"Hats Off to Women" opens Saturday
at history museum
More than $100,000 seized in drug arrest
Overton residents worry about nation's job
Off to Women" opens Saturday at history museum
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
Louise and Paula Stover tack up one of many vintage ladies' hats
to be displayed at the Overton County History Museum amidst a plethora
of scarves, hats, gloves, and other apparel waiting to be put on
display for the upcoming "Hats Off to Women in Overton County
History" exhibit that opens Saturday, March 27.
By LYNDON JOHNSON, OCN staff
With its first year behind it, Overton County History Museum has
come a long way.
The former Overton County Jail building has been transformed,
largely by volunteer effort, into a clean, surprisingly content-rich
place in which anybody with an interest in local history could willingly
and easily lose a couple of hours.
Having had two feature exhibits, one about the Civil
War period of Overton County history and the other about Overton
County in the Great Depression era, in addition to its vast collection
of regular artifacts, the museum is now preparing for its next feature
exhibit: Historical Women from Overton County.
Figures to be featured include Dr. Myrtle Smith, Overton
County's first female doctor and the aunt of Delores Turnbull, wife
of Circuit Judge John Turnbull.
According to Paula Stover, a curator at the museum,
Smith was a director of Overton County Health Department. Stover
also said the doctor served as a medic in the Belgian Congo. To
further add to the list of her accomplishments, Smith was also an
Will Harris will be another of the women featured
in the exhibit. Harris was the secretary to both Cordell Hull and
Governor A.H. Roberts.
"She was first the secretary to the governor,"
said Stover, who explained that Cordell Hull came to Governor Roberts
and convinced him to let Harris go with Hull to Washington, D.C.,
where she stayed for most of the rest of her career. On top of all
that, she was an active member of American Red Cross.
Stover said the midwives of Overton County, women
who travelled the area to help other women give birth at their homes,
will also be featured, as will early civic clubs and a couple of
female authors from the area.
Stover and her crew of volunteers sounded especially
excited about a collection of women's hats that would be displayed,
making "oohs" and "ahhs" at a trunk full of
hats from various eras, many featuring very ornate decoration, including
"I don't know how in the world they kept this
one on," remarked one of the volunteers, noting that the hat
she was holding was very shallow where the head is supposed to go.
The new exhibit, appropriately dubbed "Hats Off
to Women in Overton County History", is only one of a number
of undertakings being handled by the museum and Overton County Historical
The museum building is still being renovated, though
it is in the finishing stages. Many areas of the museum have not
quite been fully converted to display-readiness.
Stover noted the old jail cells in the back area
of the museum, saying that they wished to keep a couple of them
there to show what the building used to be. The former jail building
is, in its own way, a part of Overton County history.
The Historical Society also gives vintage fashion
shows several times a year.
"We did one last year," Stover said.
"Cookeville's junior high had a 'Walk Across
America' in the spring, and we did it. The kids, well, and the teachers,
too, they just loved it."
Stover said a number of volunteers would dress in
vintage clothing from different eras in history, and a narrator
at the show would give information on the clothing and the history
In addition to that, Overton County Historical Society
is sponsoring an event titled "Preserving Family Stories and
History" from Thursday, April 22 to Saturday, April 24.
The event will start with a tour of no less than six
historic locations around the county, with the entire tour (including
sack lunch) costing $10.
On Friday, April 23, the Historical Society will be
at Overton County Public Library to help area residents research
Overton County history. The event will then wrap up on Saturday,
April 24 at Overton County Senior Center on the bypass, where several
book vendors and speakers will help researchers dig into their family
With so much going on, Stover and crew are keeping
busy. The "Hats Off to Women in Overton County History"
exhibit will open this Saturday, March 27.
Overton County History Museum is open every Saturday
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Those interested in Overton County History Museum
or Overton County Historical Society and its upcoming events may
contact Paula Stover at (931) 498-2551.
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$100,000 seized in drug arrest
A drug investigation has resulted in the confiscation
of more than $100,000 in cash along with vehicles, farm equipment,
According to authorities, a joint effort by Livingston
Police Department, Middle Tennessee Drug Task Force, and Tennessee
Bureau of Investigation resulted in the execution of a search warrant
at the home of Daniel "Harold” Brown on County House Road in
Livingston on Monday, March 15.
Investigators discovered a quantity of cocaine, marijuana,
and an assortment of pills during their search of the property,
according to authorities.
Livingston Police Chief Roger Phillips said, "I
am very grateful to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Middle
Tennessee Drug Task Force and the devoted men and women of the Livingston
Police Department for their hard work and dedication."
Chief Phillips went on to say, "This investigation
and case is a continuing effort of law enforcement to slow the increasing
flow and sale of illegal drugs in our area."
Brown, 49, was arrested and charged with Possession
of Schedule II Narcotic (Cocaine) over 1/2 gram for Resale, Possession
of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Attempting to
Commit a Felony.
Brown was held in Overton County Jail under a $1 million
Also arrested was Willard Mansell, 52, of Linder Mountain,
charged with Possession of Schedule II Narcotic (Cocaine) over 1/2
gram for Resale, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,
and Attempting to Commit a Felony. He was held in Overton County
jail under a $250,000 bond.
And Patti Ingram, 50, of Linder Mountain, was arrested
and charged with Possession of Schedule II Narcotic (Cocaine) for
Resale, and Attempting to Commit a Felony. She was held in Overton
County Jail under a $250,000 bond.
The three, who were still in jail Tuesday morning,
March 23, appeared before Judge Officer on Tuesday, March 16. The
cases were continued until Thursday, March 18 for a bond reduction
hearing. On March 18, Judge Officer recused himself from the case
at the request of defense counsel. The case was continued until
Tuesday, March 23 for a bond reduction hearing, Judge John Hudson
of Putnam County presiding.
The following items were listed as seized pursuant
to the search: a large black tin containing a green leafy substance;
a pill bottle containing assorted pills; a pill bottle containing
five small bags of a white powdery substance; a pill bottle containing
Xanax pills; an ashtray containing marijuana "roaches";
a pair of hemostats; J.O.B. French Light cigarette paper; Zig Zag
1-1/4 rolling paper; 12 packs of J.O.B. French Light cigarette paper;
a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson loaded with 4 cartridges; a .357 Magnum
Smith & Wesson; a 76TOK 9mm; a 76TOK 9mm with a loaded magazine;
a J. Stevens Arms 12 gauge; a Revelation 12 gauge; a Winchester
12 gauge; a Marlin .357 Magnum; a Jack Daniels tin containing assorted
gun cartridges; a cardboard box containing assorted gun cartridges;
a box of Federal Dove Load 12 gauge shotgun shells; a Craftsman
6 hp lawn mower; an Ingersoll-Rand air compressor; a Sears 2-1/2
hp air compressor; a Yamaha TT-225 motorcycle; a Honda FourTrax;
a Massey Ferguson 383 tractor; a Better Built trailer; an Eagle
trailer; a Sears battery charger; a Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup; a
Craftsman Quantum 6 hp pressure washer; a hay spear; a Pioneer CD
player; a 1993 Supreme Gooseneck trailer; 4 illegal direct satellite
cards; a Wal-Mart receipt showing purchases made with food stamps;
a Sharp Viewcam video camera; a full box of 9mm Winchester shells;
a full box of Blazer 9mm shells; a box of 9mm ammunition containing
approximately 40 rounds; a box of Thunderbolt .22 caliber shells;
a box with 7 Federal 12 gauge shells; a box of Inasitol powder substance
from GNC approximately 1/3 full; a box of Inasitol powder substance
from GNC 16 oz. full; Ohaus triple beam scales; Ohaus Dial-A-Gram
scales; a Sentry safe full of currency amounting to approximately
$94,600; miscellaneous papers and notebooks; a 5-gallon plastic
water jug containing $554.74 in currency and change; an envelope
containing $860 in currency; a black change purse containing $73
in currency and change; a blue wallet in the safe containing $516.50
in currency and change; 5 TennCare cards; a Hitek International
night scope; a Harrington and Richardson 12 gauge; a Marlin .22
rifle; a Remington Woodmaster 30-06 rifle; a Winchester .22 rifle
with scope; a Browning .22 rifle; a Bridge 12 gauge single-shot
shotgun; a Marlin .22 rifle; a muzzle loader; a Future Dreamer CP201
computer; a Phillips 15-inch monitor; Creative speakers; a computer
keyboard; a Dell Dimension 4100 computer; another computer keyboard;
a computer mouse; another computer monitor; a Lexmark X75 printer;
and Altec Lansing speakers with woofers.
Total cash seized from the reverse sting operation
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residents worry about nation's job market
With many U.S. manufacturers exploiting cheap labor
markets overseas, Overton County residents are asking U.S. Representative
Bart Gordon to help implement policies that will be more conducive
to job creation here at home.
Nearly 3 million jobs have been lost in the U.S. labor
market in the past three years, including more than 60,000 manufacturing
jobs in Tennessee. Gordon is encouraging the administration to work
closely with Congress to stem further job losses in the U.S.
"American businesses, including those in Overton
County, are struggling to create new jobs necessary to sustain a
recovering economy," Gordon said after a two-day phone-in event
with Overton County residents. "We need to focus our energy
on measures that will actually help businesses grow jobs here, not
"You don't help the U.S. job market by gutting
programs that make a real difference to the thousands of small and
mid-sized firms across America that drive our economy and provide
paychecks to our workers."
Gordon was disappointed that the administration's
budget proposal for next year eliminates the Advanced Technology
Program and guts the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, programs
that provide technical assistance and business-support services
to small manufacturers.
"If we hope to grow new industries, provide new
skills to unemployed workers, and foster the economic conditions
that will allow us to eliminate our federal deficit, we have to
invest in research and development programs," said Gordon,
who as a Science Committee member helps oversee federal science
and technology programs.
"We shouldn't slash federal technology programs
that help our small manufacturers stay competitive. And if they
decide to ship jobs overseas, American firms should be stripped
of any tax credits they may be receiving.”
Callers also told Gordon that health care costs are
"Some people cannot even afford the premiums
on their employer-sponsored health insurance plans," Gordon
said. "According to a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation,
average monthly premiums increased 13.9 percent last year, the third
straight year of double-digit increases.
"We have 43 million Americans who have no health
insurance right now, many of them small-business owners. We have
to do a better job of providing coverage and keeping costs down.
"One thing we could do is allow small businesses
to band together so they could negotiate lower insurance rates for
themselves and their employees. That would help keep down the cost
of health care for all of us," he said.
Education was another hot topic for callers, especially
the rising cost of college tuition.
"College tuition costs have increased on average
more than 40 percent over the past decade and about 14 percent at
public universities and colleges in the past year alone," Gordon
said. "That's why I am disappointed by the administration's
proposed education budget for next year.
"In addition to other shortcomings, it freezes
maximum funding for Pell grants at $4,050, the same level they have
been for the past two years. The proposed budget also cuts funding
for Perkins loans by $100 million and freezes or eliminates funding
for campus-based student-aid programs.
"Giving our children the opportunity to attend
college shouldn't mean saddling them with an inordinate amount of
debt. Pell grants and Perkins loans are means by which low-income
students can attend college and get the skills they need to be good
providers for their families. And it's a way to ensure that we have
a workforce capable of filling the jobs needed for today's dynamic,
high-tech world," he added.
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