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Archives 05-10-2011


LA Prom held Saturday night
County Mayor redesignated as County Executive
Multi-agency investigation leads to stolen property
Rains swell lake, hamper access to docks

LA Prom held Saturday night

Kaylee Masiongale photos
Livingston Academy students arrive at the 2011 LA Prom held at The Clark House on Saturday, May 7. Paxton Eldridge and Mackenzie Sells were named Livingston Academy Prom King & Queen 2011.


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County Mayor redesignated as County Executive
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, May 9 with Commissioners Jackson Carter, Frank Martin, Jean Moore, Darwin Clark, Randall Boswell, Jesse B. Bowman, Bruce Ledford, Glenn Honeycutt, Billie G. Phipps, Rick Moles, Ben Danner, and Donna Savage all present, and Commissioners James Clouse, Gregg Nivens, and Billy J. Parrott absent.

A tabled motion from October to change the designation of County Mayor back to County Executive was taken off the table in order that Public Chapter No. 107 would take effect. Public Chapter No. 107 was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam on April 28 to amend Tennessee Code Annotated 5-6-101 so counties such as Overton County return to referring to the county’s chief executive officer as County Executive.

Ron Cyrus said, “Folks, I am now designated as the County Executive.”

State Representative John Mark Windle had introduced the bill in the State House, and State Senator Charlotte Burks had introduced the bill in the State Senate.

“They did a great job getting that through,” County Executive Cyrus said.
He also informed the County Commission that FEMA-1937 Grant has been approved for reimbursement of $142,639.27 with local in-kind labor of $20,377.02 for a total of $163,016.29.

“This is a credit to the Road Department and a lot of hard work they did,” Executive Cyrus said.

An application for a meth lab clean-up grant, with no matching funds, was approved, and an application for a U.S. Justice Department Grant to Enhance Law Enforcement Functions, with no matching funds, was also approved.

Resolution 1105 was adopted to establish standards for permanent easements.

Overton County Schools Quarterly Report was approved, as was the Overton County Quarterly Report.

The County Commission approved relieving the County Trustee of the 2009 property tax in the amount of $63,643.31 that has been turned over to the Clerk & Master for collection.

Records Commission members were approved as follows: Reda Bilbrey, Archivist; Larry Gunnels, Assistant Archivist; Barbara Matthews, Circuit Court Clerk; Peggy Smith, Trustee; Larry King, Tax Assessor; and Clara Smith, Secretary. Commissioner Donna Savage voted against the appointment.

The following were approved as notaries at-large: Cindy Gail Johns, Laura Lynn Moore, Barbara Dancy, and Tena Ledbetter.

Minutes of the April 11 meeting were approved.

Before adjourning, Executive Cyrus mentioned an unsigned letter wanting information on contacting county commissioners to be available to the public. Along with pointing out that the local newspapers publish this information, he also wanted to inform the public that www.overtoncountytn.com has contact information for county officials.

“If you don’t have a computer or a printer, you can come by the office and we’ll give you a printout,” Cyrus said.

The meeting adjourned.


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Multi-agency investigation leads to stolen property
By Lyndon Johnson,
OCN staff

Livingston Police and Overton County Sheriff’s Department were part of a multi-agency takedown of a suspected burglar whose capture led to a cache of goods stolen from Overton and surrounding counties last week.

According to reports from Livingston Police Chief Greg Etheredge, law enforcement in Clay, Putnam, and Overton counties had been on the hunt of Dustin Hamilton, of Livingston, after equipment, tools, and other goods turned up missing recently from the road construction site on Highway 52 in Clay County, from an auto body shop on Byrdstown Highway in Overton County, and from a number of burglarized automobiles in Putnam County.

Etheredge said, “On April 2nd, 2011, Livingston Police Department and Clay County Sheriff’s Department were working together on a case involving theft of equipment from Clay County that had occurred within the last month or so. Detective Randall Slayton of the Clay County Sheriff’s Department had called me and told me he had developed a suspect by the name of Dustin Hamilton that he believed was involved in the theft of the property.

“So we had been looking for him for quite some time,” Etheredge continued. “Then, Detective Chase Mathis with the Cookeville Police Department had called me because of a number of auto burglaries that they had in Cookeville, and Dustin Hamilton was the suspect in that case. They had tried to apprehend him a couple of weeks earlier, and Hamilton allegedly ran from them and rammed into a patrol car in his attempt to get away from them.”

Etheredge said U.S. Marshals became involved in the case, eventually nabbing him on Friday, April 29 in a traffic stop on Highway 52 outside Livingston. Etheredge said Hamilton indicated he would cooperate with authorities in revealing where the stolen property was located.

“We had almost decided to give up that day,” Etheredge said. “He was spotted by the Marshal Service in another vehicle. So Livingston, Cookeville, Marshals, and Det. (Brian) Franklin with the (Overton County) sheriff’s office engaged in a stop on Highway 52 and took him into custody.”

According to Etheredge and a press release from Overton County Sheriff’s Department, authorities were able to locate approximately $50,000 in stolen property, much of it tools and equipment, based on Hamilton’s tipping them off. Etheredge said the items were stored in various locations in Overton and Putnam counties.

“After we took him into custody, we brought him to the police department, and I questioned him to the Clay County thefts,” Etheredge said. “He indicated that he would be willing to cooperate and also named off that there were things in Overton County. So on May 2nd, Det. Slayton and I went to Putnam County Sheriff’s Department and conducted an interview with Dustin Hamilton. While there, he agreed to cooperate with the investigation and surrender the items that he knew where they were at.

“So, we then contacted Cookeville Police Department, Algood Police Department, Overton County Sheriff’s Department, and detectives from all of the agencies involved went to various locations in Putnam and Overton County to recover the property.”

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Rains swell lake, hamper access to docks

Carson Oliver photo
Jim Evans takes off skiing on a trick ski pulled by a Chevrolet pickup truck on the road leading to Willow Grove Dock and Resort Saturday, May 7. Approximately 2 1/2 feet of water covered the road leading to the resort as Dale Hollow Lake swelled last week in the aftermath of intense rainfall to levels not seen since 1984. According to preliminary reports from the Army Corps of Engineers, the lake level stood at 657.34 feet above mean sea level on Thursday, May 5. That level was last eclipsed on May 9, 1984, when the lake reached 660.22 feet above mean sea level.

The Corps of Engineers began releasing water from Dale Hollow Dam’s gates over the weekend in an effort to lower lake levels. Since Saturday, the water over the road leading to Willow Grove Dock and Resort has reportedly lowered to the point that only six to 12 inches remains on the road’s low point.

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