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Oak Grove Rd. Structure Fire Rekindles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 5, 2016


On Tuesday afternoon, December 29, 2015, the Red Boiling Springs Fire Department responded to a double wide mobile home fire at the 2858 Oak Grove Road residence of Katherine Evans. At 3:34 a.m. on Wednesday morning, December 30, the fire rekindled.

 “The grease fire started in the kitchen around 12:00 noon on Tuesday, December 29,” said RBS Fire Chief Randall Bray. “We extinguished the fire, but there was alot of smoke and water damage.”

“We were paged back out to Oak Grove Road at 3:34 a.m. Wednesday morning after the fire rekindled,” Chief Bray continued. “When we arrived the structure was fully involved and the home was a total loss after the second response.”

Chief Bray said the RBS Fire Department was at the fire site for 2 hours in the afternoon and three hours after the fire rekindled. “We returned to the fire station Wednesday morning at 6:43 a.m.”

“There were 11 firemen at the original fire and nine when it rekindled,” added Chief Bray. “We utlized an engine, tanker and we had alot of man power which I appreciated.”

Fleetwood Project Approved by Industrial Board PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 29, 2015


The Lafayette Industrial Development Board has renogiated and approved the payment in lieu of taxes agreement for Fleetwood Homes expansion project. 

According to City Mayor Richard Driver, “from my observation it appears the excavation phase of the expansion has begun and they are getting ready to move ahead with the project. However there is no time frame yet.”

As previously reported in the Macon County Chronicle during October, Mayor Driver said that Fleetwood Homes was discussing expanding the operation with a 20,000 square foot building, increasing production, and hiring 90 new employees during the next three years.

Mayor Driver explained that when Fleetwood Homes bought the land and built their buildings on Highway 52 By Pass West, it was deeded to the Lafayette Industrial Development Board for payment in lieu of taxes.

The Lafayette Industrial Board was scheduled to meet with Fleetwood Homes to discuss renogiating the payment in lieu of taxes agreement for the expansion, which has now been finalized.  

“It’s always good to see local industries expanding, which means more jobs and that the economy is getting better,” said Mayor Driver. “The City of Lafayette is experiencing some growth and we are always looking for more jobs and opportunites for the folks here.”

Lafayette Christmas Lighting Contest Winners PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

1st Place Business: Gibson's Cafe

The 2015 City of Lafayette Christmas Lighting Contest winners were recently announced.

Winners in the busines and residentiual categories, are as follows:

1st Place Business: Gibson's Cafe' 100 E. Locust St.

2nd Place Business: Mert's Gift Gallery, 1206A Scottsville Rd.

3rd Place Business: Lafayette Florist 115 Scottsville Rd.

1st Place Residential: Johns' home, 704 Parker Ln.

2nd Place Residential: Pharis' home, 504 Meador Dr.

Meth & Guns Seized in Searches PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Over the past week, Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, along with detectives and deputies, executed several search warrants in northern and northwestern areas of the county in an effort to combat the sale of illegal narcotics and stolen merchandise.

Upon executing these warrants, numerous stolen items were recovered along with drug paraphernalia, narcotics, a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana and a crystalized substance believed to be methamphetamine.

At one location, approximately 55 grams of finished meth product was recovered. The large quantity suggests that it was to be used for the purpose of re-sale. 

Other items seized from these residences included approximately 25 long guns (shotguns, rifles), 10 handguns, various ammunition, stolen chainsaws and other miscellaneous items. 

At this time, multiple arrests have been made in connection to these cases and further arrests are expected. 

The seized narcotics were sent to the TBI lab to be weighed and classified. 

Sheriff Gammons would like to thank all of the detectives and deputies involved in the execution of these warrants. He would also like to thank the Lafayette Police Department, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Jackson County K-9 unit for their hard work and assistance.

If you have any information to report regarding drugs or criminal activity, please call the Macon County Sheriff’s Department. Callers can remain anonymous. 

Car Nosedives into Creekbed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Two women were transported by air to Vanderbilt Hospital early Thursday morning, December 17, after their vehicle nosedived into a creekbed on Highway 10 South.

Trooper Danny Fisher was the official investigator and he was notified about the one vehicle wreck around 5:30 a.m.

According to Trooper Fisher, 54-year-old Lisa Ann Newberry, of Red Boiling Springs, was driving a 2003 Mitsubishi on Highway 10 South when she attempted to pass two vehicles. “In the process of passing in the other lane, she saw a car coming at her and she swerved back to the right,” said Fisher. “She ran off the road, jumped a driveway, and nosedived into a creekbed, with the vehicle landing on the passenger’s side.”

The passenger was 42-year-old Anita Ann McMurtry, of Lafayette.

Vanderbilt Hospital was contacted by phone on Monday morning, December 21, and a spokesperson stated that Lisa Newberry was released last week and Anita McMurtry is still hospitalized and is listed in stable condition.

 Those responding to the scene were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Rescue Squad and the Macon County Chronicle.  

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