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Smith & Flashner Appear in Court PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chelsea M. Smith, age 21, and Latosha Renee Flashner, age 29, appeared in Macon County General Sessions Court last week, for their involvement in a automobile that was stolen from the Minit Mart in Trousdale County in February. They were apprehended and arrested on Thursday, February 26, 2015, in Red Boiling Springs by Police Chief Terry Tuck. 

On February 26, Chief Tuck was patrolling on the Lafayette Road. He had already been notified  of a stolen 2008 Nissan Altima in Trousdale County and also a car tag that had been taken from Sonic in Lafayette, when he observed the vehicle in question sitting at the RBS Market gas pumps. He contacted dispatch to verify the tag number and he determined it was the tag taken from Sonic.

The chief approached the vehicle and it was occupied by two female suspects, Chelsea Smith and Latosha Flashner, and he briefly spoke with them concerning the vehicle. He verified from the VIN number that it was the vehicle that was taken from Trousdale County.

 The two women were detained and Trousdale County was notified. 

Chief Tuck and Officer Kyle Petty, with the Macon County Sheriffs Office, transported the two female suspects to the Macon County Justice Center where they were booked. 

Smith was charged with theft (up to $500) and theft of property ($1,000-$10,000). She also faces several charges from 2014 including possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule III drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication, and criminal trespass.

Latosha Flashner was charged with theft of property ($1,000-$10,000) and theft (up to $500). She also faces charges from 2014 including evading arrest flight-vehicle, and vehicles /street cars stop at all stop signs.

 The cases against Chelsea Smith and Latosha Flashner have both been continued.

Westside & MCHS: New Principals for 15-16 SY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

According to the Director’s Report, received at last Thursday night’s Macon County Board of Education meeting, two Macon County principal’s will not be returning to their positions for the 2015-2015 School Year.

Westside Elementary School principal Tonya Wells and Macon County High School principal Stephanie Meador were not re-hired to serve as principals for the upcoming school year. 

According to Macon County Director of Schools Tony Boles, both employees will be transferred to different positions within the Macon County School System.

Boles had no comment on anything further at this time, but did verify that the principal positions would be advertised this week on the school system’s website and candidates will be interviewed in the near future.

All other Macon County school principals (and assistant principals at Macon County High School) were rehired for the 15-16 SY.

Good Friday Lightning Fire PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Lightning struck a 30x75 building with a 30x60 shed attached on Good Friday. The structure was located on Larry’s Circle, off the Galen Road, and the Lafayette Fire Department was called at 1:07 p.m. 

A thunderstorm with cloud to ground lightning moved through the area on Good Friday and other strikes were also reported.

“Black smoke was billowing into the air and upon arrival we found a 30x75 building and a 30x60 attached shed on fire, due to a lightning strike,” said Chief Keith Scruggs. “We were fortunate to make a quick knock down and save a considerable amount of equipment, including a back hoe, tractor, bush hog, and two trailers.”

According to Chief Scruggs the building sustained moderate to severe damage. “The damage was estimated at $80,000 but we saved another $100,000.”

There were 12 firemen at the scene and they utilized two engines and one tanker. The property belongs to Larry Dale Driver.

“We have had several grass fires recently, and we would like to remind everybody that you have to get a permit to burn,” said the chief.

Gibson’s Cafe sustained damage on Good Friday when a lightning strike knocked out their computer, TV, and cash register. Inspirations also had similar damage.

Those responding to the fire scene were the Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.  

Men Enter Unlocked Shenandoah Apartment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, April 4, the Lafayette Police Department received a call from a woman living in the Shenandoah Apartments, that two men in their early or middle 20’s had entered her apartment and one had a knife.

According to the report, the woman (who we are not identifying) had fallen asleep and left her door unlocked. She awoke to find two men wearing hoddies inside her apartment and one was holding a knife.

It is believed that they were looking for pills, however the woman told them she didn’t have any, so the intruders grabbed a lock box out of her closet, along with her cell phone and took off running out the door.   

The Lafayette Police Department is actively looking for these two suspects and the incident is under investigation.


Multiple Drug Charges & Child Abuse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Macon County resident Tina Ann Carey, age 47, was arrested last Wednesday, March 25, on two counts of child abuse, two counts of leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle and multiple drug charges after officers discovered a shocking amount of drugs inside her vehicle, where two children (her nieces/nephews) were left alone.

According to Macon County Sheriffs Department detectives, Carey brought Ashley Renee Mangrum to the Macon County Justice Center that day for a court hearing and left Mangrum’s two children in her vehicle when someone noticed and reported the unsupervised children to officers.

Mangrum was arrested during her court hearing for being intoxicated.

When officers got out to the parking lot of the justice center, Carey and the children had driven off the premises.

Approximately four hours later, Carey returned to the justice center to attempt to post Mangrum’s bond, at which time she again left the two children unattended in the vehicle. 

Detective Darrell Taylor observed the unattended children and escorted them from the parking lot into the justice center for their safety. 

After gathering evidence, detective Taylor determined that the children were in fact abandoned by caretaker Carey and the Department of Children's Services was contacted.

While removing the carseat and booster seat from Carey’s vehicle in order for DCS to transport the children, officers discovered a partially-smoked cigarette containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the passenger door pocket.

A further search of the vehicle uncovered multiple narcotics mixed in bottles, a syringe, drug paraphernalia and other pills organized in clear, plastic bags generally associated with resale. 

Many of these harmful drugs and paraphernalia were within reach of the children left inside the vehicle.

Carey was charged with possession of a Schedule IV drug, possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule VI drug, possession of a legend drug, child abuse (2 counts) and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle (2 counts). 

She remains incarcerated at the Macon County Jail on a $12,500 bond. 

Carey is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on April 1 and April 29.

As of Friday, March 27, the children remain in DSC custody. Their mother, Ashley Mangrum, posted bond on the public intoxication charge and was released on her own recognizance.

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