United We Stand!
Teen Dies In Single Car Accident
Tennessee National Guard Awaits Call
Legislative Body Approves Four Cars For Sheriff
Overton County residents stand together on the town
square in Livingston, Tennessee, Friday night, September 14, 2001
in reflection of those who lost their lives and the families who
are suffering from the terrorism attack on America, Tuesday, September
Photo by Rachel Smith, Design by Darren Oliver
Posters produced and provided by Overton County News
To those who lost their lives in the national tragedies
September 11, 2001
Nothing could prepare me
For the news I heard today,
My mind is still in shock
I don't quite know what to say.
I'm still terribly numb inside
Your absence has not yet hit me
Nothing can make me believe
You'll no longer be with me.
God has allowed you to be taken
For reasons I'll probably never know
I don't understand why you lost your life–
You losing your life ripped out my soul.
When the awe melts away
And I realize what's taken place,
I will still hold you in my thoughts
And cling onto visions of your sweet face.
My throat is tired of sobbing,
My hands continue to shake
Not one chamber of my mind
Will accept what's taken place.
I won't let you die in my thoughts
I will do the only thing that seems right:
After I'm through shedding tears for your death,
I will celebrate your life.
–Rebecca A. Meredith ©
Area Groups Collecting Relief Funds
Several area organizations and groups are collecting non-perishable
items and monetary donations for those who suffered loss from the
national disaster Tuesday, Sept. 11.
Among those collecting donations for the Red Cross
Relief Fund are Livingston Academy's Interact Club and the school's
publication The Wildcat, Overton County Equipment Rental, Upper
Cumberland Sports, Sears in Livingston, Food Lion, and Overton County
Posters of the front page image of this edition of
Overton County News are available at $3 each, with $1 to cover printing
cost and the remaining $2 to be placed in the relief fund.
Upper Cumberland Sports is currently selling patriotic
T-shirts at $6 per shirt. A portion of the proceeds is to be donated
to the relief fund.
For an appointment to donate blood contact the Red
Cross at 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or America's Blood Centers at 1-888-BLOOD-88.
The Red Cross may also be contacted directly for financial
contributions. Call 1-800-HELP-NOW to make a donation.
To donate to the United Way fund, which also contributes
to victims of the September 11 attack and their families call (212)
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In Single Car Accident
Teen Dies In Single Car Accident A 16 year-old Livingston
Academy student died in a single-vehicle accident Saturday morning,
According to reports, Daniel Tyler Lancaster, 16,
of Monroe, was driving a 1998 Ford F-150 pickup north on Highway
111, when approximately a half-mile north of Twin Oaks Road the
truck crossed the center line and hit a guardrail on the left side
of the highway, crossed the highway again and left the road on the
right side and overturned down an embankment.
Lancaster was pronounced dead at the scene.
THP Jimmy King investigated the fatal accident. Lancaster
had reportedly spent the night with friends and was traveling home
when he apparently fell asleep.
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National Guard Awaits Call
As of Tuesday, Sept. 18, no Tennessee National Guard
units have been tasked with missions under the President's Partial
Mobilization of the National Guard and Reserve order in response
to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Army and Air National Guard units throughout the state continue
operations with a heightened state of security following the September
National Guard Air Bases in Knoxville, Nashville,
and Memphis, and National Guard armories throughout the state continue
to implement security procedures as outlined in the Tennessee Emergency
Response Plan, while conducting normal operations for these facilities.
Under the partial mobilization of the National Guard
and Reserve National Guard units may be called upon to provide support
operations, medical support, engineer support, general civil support
and homeland defense.
Randy Harris, director of Public Affairs for the Tennessee
National Guard, said, "Tennessee has a very diverse mix of
units including engineers, military police, long and short range
airlift and air refueling capabilities, but at this time we have
not been alerted for possible mobilization. Tennessee is the seventh
largest National Guard state in the nation, and we feel that our
soldiers and airmen are trained and ready to perform whatever mission
they might be assigned.
"When the services determine those units that
are called up, and issue them a deployment order, then both the
service and the unit may acknowledge that information; however,
understand that units may not be able to discuss details about the
mission or deployment location they are assigned."
Harris also stated that reports have been received
of personnel soliciting money using the National Guard name for
the relief efforts in New York and Washington.
"The Tennessee National Guard certainly sympathizes
with the victims and families of this great tragedy, but no Tennessee
National Guard member is authorized to solicit funds under the auspice
of the National Guard."
For more information contact Randy Harris, Director
of Public Affairs, Tennessee National Guard at (615) 313-0662.
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Body Approves Four Cars For Sheriff
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body gave approval for the purchase
of four used patrol cars for Overton County Sheriff's Department
during the Tuesday, Sept. 11 session. All commissioners were present.
The action came after an assurance from Sheriff Kelly Hull that
a policy is in place to require deputies to drive responsibly.
During the committee report segment of the County Commission meeting,
Public Safety Committee Chairman Frank Martin informed the Commission
that deputies have taken part in an emergency vehicle driving safety
Martin said, "Everyone's been through that, and he's got a
policy, as I understand it, that if they're caught speeding out
here, not going to a call or anything, or if they're driving at
excessive speed, he gives them three days off without pay, the second
time they get a week off without pay, and the third time they get
dismissed and sent home.
"So I think he's made some improvements there."
When the vote was taken on the capital outlay note, in the amount
of $51,000, to purchase the four used cars, Commissioners Randall
Boswell, Tom Montooth, Billy Sullivan, and Johnie Webb voted no.
A resolution was adopted to allow the Overton County sheriff to
enter into an agreement with other county sheriffs to house non-state
inmates in Overton County Jail.
County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell explained
the agreement saying, "In that agreement it says that they
will pay us $35 a day, they will be responsible for all the medical
bills, and they will also be responsible for transportation."
The second reading of the non-profit funding resolution was approved.
The Commission gave approval to donate the contents of the old
county jail to the Overton County Legacy Museum.
A budget amendment was approved to correct a mistake in the budget.
The amendment increased the Overton County Library fund by $2,429.20,
and reduced the fund balance by the same amount.
The Commission approved a tax relief order from the delinquent
tax records of Overton County. The order was made by Chancellor
Bobby D. McCoin was appointed VI Compliance coordinator in order
to comply with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
A tax refund was approved for Joyce Cravens in the amount of $471.03
for overpaid taxes.
Approved as notaries-at-large are Daryl Colson, Rusty S. Robbins,
David L. Story, Lesia G. Walker, Melody Williams, and Vickie Stevens.
The Nursing Home Committee was seated as follows: 1st District
- Frank Martin; 2nd District - Grant Pennington; 3rd District -
Billy Sullivan; 4th District - Billie Phipps; and 5th - Johnie Webb.
The meeting adjourned.
Overton County News
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