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Christmas In The Country
Cookeville woman charged in phone fraud case

Gator & The StyckMan named Grand Marshals
Litter grant awarded to Overton County
Information sought in equipment theft

 

Christmas In The Country

Darren Oliver photo
Livingston’s annual Christmas in the Country kicked off Friday, Nov. 23 with Mayor Curtis Hayes lighting the Christmas tree.
This year’s celebration is a four-week event held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Friday night through December 14.

Overton County Merchants Association will have many special events taking place around the square. Along with shopping and live music, guests may enjoy free hot cocoa, coffee, hot cider, popcorn, and hot roasted peanuts. A local carriage service is offering horse and buggy rides around the courthouse. Also, a historical tour by Darren Shell will be given throughout the night.

A free movie, “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”, will be shown in the meeting room of Millard Oakley Public Library at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

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Cookeville woman charged in phone fraud case

Livingston Police Department detectives have lodged charges against a Cookeville resident in a recent telephone fraud investigation.

Allegedly, Amy R. Linder, 25, of Alpine Lodge, Cookeville, has been calling many residents, churches, and businesses in the Livingston, Byrdstown, and Cookeville areas, posing as a mother of a little boy who has been injured in a 4-wheeler accident and needs money for travel expenses.

According to Livingston Police Chief Roger Phillips, his office has received many calls from citizens and businesses asking about the injured boy and if the story was true.

“We were not able to confirm the story, and intelligence gathered from witnesses, just didn’t add up,” Phillips said. “An investigation was launched and officers began to interview alleged victims and witnesses, who had been approached and even gave cash to the female caller.”
Phillips went on to say that cell phone records of the caller were gathered and detectives from Livingston and Cookeville Police Department began trying to put a face on the caller.

As the investigation progressed, Livingston detectives began to conduct surveillance on a possible suspect that led to her arrest just off the court square in Livingston.

Amy R. Linder has been charged with Theft by Deception and Criminal Simulation, which is a Class E Felony.

According to Phillips, who was present at the arrest of Linder, many records have been seized, including receipts with alias names used by Linder, which were reportedly given for cash from churches, businesses,
and local residents.

The cell phone allegedly used to make the bogus calls was also seized, along with a red 4-door Pontiac Grand Am.

Linder was arrested and lodged in the Overton County Justice Center.

Chief Phillips said more charges are likely as this investigation continues.

 

Gator & The StyckMan named Grand Marshals

County Giant WGSQ-FM 94.7 radio personalities Gator & The StyckMan will be the grand marshals for the 42nd Annual 2007 Overton County Christmas Parade set for Saturday, Dec. 8.

Gator & The StyckMan were recently named the 2007 CMA Air Personalities of the Year.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the intersection of the Highway 111 bypass and Highway 294, near Livingston Limestone. The parade will continue onto East Main Street to Broad Street, across the town square, to Bilbrey Street, and continue up Bilbrey Street, going beside Overton County Nursing Home, and then will disperse at the intersection of Bilbrey Street and West First Street.

Line-up will begin at noon on the bypass, from the intersection of Highway 294 back toward Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston.

This year’s theme is “The Music and Magic of Christmas”.

Those who wish to place an entry in the parade may do so by visiting Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce and paying a $5 entry fee. Entries will be taken through Monday, December 3. No entries will be allowed in the parade without an official entry number properly displayed.
The following 25 categories will be featured in this year’s parade: Antique Cars (cars up to 1949), ‘50s Cars (cars 1950 – 1959), Muscle Car Era (cars 1960 – 1974), Modern Era Cars (cars 1975 and up), Antique Trucks (trucks up to 1959), Classic Trucks (trucks 1960 – 1975), Modern Era Trucks (trucks 1975 and up), Large Business and Industry (over 9 employees), Small Business and Industry (9 employees and under), Churches, Scout Troops, Fire and Rescue Departments, Children Under 12, Children 12 and Older, School Groups, Sports Affiliations Groups, ATV’s, Motorcycles, Bands, Antique Tractors, Civic Clubs and Veteran’s Organizations, Other, Wagons and Buggies, Horse with Female Rider, and Horse with Male Rider. A Judge’s Award and Grand Marshal’s Award will also be presented.

Judging will be conducted along the parade route, and winners will be announced.

For more information call the Chamber of Commerce at (931) 823-6421.

 

 

Litter grant awarded to Overton County

As part of the effort to “StopLitter in Tennessee”, Governor Phil Bredesen and TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely awarded a total of $3.8 million in litter grants to all 95 Tennessee counties on Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Overton County was awarded $29,237.

Gov. Bredesen said, “Each year volunteers pick up nearly 25.5 million pounds of roadside litter. Litter is an eyesore, it’s costly to clean up and is harmful to our environment, but it’s totally preventable.

“These funds will be used by counties across the state to organize their pick-up efforts as well as educational campaigns to teach children and adults about the importance of keeping Tennessee beautiful.”
Litter grant funds are distributed annually by TDOT to all 95 Tennessee counties.

Nicely said, “TDOT awards approximately $3 million each year to help local communities in their efforts to stop litter in Tennessee. These funds are obtained through the collection of a specialty tax on the malt beverage and soft drink industry through the Litter Grant Bill which was enacted by the General Assembly in 1981.”

The funds that each county receives are determined by county road miles and county population in order to ensure an equitable distribution statewide. Funds must be used for litter pick-up activities and litter prevention education. Education funding can be used in a variety of ways, such as sharing litter control awareness with schools, citizens and businesses.

Through the litter pickup program, approximately 25.5 million pounds of roadside litter was picked up on approximately 292,000 miles of county roads, and approximately 45,000 miles of state routes.

For more information on the litter grant awards go to www.tennessee.gov/tdot/news.To find out more about Tennessee’s Litter Grant program visit www.tennessee.gov/tdot/environment/beautification/littergrant.htm.

 

Information sought in equipment theft

Livingston Police Department is investigating the theft of property belonging to a group of geology students from Tennessee Tech University.

According to reports, the students were studying rock formations on Highway 52 West near the Livingston city limit around 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 when they noticed their backpacks were missing. The backpacks were described as brown in color. A blue cooler containing measuring tape, a Kodak digital camera, a Garman E-Trex GPS unit, hand tools, shovels, a machete, and personal clothing was also reported missing.

Witnesses at the scene reported seeing a passing vehicle stop and persons take the packs from the area.

Anyone who saw suspicious activity in the area is urged to call Livingston Police Department at (931) 823-6496.

 



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