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Ka-Boom! Independence celebrated
Area hospitals becoming smoke free
Sheriff’s Dept. assists in child murder investigation
Four injured in Sunday auto crash
Overton County now has visitor’s guide

Ka-Boom! Independence celebrated


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Fireworks shows abounded in Overton County over the Independence Day holiday weekend, from this display at Willow Grove Resort to fireworks shows at Mitchell Creek Marina, Hilham Volunteer Fire Department, Rickman Volunteer Fire Department, and Livingston First Baptist Church to those at family gatherings.



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Area hospitals becoming smoke free

Livingston Regional Hospital is going tobacco/smoke-free on September 1. After this time, no tobacco use of any kind will be permitted on hospital property.

This initiative will include the elimination of designated areas located on hospital premises where employees, patients, and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products.

A statement from the hospital says, “Livingston Regional Hospital’s decision to go tobacco-free is not an attempt to ‘force’ anyone to quit smoking. Rather the tobacco-free initiative is a concrete way we can demonstrate our ongoing commitment to a healthy lifestyle and to the community’s wellbeing.”

For those who wish to quit, free smoking cessation information is available through the LRH Admitting Department. Call (931) 823-5611 for more information.

CEO Michael Meadows said, “We are asking for community support with our tobacco/smoke-free initiative as we move toward September 1, 2010.

The hospital board of directors and medical staff fully support our efforts and we hope the community will as well.

“Let’s work together toward a healthier community for our families and neighbors.”

As of July 1, Cookeville Regional Medical Center is a totally tobacco-free campus. No tobacco use of any kind is permitted, inside or outside, on hospital property. Designated smoking areas at the hospital have been eliminated.

Tobacco is the cause of death for over 9,000 Tennesseans every year and is the root cause of many illnesses and lost productivity. Tobacco use in and around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors, according to CRMC.

To help those who wish to quit smoking, the Quit 4 Life Support Group at CRMC meets on Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria conference room, or call (931) 528-QUIT.



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Sheriff’s Dept. assists in child murder investigation
Det. Al Daniel of Overton County Sheriff’s Department was contacted Thursday, April 22 by Sgt. Chris Meehan of Collin County Sheriff’s Department in Mckinney, TX, regarding the body of an unidentified 6 year-old white male.

The body was found by Wylie Texas Police Department on Thursday, April 15. Information from Texas indicated the child had lived in Overton County within the last year. Sgt. Meehan requested that Det. Daniel assist in identifying the child.

Through subsequent investigation, the child was identified, and the child’s caretaker was located and identified as Darlene Phillips, his grandmother who is formerly of Allons. This information was passed on to Sgt. Meehan and proved crucial in solving the case, according to Overton County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a CBS News report, the child’s name is Gerren Joseph Isgrigg, and his body was found near Lake Lavon.

Phillips, 63, has been charged and is in custody in Collins County, TX.

Collins County Sheriff Terry G. Box stated, “This information was instrumental in turning a tragic unsolved murder of a child into a solved case. The effort by all those involved shows what can be accomplished with cooperation and teamwork.”



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Four injured in Sunday auto crash
Four persons injured in a one-vehicle crash on Tommy Dodson Highway around 7:25 p.m. Sunday, July 4.

According to Overton County Sheriff’s Department, Heather Gerfew, 23, of Cookeville, was driving a 1994 Nissan east on Highway 293 when she apparently lost control of the vehicle in a curve approximately one mile from Highway 111.

Gerfew was transported to Cookeville Regional Hospital for treatment, as were a 7 year-old boy passenger and a 4 year-old boy passenger. Another passenger in the car, Laura Harris, 27, of Cookeville, was taken by Life Flight to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

All were wearing seatbelts.

Bruce Cantrell of Overton County Sheriff’s Dept. investigated the incident.


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Overton County now has visitor’s guide


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The new Overton County Guide has arrived at the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce. On hand when the guides arrived are, from left, Trudy McDonald, secretary, Rita Reagan, Chamber director of marketing and tourism, Greg McDonald, Chamber director of business development, and Morgan Walters, representing publisher Overton County News.

Rita Reagan, director of marketing and tourism, stated, “We are very excited about our first community guide that we will be distributing to all the welcome centers in Tennessee, boat docks in Tennessee and Kentucky, tourist attractions, and businesses throughout Overton County and the state.

If you would like to have a copy or several copies to distribute at your business, please either stop by or contact us at the Chamber to have them delivered.”


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