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Speeding stop turns into cocaine drug arrest
Grant Swallows hired as LA football coach

Schools to receive $54,000 for software
Semi-trailers recovered in Overton County

 

Speeding stop turns into cocaine drug arrest

photos courtesy of LPD
Drug paraphernalia, drugs, and a gun were confiscated in the December 13 arrest of Elizabeth W. West.

A traffic violation turned into a drug arrest Wednesday, Dec. 13 after Livingston Police Department's Drug Unit stopped a northbound speeding vehicle on Highway 111 near Sewer Plant Road.

According to LPD, the driver, later identified as Elizabeth W. West of Peach Drive, Livingston, was cited for speeding and for Violation of the Registration Law.

Officers allegedly discovered 1/4 pound of marijuana in the driver side floorboard, along with a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol.

West was arrested and several grams of cocaine were allegedly found on her person. West was jailed on charges of Possession of Cocaine over 1/2 grams with intent to sell or deliver to others and Possession of Marijuana over 1/2 ounces with the intent to sell or deliver to others, along with Illegal Possession/Carrying a Firearm with the intent to go armed.

Livingston Police allegedly found more bagged marijuana and drug paraphnelia at the West residence on Peach Drive.

West appeared before General Sessions Judge John Officer and a bond of $30,000 was set.

 

 

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Grant Swallows hired as LA football coach

By MAC McLEOD, OCN Sports
Coaching at Livingston Academy is a family tradition for the Swallows family, and following in that tradition Grant Swallows, a 1998 graduate of the school, was named its head football coach last week

"My grandfather coached here, and my dad coaches here, and I'm just excited to come back home and be the head football coach here," Swallows stated last week. "It's a dream come true for me. This is the job that when I was playing football I would sit and think it would be a lot of fun to be the head coach at Livingston."

In taking the post, Swallows becomes the third head coach of the Wildcats in three years. Following the 2005 state championship, head coach Matt Eldridge stepped down and was replaced for one year by another former Livingston standout, Danny McCoin. McCoin's Wildcats fell on hard times last season, posting a 1-9 record. For three of the past four years, Swallows was an assistant coach at Livingston Academy.

During his playing days as a Wildcat, Swallows was a standout in three sports, but it was in football that he stood the tallest. He set the single-season passing record of 2,276 yards at the school in 1997 and went on to be named Mr. Football that season. During his career at LA, the new coach threw for 4,400 yards and 22 touchdowns.

After graduation, Swallows continued his stellar performances on the field as he went on to Tennessee Tech where he set the record for the most passing touchdowns in a single game (5) and the most passing touchdowns in a single season (19).

He also holds the Tech record for the highest completion percentage in a game (20-23 86.9%) and in a season (63.6%). His records of 2,424 yards in a single season and 4,800 in a career are still benchmarks at the school.

The 27 year-old coach returned to Tech last season as an assistant coach, and under his guidance freshman quarterback Lee Sweeney earned Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Year award.

Livingston Academy Principal Gary Ledbetter said, "We felt like Grant was the person we wanted to lead us into the future. We wanted someone who is upbeat, positive and really has some vision of the future.

"Grant is really good with details," Ledbetter continued, "and Grant is good with that on and off the field. He's good with finances and also with parental involvement, and with that we felt Grant was the best candidate for the job."

Swallows also follows another Livingston tradition in that most of the past head coaches and assistants have been LA graduates.

The new coach stated, "Having experienced the feeling of winning a state championship, we want to get that feeling back. I know it's an uphill battle. We graduated a lot of fine players two years ago from that championship team, and we also lost some good players from last year's team.

"This is a very tough region we're in (Region 2-3A)," Swallows continued. "Five of the last six state championship teams have come from the region, but we're excited about the task ahead. We get started soon preparing for next year.

"We are going to be young, and some young players are going to have to step in to fill some big roles for us."

The new coach also said he hopes to get his staff in place as quickly as possible.

"I hope to get with all of them in the next few weeks and see who will stay and who will leave," Swallows said. "I would like to have them all, but we will have to wait and see how that turns out."

 

 

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Schools to receive $54,000 for software

Tennessee Department of Education will distribute $15,315,586.25 in software vouchers to local school systems as a result of a settlement in a lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation.

The class action suit alleged Microsoft used unlawful trade practices to maintain a monopoly and overcharge Tennessee consumers.

Overton County will receive $54,158.23 in software vouchers.

Education Commissioner Lana Seivers said, "We are pleased that the outcome will allow Tennessee school systems to upgrade technology for the benefit of their students and allow additional resources to be directed toward improving teaching and learning."

Each school district will receive approximately $16.40 per student according to the district's average daily membership (ADM) at the end of the 2005-06 school year. Local administrators may use software vouchers for current or future Microsoft operating system software such as Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office applications and encyclopedia software, and certain non-Microsoft software.

Dr. Tim Webb, assistant commissioner for resource and support services, said, "The department is working diligently to help districts take advantage of these vouchers in a timely manner."

Clay County will receive $18,859.07 in vouchers, Fentress County will receive $37,727.65 in vouchers, Jackson County will receive $26,976.44 in vouchers, Pickett County will receive $11,086.93 in vouchers, and Putnam County will receive $164,260.86 in vouchers.

 

Semi-trailers recovered in Overton County

Overton County Sheriff's Department has recovered three semi-trailers worth more than $75,000.

Two of the trailers were reported stolen from Cookeville in the last few months, and had been transported to Haven Lane in the Crawford community, and the other trailer was allegedly stolen from Knoxville.

The Sheriff's Dept. became involved in the investigation of stolen semi-trailers on Thursday, Dec. 14.

Deputy Lee Richards accompanied representatives from the trucking company that owned the trailers taken from Cookeville to Haven Lane and secured the trailers. Dep. Richards found the other trailer at that point. Upon further investigation, Dep. Richards learned it had been reported stolen.

The trailers had cargo when found by the Sheriff's Dept., but the true owners of that property have not yet been identified. Although the Sheriff's Dept. is withholding the name of the suspect at this time, the suspect is believed to be a truck driver who had access to such trailers.

During the investigation, Putnam County Sheriff's Department located a semi and trailer in Cookeville that had been left by the suspect who then fled from the area.

The case is under investigation by several law enforcement agencies, including the sheriff's departments of Overton, Putnam, and Jackson County and Cookeville Police Department, as well as Special Agent Troy Human of Tennessee Highway Patrol's Criminal Investigation Division.

Sheriff W.B. Melton encourages anyone with information on stolen property to contact the Sheriff's Dept. at (931) 823-5635.

Officers participating in the investigation included Dep. Lee Richards, Inv. Gary Ledbetter, Inv. Brian Franklin, Inv. Kevin Phillips, and Dep. Greg Etheredge.

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