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Eighth Annual Ferrell Meador Apple Festival this Saturday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Knollwood & White House Assisted Living co-administrators Linda Austin & Beverly Walker invite everyone to come out to the 8th annual Ferrell Meador Apple Festival.

Knollwood Manor and The White House Assisted Living invite everyone to come out and celebrate the fall season by attending the 8th Annual Ferrell Meador Apple Festival this Saturday, September 14, on the grounds of The White House Assisted Living facility in Lafayette.

Beginning at 10 a.m., festival guests will enjoy cider making, apple sampling, music provided by Penny Roark and Union Hill, antique and novelty booths, horseshoe pitching and corn hole tournament sign-ups and craft demonstrations.

Entries for the Apple Recipe Contest must be submitted by 10 a.m. with categories to include Best Apple Pie, Best Fried Apple Pie, Best Apple Cake and Favorite Apple Recipe.

The Heritage Costume Contest will follow at 11 a.m., with participants asked to dressed in the clothes of yesteryear, or pre-1950.

Those attending the festival are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and a healthy appetite for the Old Time Dinner at noon.

Dinner will consist of pinto beans with ham shanks, coleslaw, cornbread, fried apples and your favorite apple desserts.

All events at the 8th Annual Ferrell Meador Apple Festival are free of charge, including the Old Time Dinner.

“Due to an issue with his orchard, we aren’t sure yet if Ferrell will have apples for sale or not,” said Knollwood and White House co-administrator Beverly Walker. “But door prizes will be up for grabs and booth spaces are free and still available.”

“We invite everyone to come out and have a great time at this year’s Ferrell Meador Apple Festival,” added Knollwood and White House co-administrator Linda Austin.

For more information, or if you would like to demonstrate a craft, or set up a booth to sell crafts or flea market items contact Beverly Walker at The White House Assisted Living: (615) 666-5566, (615) 888-6588 or (615) 666-6363 after 6 p.m.

Macon County 4-H dominates at Regional Outdoor Meat Cookery Contest PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Over 225 youth competed in this event from across Middle Tennessee. 

Plane Crashes in Soybean Field PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

911 Director Steve Jones, EMA Director Keith Scruggs, Lafayette Police Chief Stacy Gann and the Macon County Sheriffs Office were at the scene of an airplane crash on Sunday afternoon.

FAA Safety Inspector Bruce Bolton was in Macon County early Monday morning, September 2, to talk to David Gregory after his plane crashed in a soybean field behind the Welcome Center, on Highway 52 By Pass West, around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

David and a passenger were in an experimental light sport airplane (The Drifter) when it went down. Fortunately he walked away unhurt and his passenger only suffered minor injures. She was treated at the local hospital.

Mr. Gregory told the Macon County Chronicle that he took off from the Lafayette Municipal Airport with a passenger and they were heading to Dale Hollow Lake to meet friends.

“Immediately after take off I experienced gusty winds and mechanical problems,” David said, when I talked with him on Monday morning. “I was attempting to circle back to the airport when I realized I couldn’t make it. I crash landed in the only bare spot in the soybean field which caused major damage to the aircraft.”

“I wasn’t hurt and thankfully my passenger only suffered minor injuries,” commented Gregory. “I am experienced in flying experimental aircraft and upon the hard landing I got my passenger to safety and secured the plane without spilling a drop of fuel or oil.”

David, who has been licensed to fly for 23 years, says that flying is still the safest way to travel. “I have wanted to fly since I was five-years-old,” he said. “This was an unfortunate event but we were both blessed to have walked away from it. I will be flying again!”

“I would like to thank the Macon County EMS, the first responders, Chris Payne, who took care of everything while I was at the hospital with my passenger, 911 Director Steve Jones and EMA Director Keith Scruggs,” said David. “They all did a wonderful job.”

EMA Director Scruggs said that it is rare that a aviation accident occurs in Macon County. “Our men were prepared, responded quickly and everything went off very well I thought,” said Scruggs. “I want to thank the Macon County EMS, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Lafayette Police Department, Macon County Rescue Squad, Lafayette Fire Department and 911 Director Steve Jones.”

“Thankfully David and his passenger are alright,” added Scruggs.

Indiana Murder Suspect Captured in Macon County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

David R. Lawrence

A man accused of killing a woman in Indianapolis, Indiana, was arrested in Macon County on Thursday, August 29, and is currently awaiting extradition.

According to Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department was made aware that Indiana murder suspect David R. Lawrence, age 31, could possibly be in the area just days before his capture.

Officers began investigating Lawrence’s whereabouts with assistance from the Indianapolis Police Department and were notified last Thursday afternoon that the suspect had been identified in the Peggy’s Market parking lot.

“Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, with assistance from deputies and the Westmoreland Police Department, was able to apprehend Lawrence without incident,” Chief Satterfield stated. “He was then booked into the Macon County Jail on a Fugitive from Justice warrant and is awaiting extradition to Indiana to face charges.”

During their investigation, local authorities also recovered a vehicle on the west side of the county that was stolen out of Indiana and was connected to Lawrence.

Sheriff Gammons would like to thank his deputies, 911 dispatchers and the Westmoreland Police Department for their hard work and dedication in apprehending this extremely dangerous fugitive.

LPD Finds Two Active Meth Labs PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, August 27, 2013


The epidemic of methamphetamine manufacture and use is of epic proportions in this rural area of Middle Tennessee, with the Lafayette Police Department discovering two active meth labs in a parked truck near the parking lot of D.T. McCalls on Thursday, August 22.

LPD Sgt. Shane Reed was patrolling on Scottsville Road when he noticed a GMC pickup truck with a flat tire near McCalls. “I recognized Marty Oldham in the truck and I knew he didn’t have any driver’s license,” said Sgt. Reed. “I pulled up and started talking about his license and he seemed really nervous. I ask him if he had anything illegal in the truck.”

Officers Derek Gann and Danny Meador joined Sgt. Reed, and after receiving permission to search, the officers found 68 Sudafed pills and a bottle of Drano inside the vehicle, which are components used in manufacturing methamphetamine.

“I continued to talk with Marty and he kept getting more nervous by the minute,” Sgt. Reed said. “So, I walked to the tool box on the back on the truck and opened it on the passenger’s side of the box. Smoke and fumes immediately rolled out and I realized he was cooking meth.”

Sgt. Reed says there were actually two active meth labs in the tool box. “Soon as it hit me, I got away from the truck, placed Marty Oldham under arrest, and put him in the patrol car,” the Sgt. continued.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force Response Team was called from out of town and arrived in Lafayette around 9:30 p.m. to take care of the clean up. The GMC truck was seized and quarantined.

Lafayette Police Chief Stacy Gann would like to warn the public that these methods are very dangerous and if any of these components or labs are found they shouldn’t be touched. “If you find anything suspicious, give us a call at the department (666-4725) and we will check it out,” the chief said. “Any information will be kept confidential.”

“The officers did an excellent job in locating the labs, and for precautionary measures we sent Sgt. Reed to Macon County General Hospital to be checked out,” Gann added.  

Lt. Clint Hestand was also at the scene.


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