December Enhanced With Glorious Sunsets
Speed Limits Imposed On Two County Roads
Arrests Made In Check-Making Scheme
Enhanced With Glorious Sunsets
Most in the area have probably noticed how crazy the
weather has been for December. Temperatures have maintained around
60 and 65 degrees most days and the heating stoves have not been
needed much. But what is more strange than the weather is the sunrises
and sunsets that have graced the sky lately, revealing some spectacular
colors and glorious forms like never before.
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Limits Imposed On Two County Roads
By Dewain E. Peek and Mike Kinnaird, OCN staff
Speed limits were imposed on two county roads in action
taken by Overton County Legislative Body in the Tuesday, Dec. 11
regular monthly meeting. Commissioner Randall Boswell was absent
from the meeting.
A 45 mph speed limit was established on Oakley-Allons
Road from Old Highway 42 to State Highway 294, and on Hardy's Chapel
Road from State Highway 85 to State Highway 136. Hardy's Chapel
Road does not go from Highway 85 to Highway 136, so the speed limit
is likely to be placed from Windle Community Road at Highway 85
to Hardy's Chapel Road then to Highway 136.
The 45 mph speed limit was also proposed for Old
Highway 42 to the Putnam County line, but Commissioner Billie Phipps
said that was too slow for that road.
"I don't know about the other two, but I just
know that the Rickman Road, I would just hate to see it go to 45
miles an hour," Commissioner Phipps said. "I think that's
too slow, myself. I travel it every day."
Commissioner Phipps went on to explain, "It
is a good road. It's not like the other two roads."
A new reapportionment plan was approved for Overton
County as required by law.
County Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell
explained, "It's reapportioning the voting districts of the
school board members and the county commissioners."
Executive Mitchell explained that the reapportionment
has nothing to do with where parents will send their children to
"It's only for the election of the county commissioners
and school board members," he said.
"Further, this reapportion plan shrinks the size
of the 4th District, which is Rickman. It shrinks the size of it
because we have to have close to 4,024 people in each district,
because with the new census we have grown a little bit.
"It changes the 4th District more than anything,
changes the 5th a slight bit, it doesn't change the 2nd, it changed
the 3rd quite a bit because we've taken real estate that was in
the 4th District and give it to the 3rd District."
Executive Mitchell said the county now has 20,118
"Every time you have a census and you have a
shift of population, you have to reapportion the county one man,
one vote system," he said.
Mitchell said the districts can only vary by 5 percent.
"This is a federal requirement," he said.
"It has nothing to do with the County Court. We have to do
it when the population shifts after a census."
None of the current commissioners or the current school
board members have been displaced, according to Mitchell.
The Commission acknowledged the merger and unification
agreement that merges Overton County 911 Emergency Communications
District and Pickett County 911 Emergency Communications District.
The Commission approved an amendment to the 1992 intergovernmental
cooperation agreement for emergency communications. Commissioners
Gail Arney, Stanley Carter Jr., David Dorminey, Frank Martin, Jean
Moore, Grant Pennington, Billy Sullivan, and Johnie Webb voted for
the amendment, and Commissioners Alan Atnip, Donnie Bull, Wayne
Ferrell, Tom Montooth, Gregg Nivens, and Billie Phipps voted against.
Executive Mitchell said, "This amendment has
to do with the changes that have been made, the rates have gone
up from 65 cents to $1.50, and commercial goes up to $3."
Appointed to the new Board of Directors of Overton-Pickett
911 Emergency Communications District were Dr. Matthew Gaspar, Livingston
Police Chief Roger Phillips, Commissioner David Dorminey, Commissioner
Gail Arney, Ralph Robbins, Commissioner Billy Sullivan, Bill Bilbrey,
Sheriff Kelly Hull, and Houston Robbins. Elected officials appointed
to the board will serve only during their term in office.
The Commission adopted a resolution authorizing Overton
County 911 Emergency Communications District to issue a note not
to exceed $183,000 for the purpose of expanding and purchasing equipment
for the 911 Center. The 5-year capital outlay note is to pay off
the current building, pay for mapping, and pay for enlarging the
911 building. Commissioners Johnie Webb, Billy Sullivan, Billie
Phipps, Grant Pennington, Gregg Nivens, Jean Moore, Frank Martin,
David Dorminey, Stanley Carter Jr., and Gail Arney voted yes, and
Commissioners Tom Montooth, Wayne Ferrell, Donnie Bull, and Alan
Atnip voted against the resolution.
The Commission approved building a convenience center
at Hardy's Chapel behind the community center.
Ronald Dishman was appointed as Overton County Historian
to replace Helen Qualls, who resigned because of health reasons.
Appointed to the Court Square Beautification Committee
are Bruce E. Myers, Julia C. Bishop, Lynn King, John Roberts, Budd
Bishop, Johnnie Lee, Tim McGill, Rita Reagan, Johnie Webb, and Virginia
Gray. A member will later be added from the Livingston Board of
Alderman and a member will also be added from the Civic & Garden
County Trusttee Peggy Clark Smith's bond was approved.
The name of Norrod Road, located from State Highway
84 to Dry Hollow Road, was changed to Curtis Norrod Road.
Approved as notaries at-large were Collette Dishman,
Carolyn Peterman, Jim Evans, Cindy Hamilton, Carolyn Elder, Mark
A. Gore, and Kari Copeland.
In giving committee reports, Solid Waste Committee
Chairman Gail Arney informed the public that the recycling center
will begin charging $1 per tire after the first 4 per trip, and
will charge $2 per truck tire after the first 8 per trip.
The meeting adjourned.
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Made In Check-Making Scheme
Livingston Police Department received a report last
week from Save-A-Lot grocery store on East Main Street regarding
two men who allegedly passed computer-generated checks at the business.
A description was given to the police of the two
men and the vehicle in which they were travelling.
Officers from Livingston Police Department later found
a vehicle matching the decription in the parking lot of Jerry's
grocery store, located in the Overton Plaza.
After approaching the vehicle, officers apprehended
two Morristown juveniles and an adult, later identified as Tim Boyd
Johnson. Parts of an elaborate computer system used to make checks
and around 500 blank checks were recovered.
According to reports, Johnson was identified as one
of the men who had just passed several computer-generated checks
at local stores.
Two other men thought to be involved in the scam are
being sought by Livingston Police Department.
Assisting local officials in the bust were officers
from Morristown Police Department, Jamestown Police Department,
Cookeville Police Department, Nashville Metro Police Department,
and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
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