Child fatally injured in mishap
A 3-year-old Livingston child died when he was struck by an unmanned truck.
According to reports, Cody Randall Ogletree and his parents, Randy and Rhonda Ogletree, were visiting his grandmother at her home in Cookeville. The Ogletrees prepared to leave the residence, and Cody ran on ahead of them toward their truck.
Then, the 1978 Ford pickup rolled down the hill of the driveway and struck the child, causing injuries to his chest.
He was rushed to Cookeville General Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival, according to reports.
Jury finds councilman not guilty
A Cookeville city councilman's trial on official misconduct charges ended Friday with a not guilty verdict.
The Criminal Court jury of 10 women and two men deliberated for more than four hours before returning the decision and ending the three-day trial of Councilman Don Wagnon.
Mr. Wagnon, 64, broke down in tears and hugged his two attorneys, Don Dickerson and Jimmy White, after the jury foreman read the verdict. He was charged with trying to influence or coerce a Cookeville police officer to reduce or dismiss a traffic ticket that had been issued to a friend of his.
Mr. Wagnon could have gone to jail for six years if convicted, though District Attorney Bill Gibson had announced in court that he did not intend to seek a jail term for Wagnon in case of conviction.
Mr. Wagnon testified in his own defense and denied any wrongdoing. He said he had merely made an inquiry about the traffic ticket matter because he feared that the 88-year-old man who received the ticket would sue the city on a claim that the police officer had treated him roughly.
A ton has been lifted off our shoulders, Mr. Wagnon said after the trial, the good Lord has answered our prayers, and I feel that justice has prevailed.
Man guilty of murder, arson
A Bledsoe County jury returned a verdict of guilty against a man for murdering his wife and then burning their trailer.
The trial for Joseph Martin Thurman, 32, had to be moved to Marion County because his attorney, Howard Barnwell, required handicapped access that Bledsoe County's courthouse does not have.
Thurman faces life in prison on charges of first-degree murder and arson, but a sentencing date has not yet been set.
His wife, Elizabeth Ann Thurman, was found in the bedroom of the family's mobile home in January. Her body was burned beyond recognition. An autopsy revealed she had died before the home was set on fire.
TBI investigating former coach
For the third time in just over a year, an area high school coach is the center of an investigation for alleged inappropriate behavior involving a student.
A probe was launched to investigate allegations of inappropriate behavior on the part of former Lady Pioneer Assistant Basketball Coach Janie Brock, who was suspended with pay Thursday from the school system pending the completion of the TBI investigation.
Prior to her suspension, Ms. Brock served as a special education teacher within the local school system. She was formerly an assistant coach with the girl's basketball team last season, but was not retained on the staff with the addition of a new coach.
Gaylord's profits drop 62 percent
(AP) Gaylord Entertainment Co. announced that third-quarter earnings dropped 62 percent, in part because the company sold off some cable television systems. The announcement was made Tuesday.
Gaylord owns Opryland hotel and theme park, the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Television, The Nashville Network, among other holdings. For the third quarter of 1996, net income was $20.4 million, or 21 cents per share, on revenue of $205 million. That compared with earnings of $54.3 million during the same three months a year ago, or 56 cents per share, on revenues of $195 million.
It was a one-time thing, said Gaylord spokesman Alan Hall. We had some cable systems, primarily in the Southern California area, that we sold.
Otherwise, he said, the company made in continuing operations $20.4 million, or 21 cents a share, compared to $11.3 million or 12 cents per share for the quarter that ended Sept. 30.
Deputy, adviser won't face charges
(AP) A Shelby County sheriff's deputy and a staff adviser won't have to face bribery charges that allege they took money for law enforcement officer jobs.
They will be tried on conspiracy, money laundering and extortion charges, U.S. District Judge Jerome Turner said in a ruling made public Tuesday.
Turner dismissed six bribery charges against Chief Deputy A. Ray Mills and former staff adviser Stephen Toarmina. They are accused of taking between $3,500 and $3,930 in a jobs-for-cash scheme.
The statute under which Mills and Toarmina were indicted places a minimum $5,000 value on that which the bribe purchased.
Charges dismissed in baby's death
(AP) A judge dismissed aggravated child abuse and neglect charges Tuesday against a woman accused of leaving her baby in a hot car.
General Sessions Judge Al Nations dismissed the charge against Susanna Hackley, 28, formerly of Brentwood. She said her 13-month-old daughter had been left unnoticed in a car for about two hours last Aug. 16. She testified that she thought one of her other children had removed the baby and taken her into the house after a shopping trip.
TBI agent on leave after shooting
(AP) A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agent who killed a Bledsoe County man during a shootout has been placed on routine administrative leave.
Hollis Swafford, 54, died Monday night at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga after he was shot by TBI Special Agent Malcolm Elrod, the TBI said.
Crossville police officers began chasing Swafford when he ran a traffic light Monday afternoon. A park ranger joined the chase when Swafford drove through Cumberland Mountain State Park.
Local police officers asked Elrod to join the pursuit, said Jeff Long, TBI special agent in charge. Elrod followed Swafford to his home outside Pikeville.
After getting out of his car, Swafford fired two shots at Elrod, Long said. Elrod then fired back.
The Bledsoe County Sheriff's Department recently responded to a call involving Swafford, who was allegedly shooting at family members, Long said. Swafford was also recently involved in a Tennessee Highway Patrol pursuit, he said.
Gap residents banking on tunnels
CUMBERLAND GAP, Tenn.
(AP) Chris Gibbs could fit every resident of this tiny mountain town in his new 404-seat restaurant and still have room for 160 friends.
Anticipating a boom in tourism, the college administrator-turned-entrepreneur has poured about $4 million into the restaurant, a 31-room hotel, shops, a bakery and a convention center in this hamlet, as well as a chalet development across the border in Kentucky.
Gibbs and his investors are pinning their hopes on the Cumberland Gap Tunnels, a twin-bore route opening this week that will take motorists under the mountains that Daniel Boone once crossed over to reach Kentucky.
And he plans to spend another $5 million on a Mark O'Meara signature golf course near the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and build another, larger inn with music rooms, a library and a gym. “All the components for tourism are here, said Gibbs, 31, president and CEO of Gap Enterprises Inc. and former dean of the business school at Lincoln Memorial University.
Gibbs said he based his financial decisions on “every natural instinct and ability that I have. I just think the area is such a nationally known area because of the name Cumberland Gap.
The 4,600-foot tunnels, the longest in the Southeast, are scheduled to be opened Friday in a ceremony to be attended by the governors of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.
The opening culminates 17 years of planning and the expenditure of about $240 million in federal funds for construction. Initial discussions about such a project began in the 1950s. The tunnels through Cumberland Mountain will replace a deadly 2.3-mile section of U.S. 25E between the town of Cumberland Gap and Middlesboro, Ky.
Mt. Juliet woman shot to death
(AP) A Mt. Juliet woman police believe was shot by man responsible for a two-state crime rampage died Saturday.
Donetta Keyser, 46, died at Columbia Summitt Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. Keyser underwent surgery Friday to remove a bullet fragment from her head.
Police are seeking Bradley Duane Osborne, 27, a Roland, Okla., native, in connection with the shooting. Police say Osborne, who has led a nomadic lifestyle, lived in Bristol, Tenn., for several months and had a driver's license with a Hermitage, Tenn., address.
Osborne is also a suspect in the slaying of his girlfriend in Virginia and the assaults of four other women.
Metro Nashville Detective Clifford Mann said witnesses saw Keyser's shooting outside a Hermitage laundromat Thursday.
He said the man jumped into a gold car and fled, then tried to run a motorist off the road. Mann said the woman managed to control her vehicle and write down the tag number of her would-be attacker's car a gold 1981 Pontiac Phoenix registered to Osborne.
Sullivan County Sheriff Keith Carr in Blountville said Osborne shot and wounded a former girlfriend in an Abingdon, Va., motel room; tried to kidnap a woman Wednesday night at a Bristol, Tenn., convenience store; kidnapped a third woman from a Bristol coin laundry, raped her several times and took her car; and tried to abduct a fourth woman at an Elizabethton shopping mall.
About 4 p.m. Thursday, police found the body of a fifth victim Stacey Cook, a 22-year-old Bristol woman believed to be Osborne's girlfriend – in a remote part of nearby Washington County, Va. The woman was shot in the head.
Teen-ager will be tried as adult
WHITE PINE, Tenn.
(AP) A Tennessee Supreme Court decision means a White Pine teenager will face trial as an adult in his father's shooting death.
The court summarily denied Damien Knepfler's appeal application without comment.
Knepfler, 16, is accused in the Feb. 6 shooting death of his father, Clayton Knepfler, 59, at the family home. The elder Knepfler was shot 13 times.
Knepfler was initially charged in Jefferson County Juvenile Court, but Judge Rex Henry Ogle transferred the case to adult court.
The application was filed by Knepfler's attorney, Public Defender Ed Miller. Noting conflicting testimony among experts about whether Knepfler is mentally ill, Miller argued state law bars a transfer of a juvenile who is committable.
Sex offenders names on the Web?
(AP) A legislator wants to put the names of Tennessee sex offenders and violent felons on the Internet.
Rep. Doug Jackson, D-Dickson, said he plans to present the idea of the Tennessee Internet Criminal Information System during the next legislative session.
Anonymity is a weapon that sex offenders and convicted felons use, Jackson said. I think as sure as we have sentences for these criminals, when they get out they should have to expect that the public is going to be aware of who they are and what they did.
Jackson said the system would not only provide information on the state's registered offenders, but include their projected parole dates and probation information.
Tennessee already has legislation, sponsored by Jackson, that created a state registry for sex offenders. However, it is only open to law enforcement agencies and is not available to the public.
With the recent unveiling of ConnecTENN, Jackson said most public libraries and schools in Tennessee will have access to the Internet, making the information available to people without home computers. He said Tennessee is already on-line through World Wide Web sites, so adopting the bill would only require that the computerized information on sex offenders be transferred there. He estimated it would take a few months for the information on violent felons to be added.
Preacher, young bride arrested
(AP) A 51-year-old Newport preacher and his new 19-year-old bride were jailed in Kansas a week after fleeing Tennessee with the preacher's young son.
Alfred Ball and Cynthia Dawn Helton were arrested without incident Tuesday in Sedan, Kan., about 60 miles from Wichita.
Authorities have been searching for Ball since he disappeared a week ago with his 2-year-old son, Joshua. He was supposed to return to the boy's mother, Christina Ball, 23, the third of Ball's three ex-wives.
The little boy was with Ball and Helton in Kansas. He reportedly was in good condition.
Ball and Helton waived extradition and were to be returned to Newport. Kansas police said Helton told them the couple were married since they fled Newport on Sept. 30.
Ball was the minister of New Life Christian Center in Newport. He allegedly sold the church property for $32,000.
South's parks getting overcrowded
(AP) The great wide open is starting to get a little stuffy.
More people are heading to the woods than ever before. Lands once limited to hunters are now destinations for hundreds of visitors interested in a dozen pastimes.
There are the adventurous, who bring mountain bikes, kayaks and rock climbing gear. Others prefer picnicking, walking and birdwatching.
It's a changing world where people with diverse interests meet far from civilization, where hikers don't like walking in horse manure, horse riders shy from jangling bikes and riders worry about trail erosion equestrians can cause.
The number of user conflicts is astounding, said Alan Padgett, ranger for the 16,000-acre Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area in Walker County, Ga.
There's even a 10 p.m. curfew for loud noises in the rugged wilderness, which attracted at least 100,000 visitors last year. Think about it, you have to regulate quiet in the woods, Padgett said. We have people in camps with a boom box at 2 a.m.; that's user conflict.
Unless we all learn to share, we're all going to lose.
And, the number of people queuing up for the same playgrounds is increasing. The South is primed for growing pains, according to the Southern Appalachian Assessment, a study completed last year of the region that extends from northern Alabama to Virginia.
Inmates help rebuild burned churches
Inmates from Northwest Correctional Center and volunteers from area Tennessee counties and other states are working side-by-side to build a new church destroyed by fire in July.
The Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in the Dyer County community of Tigert was destroyed by arson on May 14, and construction on a new building started in July. Responding to the appeal for support in rebuilding the church were five state inmates who just recently completed the outside brickwork.
The inmates have worked side-by-side with church members and volunteers from Iowa, Massachusetts and Ohio.
In a related matter, staff and inmates at the Morgan County Regional Correctional Facility donated funds to rebuild a church in Knoxville burned by arson last winter.
Inmates working on the projects are part of the Tennessee Department of Correction Offender Community Work Program for inmates and probationers statewide. The program logged more than 1 million hours of offender labor from November 1995 to July 1996. It has saved government and nonprofit agencies $4.1 million.
State awarded safety recognition
The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants' Association awards committee has announced that Tennessee's Voluntary Protection Program has received first place for the 1996 Safety and Health Outreach Award in the site/company category.
"This award represents Tennessee's decisive commitment to safety," said Tennessee Labor Commissioner Al Bodie. "This recognition is an honor and a clear reflection of Gov. Don Sundquist's commitment to all Tennesseans that their workplaces are safe."
Tennessee's Voluntary Protection Program is called Volunteer Star. Star stands for Safety Through Achievement and Recognition. The Volunteer Star is designed to show the business community shining examples of workplace safety and health excellence."
Landslides stop road construction
Landslide problems are forcing a temporary halt to construction work on Highway 30 East to Dayton.
Of course, you can't just walk off a job site, so right now workers are doing some grading to hold in place what they have already started, said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Luanne Grandinetti. When that is completed, the site will be closed down until spring.
During the shutdown, TDOT officials will conduct studies of the area in an effort to determine the cause of the landslides.
We need to figure out how to deal with it and how to continue, she said. Basically, they'll be trying to find out the reasons for the slides and how to correct it through design or redesign.
The shutdown is expected to add approximately six months to the 3.3-mile project, which started in July 1995 and was originally expected to be completed by October 1997. The road is being widened, and a truck lane up the mountain is bing added.
Overton Co. sheriff, wife arrested
Overton County Sheriff Allen Loftis and his wife, Almedia Loftis, were arrested Sept. 18 following multiple-count indictments alleging official misconduct on Overton jail operations.
The two were released on their own recognizance are are scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 21 in Overton Criminal Court.
The indictments are the result of an eight-month investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. District Attorney Bill Gibson requested the investigation after he received numerous complaints about Overton jail inmates being released early or being allowed what he called illegal furloughs from jail.
Sheriff Loftis has maintained his innocence and added that he is looking forward to a speedy trial.
His wife has worked as a dispatcher and jailer at the Overton County jail since his election in 1994.
The grand jury indictments in the case include 397 counts of official misconduct against Sheriff Loftis and 18 counts of official misconduct against Mrs. Loftis. Most of the county allege that Sheriff Loftis allowed Overton County jail inmates out of jail early on work release and did so without proper court orders.
Sequoyah plant could be better
(AP) Nuclear chief Oliver Kingsley's stinging critique of management at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant found support from the Tennessee Valley Authority board.
We are trying to achieve excellence at Sequoyah, TVA chairman Craven Crowell said Wednesday. Good is not good enough for us. I think Oliver Kingsley was simply trying to encourage his people to be excellent. Last spring, NRC officials told TVA they were concerned about excessive operational problems at Sequoyah's two units, 80 miles south of Knoxville, and the inability of TVA managers to find the roots of the problems. Kingsley addressed their concerns in a letter dated June 17. He attached a memo for plant managers, which said Sequoyah operators seemed satisfied with mediocrity.
Residents protesting new prison
(AP) Five Hardeman County residents staged a demonstration outside the state Capitol to protest construction of a prison in their community.
The five residents of Whiteville, Tenn., said Thursday the prison construction began in February will bring more drugs and lower property values in their small West Tennessee community.
Hardeman County is financing the prison construction through bonds. When the project is completed, the county plans to lease it to Corrections Corporation of America, which will house state prisoners there.
Our basic intention is to stop the state from doing business with CCA, said the group's spokesman, the Rev. Elvis White, associate minister of Antioch Baptist Church in Whiteville.
White said his protesting group had toured prisons in Clifton and Mason, Tenn., and were told the institutions created little economic growth.
Residents also fear the threat of hostages if prisoners escape. A school is located less than 2 miles from the prison site. White said he had voiced his concerns in a letter to Gov. Don Sundquist but received no response.
Sundquist spokeswoman Beth Fortune promised an answer to White's letter.
Arrests postponed until cells open
(AP) Authorities in Dickson County are waiting for room in the local jail to open up before arresting 35 suspects who allegedly have sold drugs to police informants.
In the meantime, police say, the suspects remain on the streets selling marijuana, crack and cocaine, according to The Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville.
Sgt. Stewart Goodwin said the suspects have been identified during four months of investigations. However, authorities have held off presenting the cases to the Dickson County grand jury because there is no room at the jail once the arrests are made.
Pastors pledge $1,000 each to college
(AP) Black pastors are raising money to help save their alma mater.
About 25 pastors have pledged $1,000 each for American Baptist College. The Nashville college is affiliated with the National Baptist Convention U.S.A. Inc., the nation's largest black denomination.
The group hopes to raise up to $1 million by March by getting groups, individuals and churches to pledge $1,000 each. The money will go toward the college's endowment, which now totals about $500,000, said college president Bernard LaFayette.
The college has had financial problems since it ended its 70-year relationship with the predominately white Southern Baptist Convention in 1995.
The Southern Baptist Convention had liquidated most of the college's debts, which were almost $1 million three years ago, LaFayette said.
Austin Peay student murdered
(AP) Students and teachers at Austin Peay State University who knew Penny Williams say its hard to believe the 25-year-old was murdered.
Williams body was found Sunday in Louisiana in the trunk of a car belonging to Reuben Ross. Police suspect Ross, 34, fatally shot Williams, then killed himself. The two met via the Internet, police said.
I looked over at her empty chair and thought what a terrible waste, John DeWayne Lanham, one of Williams' social work classmates, said Tuesday.
She was really smart and so nice.
Police said Ross, a third-year resident in anesthesiology at LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, La., had a lengthy criminal record in two states.
Glenn Carter, chairman of the university's Social Work Department, said he and other staff members are continuing to counsel students following Williams death.
Austin Peay's Social Work club is planning a memorial for the Clarksville resident.
Homeowner accused of hiring arsonist to torch own house
A Harriman man who complained to the city council last month about flooding at his Briggs Road home now has a new wave of problems.
James Robert Pennington, 55, was arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy and solicitation to commit arson of his own home, according to Harriman police chief Roy Jenkins.
Pennington met and contracted a suspect on Aug. 29, who was to burn his house while Pennington was on vacation, according to a state warrant affidavit of complaint.
Criminal investigators received information of the plan and staked Pennington's house. At 1:45 a.m. Sunday, the would-be-arsonist entered the residence and was then nabbed by officers as he attempted to flee the area.
According to investigators, Pennington was going to pay $500 to have his house burned, and had already paid $150 up front and given the suspect a key to the home.
Upon apprehending the suspect, whose name was not released, officers found in his possession a key to the house, rubber gloves and a lighter.
A search of the house revealed that Pennington had apparently saturated the inside of the house with what was believed to be Coleman fuel. Police also said that when questioned, the would-be arsonist confessed.
Pennington was freed on $10,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court on Oct. 28.
Cookeville police aim to break gangs before they start
Youth crime gangs in Cookeville?
It sounds unlikely, but the Cookeville Police Department is taking the possibility seriously. They hope to stop it before it even starts.
Detective Sgt. James Lane said there aren't any gangs in Cookeville as of yet, but he has seen signs of potential gang activity and has heard of gang recruiters being in the area searching for potential members.
He has collected data, attended seminars on the subject, and he has interviewed "kids who tell me about other kids here who claim to be associated with certain gangs."
He has also photographed graffiti painted on certain walls or other sites in Cookeville promoting certain gang names, such as "Cripps" or "Bloods" and other known groups.
Such graffiti is often the first sign of gang activities in the area, Lane said.
"We've had reports of some of this recruiting - they come up here and go around where kids hang out and try to get the kids interested," he said.
What has been done about the recruiting?
The "recruiters" have been chased away, either directly by police or through efforts designed to discourage them, Lane said.
"We have at times just followed them until they get sick of seeing us," he said.
The problem of gangs is a nationwide trend spreading from large cities to smaller ones, and it is that trend that worries police.
Some gangs thrive on violence and aggression, using it to test potential members and making it a status symbol.
"There's no real organized activity here yet, but it could get that way, and we do know certain groups here have called themselves gangs and we know where they hang out," Lane said.
And while he declines to give out specific information about it, Detective Lane acknowledges that some recruiting efforts have been conducted here by gangs from Nashville and Lebanon.
"We want to keep close track of and prevent gang-related activity," he said. "We plan to prosecute it vigorously."
Dogwoods confused about seasons?
Dogwoods are blooming through out East Tennessee and experts say the out-of-season flowering may be due to stress brought on by the weather.
Gladys Hazelwood is one of several residents in the Kingston area to notice dogwood trees blooming in September.
"I've never seen anything like it," she told the Roane County News. "I've seen maybe a bloom or two on a dogwood tree this time of year, but never one bloomed out like this."
She added that she had lived in the same location since 1957 and that the dogwood tree in her yard was planted the following year, yet she had never seen it in full bloom in September.
Roane County Agricultural Extension Agent Paul McCallie stated the blooms might have been brought on by a longer than usual winter. "Anytime the trees go through a stressful situation, this can happen."
23 students suspended after walkout
A couple dozen Campbell County High School students spent last week out of school after being suspended by Principal Eugene Lawson for participating in a walkout on Sept. 6.
"We have 24 students leave school right after the first class started," Assistant Principal Clayton Ray said. "They crossed the four lane, some went to the car wash while others crossed the tracks and headed for a trailer park and four went to Woodson's Mall."
School security personnel were able to roundup 17 of the students and placed them on a school bus for a trip to the Campbell County Sheriff's Department. Parents were then called to pickup their children.
No clear reason for the walkout was given although some students said they were upset and being forced to attend all classes at the school. Others apparently were long-time disciplinary problems.
Roane schools try to nix nits
More than a dozen students were sent home from Kingston Elementary School last week after they were discovered to have lice during a school-wide check.
Several cases had been spotted in the days leading up to the school-wide search.
"Lice are very easily spread," Vice Principal Billy Linville said. "We wanted to try and stop it before it spreads even more." It is a school district policy to send children home who have lice and not readmit them unless they have been examined by a physician or health department official.
Work begun on rebuilding church
It appears the congregation of a church mysteriously burned to the ground will be back in a building by Thanksgiving of this year, church officials predicted.
A Gruetli-Laeger construction company is already on the job, rebuilding Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. A price tag of $99,500 has been set as the cost of the 42 foot by 70 foot church. It is being built on the site of the old church that burned June 8.
"We got enough money with donations and insurance money to pay for the building," said administrative board chairman Howard Mayes. "A woman called and said she had one (a piano) in storage and she'd like to give it to someplace where it'd be used."
The congregation has been meeting in private homes since the church burned.
Drugs topic of special grand jury
A special session of the Warren County grand jury was called into session Tuesday and it is believed the panel heard testimony regarding drug operations in McMinnville and Warren County, The Southern Standard reported.
The special session was called after several members of the grand jury reportedly expressed concern over the increased amount of drug trafficking in the county and what measures were being taken by local police agencies to combat the problem.
The jurors' concerns were passed to Judge Charles Haston in the form of a note during the regular report of the grand jury the previous week.
Subpoenaed before the grand jury were Sgt. Robert Krofssik of the McMinnville Police Department, Warren County Sheriffs Investigator Marty McGinnis, City Administrator Tom Sprowl and Sheriff's Chief Investigator Herb Rowland.
Letters requesting the presence of Sheriff Jackie Matheny, Police Chief Dickie Kesey and County Executive Harry Dunn.
Old tombstones present mystery
Kingston and Roane County authorities are trying to determine the origin of two grave head stones found last week near Lakewood Drive, the Roane County News reported.
A citizen reported to Kingston police that the two tombstones had apparently been dumped along the side of the road. Authorities retrieved the markers and then began trying to determine which cemetery they were taken from.
"We've checked all the cemeteries around here," Police Investigator Paul Stinnett said. "But, we haven't been able to find out where these came from. We've checked all of the small cemeteries in the city and even in the memorial gardens. We just don't know where these came from."
Stinnett said one of the markers has the name Walter S. Calhoun, who apparently was born in 1879 and died in 1963.
The other marker, which is in the form of an angel, has no name. "It doesn't have a name but the angel is very unique. I would think if a family saw it, they would recognize it," said Investigator Stinnett.
TBI joins paint investigation
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been asked to investigate the controversial paint deal made by former Putnam Schools Superintendent Mark Gentry in the last few days of his administration the Herald-Citizen reported.
District Attorney General Bill Gibson confirmed that his office has received several inquiries and complaints about the matter and said he has asked the TBI "to take a look at the situation."
The incident involves $47,542 billed to the Putnam school system in July and August for paint and painting done at Park View Elementary by two paint companies, Spectrum Paints and American Decorators, both owned by Jimmy Stewart.
The paint and labor were purchased by Supt. Gentry without taking bids and without obtaining prior school board approval.
DA Gibson also said he has contacted the State Comptroller's Office, asking for their probe into financing of the project.
Roane schools study drug testing
The Roane County school board's police committee is scheduled to send a revised policy concerning random drug testing for student athletes to the full school board this week.
In the past, schools have tested all student athletes at the beginning of each sport's season, Roane County Schools Business Manager Ronnie Woody said. Thereafter, the students were randomly tested throughout the season.
The new policy would not make mandatory for all student athletes to be tested at the beginning of the season, but, the number of random tests would increase from not less than five to not less than nine.