Town Square Lamps To Light Up Thursday
National Tragedies Delay Murder Trial
Lake Shoreline Cleanup Has Been Delayed
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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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
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
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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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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Overton County News
415 West Main Street
P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570