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