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Archives 2001 09-26-2001




Town Square Lamps To Light Up Thursday
National Tragedies Delay Murder Trial
Lake Shoreline Cleanup Has Been Delayed


Town Square Lamps To Light Up Thursday

Workers recently put the finishing touches on installing the new clock and lamps around the courthouse square in Livingston. The lights will be turned on at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Everyone is invited to attend the lighting and listen to music. The lamps where purchased for the project by American Savings Bank, Bank of Overton County, First National Bank of the Cumberlands, Gene Gantt, Livingston Chocolate Company, Livingston Civic and Garden Club, Livingston Regional Hospital, Mid-State Construction Company, Overton County Bar Association, Overton Medical Association, The Swallows Agency, and five civic clubs who went together to purchase a pole Š Livingston-Overton Chamber of Commerce, Livingston Exchange Club, Livingston MerchantÕs Association, Livingston Jaycees, and Livingston Rotary Club. The two-sided lighted clock was purchased for the project by Union Bank & Trust Co.


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National Tragedies Delay Murder Trial

By Robert Forsman

The trial of a local murder suspect was postponed as the result of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent, scheduled to testify as an expert witness for the prosecution at the murder trial of Timothy Reagan, was assigned to investigate on-site evidence at the Pentagon, making him unavailable for the trial.

Reagan is charged with killing his wife in January, 2000 with an explosive device. The Overton County Grand Jury indicted Reagan for first degree murder. Reagan is incarcerated in Overton County Jail.

The first day of the trial, which was scheduled to begin Wednesday, Sept. 19, was rescheduled for December 3. The trial will last approximately five days, according to reports.

Judge Lillian Sells heard a motion September 19 objecting to introducing autopsy photographs as evidence.

According to the motion, "The defense objects to all post-mortem photographs of the decease for the listed reasons:

1. The photographs are highly inflammatory.
2. The photographs have little or no probative value, in that they cannot serve to illustrate any issue before the jury.
3. There are several different ways in which the state can enter evidence of the cause of death without using photographs of the deceased.
4. The prejudicial impact of the use of these pictures so outweighs the probative value as to make their use violative of due process, both federal and state."

Judge Sells took the motion under advisement and will announce her ruling later.

Exhibiting the photographs to the jury in black and white instead of in color is a possible option to be considered.


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Lake Shoreline Cleanup Has Been Delayed

The annual Dale Hollow Lake shoreline cleanup set for Saturday, Sept. 29 has been delayed until further notice, due to the September 11 national tragedies.

Each year approximately 200 volunteers gather at the lake to remove several hundred bags and several truckloads of trash that are carelessly thrown down by many lake users.

Ronnie Smith, lake resource manager, said, "Dale Hollow Lake is a beautiful resource which is so important to the region and to all of us who live here.

"Unfortunately, we regret that we must cancel the cleanup at this time; however, we want all of our volunteers and lake users to know that this is only a postponement and that we hope to reschedule the event in the future."

A volunteer program called "Project Phoenix" is being coordinated by the Dale Hollow Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Friends of Dale Hollow in partnership with the Corps to reforest the Lillydale and Willow Grove Campgrounds that were devastated by the recent southern pine beetle infestation.

According to Smith, tree planting is planned for this autumn and a date will be scheduled soon to provide volunteers an opportunity to assist in the replanting of hardwoods in the campgrounds.

For more information regarding volunteer efforts with this program contact Kimberley Passaretti, Project Phoenix coordinator, at (270) 433-5191 or the Dale Hollow Lake resource managerÕs office at (931) 243-3136.


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