National Guard honored before deployment
Holman pleads guilty to 2002 arson charge
Martin elected first new mayor in 26 years
Guard honored before deployment
Lyndon Johnson/OCN staff
The men of Knife Troop receive orders before the recognition banquet
for the local National Guard unit Saturday, June 5. First National
Bank of the Cumberlands sponsored the banquet for the men and their
families at Livingston First United Methodist Church's Family Life
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pleads guilty to 2002 arson charge
By ROBERT FORSMAN, OCN staff
An Overton County man charged with setting fire to a Livingston
carpet store pled guilty to one count of arson last week in Overton
County Criminal Court, Judge Leon Burns presiding.
James Douglas Holman Jr., 37, entered the plea as
part of an arrangement between his attorney, Marty Crawford, and
Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett.
Holman and his wife, Dana Jo Holman, were owners and
operators of D&D Carpet Store on West Main Street. Located on property
owned by Gene Gantt, the business caught fire in the early morning
of February 28, 2002.
A 12-man fire crew sprayed the fire for hours. "It
was just so far gone when we got there," Assistant Fire Chief
Rocky Dial said at the time. "It was coming through the roof.
We put an enormous amount of water on it and tried to make an interior
pack. It was unsafe to do that, so we pulled back and went into
a defense mode and just tried to extinguish it."
The fire burned throughout the day and into the evening,
causing minor damage to a car wash next door.
Agents from Tennessee's bomb and arson department
investigated the scene and reported their findings to the Livingston
Fire Department and the District Attorney's office.
The Overton County Grand Jury indicted Holman and
his wife on June 3, 2002. The two were charged with two counts of
arson and two counts of setting fire to personal property.
As part of the plea agreement, the state dismissed
the remaining charges against Holman. All the charges against Dana
Jo Holman were dismissed with prejudice.
Holman was sentenced to 8 years supervised probation
and 40 days in jail. He was ordered to pay court costs and restitution.
The first year of probation will be on Community Corrections, which
involves house arrest.
The plea occurred in Putnam County Justice Center.
The case against Holman had previously been scheduled for trial
in Overton County this week.
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elected first new mayor in 26 years
Many Livingston residents have been born and grown
up with only one mayor. Now Frank Martin will be the first new mayor
of Livingston in 26 years.
Martin was elected to the two-year term in the Town
of Livingston Municipal Election held Wednesday, June 2.
Martin, who currently serves as a county commissioner,
will replace Hosea Winningham on September 1. Winningham, who chose
not to run for re-election to the mayor's office, has held the office
of mayor since 1978, and served as vice mayor before being elected
Frank Martin garnered 319 votes, 65 more than Betty
(Garrett) Huffer, who received 254 votes. Current alderman Johnny
Halfacre received 237 votes, and fellow alderman Robert D. Jolley
Martin, who served as a Livingston alderman in the
1970s, won Ward II and Ward III, as well as the early voting. Huffer
won Ward I with 2 votes more than Martin's 84.
The incumbents retained the three open alderman positions
by virtue of garnering the most votes. Curtis Hayes received the
most votes of anyone in the election with 746, which was 75 percent
of the 998 voters who went to the polls. James "Pug" Lee
received 550 votes, and Bill Winningham received 482 votes.
Outgoing mayor Hosea Winningham failed in his bid
for alderman, receiving 353 votes. Rickie Parsons received 315 votes,
and Dean Smith received 134.
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