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Archives 08-27-2003




Small truck slides off Shiloh Road embankment
Two seriously injured in Highway 111 collision
Overton man dies in Van Buren cycle crash
THDA approves HOME grants in Overton County



Small truck slides off Shiloh Road embankment

Becky Meredith/OCN staff
This 1989 silver Mazda truck looked more like a Nissan 300ZX with a bed as it was pulled up an embankment last Wednesday.

Officials assumed that the driver of a 1989 Mazda truck on Shiloh Road "got too close to the edge of the road" last Wednesday afternoon, when he lost control of the extended cab pickup he was driving and slid off a steep embankment. Officers estimated that the truck came to a rest 200 feet from the road.

William Andy Oakley, of Cookeville, was driving the truck, and Overton County Sheriff's Department reported that no passengers were in the vehicle at the time.

Oakley had exited the vehicle and made his way up the embankment, where he was waiting when the Sheriff's Department arrived.

Overton County Ambulance Service responded to the scene and took Oakley to Livingston Regional Hospital for medical treatment. His injuries reportedly exceeded minor scratches; however, the injuries were apparently not life-threatening either when he was taken from the scene.

Oakley had told officials he thought the truck had rolled a couple of times, but officers Winningham and Smith decided if he had in fact rolled, the Honda Fourtrax four-wheeler on the truck bed would have been heavily damaged and contents in the truck would have fallen out. They concluded that the damage to the hood and roof of the truck was done when the vehicle struck trees on the way down.

After about an hour of maneuvering, the wrecker service was able to drag the truck out without much difficulty.

The accident was investigated by Lt. Keith Smith, Lt. Dewain Winningham, and Chief Deputy Bobby Hunter. Sheriff Bud Swallows also visited the scene to offer help.

Alpine Volunteer Fire Department was on hand to assist in case the vehicle caught fire.



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Two seriously injured in Highway 111 collision

Two persons sustained serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 111 and State Route 293 on Thursday, Aug. 21.

According to reports, Anna Moore, 36, of Rickman, driving a 1992 Oldsmobile Cutlass, attempted to cross Highway 111 from the east side of State Route 293 around 11:20 a.m. The car crossed into the northbound path of a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Letha Hill, 28, of Monroe. The Blazer collided with the left front fender of the Olds.

Hill was airlifted from the scene to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.

Anna Moore's husband, Jim Moore, 62, a passenger in the Olds, was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital, then taken by helicopter to Erlanger Hospital.

Mrs. Moore and her back seat passenger, Daniel Moore, 11, apparently escaped serious injury.

Melody Cravens, 24, of Jamestown, was riding in the front seat of the Blazer, and Hill's 1 year-old daughter was in an infant carseat in the back, according to reports. They also were not seriously injured. Two seriously injured in Highway 111 collision



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Overton man dies in Van Buren cycle crash

An Overton County man died in a motorcycle crash in Van Buren County on Saturday, Aug. 23.

According to reports, Dick C. White, 72, of Milk Barn Lane, was riding a 1983 Yamaha north on Highway 285 around 1 p.m. when he topped a hill in a curve and apparently lost control of the bike. White was thrown from the motorcycle and went approximately 80 feet before landing in a ditch.

Sgt. R.C. Christian of Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the fatal incident.



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THDA approves HOME grants in Overton County

Tennessee Housing and Development Agency (THDA) has approved its 2003 grants, totalling $274,022 to two Overton County projects.

The first grant, awarded to Livingston, was in the amount of $137,011 and is to be used to rehabilitate owner-occupied homes in the city.

The second grant, of the same amount, was awarded to Overton County to rehabilitate owner-occupied units in the county.

THDA administers the federally-funded HOME program for the production, preservation, and rehabilitation of housing for very low and low-income families across the state.

This year, THDA received approximately $18,000,000 from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These funds are awarded specifically to cities, counties, and nonprofits across Tennessee, to provide affordable housing for low-income families.

This year, THDA changed the allocation process to distribute the funds regionally based on the number of lower-income households. Funds were also set aside for projects serving persons with special needs.

THDA also administers a below-market rate mortgage program, along with several other federally-funded programs, such as Section 8 Programs, low income housing tax credits, and multifamily bond authority.

In addition to THDA's regular programs, the agency recently implemented a Disaster Relief and Economic Recovery Mortgage program to aid residents and communities affected by the spring tornadoes and floods. The program has three tiers, depending on household income and whether the home received direct damage from the storm.

Families may qualify for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage with an interest rate of zero percent, 3 percent, or 6 percent, including down payment assistance.

THDA's mission is to be the lead state agency promoting sound and affordable housing for persons who need help.

For more information regarding THDA's program contact the Nashville office at 1-800-228-8432. Persons who are hearing impaired may call (615) 532-2894. Information about the programs may also be found on the website at www.tennessee. gov/thda.




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