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Archives 11-26-2008



Trooper dragged in Overton, suspect tasered in Monterey
Christmas in the Country to begin this weekend
THP to be out in force for Thanksgiving holiday

City Council to appoint police chief
Carl Brandt retiring as UCEMC general manager

Trooper dragged in Overton, suspect tasered in Monterey

Dale Welch, Hilltop Express
Monterey Police forcibly stopped a motorist suspected of dragging a state trooper after a traffic stop in Overton County late Sunday night, Nov. 23.

By Dale Welch,
Hilltop Express
with permission

A Franklin man has wound up being charged with multiple charges in multiple counties involving a high-speed car chase that started after 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23 on Highway 111 north of Livingston and ending up in a ditch on Highway 84 just below Monterey.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Jimmy Beaty pulled over a white 4-door for speeding around 8:20 p.m. As he was conducting the stop, standing on the passenger side of the car, the driver allegedly started the car, and Lt. Beaty reached in to try to turn if off.

The car reportedly proceeded to move down the highway with Lt. Beaty caught in the window. As the car continued to accelerate, the state trooper exited the vehicle and suffered cuts and abbrasions, but was otherwise apparenlty free of serious injury.

Later, Putnam County Deputy Brandon Masters saw the suspect vehicle pass by “at a high rate of speed” toward Monterey. The deputy pursued.
Monterey Police officers Larry Bates and John Pettit waited at the intersection of West Commercial and Woodcliff Road.

The suspect crashed but quickly spun around and headed back down Highway 84 almost striking Deputy Masters’ patrol car.

With Monterey Police K-9 Officer Larry Bates in the lead pursuit, they headed back down the mountain toward Livingston.

At one point, Officer Bates said, the suspect applied his brakes to try to make the officer hit him from behind so that the officer’s air bag would deploy. But Officer Bates avoided the allegedly fleeing vehicle, but spun and hit a guard rail with the back of the patrol car.

Officer Bates said he backed off when the man started veering out of control.

Just past Rock Springs Road, the car went into the ditch and Officer Bates rammed the vehicle with his front push bar to keep the suspect from going
any further.

Officer Bates said he told the man to stay in the vehicle, but the man jumped from the vehicle, allegedly shouting for the officer to “just shoot me.”

Reportedly, Officer Bates, as the man kept coming toward him, did shoot him, only with a taser, and ended the conflict.

Soon several Tennessee Highway Patrol officers arrived, including Lt. Beaty.

Gregory Stone was arrested and faces charges in Overton and Putnam counties.

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Christmas in the Country to begin this weekend

Darren Oliver photo 2007
Livingston’s annual Christmas in the Country will kick off Friday, Nov. 28 with Mayor Curtis Hayes lighting the Christmas tree at 6 p.m. This year’s celebration is a 4-week event to be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Friday night through December 12.
Overton County Merchants Association is planning many special events to take place around the square. Along with shopping and live music, guests may enjoy free hot cocoa, coffee, hot cider, popcorn, and hot roasted peanuts. A local carriage service and wagon will be offering rides around the square and side streets. Santa Claus will attend each Friday night, with professional photography set up on Friday, Nov. 28.

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THP to be out in force for Thanksgiving holiday
As Thanksgiving holiday travelers prepare to hit the road, Tennessee Highway Patrol is providing an extra incentive to buckle-up, obey posted speed limits signs and stay sober. State troopers will be out in force and will conduct more than 50 sobriety and driver license checkpoints statewide.

The 2008 Thanksgiving holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 26 and runs through midnight Sunday, Nov. 30.

Thanks to a grant provided through the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, THP will kick off the long holiday weekend by taking part in a law enforcement campaign called C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) Across Tennessee. On Wednesday, Nov. 26, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., a state trooper will be posted every 15 miles along Interstate 40. Troopers will be looking for aggressive drivers, hazardous moving violations, impaired drivers, and drivers who fail to buckle up.

Department of Safety Commissioner Dave Mitchell said, “The C.A.R.E. Across Tennessee campaign allows us to increase our visibility during what is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year. We will work very hard to keep Tennessee roads and highways safe, and we ask drivers to do their part.

“Thanksgiving is a time to be with family and loved ones, and no one wants to spend it at a police station, hospital or even worse.”

Thirteen people were killed in crashes on Tennessee roads during the 2007 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a decrease from 2006 when 20 people died.

Colonel Mike Walker said, “The drop in fatalities proves that our enforcement efforts are working, but I won’t be satisfied until the number of lives lost is zero. That may sound unrealistic, but if we don’t have that goal, then we’re not out there doing the job that we should be doing.”

In all of 2007, Tennessee had 1,210 traffic fatalities, and of these, 390 involved a driver with an illegal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater. Sobriety and driver license checkpoints are scheduled at various times throughout the holiday weekend in the state’s eight THP districts.

Before hitting the road, drivers should remember to inspect their cars, including tires, lights, and wipers. If someone gets stranded on the highway or spots an aggressive driver, they can call *THP and be connected with the closest Tennessee Highway Patrol District Office.

City Council to appoint police chief
Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen will hold a special called meeting at 9 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 26 for the purpose of appointing a police chief.

The meeting will be held in the Thurman Langford Conference Room in Livingston City Hall.

Carl Brandt retiring as UCEMC general manager
Carl V. Brandt, general manager of Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, told UCEMC’s board of directors and employees in a letter dated October 15, 2008, that he will retire from his employment by UCEMC effective January 1, 2009.

Brandt, a native of Slidell, LA, began work as general manager on November 23, 1998. Prior to coming to UCEMC, he worked for electric distribution systems in Louisiana, Florida, and Tennessee. He was employed by Chattanooga Electric Power Board, Cookeville Electric System, and Rockwood Electric System in Tennessee. Immediately prior to coming to UCEMC he was general manager of Rockwood Electric System.

On October 22, 2008, UCEMC’s board of directors appointed James D. “Jimmy” Gregory as acting general manager, effective on the day following Brandt’s last workday. Gregory, a 35-year employee of UCEMC, has been Assistant General Manager since May 31, 2006. He began work as a laborer on a line crew where he was promoted through the linemen ranks to “Journeyman Lineman”.

He completed formal lineman and advanced lineman training through the Lineman Apprenticeship Training and the Advanced Lineman Training programs sponsored by Tennessee Valley Public Power Association.

He was promoted to line foreman prior to being appointed to the position of director of Job Training and Safety in July 2000, where he was responsible for employee training and safety. He completed the Certified Loss Control Program, sponsored by National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, over a period spanning about three years and earned the title of Certified Loss Control Specialist.

Gregory is a native of Smith County. He and wife Lisa reside in the
Tanglewood community.

Bob Woodard, president of the board of directors, said, “The board of directors appointed Jimmy to acting general manager to maintain continuity of management at Mr. Brandt’s retirement. He is and will continue to shadow Mr. Brandt during his remaining work time.

“The board has not and will not accept applications for the position of general manager before it develops and sets forth a plan of action after January 1, 2009.

“The Cooperative has made great strides forward during Mr. Brandt’s tenure,” Woodard said. “Some projects completed or in progress include renovating two district office buildings, building one new building, updating the electric plant by changing out about 5,000 bad poles, adding three new 161 kv substations, beginning two new ones, relocating lines for easier and less costly accessibility, overhauling the cooperative’s communication and information systems, preserving the system’s territorial integrity, reducing the annual outage time per consumer from 5 hours to 1.24 hours, upgrading the transportation fleet, making work and worksites safer for employees and the public, and upgrading employee pay scheme and benefits.

“The foregoing projects have been completed or are in progress without borrowing money or raising rates, and are currently resulting in considerable annual savings and a more efficient and more dependable system for cooperative members.”

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