New building to house Ambulance Service
Truck stolen, man charged with theft
Qualifying ends for primaries
to house Ambulance Service
By Becky Meredith, OCN staff
After being moved from building to building for several
years, Overton County Ambulance Service will soon be housed "for
keeps” at a 7,500 square-foot building off Bradford-Hicks Drive,
next to the Health Department.
The project has been in the works for a while now,
according to Executive Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell, and
is in conjunction with the same building program that involved the
Overton County Justice Center.
"In our package where we bid for the justice
center, it was a part of that,”
Executive Mitchell said. "It was originally
part of the building program. It was only housed where it is now
Executive Mitchell believes the County Commission's
decision to build a new ambulance center was a good one.
"There are $70,000 machines sitting out there
with $20-$30,000 worth of equipment in them, and they can't even
get them out of the weather. We need it bad. We've needed an ambulance
service for a long time.
"They never have had a permanent place. They've
just been shifted around everywhere."
The ambulance service operated for about eight years
from the basement of the Courthouse Annex on University Street,
and was then moved to the old National Guard Armory, where the justice
center is now.
"When we started building a justice center out
of it, we had to move them somewhere,” he continued. "We had
this old health building available where they are now, so we moved
The building will cost around $450,000, Executive
Mitchell said, and will have space for eight ambulances.
"We have six ambulances now and an extrication
vehicle, they called it. It carries equipment to get people out
of wrecked cars and so forth."
Although under the same building program, the justice
center was finished several months before construction of the ambulance
"We've been this late getting it started because
we couldn't decide where to put the thing,” he said.
The staff of the ambulance service is anxiously awaiting
the move, where they will have a better location and better facilities.
A big factor in the move is not only keeping the vehicles
inside a controlled-temperature building, but keeping medications
and IV fluids inside also.
Liz Crabtree, director of the ambulance service, said,
"Our medications and IV fluids have to be at a certain temperature,
instead of being outside in the weather in the winter."
For years, ambulance service personnel have been plugging
up the engines to keep them warm, and attaching a heater to the
back of the ambulances to keep the medications and IV fluids warm
"You have to get out and unplug your truck, and
you have to unplug your little heater in the back, you know, to
get out and make your calls,” Crabtree said. "It's a lot better
on the vehicles not to sit out."
The vehicles being kept inside will also be convenient
and easier on the staff.
"It's going to save time, as far as getting out
and cleaning your windshield and unplugging your vehicles,” Crabtree
said. "If you're already going to be inside, all you'll have
to do is start them up and go."
Crabtree explained what happens to the medications
and IV fluids if they do not maintain a certain temperature.
"They lose their effectiveness. We've made it,
but it's been hard because they (staff) have had to keep an eye
on their vehicles to make sure the heaters were working and making
sure the drugs were where they need to be, checking to make sure
they haven't crystallized. They have to really check them off every
day, a couple times a day sometimes during the winter."
Another benefit of the move is that the front office
will be isolated from the EMT and paramedics stationing. The office
area in the new building apparently is designated to serve those
who wish to discuss administration issues or bills.
The hassle of crowded parking will be done away with
at the new site as well.
"Parking will be a great benefit. We just don't
have any parking over here. By the time you get your ambulances
parked and people try to come in, it's really hard, and the workers
trying to park, too," Crabtree continued.
She seems happy with all the new facility will offer;
however, Crabtree has future hopes for the ambulance service.
"Maybe we can get some more equipment later on,
you know. Kind of upgrade our equipment some."
The building looks to be done sometime early to mid-summer,
according to reports.
"It's coming up pretty quick," Crabtree
said. "I passed by there this morning. They're putting on shingles
and stuff. It looks like it's moving really quickly. It might be
even sooner, but probably about the first of this summer. I'm hoping
before then, but probably the first of this summer."
The new center will feature a training room where
staff members can conduct training procedures and hold conferences.
"We really don't have any place right now to
do our inservices and stuff. We're excited about that," she
"We'll have a big area to do our inservice training.
That's going to be a big plus for us, instead of trying to get 20
employees in one little room."
Crabtree believes the high school in particular might
benefit from the move.
"I think it's a benefit with the school because
you've got your kids there, and it's going to be closer in case
they were to get hurt and need us."
On the other hand, the closeness to the school might
pose a problem when students are arriving and leaving.
"Maybe they can put up a light that will automatically
change for us to come out if it's during school hours," she
To finally have a designated, permanent home seems
to be what means the most to Crabtree and her staff.
"We're excited to hopefully have a home where
we don't have to be moved from. We'll always be there. Everybody's
really excited because we've been waiting a really long time to
get a building."
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stolen, man charged with theft
Clay County Sheriff's Department apprehended an Overton
County man suspected of stealing a truck Friday night, Feb. 22,
after receiving reports from Livingston Police Department to be
watching for the truck.
According to reports, William Burnett was in the process
of closing his West Main Street store when he noticed his 1987 Ford
pickup was gone.
He reported the incident to Livingston Police Department,
and officers were able to develop a suspect after speaking with
LPD Communications Officer Kevin Carmack entered the
vehicle's description into the NCIC crime computer and notified
officials in surrounding counties.
Officer Carmack learned that Clay County Deputy Wendell
Schrock had pulled over a vehicle that matched the description of
the stolen truck moments before the Clay County department was notified
of the matter.
Dep. Wendell reportedly cited the driver for speeding
and allowed the man to drive away.
After learning the truck was stolen, Dep. Wendell
and other members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, including
Sheriff Jerry Rhoton, began searching for the vehicle. They reportedly
caught up to the truck on Highway 53 South in the Celina area, where
they pulled over the suspect and detained him until members of Livingston
Police Department could arrive and take him into custody.
Bobby W. Richardson, 48, of Willow Place Apartments,
was arrested for the theft and charged with Burglary of an Auto
and Theft of Property Over $1,000.
He will reportedly be arraigned in Overton County
General Sessions Court on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
He was out on bond on additional burglary and theft
charges in the county, according to Livingston Police Department
Chief Roger Phillips said, "The officers did
a fine job in the recovery of the truck and in notifying the surrounding
agencies to be on the lookout for the stolen truck.
"The truck was returned to the owner that very
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ends for primaries
Qualifying for the May 7 Overton County primary elections
ended at noon Thursday, Feb. 21.
The largest field of candidates will be in the Democrat
Primary for Overton County Sheriff, with 9 candidates. On the ballot
will be Kameron E. Bates, Greg Etheredge, Danny A. Garrett, David
L. Hunter, Danny L. Killman, Allen D. Loftis, Roger D. Phillips,
William J. "Bud" Swallows, and David G. Webb.
Incumbent Kelly D. Hull will run unopposed in the
Five candidates will be on the ballot for Trustee
in the Democrat Primary – Marvin K. Allred, Jeffery Dale Day, Billy
Gray Hargis, Kathy Johnson Smith, and Peggy Clark Smith.
Three candidates will vie for the County Executive
position in the Democrat Primary – Kenneth L. Copeland, Clifford
R. Jones, and Thomas Eldon "Tom" Montooth.
Incumbents running unopposed will be Circuit Court
Clerk Johnny R. Brown, County Clerk Hugh L. Ogletree, and Register
of Deeds Franklin D. "Peck” Smith.
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Marvin Allred announces bid for Trustee
Marvin Allred has informed Overton County News he
plans to run for the position of Overton County Trustee in the upcoming
election. His statement is as follows:
"My name is Marvin Allred, and I would like to
announce my candidacy for Trustee of Overton County in the upcoming
"I am the son of Wayne and Myrtle Allred of Livingston.
I am married to Amy Allred, daughter of Benny and Reta Davis of
"Amy and I live in the Hilham area of Overton
County and are expecting our first child within the next few weeks.
"I have experience with daily accountabilities
of large amounts of money in my job as a driver for Coca-Cola. I
believe in honesty and hard work. If elected as trustee, those are
the qualities my office will stand for.
"I look forward to meeting with as many of you
as possible, but with the long hours I work, I apologize to the
ones of you who I may miss.
"Your vote and support will be greatly appreciated
on May 7."
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