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Helicopter crashes, three men dead
Man attacked after letting in stranger

Film crew descends on the city
Equipment grant helps city purchase patrol car

 

Helicopter crashes, three men dead



Bill Bowden/Fentress Courier
A helicopter crashed in Fentress County around 12:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The R44 Robinson Astro was capable of carrying 4 passengers and was piloted by Trevor Noble, owner/operator of Fly-N-Dollar Helicopter Service of Nashville. The helicopter left Livingston Airport with Anthony Young, owner of Young Oil, and Mark Shearer of Albany, KY, as passengers. The helicopter next landed at an oil well site in a river bed on Robert Coe property near the New Hope Community in Fentress County for Young and Shearer to check out the well. Before the helicopter next lifted off, Young stayed on the ground and Bobby Gene Curry of Greensburg, KY, got in. According to a witness at the site, they lifted off and flew up the river bottom, circled, and came back through, apparently taking pictures of the oil well site. The helicopter got into high powered TVA electric lines, burst into flames, and fell some 200 feet in a burning ball, crashing approximately 100 yards from the drilling rig. Workers on the scene extinguished the fire. Noble, Shearer, and Curry all perished. FAA investigators were expected to be on the site Tuesday morning.

 

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Man attacked after letting in stranger

Overton County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case in which a man was attacked in his home on Friday, Nov. 2.

According to reports, a man went to a house on Ray Circle and asked to use the telephone. The man picked up the phone and turned around and hit the homeowner with a crowbar-like object. The suspect then took the homeowner’s wallet containing $38 and driver license.

The victim was taken to Livingston Regional Hospital and then on to Cookeville Regional Medical Center for emergency surgery.

The suspect is described as being 5’8” with black, short hair, wearing a black, hooded pullover sweatshirt. He may possibly be driving a white vehicle that was seen in the area.

Anyone with any knowledge about the crime is urged to contact Overton County Sheriff’s Department at (931) 823-5635.

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Film crew descends on the city

Beth Underwood/OCN staff
Darrin Dickerson, center, and his crew at Ghostwater Films, have been in town shooting for Dickerson’s upcoming feature film “D4”. Dickerson, son of Ken and Tina Dickerson of Alpine, has worked on several short films and music videos, including John Michael Montgomery’s “Letters from Home”. “D4”, his first full length feature film, is the story of a group of mercenaries hired to find and rescue the kidnapped son of a physician. The movie was inspired by Dickerson’s 6 year-old son Montana, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in May.

 

 

Equipment grant helps city purchase patrol car

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN staff

Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 5, with all aldermen present.

The Council voted to accept a 75%/25% Law Enforcement Equipment Grant to purchase a new patrol car for Livingston Police Department. The grant requires the city to pay $5,225.75 while the federal government pays $20,891.

Police Chief Roger Phillips said, “That grant was only offered to 91 agencies across the state.”

He said the grant was offered to Livingston because the department had excelled in crime reporting.

“We were in the top 85% in the state in reporting with the least number of errors,” Chief Phillips said.

He went on to say, “The secretarial staff there at the Police Department is in large part responsible for us being eligible for this grant.”

Chief Phillips later informed the aldermen that Livingston Police Department has received a Governor’s Highway Safety Office Grant in the amount of $5,000, and that the funding was used to purchase a Decatur Electronics radar trailer display unit.

“If you’ve been up on the east end today, you’ve noticed our new speed board,” Chief Phillips said.

“We anticipate and hope that is going to help us enforce the speed laws here in town, and help folks realize just how fast they’re going. When you’re going a couple of miles over the speed limit, the sign goes to blinking to let you know that you’re driving a little too fast.

“It gives us the capability of telling how many speeders we’re having at what time of the day so we can better allocate our resources, our manpower resources, to the areas that they’re most needed.”

He also informed the alderman of another grant LPD has received.
“We have been awarded a grant through Homeland Security, I think it was $7,500 or $8,500, for interoperability equipment,” Chief Phillips said. “We are using that to replace the old hand-held radios.

“Captain Emerton goes after those grants and has landed several for us.”
First reading was approved on Ordinance 2007-11-1 to rezone property along the northern side of West Main Street from R-1 to C-3. Some of the property belongs to David Sadler and some of it belongs the Randall Bilbrey.

A resolution was adopted to update procedures on access and inspection of public records.

A representative of Atmos Energy Marketing gave an update on the price of natural gas. The representative said the price the city locked in should result in cheaper gas bills this winter than last winter.

Mayor Curtis Hayes informed the Council that before Monday’s rain, the
water level at the city lake was almost 22 inches below the spillway.

“We’re still under our Phase 1 water conservation plan,” Mayor Hayes said.

Johnny Halfacre gave an update on improvements at Livingston Airport.
“The runway’s looking good.” he said. “We’ve got all the buildings painted, and they look good. We changed the color from blue to almond with white trim, and the buildings really look nice. It’s looking more like a newer, modern airport every day.”

The meeting adjourned.



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