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Archives 07-30-2008



Mules run wild
Buses will not run for registration
Woman stabbed in Monroe

Missing girl found after Amber Alert
USDA grant of $771,000 to fund two Upper Cumberland projects

Mules run wild

Landon Amonett photo
Ken Riddle drives his mules in the wagon race during the Wild Mule Show at the Overton County Fair on Monday, July 21. The Wild Mule Show started a full week of activities at the Overton County Fairgrounds arena.

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Buses will not run for registration
• Overton County Schools’ 2008-2009 school year will begin Tuesday, Aug. 5 with a countywide inservice for teachers.

• Student registration will be held Wednesday, Aug. 6, which will be an abbreviated day and buses will not run. Those with transportation problems are asked to call the child’s school and register by phone because the schools need accurate registration numbers.

• The following day, August 7, will be a day for teachers at their individual schools. Students will not attend that day.

• The first full day of school will be Friday, Aug. 8, and buses will run their normal routes.


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Woman stabbed in Monroe
A woman was a stabbing victim in the early morning hours of Thursday, July 24.

According to Overton County Sheriff’s Department, a 911 call of a stabbing incident at 102 Padgett Lane in the Monroe community came in around midnight. When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered two individuals in need of medical attention.

Angela Stinson, 26, of Byrdstown, was suffering from multiple stab wounds and was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital. She is expected to survive the attack, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Travis Barney, 34, was suffering from injuries from a physical assault, but no stab wounds, and was transported by Overton County EMS to Livingston Regional Hospital, according to reports.

Suspects in the case were identified as Charlene Upchurch, 18, and her boyfriend, Greg Barney, 35, brother of Travis Barney. They allegedly left the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement, but as the investigation proceeded the following morning, Sgt. Lee Richards located them on Mohawk Valley Road in the Independence community.

When detectives interviewed the suspects to get their side of the story, Upchurch allegedly admitted to stabbing Stinson a number of times.
According to the Sheriff’s Dept., she stated that she believed Stinson had stolen some rolled coins from her earlier in the night, and that a fight broke out.

Greg Barney was arrested on Fugitive From Justice charges on an outstanding warrant in Ohio.

The stabbing case is still under investigation at this time. Officers involved in the investigation are Asst. Det. Jacob Boswell, Sgt. Robert Garrett, Dep. Derrick Ledbetter, Det. Gary Ledbetter, and Det. Greg Etheredge. Special assistance was provided by Monroe Fire Department and Dep. John Mackie, who is on loan to the U.S. Marshals Service.


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Missing girl found after Amber Alert
A child reportedly taken from her Overton County home last week was in the company of her step-father when he turned himself in to Putnam County authorities, according to reports.

Michael Todd Shaver, 43, removed his step-daughter, Heather Bull, 12, from her Overton County home on or about July 21, according to reports.

Overton County Sheriff’s Department issued an Amber Alert describing the child and Shaver. Shaver reportedly turned himself in following the alert.

Shaver was under a court order not to come about the child or her mother, his wife. According to reports, the order was instituted in Putnam County court on July 7. The restraining order was reportedly the result of a domestic assault charge noting Shaver’s wife as the victim.

Following his arrest, Shaver was transported to jail in Overton County, where he is charged with aggravated stalking and custodial interference.

Shaver appeared in Overton County General Sessions Court, Judge John Officer presiding, on July 24. A $10,000 bond was set and September 4 was scheduled as the next court date.

USDA grant of $771,000 to fund two Upper
Cumberland projects

Rural Development Area Director Joe Woody recently announced federal investments totaling $771,000 for two projects to benefit 14 Upper Cumberland counties. The announcement was made at Upper Cumberland Development District’s annual meeting in Gatlinburg, TN where a ceremonial check was presented to Cumberland Area Investment Corporation (CAIC) President Stephen Briley and Executive Director Wendy Askins.

“It is great to partner on projects like these where federal funding is leveraged by strong local support to deliver a lasting impact on the economic health of our rural communities,” Woody said.

A Rural Development low-interest loan of $750,000 will help establish a new revolving loan fund for small business development in a 14 county Upper Cumberland area. The loan fund will provide business capital for the expansion of existing businesses and to support start-up companies. The federal Economic Development Administration and the Tennessee

Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) are also contributing an additional $750,000 to capitalize the fund at $1.5 million for area business development.

In addition to other county mayors from Upper Cumberland counties, Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland participated in the Gatlinburg presentation.

USDA Rural Development has invested $4.5 million in CAIC revolving loan funds for business development since 1991. The funds have helped fund low interest loans for 75 businesses, effecting more than 3,300 jobs in the Upper Cumberland area so far.

CAIC is an arm of Upper Cumberland Development District. The district serves 14 counties including Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren, and White.

A separate Rural Development grant of $21,000 will fund development of a new web-based marketing tool for communities across the area. These “My Hometown” web modules will be designed to demonstrate the community’s strengths through the words of the people who live and work there. The modules will be created by MMA Creative to help capture the attention and interest of potential visitors, entrepreneurs and industry. ECD is providing an additional $7,000 for a total investment of $28,000 in business and tourism development.

Rural Development’s rural business enterprise grant program provides funding to public or not-for-profit entities for community economic development programs that assist small businesses in developing local business infrastructure, providing job training, conducting feasibility studies, and providing technical assistance to businesses and community leaders.

The RD community facilities program provides rural areas with the financial resources needed to construct or improve essential services.
Education, healthcare, assisted living and civic facilities, along with local government buildings for police and fire protection are examples of projects typically funded through this program.

USDA Rural Development is committed to the future of rural communities in Tennessee by investing financial and technical assistance through housing, community and business development programs. In Fiscal Year 2007 Rural Development assisted more than 600,000 Tennessee families and businesses with more than $308 million in financial assistance through loans, loan guarantees and grants.

For more information on community facilities, homeownership or business development programs available in the Upper Cumberland area, contact the Rural Development Area Office in Cookeville at 931-528-6539 ext. 2, toll free at 800-342-3149 ext. 1493 or visit us online at www.rurdev.usda.gov/tn.

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