Local National Guard unit set to roll out Thursday
LPD recovers stolen truck last week
Legislative Body to consider beer sale boundaries
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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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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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
Mayor Copeland issued the following statement to county
"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
"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
"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
"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
"We hope that this information has been informative
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