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Hwy 10 Hill Bid Letting May 23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mayor Shelvy Linville is pictured on the Highway 10 South Hill with a crew worker last Wednesday. (Photo by D. Gregory)

Friday, May 23, 2014, is the scheduled date for the Highway 10 Hill Project bid letting for construction. Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville’s persistence has finally paid off.

“While communicating with TDOT Commissioner John Schroer back in January, 2014, I was informed then that May 23, 2014, would be the date set for the letting of bids for construction regarding this project (SR-10 from south of Goose Creek to SR 52 at the top of the hill),” said Mayor Shelvy Linville. “On February 7, 2014, myself and Macon County Road Supervisor Audie Cook attended the Construction Field Review for this project at TDOT Region 3 office in Nashville.”

The Mayor said he came away from that meeting feeling good and confident that this project was finally going to move forward as scheduled. “It’s good to see that contractors have already started clearing right-of-way and utilities being moved. I anticipate construction on the road itself will begin around the middle of July.”

The road to this bid letting actually began in the spring of 2013 when Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and TDOT Commissioner John Schroer released the three-year transportation plan and the Highway 10 South Hill project, involving a 1.7 mile stretch was not included and it seemed once again that the project was put on the backburner.

Two weeks later an article appeared on the front page of the Macon County Chronicle, interviewing Mayor Linville, who was concerned about this set back. Shortly after, a public meeting was set with Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer Paul Degges to discuss Highway 10 in Macon County. After he finished speaking and explaining the situation, Mayor Linville commented that he was very disappointed that construction would not begin in February of 2014 as originally scheduled, but he remained cautiously optimistic that funding would be in the 2014-2015 budget for construction.

However, Mayor Linville’s persistence in communicating with TDOT seemed to have paid off when he received a letter from Schroer on Friday, June 14, 2013, stating that the department had been monitoring crash reports occurring on State Route 10 in this vicinity and that he was pleased to report that he had been able to identify funding under one of the safety programs, to deliver the project.

Commissioner Schroer also said that he could certainly appreciate the mayor’s position and that he shared Linville’s goals in wanting to provide the safest roads possible for all Tennesseans, therefore he had directed his staff to accelerate the schedule of the project.

Everybody that was involved in this project in any capacity had to have their material turned in by March 12, 2014 and the bids will be let on May 23, 2014.






Two Vehicles Stolen in City April 23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Two vehicles were stolen in the City of Lafayette on Wednesday, April 23, and the Lafayette Police Department has recovered them both. The department expects to make arrests by the end of the week.

Around 1:00 a.m. last Wednesday Carl Moss, from Westmoreland, reported that his gold 2002 Nissan Sentra was taken from Flex Technologies in Lafayette. “The vehicle was entered in NCIC as stolen,” said Chief Stacy Gann, “and we recovered the car in Hartsville.”

“At this time we are looking for the suspects but it is still under investigation,” said Chief Gann. “We expect to make an arrest by the end of the week.”

Also on the same day, Jonathan Cosco, of Baker Drive in Lafayette, reported his 2001 GMC Senoma pickup truck stolen from his residence. That vehicle was also entered in NCIC and later that same day the Louisville, Kentucky Police Department called and notified the Lafayette Police Department they had that vehicle. The suspect has been identified in this case but has not been arrested yet.

Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Arrest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Michael D.  Parker, Jr.

THP Trooper Johnny Rodgers arrested 38-year-old Michael D. Parker, Jr., of Lafayette, on Friday night, April 18, on methamphetamine manufacture and drug paraphernalia charges after he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Ellington Drive and Church Street at 11:18 p.m.

According to Trooper Rodgers he stopped Parker for running a stop sign in Lafayette, and upon contact with the subject he noticed he was very nervous. “I issued Michael Parker Jr. a citation for a stop sign violation and while he was signing the citation, I noticed some drug paraphernalia in the 1991 Chevy pickup he was driving,” said Trooper Rodgers. “I asked for consent to search and he granted it.”

“I had already called for backup” continued Rodgers, “and by this time Troopers Danny Fisher and Justin Mote, two Lafayette Police Department officers and Sgt. Michael Veatch & K-9 Gordy, of the Macon County Sheriffs Office, had all arrived at the scene.”

Upon search of the vehicle the officers found two meth pipes, a mini methamphetamine lab, $6,620 in cash, seven hypodermic needles – one with meth still in it and six had already been dispensed but contained residue.

The vehicle and the cash were seized by the Tennessee Highway Patrol then placed into evidence.

Michael D. Parker Jr., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. Bond is set at $15,000 and a General Sessions Court date is scheduled for Wednesday, July 9.






Tri-County Electric Annual Meeting Set for May 1st PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paul Thompson

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, and it’s time once again for the Tri-County Electric Annual Members Meeting which will be held at Red Boiling Springs High School in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 1st, 2014, with registration to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Tri-County has experienced consistent growth over the years and they provide a wide-range of services to the 51,500 members-owners. The corporation currently has 17 substations and over 5,450 miles of distribution line, covering a service area of roughly 1,800 square miles, in all or part of the following counties: Allen, Cumberland, Metcalfe, Monroe, Adair, Barren, Clinton and Warren in Kentucky; and Macon, Clay, Trousdale, Sumner, Jackson, Overton and Smith in Tennessee.

“While annual meetings are required of rural electric cooperatives, including Tri-County Electric, to provide a report to the members, we do our best to make the evening one you and your family will enjoy,” said Paul Thompson, Executive Vice President & General Manager. “In my 13th year as manager, I am excited that one of our members will leave the annual meeting on Thursday night, May 1, as the proud owner of a 2008 Ford pickup truck.”

Thompson said there will be bucket truck rides/safety trailer demo, airbrush for kids in attendance, free food and ice cream, free t-shirts for kids, registration gifts and he believes everyone will find plenty to enjoy. Tri-County will also provide information on their products and services.

“We’ll draw a name from members present when we start the business meeting for a $100 prize,” said Thompson. “The business meeting will not be lengthy, and when it adjourns we will have a drawing for door prizes, including two iPads for students in the Tri County service area as well as two $500 technology grants for their schools. Then the grand prize drawing will be for the pickup truck.”

The Tri-County Board of Directors include: Ronald D. Bailey, Tony Bentle, Bret Carver, George Cowan, Jeff Downing, Ray Goad, Veachel Harlan, Jack Osgatharp, Mike Miller, Tommy Thompson, Ken Witcher, and Paul Thompson.

“I would like to encourage everyone to come to Red Boiling Springs on Thursday night, May 1, and help us celebrate another wonderful year at Tri-County Electric,” said Thompson. “Few businesses have annual meetings like this one and every customer is invited, because they’re all members-owners, as are our employees and Board of Directors. That’s the way it’s been since Tri-County was founded in 1936!”

The business meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Red Boiling Springs High School is located at 415 Hillcrest Drive.

Employees, directors, and those living in their households will not be eligible for prizes.






City of Lafayette Finalizes Winding Stairs Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014


On Friday, April 11th the City of Lafayette combined two properties to form Winding Stairs Nature Trails and Park and a deed was made between the City of Lafayette and Pipkin Farm Partners to swap two parcels of land so the city would have land on both sides of the waterfall.

According to Councilman Roger Russell, the City of Lafayette purchased 112 acres of the Christine Harris property for the purpose of constructing an industrial park and the south east corner of the land contains the winding stairs waterfalls. “The City Council with full support of the Mayor Richard Driver, set aside 35 acres as a park,” said Councilman Russell. “Although Winding Stairs is well known to current residents it belonged to private property owners and you could only visit it by getting permission from the land owners. The cities land extended to the west side of the stream containing the winding stairs but to apply for a grant to make the park successful, we needed the land on the east side of the stream.”

Council members had been discussing obtaining additional land from the Pipkin family. “The Pipkins agreed to swap 2.8 acres of land adjacent to the falls for 2.8 acres of hillside land from the city,” said Russell. “The deed was drawn up and signed and that gave the city access to both sides of the falls all the way down toward the Hartsville Road.”

“The City of Lafayette has applied for a state grant in the amount of $186,000 to construct walking trails and a park at the Winding Stairs location,” continued Councilman Russell. “There is a small local match to this grant, however much of this match is being provided by volunteer contractors, city council members and other citizens of Lafayette and Macon County doing work to construct the trails.”

“When the city receives the grant,” said Councilwoman Pam Cothron, “trails, three overlooks including an ADA accessible overlook, restrooms with shower stalls, camp site, parking area and other facilities will be constructed.”

The councilmen said that additional facilities are planned for the future including a RV parking area, tent camping area, picnic pavilion, a swinging bridge over the cascade, bicycles trails from the Winding Stairs park around the perimeter of the other land owned by the city.

“Who we envision using the park are boy and girl scouts and other youth organizations camping, observing the falls and studying nature on the various trails,” Councilman Russell continued. “As well as regional and local visitors who want to view the beauty of the falls, cascade and bluffs. We see families enjoying the nature trails, picnics, and opportunity for nature photographs. Parents and grandparents with their children observing wildlife, foliage and the natural beauty of the falls, bluffs and cascades. Local schools providing field trips for science and other classes to study the outdoors. Local and regional hikers enjoying walking the trails of varying elevations and enjoying the cascades and other scenic views during their hikes, and citizens who desire to walk the trails up and down the sloped terrain for healthier living.”

“Another thing we envision is weddings, family reunions and clubs who want to spend some time at the park,” added Councilwoman Cothron.

Councilman Russell said that due to the location of the park and how good it looks, there is a real good chance that the grant will be approved. “If we get the grant approved in July, then the engineers will start designed the overlooks and the bathrooms. After we get the parking lot finished (which will be built by volunteers and city employees), the volunteers can start building the trails at the same time they are designing it and we should have some of the work completed for the public to be able to hopefully use the park by late fall.”

The councilman said although they have two years to complete the project he thinks they may have it done in one year. “The gate will be opened during the day and closed at night unless there are people camping.”

“This park is going to be another attraction for people who come to Lafayette, a nature area,” said Mayor Richard Driver. “Winding Stairs has always been called Macon County’s best kept secret and now we will be able to open it up and let everybody come and see this natural wonder that we have here. This is something that Macon County has been needing for a long time and it looks like we are on the right tract to get it.”

“We certainly hope the grant goes through,” said the Mayor. “We are all proud to be a part of this and it has evolved quicker that we thought it would. What has really pleased me about this whole project is the response we have gotten from the community. Everybody supports this from young to old and to me this is the key to making the park work. If the community supports it, they can help when we need clean up or help financially by giving donations so we can improve the park. So we are really making it a community park.”

“A non-profit organization called “Friends of Winding Stairs” will be established for concerned citizens who wish to help support the park,” noted Councilwoman Cothron. “This organization will be like a membership, where you pay annual dues, which won’t be much but it will help us to keep up the maintenance on the park.”

“The city is really excited about the Winding Stairs Nature Trails And Park,” said Mayor Driver. “It is going to be a plus for the town and we are proud of what we have done and continue to do. I would like to thank the council members, the Pipkin family, city employees and anybody else who has helped with this project, their support is the reason the project is moving forward like it is.”



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