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RBS Police Arrest Man on Several Charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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Red Boiling Springs Police Chief Terry Tuck arrested 27-year-old Chad Carman, of 553 Lafayette Road, after a couple of burglaries occurred at 557 Lafayette Road, in Red Boiling Springs.

“We had a couple of burglaries at 557 Lafayette Road, in Red Boiling Springs,” said Chief Terry Tuck. “One occurred on June 21 and the other on June 26. During the first incident nothing of importance was taken and it looked like someone had gone through some dresser drawers looking for something of value.”
The Chief was called back on June 27 for a second burglary and this time the owner noticed several missing items. “She also discovered someone had broken into her outside building behind the house and she reported the following items missing: bench grinder, scroll saw, radial arm saw, two Skil saws, a router, band saw, saws all, battery charger, socket and wrench sets and four boxes of ammunition.”
Chief Tuck said while investigating the out building he noticed on the ground a small plastic bottle of muzzle loader black powder that appeared to led to the residence next door.“I contacted Officer Jimmy Morgan and we spoke to Mr. Carman who resided at the house located at 553,” continued Chief Tuck. “We advised him or what had happened next door and what evidence I found on the ground leading to his home. I asked Mr. Carman for consent to search his residence and he refused.”
The chief happened to recall a few months of dealing with Mr. Carman and that he was on probation. “I advised him that one of the rules of his probation was that his vehicle or residence could be searched at any time.”
“He acknowledged and agreed to the search,” said Tuck, “and during the search we found a growing marijuana plant. We also found the bench grinder inside the home and the rest of the stolen property was found in the trunk of Mr. Carman’s automobile.”
“We placed him under arrest and we have charged Mr. Carman with two counts of burglary, theft over $1,000, theft under $500 and manufacture of Schedule VI narcotics,” added the Chief. “His bond is set at $8,500 and a court date is scheduled for July 9.”

 
Truck vs. Tree on Winkler's Rd. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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There was a serious single vehicle wreck on Winkler’s Road in the north east side of the county on Monday afternoon, June 23, when a man driving a Ford truck hit a tree. Trooper Tracy Donoho was the investigating officer.

“Eddie Alexander, age 19, of Red Boiling Springs, was driving east on Winkler’s Road in a 1994 Ford F150 Truck when he traveled off the southside of the roadway coming out of a curve,” said Trooper Donoho. “He overcorrected, crossed back over the highway going off the north side of the roadway, then crossed a yard and driveway and struck a tree. This caused the vehicle to spin around and come to rest.” Due to weather conditions Air Evac and Lifeflight helicopters both declined to fly, so the Macon County EMS carried young Alexander to Vanderbilt Hospital by ground. However, they requested the Air Evac crew to ride with them and they picked the crew members up at the heli pad in Lafayette. “Mr. Alexander was conscious but he was having trouble communicating,” Trooper Donoho added. The first reponders were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.  

 
Have a Happy & Safe Fourth of July! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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If you haven’t decided how you and your family will celebrate our nation’s birthday this year, several events have been scheduled in, and around, Macon County including a Pre-Fourth of July Celebration at The White House Assisted Living in Lafayette, an Independence Day Parade in Hartsville, the Westmoreland Freedom Fest Independence Day Celebration and a Fourth of July celebration & BBQ in Hermitage Springs. 

  • Lafayette: Everyone is invited to a Pre-4th of July Celebrationon Thursday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn at The White House Assisted Living. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music presented by: the Skahl Family. Serving an All-American meal of hotdogs, hamburgers, chips & drinks. Fireworks at dusk. This event is free to attend.
  • Westmoreland: The Westmoreland Freedom Fest Independence Day Celebration will be held Saturday, June 28, at 3 p.m. at the Ricky Woodard Memorial Park (downtown area, follow signs). There will be live music (Bands performing: Pecan Sandies, Brothers Adcock, Grandpa’s Music, Junction South, Tommy Ross & TCB Band) a cakewalk, vendors, an inflatable slide for children and fireworks at 10 p.m. For information regarding vendor registration contact Rita Miller at (615) 644-2203.
  • Hartsville: Hartsville Independence Day Parade – Friday, July 4th at 4 p.m. The parade will go down Main Street to the park. After the parade, there will be food and live entertainment in the park and fireworks at 8 p.m.
  • Hermitage Springs: Hermitage Springs Volunteer Fire Department BBQ & Fireworks - Saturday, July 5 at the Hermitage Springs Park (Hwy 52). BBQ begins at 10:30 a.m. until it runs out! BBQ will be served at the fire hall and at the park. Fireworks begin at dark. Live music will begin later in the evening.

The number one concern about the Fourth of July holiday is safety. To ensure the safety of you and your loved ones this holiday, the Lafayette Fire Department encourages everyone to adhere to the following fireworks safety tips:

  1. Sparklers, considered by many as “safe,” burn at very high temperatures, can easily ignite clothing and stay hot long after burning out. They are as dangerous as matches or lighters to children. Be sure to collect all burned out sparkler wires for disposal.
  2. Older children should only be permitted to use fireworks under close supervision. Never allow any running or horseplay.
  3. Use lighters with a child resistant feature. Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
  4. Light fireworks outdoors, one at a time, on a clear, smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves or grass, or flammable materials.
  5. Keep water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on misfired or spent fireworks.
  6. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
  7. Be sure other people and pets are out of range.
  8. Never experiment with fireworks or ignite them in a glass or metal container. Do not attempt to make your own.
  9. Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas. Store them in a dry, cool place out of reach of children.
  10. Dispose of all fireworks properly.

According to Lafayette Fire Chief Keith Scruggs, there is at least one fire reported in Macon County every year involving Fourth of July fireworks, and he encourages residents to be aware of their surroundings. “There are a lot of dry areas that could catch fire,” he stated. “Surveying the area for potential fire hazards before igniting fireworks is the best way to prevent danger.”

 


 
TDOT Commissioner at Groundbreaking PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TDOT Commissioner John Schroer attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the Highway 10 hill reconstruction project last Friday. He is pictured shaking the hand of Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville. (Photo by D. Gregory)

Many people have had horrific losses in their lives due to traffic accidents on the deadly Highway 10 South hill and this was reality for countless years. But thanks to Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer and Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville everyone gathered last Friday afternoon at the groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction project…the new reality.

The circumstances leading to the reconstruction project being finalized began in the spring of 2013 when Mayor Shelvy Linville received the TDOT three-year transportation plan. The Highway 10 South hill project, involving a 1.7 mile stretch, wasn’t included. Three weeks later an article appeared on the front page of the Macon County Chronicle entitled “Highway 10 Hill on Backburner Again”. This was the first in a series of front page articles that was printed in the Chronicle.

Shortly after the article appeared, 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. He talked about the three phases of a TDOT project and the specifics of State Route 10.

Degges said that the Highway 10 Hill construction project hadn’t been cancelled, shelved or anything else. He went on to say that TDOT tried to make sure they spread the money around and the problem was, that there is a whole lot more need out there than there is dollars.

However, Mayor Linville was relentless in his efforts to see the reconstruction started and he knew words were his most powerful tool and he continued to speak to anyone who would listen. The Mayor also began sending TDOT numerous accident reports occurring on the Highway 10 hill, involving serious injuries and fatalities.

The Mayor’s persistence paid off and he received a letter from Commissioner John Schroer on Friday, June 14, 2013, stating that the department had been monitoring all the accident reports in that vicinity and working with the local Division Office of the Federal Highway Administration. Commissioner Schroer said 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 stated 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.

The letting of bids for construction on the 1.7 mile stretch of highway, including the hill was Friday, May 23, 2014, and Twin K. Construction, Inc., was the low bidder at $15,419,073.30.

At the groundbreaking ceremony Commissioner Schroer spoke of the expense involved with building roads and the fact that this phase alone would cost over 15 million dollars. He said that the accident data over the past two years made this particular stretch of highway eligible for funding through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Safety Program. “Construction should begin within 30 to 45 days,” the Commissioner said.

Mayor Shelvy Linville said on behalf of all the citizens of Macon County he thanked everyone for whatever part they played in getting this project moving, whether it was large or small. “I especially want to thank TDOT Commissioner John Schroer and Governor Haslam. I want to thank TDOT employees Jon Armstrong, ROW Agent; Steve Allen, Safety Program Director; David Layhew, Asst. Chief Engineer of Region 3 and Lorri Lange for all their help.”
“I would also like to thank Debbie Gregory with the Macon County Chronicle,” said Mayor Linville, “because she certainly helped me bring this much need project to the forefront with her coverage.”

Mayor Linville said he made the statement over a year ago that he would not be satisfied until he saw orange barrels and bulldozers on that hill. “I believe I’m going to see that soon.”

“Hopefully, when this phase is completed, we will see an end to the fatalities on this hill and maybe phase 2 can begin on the Highway 10 Project in the not too distant future.”

Added City Mayor Richard Driver, “This was the day we have been waiting for and I would like to thank the Tennessese Department of Transportation and Commissioner John Schroer. I would also like to praise the efforts of County Mayor Shelvy Linville for his hard work in getting this project to this point. We all owe him a big thank you.”

 How sad it has been in Macon County through the years to see so many people seriously injured or killed on the Highway 10 South hill and we are indeed thankful to the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Commissioner John Schroer for officially moving ahead with the reconstuction project.  

 
Man Ejected From Car in Crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This car cash occurred on Highway 52 West on Monday morning, June 16. (Photo by K. Belle)

On Monday morning, June  16, a 19-year-old Westmoreland man was ejected from his car in a crash on Highway 52 West. 

According to investigating officer Trooper Justin Mote, Brette Fykes was traveling west on Highway 52 in a silver 2006 two-door Chevrolet, when he failed to maintain the proper lane of travel and went off the westbound side of the road and struck a guard rail.

“Mr. Fykes wasn’t wearing a seat belt and he was ejected from the automobile,” said Trooper Mote. “He was carried by air medical to Vanderbilt Hospital, in Nashville, Tennessee.”

The Rescue Squad established a landing zone at Frito Lay.

Those responding to the crash were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Rescue Squad and the Macon County Chronicle.

 Vanderbilt spokesperson, Paula Jones, stated on Monday afternoon, that Mr. Fykes was listed in stable condition.

 
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