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Memorial Day Ceremony Held
Vaughn sentenced to 10 years in prison

Overton County jail overcrowded
Spencer man’s death in Hilham investigated

Memorial Day Ceremony Held

Above left , Roy Tudor of American Legion and Gene Snowden of Veterans of Foreign Wars raise the flag to half mast to commence the Memorial Day ceremony held at the Livingston Courthouse Square on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.

In addition to the raising of the flag, the ceremony included the presentation of roses to American Legion Auxiliary Gold Star Mothers by the chairman of that organization; the crowning of the 2008 Poppy Queen, Briana Shae Bond, daughter of Jennifer and Averey Gilpatrick and James A. Bond, by 2007 Poppy Queen Kelsey Copeland, daughter of Mike and Rita Copeland; the presentation of memorial wreaths at the feet of the square’s war monuments; and a 21 gun salute.

Chaplain Bernard Barton of Tennessee State Guard delivered the keynote address at the Memorial Day ceremony in Livingston on Monday, May 26.

Memorial wreaths were laid at the war momunments on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, by, from left, Gene Snowden of VFW, American Legion Auxiliary President Robbie Melton, Margie Therran, and Roy Tudor of American Legion.


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Vaughn sentenced to 10 years in prison

By Mary Jo Denton,
Herald-Citizen staff
with permission

An Allons woman who caused a fatal accident while driving drunk is going to prison for a 10-year sentence.

Robin Ann Vaughn, 31, went before Criminal Court Judge David Patterson on Tuesday, May 20 and pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide by intoxication in exchange for the 10-year sentence.

She could be eligible for parole consideration after serving 30% of the sentence.

The accident happened about 8:30 p.m. on January 18, 2006, on “Old Highway 42” in the Rickman community. Vaughn was driving a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado south when she crossed the center line of the highway and struck a car, killing the driver, Sharon L. Qualls Peterman of Rickman.

After the accident, Vaughn denied being the driver of the truck and told law officers a friend of hers was the driver and that he had fled the scene after the crash.

But Tennessee Highway Patrol and its Criminal Investigation Division conducted an investigation and found enough evidence to secure a grand jury indictment against Vaughn. That evidence included Vaughn’s DNA, which was found on the truck’s air bags and in blood on the pavement near the driver’s side door of the truck, according to Assistant District Attorney Owen Burnett, who prosecuted the case.

Vaughn was arrested in the case in April 2007, and has been in jail since then. She was represented by Livingston attorney Daryl Colson.

Asst. DA Burnett said the investigation conducted by law officers in this case was impressive.

“Their outstanding efforts made this 10-year sentence resolution of this case possible,” Burnett said.

He said it was a resolution the victim’s family found satisfactory, and he thanked the victim’s family for “their patience and understanding” throughout the lengthy investigation.

 



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Overton County jail overcrowded
Overton County Jail has been overcrowded, but unlike Putnam County, the numbers can be reduced without drastic measures.

According to a report by Mary Jo Denton in the Herald-Citizen, a state inspector told Sheriff W.B. Melton on Monday, May 19 that he needed to reduce the number of inmates from 162 to 143, the 8 year-old jail’s official capacity.

The inspector gave the Sheriff’s Department 60 days to trim down to 143, which Sheriff Melton indicated would be just a matter of some of the prisoners’ meeting the requirements for release. The county has been taking prisoners from surrounding counties that do not have enough space, which is a practice that can be cut back to meet the 143-prisoner restriction.

According to the Herald-Citizen article, crowding at the jail has caused some inmates to sleep on the floor and others to be held in the “drunk tank” and holding cells, places which cannot be counted toward official bed capacity.

 

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Spencer man’s death in Hilham investigated
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Overton County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a death in the Hilham area.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22, Overton County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the Hilham community on a call of an assault that occurred at a water line job site. Sgt. Donathan Durham, Asst. Det. Jacob Boswell, Det. Greg Etheredge, and Det. Gary Ledbetter responded to the scene, as did Overton County EMS.

At the scene, one of the workers, a 48 year-old man, was in a ditch where part of a pipeline is being constructed. The man had obvious head trauma, according to reports, and EMS personnel attempted to provide medical assistance.

The trauma was reportedly caused by a blow to the back of the head by a 2X4 board.

After being transported to Livingston Regional Hospital, William Hodges, of Spencer, was pronounced deceased. He was an employee of J&H Construction Company.

According to the Sheriff’s Dept., Sgt. Durham located another individual at Hilham General Store. A 19 year-old from Monterey, who was a new company employee, was alleged to be involved in the incident.

According to reports, Dusty Curtis Phillips, of Monterey, had walked to the store from the scene of the incident.

Tennessee Bureau of of Investigation agents were called in to assist with the investigation. The case is currently under joint investigation and evidence will be presented to Overton County Grand Jury.






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