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Archives 02-25-2004



Two injured in Sunday crash on Main Street
Hanging Limb man beaten with baseball bat Saturday
Plans finalized for future public library




Two injured in Sunday crash on Main Street

Two North Carolina persons were injured in a wreck at Buford's Auto Sales on West Main Street around 6:40 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. According to reports, James McLean, of Andrews, NC, was driving a white 1992 Chevrolet pickup east on West Main Street when the truck crossed the westbound lane onto a sidewalk and struck a utility pole. The truck, which belongs to Jason E. Leguire of Robbinsville, NC, then struck a sign and slammed into a silver 2001 Volvo on the lot of Buford's Auto Sales, causing the truck to turn over onto the passenger side. McLean was transported to Livingston Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, and a passenger, Debra Crowe, also of Andrews, NC, was transported to LRH with serious injuries. McLean was charged with driving on a suspended license and cited for noncompliance with the Tennessee Financial Responsibility Law. Patrolman Jonathan Storie of Livingston Police Department investigated the crash.


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Hanging Limb man beaten with baseball bat Saturday

By DALE WELCH, Hilltop Express by permission
A Hanging Limb man has been charged with beating another Hanging Limb man with a baseball bat in a church parking lot in Monterey on Saturday, Feb. 21.

William Walter Cook, 19, of Hanging Limb Highway, Crawford, has been initially charged with Aggravated Assault by Monterey Police Detective Sgt. Tim Murphy after he allegedly beat Dwight Eugene "Bookie" Wilson, 31, of Beaty Lane, Crawford, with a baseball bat.

According to the police report, Monterey Police Detective Sgt. Tim Murphy and Police Chief Bruce Breedlove responded to the parking lot of Standing Stone Baptist Church (the old Wilson's Wildlife Museum) about a man laying in the parking lot. When police arrived, they discovered the victim, Wilson, laying with a blanket over him near a black pickup truck in the parking lot. Putnam County Ambulance personnel arrived at the scene. They found Wilson was bleeding from his right ear and his right eye was severely swollen.

Detective Sgt. Murphy asked Wilson who had harmed him, but he would not tell. According to the police report, Wilson kept telling the officers and ambulance personnel that he wanted to go home.

Paramedics tried to get the victim to go to the hospital, but Wilson refused.

Det. Sgt. Murphy stated in his report, "We could not get him to cooperate with the investigation or go to the hospital."

The report also says Wilson signed a document with the ambulance service stating he was refusing treatment, and then left with a female subject.

After leaving the scene, Det. Sgt. Murphy received a call alleging that William Cook had assaulted Wilson. Det. Sgt. Murphy went to Whalen's Car Lot on Stratton Avenue, Monterey, because, he said in his report, he knew Cook's juvenile brother frequented the establishment. Det. Sgt. Murphy spoke with the younger brother and asked that he advise William Cook to contact him.

Just after 2 p.m., Det. Sgt. Murphy spoke to Cook at the car lot and asked him to follow him to the police department.

According to the police report, Det. Sgt. Murphy read the suspect his rights and Cook agreed to talk with him.

Det. Sgt. Murphy's report said, "He stated that he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend... and had decided to move out."

Reportedly, another man at the car lot took him to get his car back from his girlfriend. While en route, he spotted his girlfriend pulled over talking to Wilson in the Standing Stone Baptist Church parking lot.

According to the report, he at first got into another argument with his girlfriend and alleged that Wilson told him that no one was going to talk to her that way, and stepped towards him. That is when, he alleges in the police report, that he grabbed a bat, yelling, and went toward Wilson and hit him with the bat.

Cook alleged to Det. Sgt. Murphy that afterward, he went to Crossville. Det. Sgt. Murphy asked Cook to write out a statement in his own words and was allowed to leave, but was told that the officer might need to talk to him again.

Afterward, Overton County Sheriff's Department contacted Det. Sgt. Murphy and told him Wilson had to be transported by LifeFlight helicopter ambulance to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. The officer got in touch with the district attorney's office and was advised to contact TBI Agent Bob Krossick and pick up Cook on Aggravated Assault charges.

Monterey Police Officer Jackie McQuiston located Cook back at the car lot and took custody of him after 2 p.m. Officer McQuiston and Det. Sgt. Murphy, according to the police report, said they got permission to search his car, but did not locate the bat in the vehicle.

Cook was then transported by Putnam Deputy Steve Flowers to jail.

The victim,Wilson, had been charged the night before with Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance and cited for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia after Putnam Deputy Tim Davis made an investigation on Henry Cemetery Road, just off Calfkiller Highway.

At press time, Wilson was still in Erlanger Hospital and Cook was being held without bond on the Aggravated Assault charges. The investigation into the incident is continuing.


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Plans finalized for future public library

Those who have been to Overton County Public Library lately have no doubt noticed that space just keeps getting harder to come by. Space to move, space to work, space to read, space to park - every measure has been taken to occupy space conservatively, according to library director Janet Gann.

Gann told Overton County News that each bookcase is filled to its capacity, and shelves containing movies and books on tape are so full that the movies and books are wedged in and hard to move.

The four Gateway computers at the facility are also crammed into a small area, and all but one of the study tables have been moved to the back room at the library.

Outside the building, parking spaces keep getting fewer.

"They have always been on a first come, first serve basis," Gann said, "with never enough space for safety's sake."

The only solution she can think of is to establish a bigger building to house the library.

The land across from Twin Lakes Telephone office has already been designated as the future site.

"The property is two acres in size – plenty of space for a building and ample parking," Gann explained.

She added that the plans call for entrances/exits on both Broad and Main streets to make the library safer and easier to access.

A traditional building plan was selected for the new facility, a single story T-shaped brick design with 9,732 square feet.

Space should be plentiful for the current inventory, as well as for any books added in the future.

Quiet reading areas will be located throughout the library, and a genealogy room will be open for family research.

Plans are also in the works to add several more computers to the new facility. Internet access will remain free.

Gann is also excited about the room the staff will have to move about.

"Our work space will finally be large enough to actually have a lunch table not covered in book jackets and covers," she said.

A conference room large enough to accommodate groups for the summer reading program and other activities and meetings will be available.

Gann, however, points out one setback.

"Although 75 percent of the funds needed to begin construction are in place, additional money is needed. Pledges and contributions are vital at this time," she stressed.

Donations may be made to any of the banks in Livingston.

For more information about the building fund or the library call (931) 823-1888.


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