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Archives 03-19-2003






Welcome to Overton County sign dedication held Thursday
Rickman fire victim dies from injuries
Sheriff's Dept. investigating burglaries


Welcome to Overton County sign dedication held Thursday

Becky Meredith/OCN staff

Those present at the Welcome to Overton County sign dedication held Thursday, March 13 are, from left, Billy Joe Gore, of Tennessee Department of Transportation, Wanda Krantz, Leadership Overton Alumni Association member, Mike Atwood, of Lojac, Rita Reagan, assistant director of Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce, Jimmy Johnson, of UCEMC, Ed Clark, who completed the masonry work, Russell Gray, of Graystone, Jimmy Coleman, of Livingston Limestone, David Parsons, of Speck Funeral Home, Jim Means, Leadership Overton Alumni Association member, and Kenneth Copeland, Overton County Executive, holding Briley Eldridge, his grandson.


A dedication of the new Overton County Welcome Sign at the Overton/Putnam county line was held Thursday, March 13.

The idea for the sign was proposed by the Leadership Overton class of 2000, and was later adopted by the Leadership Overton Alumni Association for implementation and completion.

The project began in the summer of 2002 and will be completed this spring. The final step is lighting to the sign, which is underway by Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation.

Other contributors include Graystone, which provided labor and stones; Lojac, which provided blocks, sand, and mortar; Ed Clark, who completed the masonry work; Livingston Limestone, which provided concrete footers; Speck Funeral Home and Harris Monuments, who provided the engraving on the sign; Tennessee Department of Transportation, who approved the project; City of Livingston; and Overton County.

Financial donations were made by Sonic Drive-In; American Bank & Trust of the Cumberlands; First National Bank of the Cumberlands; Bank of Overton County; Budd and Julia Bishop; Roy Depolitte; Eileen Cantrell; Eva Harris and family, in memory of George L. Harris; Wayne and Wanda Krantz and Tiffany Krantz; James K. Phillips Jr., MD; the First United Methodist Church chapel class; Beaty Swamp Community Church; First United Methodist Church; Allons Baptist Church; Memorial Baptist Church; and Glenn and Nancy Honeycutt.

Leadership Overton Alumni Association is also working on two more signs, which will be located at the Overton/Pickett and Overton/Clay county lines.

Donations are being accepted for the Clay County sign and may be sent to Bank of Overton County or Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce.

For more information call (931) 823-6421.


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Rickman fire victim dies from injuries

A Rickman woman who suffered severe burns in a fire at her home Sunday, March 9 has died.

Angie Norrod Walker, 31, died Wednesday, March 12 at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, where she had been taken for treatment.

According to reports, she suffered burns over approximately 80 percent of her body after a grease fire started in the kitchen of her mobile home around 1 p.m. March 9. She was the only person in the Rickman Road residence at the time of the fire.



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Sheriff's Dept. investigating burglaries

Overton County Sheriff's Department is investigating a recent rash of residential burglaries. Sheriff Swallows is asking that anyone with knowledge of who committed the burglaries or who the stolen items have been sold to come forward with the information.

"I can assure you, your information will be held in strict confidence and no one will ever know who gave the information," Sheriff Swallows stated.

"It appears, gone are the days when law abiding citizens can leave their homes and not worry about a burglary."

Sheriff Swallows recommends that citizens take time to record the serial numbers of their guns, power tools, and electronic equipment.

"Make more than one copy of the recorded serial numbers, and put the copies at different locations in case the thieves find a copy," Sheriff Swallows said.

"I have recently promoted Deputy Mark Ramsey to criminal investigator, giving the Sheriff's Dept. two investigators, which I feel Overton County has needed for several years," Sheriff Swallows stated.

"I have told my investigators to not only pursue the people who are committing the burglaries, but also to prosecute anyone who is buying or trading in stolen property to the fullest extent of the law.

"Remember, we are a small department and you, the law abiding citizens of Overton County, are our eyes and ears. Anyone with information can contact any of my staff or me personally at 823-5635."





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