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Archives 12-18-2002






Chicken feed tanker crashes on Jamestown Highway
Declaration may aid area farmers
Hall receives Employee of the Year award



Chicken feed tanker crashes on Jamestown Highway

picture/Alisha Finley/OCN staff

Chicken feed was scattered along the side of Jamestown Highway last week after a tanker truck crashed Wednesday night, Dec. 11.

According to reports, Scottie White, 38, of Clarksville, was driving a 1999 Mack tractor-trailer east on Highway 52 around 8 p.m. when the right side trailer tires dropped off the side of the road near Crooked Circle Road. With no shoulder on the road in that area, the trailer overturned and struck trees, which broke the tanker full of chicken feed in two. The load was lost down an embankment.

White, who was driving for Shoemaker & Sons Farms of Columbia, was apparently uninjured in the crash.

Trooper Marty Philpot of Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the incident.



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Declaration may aid area farmers

Declaration may aid area farmers Extremely bad weather during this past year’s growing season has prompted U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare Overton County a disaster area, according to U.S. Representative Bart Gordon.

Drought, high winds, high temperatures, and hail were responsible for damaging the crops. The disaster designation allows family farms to be considered for low-interest emergency loans from Farm Service Agency.

Rep. Gordon said, “The extent of losses, the availability of security, and the ability to repay are factors the FSA takes into consideration when looking over each application.

“I appreciate the USDA’s response to this situation, but am disappointed the agency refused additional funding to some Tennessee counties for a drought assistance livestock compensation program.

“That refusal may hurt livestock producers in Overton County. Additional funding could have helped those farmers. I have, however, asked Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman to reconsider the issue," Gordon said.

Affected farmers should call the Overton County FSA office at (931) 823-5506 for more information.



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Hall receives Employee of the Year Award

Robert Hall, center, is congratulated on receiving the Overton County Nursing Home Employee of the Year award from Tammy Norris, administrator, and his supervisor, Mike Sells. Hall has worked at the facility for more than a year in the Maintenance Department. He was nominated for his hard work and his dedication to help residents and his fellow employees.



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