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Archives 12-31-2008



Missouri woman injured in one-vehicle crash
Historian connects next U.S. President to county
Allons VFD receives $48,000 grant

LPD to be out in force New Year’s Eve
Sobriety checkpoints to be held in county

Missouri woman injured in one-vehicle crash

Julie Young photo
A Missouri woman was flown to Vanderbilt Hospital after a one-vehicle collision on Willow Grove Highway on Tuesday, Dec. 23. According to reports, Brandi Lynne Boles, 26, of Kansas City, was driving a red 1995 Honda Civic DX on Willow Grove Highway in Monroe when the car left the road in a curve and went up a bank 478 feet before flipping upside down back on the roadway. A family member who came to the scene, her grandmother Brenda Wayne Taylor, said she was on her way to Nashville to visit other family members. Boles was transported by air helicopter to Vanderbilt Hospital for treatment of her wrist and head injuries. The crash was investigated by Andrew Goolsby and Stanley Roberts of Tennessee Highway Patrol, with assistance from Sgt. Donathan Durham and Deputy Sean Allred of Overton County Sheriff’s Department.

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Historian connects next U.S. President to county
By Ronald Dishman,
Overton County Historian

After hearing before the election all the talk and speculation and such that was taking place and even reading on the internet the ancestrial lineage of Barack Obama, I decided to once and for all try and link it together and see what documents I could locate to prove if it was just talk or it could be correct that the President-elect has ties to Overton County.

After checking various websites, I decided to follow that ancestrial lineage and found census records of which I have copies printed out or can obtain them if anyone does want to question this.

The following is the lineage found in this research:

Barack Obama, said to be born 4th August 1961, his mother was S. Ann (Dunham), born 29 November 1942 in Wichita, KS, died 7 November 1995 in Hawaii.

His grandmother was Madelyn Lee (Payne) Dunham, born 26th October 1922 Peru, KS, died 2 November 2008, Hawaii.

His great grandparents Rolla Charles Payne and Leona (McCurry) Payne.
She was born May 1897.

Great great grandparents were Thomas C. McCurry and Margarete Belle (Wright) McCurry, born 11 August 1869 Carroll County, AR, died 28 November 1935 Elk City, KS.

Great great great grandparents were Joseph Samuel Wright, born about 1819, died 29 April 1894 Hale, KS, married in about 1885 in Tennessee to Frances A. (Allred). She was born about 1834 in Overton County, TN, died after 1910 census possibly before 1915.

Great great great great grandparents are Samuel Thompson Allred, born 6 October 1809 in Overton County, TN, died 4 November 1857 in Carrol County, AR, married Anna (Bunch), born 27 March 1814 in Overton County, TN, died 21 June 1893 Newton County, AR.

Great great great great great grandparents are John Allred, born 7 June 1772, North Carolina, died 5 November 1828 Newton County, AR, married a Phoebe (Thompson) Allred. Also Nathaniel Bunch, born 23 April 1793, Virginia, died 16 February 1859 Newton County, AR, married about 15 November 1810 to Sara Wade Ray, born about 1793, died about 1873 in Newton County, AR.

Sources for this story are listed as a website that listed ancestry on Obama, Federal Census records that include 1930 Census-Kansas that listed his grandmother Madelyn (Payne), 1900 Census-Kansas with great grandmother Leona (McCurry) with her parents, 1880 and 1870 Census-Carroll County, Arkansas, with great great grandmother Margaret Belle (Wright) McCurry with her parents Joseph Wright and Frances (Allred) Wright, 1860 Census-Carroll County, Arkansas, with Frances (Allred) Wright and husband Joseph Wright living next door to 4th great grandmother Ann (Bunch) Allred, widowed mother of Frances (Allred) Wright, 1850 Census-Arkansas with 5th great grandparents Nathaniel Bunch and wife Sara Wade (Ray) Bunch, 1820 Census-Overton County, which lists both 5th great grandparents John Allred and Nathaniel Bunch as head of household.

For further research and to check census, go to the Millard Oakley Public Library genealogy room and find census books, census online on the computer , and also check the Carroll County, Arkansas, History Book; it has several family stories along with pictures concerning the Allred and Bunch families that migrated from Overton County Tennessee to Arkansas and photographs of descendants that were in Arkansas as well. There are other families that migrated from Overton County also in this book.

So one can conclude that Obama would have several distant relatives and ties in Overton County that stayed here and didn’t migrate westward like his ancestors did.

As with any genealogical research, we follow the census records above, although to prove any relationship it would be necessary to obtain birth and death records along with other records available to prove lineage.

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Allons VFD receives $48,000 grant

When there is an emergency, firefighters should be properly prepared and equipped to respond. On Friday, Dec. 19, Congressman Bart Gordon announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded $47,656 to Allons Volunteer Fire Department to purchase new equipment.

“Countless lives are saved every day by the courageous efforts of first responders, our nation’s firefighters, EMTs, and police officers,” said Congressman Gordon who is a member of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus. “This DHS grant will allow the Allons Volunteer Fire Department to do an even better job than they are already doing.”

The grant was awarded through the DHS Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The program was developed to help firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment to improve their ability to protect the public and emergency personnel from fires and related hazards.

Allons Volunteer Fire Department will use the funds for training and to purchase air packs, turnout gear, and radios.

Allons VFD Chief Donald Wells said, “We’re glad we got it. It’s hard for us to operate and make extra money to purchase equipment. The cost of equipment is ridiculously high, compared to three or four years ago, and is going to go up again after the first of the year.”

Allons Fire Department has 11 volunteer firefighters and serves the Allons community and the surrounding areas.

LPD to be out in force New Year’s Eve
Livingston Police officers will be out in force New Year’s Eve patrolling the streets of Livingston.

This increased police presence is in conjunction with efforts from the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office (GHSO) and surrounding law enforcement agencies.

On this one night, Livingston Police Department will offer individuals a ride home from Livingston and will take them home up to 5 miles from the Livingston city limits. Individuals who choose to take advantage of this effort by the Livingston Police Dept. can avoid prosecution, according to the LPD.

LPD Sgt. Jonathan Swift, GHSO coordinator, stated, “The goal of this program is to remind citizens not to drink, and make every effort to make Livingston a safer place to be; however, if you choose to drink and drive, you will be arrested and taken to jail.

Those who need a ride from this program should contact the Police Dept. at (931) 823-6496.

Sobriety checkpoints to be held in county
Overton County Sheriff’s Department will hold a series of sobriety checkpoints beginning Tuesday, Dec. 30 and continuing through today, Wednesday, Dec. 31.

The checkpoints will be conducted in the following areas of Overton County: Monroe, Hilham, Rickman, Hanging Limb, and Hardy’s Chapel communities.

According to Sheriff W.B. Melton, the checkpoints are an effort to curb drunk driving and promote safe driving. The Sheriff’s Dept. asks that those who choose to drink always get a sober designated driver and that everyone always buckle up their safety belts.

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