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Agencies combine to solve 65 area burglary cases
Guardsmen to leave this Sunday
Christmas in the Country kicks off season
Overton County unemployment rate lowers to 12% in September

Agencies combine to solve 65 area burglary cases


District Attorney Randy York, Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge, Det. Tim Poore, Algood Police Chief Jim Eldridge, and Det. Mickey Smith plan the execution of the search warrant.

Multiple burglary cases covering several counties has been solved, according to Livingston Police Department.

During the past four months, a large number of business burglaries have plagued the jurisdictions of Livingston Police Department, Gainesboro Police Department, Algood Police Department, Cookeville Police Department, Monterey Police Department, Pickett County Sheriff’s Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Overton County Sheriff’s Department, and Albany Police Department in Kentucky.

Burglaries consisted of breaking into businesses at all hours of the night, entering through doors and windows, and stealing mostly cash, electronics, and firearms.

During the course of the investigation, law enforcement agencies from each of the jurisdictions pooled their resources to combat the burglaries. During joint meetings, area detectives shared information, with each providing a piece of the puzzle.

Their extensive efforts and techniques finally paid off and solved more than 65 burglaries from the 13th Judicial District, the 15th Judicial District, and Kentucky.

On Friday, Nov. 27, several search warrants were executed in Livingston and Monroe from an affidavit filed by LPD Det. Tim Poore to recover stolen property and put the ringleader in custody. These efforts were reportedly successful in that many of the stolen items were recovered and arrests of suspects were made.

As the case developed from that point, detectives learned that some of the stolen items had allegedly been taken to a residence in Chattanooga. The following morning, November 28, detectives from Livingston, Algood, and Gainesboro coordinated with Chattanooga Police Department to obtain another search warrant for a residence there.

Due to the nature of the suspects in Chattanooga, the Chattanooga SWAT team was used to make entry and secure the residence, which could be described as a “crack house”, according to Livingston Police. This search allegedly resulted in the recovery of additional stolen property identified as being from Algood, Gainesboro, and Livingston.

Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge stated, “Once again, it goes to
show what happens when everyone cooperates. It is my belief that this case would not have been solved had it not been for each of the agencies willing to share intelligence and combine their assets and resources.

“No one agency solved this case, we did it together.”

The detectives made a joint statement that serial numbers of property, photographs, and specific markings on property make a difference in solving cases, and that this case would not have been solved without people recording their serial numbers.

Almost every law enforcement officer from the all of the agencies were involved in the case, from taking reports, checking the businesses, and providing intelligence.

Law enforcement officers directly involved in the investigation included the following: Gainesboro Police Dept. – Chief Max Goodpasture and Det. Sgt. Mickey Smith; Algood Police Dept. – Chief Jim Eldridge and Lt. Gary Harris; Cookeville Police Dept. – Det. Sgt. Tim Terry and Det. Chase Mathis; Pickett County Sheriff’s Dept. – Sheriff Clois Brown and Det. Jeff Flowers; Monterey Police Dept. – acting Chief Larry Bates; Jackson County Sheriff’s Dept. – Det. Sgt. Donathan Durham; Overton County Sheriff’s Dept. – Sheriff W.B. Melton, Chief Dep. Frank Dial, Det. Al Daniels, and Dep. Steve Castle; Putnam County Sheriff’s Dept. – Det. Bob Crabtree; Chattanooga Police Dept. – Det. Sgt. Charles Wells; Albany Kentucky Police Dept. – Chief Earnest Guffey and Det. Sgt. Johnny Garner; Livingston Police Dept. – Chief Etheredge, Det. Sgt. Tim Poore, and Det. Sgt. Jacob Boswell; and District Attorney General Randy York.



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Guardsmen to leave this Sunday
A send-off for National Guardsman at the Livingston Armory will be held between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Area residents are being encouraged to line Highway 111 to give the Guardsman well wishes for a safe return.

Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment from Livingston, Jamestown, and Oneida is preparing for deployment after completing more than three weeks of annual training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi.

Tennessee’s largest combat unit is preparing to return to the south Mississippi Mobilization Station on the first leg of their scheduled overseas deployment.

Enforcer Troop will be leaving Sunday, Dec. 6 between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. to begin mobilization training. The 278th ACR is now scheduled to train for approximately two months at Camp Shelby before being deployed in February 2010.


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Christmas in the Country kicks off season


Betty Aronson photo
Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes lights the official Christmas tree on the square with help from spectators and Santa Claus, kicking off the season’s festivities for Christmas in the Country.
Christmas in the Country is held each Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. now through December 18. Overton County Merchants Association has many special events planned with caroling, music, carriage and wagon rides, free cider, hot chocolate, and popcorn, along with visits from Santa. Friday, Dec. 4 will feature music from Livingston Academy Band, who will be selling beans and cornbread to raise funds for the band. A 5K “Christmas for Kids” run sponsored by the Jaycees is scheduled on December 18 at 5 p.m. For more information call (931) 823-2218.


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Overton County unemployment rate lowers to 12% in September
Tennessee’s unemployment rate for October was 10.5%, unchanged from the September rate of 10.5%. The United States’ unemployment rate for the month of October was 10.2%.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for October 2009, released November 25, show that the rate increased in 38 counties, decreased in 42, and remained the same in 15 counties.

Scott County had the state’s second highest unemployment rate at 17.8%, down from 18.4 in September.

Overton County’s unemployment rate was 12.1% for October, up from 11.8% in September. Overton had 1,180 unemployed of a workforce of 9,740.

Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. Unemployment in the Cookeville MSA went up from 10.3% to 10.4% in October, with 5,070 unemployed of a workforce of 48,700.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate went up from 12.4% in September to 12.6% in October. Jackson had 610 unemployed of a workforce of 4,820.
Putnam County’s unemployment rate remained at 9.6% in October. Putnam had 3,290 unemployed of a workforce of 34,130.

Clay County’s unemployment rate went up from 12.6% in September to 13.3% in October. Clay had 430 unemployed of a labor force of 3,250.

Pickett County’s unemployment rate went up from 13.4% in September to
14.5% in October. Pickett had 250 unemployed of a workforce of 1,720.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate went up from 13% to 13.4% in October. Fentress had 1,010 unemployed of a workforce of 7,530.

Unemployment information is available online at http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/october2009county.pdf.


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