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Archives 06-16-2004


Local National Guard unit set to roll out Thursday
LPD recovers stolen truck last week
Legislative Body to consider beer sale boundaries



Local National Guard unit set to roll out Thursday

photos by Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Duffel bags are piled up and ready to be loaded onto trucks for the trip to Camp Shelby, MS, when Knife Troop heads out at 9 a.m. Thursday, June 17. Overton and Fentress county residents are encouraged to line up their vehicles along Highway 111 South from the National Guard Armory toward the Putnam County line Thursday morning to show support and wave flags and banners as the soldiers depart for training. Along with readying equipment for the training, the members of K Troop have also been conducting preliminary training, such as the proper way to clear a dwelling. Teamwork and preparation are a must when entering a hostile environment.

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LPD recovers stolen truck last week

Livingston Police Department is investigating the burglary and theft of a 1997 Chevrolet truck reported last week.

According to LPD, the burglary and theft are believed to have taken place in the early morning hours of Tuesday, June 8 at Skinner Chevrolet on West Main Street in Livingston. Skinner management notified Livingston Police on Thursday, June 10 after being unable to locate the truck on the lot.

Livingston Police Dept. entered the truck as stolen into the National Crime Information Center. Shortly after taking the theft report, LPD recovered the truck at the intersection of Rickman Road and Highway 84 South, in the edge of the parking lot at Pennington's Service Center.

The ignition had been vandalized and hotwired, according to the report.

The estimated value of the truck is more than $10,000.

The case is still under investigation.

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Legislative Body to consider beer sale boundaries

Overton County Legislative Body will hold the monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, June 21. The meeting will be held in the second floor court room of Overton County Courthouse.

The monthly meeting is regularly held the second Monday of each month, but was postponed this month.

According to County Mayor Kenneth Copeland, distance requirements for establishments selling beer will be voted on in the meeting.

Mayor Copeland issued the following statement to county residents:

"Recently, much speculation has arisen regarding the Overton County beer laws. The purpose of this release is to provide you with information pertaining to the litigation surrounding the Overton County beer laws. On June 21, 2004, the Overton County Legislative Body will meet and decide what action will be taken to address the Overton County distance requirement that is presently under litigation.

"In October of 1944, the Overton County Legislative Body passed a regulation prohibiting the sale of beer within 2,000 feet of a place of public gathering. Again in March of 1984, the Overton County Legislative Body passed a similar ordinance; however, in the 1980s, several beer permits appear to have been issued despite the 2,000-foot rule. Recently, a lawsuit was filed alleging that this practice was discriminatory and thus improper.

"Tennessee law is clear on this subject. If a beer permit is issued in violation of the 2,000-foot rule, then the rule is invalid due to it being discriminatory. Once that has occurred, the Legislative Body must address how to deal with that situation.

"After careful consideration and consultation with the county attorney, we have determined that the following two options are available:

1. The county can reduce the distance requirement to a limit that is below the shortest issued beer permit.

2. The county can seek to revoke the improperly issued beer permits.

"The County Legislative Body will decide on June 21, 2004, which option we will pursue. Careful and thorough deliberations are necessary and consideration must be given to all of those concerned as well as the citizens as a whole in order to reach a fair and just resolution.

"We hope that this information has been informative and helpful."

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