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Strong Winds & Rain Cross County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Monday, December 23, 2013


Over the weekend the spring like temperatures produced a strong band of storms that blew in from the west on Saturday night, December 21.

Forecasters said repeatedly that we were in store for a round of what could possibly be violent weather.

TV stations went to straight weather around nightfall and as the system moved into west Tennessee, meteorologists said it was headed directly to our area.

As the front came rolling into Macon County, there was a tornado warning issued at 9:26 p.m. for Macon County until 10:00 p.m, which was then extended to 10:30. The tornado sirens were activated twice in Lafayette and several times in Red Boiling Springs.

According to the scanner, authorities stated that a TDOT worker spotted a tornado in the air around the Westmoreland area.

The winds, which were in excess of 55 mph, toppled trees across the county.

“There were several trees that were down last night and were called around 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night,” said Audie Cook of the Highway Department. “The roads we had to clear were Clifty, Lambert, Green Valley, Sparrow Lane, Akersville, Knight, Dark Hollow, Old Bottom, Bethany Road, Jim Town, Hanestown Road.”

“We worked until 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning,” he added, “but we were called back out at 7:30 to clear other roads and worked until 10:30 a.m.”

There was also a mobile home fire Saturday night, at the residence of James Likens on Shiloh Lane. The Lafayette Fire Department responded around 10:45 and they contained the blaze to a bedroom and its’ contents.

“Mr. Likens said he was getting ready to go to bed when he found the fire,” said Fireman Phillip Smith.”

The department utilized a engine and tanker. There were 10 fireman at the site of the fire. Captain Don Steves was in charge of the scene.

Responders were: Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County EMS and the Macon County Chronicle. 



Macon County Education Foundation Presents Grants PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, December 11, 2013


The Macon County Education Foundation, Inc. (MCEF) awarded $14,000.00 to fund 13 projects in Macon County schools and daycares.

Murder on Thomas Ridge Road PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thomas Ridge Rd.

At 2:49 p.m. on Friday afternoon, October 25, a 911 call was received by Macon County emergency personnel of a dead body located around the 200 block of Thomas Ridge Road. The Macon County Sheriffs Office responded to the scene.

Thomas Ridge Road is divided between Macon and Smith Counties and according to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons upon arriving at the scene he realized the body was approximately a quarter of a mile into Smith County.

“When I arrived at the site along with my detectives, I quickly realized the crime scene was only a short distance out of my jurisdiction,” said Sheriff Mark Gammons. “I immediately turned the investigation over to Sheriff Steve Hopper and the Smith County Sheriffs Department, however we remained at the scene and offered our assistance. The TBI was also called to Thomas Ridge Road.”

According to the TBI, the body of 29-year-old Dawn Duke, of Carthage, was discovered lying along Thomas Ridge Road. The victim had been stabbed multiple times in the chest area and suffered trauma to the face.

Eddie West, of the Carthage Courier, told the Macon County Chronicle that Duke’s body was discovered by a Pleasant Shade resident while he was on his way to mow grass near where the victim’s body was found.

During the course of the investigation, three TBI agents along with local law enforcement personnel managed to identify the victim, who didn’t have any identification with her, and place murder suspects 42-year-old Stephone Berry and 38-year-old Melinda Bush in custody.

West also said that the trio were supposedly friends until recently.

The TBI has charged both individuals, of Pleasant Shade, with first degree murder because they each claim that they other committed the crime.

A $50,000 bond was set for Melinda Bush and bond was set at $100,000 for Stephone Berry.  

Thomas House Hotel Featured in CNN's 'Haunted' List PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, October 29, 2013


The Thomas House Hotel in Red Boiling Springs was recently featured in CNN’s list of “Nine Haunted Spots Across America.”

The section of the report on the Macon County hotel reads:

Thomas House, Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee

With a history dating back to the late 1800s, the Thomas House in Red Boiling Springs began as the Cloyd Hotel. Indeed, one of the ghosts still said to roam the bed and breakfast is Sarah Cloyd. Visitors trade reports of possible deaths on the property, which may fuel activity.

The hotel was featured on "Paranormal State" in 2009, an A&E cable network program that aired until 2011.

If you go: You can go for dinner and the "Ghosts of the Inn" show and tour, and book a room at the bed and breakfast. The Thomas House also hosts several "Ghost Hunt weekends," with the next available dates in January, 2014.


Also making CNN’s ‘haunted’ list were the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in California; The Whaley House Museum in California; St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum in Florida; the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia; Gilliland’s Ranch in Washington and Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Visit for the full list of haunted locations.

Tyler Hinson: 2nd Degree Murder Charge PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tyler Neal HinsonTyler Neal Hinson, 25, has been charged with 2nd degree murder following the death of Deneshia Summers, from a drug over dose in May of this year.

Detective Donnie Crawford, of the Macon County Sheriffs Office, said that several months ago, the Macon County EMS was called to an abandoned house on Liberty Road where Ms. Summers was found. “She was transported to Macon County General Hospital where she later passed away”, Crawford stated. “Her body was sent for an autopsy.”

During this months session of Criminal Court, the Grand Jury handed down a sealed indictment stating that on a date in May of 2013, Tyler Neal Hinson, of Red Boiling Springs, did unlawfully kill Deneshia Summers by the unlawful distribution of a Schedule II, drug, to wit” Methadone, and the drug was a proximate cause of the death of Deneshia Summers.

His bond was set at $100,000 and a Criminal Court date has been scheduled for February 14, 2014.

At this time, Hinson is already in prison stemming from a violation of probation charge.

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