death of Deloris Kuhar.
The investigation led to the arrest of Ute Ferrell,
45, manager of the Jamestown Manor Apartments where Kuhar lived.
Ferrell was arrested Thursday, May 24 and charged with first degree
murder, aggravated arson, and theft in connection with the death
of the elderly woman, whose shot and badly-burned body was discovered
Saturday, May 5 in her apartment.
Kuhar was last seen Thursday, May 3. Authorities believed
she was killed that day, and that her killer returned to the apartment
on the following Saturday and set fire to her body and the apartment.
Kuhar's daughter, who lives in Illinois, had contacted
the Fentress County Sheriff's Department early that Saturday, stating
that she had been unable to contact her mother by telephone, and
asked that they send an officer to check her apartment.
An officer was dispatched to the apartment at 209
Smith Street, Apt. D-1, where he found the door locked and a note
on the door stating that she had gone to the foot doctor.
The daughter called back late that Saturday, stating
that she had been trying all day to reach her mother by telephone,
but had been unsuccessful, and asked that they send another officer
to check on her.
Jamestown City Policeman Jeff Hancock was dispatched
to the apartment, and upon arrival, noticed smoke coming from the
apartment. He then summoned the fire department.
When Officer Hancock approached the residence, the
note that had been there earlier was still on the door, but when
he looked through a window, he saw a chair engulfed in flames, and
forced open the door to enter the living room of the apartment,
where he discovered the burned body of Kuhar in the still-burning
Officer Hancock was soon joined by other officers
from his department and firemen. Also responding to the scene were
Fentress County Coroner Gary Peters and personnel from Fentress
County Sheriff's Department, Attorney General's Office, and the
TBI, who conducted an investigation.
After evidence at the scene revealed what appeared
to be a gunshot to the head, authorities called in TBI's special
portable crime lab to conduct a more extensive investigation of
the apartment and surrounding area.
Evidence that the crime lab uncovered, combined with
extensive interviews of residents of the complex and other information
gathered in the course of the investigation led to Ferrell's arrest.
Assistant Attorney General John Galloway, who would
not elaborate on the evidence, said that even though an arrest has
been made, the investigation is continuing.
He praised the cooperative efforts of all the law
enforcement agencies, stating, "This is an example of what we can
accomplish with teamwork.
"No one agency by itself could have done this.
All the various agencies involved contributed to the end result."
Ferrell was placed in jail under a $2 million bail,
pending a preliminary hearing in General Sessions Court.
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