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Liquor Stores to Appear on RBS Ballot in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Red Boiling Springs voters will decide if package stores can open shop within the city limits when the topic appears on ballots in the November 8, 2016 City of RBS election.

According to Macon County Administrator of Elections Barry Doss, the required petition has already been submitted to the election commission. 

“The law requires signatures from ten percent of the number of people that voted in the last Governor’s election,” Doss stated. “In the last Governor’s election (November 2014) 146 Red Boiling Springs voters participated, so only ten percent of that amount, or 15 names, is required for the petition to be in order.”

The petition for an item to appear on the ballot is required to be submitted 70 days prior to an election. 

Red Boiling Springs City Council members voted to start the process required to allow package stores in the City to be put on the ballot during their June 11, 2015 meeting. If passed, liquor stores will be allowed to conduct business within the city limits and the city will regulate them. The approval of package stores does not include liquor by the drink sales at restaurants or other business establishments. 

Doss said that he is not aware of package stores ever appearing on the ballot in Red Boiling Springs.

The City of Red Boiling Springs November 8, 2016 election will also elect three city council members and a mayor. 

Medicine Drop Box Located at Sheriff's Office PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Pictured above, Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons displays the medication disposal bin located in the lobby of the sheriff’s office. (Photo by: J. Willliams)

Macon County residents now have a place to safely dispose of their unwanted or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications thanks to a new drop box located in the front lobby of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Mark Gammons stated that he has been working with the Smith County Drug Coalition and the State of Tennessee to acquire the drop box for our area.

“It’s our hope that by providing a safe place to dispose of these medicines we will keep them out of the hands of children, who could potentially be harmed by them, and prevent prescription drug related thefts,” the sheriff said.

Items accepted at the drop box include: prescription medications, over the counter medications, pet medications, medicated ointment, lotions or drugs, liquid medicines, inhalers and pills in any packages.

Illegal drugs, needles, thermometers, blood sugar equipment, bloody or infectious waste, IV bags and personal care items will not accepted.

“Once the bin is full, all of the items will be taken to Cookeville, where they will be incinerated,” said the sheriff.

 These disposal bins are part of a project sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Putting a Face on Acts of Goodwill PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Calvary Baptist Church had a Summer Food Ministry that was a wonderful accomplishment for the members of the church.

“For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.”

You’d be surprised at what you can make happen if you just set your mind to it. In an effort to provide food for area children and the elderly, Calvary Baptist Church had a Summer Food Ministry that was a blessing to everyone and a wonderful accomplishment for the members of the congregation. With the kids ready to start back to school, Calvary Baptist Church will give away a “truck load” of groceries on August 15, at 10:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the church located at 6851 Hwy. 52 East in Lafayette.

When I sat down with Calvary Pastor Johnny Beaver last Saturday afternoon to talk about the Food Ministry, he smiled broadly and his voice softened when he began to tell me the story.

“This past year we started a Wednesday night program for kids, just as a part of our regular service at the church,” Johnny said. “Some of our lady church members noticed that some of the kids seemed to be hungry and they wondered what these children’s lives would be like when they got out of school for the summer and lost at least one guaranteed good meal.”

According to Johnny the women were afraid that the kids would be doing without during summer vacation, so they began making plans for the Summer Food Ministry, to make sure that area children would have a good meal.

“It wasn’t something that we had budgeted for earlier in the year, so one of the ladies, Betty Lipps, was talking about it to her friends in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the Rolling Hills Baptist Church, where she belonged before moving to Tennessee this past year,” continued the pastor. “In what can only be described as amazing generosity, the church sent us their $1,300 Vacation Bible School offering in June to fund our Summer Food Ministry and they also sent us alot of clothes to give away.”

Pastor Beaver said they started in June and every day Monday thru Friday, members would meet up at the church about 10:30 a.m. and prepare the meals, then pack them up and take them out to four different areas and began knocking on doors. “They knocked on doors in the trailer parks and low income housing projects and before the summer food ministry was over last Friday, they were feeding hot meals to almost 80 kids and senior adults,” said Johnny.

“This is one of the poorest counties in Middle Tennessee and Calvary Baptist Church wants to do something about it,” continued Pastor Beaver. “We had people as young as two years old to 80 years old to come out and help with the meals, fill up bags and deliver the food each day. It was amazing to see.”

“What we are doing now is preparing for Saturday, August 8, when we are hosting a Spa Day beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the church for the kids we have been ministering too,” he said, “and we will also be giving away the clothes we have been collecting. We are going to do haircuts and nails, and we will also have some school supplies for the kids as well.”

Johnny told me that he has become convinced that God wants Calvary Baptist Church to do more for the low income families and to help them in any way that they can and that’s why he is so excited about Saturday, August 15, when the truck load of groceries will be given away in the parking lot of the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. “We had to raise $2,500 for the truck and to pay the driver, and the food is coming from 2nd Harvest Food Bank. It will be perishable and nonperishable food and our goal is to bless as many people as we can.”

Pastor Beaver told me they are not going to screen people and the richest man in Macon County can come and get a bag of groceries on Saturday, August 15, if he wants one. “We want the community to come out and get a bag of groceries, we just want to help people that need it. I’m praying that we give away everything on the truck. I am so excited and the entire congregation at the church is excited as well. I want to make sure that Calvary Baptist Church does our part, so remember to come by on August 15.”

Macy Kemp Crowned Fairest of the Fair! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Macy Paige Kemp was crowned the 2015 Fairest of Fair on Saturday, August 1. From Left to Right: 2014 Fairest of the Fair Morgan Jade Wix, this year’s pageant host and 2015 Fairest of the Fair Pageant winner Macy Paige Kemp. Congratulations Macy!

Here Comes the Fair! August 2-9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 28, 2015


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 33rd annual Macon County Fair, August 3-8.

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.

This year even more cash will given away each night of the fair - totaling over $11,000 for the week!  Also new to the Macon County Fair this year will a hog show, hay bale decorating contest, and a ATV/UTV pull.

Kicking off the pre-fair schedule of events is the Lego Building Contest on Saturday, August 1, at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Macon County Fairest of the Fair Pageant at 6 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 $1,600 will be given away.

On Sunday, August 2, 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 Sweetheart pageant at 6 p.m., the Macon County Fair Princess pageant and ATV Rodeo at 7 p.m., and $1,500 in cash giveaways at 9:30 p.m. Carnival armbands can be purchased Monday for $16.

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. Another $1,500 will also be given away around 9:30 p.m. On Tuesday, carnival armbands can also be purchased for $16 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. The Bullwhip Rodeo will take place at 7 p.m. A total of $1,500 in 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., a puppet show in the Martha Wilburn Building state at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., the Baby Show at 5:30 p.m., and the Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. The new ATV/UTV Pull will immediately follow the antique tractor pull. On Thursday, all Macon County Veterans will be admitted free and carnival armbands can be purchased for $18 per person. Another $1,500 in cash giveaways are scheduled for Thursday night.

Two popular events, the Tractor Pull and Talent Show, will take place on Friday night. The tractor pull will be held at 7 p.m and the talent show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Carnival armbands will cost $18 and $1,500 in 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 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, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 33rd 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 will close out the 2015 fair events at 7:30 p.m. at the Martha Wilburn Building. Carnival armbands can be purchased on Saturday for $18. Cash giveaways totaling $2,000 will take place Saturday night.

Commercial and educational exhibits and the Women’s Building will be open for viewing each day, August 3-8, from 5-10 p.m. 

During fair hours the Farm Toy Show and Decorated Hay Bales 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 ‘Ready, Set, Grow!’ 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. 

A food drive will be held from August 1 - 8 at the Martha Wilburn Building. Donations from the food drive will benefit the Macon Helps food bank. The food drive is sponsored by the Macon County Fairest of the Fair Pageant Committee, 

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.

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 1. All adult, farm toy displays, decorated hay bales and field crop entries are to be set-up between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 2. Exhibit pick-up of all entries is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 9.

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