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School Board Approves Contract with Interquest Detection Canines PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Macon County Board of Education members met in regular session last Thursday, November 12, at Red Boiling Springs School, voting to approve a contract with Interquest Detection Canines for the 15-16 School Year.

According to the contract, the company will provide 12, half-day visits to the county high schools and junior high for $275 per visit starting in December.

Director of Macon County Schools Tony Boles stated that the Student Resource Officers at the schools will accompany the canine and handler and continue to perform the searches once the canine ‘hits’ on something.

Interquest Detection Canines have been implemented in 18 other Middle Tennessee counties including Bledsoe, Jackson, Pickett, Trousdale and Clay.

“I’ve talked to the Bledsoe County and Jackson County directors,” said Boles. “They’re the ones that actually steered me towards this gentleman. They said it had cut there’s down in Bledsoe by about 75 percent during the year in instances they’ve had with contraband.”

Drugs, alcohol and firearms can be sniffed out by these canines. The dogs are also considered ‘pettable’ and sit down when they ‘hit’ on something. 

Board members also voted to approve a teacher equity proposal for the 15-16 SY. Two options were proposed during the meeting - 1. To split the equity up among teachers according to years of service, 2. Split the equity evenly among teachers across the board ($910 each). Board members ultimately agreed to go with option one, splitting up the funds by: 1-5 years ($600), 6-10 years ($750), 11-15 years ($900), 16-20 years($1,050), 21+ years ($1,200). A total of $248,550 in salary equity was provided by the state for all full-time certified teachers in the Macon County School System that were employed during the 14-15 School Year (273 employees total). Option one was approved on roll call. 

School Board members voted to form a Building Construction Committee and a Building Finance Committee during last Thursday night’s meeting to work on future building plans to present to the county commission.

Board member Jeff Harper was appointed chairman of the construction committee and board member Wayne Marsh was also appointed to the construction committee. Board member Steve Walton will serve as chairman of the finance committee and Jimmy Cook will also be a finance committee member. Board members appointed to these committees will report back during the January meeting with their recommendations for other committee members. 

“We’re probably going to be facing a building project in the next two to three years,” said school board chairman Rebekah Tuttle.

In other business:

The board approved the agenda as presented.

The consent agenda (minutes from previous meeting, leave requests and trip requests) was approved by the board. 

Authorization was granted for the posting of a new position at Fairlane Elementary School for a special education teacher assistant. The funds for this position will come from federal special education funding. Twenty-seven kids are currently enrolled in the CDC program at Fairlane and nine more are in the process of enrolling. The hire date for this position will be December 1. 

Macon County High School Principal B.J. West spoke to the board about the band program, stating that they are appreciative of their new equipment and uniforms and have recently made their second payment on the loan provided by the board of education, four months in advance thanks to fundraising efforts.

Macon County Schools Technology Director David Flynn announced that all k-12 e-mail addresses will be obsolete in December and new e-mail addresses will be set up. 

Board members voted to approve the revision of Policy 6.3101, dress code 6-12, on second reading. This revision will take effect on January 1, 2016.

Bids were accepted for two used buses on roll call. Transportation supervisor Larry Holland presented the submitted bids for $71,383 (2014 bus) and $70,364 (2013 bus).

Certification of Compliance for the 15-16 SY was approved.

Textbook Committee for the 2015-2016 SY was approved.

The revision of Policy 4.700, testing programs, was approved on first reading. The language changes to the policy were recommended by the state department of education. 

A work session was scheduled for December 7, 2015 at 6 p.m.

 
Man Dragged 800 Feet by Car, Arrest Made PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Michael Ehringer

On Sunday night, November 8, the RBS Police Department arrested 28-year-old Michael Patrick Ehringer, following a hit & run accident of a person on Whitley Hollow Road in Red Boiling Springs.

According to RBS Police Chief Terry Tuck, on Sunday, November 8, Michael Ehringer and Randy Carlile were in an argument when Carlile attempted to open the car door of the white Dodge Avenger Ehringer was driving. “Michael Ehringer took off and drug Carlile approximately 800 feet down Whitley Hollow Road before he dislodged from the vehicle,” said Chief Tuck.

Chief Tuck said that Ehringer left the scene and Randy Carlile was transported to Skyline Hospital in Nashville, where he was treated and released.

Michael Ehringer was caught in Lafayette by Officer Shane Reed, of the Lafayette Police Department. “Officer Reed transported him to the Macon County Justice Center for our department and investigating officer RBS Patrolman Phil Harper interviewed Mr. Ehringer,” added Chief Tuck.

Officer Harper arrested Michael Ehringer and charged him with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and hit & run of a person.

His bond is set at $7,500 and a General Sessions Court date is scheduled for December 9.  

 
West Macon Rescue Fundraiser This Saturday, Nov. 14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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This Saturday, November 14th, marks the return of the West Macon Rescue Squad’s 8th Annual Chili Dinner & Raffle. The event is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. in the squad building located at 3080 Rocky Mound Road, in the western sector of the county. All proceeds will go toward digital radio equipment.

There will be a cakewalk, 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

Established to maintain and protect the people of our county, West Macon Rescue was organized in August of 1993 at 29 Hawkins & Rocky Mound Road, in an old garage building with no running water and heat. The new building was constructed during the summer of 2012, with the members doing all the interior work. Their dream finally came true when they moved into the new squad building.

The chili dinner will cost $5.00 and that will include the door prize raffle, which you must be present to win. Other raffle tickets are available from members of the squad and the cost of one ticket is $1.00, seven tickets for $5.00 and 15 tickets for only $10.00. These tickets will also be available at the event until 7:00 p.m.

This year’s raffle items include a Remington 783 - 270 caliber rifle with scope, $150 gift certificate from CPC Commodities, $80 value picture donated by D.T. McCalls, country ham and a $50 Walmart card. You do not have to be present to win these items..

Everyone is welcome and you are cordially invited to come and enjoy plenty of good food, along with good friends and good times.

“I want everyone to join us and meet the squad members,” said event organizer Crystal Crowder. “We appreciate all the support we can get. If you need more information or directions contact me at 615-644-4631 or Captain Thomas O’Saile Sr. at 615-670-6741.” 

 (Rifle winner must pass the mandatory federal background check.)


 
Bell Witch Author to Visit Thomas House Hotel in RBS PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

RED BOILING SPRINGS, TN—The Thomas House Hotel in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, presents, "The Bell Witch: The Spirit, The People, The Stories, The Lies," a storytelling by Bell Witch author and A&E TV personality, Pat Fitzhugh.

In addition to recounting the terrifying legend, Fitzhugh will reveal many little-known facts, both old and new, that he uncovered while researching the case for over three decades.

"The old legend is spooky enough," he relates, "but the history behind the people and places involved paints an even more horrifying picture. When it comes to the Bell Witch, truth is indeed stranger than fiction.”

Fitzhugh’s fascination with the story of the Bell Witch began when he first heard it as a child from his mother.

“I became interested in the historical aspect of the story when I was told it was real, and that my mother knew some of the actual descendants of the family,” he stated. “That’s what made it stand out from all of the other stories I had heard.”

In addition to having written two books about the Bell Witch, Fitzhugh has lectured around the country and appeared on many radio shows. His TV and movie credits include "America's Creepiest Destinations," "Night Visitors," "Liars and Legends," and “An American Haunting," starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. He is also featured in A&E's new fall TV series, "Cursed: The Bell Witch."

A question-and-answer session, along with a book signing featuring "The Bell Witch: The Full Account" and "Ghostly Cries From Dixie,” will follow the storytelling. As a bonus, adult overnight guests at the hotel will be eligible to participate in an all-night paranormal investigation of The Thomas House, led by Pat Fitzhugh.

Fitzhugh, who has frequented the Thomas House Hotel twice a month over the last two years, calls the historic hotel ‘the real deal.’

“There is always something weird going on there,” he remarked. “It’s like a haunted house that is open 365 days a year, but without all of the actors and props. It’s the real deal and the ghost hunt will be an intense,all-night experience.”

The Thomas House Hotel in RBS is ranked one of the top five of ‘CNN’s Top Haunted Spots Across America’ each year.

Dinner and performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14. The cost is $18 per person, plus tax, which includes dinner, dessert, and the storytelling. If staying overnight, hotel rates will also apply.

Reservations required: (615) 699-3006



 
Macon Woman Indicted: Forgery, False Insurance Claims PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Amy Crawford

NASHVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Lafayette woman who is charged with multiple counts of forgery and filing false insurance claims.

Blue Cross Blue Shield first contacted the District Attorney’s Office in Hartsville, Tenn., and Attorney General Tommy Thompson stated that his office got the TBI involved jointly with Davidson County District Attorney General Glenn Funk.

At the request of 20th District Attorney General Glenn Funk, TBI Special Agents began investigating Amy Crawford on December 9, 2014. Crawford worked as a medical assistant for Pinnacle Surgical Partners in Hermitage from December 2013 through June 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that during that time, Crawford had falsified prescriptions for compound medication, using the provider information for one of the clinic’s physicians to authorize the prescriptions. Agents learned that Crawford submitted those prescriptions to a pharmacy in Florida, which generated more than $152,957 in insurance claims paid by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.

On October 16th, the Davidson County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Crawford, 36, with four counts of False or Fraudulent Insurance Claims and two counts of Forgery. Crawford was arrested on those charges Tuesday and booked into the Davidson County Jail. She was released after posting a $15,000 bond.



 
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