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Archives 06-09-2004



National Guard honored before deployment
Holman pleads guilty to 2002 arson charge
Martin elected first new mayor in 26 years



National 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 Center.

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Holman pleads guilty to 2002 arson charge

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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Martin 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 mayor.

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 received 171.

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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