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Archives 04-21-2004



Body found in pond last week believed to be missing man
Qualifying complete for city election
County included in new state road projects



Body found in pond last week believed to be missing man

Carson Oliver/OCN

Police tape is stretched around the IROC-Z that George Christopher Reagan was last seen in on April 2. The car was recovered later that same day. Reagan's body is believed to have been found approximately 500 yards from where the car was found.

A farmer in the Rickman area called Overton County Sheriff's Department around 7:20 p.m. Thursday, April 15 after finding a body in his pond. The body, fully clothed, was pulled from the pond and sent to the medical examiner in Nashville as part of the investigation and to positively identify who the deceased was. The body was reportedly swollen, making positive identification difficult.

Investigator Mark Ramsey of Overton County Sheriff's Department said the body showed no signs of foul play, no apparent wounds.

The Sheriff's Dept. expressed appreciation to Overton County Rescue Squad for assisting in removing the body from the pond.


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Qualifying complete for city election

The qualifying deadline for the Town of Livingston Municipal Election was noon Friday, April 16.

Five persons turned in qualifying papers for the office of mayor, and six persons turned in qualifying papers for the three open positions for alderman.

Candidates for mayor are A.B. Coleman, Johnny Halfacre, Betty (Garrett) Huffer, Robert D. Jolley, and Frank Martin.

Candidates for alderman are incumbent Curtis Hayes, incumbent James "Pug" Lee, Rickie Parsons, Dean Smith, incumbent Bill Winningham, and Hosea Winningham.

The Election Commission is reminding candidates that they are prohibited from placing posters on utility poles using staples, nails, tacks, or any such permanent fastener. Tape may be used to attach campaign posters to utility poles, but the candidates are responsible for removing them once the election is over.

The Town of Livingston Municipal Election will be held June 2.


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County included in new state road projects

A road project in Overton County will benefit from the 2004-2005 Transportation Improvement Program announced last week by Governor Phil Bredesen.

"This year's transportation plan will focus on maintaining our roads, improving safety on our highways, and developing our transportation system to spur economic growth for our state," Gov. Bredesen said.

The Overton County project involved funding the preliminary engineering phase of improvements planned for State Route 52 from west of Livingston to State Route 111. The project's length is 2.7 miles.

As was the case last year, the Department of Transportation will again transfer $65.8 million to the general fund to assist in dealing with the state's financial needs.

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely said, "This new project listing contains funding for all phases of project development from location studies to construction. We think this list represents a fair distribution, statewide, of the overall transportation budget."

The proposal contains 58 individual road construction projects located in 44 counties. To access the project list go online to www.tennessee.gov/tdot.

TDOT will have an estimated budget of $1.6 billion for the next fiscal year, more than $750 million of which is expected to come from the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill.

The legislature is considering the transportation budget for approval.


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