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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. 

Smith & Flashner Appear in Court PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chelsea M. Smith, age 21, and Latosha Renee Flashner, age 29, appeared in Macon County General Sessions Court last week, for their involvement in a automobile that was stolen from the Minit Mart in Trousdale County in February. They were apprehended and arrested on Thursday, February 26, 2015, in Red Boiling Springs by Police Chief Terry Tuck. 

On February 26, Chief Tuck was patrolling on the Lafayette Road. He had already been notified  of a stolen 2008 Nissan Altima in Trousdale County and also a car tag that had been taken from Sonic in Lafayette, when he observed the vehicle in question sitting at the RBS Market gas pumps. He contacted dispatch to verify the tag number and he determined it was the tag taken from Sonic.

The chief approached the vehicle and it was occupied by two female suspects, Chelsea Smith and Latosha Flashner, and he briefly spoke with them concerning the vehicle. He verified from the VIN number that it was the vehicle that was taken from Trousdale County.

 The two women were detained and Trousdale County was notified. 

Chief Tuck and Officer Kyle Petty, with the Macon County Sheriffs Office, transported the two female suspects to the Macon County Justice Center where they were booked. 

Smith was charged with theft (up to $500) and theft of property ($1,000-$10,000). She also faces several charges from 2014 including possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule III drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, and criminal trespass.

Latosha Flashner was charged with theft of property ($1,000-$10,000) and theft (up to $500). She also faces charges from 2014 including evading arrest flight-vehicle, and vehicles /street cars stop at all stop signs.

 The cases against Chelsea Smith and Latosha Flashner have both been continued.

Westside & MCHS: New Principals for 15-16 SY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

According to the Director’s Report, received at last Thursday night’s Macon County Board of Education meeting, two Macon County principal’s will not be returning to their positions for the 2015-2015 School Year.

Westside Elementary School principal Tonya Wells and Macon County High School principal Stephanie Meador were not re-hired to serve as principals for the upcoming school year. 

According to Macon County Director of Schools Tony Boles, both employees will be transferred to different positions within the Macon County School System.

Boles had no comment on anything further at this time, but did verify that the principal positions would be advertised this week on the school system’s website and candidates will be interviewed in the near future.

All other Macon County school principals (and assistant principals at Macon County High School) were rehired for the 15-16 SY.

Good Friday Lightning Fire PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Lightning struck a 30x75 building with a 30x60 shed attached on Good Friday. The structure was located on Larry’s Circle, off the Galen Road, and the Lafayette Fire Department was called at 1:07 p.m. 

A thunderstorm with cloud to ground lightning moved through the area on Good Friday and other strikes were also reported.

“Black smoke was billowing into the air and upon arrival we found a 30x75 building and a 30x60 attached shed on fire, due to a lightning strike,” said Chief Keith Scruggs. “We were fortunate to make a quick knock down and save a considerable amount of equipment, including a back hoe, tractor, bush hog, and two trailers.”

According to Chief Scruggs the building sustained moderate to severe damage. “The damage was estimated at $80,000 but we saved another $100,000.”

There were 12 firemen at the scene and they utilized two engines and one tanker. The property belongs to Larry Dale Driver.

“We have had several grass fires recently, and we would like to remind everybody that you have to get a permit to burn,” said the chief.

Gibson’s Cafe sustained damage on Good Friday when a lightning strike knocked out their computer, TV, and cash register. Inspirations also had similar damage.

Those responding to the fire scene were the Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.  

Men Enter Unlocked Shenandoah Apartment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, April 4, the Lafayette Police Department received a call from a woman living in the Shenandoah Apartments, that two men in their early or middle 20’s had entered her apartment and one had a knife.

According to the report, the woman (who we are not identifying) had fallen asleep and left her door unlocked. She awoke to find two men wearing hoddies inside her apartment and one was holding a knife.

It is believed that they were looking for pills, however the woman told them she didn’t have any, so the intruders grabbed a lock box out of her closet, along with her cell phone and took off running out the door.   

The Lafayette Police Department is actively looking for these two suspects and the incident is under investigation.


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