Statue of Liberty graces Overton County
Holmans arraigned on arson charges
Legislative Body meeting held June 11
of Liberty graces Overton County turf
By KEVIN BURMEISTER, OCN staff
This smaller version of the Statue of Liberty may
be seen in the front yard of Sam and Clara Norrod, located on Green
Acres Road just off of Windle Community Road.
Samuel Norrod had a vision. A five year-old vision
that, in order to be fulfilled, took loads of money, patience, and
a little more money. Norrod's vision was to raise up a replica of
this nation's most powerful landmark, the Statue of Liberty, in
his own front lawn.
Norrod conceived his vision while he lived in Portage,
IN, where his neighbor sported a mini-sized Lady Liberty as a very
unique, as well as patriotic lawn ornament.
"We looked at it for quite a few years,"
Norrod said. "We liked it and went to a great deal of trouble
to find out where he got his, and where to get another one. After
we moved down here, we still wanted to get one."
His dream was further fueled after he and his wife
made a trip to New York City to see the actual statue.
He took numerous trips back to Portage, where he made
inquiries about his neighbor's statue. After returning home and
seeing his lawn take a significant beating from a cement truck,
Norrod finalized his plans and ordered his very own cast aluminium
Statue of Liberty.
The September 11 tragedy supported his vision, providing
an inspiration to all passersby of the new landmark's home on Green
His replica features a fully functional torch, which,
with the assistance of a modest 30-watt bulb, shines as a beacon
for all of Livingston's tired, poor, and huddled masses who yearn
to breathe freely.
Norrod is proud of his bold lawn decor statement,
which slaps the face of plastic flamingos everywhere. But, more
importantly, he is proud of the nation that it represents.
"We have always thought a lot of the United States,Ó
arraigned on arson charges
By ROBERT FORSMAN, court reporter
Douglas Holman Jr., 35, and wife, Dana Copeland Holman, 31, were
arraigned on arson charges Monday, June 17 in Overton County Criminal
Court, Judge Lillie Ann Sells presiding.
The couple were proprietors of D&D Carpet, a Livingston business
located in a rented building on Main Street. Fire consumed the building
in the early morning hours of February 28.
Overton County Grand Jury indicted the couple June 3 on charges
of arson and burning the personal property of another. They were
arrested June 5 and released on $100,000 bond each.
Following arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett
presented a motion requesting that Mr. Holman be placed in custody
because the property bond that secured his release wasn't a valid
deed of trust bond. Judge Sells granted the motion and ordered Holman
taken into custody. A hearing to reduce bond is scheduled for June
Following arraignment, Mrs. Holman was convicted of a probation
violation unconnected to the case and sentenced to a previously
suspended prison sentence. She was ordered to report to Overton
County Jail at 10 a.m. the following morning. Her arson case was
deadlined for August 20.
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Body meeting held June 11
By Rachel Smith, OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body met in regular session
Tuesday, June 11 with all commissioners present and Commissioner
Billy Sullivan presiding.
After the minutes of the April meeting had been approved
by all commissioners, Budget Committee Chairperson Tom Montooth
started off committee reports by informing everyone that the committee
had been meeting with each individual office to "go over their
wants and needs" and that a few bid openings had been conducted
for the Highway Department.
"That's about all the business we've done. Just
trying to get everything lined out working on the new budget,Ó he
Chairperson Gail Arney stated that a meeting of the
Solid Waste Committee is planned to discuss summer hours for convenience
Arney also reported that the Highway and County Property
Committee met in late May with several items on the agenda.
She began with a request that the full legislative
body consider rescinding the $5 fee currently being set aside for
the Teen Center as the center is no longer functional.
Other items discussed by the committee included the
sale of the old Health Department building, as well as the sale
of the house and approximately two acres of the industrial property
in Rickman. Both items were presented for a full vote later in the
During her report, Arney clarified to those present
the current status of her real estate license, stating, "I
just want it to be public record that I have put my real estate
license on retirement, so I cannot sell real estate."
Presenting the Nursing Home Committee report, Chairperson
Grant Pennington said, "Today, we have 144 residents in house,
He went on to say, "We will start working on
the budget sometime this week.
He further stated, "Our new controller is at
work. She started June 1."
Chairperson Jean Moore reported that the Education
Committee had met with Director of Schools Bill Needham, Karen Cowan,
and about five members of the school board on June 10 to go over
the year-end school budget, resulting in a motion presented later
in the commissioners' meeting. She also advised the full legislative
body of plans being made to repair the football stadium at Livingston
Presenting the Public Safety Committee report, Chairman
Bill Phipps advised, "We've had one meeting with the sheriff
and the ambulance service. Everything looked good with their budgets.
He also said, "Everything is going good with
the ambulance service. They've got moved in over there, and things,
as far as I know, are going pretty good."
Perhaps the most debated new business item of the
night was to consider giving the county executive authority to sell
the house and approximately two acres of property that are part
of the industrial development area planned in Rickman.
With a motion made to give the executive this authority,
but never seconded, Commissioner Bill Phipps was quick to point
out that he had talked to several people.
He said, "What I would like to see the court
do...I'd really like to let this go on to the next court...Check
it out a little more... Investigate it. I've talked to several people...That
property with the highway frontage right there the way the land
lays, may be worth more to the industrial park, if we get one in
there, to not even have a house on it.
He further stated, "I'd like to make a motion
to put this off until the next court and let them deal with it."
With this motion presented and seconded, Bobby Dan
McCoin reminded everyone the reason for selling the house and property
was to pay for the engineering fees associated with the proposed
After much discussion, commissioners voted, in a split
decision, to delay the decision to sell the house and property until
the new administration takes over in September. With a roll call
vote, commissioners voted unamiously to sell the old Health Department
building with the proceeds to be given to the proposed new library.
Bobby K. Lawson was approved as a half-time warrant
At the request of Director of Schools Bill Needham,
the legislative body was asked to consider imposing a 20 mph speed
limit on Oakley-Allons Road in front of Allons Elementary School.
After much discussion, commissioners voted to delay
a decision until research could be done to investigate the cost
of blinking lights or to add the phrase "When Children Are
Present" to the speed limit sign.
Commissioners then adopted a resolution to authorize
an actuarial study to determine the liability associated with allowing
members with one year service credit in the T.C.R. system to establish
retirement credit for time during which such members were employed
by a political subdivision.
Other items approved by the legislative body included
a resolution for 2002-2003 to participate in the Tennessee Department
of Transportation Litter Grant Program and appointing Jim Johnson
as E-911 director to replace Roger Phillips who resigned.
The county executive was given authority to appoint
approximately seven members to the Planning Committee as recommended
by the Highway and County Property Committee, with the primary function
of the Planning Committee being to work with the state planning
office to develop subdivision regulations that can be enforced.
Budget amendments for end of year General Fund, Solid
Waste, Drug Fund and Highway Department was approved in the amount
Commissioner Billy Sullivan said, "That is to
clean up...Move from one place to another place to zero out."
Also adopted during the June meeting was a resolution
to continue operating on the 2001-2002 budget after the end of the
current fiscal year.
With a unamimous vote, commissioners voted to approve
the school department's quarterly report for the month ending March
31, 2002, as follows: General Purpose Funds, Federal Projects, Central
Cafeteria, Education Capital Projects, and Education Debt Service.
School department Budget Amendment No. 4 2001-2002
in the amount of $337,348 was also approved.
Notaries at large approved during the meeting included
Marla Smith, Theresa Sharp, Anthony Young, Michell Stover, Christie
Reeder, Heather D. Hammock, Teresa Key, Carolyn Mabe, Teresa Barlow,
Leisha Bozza, Vicki L. Hunley, and Lee Copeland.
Approved as a last minute addendum to the agenda was
a resolution authorizing the county to request separate insurance
bids for the Highway Department and to accept a separate insurance
bid if lower than the combined rate.
The meeting adjourned.
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