Tuesday Morning Collision Fatal For Jackson Co.
White Powder Discovered In Cookeville Post
Authorities To Be Out In Force Halloween
Morning Collision Fatal For Jackson Co. Man
photos by Becky Meredith/OCN staff
A wreck in Rickman around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning,
Oct. 22 resulted in the injury of one man and the death of another.
According to reports, a Dodge Dakota truck, driven by William Bill
West, 80, of Gainesboro, was travelling northbound on Highway 111,
when a 1995 Ford four-wheel drive truck, driven by Randall Chaffin,
34, of Cookeville, pulled across the highway toward East Paran Road,
apparently moving directly into the path of the Dakota.
The driver of the Ford truck was reportedly transported
to Cookeville Regional Medical Center for treatment. The driver
of the Dodge, a former Jackson County register of deeds, evidently
died on impact; however, he was taken to Livingston Regional Hospital
to be pronounced deceased. Responding to the scene were officials
of the Overton County Ambulance Service, Rickman Fire Department,
Overton County Sheriff's Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol,
who investigated the scene.
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Powder Discovered In Cookeville Post Office
Around 3:30 a.m. Monday morning, Oct. 22, postal workers
at the Willow Avenue branch of Cookeville Post Office reportedly
discovered a fine white powder substance in two large bins in the
back area of the building.
According to a report in Monday's Herald-Citizen,
the workers were sorting mail out of the bins when the substance
The workers called 911 and received assistance from
emergency personnel including firefighters, police officers, and
By the time the white powder was discovered, the
truck that delivered Monday's mail to Cookeville was already headed
toward Crossville's post office. The Crossville Post Office was
notified immediately and the delivery of mail in Crossville was
suspended as a precaution.
Cookeville's postal workers were then sent home by
postal authorities, and drivers of Monday's mail routes were instructed
to pick up mail, not deliver it.
All mail in the Willow Avenue branch is being withheld
until test results are determined.
A white substance was also found at the FlowServe
plant in Cookeville on Foreman Drive.
Reports state that employees of the factory discovered
white powder on a large wooden crate shipped to the plant from India,
a usual source for supplies.
Police and firemen scraped up a sample of the substance,
shrink-wrapped it, and sent the sample to Nashville to be tested.
Four employees of the plant were reportedly in the
area when the substance was discovered.
Apparently, all substances found so far in the area
have tested as harmless.
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To Be Out In Force Halloween
In an effort to reduce incidents of vandalism and
egg throwing, officers of Livingston Police Department and Overton
County Sheriff's Department will be out in force this Halloween.
Livingston Police Chief Roger Phillips said, "Anyone
found throwing eggs or other material at vehicles or pedestrians
will be arrested and can face charges of disorderly conduct, a Class
C misdemeanor with up to 30 days in jail and up to a $50 fine; vandalism,
a Class A misdemeanor with up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and
up to a $2,500 fine; and/or criminal littering, a Class B misdemeanor
with up to 6 months in jail and up to a $500 fine."
Any vehicle involved in a throwing incident where
the driver is arrested will be towed at the owner's expense, according
to both Chief Phillips and Sheriff Kelly Hull.
Parents are urged to be sure of their children's whereabouts.
Parents are held responsible for damages committed by their children
up to $10,000.
Anyone under the age of 18 found throwing eggs or
other materials at vehicles or pedestrians will be charged with
the offense in juvenile court.
Sheriff Hull stated, "Halloween is a time we
hope our youngsters can enjoy.
Chief Phillips stated, "Just please remember
that what is usually meant as a harmless prank can turn into someone
else's tragedy very quickly."
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