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Archives 2001 09-19-2001




United We Stand!
Teen Dies In Single Car Accident
Tennessee National Guard Awaits Call
Legislative Body Approves Four Cars For Sheriff


United We Stand!


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 11, 2001.

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 ©
Written 9-11-01



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 News.

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) 251-4035.

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Teen Dies 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, Sept. 15.

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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Tennessee 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 11 attacks.

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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Legislative 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 course.

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 Vernon Neal.

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.



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