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Archives 07-14-2010


Twenty-five jobs to be created in Rickman
Local doctor injured in cycle crash
Sheriff’s Dept. investigates illicit texts
Gas leak causes injuries
HEFT Industries Inc. picks Livingston for headquarters

Twenty-five jobs to be created in Rickman

Dollar General Stores has begun construction on a new 9,014 square foot store on Highway 111 in Rickman. On hand at the construction site are, from left, Overton County Mayor Kenneth Copeland, Hack Warden of Elk Mountain Construction, Donnie Elkins, owner of Elk Mountain Construction, and Greg McDonald, Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce director of business development The construction began on Tuesday, July 6, and is expected to be completed within 12 weeks. Elk Mountain Construction is the site work contractor, Group One Construction is the building contractor, and Turner and Associates Realty is the developer. The new Dollar General Store is expected to create approximately 25 jobs.

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Local doctor injured in cycle crash
A local doctor was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 10.

According to reports, Dr. Michael T. Cox was working on his Kawasaki 400 motorcycle in the driveway of his home when he cranked the motorcycle to let it run. He apparently accidentally engaged the clutch and the cycle took off and ran up a steep embankment and fell back down on the street, and Cox landed on his back.

Joe Gore was driving down Tower Hill Road and saw Cox lying on the street. He then called Overton County EMS. Livingston Fire Department and Livingston Police Department also responded to the scene.

Cox was transported to Ft. Sanders Regional Hospital in Knoxville, having sustained three spinal fractures. He was transported by ambulance when a helicopter was unable to fly due to weather conditions in Knoxville.

At Ft. Sanders, Cox was treated by neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Fromke.

Cox was moved from the intensive care unit of the neurology floor to a regular room on Monday. The family said he was able to walk down the hallway by Monday afternoon.

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Sheriff’s Dept. investigates illicit texts
A man has been questioned and charges are pending in the case of a 14 year-old girl receiving illicit text messages.

Overton County Sheriff’s Department received information on Thursday, July 8 alleging that a 14 year-old female was receiving illicit text messages from an unknown male. The text messages included requests for the female to send pornographic pictures of herself to the male subject. Det. Steve Hritz confiscated the female’s cell phone for further investigation.

During the investigation, Det. Hritz made contact with the unidentified male through text messages and with cooperation from Department of Children’s Services. Detectives Hritz and Cooper from Overton County along with Department of Children’s Services and Pickett County Sheriff’s Department made arrangements to meet with the unidentified male in the Pickett County area.

The unidentified male reportedly made contact with a female confidential informant portraying to be the 14 year-old female. Then the male subject was detained for questioning, according to Sheriff W.B. Melton.

“Charges are pending due to an ongoing investigation,” Sheriff Melton stated.

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Gas leak causes injuries
A gas leak on Oakley Street send six people to the hospital on Thursday, July 8.

According to reports, Livingston Fire Department, Livingston Police Department, Livingston Gas Department, and Overton County Ambulance Service were dispatched to the residence at 713 Oakley Street around 8:30 p.m. last Thursday. The original call was that several of the occupants of the residence were suffering from some sort of airborne emissions.

Six people inside the home, ranging in age from adults to small children, were evacuated from the residence and transported to Livingston Regional Hospital for treatment.

Gas Department Supervisor Rick Winningham located the cause of the problem as a hot water heater leaking gas into the residence.
No other apartments were affected by the gas leak.

The six residents were treated at Livingston Regional Hospital and released.

An exact cause for the leak is still under investigation.

Authorities urge residents to have CO2 emission detectors in their homes.

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HEFT Industries Inc. picks Livingston for headquarters

Gary Cook

Gary Cook, CFO of HEFT Industries Inc. announced last week plans to locate corporate headquarters in Livingston.

According to a press release, HEFT is negotiating the purchase of the Berkline #5 Building in the Overton County industrial park.

According to Cook, HEFT is a “new technology” electric power plant company and plans to build a diverse line of products, providing approximately 100 to 150 jobs within the first several months and growing to approximately 1,000 to 1,500 jobs within the first year of operation. In addition, Cook indicated HEFT is looking to open several additional facilities in the Upper Cumberland region, including Pickett County, Fentress County, and the Cookeville area.

Cook stated, “Mr. Kenneth Copeland, Mr. Greg McDonald, Mr. Gary Harris, as well as Mr. Ray Evans, all provided us with a warm welcome, great hospitality, and the strong sense of values that we sought in choosing a location for our company. We’re very excited to be coming, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Overton County and the Upper Cumberland region.”

According to Cook, HEFT hopes to begin operations in Overton County and the Upper Cumberland area no later than Wednesday, Sept. 1.

HEFT is a Colorado Corporation with a Board of Directors made up of Daniel Killian, CEO, Gary Cook, CFO, Robert Frankiewicz, Director, and Larry Kirchmar, Director, according to Gary Cook.

“HEFT Research and Development will be a Tennessee Corporation and is currently being processed,” Gary Cook said.

“We look forward to locating in Overton County and other locations in the Upper Cumberland. In a few days, we will announce dates for a job fair in Overton and Pickett counties, and we will accept applications and speak with people at that point,” Cook said.

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