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Christmas Parades This Saturday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Surround yourself with the spirit of Christmas at the City of Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs Christmas Parades - both to be held this Saturday, December 5!

The City of Lafayette’s ‘Candy Land Christmas’ themed parade will kick off at 1 p.m. and this year’s Grand Marshal will be 3-year-old Bradley Woodard. He is the son of Blake and Jennifer Woodard. 

The parade will begin at Tractor Supply, proceed up the by-pass and turn left onto College Street. The parade will travel up College Street to the square, entering the square at McClard’s Gifts. It will then proceed around the square and enter Scottsville Road. The parade will then travel down Scottsville Road, turning right onto Akersville Road to disassemble at the Assembly of God church.

Those participating in the parade should be in place no later than 11a.m. All judging will begin at 11 a.m., and will be completed by noon. The trophies will be awarded before the parade begins. 

Entries are to be lined up in the following designated areas:

Ben Bray’s parking lot: ALL ATVs, ALL Horse and Riders, and ALL Horse & Buggies. Please keep the horses in the grassy areas. 

Lafayette Church of God: ALL Antique Autos and ALL Antique Tractors 

Hwy 52 By-Pass at Sunshine Market: ALL Dignitaries, ALL Large Business, ALL Small Business, ALL Non-Profit/Church, and ALL Youth entries. 

The City of Red Boiling Springs Christmas Parade will follow at 6 p.m.

The theme of this year’s RBS parade is ‘Walking in a Candy Wonderland’ and it will begin at Nestle, travel from Hwy 52 East to Hwy 56 North, circle around in Palace parking lot, then go through town (Market Street), continue through historic district (Hwy 151), and conclude at Thomas House.

This year’s Grand Marshal is Macon County historian Randy East. 

RBS parade participants must be in line by 4 p.m. to be judged and entry applications will be accepted up until the day of the parade.


 
Macon Criminal Court Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Macon County Criminal Court met on November 23, 2015, in the courtroom of Judge John D. Wootten, with the following results according to the Office of Circuit Court Clerk Rick Gann. 

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, 39-year-old Ewing David McMurtry was arrested after officers of the Macon County Sheriffs Office recovered over $10,000 in stolen property in McMurtry’s vehicle and at a second storage location. Sheriff Gammons stated that his office had been investigating numerous thefts across the county for several months and Mr. McMurtry was established as a suspect. He faced numerous charges and he pled in the courtroom of Judge Wootten to one count of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft ($1,000-$10,000). He received a 10 year suspended sentence, with one year already served, plus restitution to numerous victims. 

State of Tennessee vs:

Candy Dawn Abston - driving while license revoked, financial responsibility, driver to exercise due care. Case dismissed.

Logan Arms - meth mfg/del/sale, poss. with intent. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

Jeffrey A. Baker - DUI (4th), driving while license revoked, parking on highway, registration expired, financial responsibility law. Trial set for March 30, 2016.

William Alexander Beasley IV - assault with bodily injury, theft up to $500, aggravated burglary, theft of property ($500-$1,000), assault with physical contact, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000), vandalism. Case continued until February 5, 2016.

Glen Edward Berry - speeding, registration expired, financial responsibility, Registration certificate must be carried, driving while license suspended, unlawful use of driver’s license, seat belt law. Case continued until January 26, 2016.

John T. Biggs - probation violation. Case continued until November 30, 2015.

Travis Bisker - probation violation. Probation revoked, two year sentence to be served.

David Lee Black - aggravated assault. Case continued until January 25, 2016, with attorney.

Britney Kaye Bohanan - driving while license revoked, seat belt law, display of registration plates, financial responsibility law, unlawful vehicle on highway, aggravated child abuse, initiate manufacture of methamphetamine. She pled to aggravated child abuse, 8 years and under, and received a 10 year suspended sentence, with one year to serve.

Benjamin Allan Bolte - assault with bodily injury, evading arrest, driving while license revoked. Case continued until February 12, 2016.

Valerie Lynn Carter - probation violation. Appointed a public defender, case continued until November 30, 2015.

Kaleb N. Cross - speeding, driving on wrong side of road, vehicles stop at all stop signs, reckless endangerment, muffler law, evading arrest flight vehicle, reckless driving, driving while license suspended. Case continued until January 25, 2016. Settle or set.  

Dakota Scott Daughtery - burglary, criminal trespass, vandalism up to $500, theft up to $500. Case continued until February 5, 2016.

Joshua L. Davis - probation violation. Case continued until November 30, 2015.

Brock Alan Driver - probation violation. Case continued until November 30, 2015.

Kristopher Dutton - criminal trespass. Continued until November 30, 2015.

Joshua H. Ferguson - driving while license suspended, financial responsibility. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

Ricky Lee Gammons - DUI (2nd), financial responsibility, registration certificate must be carried, driver to exercise due care. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

Scotty Wayne Gass - theft of property ($1,000-$10,000), DUI (1st offense). Case continued until November 30, 2015, with attorney.

James W. Green - false reports to officer, allowing unlicensed driver to drive, failure to dim lights, financial responsibility, driver to exercise due care. Case continued until January 25, 2016, with attorney.

Christopher S. Gregory - schedule II drugs mfg/del/sell/poss, possession of weapon-convicted felon, possession of drug parahernalia, criminal simulation. Case continued to February 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

George Marshall Hale II - probation violation. Case continued until November 30, 2015, appointed public defender.

Ashley Amanda Hall - obatin drugs by fraud, schedule III drugs mfg/del/sell/poss. Case continued until November 30, 2105.

William Scott Hartnagel - probation violation. Case continued until November 30, 2015, appointed public defender.

Karen D. Hunter - probation violation. Case continued until November 30, 2015.

Brandon Edward Johns - DUI (1st), schedule III drugs  mfg/del/sell/poss. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

Matthew Linn Jones - probation violation. Probation revoked, to serve 3 year sentence.

Tony Lee King - probation violation. Case continued until November 30, 2015, appointed public defender.

David Shane Knight - driving while license revoked, speeding. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

Hunter Dakota Law - probation violation. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

Billy R. Likens Jr. - probation violation. Case continued until November 30, 2015.

Candy Denise Long - probation violation. Case continued until November 30, 2015.

Courtney Beth Mabry - theft up to $500, evading arrest, meth mfg/del/sell/poss, schedule IV drugs mfg/del/sell/poss., schedule VI drugs, possession without prescription, possession unlawful drug paraphernalia. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

David B. Maddox - driving while license revoked. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

Jose Luis Marquez - habitual traffic offender. Case continued until March 28, 2016.

Ewing David McMurtry - aggravated burglary, criminal trespass, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000), theft up to $500, vandalism up to $500, burglary, possession of a weapon. Pled to one count of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft of property ($1,000-$10,000). Suspended 10 year sentence with one year already served, plus restitution to numerous victims. 

Glynn Paul Newberry - schedule II drugs mfg/del/sell/poss. Case continued until November 30, 2015.

Jonathan Matthew Pace - speeding, driving while license revoked, possession without prescription, prohibited weapons, violatin of order of protection, theft of property ($500-$1,000). Case continued until November 30, 2015.

Duwayne E. Perdue - schedule II drugs mfg/del/sell/poss, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia, prohibited weapons, vehicles stop at all stop signs, driving while license suspenced, financial responsibility law, possession of weapon (convicted felon), evading arrest. Case continued until  February 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

Melanie Peterson - driving while license suspended, speeding, financial responsibility law, simple possession. Case continued until January 25, 2016 with attorney.

Paul Lee Ramsey, Jr. - theft of property ($1,000-$10,000). Case continued until January 25, 2016, appointed public defender.

Rachel Elizabeth Ray - failure to appear on citation, driving while license revoked, financial reponsibility. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

Emily Ruiz - speeding, driving while license suspended. Case continued until January 25, 2016, public defender.

Richard D. Shultz Jr., - rape of child. Pled to attempted aggravated sexual battery. Received a 6 year suspended sentence, one year to serve, placed on sexual offender registry and community supervision for life. 

Chelsea Smith - vehicles stop at all stop signs, simple possession (meth), possession unlawful drug paraphernalia, theft up to $500, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000), schedule II drugs mfg/del/sell/poss, public intoxication, contra in penal facility. Case continued until February 12, 2016.

Jackie E. Smith - rape of child, incest. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

Tony Smith - speeding, reckless driving, obedience to required traffic control devices, evading arrest, schedule II drugs mfg/del/sell/poss, reckless endangerment, driving while license revoked, assault (threat of bodily injury), drivers to exercise due care, vandalism ($500-$1,000), leaving scene of an accident, immediate notice of accident. Case continued untll February 12, 2016.

Jay E. Smotherman - schedule II drugs, mfg/del/sell/poss, possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

Paul Solomon - driving while license revoked. Continued to January 25, 2016.

April Michelle South - driving while license revoked, registration expired, unlawful vehicle on the highway, display of registration plates. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

April Michelle South - vehicular homicide. New trial date set for March 29 and 30, 2016.

Candi Stafford - probation violation. Probation revoked, to serve 6 year sentence.

Edward Stankard IV - evading arrest, reckless driving, speeding, financial responsibility law, unlawful vehicle on highway, display of registration plates. Case continued until November 30, 2015.

Terry L. Swindle - driving while license revoked, muffler law. Case continued until November 30, 2015. 

Shelley Thompson - probation violation. Case continued until November 30. 2015.

Craig Devon White - probation violation. Case continued until November 30, 2015.

Thomas Anthony Wilson - aggravated criminal trespass, burglary, theft of property. 11/29 suspended, $1,200 restitution. 

Wyndom Wix, Jr. - schedule IV drugs mfg/del/sell/poss, criminal trespass, vehicular assault, possession unlawful drug paraphernalia, schedule II drugs mfg/del/sell/poss. Case continued until January 25, 2016.

 
Christmas on the Square Set for Dec. 12! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Carriage rides, train rides, outhouse races and storytelling are just a few of the activities that will be available at this year's event.

Mark your calendars for a day of family fun on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the highly anticipated holiday event  - Christmas on the Square!

Bring the family out to the Lafayette Public Square from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a variety of activities including train rides for both kids and adults, carriage rides provided by the Donoho Hotel, outhouse races, storytelling, children's art projects, face painting, a fire truck on display, refreshments and free photos with Santa.

Several of your child’s favorite characters will also be available for photos including Mickey & Minnie, Frosty and the Gingerbread Man. 

As in years past, guests of Christmas on the Square are eligible to enter to win several cash giveaways that will be drawn throughout the day and merchants on the square will be offering shopping specials for those who would like to cross a few items off their Christmas list.

So come on out and celebrate the season with us at this year’s Christmas on the Square! We can’t wait to see you!


 
Santa Wants Letters from Kids! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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Once again Santa Claus has requested that the Macon County Chronicle collect his mail from the children in our area and forward it to him at the North Pole toy workshop.

Santa also asked us to remind boys and girls that their letters should be mailed as soon as they make up their minds what they want for Christmas. Mr. Claus made no promises about bringing everything that each child wants, however he did mention something about being good, watching out, not crying and not pouting.

The Macon County Chronicle is always more than glad to help the jolly old guy make sure he receives every child’s Christmas wish list, we will print the letters in our upcoming December issues.

Boys and girls are asked to write clearly and to include their names and ages with their letters. They must be submitted by noon on Thursday, December 10, and can be dropped off at the Chronicle office (located at 109 Public Square in Lafayette) or mailed to us at P.O. Box 409, Red Boiling Springs, Tn.

The last thing Santa told us was that he and the elves are working 24 hours a day and expect to continue until Christmas Eve. But he has decided once again to fly into Macon County for the Lafayette and RBS Christmas Parades after consulting with Rudolph and the other reindeers, explaining that it would be a good run before the actual night, considering they were all a little rusty after 12 months.

So, you better get out that pencil and paper and write your letter, because Santa Claus will be expecting to hear from you soon!

 
Two Charged with 17 Counts of Animal Cruelty PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pictured above is one of 17 dogs belonging to Michael and Paula Tracy.

Two Macon County residents have been arrested and charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty after a photo made its way around social media.

According to Macon County Animal Control Officer Corey Lawrence, a Gallatin woman uploaded a photo of a malnourished dog located in Pinewood Trailer Park to a social media site and it was shared by others until it got the attention of Nashville’s Channel 2 News. 

The news station called Lawrence and reported the photo, and the officer began his investigation on Wednesday, November 11. 

During his investigation, Officer Lawrence located the dog in the photo tied up at the residence of Paula and Michael Tracy - 1164 Siloam Church Rd.

A total of 17 dogs, one cat and an 8-foot python were located inside and outside of the Tracy property, with many of the dogs appearing to be unhealthy.

Photos were taken, all evidence was presented to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and on Thursday night, November 12, the animals were removed from the home and brought to a vet to be examined.

All of the dogs were found to have parasite and fleas and one had a severely broken leg that needed to be amputated.

These poorly treated dogs are currently up for adoption and the Macon Spay/Neuter Association is offering to pay for them to be spayed or neutered and vaccinated at no charge to their new owners. Others will be taken to rescue centers.

The python was given to a Cumberland University reptile specialist. 

Forty-seven-year-old Michael Tracy is a registered sex offender and will likely face probation violation charges. Paula Jean Tracy, age 43, is employed at a local care and rehab facility. 

Both turned themselves in at the Macon County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, November 14, and posted their $3,500 bond. They are scheduled to appear in general sessions court on December 2, 2015.  

 Officer Lawrence would like to remind everyone to report any instances of animal abuse or neglect by calling him at (615) 388-8956.

 
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