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The pavement bearing the moniker of famed oilman T. Boone Pickens has returned to Holdenville after a fuss kicked up over his taking it from his grandmother's former home, according to a recent story.

The piece of concrete " into which a young Pickens etched his name while the stone was wet in 1946 " is awaiting a decision before a court of law as to who actually owns it: the city of Holdenville, Pickens or the guy who now owns the former home of Pickens' grandmother, David McCart, according to The Oklahoman.

Pickens experienced a different kind of "bust" when McCart became upset after the bazillionaire had a work crew take up the slab and spirit it away to his West Texas ranch.

Now, Pickens' people say, the fate of the cement is going to be decided by a court, no doubt becoming the trial of the century. (If the slab doesn't fit, you must acquit!)

"It is not a concrete solution, but it puts us on the right path to cementing our relationship with the city," Pickens' spokesman Jay Rosser reportedly said.

McCart contends he owns the 3-by-5-foot slab, cut from in front of his driveway by Pickens' crew.

The relationship between the McCart and Pickens camps got rocky when Pickens' wife bought his childhood home from Holdenville and had it moved to the oilman's 68,000-acre ranch in the Texas Panhandle. When Pickens wanted to move the house across McCart's (formerly Pickens' grandmother's) driveway, Saundra McCart parked her car so the crew couldn't move the house through that way.

However, Holdenville Mayor Jack Barrett said the concrete belongs to the city because it resides in the city easement. But he'll see what the court says.

"Then we'll decide whether to give it to Mr. Pickens as a gift or auction it off," Barrett said. "If it's city property, we might have to do that. On the other hand, Mr. Pickens has been very gracious to this community."

As it stands now, the chunk of concrete has created a fissure that divides the town, Barrett said.

"The issue's kind of split the community," Barrett said. "The big guy against the little guy."

He added: "Like there's no crises in the world. If you didn't laugh about it, you would get mad."

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