Multi-vehicle wreck blocks Hilham Hwy
City Council chooses Cumberland River site
Man jailed, guns seized in assault case
wreck blocks Hilham Hwy
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
A mutli-vehicle wreck on Hilham Highway blocked traffic
Wednesday morning, Sept. 10. According to reports, a dump truck
belonging to Livingston Gas Department was stopped to make a left
turn onto Tennessee Drive around 7:45 a.m.
A dark green 1995 Dodge Neon, driven by Kendra Heath,
20, of Hilham Highway, behind the dump truck was struck in the rear
by a white Kia Sportage, driven by Elizabeth Lawson, 22, of Gainesboro.
The Neon went past the dump truck and struck the passenger
side front of a white 1999 Grand Prix, driven by Jeanette M. Brown,
and grazed a blue 1995 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Terry Douglas
Melton, of Livingston.
No serious injuries were reported.
Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the incident.
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Council chooses Cumberland River site
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Livingston City C
ouncil chose an area for the new water plant during
the Monday, Sept. 8 regular monthly meeting. The aldermen decided
on an area at Butler's Landing on the Cumberland River instead of
taking water from Dale Hollow Lake. The Butler's Landing site appears
to be a lower cost site than Dale Hollow.
The Council considered developing an ordinance to
control the sale of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which is used
in the making of methamphetamine. Cookeville's ordinance was presented
as an example.
Among the restrictions to retailers would be a limitation
on the age of buyers of certain cold and flu medicines.
Police Chief Roger Phillips said, "It would require
merchants to ask the ID for anyone under 18 years-old, and I think
that would unduly put a strain on our merchants."
Alderman Bill Winningham asked if a photo identification
would be required. Chief Phillips answered, "Yes. It would
require a Tennessee driver's license or a Tennessee photo ID, some
kind of photo ID."
Alderman Winningham asked who would enforce the ordinance.
Chief Phillips said, "If it were to be a misdemeanor,
then the Livingston Police Department would enforce it. If it were
to be civil penalties, then we would act through our city attorney."
City Attorney Kelly Williams commented on further
restrictions in the ordinance.
"They will have to keep a log of who has bought
this substance," Williams said, "and then the police would
have to, sort of, police the sale of it, and check to see if they
were, in fact, keeping a log of the substance being sold and keep
a log of every single package they had sold of it, which that's
going to take some inventorying and keeping track of those retailers.
"So, there's going to be a lot of work involved
Alderman Curtis Hayes asked, "So this is going
to affect not only the drug stores, we're looking at convenient
quick stop stores here also?"
Williams answered, "Right. They're just going
to have to take the time to make up a log of who purchases that
and the quantities that they purchase."
Alderman Winningham commented, "If you think
that beer is bad, you'll have you a nightmare with this."
Display of the product may be no farther than six
feet from the cash register, or the product must be kept under glass
or under the counter.
Alderman Winningham said, "To me, it's putting
a big burden on the retailers Ð the convenience stores and the grocery
Chief Phillips was asked what he recommended.
"My recommendation would be to look at it across
the state to see who's passed more ordinances," he said.
"We don't want to unduly burden the merchants."
Alderman Hayes asked Chief Phillips to check out
other ordinances around the state.
Alderman Johnny Halfacre said, "We need to do
it in the right way."
A resolution was adopted to purchase four police
cars. The cars to be purchased are 2004 police package Chevrolet
Impalas, at a cost of $68,800 for the four.
Mayor Hosea Winningham announced that the annexation
of an area on the east side of town is now final and will take full
effect in 60 days.
A public hearing for annexation of an area along Elm
Grove Road was set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.
A resolution was adopted to allow transfer of the
cable franchise from James C. Bilbrey, operating as Overton County
Cable TV, to Celina Cable Communications with a 5 percent franchise
fee, the same as Comcast. The resolution was approved pending verification
that the franchise agreement is transferable.
Mayor Winningham announced that the city's vehicle
auction brought in $11,445.
The aldermen voted to allow three former employees
to buy back into Consolidated Retirement Systems, provided they
pay the money before the Town of Livingston makes the request.
Representatives of Mediation Services of Putnam County
asked the Council for funds to help the organization receive a matching
grant. The aldermen agreed to look into giving funds in next year's
A letter from Overton County Board of Education rejected
a settlement of a dispute over gas bills at a school. Some of the
aldermen suggested setting up a meeting with the School Board to
try to resolve the matter.
Alderman Halfacre reported to the Council about the
trees on the square. He said the Courthouse Square Committee agreed
that something will have to be done about the trees.
Alderman Halfacre said, "They are in favor of
removing the trees, because they realize now that they are going
to get even bigger."
The meeting adjourned.
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jailed, guns seized in assault case
By ROBERT FORSMAN, OCN staff
A Hilham man has been arrested and jailed in a domestic dispute
in which he allegedly fired five shots outside a family member's
home. An assortment of guns described as an "arsenal"
were seized following his arrest.
Ricky A. Carr, 44, was arrested Friday, Sept. 5, after
an alleged altercation that began at a residence where his wife
was staying and proceeded to his daughter's home.
According to testimony, Carr's daughter was visiting
her mother when he arrived at the residence and repeatedly rammed
the daughter's car with his vehicle.
The two women reportedly fled the scene and locked
themselves in the daughter's home. Carr followed, according to testimony,
and tried to kick down the door. Then he allegedly fired a shot
outside the home, left, then returned and fired four more.
Deputies arrested Carr following the incident, and
transported him to Overton County Jail, where he was held without
A bond hearing was held Thursday, Sept. 11 in Overton
County General Sessions Court, Judge John Officer presiding. Attorney
Steve Daniels represented Carr. Assistant District Attorney Owen
Burnett represented the state.
An investigator who searched Carr's premises testified
that 17 guns were discovered. The guns were described as .22s, 12
gauges, a .44 magnum, assault rifles, hunting rifles, and handguns.
Judge Officer asked if the guns were loaded. The investigator
said they were.
Judge Officer asked what the assault rifles looked
"Like a little machine gun," the investigator
According to testimony, Carr said if he got out of
jail he wouldn't be coming back alive. He also allegedly said he
would take a few with him.
Judge Officer asked what the investigator thought
Carr meant by "a few". The investigator said he believed
Carr was referring to deputies.
Attorney Daniels asked that Carr be released on a
ADA Burnett said, "If there's any bond set, the
state asks that it be a million dollars."
Judge Officer denied the request for bond.
Judge Officer said, "The fact that the artillery
has been removed doesn't remove the threat. The public's safety
needs to be protected."
Carr is scheduled to return to General Sessions Court
on October 16 for a hearing on three counts of Aggravated Assault
and violation of an order of protection.
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