Marijuana shoots found Thursday
Commission authorizes funds for county roads
Nursing home passes survey with good report
shoots found Thursday
Becky Meredith/OCN staff
Investigator Mark Ramsey shows the size of the baby pot plants seized
in Hardy's Chapel last week by the Sheriff's Department. The patch
had 42 plants.
By BECKY MEREDITH, OCN staff
An Overton County man heading out for a turkey hunt in the Hardy's
Chapel area found more than poultry on Thursday, April 10 around
On the way to his decided hunting locale, the hunter
reportedly spotted an unfamiliar truck pulling into a private road
in the community, grew suspicious, and called Investigator Mark
Ramsey of Overton County Sheriff's Department.
"He was afraid to go check it out, so I went
down this logging road and found them,” Inspector Ramsey said.
The "them” Ramsey was referring to were 42 marijuana
plants, newly sprouted.
While Investigator Ramsey did not mention any suspects,
members of the department are keeping an eye out for the truck described
by the turkey hunter.
"It's still under investigation,” Ramsey said.
"I kind of have an idea of the truck; we've still got to find
the truck first."
Sheriff's Department officials went ahead and seized
the marijuana, instead of scoping the site and trying to catch the
"It's too hard to do that,” Ramsey explained.
Apparently, letting the plants go and surveying the
area would be taking too big a chance on the growers coming back
to the site, retrieving their plants, and taking them elsewhere
Although no arrests have been made, the department
is thankful that 42 plants are being kept out of the hands of drug
users in the area.
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authorizes funds for county roads
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body authorized funds for oiling and
chipping county roads in action taken during the Monday, April 14
regular monthly meeting. Commissioners Stanley Carter Jr., David
Dorminey, and Frank Martin were absent.
Approved was an initial resolution for $1,120,000
authorizing up to $1 million to oil and chip existing gravel roads
in Overton County and $120,000 for runway expansion at Livingston
Commissioner John Phillips asked if the road work
would be divided up among the districts. ]
County Executive Kenneth Copeland said Road Superintendent
Joe Garrett told him he would spend it in all districts.
Commissioner Gail Arney asked if the money would be
paid back from highway funds.
Executive Copeland said, "Yes, Joe will pay
it back through his gas tax fund."
The airport money will come from the county's Debt
The resolution was adopted, with Commissioner John
Phillips voting no.
Bruce Myers was hired as the delinquent tax attorney,
as recommended by County Trustee Peggy Smith.
Approved as notaries at-large were Paulette Sidwell,
Christy Sidwell Sells, Brandy L. Sisco, Donna J. Beason, Sandra
L. Roberts, Jonell Speck, and Janet Ramsey.
A motion was made to adjourn and seconded.
Commissioner Alan Atnip spoke up saying he believed
someone in the crowd attending the meeting wanted to address the
Executive Copeland said, "You need to let me
know seven days before the court meeting, and I'll put you on the
agenda. Then you can address the court. That's a rule that I've
got, and I'm going to stick to it, because I've just had another
person that wanted to address us about another thing and he's waiting
until next month."
The motion having already been made and seconded,
the Legislative Body voted to adjourn.
Executive Copeland exited the room, but the county
commissioners remained in the room to listen to a woman who said
she was speaking for a group in attendance. She read from a prepared
statement that made accusations of a long list of malfeasance the
group alleged against the nursing home administration.
After pages of vague allegations were read, some implicating
misconduct by an unidentified member of the Nursing Home Board of
Directors, Commissioner Jeff Keyes, a member of the Nursing Home
Board, asked if she or the group had anything to back their allegations.
No one spoke up.
Commissioner Keyes warned that the accusations could
be considered slanderous.
The woman, who had identified herself as Gail Norrod
and later said she was not a nursing home employee, then continued
reading from the prepared statement, which went on with more allegations
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home passes survey with good report
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Overton County Nursing Home Board of Directors held its monthly
meeting Friday, April 11.
Chairman Grant Pennington told the Board that the
nursing home was surveyed by the state April 7 through April 9,
and received the best survey the facility has received in the last
He said the report said the nursing home had no citations
of quality of life or quality of care issues, no citations requiring
civil monetary penalties, and had three minor citations, which require
only a written response.
"My hat's off to everybody that was in on getting
us that good of a survey after last year," Chairman Pennington
Board member Jeff Keyes brought a matter before the
Board concerning meals. The nursing home has been giving each employee
a free meal each day.
Keyes said, "Last month it cost us a little better
He also pointed out that visitors pay $1.50 per meal.
"We've got to figure the cost of meals are more
than the visitors' meals."
He proposed charging employees and visitors $2 per
meal. He said that would bring in around $40,000 to the nursing
"That's a lot of money," he said.
"Anything that we can bring in to put towards
our residents to make the facility better, we need to think about
that,” he continued. "And that would be quite a bit of money
there that we could use for that."
Board member Gary Hollars wanted to talk to some of
the employees about it.
A woman in attendance said, "I thought it was
an employee benefit.”
Keyes told her it was voted in by the Board years
Board members Keyes, Pennington, and Frank Martin
voted for the proposal, with Hollars voting against it.
The dress code was changed from allowing shorts to
requiring ankle-length pants.
Greg Rector, the new director of nursing, said, "Above-knee
shorts, I just don't think's very appropriate."
He said he believes changing to ankle-length pants
will make the staff look more professional.
The holiday pay period was changed to allow employees
to receive holiday pay over two different pay periods instead of
having to get it in one.
James P. "Pug" Lee addressed the Board,
asking to be paid for work performed for the nursing home in 1997.
Martin said good naturedly, "There ain't no question
he did the work. I'm just questioning what took so doggone long."
Lee said he had tried to be heard about the situation
before, but couldn't get anyone to listen to him.
The Board voted to pay Lee, with the stipulation that
the Board will have 60 days to do so.
The Board voted to take bids on a copier contract.
The current contract will end May 18.
Chairman Pennington informed the Board that a leaf
blower and a weed trimmer have been stolen from the nursing home,
and that a police report has been made.
Chairman Pennington also brought up a proposed change
in Board policy.
"Anybody that wants to address the Board of Directors,
they need to be placed on the agenda 10 days prior to the meeting
date," he said.
The change was approved.
Two women wanting to address the board were told they
would have to do so in closed conference because the topic they
wanted to discuss was a personnel issue.
Chairman Pennington announced that the next Nursing
Home Board of Directors meeting will be Monday, May 5.
The meeting adjourned.
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