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Archives 07-16-2003






Livingston man charged after Main Street crash
Overton pair arrested in Cookeville
Bluegrass Festival set this weekend


Livingston 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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Overton 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 Envoy.

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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Bluegrass 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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