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Archives 04-16-2008


620 marijuana plants
Sheriff’s good job requires more funds

Heavy equipment recovered
Sales Tax Holiday set for April 25-27


620 marijuana plants

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Overton County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Officers Kelly Hull and John Mackie seized 620 marijuana plants in the northern section of Overton County on Wednesday, April 9. Anyone with information on illegal activity is urged to call the Sheriff’s Dept. at (931) 823-5635.


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Sheriff’s good job requires more funds

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, April 14, with all county commissioners present.

A budget amendment for the Sheriff’s Department in the amount of $40,000 was approved to provide funds for prisoner meals until the next budget.

According to Budget Director Debra Maberry, Overton County Jail has housed an average of 142 prisoners per day over the last year.

“His budget was based on 124,” Maberry said.
She later said, “This is not saying that they’re doing a bad job; it’s really saying they are doing a good job because they are actually arresting people.”

County Mayor Kenneth Copeland added, “The better job he does, the more it costs us.”

A resolution was adopted to approve the property tax exemption authorized by Tennessee Code Annotated 67-5-221 for non-profit Organization for Construction and Rehabilitation of Affordable Housing (OCRAH).

Mayor Copeland said, “It pertains to property owned by charitable organizations.”

The bid limit was raised from $2,500 to $5,000.

He said the exemption would apply to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity in the period a dwelling was being constructed or rehabilitated.
An interlocal communications agreement between Overton County Emergency Communications District and the county government was put off until next month so County Attorney Daryl Colson and the Public Safety Committee can make necessary changes to the agreement before it is brought before the County Commission for approval.

Patricia Randolph, Neil Ashburn, Billie Wilson, and Kenneth E. Dodson II were approved as notaries at-large.

Commissioner Stanley Carter Jr. gave an update from the Budget Committee, saying that Sheriff W.B. Melton had received a grant of approximately $5,000 for laptop computers.

In giving an update on the Public Safety Committee, Commissioner Gregg Nivens said Sheriff Melton had purchased handguns using approximately $10,000 received from a recent gun sale.

Commissioner Alan Atnip said Millard Oakley Public Library has received a grant in the amount of $223,000.

County Attorney Colson informed the commissioners that a lawsuit has been settled concerning a prisoner allegedly beaten while in Overton County custody. The settlement was for $30,000, which came under the county’s insurance coverage.

Mayor Copeland said, “That was probably three years ago when that happened.”

Colson said two other suits against Overton County Sheriff’s Department are being negotiated. One concerns a woman who died while in custody, and the other concerns a vehicle the Sheriff’s Dept. confiscated.

The meeting adjourned.


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Heavy equipment recovered

An Overton County Sheriff’s Department investigation has resulted in the recovery of stolen heavy equipment.

Equipment was recovered in a multi-county search conducted Tuesday, April 8 in cooperation with Tennessee Highway Patrol Criminal Investigation Division (CID), Federal Bureau of Investigation, Investigation Division of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance, Pickett County Sheriff’s Department, and Fentress County Sheriff’s Department.

The searches were a result of several months of investigation by Overton County Sheriff’s Dept. related to reports of stolen tractors, trailers, lawn mowers, bobcats, and other heavy equipment that had reportedly been transferred and moved in and through Overton County during the past several years.

During the searches, detectives and agents identified a number of stolen items in the three counties where the searches were conducted. The items are believed to be worth approximately $100,000.

Some of the items had been reported stolen from as far away as Florida and Mississippi, as well as across Tennessee.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Overton County Sheriff W.B. Melton expressed appreciation for the cooperation of all the agencies involved in this operation.

Anyone with information in regard to stolen property is urged to contact Overton County Sheriff’s Dept. at (931) 823-5635.


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Sales Tax Holiday set for April 25-27

Tennessee Department of Revenue has announced a change of the special spring Sales Tax Holiday date to Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27. This one-time holiday will offer three full days of tax savings to shoppers on clothing, school and art supplies, and computers.

The date, originally set for March 21 to 23 on Easter weekend, was changed by the General Assembly to April 25 to 27.

“By moving the date, consumers and retailers will be able to enjoy three full days of tax savings as the legislation originally intended,” said Senator Tim Burchett, Senate sponsor of the bill that moved the date to April.

Representative Randy Rinks, the House sponsor, added, “Now people can take advantage of the tax savings offered by the state, and still be able to honor their other commitments.”

During the holiday, shoppers may purchase selected clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and school art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less without paying Tennessee’s state and local sales tax on the items.

The holiday also includes purchases of qualified items sold via mail, telephone, e-mail or internet if the customer orders and pays for the item and the retailer accepts the order during the holiday for immediate shipment, even if delivery is made after the exemption period.

Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr said, “All Tennesseans can benefit from the state’s sales tax holidays. The April holiday offers tax-free purchases on clothing for summer, computers, and supplies for summer programs or early back-to-school preparations.”

Details about the state’s special Sales Tax Holiday are available at the state’s dedicated website at www.tntaxholiday.com. Tennessee Department of Revenue also offers assistance to consumers via e-mail at Salestax.Holiday@state.tn.us, and through its toll-free statewide telephone hot line at 1-800-342-1003. Staff is available to answer questions Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.

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