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Cyrus elected county mayor, Melton becomes first re-elected Republican
Raid nets narcotics, weapons on Windle Street
Fair receives $13,000 for restrooms, bleachers
State tax collections $6.2M less than budget

 

Cyrus elected county mayor, Melton becomes first re-elected Republican


County Mayor
Ron Cyrus


Sheriff
W.B. Melton


Circuit Court Clerk
Barbara Matthews

Overton County elected a new county mayor, for the first time re-elected a Republican to a major county office, and a long-time county commissioner failed to be re-elected during elections held Thursday, Aug. 5.

A total of 5,605 voters went to the polls in Overton County, out of 13,135 registered voters, a rate of just under 43%.

Democratic incumbent Kenneth Copeland was defeated by Republican challenger Ron Cyrus for the county mayor’s seat, with only 208 votes separating the two. Cyrus received 2,696 votes to Copeland’s 2,488.

Cyrus carried all voting precincts except Rickman and Rushing Springs, where Copeland received the most votes by 31 and 10 votes respectively.

Republican incumbent W.B. Melton was re-elected sheriff with 57% of the vote, 3,200 to Democrat challenger Bill Randolph’s 2,229. This is the first time in Overton County history that a Republican has won back-to-back elections. Melton carried every precinct except Rickman, which had a single vote advantage for Randolph. Write-in candidate David Webb had 15 votes.

Democratic candidate Barbara A. Matthews was elected circuit court clerk with 3,313 votes, 59% of the vote, and taking all precincts. Republican challenger Eddie Mott received 1,123 votes and write-in candidate Susan Robbins received 606.

Overton County Legislative Body will take on a new look September 1 with each district changing at least one commissioner.

In the 1st District, incumbent Jean Moore was re-elected with 547 votes.

Frank Martin, who served as county commissioner prior to serving as mayor of Livingston returns to the County Commission with 502 votes, and newcomer Jackson Carter was elected with 452 votes. Former 5th District commissioner Johnie Webb, who moved to the 1st District, failed to be returned for another term, with 427 votes, and, after 32 years as a commissioner, Alan Atnip failed to be re-elected, with 411 votes. The other incumbent, Cindy Robbins, did not run for re-election.

Newcomer James Clouse received the most votes in District 2, with 543, and incumbents James Darwin Clark and Billy James Parrott were re-elected, with 487 and 432 votes respectively. Steven Barlow received 251 votes and Wayne Hancock received 213 votes in their failed bids.

Incumbents Stanley Carter Jr. chose not to run.

Randall Boswell was re-elected in the 3rd District with 451 votes, and Bruce Ledford was re-elected with 394 votes. Newcomer Jesse Bowman was elected with 358 votes. Larry Miller’s bid for election fell short at 350 votes. Incumbent Jeff Staggs chose not to run.

Newcomer Glenn Honeycutt received the most votes in the 4th District, 607, and incumbents Billie G. Phipps and Rick Moles were re-elected with 544 and 454 votes respectively. Nathanael “Nate” Rich received 372 votes, Donald Ray Keyes received 248 votes, Brandon Hensley received 143 votes, and Bobby Lee received 113 votes. Incumbent Chris Speck did not run for re-election.

In the 5th District, incumbents Ben Danner and Gregg Nivens were re-elected with 626 and 467 votes respectively, and newcomer Donna Savage was elected with 443 votes. Cleston Daniels received 334 votes, Herbert Clark received 213 votes, and Fred Roach received 90 votes.

In the School Board member races, Kelly Hill was re-elected unopposed to represent the 1st District, receiving 729 complimentary votes.

Dolphus Ray Dial was re-elected to the 2nd District School Board seat with 598 votes. Tony Johnson received 290 votes and Darlene Spurgin received 71.

Incumbent Lenard Ledbetter was re-elected to the 3rd District School Board seat with 359 votes to Freddie Miller’s 226 and Wayne Ferrell’s 196.
Ricky Dodson, running unopposed, received 887 votes in taking the 4th
District School Board seat. Incumbent Sam Pendergrass chose not to run.

Mike Gilpatrick was elected to the 5th District School Board seat with 559 votes, giving the Board two former school directors, along with Dial. Tony Cannon received 237 votes and Dana C. Elliott received 183 votes in their bids. Incumbent Mark Peek did not run for re-election.

Running unopposed, Hugh L. Ogletree received 4,368 votes for county clerk, Peggy Clark Smith received 4,140 votes for county trustee, and Franklin D. “Peck” Smith received 4,003 votes for register of deeds.

Running unopposed in the 13th Judicial District, Amy V. Hollars was elected circuit court judge with 3,520 complimentary votes, and Randall A. York was elected district attorney with 2,913 complimentary votes.

In the state primaries, Overton County preferred Bill Haslam, with 844 votes, for the Republican nominee for governor, over Ron Ramsey, 703 votes, and Zach Wamp, 690 votes. Haslam also received the nomination in statewide voting.

Democratic nominee Mike McWherter received 2,194 complimentary votes in Overton County.

With incumbent Bart Gordon not running for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives 6th District seat, races were highly contested in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.

In the Democrat Primary, Brett Carter received 587 votes in Overton County to Henry Clay Barry’s 575 and Ben Leming’s 536. Brett Carter won the Democratic nomination for the seat in the district primary.

In the Republican Primary, Lou Ann Zelenik received 632 votes in Overton County to Jim Tracy’s 523, Diane Black’s 468, and Dave Evans’ 346. Black appears to be the Republican nominee, but the race was so close across the district that Zelenik and Tracy did not concede.

Democratic incumbent 15th District State Senator Charlotte Burks received 2,312 complimentary votes in Overton County, and she will face Republican challenger Gary Steakley in November. Steakley received 1,083 complimentary votes in Overton County.

Democratic incumbent 41st State Representative John Mark Windle received 2,581 complimentary votes in Overton County, and will face Republican challenger Patrick McCurdy in November. McCurdy received 1,062 complimentary votes in Overton County.

Also on election night, 1993 Livingston Academy graduate Matt Swallows received the most votes in the election for Cookeville City Council. His 2,089 votes not only gave him a seat on the council, it gave him the mayor’s seat because the Cookeville City Council candidate who receives the most votes becomes mayor, a mostly ceremonial position that also makes him the presiding officer for the council meetings.

Cookeville City Council hires a city manager to oversee the city’s day-to-day operations.

Swallows’ election gives the LA Class of ‘93 two sitting mayors at the same time, with the other being Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes.



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Raid nets narcotics, weapons on Windle Street




Lyndon Johnson photos
An Overton County Sheriff’s Department investigator removes a box of seized evidence from the home of Tommy “Hawk” Parrish and Sue Parrish at 211 Windle Street on Friday, July 30. For more than a year, detectives from both the Sheriff’s Department and the Livingston Police Department have conducted undercover surveillance operations, and undercover agents have allegedly purchased narcotics from Tommy Parrish.

Both Tommy and Sue Parrish were arrested Monday, Aug. 2 on charges of sale and delivery of Schedule III narcotics and trafficking drugs in a drug-free school zone. Bond for Tommy Parrish was set at $150,000, while bond for Sue Parrish was set at $75,000.



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Fair receives $13,000 for restrooms, bleachers
Cost share awards totaling nearly $1.9 million to help support 36 projects to improve agricultural fairs, farmers markets, and educational facilities in rural and urban communities across Tennessee were announced Wednesday, Aug. 4 by Governor Phil Bredesen and Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens.

Cost share awards for community agricultural projects are part of Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program established in 2005 by Governor Bredesen and funded by Tennessee General Assembly to spur agricultural development in the state.

Gov. Bredesen said, “More than ever, it is important we support agricultural development projects in our rural and urban communities.

Agriculture is an important economic engine and these investments support educational and market development activities that will strengthen our rural economy.”

Cost share awards for community agricultural projects are helping to establish or expand fairs, farmers markets, and agricultural education programs through capital improvements. Funds are being used to improve facilities and add amenities such as covered pavilions, restrooms, livestock arenas, and exhibit and classroom space to support local farm-related activities.

Overton County Agricultural Fair will receive $13,000 for bleachers and restroom improvements.

Commissioner Givens said, “This program is making a real difference where there is broad community support for county agricultural fairs, farmers markets, and agricultural education programs. By supporting these activities, we’re also improving the quality of agricultural education and increasing market opportunities for local farmers.”

In order to qualify for cost share funding for community agricultural projects, local fairs, farmers markets, or high school agricultural education programs must contribute at least half the cost of proposed projects. In many cases, agricultural educational facilities are associated with local 4-H or FFA programs and support both youth and adult livestock handling demonstrations and exhibitions.

The 36 projects funded this year represent a wide range of new and expanded community agricultural projects and investments including 19 agricultural fairs, 8 farmers markets, and 9 agricultural learning facilities and educational projects.

Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program also provides a variety of cost share opportunities for farmers and includes programs aimed at cattle improvement, hay, grain, and feed storage, animal health improvement, and diversification to new and emerging forms of agriculture.

Communities interested in submitting a proposal for funding agricultural development projects will have a chance to apply again next year. For more information on TAEP visit www.TN.gov/agriculture/enhancement.



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State tax collections $6.2M less than budget
Total tax collections for June were below budgeted estimates, but recorded positive growth in sales and corporate taxes.

Overall June revenues were $1.062 billion, which is $6.2 million less than the state budgeted. June sales tax collections represent consumer spending that took place in May.

On an accrual basis, June is the 11th month in the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
The general fund was under collected by $9.3 million, and the four other funds were over collected by $3.1 million.

Sales tax collections were $16.8 million less than the estimate for June. The June growth rate was 0.73%. For 11 months, revenues are under collected by $224.7 million. The year-to-date growth rate for 11 months was negative 3.01%.

Franchise and excise taxes combined were $20.9 million above the budgeted estimate of $228.9 million. The growth rate for June was 5.17%. For 11 months revenues are over collected by $75.8 million and the year-to-date growth rate was 6.55%.

Privilege tax collections were $8,000 below the June estimate. For 11 months, collections are $23.8 million below the budgeted estimate.

Business tax collections were $14.4 million less than the June estimate.

Year-to-date collections for 11 months are $23 million below the budgeted estimate.

Inheritance and estate tax collections were $3.6 million below the June estimate. For 11 months, collections are $12.1 million below the budgeted estimate.

Tobacco tax collections were $3.1 million above the budgeted estimate of $25.7 million. For 11 months, revenues are over collected by $6,000.

Gasoline and motor fuel collections for June increased by 5.27%. For 11 months, revenues are under collected by $8.1 million.

Year-to-date collections for 11 months were $225.5 million less than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was under collected by $179.3 million, and the four other funds were under collected by $46.2 million.

The budgeted revenue estimates for 2009-2010 are based on the State Funding Board’s consensus recommendation adopted by the first session of the 106th General Assembly in May of 2009, and are available on the state’s website at http//www.tn.gov/finance/bud/budget.html.

The State Funding board met on December 18, 2009 and adopted mid-year revised revenue ranges for 2009-2010. The funding board met again in March and adopted final revenue ranges for 2009-2010. The board’s consensus recommendation was to recognize lower growth rates than those adopted in December. The revised ranges reflect growth rates ranging from negative 1.77% to negative 1.29% for total taxes, and negative 2.31% to negative 1.78% in general fund taxes.

Based upon the funding board’s March recommendation the revised estimates for 2009-2010 now assume an under collection in total taxes in the amount of $258.9 million, and an under collection of $231 million in general fund taxes.



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