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Graduates celebrate 2008 commencement
Mare seeing double the second time around

Area business loans available through CAIC
Roundup held for 45 indictments

Graduates celebrate 2008 commencement

Dewain E. Peek photo
With the traditional hat toss, Livingston Academy Class of 2008 graduates celebrate after commencement ceremonies ended Friday, May 16. The class had 205 members listed for crossing the stage. Speeches were given by interim Principal Gerald Maynard, Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick, valedictorian Jackson Carter, salutatorian B.J. Byers, and LA 2008 Class President Jeremy McLearran.


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Mare seeing double the second time around

 


Kevin Burmeister photo
Born on Friday, May 16, the twin mules and their mother are active enough to take a brisk stroll past their reflected twins along the side of Bruce Looper’s pond. The mules are the second set of twins bred by Looper’s 14 year-old mare, Sugar.

By Kevin Burmeister,
OCN Staff

Bruce Looper, of Wirmingham Community, was excited as he watched over his 14 year-old foaling mare, Sugar. Even though he had not had an ultrasound made, it would be unthinkable that Sugar would again deliver a set of twins as she had done in July of 2005.

Veteranarian Vic Upchurch, of Albany, had successfully delivered a female, and everything was proceeding as normal when he took a second look.

He said to Looper, “You’re not going to believe this.”

On Friday night, May 16, Sugar did the unthinkable and delivered a second set of twin mules.

At this early stage, Looper is unsure if having a second set of twin mules will land Sugar in the record books. But he is sure of one thing:

“If they go down in the Guiness Book, they’ll be for show,” he said.

Looper is sure that he’s never heard of two sets of twins from the same mother and father. And it seems that no one else has either. He described his conversation with Upchurch after the delivery:

“When everything was over with, I asked him,

‘What kind of odds would it be on this second set?’

He said, ‘I don’t know.’

I said, ‘Would it be a million to one?’

He said, ‘Or better.’”

With the odds being estimated at 500 to 1 that a set of twin mules would be born even once, those numbers may not be far off. If both survive past three weeks, they would be the only set (aside from Sugar’s earlier twins) to do so that Upchurch had ever encountered.

While the fact that a different set of twin mules could be born to the same parents twice is certainly a rarity, Looper’s situation has another, more human, twist.

The first pair were named Cleston and Christine, after Looper’s given name and that of his deceased sister. After the second twins were born, they were named after the same people, but with middle names: Bruce and Bernice.

To top everything, Bruce and his sister were – you guessed it – twins.

The opportunity to sell the pair could be a golden one, according to Looper. He sold the first set to a local buyer, who then sold them to Amish in Indiana. He does not have plans to sell this early on, but he does know one thing:

“If they leave here,” he said, “they’re going to be a pair. If they come here as a pair, they’re going to leave here as a pair. If I could make more money to sell just one, I’d take less money for both of them together.”

No matter where the twins eventually go, or what purpose they serve, Looper is confident that they will be remembered.

“I think it may go down in history. I believe it will. I hope,” he said, and quickly knocked his finger on a wooden table.


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Area business loans available through CAIC

A $750,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan will allow Cumberland Area Investment Corporation to make loans to small businesses in Overton County, according to U.S. Representative Bart Gordon.

“Small businesses, those with fewer than 500 employees, employ over 44% of Tennesseans,” Gordon said. “Women represent over 35%, and minorities account for over 18% of small business owners in Tennessee.”

The funds will be used to create a revolving loan fund that will make small business loans in the 14 Upper Cumberland counties CAIC serves. CAIC will inject $750,000 of matching funds into the revolving loan fund to leverage the fund.

Their Intermediary Relending Program already has small business applications totaling almost $1.4 million on hand.

Wendy Askins, executive director of Upper Cumberland Development District, said, “Small businesses are the backbone of rural economies, and we are very pleased to be able to further our efforts in supporting small businesses, as well as start-up business throughout the region.”

A projected 300 jobs are expected to be created as a result of the Intermediary Relending Program.

CAIC serves Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White counties.

 

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Roundup held for 45 indictments

Overton County Sheriff’s Department engaged in a massive drug indictment roundup on Monday, May 12.

The roundup was held in cooperation with with members of the U.S. Marshals Service, Tennessee Highway Patrol, THP Criminal Investigation Division (CID), and Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as Jesse Richardson with the Office of Inspector General and Special Investigator Terry Hembree of the District Attorney’s Office.

A total of 45 indictments were handed down by Overton County Grand Jury, and of those, 23 persons were arrested within a 3-hour period. All 23 were booked in Overton County Jail and had to post bond to be released.
During the roundup, a vehicle was seized, which could be awarded to the Sheriff’s Dept. after the proper hearings and then sold at auction with the proceeds going back to the drug fund to continue the battle against drug activity in Overton County.

Sheriff W.B. Melton said the joint efforts from all departments is working well for Overton County, and he expressed appreciation to all those departments and individuals who assisted in the roundup.






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