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Archives 02-27-2008


Boy saves grandfather from bull
Computers recovered

Cocaine, cash seized from Alpine residence
Farm Bureau office broken into recently
TVA to hold meeting on Overton project

Boy saves grandfather from bull

By Mary Jo Denton,
Herald-Citizen staff
with permission

Twelve-year-old Cole Presley is being called a hero after saving his grandfather’s life on a farm between Rickman and Livingston Friday afternoon, Feb. 15.

The boy’s quick thinking kept an angry bull from goring Aubrey Maurice Presley, 75, to death in a field where Presley had gone to tend to cattle, according to Overton County Sheriff W.B. Melton.

Deputy Sgt. Donathan Durham said, “Mr. Presley was out there in the field when this 1,400-pound Angus bull started butting him and knocked him down, and even fell on him at one point.”

The boy, who was outside the pasture’s fence, reacted quickly when he saw what was happening. First, he sent his younger sister, Jordan, to the house to call their parents.

Then he jumped into his grandfather’s Chevy pickup, drove it into the pasture, and used it to bump the bull away, the deputy said. The bull kept attacking, even butting the truck and making large dents in the metal, he said.

“But the boy managed to get the truck between his grandfather and the bull, and then he jumped out and got his grandfather into the truck and drove out of there.”

Once outside the fenced area, the boy called 911, and soon help was on the way.

Deputy Sgt. Durham, along with Deputies Sean Allred and Tom Key, were dispatched to the scene. When they arrived, paramedics from Overton County Ambulance Service were already there treating Presley for his injuries, which included several broken ribs.

A helicopter ambulance was brought into the farm and took Presley to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Sgt. Durham said.

“He is expected to recover. He was able to talk to us at the scene when we got there,” Sgt. Durham said. “One of his family members was asking that the bull be shot, but Mr. Presley said no, said he would get rid of it, but he didn’t want it shot.”

Sgt. Durham said the bull stood near the fence watching the commotion as medics treated Presley.

“It stayed right there at the edge of the fence and still acted like it wanted to attack,” the deputy said.

Sgt. Durham said Cole Presley is definitely a hero.

“If it had not been for him, his grandfather would have been killed,” Durham said.

Cole is the son of Kevin and Stephanie Presley, and Kevin is the son of Aubrey Maurice Presley.

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Computers recovered

Tim Porter and Detective Tim Poore of Livingston Police Department display the recovered laptop computers from LMS.

Livingston Police continue to make arrests in the recovery of laptop computers stolen from Livingston Middle School in a burglary February 14.

Livingston Police took Robert J. Deroo, 46, of Bilbrey Street, Livingston, into custody on Thursday, Feb. 21. Deroo is charged with the theft of property over the amount of $10,000, according to Livingston Police Department. Deroo was jailed on a $25,000 bond awaiting a hearing.

Police also executed a search warrant at a Bilbrey Street address late Wednesday night, Feb. 20, and officers allegedly discovered 18 of the stolen laptop computers at the home. The computers were valued at approximately $19,000.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 20, Livingston Police arrested Jonathan David White, 19, of Bilbrey Street, and James Brandon Ferrill, 19, of Quinland Lake Road, Cookeville, and charged them with burglary, theft of property over the amount of $10,000, and vandalism of property over the
amount of $1,000.

Livingston Chief of Police Roger Phillips stated last Thursday, “Officers are locating and interviewing any person that had knowledge of this crime, and I am expecting additional arrests to be made in the next few days.”

According to Chief Phillips, the recovery of the laptops came about after a concerned parent contacted Livingston Police after learning of the whereabouts of four of the stolen laptops.

Livingston Police Detective Tim Poore and Officer Tim Porter interviewed
the witness and developed suspects in the case, which led to the recovery of the computers. Sergeant Rick Brown assisted in the investigation and arrest of the suspects.

Chief Phillips praised the officers for quickly apprehending the suspects and recovering the school laptops.

Chief Phillips added that the department has received many tips concerning this crime and are following up on those leads. The investigation continues.



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Cocaine, cash seized from Alpine residence

Officers with Overton County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at an Alpine Community residence on Saturday, Feb. 23.

During the search, officers allegedly seized what they believe to be a large quantity of cocaine, along with methadone, oxycontin, hydrocodone, and marijuana. The Sheriff’s Dept. also reported seizing more than $2,000 in cash.

In a news release, the Sheriff’s Dept. thanked the community for its continued support in efforts to combat illegal drugs in the community.

Anyone with information related to criminal activity is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Dept. at 823-5635.


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Farm Bureau office broken into recently

Livingston Police are investigating the burglary of the Overton County Farm Bureau Insurance office, located on the Bradford-Hicks Bypass.

The burglary was discovered at approximately 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18. Burglars had entered a door by force, according to Livingston Police Department. Officials are conducting an inventory of missing property, including cash.

Livingston Police have learned that several insurance agencies in the Cookeville area have been recent victims of burglars also.

Police Chief Roger Phillips stated, “The burglaries could be related as they are very similar in nature.”

Detectives here have been in touch with Cookeville detectives comparing the cases.

Business owners and managers are urged to never leave any daily proceeds in their businesses overnight.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is urged to contact Livingston Police at (931) 823-6496. LPD assures that all calls are strictly confidential.

TVA to hold meeting on Overton project

To maintain reliable electric service and meet growing power demand, TVA plans to improve its transmission system in the Livingston area.

TVA is encouraging public input on the planned improvements, beginning with an open house in Livingston on Thursday, Feb. 28.

Improvements include a new 161-kilovolt transmission line, which will be about 6.5 to 8 miles long. The line will begin at TVA’s Livingston substation at the intersection of state Route 111 and Route 52 North. It will extend to Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation’s proposed new Monroe substation about 4 miles north of Livingston on Route 111.

According to TVA, the line is needed to power the new substation to relieve overloading at the Livingston substation.

TVA will present alternative routes for the transmission line at the open house to be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Livingston First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at 104 Roberts Street in Livingston.

Detailed maps showing the network of alternative routes for the power line will be available, and TVA staff will be on hand to answer questions, discuss potential concerns, and receive comments on the proposals. A map is available at www.tva.gov/power/projects.

For additional information or to submit comments contact Allen Miller, TVA, 1101 Market Street (MR 4G), Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801, call toll free 800-362-4355, e-mail newtransline@tva.com or visit TVA’s website. The deadline for comments is March 28.

TVA is the nation’s largest public power provider and is completely self-financing. TVA provides power to large industries and 159 power distributors that serve approximately 8.8 million consumers in 7 southeastern states.

TVA also manages the Tennessee River and its tributaries to provide multiple benefits, including flood damage reduction, navigation, water quality, and recreation.

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