suit against county to be settled
dies in two-vehicle collision
County receives $323,766 in TVA tax equivalent
suit against county to be settled
By DEWAIN E. PEEK, OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body voted to settle a lawsuit brought
against the county by Sheriff Bud Swallows.
The action came in the Tuesday, Jan. 17 regular monthly
meeting, which had been rescheduled from the usual second Monday
of the month in anticipation of an agreement being made. Commissioner
Gail Arney was absent.
In bringing the subject before the County Commission,
County Attorney Daryl Colson said, "Subject to your approval
tonight, we have a settlement proposal.
"The sheriff will be getting four additional
employees, two of which will be additional road deputies to pay
at current annual budgeted salaries. One of those deputies will
be paid out of the Drug Fund.
"He will receive one additional criminal investigator
at the current budgeted annual salary, and one warrant officer at
the current budgeted salary.
"Those positions are in addition to the current
personnel at the jail. Those are effective immediately, those positions.
"Effective budget year July 1, 2006, through
June 30, 2007, the sheriff will receive two fully equipped patrol
vehicles with the standard law enforcement package.
"And finally, all employees of the Overton County
Sheriff's Department, including jail staff, custodial staff, deputies,
and other employees, will receive a guaranteed pay raise of 4.5%
for fiscal year 2006-2007. That's July 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007.
"And of course, we will pay the attorney fees
for the sheriff's attorney.
"That's the settlement we've been able to discuss,
and that will conclude and terminate the litigation filed by the
sheriff against the county."
A commissioner asked where the money would come from
and was told it could come from depleting the fund reserve or from
Commissioner David Dorminey said, "I feel we
should settle this thing tonight. I believe it'll be a lot cheaper
Commissioner Ben Danner speculated that the settlement
could add 10 cents to the property tax rate.
"I think that's a lot to ask of the people,"
Commissioner Danner said.
When the vote was taken, only Commissioner Danner
voted against the settlement.
The Legislative Body approved an $850,000 capital
outlay note over 12 years for the new industrial park. The county
has received an $850,000 matching grant. Commissioners Ben Danner
and John Phillips voted against the note.
Commissioner Jean Moore said, "I realize how
much time and effort went into trying to get this grant from the
federal government, and it really affords an opportunity for growth
for Overton County, whether we get an industry in right away.
"Just to have the utilities in in that part
of the county, it's going to mean a lot to our future."
Circuit Court Clerk's office employee Susan Robbins
was approved as a judicial commissioner to assist Circuit Court
Clerk Johnny Brown. She will receive no extra compensation for the
The following were approved as notaries at-large:
Susan Robbins, Daryl L. Colson, Ashley J. White, Collette Dishman,
John Officer, Karl Niles, Jennifer Harris, Beverly Linder, Amy Warren,
Sue McGee, and Hosea Winningham.
Before the meeting adjourned, County Mayor Kenneth
Copeland informed the commissioners that the Overton County Highway
Department garage had been broken into that morning.
"They cleaned all the tools out, the chainsaws,
impact guns, welders," Mayor Copeland said.
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teacher dies in two-vehicle collision
A retired Overton County teacher died in a two-vehicle
collision Wednesday, Jan. 18. According to reports, Robin Vaughn
Adkins, 30, of Alpine, was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado south
on Rickman Road (Old Highway 42) around 8:20 p.m. when the truck
left the roadway on the right shoulder. The truck was apparently
overcorrected and crossed the center line into the path of a 2005
Ford 500 driven north by Sharon (Qualls) Peterman, 56, of Rickman.
The vehicles collided head-on north of Hillsboro Subdivision
Peterman, who was wearing a seatbelt, died in the
Adkins sustained injury and was transported to Livingston
Regional Hospital for treatment.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol report states that Vaughn
is suspected of drinking, and that criminal charges are pending.
At the time of the collision, Adkins had an outstanding
warrant on a probation violation. She was convicted of DUI, 2nd
Involved in the investigation are THP Lt. Jimmy Beaty,
THP Trooper Neil Matthews, THP Critical Incident Response Team Sgt.
Keven Norris, and THP Criminal Investigation Division agents Eddie
Farris and Marty McGinnis.
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receives $323,766 in TVA tax equivalent payments
Overton County received a total of $323,766 from TVA
in tax equivalent payments for 2005. The state of Tennessee received
more than $218.2 million in 2005 TVA payments made in lieu of taxes.
TVA Chairman Bill Baxter said on behalf of the TVA
Board, "TVA's tax equivalent payments benefit local communities
that use the funds for schools, roads, and other important programs
and services. The total payments are up 8.1% from the previous year,
reflecting continued economic growth in the TVA region and increased
TVA makes tax equivalent payments to eight states
and to local governments within those states in accordance with
the TVA Act.
The tax equivalent payments made during 2005 were
based on TVA power sales revenue in 2004 and TVA-owned power property
in each state.
During the fiscal year, TVA makes monthly payments
based on preliminary forecasts.
TVA has been making tax equivalent payments since
1933. Most of the money is paid directly to state governments; however,
all or part of the amount paid by TVA is redistributed to local
governments according to formulas in each state.
TVA is the nation's largest public power producer,
and its power system is self-financed. TVA provides power to large
industries and 158 power distributors that serve 8.6 million consumers
in seven southeastern states.
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