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House of Casper
Truck slides off road Thursday

City voting precincts to be combined
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House of Casper



Dewain Peek/OCN staff
Pumpkins, goblins, and ghastly sights draw county residents to Windle Community Road where Jack Casper and his family share a little Halloween spirit each year. The display includes 10,000 lights.

By BETH UNDERWOOD,
OCN Staff
The phenomena began on October 10, as local residents began the trek to Windle Community Road. Perhaps it’s the orange glow in the sky that calls to them. Maybe it’s the old man, hanged from a tree for a crime no one is quite sure about. Maybe it’s the scarecrow who, on these nights leading up to Halloween, is rumored to come to life.

Or maybe people just want to see what is arguably one of the best Halloween displays in the county.

The Casper family – Jack, his wife Linda, and son Zac – have been lighting up the night skies since moving to Overton County six years ago. Each year, their staged house of horrors grows in number by both decorations and drive-by fans.

“We hung a few strings of lights up when we lived in Georgia and North Carolina,” Jack said. “It started out small and just grew and grew.”
Grown it has. Ten thousand lights, more than 100 pumpkins, and graveyards full of zombies are just the beginning of this spooktacular display.

Before October 31 arrives, the Caspers estimate that about 300 cars will have braved the circular drive that weaves through the sights of the season.
For those brave enough to venture to the house on All Hallow’s Eve, the Caspers entertain trick-or-treaters as well.

Perhaps it doesn’t take a mad scientist to figure out that a production of this magnitude requires a lot of blood, sweat and tears (not to mention more than a few dollars).

The Caspers start brewing their cauldron of frights the first week in September, putting in the equivalent of two full weeks’ work by October 10. From there on out, the lights glow every night of the week, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m, tacking an extra $150 to the family’s monthly electric bill.

Then there’s the candy.

“We probably spend about $300 just on candy, then we bag it all and tie it up,” Jack said, noting that they give out “the good stuff”. “Last year, we had 270 kids come through.”

While there are plenty brave enough to trick-or-treat at the Casper home, there are plenty more who never make it to the door.

“We’ve had grown men scream,” Jack said, with Linda and Zac mentioning a car full of teenagers who’d parked at the road and decided to walk through the yard. They only made it about halfway across the yard, before high-tailing it back to “safety”.

But make no mistake. The Caspers aren’t devil-worshipping pagans. Far from it.

“We’re a Christian family who likes to have fun,” Jack said.

With a last name like Casper, you can bet they’re a friendly bunch.

Of course, there’s also Fluffy, the family pet. With any luck, his bark is worse than his bite. But that’s a different story.

 

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Truck slides off road Thursday



Carson Oliver/OCN
A 1999 International pulling an empty flatbed log trailer slid into a ditch early Thursday morning, Oct. 25.

According to Trooper Andrew Goolsby of Tennessee Highway Patrol, David Anderson, 51, of Albany, KY, was driving the rig south on Highway 111 North near Big Springs around 5:30 a.m. when he apparently lost control in the rain. The tractor-trailer struck a guard rail before sliding into the ditch.

Anderson had no apparent injuries.

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City voting precincts to be combined

Overton County Election Commission has voted to combine all three Town of Livingston voting precincts – Ward 1, Ward 2, and Ward 3 – into one voting precinct.

Handicap issues at the Ward 2 voting precinct, as well as a cost savings to taxpayers, was cited as prompting the change.

During the next few weeks, all voters in these wards will be listed as District 1 (Livingston City). All registered voters in the city will receive a new voter registration card with a letter explaining the change.

The new voting precinct for all District 1 voters will be at Joe L. Evins Community Center on West Broad Street in Livingston.

 

 

Sheriff’s Dept. confiscates game devices

Overton County Sheriff’s Department executed two search warrants on Sunday, Oct. 27 concerning illegal gambling and illegal distribution of alcoholic beverages.

One search warrant was executed at a Celina Highway business, and the other was executed at Red Rock Tavern on Byrdstown Highway.

Seized through the search warrants were $4,504.90 in cash and coin, narcotics, and devices allegedly used for gambling.

The case will be presented to Overton County Grand Jury, according to the Sheriff’s Dept.

Tips from Overton County citizens were credited with leading to the investigation.


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