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Many RBS Residents Without Water PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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The aftermath of severe winter weather continues to plaque the City of Red Boiling Springs with reports of water outages from customers in the Willette, Goosehorn, Union Camp, Kirbytown, Jimtown and Draper’s Crossroads areas due to leaks in the line and supply and demand.

According to RBS Water Department Supervisor Chad Owens, the water they are able to get running through the lines is being depleted as fast as it’s being produced, which does not allow the City’s two water plants to build up enough supply to fill the water tanks.

Owens stated that while some leaks in the water lines have been detected and repaired, residents must be observant of their surroundings to help assist the water department in identifying remaining issues.

“We are asking that people be conservative with their water use, check their water meters and lines for leaks and to report anything obvious so we can get it fixed,” Owens stated. “We’re hoping we can have these issues resolved in two-to-three days. We are working around the clock to get water to the people of Red Boiling Springs.”

According to Owens, the City cannot receive assistance from Lafayette, due to Lafayette’s own decreased water supply.

In the midst of the chaos, Red Boiling Springs’ largest industry, Nestle Waters, has stepped up to help residents dealing with water outages by supplying the City with pallets of bottled water to be distributed to those without water and has even offered up employees to help fix water leaks.

While the City of Lafayette is not experiencing any water outages, they are asking residents to remain conservative with their water use until further notice.

“What that means is to be aware of your water use - don’t waste and use at a normal rate,” stated Lafayette Public Works Director Phillip Brawner. “Contact the City if you have any frozen pipes, be observant of your home and report any excess running water outside. Be proactive by walking around your home to observe any signs of a water leak. Also, when we are experiencing warmer temperatures, leaving your water dripping can be a hinderance.”

As of Sunday, February 22, Brawner stated the City was supplied with about half of its usual storage capacity. 

“We are not able to get any water from Trousdale County, because they are struggling too,” he remarked. “If we are able to get our own supply back and help Red Boiling Springs we will, but at this time we need to work on maintaining our own system.”

 Red Boiling Springs residents should report any issues including frozen pipes, possible water leaks or water outages, by calling Red Boiling Springs City Hall at (615) 699-2011. Lafayette water customers should report these issues by calling Lafayette City Hall at (615) 666-2194.


 
Two Airlifted After Saturday Night Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

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Two teenagers were airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital after a wreck on Oakdale Road Saturday night, February 14. Trooper Cody Ballard was the investigating officer and he was assisted by Deputy Ashley Tharp, of the Macon County Sheriffs Office.

According to Trooper Ballard, 18-year-old C.J. Taylor and a female juvenile were involved in a car wreck sometime between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. They were in a black 2007 Toyota headed north on Oak Dale Road when the car ran off the road on the eastbound side and turned over coming to rest on it’s top. Both occupants were ejected from the vehicle.

They were both carried by the Macon County EMS to a landing zone and were then transported by air to the Nashville hospital.

When contacted by telephone on Monday morning, a Vanderbilt spokesperson stated that C.J. Taylor is in the trauma unit and is listed in stable condition. The juvenile’s condition is unknown.

 Responding to the scene was the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.


 
Penny Whitehouse Turns Herself In - Charged with 11 Counts of Animal Cruelty PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Penny Whitehouse

Fifty-four-year-old Penny Whitehouse turned herself in at the Macon County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, February 11, after local authorities discovered ten horse carcasses and one dead donkey on the 20+ acre, Taurus Farm Road property she formerly inhabited. 

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, Macon County Animal Control Officer Corey Lawrence was contacted by a family that was walking the property, which is currently for sale. While touring the grounds, the family reported that they discovered dead horses laying everywhere.

Lawrence found that there was no food or hay located on the property, and a UT Extension agent confirmed that the animals suffered from neglect and malnutrition.

“A warrant was issued for Miss Whitehouse’s arrest for 11 counts of animal cruelty,” Sheriff Gammons stated. “She turned herself in Wednesday night around 9 p.m.”

During their investigation, detectives discovered that Whitehouse had also been charged with animal cruelty in Michigan and Indiana and is prohibited from owning animals in both states.

“Miss Whitehouse presents herself as an animal rescue operator,” said the sheriff. “She is suspected to have been living in Rutherford County, where we believe she was starting up another ‘animal rescue’ operation.” 

Whitehouse made bail (set at $11,000) and is scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions Court on February 25, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Authorities are currently working to get the bodies of the eleven deceased animals properly disposed of.

Sheriff Gammons warns those who are thinking about placing an animal in a rescue center to do their research.

“Look into these places, ask local authorities about them and check out the conditions to make sure they’re legit,” he stated. 

 
Lafayette Man Arrested in Lebanon Murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Michael Wayne York

A Lafayette man has been arrested in Lebanon, Tennessee, in connection with the death of a co-worker.

According to Interim Chief Michael VanHook, Lebanon Police detectives have charged 31-year-old Michael Wayne York, of Lafayette, with criminal homicide and especially aggravated robbery in the death of his co-worker 36-year-old Brian Christopher Petroff.

The press release states that on February 7, 2015, Petroff was found shot to death in his car at the intersection of Winter Drive and McCowan Drive in Lebanon, after officers responded to a 911 call around midnight. Both the victim and the offender were last seen leaving work together at Steve and Sons Door Company, where they were employed, in the late hours of February 6th.

Vanhook stated that the two men’s place of employment was close to where the incident occurred.

 
High Speed Chase Ends on Union Camp PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Nathan Wayne Carver

THP Trooper Johnny Rodgers was involved in a high speed car chase that began on Wednesday night, February 4, after he turned onto the Red Boiling Springs Road at Macon Bank and Trust main branch and got behind the man, he later arrested.

According to Trooper Rodgers, 22-year-old Nathan Wayne Carver, of Lafayette, was driving east on Highway 52 and he turned right onto the RBS Road. Rodgers was also on 52, coming the other way, and he turned left onto RBS Road. “I got behind Carver and he started gaining speed,” said Trooper Rodgers. “Once I realized he was driving over the posted speed limit, I attempted to catch up to Carver.”

At this point they had reached Union Camp Road. “Carver turned right onto Union Camp Road at a high rate of speed, 60 mph plus already,” continued the Trooper. “At this time, I engaged my lights and siren to attempt to stop Carver for speeding. He failed to stop and continued at a high rate of speed.”
Nathan Carver then turned right on Dark Hollow Road and Trooper Rodgers realized he was in pursuit and the suspect wasn’t going to stop.

“Carver followed Dark Hollow to the intersection of Shrum Hollow Road,” said Rodgers. “He turned left onto Shrum Hollow and while he was on this roadway he was swerving his car back and forth in the gravel to try and create enough dust in hopes of he would lose me. He followed Shrum Hollow back to Union Camp and turned right there. He followed Union Camp to Sycamore Valley and turned right on that road. While on Sycamore Valley Road, Carver ran off the roadway on the right side and almost crashed. However, he was able to get the vehicle back onto Sycamore Valley Road and continued south at a high rate of speed.”

(The pursuit was continued due to no traffic. “We passed three cars in total while in pursuit and no one was injured.”)

Rodgers said that sparks were coming from under the car he was chasing but the vehicle continued on traveling into Trousdale County until they came to Big Creek Road. The suspect turned left onto Big Creek, which he followed until he came to the junction of Little Creek in Smith County. “We followed Little Creek to the junction of State Route 80 in Pleasant Shade,” said Trooper Rodgers. “Carver turned left onto SR 80, traveling north back toward Macon County. Trooper Cody Ballard was coming to assist  and he was on SR 52 in Macon County. The Macon County Sheriffs Office was also in route to assist. At this point, Trooper Ballard and I requested approval to use spike strips thru dispatch, which was approved. Ballard and I decided that he would deploy the strips at the intersection of State Route 80 and Union Camp Road if he continued his current course.”

Trooper Ballard positioned himself at that intersection to deploy the strips. Carver did continue on SR 80 while Trooper Rodgers was still in pursuit. “His speeds were slowing down to approximately 40 to 50 mph at this time,” noted Rodgers.

Once Carver reached the junction of Union Camp and SR 80 Trooper Ballard did deploy the spike strips and they were successful, deflating three of the four tires. “Carver still refused to surrender and turned onto Union Camp Road traveling westbound back toward Lafayette,” added Rodgers. “Carver’s vehicle was almost undriveable at this time and his speeds were down to 20 or 30 mph. But he was still refusing to stop his car.”

Trooper Rodgers decided to try and get in front of Carver’s car and force him to stop. “I did get in front of him and used my vehicle to try and force him to stop. He still refushed to stop and passed me on the left traveling in the wrong lane of traffic. Macon County Sheriffs Office Deputies Joseph Woodard and Elliott Sandifer were traveling eastbound to assist and Carver forced them off the roadway almost hitting them head on.”

Shortly after that, all the rubber on Carver’s tires came off and he was on the bare rims. Sparks were going everywhere and he finally came to a stop around the 7000 block of Union Camp Road.

“I excited my vehicle and approached Nathan Wayne Carver’s car on the driver’s side, ordered him to exit the vehicle, with my weapon drawn, and he refused,” said Trooper Rodgers. “I opened the driver’s side door and used physical force to remove Carver from the vehicle. Macon County Sheriffs Office Deputies, including Sandifer, Woodard, Freeman and Ashley Tharp, and also MCSO detective Darrell Taylor, had arrived at this point and secured the two passengers whose names were Devon McCall and Carver’s wife, Stephanie.”

Trooper Rodgers said that during the interview with Carver, it was discovered that he was under the influence of drugs. “Macon County EMS was dispatched to the scene for Stephanie Carver, who was hyperventilating. She was treated at the scene and released.”

Statements from the two passengers were obtained and they were released.

“Carver was arrested and transported to the Macon County Justice Center,” said Trooper Rodgers. “I charged him with DUI, 4 counts of felony reckless endangerment with a weapon, driving on a revoked license (2nd offense), possession of a legend drug, resisting arrest, reckless driving, felony evading in a vehicle, speeding, 2 stop sign violations, improper passing in a no passing zone.”

Nathan Wayne Carver has other warrants in Macon and Smith County for felony and misdemeanor charges.

Carver’s bond is set at $15,950. Court dates are set for February 11 and March 4.

“I would like to thank the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Trousdale County Sheriff’s Office, who were notified that they might be coming into their county and were ready to assist if they were needed,” said Rodgers.

 
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