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Bluegrass Festival to be held July 20-21
Kaboom! Independence Day celebrated in area

Man seriously injured in fall

Bluegrass Festival to be held July 20-21
Plans are now complete for the annual Overton County Bluegrass Festival, which will take place on the Livingston town square Friday and Saturday, July 20 and 21.

According to festival chairman, Mac McLeod, several changes will take place this year, but activities on the square promise to be as good or better than in years past.

“Due to a conflict with the Overton County Fair, there will not be a festival beauty contest on Thursday night as has been the case in the past,” McLeod pointed out. “It’s one of those things that happens every so many years when the fair beauty contest and the festival weekend coincide. There was no sense in bumping heads on the beauty contest, so the festival committee decided to forego the event in favor of the fair, which is bigger and more established.”

But starting Friday afternoon, July 20, things will proceed as normal with Union Bank and Trust sponsoring Gospel Night beginning around 5 p.m.

“Grant Pennington has lined up another outstanding night of gospel music,” McLeod continued. “He has scheduled Donna Issacs, New Jerusalem Bluegrass, Committed, Grace Harbor, and the Bilbreys to perform.”

On Saturday, July 21, things will get underway with a picking competition starting at 10:45 a.m. The event is being sponsored this year by Livingston Regional Hospital. The picking competition will again have five categories – guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and dobro, and competition is open to pickers of all ages.

Three places will be paid in each category with the winners collecting $100, $50 for 2nd place, and 3rd place will pay $25.

In past years, competition has been outstanding in each category.

Once the picking contest is over, cloggers are scheduled to hit the pavement, followed by an open stage, time permitting.

Bluegrass bands will take to the stage around 5 p.m., with First National Bank sponsoring the evening. Bands scheduled to appear include Kentucky Wind, Mt. Rose, Hub City, Clearview, and, back by popular demand, Dixie Bluegrass.

“We had Dixie Bluegrass here last year for the first time, and since them, we have a lot of requests to bring them back; so Charles Geesling, our music chairman , gave them a call and they were happy to return,” McLeod said. “Also this year, we plan to run the program a little longer than last year, but still plan to be finished by 10 p.m.”

All programs are open free to the public.

“The city, the county, the banks, local merchants, and individuals have helped us financially, and this is why we can offer this at no charge to the public,” McLeod concluded. “It is a fine festival, and we’re looking forward to another successful event.”

 

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Kaboom! Independence Day celebrated in area

Darren Oliver/OCN staff
The Willow Grove area of Dale Hollow Lake reflected fireworks from a professional show sponsored by Willow Grove Dock and Resort on Wednesday, July 4. Thousands were in attendance on boats and along the shoreline to take in the colorful and loud display. The fireworks were detonated via computer by Mickey Ledbetter and Mark Cribble.

Carson Oliver/OCN
The fireworks mortars are loaded onto a metal barge to be moved out across the lake prior to the Willow Grove July 4 event.

Carson Oliver/OCN
Mickey Ledbetter, operations manager, and Larry Shell, owner, place 8-inch loads into a group of mortars before the annual fireworks show at Willow Grove Dock and Resort.

Mark Peek/Captured Forever Photography
Hundreds of boats gathered near Willow Grove for the annual fireworks show at Willow Grove Dock and Resort held Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4.

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Man seriously injured in fall

By LINDSAY McREYNOLDS,
Herald-Citizen staff
An Overton County man was injured on Sunday, July 1 when he fell about 50 feet at the Crawford’s Mill falls in the Hardy’s Chapel Community of Overton County.

Emergency officials identified the man as 44-year-old Justin Holman of Hawkins Lane.

Overton County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Lee Richards said the man was intoxicated and had been with friends at Crawford’s Mill just before he fell.

Sgt. Richards said a couple of fisherman came upon Holman after he fell and notified authorities. Sgt. Richards said Holman’s friends took off running when they heard the sirens and left their friend.

Holman reportedly had multiple fractures in his right lower leg and in his ribs. He was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

In addition to Overton County Sheriff’s Department and Overton Emergency Medical Services, Hardy’s Chapel Fire Department also responded to the scene.

 

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