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Archives 11-26-2003




Fire destroys home Thursday morning
Runaway teens found Monday
Deadline nearing for 2003 Parade



Fire destroys home Thursday morning

Carson Oliver/OCN

A fire early Thursday morning wrecked a Livingston family's home. Livingston Fire Department was dispatched to 302 Daugherty Street at 1:27 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 on a report of a smoke alarm going off and smoke in the house. The fire department, accompanied by Livingston Police Department and Overton County Ambulance Service, rushed to the scene to battle the blaze. The home of the Ronnie Robbins family sustained extensive damage from the fire, smoke, and water. Robbins' wife and child were home at the time of the fire, but neither was harmed.

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Runaway teens found Monday

Two Overton County teenagers who were reported missing last Wednesday were found at a Black Hollow residence Monday afternoon.

Overton County Sheriff's Department was notified at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19 that a juvenile was missing after he didn't get off the bus at his appointed destination.

According to reports, Casey Cox, a 14 year-old boy, normally rode the bus from Livingston Academy to Hilham, then would ride home from there with his father to Clay County. His father became concerned when the boy failed to get off the bus at Hilham. He contacted Livingston Academy to find out if Casey had gotten on the wrong bus.

Livingston Academy sign-out records stated that Casey's aunt had called and was going to pick him up after school. His aunt was contacted and said she knew nothing about it.

Around 5:30 p.m. that evening, a woman came to the Sheriff's Dept. to report that her daughter was missing. Katrina Holt, 15, of the Taylor's Crossroads Community, had also failed to come home. The mother had been told that Katrina had run away with Casey.

The father of Casey Cox received a tip about the missing teens and contacted Livingston Police Department. Upon further investigation, the LPD found that the teens had allegedly been picked up by Valerie Barlow, the mother of a friend of the teens. The location of Cox and Holt was discovered and the Sheriff's Dept. was notified. According to the Sheriff's Dept., the teens had been staying at two known locations.

Around 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, an undercover officer was sent in plain clothes to one of the addresses to offer the teens a ride to another location. When the teens came out of the residence, they were taken into custody.

The two seemed to be in good health, according to the Sheriff's Dept. Cox and Holt were put in a juvenile detention center Monday evening to await a court appearance on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Barlow was arrested and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor along with a drug charge. She was appeared in Overton County General Sessions Court on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Bond was set at $500 and a hearing date was set for January 18, 2004. A restraining order was issued to keep her away from the juveniles.

Another adult is also expected to face harboring charges in connection with the alleged runaways.

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Deadline nearing for 2003 Parade

The deadline for entering the 2003 Overton County Christmas Parade is nearing. Entries will be taken through Monday, Dec. 1 for the parade, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 6.

Those who wish to place an entry in the parade may do so by visiting Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce and paying a $5 entry fee. No entries will be allowed in the parade without an official entry number properly displayed.

This year's theme is "Christmas: A Season of Traditions". Lelan Statom of NewsChannel 5 will be the grand marshal.

The parade will begin at 3 p.m. at the intersection of the Highway 111 bypass and Highway 294, near Livingston Limestone. The parade will continue onto East Main Street to Broad Street, across the town square, to Oak Street. The parade will disperse at Overton County Medical Center on Oak Street.

Line-up will begin at 1 p.m. on the bypass, from the intersection of Highway 294 back toward Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston.

The following categories will be featured in this year's parade: Business and Industry; Churches; Scout Troops; Fire and Rescue Departments; Children Under 12; Children 12 and Older; Schools; Civic Clubs and Veterans Organizations; Antique Cars (25 years and older); Late Model Cars (less than 25 years-old); Trucks (all models); Wagons and Buggies; Horse with Female Rider; Horse with Male Rider; and Other. A Judge's Award, a Best Band Award, and the Grand Marshal's Award will also be presented.

Judging will be conducted along the parade route, and winners will be announced.

For more information call Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce at (931) 823-6421.

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