Two injured in Sunday crash on Main Street
Hanging Limb man beaten with baseball bat Saturday
Plans finalized for future public library
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
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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
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
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
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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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
"They have always been on a first come, first
serve basis," Gann said, "with never enough space for
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
A traditional building plan was selected for the new
facility, a single story T-shaped brick design with 9,732 square
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,"
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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