Alleged Gambling Operation Halted
In Big Springs Community
New Attorney Appointed In Murder Case
Peggy Smith Appointed As County Trustee
Gambling Operation Halted In Big Springs Community
By Becky Meredith, OCN staff
Sgt. Eddie Mott, Dep. Heather Howell, and Dep. Kenny
Cherry took part in the gambling raid at Dallas' Big Springs Bar
on Monday evening, Nov. 19.
After a thorough investigation of Dallas' Big Springs
Bar in the Big Springs Community, officers of Overton County Sheriff's
Department confiscated more than $1,500 in cash and checks and several
gambling devices around 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19.
Devices taken as evidence include four machines, numerous
punchboards, and several pull-tabs. Also taken by officials were
notebooks containing gambling records.
According to Sgt. Eddie Mott, those listed in the
books will face charges of illegal gambling, along with the owner
and some of the employees at the bar.
"It was well-known throughout the community that
there was gambling going on there," Sgt. Mott said. "And
during our investigation, some pay-offs were made."
No arrests have been made yet in this investigation,
as the information will be presented to Overton County Grand Jury.
The evidence found will be turned over to court officials,
who will in turn decide what to do with the devices.
Money found at the tavern will be turned over to the
county, according to Sgt. Mott. "This being a holiday season,
maybe this (raid) will help some of the parents who do a lot of
gambling save a little bit back for their children," he said.
Other officials who participated in the raid were
Captain Kevin Phillips and officers Heather Howell, J.D. Masters,
Cheryl Mott, Kenny Cherry, Ryan Allred, Kim Snyder, and Greg Etheredge.
Officials suspect other acts of gambling are being
performed in the area.
"Investigations are continuing in a couple other
locations as well," Sgt. Mott said. "There will be other
charges presented later, besides just this one here."
With many programs available by the state, Sgt. Mott
suggests those with gambling addictions seek help.
"We have programs like Gambling Annonymous, and
so forth, for people who have gambling problems. There are programs
available for them to get help."
Those who have knowledge of other illegal activities
being conducted in the area are asked to contact Overton County
Sheriff's Department at (931) 823-5635.
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Appointed In Murder Case
By Robert Forsman
Attorney Larry Warner, a member of the Crossville
Bar Association, was appointed last week to replace Public Defender
Art Johnson as counsel for murder suspect Timothy Reagan.
Judge Lillie Ann Sells said, "Due to a conflict
of interest, Mr. Johnson can't represent Mr. Reagan. The court has
granted a motion to withdraw. Mr. Johnson is no longer the attorney
"We've had all kinds of hurdles in this case."
Reagan is charged with killing his wife by the use
of an explosive device in January 2000. The Overton County Grand
Jury indicted Reagan on a first degree murder charge.
Before Johnson withdrew as defense counsel, the case
was scheduled to begin trial December 3.
Judge Sells asked attorney Warner if he wanted a January
or a February trial date.
Warner replied, "Frankly I was hoping for a February
trial date, Your Honor. This case has my highest priority."
Judge Sells scheduled the trial to begin February
Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett said, "That's
good for the state."
January 16 was scheduled for possible motion hearings.
Judge Sells said, "Please get your witnesses
subpoenaed and set up for these dates."
Burnett and Warner said they would.
Reagan is incarcerated in Overton County Jail.
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Smith Appointed As County Trustee
By Dewain E. Peek, OCN staff
Peggy Smith was appointed County Trustee during the
Tuesday, Nov. 13 Overton County Legislative Body meeting.
Smith will fill the position held by her father, James
Harold Clark, before his death on October 10. Smith has worked in
the office for many years.
The County Commission voted to issue a tax refund
to Danny Stillings in the amount of $503.05 to reimburse taxes he
paid on property he was taxed on but did not own.
County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell
said, "That's not paying him any interest. That's just getting
back what he paid."
A resolution was adopted urging the General Assembly
to continue to share state revenues with counties and cities.
Executive Mitchell said, "Some of the people
in the Legislature are threatening to take away the county's share
of state funds, and if they take them away from Overton County,
we'll have to raise taxes $1.07 cents, I believe it is. That's over
half of what the rate is now. Our rate now is $1.74.
"So, we hope that doesn't happen, and we want
this resolution passed to send a message to our state senator and
our representative that we want them to leave it like it is."
A Department of Transportation grant in the amount
of $50,000 was approved for guardrails for Linder Mountain and Windle
The Overton County Nursing Home budget for 2001-2002
was approved, based on 144 average occupancy. Overton County Nursing
Home currently has 151 residents, according to Nursing Home Committee
Chairman Grant Pennington.
The Commission voted to give a quit claim deed to
Oak Grove Baptist Church to remove a cloud on the title to the school
on the church property.
A resolution was adopted to apply for home grant funds
from Tennessee Housing Development Agency.
A resolution was adopted to apply for a $450,000 Community
Development Grant to improve water service in the Cedar Chapel Community
in the West Overton Utility District and nearby in the North Overton
A Fair Housing resolution for the Fire Protection
Project was adopted, to receive a $300,000 grant that was recently
approved. The grant will be used for trucks and equipment for six
county fire departments.
The County General Quarterly Report for the period
ending September 30, 2001, was approved, as was the Overton County
Schools Quarterly Report for the period ending September 30, 2001.
School Budget Amendment #1 was approved for a total
expenditure increase of $432,695.
Approved as notaries-at-large are Sada Gore, Matthew
R. Smith, Patricia A. Bates, Katrina Hammond and Sue Eldridge.
The meeting adjourned.
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