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Running of the Mules
Baxter man dies in MX crash Sunday
Sheriff’s Department apprehends fugitive
Road projects planned for Overton County
Rickman VFD receives national certification
County schools to receive $20,000 in technology funds

Running of the Mules

Julie Young photo
A mule show was held at the Overton County fairgrounds on Saturday, April 25. Activities such as mule races, panty hose races, and bat in bucket races were held.

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Baxter man dies in MX crash Sunday
A 20 year-old Baxter man died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash during a motocross event near Rickman Sunday, April 26.

According to reports, Jacob Allen Nash was participating in the Loretta Lynn MX Area Qualifier held Sunday at Thunder Valley Motocross. When he made a jump, the bike landed on its front wheel and he went over the handle bars and crashed.

Nash was transported by air ambulance to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, where he was pronounced dead from multiple trauma injuries.

The Thunder Valley event had 1,603 entries over the three days trying to qualify for the Loretta Lynn Amateur Motocross Finals to be held August 4-8 in Waverly. And 1,221 spectators went through the gate at Thunder Valley MX during the qualifier.

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Sheriff’s Department apprehends fugitive

On Wednesday, April 22, Overton County Sheriff’s Department received information on a wanted fugitive from California. The information received stated that Edward Horvatin was wanted on a parole violation, had a lengthy criminal history, and had been a fugitive for three years.

Sheriff W. B. Melton, Deputy Chuck Castle, Deputy Mike Tharp, Sgt. John Garrett, Sgt. Robert Garrett and United States Marshall Fugitive Task Force Agents John Mackie and Jeff Phann located and apprehended Edward Horvatin. Horvatin is currently being held at the Overton County Justice Center awaiting extradition to California.

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Road projects planned for Overton County

Governor Phil Bredesen released a final list of projects on April 14 to be funded with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds (Recovery Act), proposed bridge bonds, and TDOT’s regular funding mechanisms.

The three-tiered program represents more than 450 projects statewide touching every county in Tennessee. Included in the proposal, which has been presented to the Legislature, are 78 highway and bridge projects in TDOT’s Region Two alone.

“The Recovery Act is fundamentally about creating and retaining jobs during one of the toughest economic times our nation and state have faced since the Great Depression,” Gov. Bredesen said. “This three-tiered program represents a record investment in Tennessee’s transportation system.

“The Recovery Act, along with the bridge bonding and TDOT’s regular program, will put thousands of Tennesseans to work rebuilding and strengthening one of Tennessee’s largest economic drivers, our transportation system.”

In Overton County, proposed projects includes resurfacing 6.2 miles of State Route 294 from State Route 111 to Oakley-Allons Road, rehabilitation of State Route 84 over Carr Creek in 2010, and a right-of-way on 3.4 miles of State Route 52 from Allons Road to State Route 111 as part of Corridor J.

TDOT’s Region Two includes Bledsoe, Bradley, Cannon, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Jackson, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Warren, and White counties.

TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely said, “Not only will these transportation projects help create or save tens of thousands of jobs for Tennesseans, the end result of this investment will be a more reliable transportation system. This three-tiered program represents a responsible, balanced and community based approach to transportation.

“Years of planning and study have gone into each of the projects funded for construction.”

Another 21 bridge repair or replacement projects in Region Two are funded through bridge bonds and 18 are funded through TDOT’s traditional Three-Year Multimodal Work Program.

Tennessee Department of Transportation has selected the State Route 84 bridge over Carr Creek for rehabilitation under TDOT’s proposed bridge bonding program.

The proposal, which has been presented to the legislature, will create or retain more than 15,000 jobs in Tennessee and will rebuild or repair two-thirds of the state’s aging bridges.

TDOT has proposed issuing $350 million in general obligation bonds to repair or replace 200, or two-thirds, of the state’s structurally deficient system bridges. Included in the bridge projects slated for construction under the program are 7 weight posted bridges, Cordell Hull Bridge in Carthage that is currently closed to traffic, 17 fracture critical bridges, 29 scour critical bridges, 62 bridges that are both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete, and 11 large bridge projects costing more than $10 million each, including 7 projects costing more than $20 million each.

By using bonds, the state is also able to make needed repairs to bridges while material costs and interest rates are low.

The SR-84 bridge over Carr Creek is slated to be rehabilitated in fiscal year 2010, once the bridge bonding proposal is approved by the General Assembly.

The State Legislature is currently considering the transportation budget for approval.

The State Legislature is currently considering the transportation budget for approval. TDOT will let to contract all Recovery Act projects in May and June.

A complete listing of all projects identified for funding is posted on the TDOT website at www.tn.gov/tdot. For more information on Tennessee’s transportation portion of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act visit www.tn.gov/tdot/recovery. For more information on Tennessee’s bridges visit www.tn.gov/tdot/bridgeinfo/default.htm. For information on TDOT’s Bridge Bonding proposal and regular Three Year Multimodal Transportation Program visit www.tn.gov/tdot.

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Rickman VFD receives national certification

Zack Turner photo
Rickman Volunteer Fire Department became the first rural fire department in Overton County to receive its membership to the Tennessee Commission on Firefighting. This certification allows the fire department to conduct their own training programs. Those on hand to receive the award were, front row from left, Bob Secott, firefighter, Matthew Savage, junior firefighter, Russell Rush, assistant chief, Terri Whiteside, field representative for the Commission on Firefighting; Ray Neal, chief, Nathanael Rich, firefighter, back row, Will Rush, boardmember; Jerry Western, boardmember; Jeremy Neal, junior firefighter, Phillip Western, firefighter, Johnathon Stainbrook, captain, Jennifer Stainbrook, Jimmy Bilbrey, firefighter, Tim Hewitt, 2nd lieutenant, Matt Rich, secretary/LPN, Jeremy Richter, 1st lieutenant/paramedic, Cliff Venters, paramedic.

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County schools to receive $20,000 in technology funds
Tennessee will receive Title II-D Education Technology funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), according to Governor Phil Bredesen and Commissioner of Education Dr. Timothy Webb.

These allocations represent funding that will be available for districts to effectively integrate technology into the classroom.

Overton County Schools will be allocated $20,419.28 of these funds, which total $5,837,667.49.

Gov. Bredesen said, “Tennessee must remain at the forefront in using technology to better serve students in their future careers. There is no doubt that this generation will need the skills these grants will help build to be successful in any career they choose.”

The focus of the funds is to effectively integrate technology into the classroom curriculum and increase student achievement, as well as assist every student in crossing the digital divide by ensuring their technological literacy by the time they complete eighth grade.

Commissioner Webb said, “More technology in the classroom is something our teachers and administrators are always pushing for, and it’s exciting to know that we now have additional dollars to help them achieve that goal.”

ARRA Title II-D Education Technology funding is part of the Department of Education’s proposed FY 2009-2010 budget, which is currently being considered by Tennessee General Assembly. The allocations per districts will be made available beginning July 1. Each school district’s awarded allocation will also be posted online.

For additional information visit http://tn.gov/education/recovery.shtml.

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