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Two killed, one seriously injured in one-vehicle rollover last week
City opts out of “guns in parks”
Sheriff’s Dept. seizes more than 80 plants
Sales tax holiday to be held this weekend

Two killed, one seriously injured in one-vehicle rollover last week


Carson Oliver/OCN photo
All four members of the Ford family were thrown from the truck when it rolled over.


Carson Oliver/OCN photo
Overton County EMS personnel care for Amanda Ford before she is taken to an air ambulance for transport to UT Medical Center.

A one-vehicle crash on Wilder Highway last week took the life of a father and mother and sent their two daughters to the hospital, one with serious injuries.

According to reports, Lonnie D. Ford, 45, of Jamestown, was driving a 2003 Ford F250 4X4 west on Highway 85 in the Allred Community around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, July 28 when the truck left the roadway on the right side of the road while negotiating a curve. Ford apparently overcorrected and the truck went off the left side of the road down a slight embankment and rolled several times in a field, ejecting all the passengers.

Ford and his wife, Wanda K. Ford, 50, both died in the crash. Neither were wearing seatbelts, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol report.

Their 10 year-old daughter Samantha reportedly walked to a nearby residence to get help. She was taken to Livingston Regional Hospital where she was treated and released.

She had been wearing a seatbelt, but had the shoulder strap behind her back, according to THP.

Her sister, Amanda, 15, was a passenger in the right rear of the cab and sustained injuries to her back, according to sources. She was transported by air ambulance to UT Medical Center in Knoxville.

The lack of seatbelt use was a factor in the wreck’s outcome, according to Trooper Kendall Grasty.

“One hundred percent, it would have made a difference,” Trooper Grasty said.

According to sources, the family was on the way to a dental appointment.

Mr. Ford was a lunchroom monitor at Allons Elementary School and a bus driver for Overton County Schools. Mrs. Ford was a nurse at Livingston Regional Hospital.
Assisting Trooper Grasty in the investigation were THP Lt. Jimmy Beaty, Trooper Marty Philpot, Trooper Neil Matthews, and Critical Response Team Sgt. Keven Norris.


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City opts out of “guns in parks”

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston will opt out of recently passed legislation that allows gun-carry permit holders to have guns in parks.

The action was taken in the Monday, Aug. 3 regular monthly meeting of Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and the Board of Aldermen, with all aldermen present.

Police Chief Greg Etheredge requested the action, and appeared before the City Council to express his concern.

“Basically, I think our concern is, from the Police Department’s perspective, as we all know, tempers can flare in the heat of the game sometimes at ball parks or certainly restaurants where alcohol may be served, or even where alcohol is not served,” Chief Etheredge said.

After reading the full city ordinance aloud, Mayor Hayes said, “Basically, this will not allow handguns to be inside our parks ­– nature parks, ball parks, or any future parks, or historic sites that the Town of Livingston may own.”

After Alderman David Langford made the motion to adopt the resolution, and Alderman David Sadler II seconded, Alderman Robert Jolley asked,

“This is just on personal, on your body, right? This doesn’t include in the trunk of your car.”

Then followed with, “They can have their firearms in their private vehicles?”

Chief Etheredge answered, “Yes, sir.”

And Alderman Sadler asked, “I mean, we’re not searching vehicles when they’re at the ball park?”

Chief Etheredge answered, “No, sir.”

According to Chief Etheredge, with the adoption of this resolution, a gun-carry permit owner with a handgun in a city park can be asked to leave by law enforcement, and then if the violator refuses to do so, he or she may be charged with criminal trespassing.

Mayor Hayes said, “We’d be opting out of the Tennessee General Assembly’s law, which each city and county has the right to do that.”

Alderman Sadler asked, “With the restaurants, it’s up to the restaurant owner, right?”

Mayor Hayes answered, “That’s right.”

Chief Etheredge said, “That’s just a concern that we had.”

All aldermen voted for the resolution.

Second reading of zoning ordinance amendments was approved, with Aldermen Jolley, Sadler, Bill Winningham, and Lynn King voting yes, and Aldermen Langford and Cindy Robbins voting no.

Alderman Langford said, “I believe everybody’s got good intentions, but I don’t think this is the right time.”

In a public hearing held immediately prior to the City Council meeting, the zoning ordinance amendments concerning requirements for motor vehicle related businesses was a point of contention for Livingston resident Randy Smith.

“This deal right here will hurt the landowner when it comes to the point that he wants to sell,” he said.

Aldermen Langford and Robbins expressed agreement with that concern during the public hearing.

Matilda Speck was appointed to the Planning Commission to replace Budd Bishop.

In making the motion for the appointment, Alderman Jolley said, “I hate to lose Budd, but I believe she’ll be a good replacement.”

Mayor Hayes gave an update on the recent storm damage.

“They’re calling this the ‘thousand year storm’, according to our engineer J.R. Wauford,” he said.

He went on to inform the aldermen, “TEMA has been here to assess the properties, both government-wide and individual homes. TEMA has now turned it over to FEMA. FEMA is in the area today, as we speak, still assessing the properties, county and city roads, bridges, things of that nature that have been destroyed due to the rain.

“So, all of our staff has got well-documented proof of everything that we have seen destroyed, estimated at over $1.4 million in damage inside the city limits.”

He added, “In the event that they do declare us a disaster, we’re looking for 100% funding.

“The city lake, we’re looking at about a half-million dollars damage on the apron, which is the base of the dam.”

If federal disaster funds are not provided for repairs at the dam, a 75/25 grant will be available from National Resources Conservation Service, according to Mayor Hayes.

“I have to give our crew a strong hand because they have worked and worked and worked and were out late, late hours at night. Most of them worked six days a week, 12-hour days,” Mayor Hayes said. “They did an outstanding job.”

Mayor Hayes also informed the aldermen that water is expected to begin being pumped from the Cumberland River in about 10 days.

The meeting adjourned.



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Sheriff’s Dept. seizes more than 80 plants

Deputy Tim Porter, left, and Deputy Derek Sidwell stand by some of the marijuana plants Overton County Sheriff’s Department recently seized.

Working in conjunction with Tennessee Eradication Team on July 28, the Sheriff’s Dept. harvested 19 marijuana plants in the Rickman area and 62 marijuana plants in the Hilham area.

Sheriff W.B. Melton stated, “The Overton County Sheriff’s Department will continue its efforts to eliminate drugs in this county.”

Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is asked to call the Sheriff’s Dept. at (931) 823-5635. All calls will be kept confidential, according to Sheriff Melton.



Sales tax holiday to be held this weekend
The fourth annual Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7 and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 9. The Department of Revenue is reminding Tennessee shoppers that the Sales Tax Holiday provides three full days of tax breaks on clothing, school and art supplies, and computer purchases.

The holiday begins Friday, Aug. 7 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, Aug. 9 at 11:59 p.m. During the designated 3-day weekend, consumers will not pay state or local sales tax on select clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item, and computers with a price of $1,500 or less, a savings of nearly 10% on exempt items. Visit www.tntaxholiday.com for more information on the holiday.

Revenue Commissioner Reagan Farr said, “During tough economic times, this tax-saving initiative provides savings for Tennessee shoppers and a much needed boost for Tennessee retailers. We are hopeful that all Tennessee shoppers will enjoy the immediate relief of the 2009 Sales Tax Holiday.”

The Sales Tax Holiday website at www.tntaxholiday.com has more information about items exempt from sales tax. Tennessee Department of Revenue also assists consumers via e-mail at Salestax.Holiday@TN.gov and through its toll-free statewide telephone hot line at 1-800-342-1003.

Staff is available to answer questions Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.

Examples of exempt items include the following:

•Clothing – shirts, dresses, pants, coats, gloves and mittens, hats and caps, hosiery, neckties, belts, sneakers, shoes, uniforms whether athletic or non-athletic and scarves.

•School supplies – binders, book bags, calculators, tape, chalk, crayons, erasers, folders, glue, pens, pencils, lunch boxes, notebooks, paper, rulers and scissors.

•Art Supplies – clay and glazes, acrylic, tempera, and oil paints, paintbrushes for artwork, sketch and drawing pads, and watercolors.

•Computers – central processing unit (CPU), along with various other components including monitor, keyboard, mouse, cables to connect components and preloaded software. While the CPU may be purchased separately, other items must be part of a bundled computer package in order to be eligible.

 



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