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City receives bus for emergency management
Sheriff warns of sweepstakes check scam

War in Afghanistan claims life of Monterey man

 

City receives bus for emergency management

Valerie Brown/OCN staff
Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes receives keys from Overton County Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick to take possession of a bus to be used for emergency management. The out-of-service bus was donated to the Town of Livingston by Overton County Schools to be repaired and outfitted for use as a mobile care unit capable of moving many more people than an ambulance could. In emergency planning for a possible dam break, Livingston Fire Department would assist Overton County EMS in moving residents of the nursing home in Clay County. The fire department will maintain the bus for use in any emergency in which the ambulance service would need such assistance. On hand for the presentation are, from left, Rick Winningham of Livingston Fire Department, Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial, Mayor Hayes, School Director Gilpatrick, School Board member Patrica Bowman, and School Board Chairman Tim Coffee.


 

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Sheriff warns of sweepstakes check scam

Sheriff W.B. Melton is warning Overton County residents to be aware of a sweepstakes check scam.

According to Overton County Sheriff’s Department, the scam begins with the citizen receiving a letter through the mail stating the citizen has won a sweepstakes and that the check must be deposited immediately. Then the citizen is to write a personal check to the company to cover expenses.

Most of the checks in these scams either originate from a foreign account or want the money sent to a foreign account, according to the Sheriff’s Dept.Anyone receiving one of these checks should report it to the Sheriff’s Dept.

Another scam currently taking place has an individual posing as a bank representative, or of some other business, calling citizens and stating that a problem exists with the citizen’s bank account, credit card, or other accounts. The purpose of the scam is to gain personal information in order to defraud the accounts later.

Sheriff Melton urges residents to verify any person they are talking to on the phone before giving out any personal information.

Those with questions about these or any other scam that might be taking place in the county are urged to call Overton County Sheriff’s Dept. at (931) 823-5635.

 

 

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War in Afghanistan claims life of Monterey man


By DALE WELCH, Hilltop Express with permission

Flags were already flying half-staff in and around Monterey for other national tragedies when news was received last Friday that another young soldier had laid down his life for his country. This time, the news, like a bomb, hit close to home.

Sgt. Alex Van Aalten, 21, son of Susan and Ed Van Aalten, and husband of Shauna Van Aalten, had stepped on a land mine in Afghanistan and was killed, his family was told.

It was early Friday morning, in America when Sgt. Van Aalten paid the supreme sacrifice in another part of the world. It was later in the morning, after everyone had gone to work, that the U.S. Army reached family members and broke the sad news. His mother was at work at Horner Rausch, his father at the law offices of Cameron & Young ,and his wife at Premier Medical Center. They were all told to meet at his wife’s workplace for the dreaded visit from an Army chaplain and another officer.

“He was a real soldier,” his mother recalled. “He believed in his country and he believed in God.”

Sgt. Van Aalten, a soldier in the 82nd Airborne, had been on his second tour of duty when he was killed. He served the first tour of duty in Iraq, near the Syrian border. The young sergeant would have been in the Army for three years if he lived until June.

His mother said that he had re-enlisted a couple of months ago after being back in the states for a year.

“He wasn’t upset about going back,” she said.

Friends and family say Sgt. Van Aalten was full of life. He loved the outdoors and participated in everything from four-wheeling to rock climbing and kayaking. A black-belt in karate, he was an instructor at Jack Scott Karate in Cookeville.

Growing up in the Monterey area, he went to Pleasant Hill Elementary School from kindergarten to eighth grade.

His mother said that he had always wanted to be a soldier. Because Monterey High School had no ROTC program, he went to Cookeville High School instead and became the ROTC brigade commander before graduating from high school.

The soldier has a sister, Nichole Van Aalten, who is in the U.S. Army and is stationed in Texas, and a brother, Dax, who is an artist and musician in New York.

At press time, it was expected that Sgt. Van Aalten’s body would be
brought back to Tennessee late this week. Funeral arrangements are pending with Hooper, Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home.

 

 

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