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State Senate Candidate Clark Boyd Endorsed by Lynn & Black PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

L-R: State Representative Susan Lynn, Republican State Senate candidate Clark Boyd and US Congressman Diane Black

Recently at the Wilson County Republican Party Reagan Day dinner, Republican State Senate candidate Clark Boyd picked up the endorsement of State Rep Susan Lynn, and US Congressman Diane Black. 

"I endorse Clark Boyd for state Senate in the 17th district because Clark is a true conservative who is very intelligent, approachable, and responsive to people's needs; he has a pleasant and friendly nature arising from his strong Christian faith." stated state Representative Susan Lynn.   Lynn continued, "I have seen Clark in action and Clark makes me very proud.  Clark will provide the representation that not only Macon County deserves but the entire 17th District.  In fact, Macon County voters should know that the entire 17th district is looking to Macon County, and counting on the voters of Macon County to help us provide strong support Clark Bode for state Senate.  I know Clark Boyd – and I know that Macon County will be proud to call Clark Boyd their state Senator.”

Congressman Black also shared her opinion about Boyd’s ability to serve the 17th District.

"Families in Macon County deserve an effective, trusted voice in the state senate," said Congressman Diane Black. "As a business owner, National Guard veteran, NRA member, and former chairman of his local Republican Party, I know that we can count on Clark to deliver the conservative leadership this district needs and I am proud to give him my full support."

 Boyd is running for the State Senate in the 17th District which encompasses Wilson, Macon, Clay, Cannon, Dekalb, and Smith counties.

Here Comes the Fair! August 2-9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014


In just a few short days the Macon County Fairgrounds will come to life once again with the flashing, neon lights of the midway, the whiz of rides blaring past, and the heavenly scent of funnel cake, fried Oreos and anything-on-a-stick for the 32nd annual Macon County Fair, August 2-9.

Continuing to honor the Macon County Fair tradition of offering a variety of contests, pageants, exhibits and shows, this year’s schedule is jam-packed with entertainment appealing to the entire family and some new and exciting events for fair-goers.

Some new events to this year’s fair include a Lego Building Contest, the Bullwhip Rodeo, and a Car Show. Also, $1,000 or more in cash will be given away each night of the fair - totaling over $8,000 for the week!

Kicking off the pre-fair schedule of events is the Rabbit Show on Saturday, August 2, at 8 a.m., followed by the Macon County Fair Princess Pageant at 6 p.m. and the Fairest of the Fair Pageant at 7 p.m., and the highly anticipated Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Admission to the Derby is $5 and the contestant registration fee is $30. The first of many cash giveaways will take place Saturday at 9:30 p.m, when one $100 prize and five $200 prizes will be given away.

On Sunday, August 3, a car show will be held from 2-5 p.m. The car show will include rat rods, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and cars. Those interested in entering a vehicle, can register at 1 p.m. 

Along with the opening of rides, a long list of other events are also scheduled to take place on Monday, with fair exhibits being judged at 8 a.m. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by the sheep show and Macon County Fair Petite Miss pageant at 6 p.m., the Macon County Fair Sweetheart pageant and ATV Rodeo at 7 p.m., and five $200 cash giveaways at 9:30 p.m. Carnival armbands can be purchased Monday for $18.

Tuesday’s events will begin at 6 p.m., and include the Pedal Pull, Goat Show and Mule Show at 6 p.m. and the Mrs. Macon County Pageant and battery powered vehicles event at 7 p.m. The Mrs. Senior Macon County Pageant will immediately follow the Mrs. Macon Pageant. Five more $200 cash giveaways will also take place around 9:30 p.m. On Tuesday, carnival armbands can also be purchased for $18 and all students, K-12, will be admitted free of charge.

On Wednesday, fair guests will be invited to attend the Little Miss Macon County Fair Pageant, and the Young Cattleman’s Show all at 6 p.m., the Commercial Beef Heifer Show at 6:15 p.m. and the Macon County Fair Beef Show at 6:30 p.m. New to the fair this year, the Bullwhip Rodeo will take place at 7 p.m. Five $200 cash giveaways are scheduled for Wednesday night. Wednesday is also ‘Church Night Armband Special’ night, costing $15 from 5 p.m. to closing. 

Thursday events include Senior Citizens Day lunch and Bingo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Baby Show at 5:30 p.m., and the Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. On Thursday, all Macon County Veterans will be admitted free and carnival armbands can be purchased for $18 per person. Five $200 cash giveaways are scheduled for Thursday night.

Two popular events, the Tractor Pull and Talent Show, will take place on Friday night at 7 p.m. Carnival armbands will cost $18 and five $200 cash giveaways will take place around 10 p.m.

The 4-H Poultry Show & Sale will kick-off Saturday’s events at 9 a.m. The new Lego Building Contest is scheduled for 12:15 in the Martha Wilburn Pavilion. Children in each age category will have 45 minutes to build a Lego masterpiece! This contest is open to children ages 3 - 15 and up. The Marble Tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. and a Youth Pet Show will follow at 2 p.m. A cornhole tournament is slated for 5 p.m. Test out your skills on the grill at the Backyard Cook-Off, also at 5 p.m. The 32nd annual Truck Pull, sponsored by KTPA Pulling Series, will be held at 7 p.m. Admission to the Truck Pull will cost $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. The entry fee for contestants will be $20. A live country music concert and dancing, featuring Skahl’s Band, will close out the 2014 fair events at 8 p.m. at the Martha Wilburn Building. Carnival armbands can be purchased on Saturday for $18. Five $200 giveaways and two $500 giveaways will be given away Saturday night.

Commercial and educational exhibits and the Women’s Building will be open for viewing each day, August 4-9, from 5-10 p.m. 

During fair hours the Farm Toy Show will be on display and be sure to stop by the Little Red School House, where different Macon County schools and school organizations will be featured each day. 

The theme for this year’s fair is ‘Family, Fun & Farming: A Tribute to Agriculture’ and will be portrayed throughout the week in the themes of various booths set up in the Sally Wells Building.

Fair exhibits will include submissions in the following adult categories: canning, clothing, creative table setting, field crops, fine art, floral, gardening, home cookery, needlework & crafts and photography. Youth exhibits will include sewing, needlework, canning, project/club exhibits, arts and crafts, posters, home cookery, floral, photography, creative table setting and gardening. 

To enter for your chance to win the nightly cash giveaways, sign the tickets given to you at the gate, and put them in the orange buckets located around the fairgrounds, Monday night – Sunday night.

Fair parking entrances will be located on Airport Road and Learly Road. 

With such a wide variety of events, games, rides and foods, the Macon County Fair is sure to satisfy your family’s need for fun and excitement. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make some memories of your own this year!

Exhibit entry information: All youth exhibits/entries can begin set-up at 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, August 2. All adult entries are to be set-up between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 3. Exhibit pick-up of all entries is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 10.

Over 400 Participate in Opening Day of Early Voting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Over 400 Macon County residents voted on the opening day of early voting for the State Primary and County General Election last Friday, July 18.

According to Macon County Election Commissioner Barry Doss, 334 votes were cast on the opening day of the last county general election in 2010.

As of press time, a total of 618 early votes have been tallied for the August 7, 2014 State Primary & County General Election.

A breakdown by day is as follows:

7/1 - 7/17: 26 early voters, 4 by mail voters (Total: 30)

July 18, 2014: 407 early voters; 6 by mail votes (Total: 413)

July 19, 2014: 175 early voters; 0 by mail voters (Total: 175)

Doss would like to remind everyone that early voting ends on Saturday, August 2, and to ask for assistance if you have any problems while voting.

“When voting, if you don’t see the name of a candidate you want to vote for, ask for help,” Doss stated. “Don’t push the red button until you’ve voted for who you want to vote for. Once you punch the red button, your vote is final.”

'Bonnie & Clyde' Rob Local Bank PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pictured above is the female bank robbery suspect.

Shockwaves rippled across Macon County last week as residents learned that a Citizens Bank had been robbed by an unknown woman and her male, getaway driver accomplice.

The robbery is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and officials are asking for your help obtaining information regarding the ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ like suspects.

Ironically, at the time of the robbery, the woman wore a t-shirt with the words ‘This is what perfect looks like’ printed on the front.

The FBI has released the following statement regarding the crime:

On July 8, 2014, at approximately 3:15 pm, CST, the Citizen’s Bank, located at 1108 Scottsville Road, Lafayette, TN, was robbed by an unidentified, white female, who presented the teller with robbery demand note. The teller complied, and the robber fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money. The robber was observed getting into the passenger side of a red-in-color pickup truck that was driven by an unidentified, white male.  The robber is further described as follows:

Sex:           Female

Race:         White

Height:     5’8”-5’10” tall

Weight:    110-120 pounds

Hair:          Blonde

Age:          Mid-Late 20’s


If you have any information regarding this matter, please contact the Lafayette Police Department at (615) 666-4725 or the  FBI's Violent Crime Gang Task Force at (615) 232-7500.

Early Voting Begins Friday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Macon County Commissioner of Elections Barry Doss encourages everyone to take advantage of the early voting period, July 18 - August 2, for the August 7, 2014 Macon County State Primary & County General Election. (Photo by: J. Williams)

Early voting for the August 7 Macon County State Primary and County General Election begins this Friday, July 18, and ends Saturday, August 2.

Cast your early vote Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon and Thursday, July 31, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Macon County Election Commission located at 111 East Locust Street in Lafayette.
This election includes the following positions in the Macon County General Election: Chancellor, Circuit Court Judge Division I, Circuit Court Judge Division II, Criminal Court Judge, District Attorney General, Public Defender, County Mayor, County Trustee, Circuit Court Clerk, General Sessions Judge, County Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, School Board members (Districts 1 & 2 and Districts 3 & 4), Constables (all districts) and County Commissioners (all districts).
Don’t forget to vote for two county commissioners in your district!
Macon County voters will select candidates to fill the following positions in the State Primary Election: Governor, United States Senate, Tennessee Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee House of Representatives, State Executive Comitteeman, State Executive Committeewoman. 
If you plan to vote during the Early Voting period, remember to bring identification with you. A voter must have a Federal or Tennessee State government issued photo ID. If no photo identification is provided, the voter will vote a provisional ballot and the voter will have two business days after the election to return to the election commission office and show a valid photo I.D. or the ballot will be rejected. The voter can sign an oath stating he/she is indigent or an oath stating a religious objection to being photographed.
A voter must MEET CERTAIN LEGAL QUALIFICATIONS, in order to vote absentee by mail. A voter desiring to vote absentee by mail, shall in writing over his signature either in person at the Election Commission office, by-mail, or by fax request an application for an absentee ballot. The voter must make the request in writing and include their name (as registered), social security number, date of birth, residence address (911 address), mailing address (if different from residence address), the election(s) they wish to vote in, the reason they are requesting to vote an absentee ballot and their signature. The written request may be received starting May 9th, 2014 and ends on July 31st, 2014. Requests must be mailed to The Macon County Election Commission office, 111 East Locust Street, Lafayette, TN 37083.
For additional information please contact the Election Commission office at 666-2199.
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