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Archives 11-17-2004



Veterans Day services held in Livingston
Man falls from bridge over Dale Hollow
Livingston Jaycees annual toy drive now underway



Veterans Day services held in Livingston

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Local veterans salute, and the families of fallen Marines Jeremiah Savage and Brad McCormick honor Overton County soldiers who have died in service to their country. The 2004 Veterans Day service was held on Livingston's square on Thursday, Nov. 11. Eva Savage and Gail McCormick were the guest speakers for the ceremony.


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Man falls from bridge over Dale Hollow

By JAMIE HILL GARRETT, Owner & Publisher of Pickett County Press
A Jackson County man died as a result of a fall from the top of the Obey River Bridge, which crosses Dale Hollow Lake in Pickett County.

According to authorities, Georgia Lee Key, 67, of Jennings Creek Highway in Gainesboro, apparently fell off of the bridge sometime during the early morning hours of Thursday, Nov. 11, approximately 135 feet.

Officials said that Key had been staying with a family member on Highway 52 in Alpine, and had reportedly been suffering from some medical problems.

Sources said that a witness had reported a car, a 1994 Lincoln Continental, sitting in the northbound emergency lane on the bridge, facing south, toward Livingston. Two different witnesses had both allegedly seen someone in the car, one witness said just before daylight, and the other reportedly saw him at 7 a.m.

Pickett County Sheriff's Department checked out the vehicle around 7:10 a.m. that morning, finding no one in the car at that time. Upon running the license plate, the officers were told that the computer was down and the plate could not be checked out at that time.

Authorities then left the scene.

The first witness, a local man who had seen the car just before daylight, came back through and reported the car still sitting on the bridge at around 7:45 a.m.

Sheriff Carl Evans and Deputy Eric Pierce went back to the location and found some personal belongings - eyeglasses and shoes - sitting next to the car, and made the determination that Key had apparently jumped off the bridge.

Pickett County Rescue Squad members and firefighters were called to the scene to begin a search. At around 8:30 a.m., two fishermen, who were travelling by boat down the main channel of the lake toward Sunset, began waving to authorities on the bridge, indicating they had found the body. Key had floated approximately 800 to 1,000 yards from the bridge, and was located about 75 to 100 yards from the Sunset Dock gas pumps. Rescue workers used a boat from Sunset Marina to recover the body.

The coroner was summoned to the scene, and the body was identified by a family member.

Key's remains were transferred to Nashville for a complete autopsy to determine if the fall was the actual cause of death.


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Livingston Jaycees annual toy drive now underway

The annual toy drive conducted by the Livingston Jaycees is underway.

New toys and clean used toys will be accepted. Toy donations may be dropped off at E.B. Gray Jewelry, Livingston Dairy Queen, and the West Main office of First National Bank.

Monetary donations to the toy drive may be sent to Livingston Jaycees, P.O. Box 284, Livingston, TN 38570. Fundraising events throughout the year have provided the funds the Jaycees will use to complete the toy campaign.


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