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Archives 03-24-2010


Malibu drives through Sable at McDonald’s
Overton County Guide to be published
Three charged with Allons area thefts
Permits required for open burning

Malibu drives through Sable at McDonald’s

Darren Oliver photos

Three vehicles were damaged and a 75 year-old driver was shaken up after an incident near McDonald’s Restaurant on Wednesday, March 17.

According to reports, Alice J. Boyd, 75, of Hilham, was driving a dark green 2005 Chevrolet Malibu around 6:20 p.m. when she pulled up to a stop on an access drive behind McDonald’s and attempted to turn right. The car continued to turn right and drove over a walled embankment onto an unoccupied gold 1999 Mercury Sable parked at McDonald’s. The Malibu continued down the front of the Sable, which moved backward as it went out from under the Malibu. The Chevy stopped in a parking space facing the access drive and the Mercury, owned by Carolyn Mays, of Livingston, backed into an unoccupied parked 2007 silver Chevrolet pickup, owned by Scott A. Lamb of Livingston.

Boyd, who was wearing a seatbelt, appeared uninjured but was taken to Livingston Regional Hospital to be checked for injuries.

Livingston Police Officer Brandon Walker investigated the incident.

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Overton County Guide to be published

Darren Oliver photo
Making plans for publication and distribution of the Overton County Guide are, from left, Morgan Walters, OCN advertising consultant, Beth Hogue, Chamber administrative assistant, Greg McDonald, Chamber director of Business Development, and Rita Reagan, Chamber director of Marketing & Tourism.

Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce is producing a guide to describe and illustrate the advantages of living, working, and playing in Overton County.

Planned are 20,000 guides in an 8.5”x11” full-color magazine format, which will be distributed over 2 to 3 years.

The Overton County Guide will be designed and published by Overton County News. To advertise in the Overton County Guide contact Overton County News at (931) 403-NEWS. The deadline for advertising space is May 14.

“Your presence in the Overton County Guide will be a strong statement about your business and your commitment to progress in our community.” (Greg McDonald, Director of Business Development)

The Overton County Guide is scheduled to be printed and delivered by June 30.


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Three charged with Allons area thefts
Three persons were arrested on theft charges Monday, March 15 after Overton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a suspicious vehicle call in the Allons area.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they learned that two men had fled the vehicle on foot after finding out that law enforcement had been called.

Deputies located the suspects, and during the course of their investigation, learned that the two men along with a female suspect, who had remained in the vehicle, had allegedly been involved in a theft from the same area just days before.

Deputies reportedly obtained photographic evidence of the suspects’ involvement and obtained confessions from two of the three suspects.
Items reported stolen were two riding lawn mowers, which had been sold to Cooper Recycling.

Sabrina Mabe, Eddie Mabe, and William Cope were charged with Felony Theft of Property.

Arresting officer Mike Phillips was assisted in the investigative process by Sgt. Jeremy Carr, Deputy Ashley Tharp, Deputy John Harris, and Detective Al Daniels.

Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Dept. at 823-5635. Sheriff W.B. Melton assures that all calls will remain anonymous.

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Permits required for open burning
Visible signs of spring are beginning to emerge as warm temperatures and sunny skies push back the doldrums from what has been one of the coldest winters on record. As Tennesseans begin to take advantage of this weather to do some yard work around the home or farm, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is reminding folks that if they are considering conducting an open burn, a burn permit is required in advance of such activity.

State Forester Steven Scott said, “Burning vegetative material that has accumulated around the yard or using fire to clear an old field can be an efficient tool to get rid of such debris; however, it is very important that citizens practice safe outdoor burning recommendations.

“Obtaining a burn permit in advance of debris burning is our way of making the public aware of those recommendations and helping them know when, where, and how it is safe to burn.”

The free burn permits are required in all areas of the state by law from now until May 15 unless otherwise covered by local ordinances, so residents should check with their local government for other restrictions. The permits can be obtained by calling the local Division of Forestry office at 823-2428 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Permits are generally good for 24 hours and can be issued for weekend burns.

More than 415,000 permits were issued last year for activities that included unconfined, outdoor burning of brush and leaves, untreated wood waste, and burning to clear land. The volume of requests on any given day can be high, so the Division is asking residents to exercise patience if they experience any delay in getting through to an operator.

Once a burn permit is obtained, debris burners should practice common sense while conducting a burn. This includes the following:

•Establish a control line around the fire, down to bare soil before conducting the burn.

•Notify neighbors and local fire departments in advance as a courtesy.

•Have tools on hand such as a leaf rake and garden hose or bucket of water to help control the fire.

•Watch for changing weather conditions as winds can blow the fire in the wrong direction.

•Always stay with your fire until it is completely out. It is not only the smart thing to do, but it is also illegal to leave an open fire unattended.

Escaped debris burns are the leading cause of wildfires in Tennessee. The Division’s burn permit system has helped reduce the numbers of escaped burns since the program began in 1995. Burning without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $50. Wildfires caused by arson are a class C felony punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 fines. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity are asked to call the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline toll-free at 1-800-762-3017.

For more information on Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry visit www.TN.gov/agriculture/forestry. For more information on safe debris burning visit www.BurnSafeTN.org.

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