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Fire Destroys Home Christmas Morning
Florida Prisoner Pleads To Robbing Local Store
Unemployment Rate Unchanged In November


Fire Destroys Home Christmas Morning


Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Fire gutted a trailer at the corner of Cedar Street and Tayes Street in Livingston early Christmas morning. The fire was reported around 4:50 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, and personnel from Livingston Police Department and Livingston Fire Department quickly responded to the scene. The trailer was engulfed when firefighters arrived. Police set about determining if anyone was in the trailer and found that Nichole Lynn Arnett was renting the trailer from Ron Cooper. Arnett was soon located at another residence. An electrical problem is thought to be the cause of the blaze, but the fire is still under investigation.



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Florida Prisoner Pleads To Robbing Local Store

By Robert Forsman

A Florida prison inmate pled guilty during the December 17 session of Overton County Criminal Court to robbing a Livingston market gas station.

Shane Mosley, 29, charged with robbing Morgan's Westside Market on January 2, 1999, pled guilty to theft exceeding $500 and to aggravated robbery.

Several days after the Livingston robbery, Mosley was arrested in Florida and charged with robbing a Duval County hotel. Mosley was convicted of that offense and sentenced to a Florida prison.

Following a lead, Livingston Police Captain Tim Emerton questioned Mosley in prison about his connection to the Overton County robbery.

According to a statement taken by Emerton, Mosley and an accomplice entered the market, their faces concealed by bandannas. Pretending to be armed, they robbed the cashier of almost $1,000.

The accomplice is serving a prison sentence for bank robbery in addition to the Livingston robbery and a string of Putnam County robberies.

According to a plea recommended by the state, Mosley was sentenced to a year of Community Corrections probation to be followed by five years of standard supervised probation. Mosley will begin serving the Tennessee sentence upon his release from Florida prison.

Expressing hesitancy about accepting the plea, Judge Lillie Ann Sells told Mosley, “Don't ever come back before this court again.”

Overton County Sheriff personnel transported Mosley from and to the Florida prison.



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Unemployment Rate Unchanged In November

Overton County's unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in November, unchanged from the October rate.

Overton County had 630 unemployed of a workforce of 10,050.

Tennessee's November unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, up a tenth of a percentage point over the month. County unemployment rates showed 69 county rates went up, 15 county rates went down, and 11 remained the same.

Scott County at 11.0 percent, up from 8.2 percent, reported the state's highest jobless rate.

Clay County's unemployment rate rose from 8.3 percent to 9.7 percent, with 260 unemployed of a workforce of 2,670.

Jackson County's unemployment rate went up 1.5 percent, from 5.2 to 6.7. Jackson County had 310 unemployed of a workforce of 4,650.

Pickett County's unemployment rate went up 1.2 percent, from 5.8 to 7.0. Pickett County had 160 unemployed of a workforce of 2,270.

Fentress County's unemployment rate rose from 8.1 percent to 8.5 percent, with 500 unemployed of a workforce of 5,900.





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