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Archives 01-08-2003






Livingston man killed in New Year's Day crash
Fire destroys home in Allred
Patrol cars to be bought for one dollar each



Livingston man killed in New Year's Day crash


Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff


Clothing and glass are scattered along Hilham Highway in the aftermath of a fatal crash late New Year's Day.

According to reports, one man was fatally injured, and another man and a woman were seriously injured when the 1995 Pontiac Firebird they were in slammed into a utility pole around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1. The car had been heading east on Highway 85, approximately a mile from Flatt Creek bridge, when it left the road and struck the pole. The vehicle burst into flames, but the fire was soon extinguished.

Jonathan T. Daniels, 18, of Livingston, died from injuries sustained in the crash.

Melanie E. Jackson, 36, of the Old Union community, was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Brandon Geesling, 20, of Hilham, was also transported to LRH for treatment.

Gregory Geesling, 36, of Hilham, had allegedly left the scene before officers could speak to him.

Which one was driving the car is still under investigation.

Trooper Marty Philpot, THP Sgt. Joe Agee, and Trooper Jeff Roark with CIRTA, the Highway Patrol's critical incidence response team, were at the scene to investigate.

According to the THP report, the crash victims were not wearing seatbelts. The reporting officer noted that, in his opinion, seat belt use would have prevented the fatality.

The report also stated that two of the victims tested positive for alcohol.

Charges are pending in the investigation.

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Fire destroys home in Allred

Becky Meredith/OCN staff

A firefighter with Alpine Fire Department battles the flames of a home in the Allred Community on New Year's Day. The home, located on Puncheon Creek Lane, caught fire around 6 p.m. last Wednesday, according to Alpine Fire Chief Jamie Ledford. Ledford informed Overton County News that the home was fully engulfed by the time members of the department arrived. David and Rhonda Long, residents of the home, were reportedly present when the house caught fire. Upon discovering their home was burning, they went to a neighbor's house to call the fire department.



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Patrol cars to be bought for one dollar each


Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 6, with Alderman Thurman Langford absent.

The Council voted to allow Police Chief Roger Phillips to pursue an agreement that would allow Livingston Police Department to purchase patrol cars for one dollar each.

Chief Phillips said, "I learned last week that there's a program available through Homeland Security; ‘Government Acquisitions' is what it is called. It's a program where business and industry contributes to the purchase of patrol cars.

"Now, there will be some advertisement, appropriate advertisement, put on the cars. They will be marked just like our patrol cars now. They come fully equipped, brand new. The city would acquire them for a dollar, and in three years would sell them back to Government Acquisitions for a dollar and would be replaced with new cars.

"I've asked for seven cars, and we've been approved, at this point, for those seven cars.

"We've got an agreement that we need to go over and look at, at which time, if that agreement suits the city and the City Council, then we would enter into a contract with Government Acquisitions for these cars.

"I understand that the delivery date will be anywhere from three months to a year,” Chief Phillips said. "We would receive those cars within one year.

"It looked like a really good program to me.”"

Water Department Supervisor Tim Coffee presented a report to the City Council concerning a possible increase in the water tap fee. According to Coffee, if the Council approves the proposed increase, the fee would be lower than 80 percent of comparably sized water utilities in Tennessee.

"We would still be lower than most of them, competitive with the others," Coffee said.

The proposal will be considered further in the next monthly meeting of the City Council. Mayor Hosea Winningham informed the Council of a recent meeting of the various departments of the Town of Livingston with Overton County Health Department to coordinate a plan for smallpox vaccinations should the need arise.

Mayor Winningham said Overton County is a designated county where citizens of four or five other counties would be vaccinated.

John McLeod was hired at Livingston Police Department. Officer McLeod had already been pressed into service before Council approval because of an immediate need.

Chief Phillips said, "Officer McLeod went to work the 29th pending action of the Board. He was put to work on the 29th because of an emergency situation there at the police department, at the last of the year. We had folks taking time off, and just needed that extra set of hands to help us get through.”

A committee was appointed to look into how other town square renovations have been carried out, such as placing stop signs and putting up traffic lights. Named to the committee are Bill Winningham, John Roberts, and Budd Bishop.

Alderman Johnny Halfacre gave an update on the airport expansion.

"We've got a couple of acres of wetlands up there we're having to deal with,” he said. "It's not going to be a problem, or hold up the project. But, it's going to cost the state a few more bucks.

"The engineer's surveying it. They're going to get it worked out. We may have to reclaim an acre of wetlands at a different location from where the road goes to the runway.

"Everything else is on schedule," he said. "We're looking for actual construction to start somewhere around the first of May on the extension."

The meeting adjourned.


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