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Memorial service honors memory of Tom Davis
Livingston Police investigate report of man walking with gun

July 4 perfect time to replace worn flags

 

 

Memorial service honors memory of Tom Davis

 

More than 100 people attended a graveside memorial and flagpole dedication ceremony honoring James "Tom" Davis on Saturday, June 24. The Overton County native was killed on December 22, 1961 in a Viet Cong ambush - the first American killed in the Vietnam Conflict. The Vietnamese soldiers with Davis began crafting this pall, or casket cover, (at right) immediately after Davis' death. They worked continuously on the decorative cover, refusing to sleep until it was completed so that it could accompany Davis' body when it returned to the United States. Southeast Asia Army Security Agency Veterans Association erected the monument below and flagpole at Good Hope Cemetery in honor of Tom Davis. The flag will have lighting, allowing it to be flown constantly.

 

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Livingston Police investigate report of man walking with gun

Livingston Police officers investigated complaints of a man walking the streets with a pistol on Thursday, June 15, and subsequently made an arrest.

Officers made a diligent search and found James Michael Brown, of Livingston, with a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver in his front pocket.

As Livingston Police officers were investigating the gun complaint another complaint was lodged from a home on Henson Street of a burglary where a Smith & Wesson .38 caliber pistol along with a guitar and a shotgun had been stolen. Officers reportedly ran a quick check of the pistol found on Brown, which matched the stolen gun.

A search of Brown's home allegedly yielded the guitar and a box of jewelry also reported taken in the burglary. Officers also recovered an empty tank of nitrous oxide (or laughing gas) from the Brown residence that had been reported stolen from the rear of Livingston Regional Hospital on May 31.

James Michael Brown is charged with Aggravated Burglary, Theft over $1,000, Theft under $500, Vandalism over $500, and  Criminal Impersonation.

Brown was jailed and held without bond until June 20, when he appeared before General Sessions Judge John Officer. Judge Officer set a bond of $100,000 dollars on Brown, who remains in custody at Overton County Jail. 

Livingston Chief of Police Roger Phillips credits the arrest of Brown and the recovery of property to the quick response and professional conduct of Livingston Police Sgt. Chris Halfacre, Officer Sean Allred, and Detective Tim Poore.

 

 

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July 4 perfect time to replace worn flags

By BETH UNDERWOOD, OCN staff
With the Independence Day less than a week away, communities are gearing up to celebrate the nation's independence with food and fireworks, picnics and parties. But one often neglected item is the symbol of America's freedom - the flag.

Since September 11, 2001, the flag has been prominant in seemingly every possible situation. But it wasn't only a national phenomena. Locally, the sights were the same. By 2004, members of then-K-Troop and the roughly 4,000 other men and women of Tennessee National Guard deployed to fight the war on terror as the number of flag displays seemed to defy belief.

It is a sight that Staff Sergeant Mike Ward, recruiting and retention NCO, at Livingston Armory remembers well - a show of appreciation of service, a show of pride for nation and soldier, and a show of a nation banding together. It's a sight he wouldn't change for the world. And he also thinks this Fourth of July is the perfect opportunity for the community to inspect those flags that fly with such pride.

"It was such an honor to see the number of United States flags being placed in front of so many homes and businesses when it was known by the public that we were being mobilized for deployment to serve in Iraq," he said.

"Homes that had flown flags previously, placed up a new one and homes and businesses that I had never seen a flag in front of now had one flying."

Eighteen months later, as the troops returned, the sight was much the same.

"Our return home, it was such a wonderful moment in my life that I will never forget," Ward said. "To see my family was the most important thing, but what put that extra smile on my face was the number of people there to welcome us all home.

"After a few days of catching up with family and friends I began to move about the community again, and one of the first things I noticed were the United States flags."

While there were even more flying then than before deployment, it was apparent that some were now very worn, faded or tattered. Life had a way of moving on, and in the business of day-to-day living, the symbol that remains one of pride, honor, and glory is often taken for granted.

"I ask that folks take a look at their flags. If they are worn, faded or tattered and need to be retired, please do so prior to Independence Day," he said.

SSgt. Ward has one additional request for those in need of retiring their existing flags.

"Please purchase a new flag to be flown not only for Independence Day, but to continue to show your support for our military," he said. "Independence Day was the day we gained our freedom. And to this day the United States military continues to defend that freedom."

According to the United States Flag Code, "when a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner."

If you need assistance disposing of a worn flag call the local VFW at (931) 823-2570.

"They will take care of retiring them with honor," he said.

 

 

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