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Here Comes the Fair! August 2-9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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In just a few short days the Macon County Fairgrounds will come to life once again with the flashing, neon lights of the midway, the whiz of rides blaring past, and the heavenly scent of funnel cake, fried Oreos and anything-on-a-stick for the 32nd annual Macon County Fair, August 2-9.

Continuing to honor the Macon County Fair tradition of offering a variety of contests, pageants, exhibits and shows, this year’s schedule is jam-packed with entertainment appealing to the entire family and some new and exciting events for fair-goers.

Some new events to this year’s fair include a Lego Building Contest, the Bullwhip Rodeo, and a Car Show. Also, $1,000 or more in cash will be given away each night of the fair - totaling over $8,000 for the week!

Kicking off the pre-fair schedule of events is the Rabbit Show on Saturday, August 2, at 8 a.m., followed by the Macon County Fair Princess Pageant at 6 p.m. and the Fairest of the Fair Pageant at 7 p.m., and the highly anticipated Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Admission to the Derby is $5 and the contestant registration fee is $30. The first of many cash giveaways will take place Saturday at 9:30 p.m, when one $100 prize and five $200 prizes will be given away.

On Sunday, August 3, a car show will be held from 2-5 p.m. The car show will include rat rods, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and cars. Those interested in entering a vehicle, can register at 1 p.m. 

Along with the opening of rides, a long list of other events are also scheduled to take place on Monday, with fair exhibits being judged at 8 a.m. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by the sheep show and Macon County Fair Petite Miss pageant at 6 p.m., the Macon County Fair Sweetheart pageant and ATV Rodeo at 7 p.m., and five $200 cash giveaways at 9:30 p.m. Carnival armbands can be purchased Monday for $18.

Tuesday’s events will begin at 6 p.m., and include the Pedal Pull, Goat Show and Mule Show at 6 p.m. and the Mrs. Macon County Pageant and battery powered vehicles event at 7 p.m. The Mrs. Senior Macon County Pageant will immediately follow the Mrs. Macon Pageant. Five more $200 cash giveaways will also take place around 9:30 p.m. On Tuesday, carnival armbands can also be purchased for $18 and all students, K-12, will be admitted free of charge.

On Wednesday, fair guests will be invited to attend the Little Miss Macon County Fair Pageant, and the Young Cattleman’s Show all at 6 p.m., the Commercial Beef Heifer Show at 6:15 p.m. and the Macon County Fair Beef Show at 6:30 p.m. New to the fair this year, the Bullwhip Rodeo will take place at 7 p.m. Five $200 cash giveaways are scheduled for Wednesday night. Wednesday is also ‘Church Night Armband Special’ night, costing $15 from 5 p.m. to closing. 

Thursday events include Senior Citizens Day lunch and Bingo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Baby Show at 5:30 p.m., and the Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. On Thursday, all Macon County Veterans will be admitted free and carnival armbands can be purchased for $18 per person. Five $200 cash giveaways are scheduled for Thursday night.

Two popular events, the Tractor Pull and Talent Show, will take place on Friday night at 7 p.m. Carnival armbands will cost $18 and five $200 cash giveaways will take place around 10 p.m.

The 4-H Poultry Show & Sale will kick-off Saturday’s events at 9 a.m. The new Lego Building Contest is scheduled for 12:15 in the Martha Wilburn Pavilion. Children in each age category will have 45 minutes to build a Lego masterpiece! This contest is open to children ages 3 - 15 and up. The Marble Tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. and a Youth Pet Show will follow at 2 p.m. A cornhole tournament is slated for 5 p.m. Test out your skills on the grill at the Backyard Cook-Off, also at 5 p.m. The 32nd annual Truck Pull, sponsored by KTPA Pulling Series, will be held at 7 p.m. Admission to the Truck Pull will cost $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. The entry fee for contestants will be $20. A live country music concert and dancing, featuring Skahl’s Band, will close out the 2014 fair events at 8 p.m. at the Martha Wilburn Building. Carnival armbands can be purchased on Saturday for $18. Five $200 giveaways and two $500 giveaways will be given away Saturday night.

Commercial and educational exhibits and the Women’s Building will be open for viewing each day, August 4-9, from 5-10 p.m. 

During fair hours the Farm Toy Show will be on display and be sure to stop by the Little Red School House, where different Macon County schools and school organizations will be featured each day. 

The theme for this year’s fair is ‘Family, Fun & Farming: A Tribute to Agriculture’ and will be portrayed throughout the week in the themes of various booths set up in the Sally Wells Building.

Fair exhibits will include submissions in the following adult categories: canning, clothing, creative table setting, field crops, fine art, floral, gardening, home cookery, needlework & crafts and photography. Youth exhibits will include sewing, needlework, canning, project/club exhibits, arts and crafts, posters, home cookery, floral, photography, creative table setting and gardening. 

To enter for your chance to win the nightly cash giveaways, sign the tickets given to you at the gate, and put them in the orange buckets located around the fairgrounds, Monday night – Sunday night.

Fair parking entrances will be located on Airport Road and Learly Road. 

With such a wide variety of events, games, rides and foods, the Macon County Fair is sure to satisfy your family’s need for fun and excitement. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make some memories of your own this year!

Exhibit entry information: All youth exhibits/entries can begin set-up at 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, August 2. All adult entries are to be set-up between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 3. Exhibit pick-up of all entries is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 10.


 
Over 400 Participate in Opening Day of Early Voting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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Over 400 Macon County residents voted on the opening day of early voting for the State Primary and County General Election last Friday, July 18.

According to Macon County Election Commissioner Barry Doss, 334 votes were cast on the opening day of the last county general election in 2010.

As of press time, a total of 618 early votes have been tallied for the August 7, 2014 State Primary & County General Election.

A breakdown by day is as follows:

7/1 - 7/17: 26 early voters, 4 by mail voters (Total: 30)

July 18, 2014: 407 early voters; 6 by mail votes (Total: 413)

July 19, 2014: 175 early voters; 0 by mail voters (Total: 175)

Doss would like to remind everyone that early voting ends on Saturday, August 2, and to ask for assistance if you have any problems while voting.

“When voting, if you don’t see the name of a candidate you want to vote for, ask for help,” Doss stated. “Don’t push the red button until you’ve voted for who you want to vote for. Once you punch the red button, your vote is final.”


 
'Bonnie & Clyde' Rob Local Bank PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pictured above is the female bank robbery suspect.

Shockwaves rippled across Macon County last week as residents learned that a Citizens Bank had been robbed by an unknown woman and her male, getaway driver accomplice.

The robbery is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and officials are asking for your help obtaining information regarding the ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ like suspects.

Ironically, at the time of the robbery, the woman wore a t-shirt with the words ‘This is what perfect looks like’ printed on the front.

The FBI has released the following statement regarding the crime:

On July 8, 2014, at approximately 3:15 pm, CST, the Citizen’s Bank, located at 1108 Scottsville Road, Lafayette, TN, was robbed by an unidentified, white female, who presented the teller with robbery demand note. The teller complied, and the robber fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money. The robber was observed getting into the passenger side of a red-in-color pickup truck that was driven by an unidentified, white male.  The robber is further described as follows:

Sex:           Female

Race:         White

Height:     5’8”-5’10” tall

Weight:    110-120 pounds

Hair:          Blonde

Age:          Mid-Late 20’s

 

If you have any information regarding this matter, please contact the Lafayette Police Department at (615) 666-4725 or the  FBI's Violent Crime Gang Task Force at (615) 232-7500.

 
Early Voting Begins Friday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Macon County Commissioner of Elections Barry Doss encourages everyone to take advantage of the early voting period, July 18 - August 2, for the August 7, 2014 Macon County State Primary & County General Election. (Photo by: J. Williams)

Early voting for the August 7 Macon County State Primary and County General Election begins this Friday, July 18, and ends Saturday, August 2.

Cast your early vote Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon and Thursday, July 31, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Macon County Election Commission located at 111 East Locust Street in Lafayette.
This election includes the following positions in the Macon County General Election: Chancellor, Circuit Court Judge Division I, Circuit Court Judge Division II, Criminal Court Judge, District Attorney General, Public Defender, County Mayor, County Trustee, Circuit Court Clerk, General Sessions Judge, County Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, School Board members (Districts 1 & 2 and Districts 3 & 4), Constables (all districts) and County Commissioners (all districts).
Don’t forget to vote for two county commissioners in your district!
Macon County voters will select candidates to fill the following positions in the State Primary Election: Governor, United States Senate, Tennessee Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee House of Representatives, State Executive Comitteeman, State Executive Committeewoman. 
If you plan to vote during the Early Voting period, remember to bring identification with you. A voter must have a Federal or Tennessee State government issued photo ID. If no photo identification is provided, the voter will vote a provisional ballot and the voter will have two business days after the election to return to the election commission office and show a valid photo I.D. or the ballot will be rejected. The voter can sign an oath stating he/she is indigent or an oath stating a religious objection to being photographed.
VOTING BY-MAIL
A voter must MEET CERTAIN LEGAL QUALIFICATIONS, in order to vote absentee by mail. A voter desiring to vote absentee by mail, shall in writing over his signature either in person at the Election Commission office, by-mail, or by fax request an application for an absentee ballot. The voter must make the request in writing and include their name (as registered), social security number, date of birth, residence address (911 address), mailing address (if different from residence address), the election(s) they wish to vote in, the reason they are requesting to vote an absentee ballot and their signature. The written request may be received starting May 9th, 2014 and ends on July 31st, 2014. Requests must be mailed to The Macon County Election Commission office, 111 East Locust Street, Lafayette, TN 37083.
For additional information please contact the Election Commission office at 666-2199.
 
Trousdale Correctional Facility Contract Approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Trousdale County Mayor Jakie West talked with Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville, in Hartsville, on Monday morning, July 7, about the impact the Trousdale County Prison will have on the surrounding counties. (Photo by D. Gregory)

The State Comptroller Office has approved the contract between Correction Corporation of America (CCA) and Trousdale County for funding of the Trousdale County Correctional Facility, according to Mayor Jakie West. “We have a contract signed and all I can say is jobs…jobs…jobs,” Trousdale County Mayor West told Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville, when they talked on Monday morning in Hartsville.

This was a Four Lake Authority project when they sold 108 acres to CCA a few years ago, but it was later put on hold when the corporation was unable to garner a contract with the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

“Around May or June of 2013 talks began and we could hear a rumble,” said Mayor West. “We could tell they were on a move to get this project rolling again. It’s been a long road.”

“This is going to be a positive impact for the area, and mainly Trousdale, Macon and Smith Counties,” noted Mayor West. “There wil be about 2,552 beds in this facility over the next five years and the state is looking at the need for an additional 900 beds, which would move it up to 3,400. ”

Mayor West said that once himself, the County Court and Commissioners signed with the State Department it moved into different departments. “Once the comptroller’s office reviewed the contract and had all their questions and concerns answered,” said Mayor West, “I got an e-mail from the Department of Corrections on Thursday morning, July 3, saying that the contract had been signed for the funding. It was a done deal.”

“They expect the facility to be constructed in 18 months,” said West. “That’s what is on the contract and the clock started when the contract was signed on Thursday. So CCA is on it to get this facility constructed. They hope to get it done in 15 months, but they have to build it in 18.”

“I feel like the job oppportunity for the people in surrounding counties will be great,” said the Trousdale County Mayor.

Macon Counthy Mayor Linville said that he believes the CCA prison will be a big asset to the whole area. “More than just prison jobs, I think other projects will be created because there will be a lot of visitors to the area, families coming to see their relatives that are inmates there,” said Mayor Linville.

“The prison will not only provide a boost in jobs, but it will also provide a boost in the area’s economy, during the construction phase and after completion as well,” continued Mayor Linville. “Eventually, in years to come, I believe this will jump start the possible construction of Highway 10 across Highway 25 and a new bridge across the Cumberland River eventually tying into 141.”     

Mayor Linville said that the way it is now, it could be many, many years before this road construction is done, but with this facility on its’ way and alot more people coming into this area, he believes it could be a lot sooner.

Added Mayor Linville, “I realize that some people might be a little apprehensive about having a prison in this area. But as I understand it, this will be a minimum security prison and I don’t think people need to be too concerned.”

Mayor West said, “I’m glad to sit down with Mayor Linville and discuss what intentions we have for our counties and being prepared for what’s to come. Again, this prison is a great thing and I think it is a win-win situation for everybody.”

 
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