County Tax Rate Changed To 1.74
Six Suspected Meth Labs Discovered Sunday In
Suspected Bomb Found On Side Of Highway 111
Tax Rate Changed To 1.74
Overton County Legislative Body set the county tax
rate at $1.74 per $100 assessed value during the regular monthly
meeting Tuesday, Aug. 7, with all commissioners present.
County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell
said, "As you know, the present rate is $2.04."
With the recent reassessment, $1.74 will bring in
the same amount of money as $2.04, according to Executive Mitchell.
"We're going to try to operate on the same amount of money.
"Some people's taxes will go down, and some people's
might go up a little bit because of the reappraisal program we just
Commissioner Gail Arney voted against the tax rate.
Of the 1.74 rate, the breakdown for funding is as follows General
Fund - 1.04; Solid Waste - .05; Highway Department - .05; and School
System - .60.
The County Commission adopted an appropriating resolution
for the county government for fiscal year July 1, 2001, to June
30, 2002, for the following funds: General Fund, Courthouse and
Jail Maintenance, Debt Service, Highway, Solid Waste, Drug Fund,
General Purpose School, Central Cafeteria, and Education Debt Service.
Commissioner Randall Boswell voted against the resolution. First
reading of the non-profit funding resolution was approved.
A capital outlay note in the amount of $140,000 over
three to five years was approved to purchase two new ambulances.
The Commission objected to a capital outlay note for
$51,000 over three years to purchase four used cars for the Sheriff's
Department. The Sheriff's Dept. has nine cars with more than 150,000
miles on them. Voting no were Commissioners Gail Arney, Alan Atnip,
Randall Boswell, Stanley Carter Jr., Tom Montooth, Gregg Nivens,
Grant Pennington, Billy Phipps, and Billy Sullivan. Voting for the
note were Commissioners Donnie Bull, David Dorminey, Wayne Ferrell,
Frank Martin, Jean Moore, and Johnie Webb.
A policy to give to the insurance company was suggested
to help with insurance costs. The insurance cost increased 282 percent
this year, apparently because of losses because of wrecks.
Sheriff Kelly Hull told the Commission after the note
for the cars was denied, "We've got three we're going to have
to spend a lot of money on. What you're doing is pouring water in
Sheriff Hull said purchasing cars later will cost
more because they can get a deal on them now.
"It looks to me that it's just wasting the taxpayers'
money by delaying it, because we've got to get these cars on the
road. The people out there, they demand service."
Concerning the accidents, Sheriff Hull said, "Now
I can park all the cars down there and there won't be any accidents,
but that ain't what the people want."
The Commission voted to suspend the rules, then voted
to have the Safety Committee create a policy, and put the note for
the cars on next month's agenda.
The Commission voted to establish a local government
property and casualty fund.
A sexual harassment policy and a cellular phone policy
were adopted for the county.
A resolution was adopted requiring the Overton County
Library Board and E-911 to submit an annual financial statement
and operating statement to the county budget director.
A revised salary schedule was approved for fiscal
Tammie Boles was approved as director of Overton County
The Commission adopted a resolution calling for acceleration
of the 163-mile Northern Tier County Road Project to connect I-40
at Lebanon with I-75 at Caryville in Scott County.
A resolution was adopted to add Pickett County to
the Empowerment Zone application, joining Fentress, Overton, and
The School System quarterly report was approved,
as was the County General report.
The Commission approved a proclamation making the
week of October 1-7, 2001, as Tennessee Archives Week in Overton
Rescue Squad members approved to purchase property
at General Services surplus property are Director Lester Freeman
and Captain J.D. Masters.
Appointed to the Overton County Library Board are
Bruce Elder, Sue Eldridge, and John Moore for terms through 2004.
Appointed to the Solid Waste Board are Lee Crowder
to an additional two-year term, Bobby McCoin for a six-year term,
and A.B. Coleman reappointed to a two-year term.
Approved as notaries at-large are Beverly Linder,
Amy Warren, Twila Spears, Tammie Sells, Stephanie Presley, and Denny
The meeting adjourned.
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Meth Labs Discovered Sunday In Area
Overton County Sheriff's Department had a busy day
Sunday, Aug. 19. The department recovered six methamphetamine labs
within a 24-hour time slot.
Around 9:30 a.m., Sgt. Tim Poore and Deputy J.D. Masters
responded to an attempted suicide call in the Monterey area. Roy
Clark of Hassler Road was reportedly attempting to kill himself.
Apparently, as the officers spoke with Clark, his
actions led them to believe he was involved in drug activity.
After searching the property, Sgt. Poore and Dep.
Masters allegedly discovered two meth labs, one in Clark's car and
another in his yard. Dep. Masters also allegedly recovered several
grams of finished methamphetamine from the site.
Clark was placed on a $30,000 bond at Overton County
Later in the day, Sgt. Poore, Capt. Kevin Phillips,
and Dep. Masters visited a residence in the Muddy Pond Community.
Officers intended to question the resident about a burglary at Camp
County Lad, which is close the residence; however, at the officers'
arrival, Sgt. Poore observed on the front porch of the residence
items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Odor of methamphetamine
was also detected coming from the residence, according to the Sheriff's
Dept. Sgt. Poore obtained a search warrant and additional officers
were then called to the scene to help secure the residence. After
obtaining the search warrant,
Sgt. Poore, Capt. Phillips, and Deputies Masters,
Heather Howell, and Greg Etheredge entered the residence and allegedly
discovered a meth lab.
According to reports, no unknown mixed chemicals
were found at the site.
Collected chemicals and equipment combined, according
to officers, were enough to set up at least three other meth labs.
The suspect was not at the residence when the officers
arrived. His whereabouts remain unknown at this time.
Around 10 p.m., Deputies Greg Etheredge, Brian Franklin,
Heather Howell, and Kenny Cherry responded to the residence of Daniel
Stevens on Rickman Road. The officers had received an anonymous
tip suggesting a meth lab at the residence.
Upon the officers' arrival, a meth lab was found in
the trunk of Stevens' car and more drug paraphernalia was discovered
inside the residence. The officers also found a video surveillance
system installed in the house.
Stevens reportedly cooperated with the officers and
surrendered approximately three grams of methamphetamine.
According to reports no unknown mixed chemicals were
found at the residence.
Stevens and his wife, Patsy, were arrested for Manufacture
of Methamphetamine for Resale.
Overton County Sheriff's Department asks that residents
of the community report any criminal activities to the department
at (931) 823-5635. Identification of callers are to be kept confidential.
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Bomb Found On Side Of Highway 111
Approximately one mile was closed down around mile
marker 6 of Highway 111 Friday night, Aug. 17.
According to the Overton County Sheriff's Department,
a citizen call alerted the Sheriff's Dept. about a briefcase on
the side of the road on Highway 111. Upon investigation, deputies
found the interior of the case to contain what they described as
a high-tech sophisticated device. The device is believed to be an
explosive device to disperse chemical or gas into the atmosphere.
Deputies who recently received instructor certification
on weapons of mass destruction came to the scene and agreed to call
in an agency with equipment needed to handle the situation.
Approximately a one-mile area was closed down around
The Tennessee Highway Patrol Special Response Team
came to the scene and diffused the device and transported it to
the FBI lab, where it is being analyzed.
Assisting the Sheriff's Dept. along with the THP and
FBI were Rickman Volunteer Fire Department, Overton County EMS,
Livingston Police Department, Overton County E-911, and Tennessee
Department of Transportation.
Sgt. Robert Garrett of Overton County Sheriff's Dept.
stated, "All involved performed very professionally, and did
an excellent job."
Anyone who may have seen the person or persons responsible
for placing the device on Highway 111 is urged to call the Sheriff's
Dept. at 823-5635 or the FBI or TBI office.
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