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Archives 12-10-2003




Christmas Parade held Saturday
Bank of Overton County robbed Wednesday
Upton, Moles recognized for saving student's life



Christmas Parade held Saturday

Becky Meredith/OCN staff

The float for Indigenous Intertribal, sponsored by Winningham Hardware, won the Grand Marshall Award in the 2003 Overton County Christmas Parade. The Judges' Award went to U.S. Postal Service, below left, which featured The Cat in The Hat trailing along. NewsChannel 5's Lelan Statom, below right, served as grand marshall for the event.

The 2003 Overton County Christmas Parade was held in Livingston on Saturday, Dec. 6 in front of hundreds of spectators who lined the parade route. The parade had 96 entries.

Indigenous Intertribal, sponsored by Winningham Hardware, won the Grand Marshall's Trophy.

U.S. Postal Service won the Judges' Award.

Other winners were: Business & Industry 1st place, Low Cost Heating & Cooling, and 2nd place, Care All, a division of VIP Home Nursing.

Churches - 1st place, Beaty Swamp Community Church, 2nd place, Allons Baptist Church Youth Group.

Schools - 1st place, Livingston Academy Cheerleaders, and 2nd place, Livingston Middle School Cheerleaders.

Fire & Rescue Departments - 1st place, Monroe Fire & Rescue, and 2nd place, Rickman Volunteer Fire Department.

Scout Troops - 1st place, Cub Scout Webelos I (Cub Scout Pack #133), and 2nd place, Webelos II (Cub Scout Pack #133).

Children Under 12 -1st place, Overton County Little Miss Laiton Pigg, and 2nd place, Poppy Princess Caitlin McMahan.

Children 12 & Older - 1st place, Fairest of the Fair Jessica Savage, 2nd place, Overton County Junior Miss Alli Brady.

Antique Cars (25 years and older) - 1st place, Buddy Williams' 1949 Ford, and 2nd place, The Edgemobile Rolls Royce.

Trucks - 1st place, Johnny White's 1965 Chevrolet, and 2nd place, Billy White's 1964 Chevrolet step-side.

Civic Clubs & Veterans Organizations - 1st place, 4-H Honor Club, and 2nd place, VFW Post #5062.

Wagons & Buggies - 1st place, Jimmy White, and 2nd place, Cory King.

Horse and Female Rider - 1st place, Dominique Barlow.

Horse and Male Rider - 1st place, Brandon Savage, and 2nd place, Kaleb Qualls.

Other - 1st place, Indigenous Intertribal, and 2nd place, U.S. Postal Service.

Best Band - Clarkrange High School Band.


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Bank of Overton County robbed Wednesday

Quick action by bank employees and area law enforcement agencies brought about the apprehension of a bank robbery suspect last week.

According to reports, a white male armed with a pistol entered Bank of Overton County, located on West Main Street in Livingston, at 11:07 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. The man ordered all of the employees to lie down on the floor, and demanded money from the bank's vault. After getting a substantial amount of cash, he then fled in a white Chevrolet Caprice. The car headed south on Highway 111.

An FBI spokesperson said the bank's security procedures and the quick thinking of employees allowed Livingston Police Department to be notified quickly.

Area law enforcement agencies were issued a BOLO (Be On Lookout) for the white Caprice. The suspect was described as a white male wearing jeans, a black leather jacket, and black dress shoes, and had dark hair that looked fresh clipped in a burr type haircut, and also had a dark shadow beard.

Algood Police Department, Cookeville Police Department, Putnam County Sheriff's Department, and Tennessee Highway Patrol's Criminal Investigation Division became involved and the subject was soon apprehended on East 10th Street in Cookeville after the Caprice rear-ended a car just past Chocolate Drive. The Caprice came to a stop in a field.

The money was recovered and returned to the bank. Michael Wayne Hembree, 34, of Lafayette, IN, was arrested. He was arraigned in Federal Court in Nashville on Thursday, Dec. 4. He may also be a suspect in bank robberies in other states. The Caprice and the license plates on it were believed to have been stolen in another state.

The FBI spokesman praised the bank employees and all agencies involved in bringing the suspect into custody.



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Upton, Moles recognized for saving student's life

By Rachel Smith, OCN staff During the regular Overton County School Board meeting held Tuesday, Dec. 2, Director of Schools Bill Needham recognized Livingston Academy teachers Susan Upton and Rick Moles for their recent efforts in saving a student's life.

"A few weeks ago we had an incident that occurred at Livingston Academy where one of our students went into serious health problems. The student's name is Rebecca Smith and her dad's name is Johnny "Squeak" Smith. He has spoken with Donald Brown at different times about how much he appreciates the efforts of some of the staff members, two in particular at Livingston Academy.

"We've asked them to come tonight, not to receive any glory or anything extra other than to receive our appreciation and to know the family's sincere appreciation for their quick action in saving the life of one of our students," Needham said.

When asked to describe to the Board what happened, Moles said, "At about lunchtime, one of Mrs. Sells' students came running into the office to say Mrs. Sells needed help, that one of her students was down. By the time I got there, Rebecca was in the floor...she was still breathing...she was gasping for air...she still had a weak pulse.

"Someone else had gone to get Mrs. Upton and by the time she got there, I had lost the pulse. We started CPR on her and did that until the paramedics got there. By that time, she had already starting regaining color."

Moles went on to say, "We were just lucky that we were able to do what we did. We'd had a bad week that week anyway with the loss of some other students, so we were happy that this turned out to be positive."

After Moles' statement, Needham informed the Board that Upton is a registered nurse and that a large percentage of the teachers and other staff members in the school system have had CPR training.

"This is one of the times when that proved to be valuable," he told Moles and Upton. "We do appreciate what you did and the family does also."

In executive action, the Board approved a trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, for the Rickman Tech Education class on Monday, Nov. 17.

New business items approved included a trip to Washington D.C. and Virginia Beach for Wilson Elementary eighth grade students March 12, 2004, through March 17, 2004; permission was granted to allow Overton County schools to make application for the Ed Launch Technology Grant, Laura Bush Foundation school libraries grant, and Hewlett Packard Math/Science Technology grant; and a new date of Saturday, Dec. 13 was set for the surplus sale.

With no other new business, Director Needham presented the director's report as follows:

Hired the following teachers for a one-week extended contract: Vickie Eldridge, Teresa Johnson, Tina Green, Rhonda Wright, Cynthia Sells, Gail Martin, and Gary Boles.

Hired the following teachers for a two-week extended contract: Billie Akers, Faye Franklin, Cheryl Savage, and Joe Gore.

Hired the following teachers for a four-week extended contract: Terry Webb, Shirley Myers, Jean Jolley, Roger Smith, Rhonda Wright, and Phillip Bowman.

Hired Reba Crabtree as educational assistant at Rickman, effective Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Hired Joann Phillips and Chuck Wheeler as non-certified substitute teachers.

Approved maternity leave for Julia Poston beginning Monday, Dec. 15 through March 29, 2004.

Approved a maternity leave extension for Christy Qualls through Thursday, Dec. 18.

With no other business, the meeting adjourned.


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