Veterans Day services held in Livingston
Man falls from bridge over Dale Hollow
Livingston Jaycees annual toy drive now underway
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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from bridge over Dale Hollow
By JAMIE HILL GARRETT, Owner & Publisher of Pickett
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
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
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Jaycees annual toy drive now underway
The annual toy drive conducted by the Livingston Jaycees
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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Livingston, Tennessee 38570