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Archives 12-14-2005


Christmas Parade held in Livingston
Overton, Pickett residents charged with TennCare fraud
Commodity recipients must be recertified



Christmas Parade held in Livingston

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Tennessee Technology Center's float won the Grand Marshall's Trophy in the 2005 Livingston-Overton County Christmas Parade held Saturday, Dec. 10. The parade's theme was "Christmas - Through a Child's Eyes".

The 2005 Livingston-Overton County Christmas Parade was held in Livingston on Saturday, Dec. 10 in front of thousands of spectators who lined the parade route. The parade had 146 entries.

Superman, Scooby Doo, Chewbacca, and Spider-Girl served as Grand Marshalls.

Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston won the Grand Marshall's Trophy.

National Guard Knife Troop won the Judges' Award.

Other winners were: Large Business & Industry -1st place, Livingston Regional Hospital, 2nd place, Institutional Wholesale.

Small Business & Industry -1st place, Jolley Farms, 2nd place, Low Cost Heating & Cooling.

Churches -1st place, The Lighthouse Church, 2nd place, Memorial Baptist Church.

School Groups -1st place, Volunteer State Community College, 2nd place, Hilham Elementary Cheerleaders.

Fire & Rescue Departments -1st place, Hilham Volunteer Fire Department, 2nd place, Monroe Volunteer Fire Department.

Scout Troops -1st place, Boy Scouts Troop #354, 2nd place, Cub Scout Pack #133.

Children Under 12 -1st place, Sydney Story and Tyler Fletcher, 2005 Tiny Tots 1st Runners-Up, and 2nd place, Weston King, 2005 Baby Bluegrass.

Children 12 & Older -1st place, Jade Peek, 2005 Bluegrass Princess and Beauties in Wonderland, 2nd place, 2005 Fairest of the Fair Amanda Brown.

Civic Clubs & Veterans Organizations -1st place, Overton County Dairy Association, 2nd place, Upper Cumberland Shriners Club.

Bands -1st place, Livingston Academy Band, 2nd place, Exit 111.

Sports Affiliations Groups -1st place, Livingston Academy Wildcats football team, 2nd place, Soap Box Derby winner Lucas Gunnels.

Motorcycles -1st place, Chase Looper, 2nd place, The Polar Bikers – Toni Johnson and Dan Rossman.

ATVs -1st place, Jamie Thurman, 2nd place, Skyla Looper.

'50s Cars (cars 1950-1959) -1st place, Rodger Johnson's 1950 Ford.

Muscle Car Era (cars 1960-1974) -1st place, Rickey Hix's 1969 Chevrolet Malibu, 2nd place, Joe Phillips' 1963 Ford Falcon.

Modern Era Cars (cars 1975 and Up) -1st place, Andy Hicks' 1993 Ford Mustang, 2nd place, Vickie Matthews' 1981 Chevrolet Corvette.

Classic Trucks (trucks 1960-1975) -1st place, Johnny White's 1965 Chevrolet pickup, 2nd place, Billy White's 1964 Chevrolet stepside pickup.

Horse with Female Rider -1st place, Dominique Barlow, 2nd place, Maggie Crain.

Horse with Male Rider -1st place, Michael Nye, 2nd place, Charles Webb.

Wagons & Buggies -1st place, Brian and Samantha McLerran, 2nd place, Scott and Elaine Watkins.

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Overton, Pickett residents charged with TennCare fraud

Two Overton County residents and a woman from Pickett County have been charged with TennCare fraud.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has announced the arrest of Deborah R. Robbins, 27, of Pickett County, and Anthony G. Robbins, 32, of Overton County. In an unrelated case, Rita M. Daniels, 32, of Overton County was also charged.

Deborah Robbins is charged with two counts of TennCare fraud stemming from submitting two fraudulent prescriptions for the painkiller OxyContin that were paid for by TennCare.

Anthony Robbins is charged with three counts of TennCare fraud for submitting three fraudulent prescriptions for OxyContin, also paid for by TennCare.

Also charged in a TennCare prescription fraud case in Overton County is 32 year-old Rita M. Daniels. She is accused of submitting a fraudulent prescription for the painkiller Lortab and a thyroid medication (Levoxyl) and using TennCare to pay for the prescriptions.

The charges against Deborah Robbins and Anthony Robbins carry criminal penalties of up to 2 years for each count.

The charge against Daniels is also punishable by up to 2 years.

Overton County District Attorney William E. Gibson will be prosecuting these cases.

Inspector General Deborah Y. Faulkner said, "This is a terrific example of local law enforcement working with us when TennCare fraud was suspected. We very much depend on local agencies to let us know when they suspect TennCare fraud, and we can help pursue charges as well as convictions."

The arrests were conducted by Overton County Sheriff's Office, Pickett County Sheriff's Office, and Livingston Police Department.

Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tennessee.gov/tenncare and follow the prompts that read "Report Fraud Now".

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October revenues dip slightly

State revenue collections for October are down slightly from the previous month, but Finance and Administration officials say the decline is not unexpected. The general fund had a $14.9 million undercollection, and the four other funds overcollected by $2.9 million.

Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz said, "Franchise and excise taxes came in less than estimated for October, but we can attribute that to the corporate financial calendar. We're not disappointed, but clearly we need to continue a conservative spending path."

Franchise and excise taxes combined were $11.7 million less than the estimate of $27.1 million. For three months, revenues were $19.3 million undercollected.

Sales tax collections were $6.5 million less than the estimate in October, and for three months were undercollected by $2.2 million.

Gasoline and motor fuel collections increased by 5.58%, and were $2.5 million more than the budgeted estimate of $70.5 million. For three months, collections were $3.8 million more than the estimate.

Year-to-date collections for three months were $1.8 million less than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was undercollected by $6.4 million, and the four other funds were overcollected by $4.6 million.

The budgeted revenue estimates are based on the State Funding Board's consensus recommendation adopted by the first session of the 104th General Assembly in May.

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