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Dump truck jacknifes on Hilham Highway
Judge upholds bond in child death case

Legislative Body approves County Clerk issuing titles

 

Dump truck jacknifes on Hilham Highway



Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Traffic was temporarily blocked on Hilham Highway around 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 2 after a 1986 International dump truck pulling a 24-foot flatbed trailer jacknifed. According to reports, Randall Buck, 42, was driving the Livingston Water Department truck west on Highway 85 when he came upon a vehicle stopping in the road. As he tried to slow down, the trailer jacknifed and struck the truck as it came around. The trailer came loose from the dump truck and went down an embankment. Buck managed to keep the truck partially on the road. Apparently, no one was injured. Trooper Andrew Goolsby of Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the incident.

 

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Judge upholds bond in child death case

ROBERT FORSMAN,
OCN court reporter
A woman charged with causing the death of a child as the result of a car crash was denied a bond reduction last week in Overton County Criminal Court, Judge David Patterson presiding.

Regina K. Ray was indicted by Overton County Grand Jury in April on alternate charges of Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication and Vehicular Homicide by Recklessness. She was arrested and a $200,000 bond was set.

The wreck occurred April 18, 2006, according to the indictment.

Ray was attempting to maneuver a curve on Oakley-Allons Road, when the car veered from the roadway and crashed into a tree on the passenger side, according to testimony. Ray’s child, Reeva S. Ray, described as 4 years-old in court, was a passenger in the vehicle.

Sergeant Robert Garrett of Overton County Sheriff’s Department testified the child was in the rear passenger area, when he arrived on the scene. The child was not in a child safety seat, according to testimony.

The child was reportedly transported to Livingston Regional Hospital. A helicopter was in route to airlift the child, when the child was pronounced dead, according to testimony.

Sergeant Garrett testified Ray was intoxicated at the scene. When asked by Ray’s attorney, Michael Savage, to evaluate Ray’s level of intoxication on a scale of 1 to 10, Sergeant Garrett replied, “Eleven.”

The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney John Moore, said the results of Ray’s blood tests had recently been obtained and would be presented to the defense. The results were not disclosed in court.

Ray reportedly received head injuries in the crash. She was released from a hospital in November 2006, according to testimony.

ADA Moore said Ray was a threat to the community and her bond should not be lowered.

Attorney Savage said Ray was not a threat and because of the severity of her head injuries it was unlikely she could drive.

Judge Patterson said Ray posed a threat to the community and to herself.

Upon denying the reduction, Judge Patterson indicated he would prefer a higher amount, but since bond was already set, it would remain $200,000.

Judge Patterson ordered a forensic evaluation of Ray’s head injuries and scheduled August 21 for a hearing.

 

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Legislative Body approves County Clerk issuing titles

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN staff
Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, May 14, with all commissioners present.

The County Court approved the County Clerk’s Office to issue vehicle titles.

County Clerk Hugh L. Ogletree said, “It’s going to take maybe 90 to 120 days. We’re going to try to do driver’s licenses too.

“It could really help. It could possibly bring in a good $300,000 in revenue.”

Commissioner Alan Atnip asked about the cost.

“The state’s going to furnish all this,” Ogletree said. “All we need is to have enough room and enough people to do it.”

He said his office will likely need more personnel, but he was not sure how many right now. He said the increase in revenue would more than take care of the cost of hiring additional personnel.

“We’ll be making $7.50 a title; right now we get $5. We’ll be getting $2.50 more,” Ogletree said.

Putnam County, Pickett County, and Clay County already offer the service, according to Ogletree.

The county’s approval began the process for the Clerk’s Office, but the county will be required to enter into a contract with the state before the office will be able to issue titles, according to Ogletree.

“This didn’t seal the deal,” he said.

The $120,000 bid from Jason Duke was accepted for the old public library property.

An ethics policy was adopted.

A resolution was adopted for the Clerk & Master’s Office to request the unclaimed balance of accounts remitted to the state treasurer under the Unclaimed Property Act.

A budget amendment was approved to place insurance recovery funds back into the Sheriff’s Department’s budget. The money was for car repairs and parts. One patrol car had been damaged by a deer, and two other patrol cars had been damaged in a chase.

Quarterly reports were approved.

Daryl Colson and Mark Gore were reappointed to the Regional Planning Commission.

The County Trustee’s Office was relieved of 2005 property taxes in the amount of $47,024.41 sent to the Clerk and Master’s Office.

Approved as notaries at-large were Tonya Emerton, Christy Beed, Marty Maynord, Marla Kay Etheredge, Barbara Dancy, and Ronald Smith.

Before the meeting adjourned, Commissioner Atnip asked about a recent Budget Committee meeting in which money was approved for heating and cooling of a new building at Overton County Fairgrounds.

County Mayor Kenneth Copeland said, “The bid came in at $34,750. The Rotary Club is paying $30,000 and we’re paying $4,750.”

Commissioner Atnip asked, “Why are we paying any of it when we were told that if we put up $100,000, that was it, they could come up with the rest? And plus, it was never brought back to us. That’s expenditure of county money. Where’s it coming from?”

Mayor Copeland said, “Maintenance.”

Commissioner Atnip said, “Anyway, it’s not budgeted money.”

Commissioner Atnip suggested that a policy be adopted to require non-budgeted new expenditures to come before the County Commission for approval.

He went on to say, “This just haphazardly spending extra money has got to stop.”

Commissioner Randall Boswell said the Budget Committee voted 3-2 to spend the extra money.

“That’s three people voted to spend money,” Commissioner Atnip said.

“So, I just think that it’s time that the full court be considered on some of this.”

The commissioners voted to suspend the rules in order to consider Commissioner Atnip’s suggestion as a motion.

As the matter was considered, Commissioner Billie G. Phipps spoke about the frustration some of the commissioners have had about the authority being assumed by some committees.

Commissioner Phipps said, “If stuff like that is done in a Budget Committee, then you’ve got 10 other Court members that may not know anything about what’s going on. Then when people in the public ask us about it, we don’t know what they’re talking about. That looks pretty bad on the other 10 people on this Court. We don’t know what you’all are doing in a Budget Committee because it didn’t come before the Court. That’s not the way it works.”

Mayor Copeland suggested waiting until next month to vote on the motion, so it can be worded properly. Commissioner Atnip agreed, and the commissioners voted to table the item until next month.



 

 

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