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Police chase ends with car overturning
Old Livingston Academy sign dedicated at LA Centennial
Agriculture-Industry Day to be held October 7

Police chase ends with car overturning
A chase in Livingston ended when a police officer performed a PIT maneuver on the fleeing vehicle.

According to reports, Livingston Police Officer Chris Billings initiated a stop Sunday, Sept. 27 of a vehicle on East Main Street near Parkway Restaurant; however, the vehicle failed to stop and began to speed up. The suspect vehicle then went toward the square.

Another patrol car, driven by Chief Greg Etheredge, was positioned at Livingston First United Methodist Church to get in front of the fleeing vehicle and slow it down for the traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle then turned up the wrong way on East Main Street and continued traveling towards the square. The suspect vehicle continued traveling the wrong way all the way down to the Dairy Queen before returning to the correct lane of traffic.

The vehicle then turned onto Bradford-Hicks Drive, crossing the center
median and traveling the wrong way up the bypass. As officers tried to move alongside and in front of the vehicle to perform a rolling roadblock, the vehicle allegedly swerved at the officers to run them off the road.

As the chase continued through the 4-way intersection, the suspect vehicle
was again on the wrong side of the roadway and came close to striking an oncoming tractor-trailer. The vehicle then turned up Byrdstown Highway on the off ramp the wrong way, and then began up School Mountain Road and then onto Buena Vista Road and then turned onto Airport Road.

Once the vehicle turned onto Airport Road, LPD Officer Brandon Walker
initiated a maneuver to disable the vehicle. The vehicle went into a ditch then turned upside down.

The vehicle had five occupants. The driver was identified as Terry Glenn Barnes of Overton County. The alleged owner of the vehicle is Priscilla Scott.

Barnes was charged with a 5th Offense DUI, Driving on Revoked, Reckless Endangerment, Evading Arrest, and Aggravated Assault. His bond was set at $71,000.

Scott was charged with DUI by Consent.

Chief Etheredge stated, “This entire incident happened in less than 6 minutes from start to finish. We were very fortunate that no injuries occurred.

“Once the vehicle started traveling down major streets in the wrong lane of traffic and driving like a maniac, I believe that we had no choice but to stay with the vehicle and ultimately disable the vehicle in a safe location to protect our citizens.

“No one likes these types of cases, and they are controversial, but they are part of the job. I believe that this was one of those times that a pursuit was clearly justifiable.”

Livingston Police Department expressed gratitude to Overton County
Sheriff’s Department, who joined in the pursuit, and to Tennessee Highway Patrol for their assistance in the case.


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Old Livingston Academy sign dedicated at LA Centennial

Dewain E. Peek photo
The Livingston Academy sign that was once a part of the old Livingston Academy on University Street was unveiled at the current Livingston Academy during the LA Centennial Celebration held Saturday, Sept. 26. The sign had been placed on the grounds of A.H. Roberts Elementary School after the old LA building was torn down to make way for the elementary school. Taking part in the unveiling are, from left, former Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick, Centennial staff member Mark Sells, former LA Principal Gerald Maynard, current LA Principal Lesley Smith, former LA Principal Gary Ledbetter, current Director of Schools Matt Eldridge, former Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Dodson, School Board Member Kelly Hill, Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes, School Board Member Mark Peek, County Commissioner and Livingston Alderman Cindy Robbins, former LA Principal Wayne Brown, Centennial staff member Matilda Speck, and School Board Member Houston Robbins.




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Agriculture-Industry Day to be held October 7

C. Pat Bagley

The Annual Agriculture-Industry Appreciation Day is set for Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The annual salute will start at 8 a.m. with a country ham breakfast at the Livingston Church of Christ Windham Building in Livingston. The main program for 2009 will include the salute to agriculture and industry in Overton County.

C. Pat Bagley, dean of the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences at Tennessee Tech University, will be the after breakfast speaker. After the morning breakfast program, a tour of the Livingston City Water Plant will be held and then lunch, games, and door prize giveaways will be held at the Rotary/Agriculture Building at Overton County Fairgrounds.

Bagley was named founding dean of the College of Agricultural and Human Sciences at TTU, assuming those duties on August 1, 2007. Bagley was born and raised on a diverse farm in northwest Louisiana that included dairy, beef, hogs, cotton, and pine timber, requiring the integration of numerous farming enterprises into a holistic approach to enterprise management.

He received a B.S. and M.S from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D.
from Virginia Tech University. His research areas of interest include beef cattle nutrition with emphasis on the use of forages and by-products, along with biofuels.

He is the author and co-author of over 400 scholarly works, and wrote a
book titled “Animals and Society” discussing the impacts animals have on our daily lives.

He and his wife, Nancy, live in Cookeville. They have two grown, married daughters, and became grandparents for the first time in January 2009.

Buses will leave after the morning program and transport participants to the Livingston Water Plant, located south of Livingston just off the Rickman Road (Old Highway 42). Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes and Plant Supervisor Johnny White will serve as tour guides. The tour of the facility will include a look at the new improvements made recently with a new source of water being pump into the plant.

Agriculture-Industry Day is held each year to recognize and salute the men
and women who work these two fields. U.T. Agriculture Extension Service’s Resource Development Committee in cooperation with the local Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual salute.

Free registration begins about 7:30 a.m. in the Windham Building at Livingston Church of Christ. Door prizes will be given away at the breakfast program and also a swivel rocker at the lunch program at the Livingston Rotary Agricultural Complex at the fairgrounds, and other door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Games, including horseshoes and corn hole toss, will be held during lunch. A unique Ag-Ind Day Quiz will be given and the winner will receive an Overton County afghan.

For more informaton contact any member of the Resource Developement Committee or call the Chamber of Commerce at 823-6421 or UT Extension Office at 823-2735.



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