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Archives 12-05-2007


Woman charged with trying to hire man to kill ex-husband
Christmas Parade coming to town

Voluntary water restrictions lifted
Livingston Airport receives $55,000 grant
Three boat ramps closed by Corps


Woman charged with trying to hire man to kill ex-husband

Herald-Citizen staff
with permission

An Epperson Avenue woman was arrested late Wednesday night, Nov. 28 in a murder-for-hire plot that has been under secret investigation by Algood Police Deptartment for the past month.

Paulette “Polly” Sherfield Goodeon, 42, was in the Putnam County jail last Thursday morning, her bond set at a total of $500,000.

She is charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder and solicitation to commit first degree murder.

Allegedly, she hired a hit man to kill her ex-husband, Scott Goodeon, who now lives in White County, Algood Police Chief Jim Eldridge said. The hit man she allegedly made arrangements with turned out to be Jackson County Sheriff’s Detective Marty Hinson, brought in by Chief Eldridge for the undercover work in the case.

“She supplied him with hypodermic syringes and potassium chloride, a substance which could give someone a heart attack, and she also gave him a .22 caliber pistol, both of these for possible use in the killing,” Chief Eldridge said.

Goodeon is also alleged to have made arrangements to pay the hit man $5,000 after the murder was completed, and other aspects of the payment arrangement are still under investigation and may generate further criminal charges, the chief said.

According to Chief Eldridge, around the first of November he and his officers got word a woman in Algood was seeking to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband.

Detective Lt. Gary Harris opened an investigation, and Chief Eldridge arranged with Jackson County Sheriff Kenneth Bean to bring in Detective Hinson from that county to work undercover in the case, knowing that any of the officers in Algood might be recognizable to the suspect. The officers also consulted with acting District Attorney Tony Craighead throughout the investigation, the chief said.

“Marty Hinson came in and played the role of hit man, and he met with Ms. Goodeon twice,” Chief Eldridge said.

Allegedly, Hinson met with Paulette Goodeon on Wednesday morning to talk, and then went to her home that night, where she allegedly sealed the deal by providing him a photograph of Scott Goodeon, providing him with weapons, and promising payment.

Warrants on file in the case allege the gun was for use in subduing the victim and the chemical substance was to be injected into his body.

Paulette Goodeon’s two young children, a 12 year-old boy and a 10 year-old girl, were at home during the time of the arrest, Detective Lt. Harris said. Algood Police officers were staked out watching as Detective Hinson, who was wearing a hidden recording device, talked to Paulette Goodeon.

“We had made arrangements with the children’s father, Scott Goodeon, to be available, and immediately after the arrest, he took custody of the children,” Eldridge said.

After the alleged deal was made, officers moved in and arrested Paulette Goodeon at 11 p.m.

When they read her her rights, she asked for a lawyer and no further questioning took place, the chief said.

He said the Goodeon couple divorced about two years ago and said Scott Goodeon has since remarried. Allegedly, Paulette Goodeon hoped to gain financial benefits from the death of her ex-husband, Eldridge said.

She is scheduled to appear in Putnam County General Sessions Court on December 17.

Others who worked the case included Algood Police Lt. David Dillon, Detective Max Goodpaster, Officers Jason Phy, Chris Clayburn, and Bryant Swallows, and Putnam Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Harris.



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Christmas Parade coming to town

The 42nd Annual 2007 Overton County Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 8. This year’s theme is “The Music and Magic of Christmas”.

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.

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.


Voluntary water restrictions lifted

OCN staff
Livingston City Council held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Dec. 3, with all aldermen present.

Addressing this year’s water shortage, Mayor Curtis Hayes announced, “We have got water running over the spillway.”

Earlier in the day Mayor Hayes issued an announcement of the withdrawal of his Phase I Water Shortage Declaration that asked for voluntary restrictions on non-essential use of water.

The announcement stated, “Recent rains have filled the Carr Creek Impoundment and restored flow in Livingston’s supplemental supply at Roaring River.”

According to Mayor Hayes, the project to procure water from the Cumberland River is on schedule, and bids were received on November 15 for the 20-inch transmission line to Hilham and for the surge tank at Hilham.

Hayes’ announcement stated, “These bids were within the estimated cost.”
The City Council adopted a resolution to award Contract 2007-03, Raw Water Transmission Line Station 210+100 Near Dry Mill Creek Road to Hilham Surge Tank to Garrison Construction Co. Inc. of Greensburg, KY, at a unit price amount of $2,777,154.

Both awards are subject to approval of U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development.

A resolution was also adopted to award Contract 2007-06, Open Top Raw Water Surge Tank to Welding Inc. of Charleston, WV, at a bid price amount of $322,000.

Mayor Hayes’ announcement stated, “The last easement has now been obtained and bids will be scheduled to be received in January for the water line from Hilham to the water treatment plant.

“After bids are received in January, another contract for the valve pit and piping at the water treatment plant and for the control and monitoring system will be bid. This contract is scheduled to be bid in February 2008. The entire project is scheduled for completion and testing in early 2009.”
Resolution 2007-12-1 was adopted to recodify city ordinances. The Town of Livingston will pay Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) $4,085 for codification of the city’s ordinances, the first such update since 1986, according to Mayor Hayes.

The City Council approved Johnny Cyrus and Charles Taylor as reserve officers.

The second reading of Ordinance 2007-11-1 to rezone Sadler property from R-1 to C-3 was approved.

Mayor Hayes presented a plaque of appreciation to Kelly Williams who has served as the city attorney for 18 years and is the city judge. He said she is going to concentrate more on being the judge.

“She has collected more money as a judge than any city judge that we’ve had,” Mayor Hayes said. “The years of service as city attorney have been outstanding.”

He went on to tell her, “I’m glad you’re going to stay the city judge.”
Williams said, “I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

MTAS Municipal Management Academy instructor Jim Rhody was on hand to present certificates to the following city employees for completing the training: Randall Buck, Jason Daniels, Rocky Dial, Wayne Gilpatrick, Junior Hawkins, Sheree Jolley, Danny Langford, Josh Nolen, B.J. Norrod, Jack Parrott, Brad Peek, Johnny White, Rick Winningham, Stevie Sims, Tim Emerton, Chris Halfacre, Tim Poore, and Mayor Hayes.

Mayor Hayes announced that the January monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8 instead of the usual first Monday of the month.

The meeting adjourned.



Livingston Airport receives $55,000 grant

An Aeronautics Grant in the amount of $55,000 has been approved for Livingston Municipal Airport, according to an announcement by Governor Phil Bredesen on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

“As our communities continue to grow and thrive, it becomes increasingly important that our airports stay competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of the travelers who use them,” Gov. Bredesen said. “The Livingston Municipal Airport is vital to this region’s economy and travel system, and I’m pleased to support its continued growth.”

Funds from this aeronautics grant will be used for a sidewalk at the ground transportation lot.

State Senator Charlotte Burks said, “The Livingston Municipal Airport is an important link for citizens and businesses in this area. I’m pleased to see the governor and TDOT providing these funds for Livingston Municipal Airport.”

State Representative John Mark Windle added, “As our communities expand, we need to ensure that our airport is keeping up with the needs of our citizens. These funds will help keep the airport up to date.”

The grants are made available through Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely reported, “This division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system. These grant programs provide millions of dollars each year to local airports for needed improvements.”

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a 5-member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state airport system plan.

TAC Chair Belinda Anderson explained, “Our board examines the applications carefully to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be put to good use.”

TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. The division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.


Three boat ramps closed by Corps

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Monday, Dec. 3 the immediate closing of Pleasant Grove, Lillydale, and Obey River Park public launching ramps.

The temporary closures were prompted by lower-than-average lake levels, which will provide the Corps an opportunity to extend the ramps.

The ramps are expected to be closed most of the month, with reopening tentatively slated for Christmas Eve, depending on weather.

Alternative launch sites at other nearby marina facilities are available. Existing ramp elevations can be found at www.lrn.usace.army.mil/op/DAL/rec.


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