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Archives 12-24-2008

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Ronald Dishman named Citizen of the Year
LPD recovers property, locates area fugitives
Goodeon sentenced to 8 years for trying to hire hit man

Revenue far under state budget
ECD launches new county data sheets


Ronald Dishman named Citizen of the Year


Morgan Walters photo
Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce Board Member Phillip McCormick, left, and Chamber Assistant Director Rita Reagan congratulate Ronald Dishman on being named the 2008 Citizen of the Year. Dishman is the Overton County Historian and is heavily involved in preserving history and researching genealogy. The announcement was made during the annual Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 18 in conjunction with “Business After Hours”.


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LPD recovers property, locates area fugitives
Livingston Police Department has been busy recently recovering stolen property and locating persons wanted in the area.

An investigation of a late November burglary at Habitat for Humanity in Livingston has resulted in recovery of stolen property. On Friday, Dec.19, Det. Tim Poore of Livingston Police Department, in cooperation with Max Goodpasture of Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, recovered a portable forced air heater, valued at $500, from a residence in Jackson County.

The case is believed to be related to additional burglaries in Livingston. The suspects names are being withheld at this time pending further investigation. The case is expected to be presented to the Overton County grand jury.

Anyone with information related to stolen property or other criminal activity is urged to contact Livingston Police Dept. at (931) 823-6496.

In another case, LPD Det. Jacob Boswell received information Wednesday, Dec. 17 on an individual who was believed to be wanted. Upon investigation, Det. Boswell learned the individual was Thomas Frederick Payne III.

LPD Lt. David Coleman began a background search on Thomas Payne III and learned that he was wanted in Putnam County and Battle Creek, MI.

Det. Boswell was able to track Payne down to an address located in Cumberland County. Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department was supplied the information and took Payne into custody without incident.

Payne was booked at Putnam County Sheriff’s Department on the active warrant. He is awaiting a court appearance for Violation of Probation and will then be extradited to Michigan.

Another wanted person was located on Saturday, Dec. 20 when Livingston Police Dept. and Overton County Sheriff’s Dept. conducted a joint operation to bring in Justin Lopez.

Information was developed by LPD Sgt. Kevin Carmack that Lopez was at a residence in Meadowbrook Circle. Livingston Police contacted the Sheriff’s Dept. and both agencies cooperated in making the arrest.

Officers participating in the operation included SRO Logan Carpenter, Sgt. Randy Boles, Officer Chris Billings, and Sgt. Robert Garrett.

Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge asks that anyone with information about wanted individuals or any crime to contact Livingston Police, and assures that all individuals giving information will remain confidential.

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Goodeon sentenced to 8 years for trying to hire hit man
By Mary Jo Denton,
Herald-Citizen staff
with permission

An Algood woman who tried to hire a hit man to kill her ex-husband was sentenced yesterday to 8 years in prison.

Paulette Goodeon, 43, went before Criminal Court Judge David Patterson on Tuesday, Dec. 16 and pleaded guilty to solicitation to commit first degree murder. She said she was sorry for what she did and asked for probation, but Judge Patterson denied that request and gave her the 8-year sentence.

Goodeon was arrested in November of 2007 after an investigation by Algood Police Chief Jim Eldridge and Detective Lt. Gary Harris.
Goodeon, the mother of two children, made arrangements with a hit man to kill her ex-husband, Scott Goodeon, who had remarried after the couple’s divorce.

She supplied the hit man with hypodermic needles and potassium chloride, a substance which could cause a heart attack, and she also gave him a pistol for possible use in the killing. She also supplied a photograph of her ex-husband and promised to pay for the killing, detectives said.

But the hit man turned out to be a law officer working undercover at the request of Harris. He was Jackson County Sheriff’s Detective Marty Hinson.

Paulette Goodeon has been in jail since that time, a little over a year ago, and she will get credit for that jail time on her 8-year sentence.

Scott Goodeon testified at the sentencing hearing, saying he still fears for his life and asking that Paulette Goodeon be sent to jail.

Her mother and sisters testified on her behalf, describing her as a good person and a good mother who deserves a second chance and promising their loving support if she were granted probation.

Testimony in the hearing indicated that after the Goodeon divorce, Paulette Goodeon faced serious financial difficulties, but her ex-husband attributed that to debt she had run up during the marriage, court clerks said.

District Attorney Randy York and Assistant DA Tony Craighead represented the state, and Paulette Goodeon was represented by attorney Jack Lowery.

Craighead told the Herald-Citizen, “This was a case where the couple had divorced and they had argued over child support payments and child custody. The detective testified that she told the ‘hit man’ to tell her ex-husband to enjoy Hell and then to kill him.

“We felt the 8-year sentence is an appropriate sentence.”

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

Revenue far under state budget
Overall November revenue collections were $711.9 million, or 13.16% below November 2007 collections.

Finance and Administration Commissioner Dave Goetz said, “November is the fourth consecutive month this fiscal year in which sales taxes and corporate income taxes have experienced negative growth rates.”

On an accrual basis, November is the fourth month in the 2008-2009 fiscal year.

November collections were $106.3 million less than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was undercollected by $105.4 million, and the four other funds were undercollected by $900,000.

Sales tax collections were $53.6 million less than the estimate for November. The November growth rate was negative 7.64%.

Franchise and excise taxes combined were $40.0 million below the budgeted estimate of $60.5 million.

Gasoline and motor fuel collections increased by 6% and they were $2.6 million above the budgeted estimate of $74.1 million.

Tobacco tax collections were $3.7 million below the budgeted estimate of $28.9 million.

Inheritance taxes were under collected by $3.7 million.

Year-to date collections for four months were $324.1 million less than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was undercollected by $305.6 million, and the four other funds were undercollected by $18.5 million.

The budgeted revenue estimates for 2008-2009 are based on the State Funding Board’s consensus recommendation adopted by the second session of the 105th General Assembly in May of 2008.

ECD launches new county data sheets
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development recently announced its newest online research tool, the Tennessee County Data Sheets.

The latest reports are a complement to the Community Data Sheets already in existence and provide detailed information on all 95 of Tennessee’s counties.

Commissioner Matt Kisber of ECD said, “These reports are an excellent resource for prospects and site selectors to learn valuable, up-to-date information on Tennessee’s many diverse areas and industries. Providing easily accessible information on the Web for those looking to expand or locate in Tennessee is essential to remaining competitive in our state’s recruiting process.”

The County Data Sheets provide trend information and facts regarding population, labor force estimates, taxes, industries, income, education, retail sales, livability, parks and recreation, golf courses, industrial growth and top county manufacturers.

To view them please visit https://www.tnecdit.net/TN_Datasheets/.

The reports were developed in response to feedback received from community and county officials, as well as ECD staff, regarding the need for such a resource.

ECD’s Research and Strategic Planning Department, which works to identify, develop, maintain and disseminate the most up-to-date business and economic data available, prepared the information.

 





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