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Archives 12-14-2010


One killed in rollover crash
Breeding found dead, police detain suspects in strangling
Melton resigns as coach, Miller named as interim
Four more fires continue charring of area homes

One killed in rollover crash

Lyndon Johnson photo
Above, a Taylor’s Crossroads volunteer firefighter waits for his line to be charged so he can extinguish the fire in a fatal rollover crash near Triple D grocery in the Willow Grove community Thursday, Dec. 9.

Darren Oliver photo
Above, volunteer firefighters work to cool down any hot spots on the car after extinguishing the blaze that resulted from its rollover crash.

By Lyndon Johnson,
OCN staff

A car crash in the Willow Grove community Thursday, Dec. 9 left one person killed and another seriously injured.

According to a report from Tennessee Highway Patrol, John W. Daniels, 26, of Allons and an unidentified passenger were traveling down Oakley Allons Road at approximately 6:10 p.m. when the car they were riding in left the roadway, struck a bank, clipped some trees in the front yard of the Edd Borden residence at 1618 Oakley Allons Road, and flipped, coming to a rest on its roof. The car burst into flames as a result of the crash.

Daniels was able to get out of the vehicle and was flown to UT medical center in Knoxville for treatment of his injuries. A white female occupant, whose identity has not been determined at press time, perished in the crash.

Her remains were sent to the state medical examiner so that her dental records may be used to positively identify her.

The vehicle appeared to be a late-model Toyota Celica hardtop coupe, but the THP report advised the car was burnt so badly that investigating officers could not obtain registration information by license plate or VIN number.

According to the THP report, criminal charges are pending. At last word, crash investigators had not determined for certain who was driving the vehicle. A drug and alcohol test was ordered on Daniels, but no results were made available to Overton County News by THP.

A number of agencies responded to the scene, including Overton County Sheriff’s Department, Taylor’s Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department, Overton County Rescue Squad Extraction Unit, and the THP Critical Incident Response Team. Trooper Stanley Roberts, THP Lt. Brian Lawson and THP Sgt. Keven Norris investigated the crash scene.

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Breeding found dead, police detain suspects in strangling
By Lyndon Johnson
OCN staff

Police are reporting that a Rickman woman was murdered over the weekend.

According to officials with Overton County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 72 year-old Hazel Pearl Breeding was found dead in her home at 745 Moore Road in the Dodson Chapel community during the evening hours of Saturday, Dec. 11.

OCSD reportedly responded to the scene after concerned family members had been unable to contact Breeding. Upon finding Breeding deceased and suspecting she had been murdered, OSCD summoned help from TBI agents to assist in the investigation of the scene.

Both agencies indicated that it appeared Breeding may have been strangled, and some sources are reporting the strangling may have been performed with a heavy electric cord to do so. However, both OCSD and TBI cautioned that official autopsy results will need to be consulted. Autopsy results were not available to Overton County News as of press time.

Two suspects, whose names neither TBI nor OCSD would release to media, were reportedly detained in Indiana over the weekend and charged with stealing Breeding’s car. According to TBI Public Information Officer Kristin Helm, the suspects had not yet been charged with Breeding’s murder at last report.

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Melton resigns as coach, Miller named as interim
By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

In an unexpected move Friday morning, Livingston Academy head basketball coach Richard Melton resigned his post and former LA standout Jimmy Miller was named his replacement.

“Coach Melton has spent many hours with the program and I want to thank him for what he has done at Livingston Academy,” Director of Schools Matt Eldridge stated, “ but there have been incidents that have taken place that made us make a decision that he either accept an indefinite suspension or resign and he chose to resign.

Livingston Academy Principal Lesley Riddle stated, “Coach Melton has resigned, but we were fortunate to have coach Miller here at the school as an assistant principal and he has agreed to take over the coaching duties. That was lucky for us in that we had a highly qualified person who could step right in and continue the program.”

Miller is taking over a highly successful program at Livingston Academy that saw Melton, himself a former player, post a 139-41 record over his five plus seasons as head coach. Melton’s teams won five consecutive district titles and twice appeared in the state tournament in Murfreesboro.

Miller played for LA from 1993 through 1997 and ranks third on the all time scoring list with a total of 1,983 points. He attended Lincoln Memorial University, a member of the Gulf South Conference, and while there was Freshman of the Year, first team All Conference his junior season, and Co-MVP and honorable mention All-American his senior year. He was also in the top three in scoring in the nation in District 2 ball.

As a coach, Miller has coached boys’ and girls’ teams at Rickman Elementary School and has three state championships to his credit.

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Four more fires continue charring of area homes

Lyndon Johnson photos
Above, Livingston Firefighters respond to radio calls that this home, located at 520 Doak Street, was “fully engulfed” on Monday, Dec. 13.

Above are the fire-blackened bones of the home at 305 Daugherty Street in Livingston that burned Sunday, Dec. 12. The structure was still smoldering on Monday.

By Lyndon Johnson,
OCN staff

Four more structure fires continued to keep firefighters busy across the county this week.

The first was at the home of Shirley Dillon, located at 151 Campground Road outside Livingston. Hilham Volunteer Fire Department responded to the structure fire call that came in at approximately noon on Thursday, Dec. 9 to find a storm shelter structure engulfed in flames.

Firefighters focused on keeping the Dillon home, which was adjacent to the shelter, safe from the flames by spraying down the grass and soaking any flames that could threaten the rest of the property. According to Hilham VFD Chief Donnie Bull, no cause for the fire was readily apparent.

The second fire call went out at 8:36 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. In that call, Hilham, Hardy’s Chapel and Fairgrounds VFDs responded to a house fire at the home of Donnie Dulworth located at 249 Old Stone Road near Hilham. According to Bull, a kerosene heater may have played a part in igniting the home, which he said was a total loss.

On Sunday, Dec. 12, Livingston Fire Department responded to a fire call at 9:27 p.m. at the residence of Carla Knappenberger at 305 Daugherty Street in Livingston. According to Livingston Fire Chief Rocky Dial, the cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire demolished most of the home.

Finally, on Monday, Dec. 13, Livingston Firefighters responded to a home at 520 Doak Street in Livingston that was “fully engulfed,” according to radio transmissions that went out after the initial call at 12:52 p.m.

The home, which was owned by Kenny Boles and rented by Tommy Huckeby, suffered plenty of fire, smoke and water damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Dial said.


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