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Hats Off! LA graduation held
Authorities arrest alleged drug dealer, gang member
Senior Citizens Center topic of OCNH Board work session

Hats Off! LA graduation held

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Members of Livingston Academy Class of 2011 toss their mortar boards into the air at the conclusion of graduation ceremonies held Saturday, May 21 in Tennessee Tech University’s Hooper Eblen Center. Approximately 215 seniors received diplomas.

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Authorities arrest alleged drug dealer, gang member

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A baggie of cocaine authorities allege was found on Octavious Jackson is seen laying on the ground in the woods near Tower Hill Road. Also allegedly found in his possession were “more than 100” prescription narcotic pills of various types and a “large quantity” of cash, authorities said.

By Lyndon Johnson,
OCN staff

Authorities from Overton County Sheriff’s Department and Livingston Police Department arrested an alleged drug dealer and gang leader after a chase across town that ended on Tower Hill Road Saturday.

According to a pair of press releases from OCSD and LPD, deputies of the sheriff’s department had been conducting surveillance on a residence on Cash Street in Livingston, where an individual named Octavious Jackson, formerly of Lebanon, was believed to be residing and selling cocaine.

“During surveillance of the residence (Saturday), officers realized that Jackson was at the residence and it appeared that he would be leaving shortly,” said the release from LPD. “At this point, officers with the Livingston Police Department in coordination with the sheriff’s department set up a perimeter around the residence to stop Jackson when he left the home.”

Jackson did leave the home that evening, authorities say, traveling toward North Oak Street, where OCSD Deputy Derek Sidwell, LPD Chief Greg Etheredge, and LPD School Resource Officer Logan Carpenter attempted to stop the vehicle, described by authorities as a white van, in the roadway.

“The suspect vehicle then quickly backed up and turned around in the roadway and headed towards Hidden Valley,” said the LPD release.

According to the OCSD press release, the vehicle fled from officers at a high rate of speed. Both releases said the driver of the vehicle “attempted to
hit” a police vehicle traveling toward it that was occupied by Detective Brian Franklin and Sgt. Robert Garrett of the sheriff’s department.

According to authorities, the vehicle then turned onto Tower Hill Road, where it slowed down and Jackson allegedly jumped out of a passenger seat and ran into the woods. The van then continued traveling up Tower Hill Road, where it was later stopped by Franklin, Carpenter, and LPD Cpl. Ray Smith.

Meanwhile, Garrett, Sidwell, and Etheredge located Jackson in the woods, where he allegedly resisted arrest. According to reports from both OCSD and LPD, it took all three officers to subdue him. The LPD report alleged Jackson “was high” and said officers found a “large quantity of cocaine, prescription pills, and cash.”

Sheriff W.B. Melton said the amount of cocaine was “More than I’d ever seen.” For his part, Etheredge described it as “More than an ounce of cocaine.”

According to both Melton and Etheredge, Jackson was affiliated with a gang known as the Vice Lords.

“Over the past few months, we have encountered individuals who we believe are participating in gangs,” Etheredge said. “We know that there are gangs in Putnam, White, and Cumberland counties. And I believe that the sheriff and I take the same position that we will take this as a priority to combat them from gaining roots in Overton County.”

Etheredge said he did not believe the recent cocaine raid on University Street was related to the Vice Lords gang, but he said he was of the opinion that the “head duck” in that operation was affiliated with a different gang.

“What I’m concerned about is that they’re coming into neighborhoods, and they’re not standing out,” Etheredge said. “What we’re hearing from other jurisdictions is that they came in, they went into neighborhoods, they didn’t raise any red flags, and then the next thing you know, here they are.

“I would say this to people that are buying drugs,” Etheredge continued.

“Don’t buy them from gangs, because that’s the reason they’re coming here. They’re coming here for money, and they think that it’s a new market
for them.”

LPD officials said Jackson had more than 100 prescription narcotic pills inhis possession, including Percocet and Xanax. Authorities did not say how much money was in Jackson’s possession.

The driver of the minivan was identified as Scott Barlow, of Celina. Also in the vehicle was Barlow’s 4 year-old son. Barlow was arrested on charges
including reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon– the “deadly weapon” in this case being the vehicle, according to police.

Jackson was arrested on numerous charges including resisting arrest, evading arrest, and narcotics violations in addition to outstanding felony warrants from other areas, including Cookeville, according to police. He is currently in Overton County Jail on $10,000 bond.



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Senior Citizens Center topic of OCNH Board work session

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

A Senior Citizens Center work session will be held at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, May 24 to hear a proposal that would re-organize Overton County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors and create a joint agreement between the center and Overton County Nursing Home.
The meeting will be held in the conference room of Overton County Courthouse Annex on University Street.

Overton County Nursing Home Board of Directors held a work session Wednesday, May 18 to discuss the proposal. Board members Billie G. Phipps, Randall Boswell, Frank Martin, Darwin Clark, and Gregg Nivens were present, along with County Commissioner Donna Savage, County Executive Ron Cyrus, and OCNH Administrator Jennifer Bouldin.

In the proposed action, Overton County Nursing Home would pay off approximately $124,000 owed on the Senior Center building, and the land, which at one time belonged to the nursing home, would return to OCNH.

Executive Cyrus said that paying off the loan now would save the county money in the long run.

“It would have cost the county $419,000 for a $200,000 building,” he said.

He went on to say, “That’s going to save us right around $80,000 over the rest of the life of that loan.”

In re-organizing the Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors, Executive Ron Cyrus wants a cross-section of the county represented on the board.

“Each of the five districts would appoint one person from their community as a representative of that community,” he said. “And I think that gives more of a cross-section of the entire county.”

The new Senior Center Board would be made up of the five commissioners on the Overton County Nursing Home Board and county commissioners
from each district would nominate Senior Center Board members from their districts.

The Senior Center Board would have approximately 15 members, with the remaining members of the Board being those selected to meet certain state requirements.

OCNH Administrator Bouldin said, “We’re not talking about the nursing home running the senior center.”

And Cyrus added, “Just working with them.”

Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes, Livingston aldermen, County Executive Cyrus, and Overton County Commissioners have been specifically invited to the Senior Citizens Center work session because the city and the county are responsible for partial funding of the center.

Overton County Nursing Home Board of Directors will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26 in the administrator’s office.

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