Stolen Drugs Ordered Destroyed
Council Approves Dumping Smith & Wesson For
Saturday Collision Kills Algood Man
Drugs Ordered Destroyed
Livingston Police Department Officer John McLeod
and witness Donald Cobb, pastor of Livingston First Baptist Church,
pour the various confiscated drugs out of their containers into
a five-gallon bucket so the drugs may be transported elsewhere and
Livingston Police Department recently recovered more
than 120 prescription bottles of stolen medications through several
arrests and raids.
The confiscated medications, which were all at prescription
levels, included dilaudid, per-cocet, prozac, librium, and several
varieties of birth control, vitamins, penicillin, and schedule drugs.
The drugs were released by a judge’s decree to be destroyed because
they were considered adulterated, or impure.
On Thursday, Sept. 27, Officer John McLeod with Livingston
Police Department disposed of the drugs in a nearby sludge pit.
Photographers and witnesses remained with Officer McLeod until all
drugs were fully destroyed.
Of the drugs confiscated by LPD, several were sold
by pharmacies for as much as $80 per prescription. According to
Officer McLeod, the drugs totalled thousands of dollars in pharmacy
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Approves Dumping Smith & Wesson For Glock
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
Livingston City Council held the regular monthly
meeting Monday, Oct. 1, with Alderman James “Pug” Lee absent.
Livingston Police Department was authorized to trade
in Smith & Wesson sidearms for Glock 22-C pistols. The department
has had performance problems with their Smith & Wesson pistols lately.
The City Council voted to send Little Creek Farm Resources
notice of termination of contract. The Town of Livingston considers
the contract for gas null and void by not fulfilling an obligation
of the contract. The contract calls for Little Creek Falls to obtain
consent from Duke Energy, which has apparently not been obtained
to this point. Aldermen Robert Jolley and Curtis Hayes voted against
the measure. The board approved adding sewer service to an area
near Peach Street, provided the state approves of the current plan.
The Town of Livingston will pay the water and sewer bill for the
Overton County Legacy Museum, which will be in the old jail building.
The City Council will meet with Jimmy Haley at 6 p.m. Thursday,
Oct. 4 to discuss the water plant.
Alderman Johnny Halfacre informed the board that the
city has been approved for a 90 percent grant to buy property to
extend the runway at Livingston Airport. The City Council then voted
to apply for a $1.6 million grant to build the runway extension.
The board voted to send a letter to a Livingston daycare
asking that parking spaces be created for parents to park when leaving
or picking up children, rather than parking in the street. The letter
will give the daycare 30 days to create the parking space. Alderman
Hayes voted against the measure.
The meeting adjourned.
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Collision Kills Algood Man
Harris Eldridge Jr., 49, of Algood, formerly of Overton
County, died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle collision
on Saturday, Sept. 28.
Eldridge and passenger Juliette Kim Garrett, 45, of
Allons, were reportedly traveling southbound on Highway 136 in Cookeville
in a 1993 Dodge Colt when a utility trailer, pulled by a 1998 GMC
van travelling northbound, became unhitched and struck the car.
According to reports, the van, driven by James Robb,
39, of Sparta, left the right side of the highway and hit a mailbox.
Robb then attempted to steer the van back onto the road and to keep
his trailer from jackknifing; however, he was unable to regain control
of the vehicle.
The van overturned and disconnected the trailer, causing
the trailer to slide into the southbound lane of the highway and
strike Eldridge’s car.
Eldridge suffered head trauma and passenger Garrett
also received severe injuries. Both were airlifted from the scene
to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.
Eldridge reportedly died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 30
and Garrett was listed in surgical ICU at Erlanger.
Robb was taken to White County Community Hospital
with minor injuries, then treated and released.
Also travelling with Robb was Justin Robb, 17, who
reportedly received minor injuries.
THP Brian Lawson investigated the accident.
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