Livingston man charged after Main Street
Overton pair arrested in Cookeville
Bluegrass Festival set this weekend
man charged after Main Street crash
Ashley Hunter/OCN staff
Overton County Ambulance Service personnel tend to
the injured after a three-vehicle crash at the intersection of West
Main Street and Hilham Highway. Livingston Police officers and fire
and rescue units from Livingston Fire Department were dispatched
to the scene around 2:15 p.m. Upon arriving with the EMS units,
fire personnel used the Jaws of Life to extricate injured persons
from a white 1992 Pontiac Grand Am. The driver, Willard Andy Roberts
Jr., 27, of Livingston, along with passenger Barbara K. Crabtree,
49, of Livingston, were both transported to Livingston Regional
Hospital for treatment.
According to evidence at the scene and witnesses,
the Grand Am was east bound on Hilham Highway, nearing the intersection,
when it failed to stop at the red light. The Pontiac collided with
a 1988 Subaru station wagon driven by Ollie Loftis, of Monterey.
Loftis was apparently uninjured in the crash.
After striking the Subaru, the Grand Am continued
through the intersection and struck a 2003 Ford Super Duty 4X4 pickup
driven by Carolyn Winchester, of Cookeville. The car came to rest
against a utility pole. Winchester, and her two children who were
passengers in the truck, were apparently uninjured.
LPD investigators filed charges against Roberts for
DUI, Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substance, and Aggravated
Assault with a Motor Vehicle. During the initial investigation,
Livingston Police officers found that Roberts had allegedly been
involved in another accident on Campground Road, where the Grand
Am had ran into a ditch. Overton County deputies Johnny Arney and
Gary Griggs investigated that accident.
Roberts appeared before Judge John Officer on Thursday,
July 10. Judge Officer set bond at $25,000 and scheduled a hearing
for Thursday, July 17.
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pair arrested in Cookeville
Two Monroe residents were arrested in Cookeville on
Thursday, July 10 in connection with a stolen vehicle.
According to a report by Mary Jo Denton in the Sunday,
July 13 Herald-Citizen, workers at Chili's restaurant called police
Thursday night after a couple who had eaten there left without paying
the bill. The two were reportedly seen leaving in a new black GMC
Cookeville Police Officer Chase Mathis was at the
intersection of Willow Avenue and 12th Street when a vehicle matching
the description pulled up next to him at the traffic light. He pulled
the vehicle over and allegedly smelled the odor of an intoxicating
beverage and burnt marijuana.
The officer suspected the driver, Cynthia D. Carr,
25, to be drunk. Pills and marijuana were allegedly found in the
vehicle. The officers then learned the Envoy had been reported stolen
in Overton County.
Carr was charged with DUI and Possession of a Stolen
Vehicle, and her passenger, Wendell J. Connor, 24, was charged with
Simple Possession of Stolen Property, Public Intoxication, and Simple
Possession of Marijuana.
Earlier in the day, Carr pled guilty to Violation
of Probation before Judge John Officer in Overton County General
Sessions Court. She was given two weeks to put her affairs in order
before reporting to jail. She had been granted work release. Judge
Officer sentenced her to 250 hours community service, but held it
in abeyance to see how well she did on work release.
Connor was out on bond from charges in Overton County
General Sessions Court. His hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July
17 to face charges of DUI 7th, Violation of Implied Consent Law,
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving on Revoked Driver License,
Simple Possession of Marijuana, and Violation of Probation.
The Envoy that was allegedly stolen had less than
400 miles on it.
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Festival set this weekend
photo courtesy of Bluegrass Festival committee
John Phillips, of Allons, will have some samples
of his willow furniture and accessories on hand at the bluegrass
festival this weekend. His nationally-collected “guitar” tables
are among his uniquely crafted creations.
The annual Overton County Bluegrass Festival is set
for this weekend on the Livingston town square.
Activities will begin Thursday, July 17 with a beauty
pageant at the high school and continue through Saturday, July 19.
Those interested in participating in the pageant
may call coordinator Ashley Bray at (931) 823-8625 or (931) 261-5788.
Friday's features will include craft booths, food
concessions, and gospel music, which will all kick off at 6 p.m.
Groups scheduled to perform for about an hour each are Southern
Harmony, Committed, Val Johnson, and the Stevens Brothers.
Stage presentations will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Performing two 30-45 minute shows will be Kentucky Wind, Lonesome
County Line, the Lantana Drifters, Mountain Rose, and Hub City.
Crafts to be shown throughout the festival will include
quilts and products made from quilting, homespun wool yarns made
into clothing and animals, hand-carved wooden birds and ducks, handmade
willow furniture, woodworking, cornhusk dolls, stained glass items,
hand-decorated gourds, baskets made with reeds and pine needles,
folk pottery, such as churns and syrup jugs, ironwork, such as candleholders,
and textile items, including bags and placemats.
All items on display will be available for sale.
Hours for the crafts exhibition will be 11 a.m. to
8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The exhibition is under the direction
of Budd and Julia Bishop. Interested persons who would like more
information about the craft show may call the Bishops at (931) 823-1106.
Those who wish to help with the festival, make a donation,
or acquire more information may call Mac McLeod at (931) 498-4667.
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Overton County News
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P.O. Box 479
Livingston, Tennessee 38570