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Archives 03-25-2009



Librarian’s newest chapter: Retiring after 24 years of public service
Search called for lost mudders
Courthouse-Annex to begin displaying local artists work
THDA offers free counseling to Overton homeowners

Librarian’s newest chapter: Retiring after 24 years of public service

Janet Gann has informed Overton County News that she has decided to retire as director of Millard Oakley Public Library effective May 1, 2009.

“After almost 24 years of dedicated service to the people of Livingston and Overton County, as librarian, I am retiring at the end of April,” she said. “I will miss the many friends I’ve met and worked with, but I wish to spend more time with my family.

“I will forever be grateful to the Oakley family for making my dream of a library that’s actually large enough to meet our area’s needs, come true. We all know that without their support and encouragement this would still remain only a dream.”


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Search called for lost mudders
Three people reported missing early Monday morning have been located.
According to reports, a group of approximately seven people in three vehicles were out “mudding” the Copeland Cove area late Sunday night, March 22 when one of the vehicles got stuck in the mud. An adult male left the vehicle and walked back to a residence on Copeland Cove Road. After arriving at the residence, he contacted someone whom he stated was going to pull the vehicle out.

The man then left the residence with his 3 year-old stepson and a 15 year-old female and they went back into the woods around 8:30 p.m., but never made it back to the stuck vehicle.

Later that night, the other family member got the vehicle out of the mud, but could not find the missing persons. Overton County Sheriff’s Department received the missing persons call concerning the adult male and two juveniles at around 3:30 a.m. Monday, March 23.

Around 8:30 a.m. Monday, the three walked out of the woods on one of the many trails in the area. They had reportedly gotten lost and could not find their way out of the woods or to the vehicle.

Overton County Sheriff’s Dept. was assisted in the search by TEMA Man Tracking, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Overton County EMS, Overton County Rescue Squad, Livingston Fire Department, and E-911 personnel.

Overton County E-911 Director Chris Masiongale expressed appreciation to Hardee’s, Dairy Queen, and McDonald’s for providing food to the searchers.

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Courthouse-Annex to begin displaying local artists work

Julie Young photos
Dr. Joe Upton (left) proudly displays Bill Brandt’s (right) rendering of his great-grandfather Felix Bilbrey, who was a Private in the Tennessee Infantry. These portraits and many other local artist’s works will be on display throughout the Courthouse-Annex in honor of Confederate History and Heritage Month.

Debbie Mabery, proudly displays Crystal Sons rendering of her great-grandfather Lieutenant Colonel Samuel W. Davis of the 25th infantry.

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THDA offers free counseling to Overton homeowners
Overton County homeowners threatened with default or foreclosure can receive free assistance dealing with their mortgage servicers by contacting certified counselors approved by Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA).

THDA Executive Director Ted R. Fellman said, “Foreclosure intervention counseling is a highly-specialized service and our counseling agencies have earned certification and have adopted the National Industry Foreclosure Counseling Standards.”

Fellman said THDA’s certified foreclosure intervention counselors possess a strong knowledge in the area of mortgage default and/or foreclosure intervention counseling, specifically relating to current industry practices of loss mitigation to include loan repayment, forbearance, modification, refinance, loan assumption, short sale, deed-in-lieu, community referrals, and other remedies available to the homeowner to avoid foreclosure.

“Homeowners struggling with the threat of losing their home need the assistance of a no-cost professional counselor to help them develop a plan of action to deal with their situation,” he said. “Tennesseans facing this issue should be wary of foreclosure scam artists who promise to assist them for a fee.”

THDA certified counseling agencies available to Overton County residents are as follows: Affordable Housing Resources (615) 251-0025; Dominion Financial Management (615) 220-5858; Residential Resources (615) 650-9779; and Woodbine Community Organization (615) 850-3453.THDA obtained a federal grant to pay for these agencies’ counseling services.

A recent Realty Trac report indicated that 2008 Overton County foreclosure filings increased 136% from 2007 and 83% from 2006. There were 33 Overton County properties with 2008 foreclosure filings, which placed the county 89th in the state for foreclosure filings. Tennessee is 12th in the nation with one foreclosure filing for every 61 households.

Additional foreclosure filing information can be located at http://www.thda.org/Research/fctrends/cy08.pdf.

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