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Archives 10-01-2003




Homecoming pep rally makes an impact
Seven injured in Friday collision
Gainesboro man charged with burglary and vandalism



Homecoming pep rally makes an impact

Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff

Livingston Academy cheerleader Ashley Ledbetter grimaces as Brandon Sloan grins during the LA Homecoming pep rally held Friday morning, Sept. 26 in the LA gymnasium. The cheerleaders fire up the crowd to begin the pep rally, then later those who violate the "time of silence" make the traditional pie sacrifice for the offense.

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Seven injured in Friday collision

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff

Seven people were transported to Livingston Regional Hospital following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Windle Community Road and Hilham Highway shortly before 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 26. According to reports, Matthew Thomas, 17, of Cookeville, was driving a gray 1980 Datsun pickup north on Windle Community Road and attempted to cross Hilham Highway when the truck crossed the westbound path of a 2001 Honda driven by Carrie Wallen of Livingston. Matthew Thomas and his two passengers, Leah Thomas, 16, and Samantha Thomas, 3, were transported by Overton County Ambulance Service, as were Wallen and her three passengers, Heather Cramer, 17, Heather Sherrill, 28, and Sybill McGough, 49. Deputy Erick Hammock of Overton County Sheriff's Department investigated the incident.

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Gainesboro man charged with burglary and vandalism

A Gainesboro man was taken into custody and charged with burglary and vadalism following an investigation at the Spur gas station located on the Highway 111 bypass in Livingston.

According to Livingston Police Department, Jason M. Goolsby, 23, was charged with two counts of Burglary and two counts of Vandalism under $500 in the case.

A Livingston Police officer on patrol became suspicious of a man standing in front of the closed business in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 26, and stopped to investigate. The man got in his vehicle in the parking lot and drove south on the bypass toward Main Street.

Upon investigating, Livingston Police Sgt. Rick Brown found that the newspaper machines belonging to The Tennessean and Livingston Enterprise had both been burglarized. The machines had excessive damage to the coin change area. Sgt. Brown notified other officers in the area to be on the lookout for the vehicle and occupants.

Livingston Police Officer Kevin Phillips spotted the vehicle at the intersection of West Main Street and the bypass. Goolsby was taken into custody without incident.

Officers allegedly found items in the vehicle that had been used in the burglary of the newspaper machines.

Goolsby was incarcerated in Overton County Jail while awaiting arraignment before General Sessions Judge John Officer.


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