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Archives 12-12-2007


Rain doesn’t stop Christmas Parade
Bomb threats suspend business

Rickman woman indicted for murder of child
School Board meeting held December 4


Rain doesn’t stop Christmas Parade

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
Spectators line a rain soaked Main Street in Livingston to watch the 2007 Overton County Christmas Parade last Saturday.

Darren Oliver/OCN staff
Natalie York, daughter of Bob and Donna York, and her little friend Layla watch as the parade crosses the Livingston square on Saturday, Dec. 8

Despite misty rain throughout the day, the 2007 Overton County Christmas Parade consisted of 122 of 167 entries registered.

Withstanding the wetness, spectators lined the parade route Saturday, Dec. 8 to see the floats, cars, horses and mules, and Santa.

This year’s 42nd edition of the Livingston/Overton County parade was themed “The Music and Magic of Christmas”.

County Giant WGSQ-FM 94.7 radio personalities Gator & The StyckMan were the grand marshals. They were recently named 2007 CMA Air Personalities of the Year.

Tennessee Technology Center won the Grand Marshall’s Trophy for the third consecutive year.

The Judge’s Award was won by Animal Awareness Association of Overton County.

Other winners are as follows:

Large Business and Industry (over 9 employees) – 1st place, Livingston Regional Hospital; 2nd place, American Bank & Trust of the Cumberlands.
Small Business and Industry (8 employees and under) – 1st place, Captured Forever Photography; 2nd place, Jolley Farms Produce.

Churches and Church Groups – 1st place, Netherland Church of Christ; 2nd place, The Lighthouse Church & Brown’s Flower Shop in Livingston.

School Groups – 1st place, Tennessee Technology Center at Livingston; 2nd place, Hilham Elementary School Cheerleaders.

Fire and Rescue Departments – 1st place, Hilham Volunteer Fire Department; 2nd place (tie), Allons Volunteer Fire Department and Rickman Volunteer Fire Department.

Scout Troops – 1st place, Cub Scout Packs #344 and #345; 2nd place, Boy Scout Troop #72.

Children Under 12 – 1st place (tie), Miss Snowflake Kayleah Davenport and Destiny Johnson.

Children 12 and Older – Tennessee Cover Miss Rebecca Savage; 2nd place, Fairest of the Fair 1st Runner-Up Betsy Carr.

Civic Clubs and Veterans Organizations – 1st place, Animal Awareness Association of Overton County; 2nd place, 4-H Honor Club.

Sports Affiliation Groups – 1st place, Derby Race Winner Lucas Gunnels.
Bands – 1st place, Livingston Academy Marching Band.

Antique Cars (cars up to 1949) – No entries.

‘50s Cars (cars 1950-1959) – 1st place, Roger Johnson’s black 1950 Ford.
Muscle Car Era (cars 1960-1974) – 1st place, Jerry Shaws burgundy 1965 Ford Mustang; 2nd place, Beth Gunnels’ red 1965 Mustang convertible.

Modern Era Cars (cars 1975 and Up) – Susan Hauer’s yellow 2004 Mustang convertible; 2nd place, Heavenly Cuts & Tans’ blue 1995 Honda Civic.

Antique Trucks (trucks up to 1959) – 1st place, Margaret Johnson’s maroon 1948 Ford F-1.

Classic Trucks (trucks 1960-1974) – 1st place, Daniel Garrett’s black 1966 Chevrolet C-10 fleetside.

Modern Era Trucks (trucks 1975 and Up) – 1st place, Lynn Livingston’s 2001 F-250 pickup; 2nd place, Church Street Auto Sales’ Chevrolet S-10.

ATVs – No entries.

Motorcycles – No entries.

Antique Tractors – No entries.

Horse with Female Rider – 1st place, Anna England of Rickman Saddle Club; 2nd place, Makinsey Perdue.

Horse with Male Rider – 1st place, Charles Webb of Rickman Saddle Club; 2nd place, Colby Walker.

Wagons and Buggies – 1st place, W.J. and Pauline Staggs; 2nd place, Clinton and Vickie Hammock.

Miscellaneous entries – 1st place, Faith Graichen with Little Bit of Faith Horsemanship Program; 2nd place, Tennessee Division of Forestry’s Smokey Bear.

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Bomb threats suspend business

Carson Oliver/OCN
A bomb threat was reportedly called in to authorities in Livingston between noon and 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10. naming three buildings: Overton County Courthouse, Union Bank and Trust Company, and Millard Oakley Public Library.
Investigators with K-9 Bomb Squad were called in to search the premises, but apparently found nothing. Reportedly, a phone booth at West End Market was being investigated as the possible point of origin of the call. No arrests were known to be made at press time. The case is under investigation by the FBI.
Law enforcement blocked off three sides of the courthouse square during the incident.


Rickman woman indicted for murder of child

Herald-Citizen staff
with permission

A Rickman woman has been jailed on murder charges in connection with the death of a young child back in 2006, according to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Patricia Ann Hicks, 51, of Looper Lane, Rickman, was recently indicted by the Overton County grand jury on charges of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and felony murder in the death of a 2 year-old boy she was babysitting.

The child, Noah Simpson, was taken to the hospital with head injuries on July 21, 2006, and died two days later, according to acting District Attorney Tony Craighead.

The boy and another child had been staying with Patricia Ann Hicks for several months after a fire destroyed the Simpson home, the TBI said.

“The child was admitted to a hospital for severe head injuries for an incident that happened on Shiloh Road in Crawford, Tennessee, on July 21, 2006, and died two days later,” a TBI spokesperson said.

Reportedly, the caregiver told authorities the child had been injured in a fall. Overton County Sheriff’s Department, the TBI, the Department of Children’s Services, and the District Attorney’s staff investigated the case.

The autopsy in the case was delayed and was reportedly not released until earlier this year, but that report concluded the death was the result of a homicide.

Earlier this week, the Overton grand jury returned indictments in the case, and Patricia Ann Hicks was arrested and booked into Overton County jail. Her bond was set at $250,000.


School Board meeting held December 4

OCN staff

Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Dec. 4, with all members present.

Tile flooring bids from Migliore’s in Cookeville taken in executive action were as follows: A.H. Roberts Elementary School at $62,900, and Rickman Elementary School at $48,000.

Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick said, “We went ahead and approved this bid so we could get that project started. We have since found out there were a couple of rooms omitted from that, and that didn’t include the office

The School Board approved the bids with an amendment that includes the office area, computer lab, and four rooms left out at Rickman Elementary, not to exceed the cost of $15,000.

Amendment #1 to the General Purpose School Budget for 2007-08 was approved.

“That was the amendment to transfer $17,800 over to the account to finish the paving at various schools that were approved,” Director Gilpatrick said.
Overton County Legislative Body approved the amendment in its last session.

The first reading of the following policies was approved: 3.500 Food Service Management; and 5.105 Recruitment of Employees.

A surplus sale was approved for Saturday, Dec. 8, but has since been postponed.

Director Gilpatrick issued the Director’s Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

Linda Ledbetter was hired as a temporary educational assistant at A.H. Roberts Elementary School for the period of time that Teresa Sells is on medical leave, effective November 2, 2007, as recommended by Principal Teresa Johnson.

Donna Elder was hired as a temporary bookkeeper at A.H. Roberts Elementary to cover Teresa Sells’ medical leave, effective November 2, 2007, as recommended by Principal Teresa Johnson.

Karen Baltimore was hired as a temporary educational assistant at A.H. Roberts Elementary to cover Lori Thompson’s medical leave, effective October 30, 2007, as recommended by Principal Teresa Johnson.

Terry Webb was granted a one-year leave of absence, beginning January 1, 2008, and continuing through December 31, 2008.

A work session for the building committee and the full School Board will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. The meeting will be held in the Central Education Office conference room.

The meeting adjourned.


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