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Woman seriously injured in collision with tractor-trailer
Bridge named for Sgt. Tucker

Pot planting never in season
City Council chooses easement condemnation

Woman seriously injured in collision with tractor-trailer

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
An Alpine woman was seriously injured in a head-on collision around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. According to reports, Bonnie Sandrock, 42, of Alpine, was driving a 1997 Chrysler Sebring convertible north on the Livingston bypass when she may have had a medical episode. The Chrysler struck a guardrail on the right side of the roadway, then crossed into the westbound lane and struck the guardrail on the left side and careened into the southbound path of a 2002 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Terry Duncan, 49, of Albany, KY. Duncan tried to turn the truck out of the Sebring’s path, but the vehicles collided head-on in the middle of the roadway.

Sandrock, who was wearing a seatbelt, was transported by air ambulance to Erlanger Hospital. Duncan, who was also wearing a seatbelt, was apparently uninjured.

The Kenworth tractor was disabled and the bypass was blocked for more than an hour while the vehicles and the trailer load of frozen chickens were removed.
Trooper Andrew Goolsby of Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the incident.



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Bridge named for Sgt. Tucker



Beth Underwood/OCN Staff
Kim and Ted Tucker, parents of Sgt. Wesley Tucker, along with Col. Max Haston unveil a new sign at Central Pike Overpass in Wilson County, officially dedicating the bridge to Sgt. Robert Wesley Tucker on Friday, Sept. 28. Almost two years have passed since Sgt. Tucker was killed October 13, 2005, near Ad Dujayl, Iraq. The humvee he was riding in was struck by an improvised explosive device during combat operations.

The bridge was one of 15 along State Route 840 to be named for Tennessee National Guardsmen who have died in the war on terrorism. Tennessee legislators also named 840 “Tennessee National Guard Parkway” in honor of the Guard’s soldiers and airmen who have served in the war on terror.


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Pot planting never in season



Overton County deputies seized marijuana, cultivating materials, and guns.

Overton County Sheriff’s Deputies Jeremy Carr, Al Daniels, and Greg Etheredge seized numerous items from the John Threet residence in the Crawford community on Friday, Sept. 28.

In an ongoing investigation, deputies continue to act on allegations Threet was involved in cultivation and manufacturing of marijuana for sale and delivery.

Among the seized items were marijuana plants, more than 3 pounds of processed marijuana, drug paraphernalia, firearms, and items used to manufacture marijuana for resale.

A “Farmer’s Almanac” was also recovered that documented alleged illegal activity, including dates for planting, cultivating, pruning, transplanting, and harvesting what authorities suspect to be marijuana.

The case will be presented to Overton County Grand Jury at a later date.

City Council chooses easement condemnation

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN staff
Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 1, with all aldermen present.

Engineer Roy Wauford gave an update on the water project and reminded the Council that an easement is still needed across property belonging to Hampton McCormick. He said McCormick has asked that the proposed path of the line be moved and the line be placed deeper into the ground.
The aldermen voted to file a condemnation petition against McCormick to take the last easement needed for the water project. Alderman James “Pug” Lee passed on the vote.

In bringing it to a vote, Alderman Robert Jolley said, “What’s the sense in waiting on this? We’ve waited long enough.”

Water plant operator Johnny White informed the Council that the water level is 12.5 inches below the spillway.

Mayor Curtis Hayes said, “So, we’re still under our phase one water conservation plan, still asking for a 15% voluntary reduction.”

The Council voted to purchase a 1986 Champion grader for $7,500.
Street Department Supervisor Wayne Peek said, “It’s certainly a nice grader for that kind of money.”

A 20-foot by 20-foot parcel of land on Hillcrest Drive will be sold to Craig Story for $500. For years the area was believed to be part of Story’s property until a recent survey revealed it belonged to the city.

Second reading on allowing the use of Gas-Tite gas pipe was approved, with Alderman Lee passing on the vote.

When asked his opinion on the pipe before the vote was taken, Gas Department Supervisor Rick Winningham said, “I don’t like the pipe, I do like the fittings.”

During the discussion, Alderman Robert Jolley said, “This is one of those things we’re just going to have to roll with what the public wants.”
Mayor Hayes asked Winningham what he did not like about the pipe.
Winningham said, “It’s ridged like the conduit was, and if it’s tugged on, it will unravel.”

Christopher Billings was hired at Livingston Police Department to fill the vacancy of Jarman Hicks.

Mayor Hayes said, “Jarman has found employment at UCEMC.”
Billings has been a reserve officer, according to Mayor Hayes.
Jay Mosley was hired to work on the garbage truck to fill a vacancy.

In answer to a request from a Livingston resident at last month’s meeting, Mayor Hayes informed the aldermen that the City Council can ban smoking at Livingston City Park. He said it could be brought up in the future if they wished to do so.

The meeting adjourned.




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