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Memorial Day observed
Truck spills load of paper rolls
Overton County unemployment rate lowers to 11.3% in April

Memorial Day observed

Betty Aronson photos
Memorial Day on the courthouse square in Livingston was celebrated with an honor guard of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Truck spills load of paper rolls

Carson Oliver photo
Huge paper rolls, weighing 6,000 pounds each, were scattered along Highway 111 last Wednesday after the tractor-trailer hauling them overturned.

By Mary Jo Denton,
Herald-Citizen staff

A tractor trailer truck loaded with 42,000 pounds of paper in huge rolls wrecked on Highway 111 Wednesday morning, May 26, spilling its cargo out the top after overturning onto its left side.

The driver of the truck, Robert Allen Dennings, 40, of Belleville, MI, was charged with DUI, having an open container of an alcoholic beverage, failure to stay in the lane of traffic, and having logbook violations.

It happened at 8:38 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Highway 111 near Quinland Lake Road in Algood, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Eric McCormick.

The 2007 Volvo truck, owned by Swift Transportation Co. of Indiana, was on the way to Wisconsin with the seven 6,000-pound rolls of paper, the trooper said.

“The truck was headed north and veered over into the other lane and the load shifted, and when that happened, the truck rolled over onto its left side,” he said.

Algood Police Sgt. Bryant Swallows, who along with other officers helped work traffic control at the scene, said, “From what I could tell the truck didn’t make the curve and rolled over and the reams of paper came out of the top of the truck and into the median, and one roll rolled across Highway 111.”

The driver was injured and was taken to Cookeville Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. He was then taken to the Putnam County jail, where his bond was set at $1,000.

In the DUI warrant the trooper obtained, it is alleged that Dennings had red, watery eyes and smelled of alcohol at the scene of the accident.

Removal of the paper rolls from the scene was still underway as of that afternoon.


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Overton County unemployment rate lowers to 11.3% in April
Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2010 was 10.5%, down from the March rate of 10.6%. The United States unemployment rate for the month of April was 9.9%.

County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for April 2010 show that the rate decreased in 89 counties, increased in 3 counties, and remained the same in 3 counties.

Overton County’s unemployment rate was 11.3% for April, down from 12.5% in March. Overton had 1,130 unemployed of a workforce of 9,970.

Overton County is included in the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area, along with Putnam County and Jackson County. Unemployment in the Cookeville MSA went down from 10.9% to 10.2% in April, with 5,160
unemployed of a workforce of 50,760.

Jackson County’s unemployment rate went down from 13.2% in March to 12% in April. Jackson had 600 unemployed of a workforce of 4,970.

Putnam County’s unemployment rate went down from 10.1% in March to 9.6% in April. Putnam had 3,440 unemployed of a workforce of 35,830.

Clay County’s unemployment rate went down from 14.2% in March to 13.1% in April. Clay had 430 unemployed of a labor force of 3,310.

Fentress County’s unemployment rate went down from 12.9% to 12% in April. Fentress had 940 unemployed of a workforce of 7,850.

Pickett County’s unemployment rate went down from 18.1%, to 15.2 in April. Pickett County had 270 unemployed of a workforce of 1,780.

Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 7.1%, down from 7.4 percent in March. Scott County had the state’s
highest unemployment rate at 20.3%, up from 19.8 in March.

Unemployment information is available online at http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/labor_figures/april2010county.pdf.

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