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Archives 03-15-2006

Crawford man dies in collision with dump truck
Legislative Body settles Simpson suit for $6,000

Monroe man dies in collision with patrol car



Crawford man dies in collision with dump truck

Dale Welch/Hilltop Express
Dale Welch/Hilltop Express Officials look over the scene where Frankie M. Vaughn died after his small pickup collided with a dump truck.

By DALE WELCH, Hilltop Express with permission
One man was killed and two injured in a crash on Hanging Limb Highway, just a few feet south of the entrance to Mineral Springs Free Will Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 8. Frankie Muriel Vaughn, 59, of Crawford, was killed in the two-vehicle crash, just after 3 p.m.

According to the police report, Vaughn was driving a blue 1994 Mazda pickup north on Highway 164 (Hanging Limb Highway) and crossed the centerline into the lane of a 1996 GMC dump truck belonging to the Town of Monterey, crashing head-on.

The Town of Monterey truck was returning after dumping a load of brush and limbs on property in Overton County contracted by the town.

Timothy J. "T.J." Hedgecough, 22, of Monterey, and passenger, Jimmy Michael Phillips, 23, of Monterey, were also injured. Phillips was transported by Overton County Ambulance Service to Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Hedgecough remained on scene while Tennessee State Troopers investigated.

No one, the THP report says, was wearing a seatbelt.

Hedgecough was cited by troopers for not having a commercial driver's license and medical card. Town of Monterey officials are contending that the truck weighs nowhere near the 27,100 lbs. fully loaded it requires for drivers to have Commercial Driver's licenses (CDL). They are also saying the ticket for having no medical card is not required of those who have CDL's if that person works for government.

According to the CDL manual obtained by Hilltop Express, it does exempt drivers "employed by government entities (including school systems) or strictly driving church buses".

The crash was investigated by Troopers Marty Philpot and Jeff Cook, Lt. Kendall Riley, Lt. David Allred, and Trooper Ashley Mercer. Also responding were Mountain First Responders, Muddy Pond Volunteer Fire Department, Overton County Sheriff's Department, Monterey Police Chief Bruce Breedlove, and Officer Jackie McQuiston.

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Legislative Body settles Simpson suit for $6,000

Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, March 13, with Commissioners Shaun Hale, Chris Neal, and Billy Parrott absent.

The County Commission approved the settlement presented by County Attorney Daryl Colson on the mistaken identity lawsuit filed by White County residents Bradley S. Simpson and his wife, Candace Simpson. The agreed-upon amount is $6,000.

Bradley Simpson had mistakenly been arrested at his home on February 20, 2005. The man law enforcement officials were looking for was also named Simpson.

The County Commission approved the sale of property on Highway 111 for the $200,000 it brought at auction last Saturday.

Jimmy Johnson and Jim Means were reappointed to Overton County Planning Commission.

June Mitchell, James Hammons, and Vickie Bilbrey were approved as notaries at-large. Commissioner Alan Atnip brought up rumors that Overton County Nursing Home has a hidden “slush fund”.

"It's just not so," Commissioner Atnip said. "Anybody can go look at the records."

He went on to say, "There's no hidden money at Overton County Nursing Home."

The meeting adjourned.

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Monroe man dies in collision with patrol car

A Monroe man died in a two-vehicle collision involving a Pickett County Sheriff's Department patrol car early Saturday morning, March 11.

According to reports, Trenton L. Iles, 41, of Monroe, was riding a 2005 Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on Highway 111 near the Pickett County line around 4:30 a.m. when he attempted to turn left onto Wirmingham Church Road and crossed into the path of a 2000 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car driven by Pickett County Deputy Brian D. Brannum, 26, of Byrdstown.

The vehicles collided and left the roadway.

Iles died in the collision, and Dep. Brannum and a passenger, Frederick A. Wade III, 33, of Byrdstown, were injured. Neither Brannum nor Wade were wearing a seatbelt, according to reports.

The patrol car was following an ambulance carrying a relative of Wade, according to reports.

Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

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