Preparations underway for Overton County
Jackson County escapees caught in Overton
Public hearing set for Hwy. 52 corridor
underway for Overton County Fair
Preparations are being made for the 64th annual Overton
County Agricultural Fair. While a crew with United Shows of America
finish building the track for the Orient Express ride, above, Taryn
Williams and Kendra Smith were busy Monday, July 29 helping pageant
contestants register for this weekends contests.
Fair pageants will begin Friday, Aug. 2 with the Baby
Contest at 5:45 p.m. The Toddler Contest will follow at 7:45 p.m.,
and Tiny Tots will finish out the evening, beginning at 9 p.m.
Fair pageants will resume on Saturday, Aug. 3 with
Little Miss at 5 p.m., followed by Junior Miss at 6 p.m., Junior
Princess at 7 p.m., and Fairest of the Fair at 8:30 p.m.
While the Junior Princess pageant is underway in the
arena, open mule pulling will be held in a newly added pulling area
behind the grandstands.
Sunday, Aug. 4 is entry day for the various agricultural
fair categories. Items may be entered from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Department
judging will be conducted on Monday, Aug. 5.
Swine judging, the goat show, and the Wild Mule Show
will be held Monday.
The pet show, open lamb show, and the motorcycle show
will be held Tuesday, Aug. 6. The motorcycle show will start at
Wednesday, Aug. 7 is Senior Day at the Fair from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m. Family Night will begin at 7 p.m. that night. A Christian
concert will also be held in the main arena, beginning at 7 p.m.
School Day at the Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 8. The 4-H and FFA Horse Show will be held that day,
as well as junior dairy and county shows, county beef cattle show,
open cattle show, county pony show, and county horse show. The county
horse show will begin at 7 p.m.
Youth judging will be held Friday, Aug. 9. The open
quarter horse show will begin at 7 p.m., and a clogging contest
will also begin at 7 p.m.
County horse and mule classes will get underway at
9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. Kids Extravaganza will begin at 10 a.m.
The county mule pulling contest will begin at 11 a.m., and the open
walking horse show will begin at 7:30 p.m.
County escapees caught in Overton County
Three men who reportedly escape from Jackson County
Jail near midnight Saturday, July 27 were apprehended in Overton
County on Sunday, July 28.
Overton County Sheriff Kelly Hull received information
about the whereabouts of the three escapees around 6:30 a.m. Sunday
morning. Sheriff Hull sent a group of deputies to Larry Daniels
Trailer Park where the fugitives were reportedly arrested without
The three were taken to Overton County Justice Center
then later transported back to Jackson County. \The three had allegedly
stolen a truck in Jackson County and brought it to the residence
where they were apprehended. The truck belonged to a Jackson County
deputy's father-in-law, who was unaware the truck had been taken,
according to Sheriff Hull.
Sheriff Hull requests that anyone with information
about any crime call the Sheriff's Department at 823-5635.
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Four recognized as Champion Community
Mary Ruth Tackett, state director for the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development recently visited Fentress
County to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) formalizing Upper
Cumberland Circle Four as a Champion Community.
According to Tackett, Upper Cumberland Circle Four
consists of census tracts 9651, 9652, and 9653 in Fentress County,
1101 and 1102 in Morgan County, 9501 and 9506.98 in Overton County,
and 9850 in Pickett County.
Joining Tackett at the July 18 signing of the MOA
were Livingston Mayor Hosea Winningham, Overton County Executive
Richard M. "Ossie" Mitchell, Scott Sandman, member of
the Board of Directors for Upper Cumberland Circle Four, Fentress
County Executive David Beaty, Morgan County Executive Tommy Kilby,
Pickett County Executive Jack Whittenburg, Jamestown Mayor Gwenith
Duncan, and Byrdstown Mayor Paul Jordan.
Also participating in the ceremony were Chester Goad,
field representative for U.S. Congressman Van Hilleary and Billy
G. Smith, field representative for U.S. Congressman Bart Gordon.
USDA Rural Development will work with the Champion
Community to provide support, guidance, and technical assistance
in its strategic planning and implementation efforts. The process
encourages flexibility and innovation, process improvements, the
removal of program impediments and coordination of federal, state,
and local resources. It also recognizes locally driven and controlled
Tackett said, "We recognize that this effort
has been a collaboration of six cities, four counties, and three
congressional districts, all working together to assist their communities.
They have overcome much difficulty to strengthen this partnership
and become one unit – Upper Cumberland Circle Four. Signing this
agreement formalizes this relationship and will allow USDA Rural
Development to help these communities to further pursue their specific
Upper Cumberland Circle Four is eligible for this
designation because they applied for Round Three of the Empowerment
Zone/Enterprise Community (EZ/EC) designation.
Dewight Stamps, Area Rural Development manager said,
"This is in recognition of a commitment by these four counties
to continue their locally driven strategic development plan and
we are looking forward to working with them, in carrying out their
plan for the future."
USDA Rural Development is an economic development
entity involved with community planning and economic development
financing. In Fiscal Year 2001, Rural Development was involved with
more than $250,000,000 investments across rural Tennessee.
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