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Fire destroys Halsell home
Counterfeit $5 bills being passed in area
Randall York appointed DA for 13th District

County school health program receives $105,000
Sheriff’s Department receives highway funds

Fire destroys Halsell home


Darren Oliver photo
The home of Stormy Halsell was destroyed by fire on Wednesday, Sept. 24. Rickman Fire Department was dispatched to the scene around 2:50 p.m. and found the structure fully engulfed in flame. Many other volunteer fire departments responded to the scene to keep the fire out of the woods behind the home. Rickman Fire Department returned to the scene the next day when the fire started up again.


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Counterfeit $5 bills being passed in area

This counterfeit bill is one of two passed Sunday or Monday at Video Shack in Livingston. Reportedly, more of the fake bills were passed Wednesday, Sept. 24 in Livingston at Daily’s Shell on East Main Street. The bills all bear the same serial number – FF27143662A. Merchants are warned to be on the lookout for the bad bills and to call Livingston Police Department at 823-6496 if a bill is suspected to be phony.


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Randall York appointed DA for 13th District
Governor Phil Bredesen has appointed Randall A. York of Crossville as the district attorney general in the 13th Judicial District.

The vacancy was created by the resignation of William E. Gibson, which became effective in July. The 13th Judicial District is composed of Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and White counties.

“Randy York has practiced general civil and criminal law in the state and federal courts, with a concentration in all seven counties of the 13th Judicial District,” Gov. Bredesen said. “I am pleased to make this appointment and believe Randy will serve the state of Tennessee with distinction and provide the leadership the people of the district expect and deserve.

“I also want to thank Tony Craighead for his service as District Attorney General Pro Tempore during the last two years. General Craighead has served the 13th District with integrity and honor during a difficult transitional period.”

York has been a member of the firm Colvard, York & Ramsey since May 1990. Previously, he was a member of the firms Bean, Colvard & York from 1985 to 1990 and York and York from 1982 to 1985. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor of Science degree in 1978, York received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law in 1982.

York said, “This is a great honor, and I want to thank Governor Bredesen for the opportunity to serve the state in this new capacity. I look forward to working with the dedicated employees of the district attorney’s office to ensure justice is achieved for the citizens of Tennessee.”

York is a member of Cumberland Homestead Baptist Church and serves as president of the Bread of Life Rescue Mission Board of Directors. He is a past president of the Cumberland County Bar and a member of Tennessee Association for Justice. He is married to Judith York, a teacher at Cumberland County High School, and has two children, Jonathan and Anna.




County school health program receives $105,000
Overton County Schools will receive $105,000 in grants to continue Coordinated School Health Partnerships, encouraging systems to build strong relationships with local resources to improve students’ health.

Governor Phil Bredesen said, “I am pleased to know that we can continue to support local school students with funding that will provide them the resources necessary to protect the physical, mental, and emotional health of Tennessee’s students.

“A student’s health can support or hinder academic success, and it is our responsibility to ensure a stronger generation through partnerships like the Coordinated School Health initiative and CoverKids.”

Since piloting 10 partnerships in 2002, Tennessee has dedicated a steady stream of funding that has in turn resulted in an additional $4 million gain at the district level as the result of partnerships developed by local CSH Coordinators. Through these partnerships, families, community members, and schools are brought together to focus on health awareness, physical activity, healthy nutrition, and counseling services.

State Senator Charlotte Burks said, “Health education for children is more important than ever, and with continued funding, we can make changes across the board that will influence our students now and as adults.

Each year, school systems can reapply for the grant that provides for or continues support of a full time CSH coordinator, assistants if needed, basic office supplies or travel expenses. Assembled teams at the local level build relationships with local agencies, write grant applications, and collect data.

State Representative John Mark Windle said, “Having a healthy school environment is essential to having healthy and productive students. We are wise to encourage more partnerships like we’ve seen in the past that benefit not only our children, but our communities as a whole.”

For more information contact Rachel Woods at (615) 253-1960 or Rachel.Woods@state.tn.us.


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Sheriff’s Department receives highway funds
Tennessee officials announced Thursday, Sept. 25 that Overton County Sheriff’s Department has been awarded a highway safety grant for $27,513.

Overton County Sheriff’s Department will use the highway safety funds for their “Saturating for Safety” program.

Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) mission is to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways through leadership, innovation, coordination, and program support in partnership with other public and private organizations. The grant awarded will be used to promote this mission.

Governor Phil Bredesen said, “These highway safety grants reflect a continued commitment to work with local and state agencies to make our roadways even safer than they are today. The funds made available through these grants will support the efforts of many local and state highway safety partners to reduce the number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes each year.”

State Senator Charlotte Burks added, “Placing more law enforcement officers on the roadways helps discourage dangerous driving behaviors. This grant for Overton County will help make our roadways safer for all citizens.”

Grant awards are issued to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on problem and statistical need. GHSO notified agencies across the state that applications were being accepted for highway safety grants. Applications were reviewed and scored by GHSO and external highway safety advocates. The agencies that met the criteria for funding received awards.

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely said, “I am proud that we are able to help fund important programs at the state and local level that help reduce the number of traffic crashes on Tennessee roadways. These grants will make a difference in the effectiveness of our highway safety partners.”

Several elements contribute to a sound and safe roadway system. Some of those aspects are an accurate traffic safety data collection and analysis system, well-trained and equipped law enforcement personnel, and effective emergency medical and trauma systems. A major part of roadway safety is educating motorists about laws and good driving behaviors.
GHSO Director Kendell Poole said, “Grants awarded by the GHSO are provided in areas of need. Statistics show our problem areas and we strive to put the funding where it will be most effective. We are dedicated to saving lives across Tennessee and pledge to work with grantees statewide to accomplish our mission.”

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides the funding for GHSO grants.


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