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Archives 2001 10-24-2001




Tuesday Morning Collision Fatal For Jackson Co. Man
White Powder Discovered In Cookeville Post Office
Authorities To Be Out In Force Halloween


Tuesday 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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White 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 was spotted.

The workers called 911 and received assistance from emergency personnel including firefighters, police officers, and FBI agents.

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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Authorities 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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