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Archives 04-30-2003






Mule pulling contest held at fairgrounds
Rep. Windle deployed overseas
Tremor felt in Overton County area


Mule pulling contest held at fairgrounds

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Overton County Fair's spring mule pulling and horse contest was held Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at Overton County Fairgrounds. Many fine examples of the area's best pulling mules participated in the two-day event.


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Rep. Windle deployed overseas

The Department of the Army ordered State Representative John Mark Windle, of the 41st Legislative District, to active duty on April 24.

Windle reported to Fort Benning, GA, on Sunday, April 27, for overseas deployment. He is a captain in the Tennessee Army National Guard.

House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh said, "With the same serving heart and sense of dedication he has had serving the people of Tennessee over the past 13 years in the Legislature, John Mark now answers the call of his nation and President Bush.

"Our support goes out to him and his fellow troops."

Since the onset of the Iraqi War, 3,699 Tennesseans have been deployed and are putting their lives on the line, with 28 Army National Guard units and 5 Air National Guard units in Tennessee currently mobilized.

"For their dedication, their bravery, and their willingness to risk their lives, the men and women in our armed forces deserve our admiration, our support, our respect, and our prayers," Naifeh said.

"Likewise, the families of those in our armed forces merit our gratitude and our support. The families now face uncertainty about their futures and about the well-being of their loved ones.

"Let us all give them our love and support, reaching out to them in any way we can."

Windle represents Overton Fentress, and Morgan counties. He is vice-chair of the House Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Corrections Oversight Committee.


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Tremor felt in Overton County area

Many area residents were awakened by a shaking house and rattling glass Tuesday morning, April 29.

The earth shaking event was caused by a 4.9 magnitude earthquake with an epicenter near Fort Payne, AL. The tremor was felt in the Middle Tennessee area at 24 seconds before 4 a.m.

Residents in seven states reporting feeling effects of the medium size quake.

Livingston resident Jodi Cates Allen said this was the second time she has felt a tremor in Tennessee, after having lived through four while living in California. The other one in Tennessee was 35 years ago when she lived in Nashville.

"That was a pretty big one," she said. "I was putting on my makeup out in the Green Hills area when all the bottles on the counter started sliding to the left. It was quick, but the first for me in Tennessee.

"The first one I went through in California was when my bed was on the third floor of a townhouse in West Los Angeles. I felt as if I were on a flying carpet.

"The one here in Tennessee this morning was a mild one compared to that, but had the same effect on remembering back to that first one."

The Tuesday morning tremor was another in a series of recent tectonic plate activity in the southeast region of the United States, but registered higher on the Richter scale. The others were around 2.5 magnitude.

The Richter scale rates seismic activity numerically as 1 through 10, with 10 being the greatest disturbance.



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