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Archives 12-25-2002






Livingston woman dies in Highway 111 collision
Museum to display county's rich history
Skid loader stolen near Hardy's Chapel



Livingston woman dies in Highway 111 collision

A Livingston woman died in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 111 North around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17.

According to reports, Max McWhorter, 50, of Albany, KY, was driving a 1998 Peterbilt south on Highway 111 near Monroe School Road when a 1995 Chrysler Sebring crossed the center line of the road and struck the truck in the rear tandem axle.

Shelia Ann Melton, 42, was killed in the collision.

THP Sgt. Jimmy Beaty investigated the incident.


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Museum to display county's rich history


Through the determination of a handful of volunteers, what was an abandoned jail building is gradually being formed into a historical shrine, honoring the lives and culture of Overton County's past.

The formation of the Overton County Legacy Museum, located on Broad Street in the old jail building, has been a three-year long work in progress, spearheaded by Paula Stover of Overton County Historical Society, and Claudine Bilbrey, chairman of the Museum Committee.

Stover said, "All the work that has been done has been volunteer."

She later went on to describe the type of commitment all of her fellow workers have displayed during the undertaking of this massive project.

"It's been a Herculean effort and we are hoping that we are almost done," she said.

The museum is collecting artifacts from every corner of Overton County, including any type of relic that portrays the nature of life in this county, spanning from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement.

Artifacts may include, but are in no way limited to, mementos depicting family life, schools, churches, military life, transportation, black history, and leadership figures.

Many items are already in the museum's possession, including a 1930-1940s era children's school desk, a manual pottery wheel, a hospital operating table, as well as Stover's self-proclaimed favorite, a government-issued pass that belonged to a Civil War-time cattle farmer that allowed him to cross enemy lines unscathed.

Along with the many tokens of history, the museum will also feature a gift shop, which will soon offer a history book of Livingston the society is currently compiling.

"We just want to tell the story of Overton County," Stover said, "from the beginning to present."

According to the Historical Society, each exhibit will display the everyday life of various historical figures, ranging from an 18th century soldier to the life of a Depression era Tennessee farmer.

The Historical Society also described the origin of many of the donations that have already been received. According to the society, this past year has brought funds to the project through various fundraisers, and monetary donations from interested individuals, local businesses and civic organizations.

Through this support, the committee has been able to purchase building materials and supplies to complete the first stage of interior renovations.

The society invites anyone in possession of historical items to consider making a donation, all of which will be entirely tax-exempt.

In addition to actual artifacts, the Historical Society encourages volunteers to donate their time and energy to the preservation of the county's history for future generations.

Interested volunteers should contact Claudine Bilbrey at (931) 823-7636.


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Skid loader stolen near Hardy's Chapel

A skid loader valued around $20,000 was reported stolen last week from an area on Crawford Chapel Road, between Hardy's Chapel Road and Highway 136.

According to reports, Danny White found that his LX 565 New Holland skid loader, similar to a Bobcat, was taken sometime between Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14. The skid loader is yellow with black lettering.

A reward is being offered in the case. (Details can be found on page 13B of this issue.)

Anyone with information about the reported theft is asked to call Overton County Sheriff's Department at (931) 823-5635.



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