Christmas Parade held in Livingston
Muddy Pond teen shot by hunter Saturday
Federal funds to help fight meth in area
Parade held in Livingston
Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Livingston Regional Hospital's float won the Grand Marshall's
Trophy in the 2004 Livingston-Overton County Christmas Parade held
Saturday, Dec. 4. The float depicted a Christmas ornament with a
scene on each side. On one side was a modern Christmas scene complete
with decorated tree and stockings on the fireplace. The other side
was a scene of Christ's birthplace in the manger.
The 2004 Overton County Christmas Parade was held
in Livingston on Saturday, Dec. 4 in front of thousands of spectators
who lined the parade route. The parade had 142 entries.
Extension Director Gene Medley, a member of the parade
committee, said, "First of all I want to thank all of the individuals,
businesses, youth groups, civic clubs, and churches in the area
for working hard to make this a great parade."
Davis Nolan and his wife, Ami, and daughter, Amanda,
served as Grand Marshalls. A reception was held for them at the
Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce Building before the
parade. Medley said,
"Davis Nolan and his family were very grateful
for the folks in Overton County allowing them to be Grand Marshall.
"A special thanks goes out to the Overton County
4-H Honor Club members and their parents for helping with the reception
prior to the parade."
Livingston Regional Hospital won the Grand Marshall's
Indigenous Intertribal Corp. won the Judges' Award.
Other winners were: Business & Industry -1st place,
Livingston Regional Hospital, 2nd place, Care All Home Nursing.
Churches -1st place, Fairview Freewill Baptist Church,
2nd place, First Christian Church.
Schools -1st place, Outlaws Cheerleaders, 2nd place,
Volunteer State Community College.
Fire & Rescue Departments -1st place, Hilham Volunteer
Fire Department, 2nd place, Monroe Volunteer Fire Department.
Scout Troops -1st place, Girl Scout Troop 1053, 2nd
place, Livingston Boy Scouts Troop 354.
Children Under 12 -1st place, Callie Bilbrey, Overton
County 18 month-old baby contest winner, and 2nd place, Kati Heaton,
Overton County Little Miss 1st Runner-Up.
Children 12 & Older -1st place, Overton County Bluegrass
Queen Tristan Robbins, 2nd place, Overton County Junior Princess
Antique Cars (25 years and older) -1st place, Jack
Davis' 1923 Ford T-bucket, 2nd place, James W. Matthews' 1938 Chevrolet
Late Model Cars (less than 25 years-old) -1st place,
Frankie Rich's 2004 Dodge, 2nd place, Frankie Rich's 2005 Dodge
Antique Trucks (25 years and older) -1st place, Bruce
Lee's 1932 Ford pickup, 2nd place, Ricky Hix's 1964 Chevrolet pickup.
Late Model Trucks (less than 25 years-old) -1st place,
Jamie Emerton's 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe, 2nd place, Kurt King's 1993
Civic Clubs & Veterans Organizations -1st place, 4-H
Honor Club, 2nd place, Upper Cumberland Shriners.
Best Band -1st place, Livingston Academy Band, 2nd
place, Clarkrange High School Band.
Horse with Female Rider -1st place, Dominique Barlow,
2nd place, Paige Cooper. Horse with Male Rider -1st place, Brandon
Savage, 2nd place, Greg Cooper.
Wagons & Buggies -1st place, W.J. and Pauline Staggs,
2nd place, Brian, Samantha, and Ella McLerran.
Other - 1st place, Indigenous Intertribal Corp.,
2nd place, "Got Milk"/Tonya Sells.
"Believe it or not, the Christmas parade committee
will start working on next year's parade very soon," Medley
said. "As a member of that committee, I want to say that we
need more people to serve on it. Putting on a parade is very hard
work and time consuming, but very rewarding also."
On behalf of the parade committee, Medley noted the
contributions of the Livingston Jaycees, who helped in lining up
the parade, Livingston Police Department, who assisted with traffic
control, Livingston Academy administration, who allowed parade participants
to use the school parking lot as a staging area for all of the horses
and wagons, and Livingston Rotary Club, who provided Santa and his
"And again thanks to everyone who took the time
to construct and build floats and entries in the 2004 Overton County
Christmas Parade," Medley said.
Anyone would like to become a member of the 2005 Christmas
Parade Committee is encouraged to call the Chamber of Commerce at
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Pond teen shot by hunter Saturday
By DALE WELCH, Hilltop Express with permission
A 16 year-old boy is listed, at press time, in critical condition
in a Knoxville hospital after being shot by a hunter on a farm just
off Muddy Pond Road near the intersection of Highway 62.
According to a report by Putnam Sheriff's Deputy Sam
B. Lee, Jeremiah Clark, 16, of Muddy Pond Road, son of Thomas and
Donna Clark, was shot once in the abdomen with a 7mm magnum ballastic
tip bullet while walking in the woods.
According to Deputy Lee's report, David McGhee, 34,
of Lake City, the alleged shooter, and two other hunters had permission
to hunt on the Hackworth Limousin cattle farm, on the corner of
Muddy Pond Road and Clarkrange Highway. The three had reportedly
just shot about five wild hogs and moved to another location.
Deputy Lee reported that McGhee said he saw bushes
moving and fired into them. Just moments later, the 16 year-old
boy came out of the bushes and climbed over a fence as the hunter
discovered his error.
Jeremiah Clark, the deputy learned, was hiking in
the woods, not hunting, and did not have a weapon.
Clark was not wearing any bright hunter's orange.
He was wearing a tan-colored jacket and a tan toboggan. Clark was
loaded into the hunters' truck and brought out near the road as
emergency workers were called.
Deputy Lee said Clark was alert at the time and even
apologized to the hunters for "messing up their truck".
Deputy Lee and Monterey Police Detective Tim Murphy, who were helping
work a wreck near the Dripping Springs Road responded as well as
Putnam Ambulance Service.
When Deputy Lee saw what he had, he called Putnam
Sheriff David Andrews, who responded and called for additional help,
including Chief Deputy Bill Parrott, and Putnam Detectives Shane
Higgenbotham and Doug Burgess. Putnam County Volunteer Fire Department
responded as a helicopter ambulance was called to transport the
victim to University of Tennessee Hospital at Knoxville.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Officers
Tim Singleton and Tim Gothard also responded to the scene. Officer
Singleton said, "Never shoot at a target until you see what
it is. That's one of the ÔTen Commandments of Hunting' and is taught
in all the hunter's safety classes."
Clark is a junior at Monterey High School. On Monday,
Dec. 6, he was still being stabilized for surgery.
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funds to help fight meth in area
Federal funds in the amount of $500,000 have been
secured by U.S. Representative Bart Gordon to help law enforcement
agencies fight methamphetamine abuse in the Upper Cumberland.
Approved by Congress, the money has been earmarked
for Tennessee's 13th Judicial District Drug Task Force, bringing
the total federal funding to $1 million that Gordon has secured
for the agency to fight meth abuse in the Upper Cumberland.
"Meth abuse causes a variety of problems in the
community," Gordon said. "Not only does it cause tremendous
harm to the person who is abusing the illicit drug, but it also
harms that person's family and community.
"Often a meth user will make the drug in his
or her home, exposing children and neighbors to the toxic chemicals
used in producing the drug. Mobile meth labs have even been set
up in the trunks of automobiles.
"Because the chemicals used to make meth are
so volatile, explosions at these clandestine labs have hurt a lot
of people and destroyed a lot of properties over the years. Meth
abuse is becoming a scourge not only in the Upper Cumberland, but
also across the entire state," he said.
Methamphetamine is an extremely addictive stimulant
made from over-the-counter drugs and common household chemicals.
Local law enforcement faces tremendous struggles
in dealing with the meth problem because the labs producing the
illicit drug are often saturated with hazardous and explosive chemicals.
Also very thankful for the funding is District Attorney
General Bill Gibson of the 13th Judicial District, which includes
Overton, Clay, Putnam, and DeKalb counties.
"We are delighted that this funding will be made
available to us so that we can carry on the good progress that we
began last year with the previous funding.
"I believe the tide is being stemmed with this
problem because we are already seeing progress being made.
"This funding will allow some good follow-through
so that we can continue to fight the good fight."
Although progress is being made in the fight against
methamphetamine abuse in the state, between April and June of 2004,
the number of children entering state custody because of meth-related
issues averaged 60 per month, according to Tennessee Department
of Children's Services.
Gordon said, "We are making some headway with
the meth problem, but we still have a long way to go. That's why
it is vital we pool our resources at the local, state, and federal
levels so we can come up with effective strategies to combat this
menace to society."
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