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Archives 08-31-2002





Preparations underway for Overton County Fair
Jackson County escapees caught in Overton County
Public hearing set for Hwy. 52 corridor


Preparations 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 7 p.m.

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.


Jackson 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 incident.

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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Circle 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 strategic efforts.

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 goals."

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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