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County Heritage Museum grand opening set for Friday
John Roberts temporary criminal court judge

County wheel tax to be enforced

 

County Heritage Museum grand opening set for Friday

Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Putnam County artist Bill Herren works on one of the newest additions to museum property. The mural, which depicts several different scenes reminiscent of the county's history, should be complete in time for the Overton County Bicentennial celebration.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of Overton County Heritage Museum will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Overton County Bicentennial celebration, which begins the same day.

Although the museum opened three and a half years ago, permanent displays were not in place until recently.

"A lot of new exhibits have gone in," said Paula Stover. "We've even got things in the basement now. It's really starting to come together."

Stover said part of the work has been completed thanks to grants from Humanities Tennessee, with those monies earmarked strictly for displays.

"We've put our hearts and souls into this," she added. "We've had so much help from the community -businesses and individuals, county and city government. I feel this is something the community will be proud of for years to come."

For more information on the grand opening call Stover at (931) 498-2551, or call Claudine Bilbrey at (931) 823-7636.

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John Roberts temporary criminal court judge

Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed John M. Roberts, of Livingston, to serve as temporary criminal court judge for the 13th Judicial District, which includes Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White counties.

Roberts was sworn in by Judge John Turnbull in a private ceremony on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 31.

A former U.S. attorney for Middle Tennessee, Roberts currently serves as executive director of Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce.

Gov. Bredesen said, "The experience John Roberts brings to this position will allow matters before the criminal court to proceed while the matter of the contested election is resolved.

"I believe this is certainly in the best interest of the citizens of the 13th Judicial District. With his outstanding qualifications in the area of criminal law, John will enjoy the confidence of the lawyers in the district, and I very much appreciate his willingness to serve the state in this capacity on a temporary basis."

Roberts has served as District Attorney for the 13th Judicial District. He is a former General Sessions judge and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee School of Law in Knoxville.

Roberts said, "It is certainly an honor to have the confidence of Governor Bredesen in making this appointment, and I am happy to be able to help out by serving in this capacity on a short-term basis."

Tennessee law (TCA 17-2-119) states the governor shall appoint a temporary judge in the event of a contested election.

Judge Lillie Ann Sells is contesting the results of the August 3 election in which she lost to challenger David Patterson by 9 votes. A hearing in the case has been set for Tuesday, Sept. 26 in Putnam County.

 

 

 

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County wheel tax to be enforced

Effective October 15, Overton County Sheriff's Department will begin enforcing the county's Wheel Tax law, according to Sheriff W.B. Melton.

The law, which went into effect in 1974, states, "The tax shall apply to and shall be paid on each motor driven vehicle, the owner of which resides in Overton County. The tax shall be collected by the county court clerk of Overton County at the same time he collects the state registration fee for the operation of motor driven vehicles. The clerk shall not issue to any resident of Overton County a state registration tag for any motor driven vehicle unless at the same time such residents shall pay for such vehicle the tax imposed by this act."

Sheriff Melton stated, "We need to be fair in this law, and when I was campaigning I noticed a lot of vehicles that didn't have a Wheel Tax sticker. We intend to treat every citizen of this county fairly, and it's not fair that some people living in the county don't pay the tax.

"We will give everyone who doesn't have the sticker until October 15 to get one," Sheriff Melton added. "At that point, we will begin to issue citations."

Wheel Tax stickers can be purchased at County Clerk Hugh L. Ogletree's office in the Courthouse Annex, located on East University Street in Livingston.

 

 

John McLeod named to alderman seat

 

 

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