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Archives 11-27-2002






Woman seriously injured in wreck on Highway 111
Knoxville infant dies of smoke inhalation
County Gift Certificate Program Now Underway



Woman seriously injured in wreck on Highway 111

Kevin Burmeister/OCN staff

A Cookeville woman was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 111 on Friday evening, Nov. 22. According to reports, Shannon Smith, 26, of Cookeville, was driving a 1992 Dodge Dynasty north on Highway 111, near WebbŐs Gas & Deli, when the vehicle ahead of her, a 1999 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, slowed to make a left turn. The Dynasty struck the big rig in the rear, demolishing the front of the car and injuring Smith. Smith was transported by helicopter to a trauma center. The driver of the truck, Donnie Staggs, 44, of Rickman, was apparently uninjured, as was a passenger in the truck, Irene Staggs. THP Jimmy King investigated the incident.

The previous day, a woman was flown to a trauma center after being injured in a wreck in Allons. According to reports, Jesse Stevens, 22, was driving a 1989 Mercury Tracer north on Old Celina Highway when a 1997 Toyota Tacoma pickup traveling southbound failed to negotiate a curve. The two vehicles struck head-on. A passenger in the Mercury, Christy Bright, 27, was seriously injured, and another passenger, John Sebers, 27, also sustained injuries. The driver of the Tacoma, Jeffrey Brown, 37, of Livingston, was apparently uninjured. Brown was charged with DUI, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.




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Knoxville infant dies of smoke inhalation

By Jamie Satterfield, Knoxville News-Sentinelstaff writer

A 7 month-old baby died early Sunday morning, Nov. 24 after a small fire broke out in the room where the boy was sleeping, filling it with smoke, authorities said.

The infant, whose identity was not released, was "in cardiac arrest" when Rural/Metro firefighters arrived at the 2513 Shaler Lane house just after 6 a.m., said spokesman Jeff Devlin.

"The (baby's father) had the child outside waiting for us," Devlin said. "The child was not breathing."

The boy's father, Randall Gore, had initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and Rural/Metro paramedics took over life-saving efforts, he said.

Those efforts continued as the baby was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

"They kept it going at the hospital," Devlin said.

The baby was pronounced dead at UT Medical Center a short time later.

According to Devlin, the infant had been placed in a crib in the living room so he could be near the fireplace, which was being used to help heat the home.

Devlin said the ashes apparently did ignite sometime before 6 a.m. Sunday, causing a blaze that soon choked the living room with smoke.

"Everybody was asleep," Devlin said. "It was a small fire. We were able to extinguish it in no time."

He did not know how many people were inside the house at the time. Although the baby's father discovered the fire and rushed the child outside to fresh air, the infant had already stopped breathing, Devlin said.

"You get poisoned from smoke inhalation," Devlin explained.

The fire has been ruled accidental.

"On a scale of things you have to handle, that was one of the toughest," he said.

The infant was the grandson of Carl and Neatie Gore of Alpine.



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County Gift Certificate Program Now Underway

An Overton County gift certificate program has begun through the efforts of the Overton County Merchants Association.

Gift certificates are available in $5 denominations and are available for purchase from Overton County Merchants Association (OCMA).

The gift certificates are redeemable at the following Overton County Merchants Association participants: The Apple Dish, Antique Market, Browns Flower Shop, Cowboy Country, Dairy Queen, Domino's, E.B. Gray Jewelers, The Emporium, Fred's, Jerry's, Jewelry & Gift Connection, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Livingston Flower Basket, Main Street Tile, Mark White Tire, Overton County News, Overton County Parts (NAPA), Overton Department Store, Overton Restaurant, Pamida, Pizza Hut, Puckett's Furniture & Appliance, Sears of Livingston, Shady Rose, Texaco Xpress Lube, The Blossom Shop, The Fitness Zone, The Paper Place, The Travel Agency, Thunderbird Cafe, Ty-Ly Furniture, Upper Cumberland Sports, and Winningham Hardware.

Anyone wishing to buy Overton County gift certificates for their employees or an individual should contact Darren Oliver, vice president of Overton County Merchants Association, at Overton County News, 415 West Main Street, Livingston, TN 38570, or call him at (931) 823-6485.

Any business wishing to join Overton County Merchants Association and be a participant in the gift certificate progam should also contact Oliver or any OCMA member.




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