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June Spears Awarded Teacher of the Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Pictured left to right: Jason C. Beard, Administrator Tn. Dept. of Labor & Workforce Dev. Division of Adult Education; Mrs. June Spears, Teacher of the Month; Yvette Dixon, President of TAACE (Tennessee Association of Adult Community Education) also Adult Educator for Tipton & Lauderdale Counties; and Adult Education Supervisor, Franklin Dee Johnson. (Photo by D. Gregory)

Mrs. June Spears was awarded the Teacher of the Month, “in recognition of having met the highest standards of excellence in Tennessee Adult Education.”

This is a new state level award that was started this year for the Adult Education department. “Out of the twelve Adult Education Instructors receiving this monthly honor, a Teacher of the Year will be selected,” said June Spears. “This award is called a Hope Award.” June’s supervisor, Franklin Dee Johnson, submitted her name and wrote a paper about her. “I had no idea he had submitted my name,” said June, “and I was tickled to death.”  June has been working as an Adult Education Instructor for almost 11 years, full & part time. “Brenda Eller asked me several years ago about teaching adult education at night,” June explained, “because I was doing the Drug Free Program during the day. I would work three nights a week here and then go to the jail and teach a class.” Whenever Mrs. Janet Evetts quite, Brenda wanted June to go with her full time and that’s exactly what she did. When the state took 90 supervisors and condensed it down to 45, Mrs. Eller didn’t choose to put in. She is now the Attendance Supervisor. June Spears had always  wanted to be a teacher and when she was 37-years-old she enrolled in college. By 1999 she had begun her career with the Macon County School System. June was the Drug Free Coordinator & Coordinating School Health Educator for many years. “Adult Education is very rewarding,” said June, “and when people come in, I like to say, Welcome to Adult Education, where dreams do come true.”



Drugs Found at RBS High School During Search PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Red Boiling Springs High School

On Tuesday, April 21, 2015, shortly after 8 a.m., the Macon County Sheriffs Department performed an unannounced search of Red Boiling Springs High School and its parking lots.

During the search, it was discovered that three RBS High School seniors were responsible for bringing drugs and drug paraphernalia onto school grounds. 

The search was conducted in conjunction with officers and drug K-9’s from the Lafayette Police Department, the Red Boiling Springs Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriffs Office.

The drug K-9’s hit on two vehicles in the parking lot and one student’s desk inside the school.  

“This is something we do every year,” said Sheriff Gammons. “These searches are random and unannounced. These three juveniles will be charged and brought before a juvenile court judge.”

According to Macon County Director of Schools Tony Boles, the students will finish out the remained of their senior years in an Alternative Learning Center (ALC).

RBS Man Arrested After Anonymous Drug Tip PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Tyler Dozier

Last Tuesday, April 22, 2015, the Macon County Sheriffs Office received a tip that possible drug activity was going on at 195 Gamaliel Rd. in Red Boiling Springs. 

With the owner’s permission, officers searched the residence with a drug K-9, discovering marijuana, drug paraphernalia and electronic scales believed to be used for selling the Schedule VI drug.

Twenty-two-year-old Tyler Jordan Dozier, who resided at the residence, was charged with simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $1,500. 

Dozier is scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions Court on May 6, 2015.

Sunday Morning Fatal Crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 21, 2015


A Gallatin man was killed in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning, April 19, on Highway 52 West near the Howell Road intersection, in Macon County.

The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Michael Wayne Freeman, Jr., of Gallatin, Tn. He was traveling alone.

According to the investigating officer, Trooper Tracy Donoho, Freeman was traveling west in a white 2000 Chevy pickup, toward Westmoreland when he crossed the center line, went off the south side of the road and struck a guardrail. “This caused the truck to flip several times and Mr. Freeman was ejected from the vehicle,” said Trooper Donoho. “The crash was reported at 7:22 a.m.”

“The driver was not wearing a seat belt and he was dead at the scene,” added the Trooper.

 Those responding to the crash scene were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County EMS, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Westmoreland Police, Westmoreland Fire Department, and the Macon County Chronicle.

Macon County High School Evacuated After Written Bomb Threat Discovered PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, April 21, 2015


While Nashville news channels reported bomb threats at numerous metro schools last week, the report of such a threat here in Macon County recently hit too close to home. 

At approximately 1:40 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015, the Macon County Sheriffs Department was notified of the threat at Macon County High School and authorities immediately sprung into action.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, the threat was written on a desk in one of MCHS’s classrooms. 

“At that time, the director of schools was notified and myself and other officers evacuated the school,” Sheriff Gammons said. “The Tennessee Highway Patrol bomb dogs were also called in to do a sweep of the school.”

High school students were transported to Macon County Junior High School and all buses were halted while officers searched the school, collected evidence and conducted interviews.

“Nothing was found at the school and the investigation is ongoing,” the sheriff stated. “We take situations like this very seriously and plan to prosecute the person(s) responsible to the fullest once they are identified.”

Since taking office in 2006, sheriff Gammons says he does not recall a situation like this occurring in Macon County, and believes that there’s a strong possibility that the suspect(s) heard about the recent threats to Nashville schools and copied the crime.

“Making a threat like that, is not a joke,” sheriff Gammons remarked. “This is a very serious crime.”

The sheriff would like to thank all of the officers and emergency responders that aided in the incident and also credits the teachers and school system for handling the threat promptly and getting the students evacuated. 

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