2014 Year In Review

Following are the top stories of 2014, as taken from the Courier files.

JANUARY 1, 2014

Funeral services were held December 28 for community leader Guy C. Pinckley, age 83, of Allardt.

Mr. Pinckley, who was deeply involved in community activities, passed away December 24, 2013 in Cape Girardeau, MO.

Mr. Pinckley founded the dual-enrollment program for high school juniors and seniors of Fentress County to take college courses while still in high school at no cost to them.

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A 32-year-old Fentress County native, identified as Jody A. Davis of Crossville, formerly of Jamestown, sustained fatal injuries in a single-vehicle traffic accident in Cumberland County early Monday, December 30.

JANUARY 8, 2014

Allardt businessman Larry Moody, age 66, passed away December 30, 2013 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center after a long and corageous battle with cancer.

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Although the August General Election is still 7 months away, political activity is already starting to pick up, as eight candidates have already picked up qualifying petetions to have their names placed on the ballot.

JANUARY 15, 2014

Coach Charles J. (Charlie) Vaughn, age 75, passed away January 8 at his home in Alpine following an extended illness.

In addition to his coaching career, he was a farmer and businessman.

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The Jamestown City Council, meeting in regular monthly session on Monday, January 13, took action on a number of items of business, including the purchase of an airplane as part of a plan to upgrade and expand services at the Jamestown Airport.

JANUARY 22, 2014

Mr. Gene Conley Owens, age 75, of Grimsley, passed away January 15, 2014 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on January 9.

Mr. Owens was well known throughout the area, having served for several years as an announcer on WCLC Radion, and later as Unit Administrator at the Sergeant Alvin C. York National Guard Post in Jamestown.

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The James Beaty General Merchandise Store, built in 1924 in Grimsley on State Highway 28, is one of eight Tennessee sites to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

JANUARY 29, 2014

The failure of the pumps which draw water from the raw water intake at the city lake last week forced the City f Jamestown to declare a State of Emergency last week.

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The January term of Criminal Court convened on Tuesday, January 16 with Judge Shayne Sexton on the Bench, with five pleas entered and one probation revocation hearing held, and the Grand Jury convening and returning three indictments.

FEBRUARY 5, 2014

State Senator Ken Yager, State Representative Kelly Keisling and State Representative John Mark Windle notified the Courier on tuesday that Governor Bill Haslam hasincluded funding to the 2014-15 fiscal year bidget which will keep York Institute in control of the state as a state special school.

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The former director of the Fentress County Library has been indicted for allegedly taking more than $40,000 in public money.

According to a nres release from the State Comptroller’s Office, Leslie Pullins used a variety of schemes to take money from the library over a period that lasted nearly three and a half years.

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A probation check by local authories on February 3 resulted in mubtiple drug charges being lodged against a local man and his wife.

The couple was identified as Cas and Ella Huffman of 809 Moody Ln.,  Jametowwn, who face multiple drug charges after authorities discovered more than 9 pounds of processed marijuana at a house the couple own at 1004 Hensley Road, Jamestown.

FEBRUARY 12, 2014

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) is investigating an incident which occurred Saturday night at Pickett County High School that resulted in a bawl following a congrontation between a fan and a member of the York boys basketball team.

FEBRUARY 19, 2014

Local farmer, businessman and community leader Charles E. Taubert, 75, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.

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After issuing a ruling on Wednesday banning both York Institute and Pickett County boy basketball team from post-season play for this year and next year, the TSSAA on Friday reversed their decision and allowed Pickett County to continue play, but upheld their ban on York.

FEBRUARY 26, 2014

After a request by State Senator Ken Yager and Rpresentatives John Mark Windle and Kelly Keisling to the TSSAA to reconvene the Board of Control for the purpose of reconsidering penalties against the York Insittute basketball, YAI Athletic Director Roy Stucker announced on Friday, February 21 that York had been granted another appearance on March 11 to appeal their restrictive probation.

MARCH 5, 2014

A former Fentress County volunteer firefighter was indicted last week on theft charges.

Micheel Edward Nicholas, 33, of 857 Eulis Evans Road, Pall Mall, was indicted on the charge of Theft Over $1,000 on the charge that he took a truck donated to the county fire department, registered it in his own name and then traded it to another individual for his own gail.

MARCH 12, 2014

The Fentress Co. Ambulance service was notified on Friday, February 3 that they had been selected to receive the 2014 Bob Thomas ALS Service Award for 2014.  Members of the Ambulance Service attended an awards banquet on February 12, 2014 at the Park Vista in Gatlinburg, TN to receive the award, which is only given to one Ambulance Service in the State of Tennessee.

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Two Fentress County men, one a member of the James-town Police Department, were seriously injured on Tuesday, March 4 in a head-on collision between their late-model pickup trucks on Highway 52 east of Allardt.

Daniel Gaddes, 43, and Jeff Hancock, 47, a Jamestown Police Department officer, were both critically injured in the accident.

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A total of five subjects have been arrested and charged with various drug charges during the past week; two subjects were arrested and charged with the recent burglary of Banner Grocery Store, and two subjects were arrested and charged in connection with the theft of a vehicle..The vehicle was recovered.

MARCH 19, 2014

A Jamestown couple was arrested on March 17 and charged in connection with a meth lab find at their residence on Rugby Avenue.

The couple was identified as Justin Roberts, 25, and Linda Roberts, 30, of 608 Rugby Avenue, Jamestown.  Two small children were also taken into custody from the residence.

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The TSSAA notified York Institute last week that their decision to ban York Institute from post-season play stemming from an incident February 8 after a fight broke out during the final seconds of the York-Pickett County boys basketball game. had been upheld and York’s appeal was denied.

The ban prohibits the York boys basketball from participating in post-season play through the 2014-15 basketball season.

Read the rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.