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Lafayette Sunshine Market Opens this Thursday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Pictured are Joyce Gregory, Chris Crowder, Donnie Andrews, store employees and future customers. (Photo by D. Gregory)

The new Lafayette Sunshine Market, located at 631 Highway 52 By Pass West, will open for business this Thursday, January 1, 2015. Local business woman Joyce Gregory is the owner/operator. Chris Crowder was the building contractor and Donnie Andrews did the concrete work. 

The original Sunshine Market building was torn down in July.

Gregory knows that success depends on reaching the right people, so Lafayette Sunshine Market has a little bit of everything for the customers. Why should consumers patronize Lafayette Sunshine Market? That’s easy, convenience! The market is at a convenient location, has a drive thru window, gasoline (24 hours, seven days a week), diesel, trailer friendly pumps, propane gas tanks, food, drinks, lottery tickets, pumps for air or vaccum, beer cave, you name it.

“My goal is to be the place that customers immediately think of,” said Gregory. “After being in business for several years in Lafayette, I realize that today’s patrons are going directly to the business that has what they are looking for, so if you want to buy gas, grab a slice of pizza and a beverage, drink a cup of coffee, sit down to bite into a delicious sandwich or pick up the Macon County Chronicle and read it, you’ll find all that and more at the Lafayette Sunshine Market.”

Joyce said the market has breakfast items, hot dogs, pizza, all kinds of sandwiches, fountain drinks, regular drinks, slushes, coffee, snacks and tables where you can sit down and eat. “We have gasoline, diesel, off road diesel, six pumps, lottery tickets, scratch offs, a few grocery items such as milk & bread, and a beer cave where you can walk in and get your own beer.”

Lafayette Sunshine Market hours are: Monday thru Thursday, 5:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 5:00 a.m till midnight; Saturday, 6:00 a.m. till midnight; Sunday 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. 

The market will open at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 1, 2015 due to the holiday.

There will be a grand opening at a later date and prizes will be given away.

 “There is only one formula for a successful business,” added Gregory, “and that is top notch service.”

Don’t just listen to second hand knowledge, stop by the Lafayette Sunshine Market and check it out yourself when the business opens on January 1.

“If you build it, they will come!!!”


Sheriffs Dept. Warns Residents of Recent Thefts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Monday, December 22, 2014


The Macon County Sheriff’s Department has recently experienced a high volume of reported thefts across the county and is warning local residents to be aware of their surroundings.

Recent victims have had items stolen from their vehicles, barns, sheds and outbuildings.

“Most of the items stolen are items that can easily be scrapped for cash or hand tools that can be traded for illegal narcotics,” stated Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield. “In our investigations, we’ve found that these types of thefts are bleeding into surrounding counties as well.”

The Macon County Sheriff’s Dept. has made several arrests in connection with these crimes over the last few weeks and some property has been recovered.

Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons states that Macon County residents should be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity.

The Sheriff offers these tips to help ensure that you do not become a victim:

• If you notice any suspicious vehicle in your area, get a description of the vehicle and a license plate number and report to law enforcement.

• Leave an outdoor light or motion light on to detour thieves.

Do not publicize on social media that you are going out of town. Criminals have Facebook accounts too.

If you are going out of town, notify a trustworthy neighbor or friend to keep an eye on your residence.

Keep vehicles, outdoor buildings and houses locked.

In regards to your property, the sheriff also has some tips for making sure that it can be identified in the event you do become a victim of theft:

• Keep a log of large items you own with their serial numbers.

• Use your digital camera or phone to make a video of all of your personal items and show serial numbers or identifying marks that would aid officers in an investigation.

• For items that don’t have a serial number, put an identifying mark on each item that will easily allow you to identify your property.

“Anyone that witnesses anything they feel to be suspicious activity is encouraged to call the Macon County Sheriff’s Department or their local law enforcement,” Sheriff Gammons 

Trial Set for Danielle Jackson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Monday, December 22, 2014

Danielle Jackson

Danielle Jackson, of Bethpage, is scheduled to stand trial in the courtroom of Judge John Wootten, in January of 2015, for vehicular homicide in connection with the motorcycle death of Matthew “Brett” Minchey on Tuesday morning, October 9, 2012, in Lafayette.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, in Hartsville, the trial is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, January 27 and 28, 2015, in Macon County Circuit Criminal Court.

As previously reported in the Macon County Chronicle during October of 2012, then 19-year-old Danielle Jackson, of Bethpage, was driving an eastbound blue 1996 Chevy Lumnia shortly before 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, October 9. She ran the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 52 & 10 inside the Lafayette city limits. Minchey was operating a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle and he attempted to cross the busy intersection, heading down Highway 10 South, when he was tragically struck and killed by Jackson.

Brett Minchey was pronounced dead and Jackson wasn’t injured. Jackson was later indicted by the Macon County Grand Jury for vehicular homicide.

In another vehicular homicide case that happened on the Rocky Mound Road, April South, who struck and killed her boyfriend, James Richard Chitwood, on Friday, May 17, 2013, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, January 26, 2015, for disposition.

In the Spirit of the Season... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hendersonville Triple A employees were in Lafayette on Friday, December 12, bringing gifts for the Wickie Knight family, who lost their home in a fire. Pictured with the children are Hendersonville Triple A Manager Angie Ragan, employees Bro. Johnny Beavers, of Lafayette, Dustin Deason, and Don Clark. (Photo by D. Gregory)

I am bringing an update of the Wickie Knight house fire story to our readers, to offer hope and inspiration to others who suffer through fires or other mishaps.

Imagine this: One night your home catches on fire, and in just a matter of minutes you find everything you own destroyed, although you are blessed that you and your family got out alive. Sadly, Christmas is right around the corner and there are eleven people, five adults and six children, who are facing the holidays after this devastating loss.

Pastor Johnny Beaver, of the Calvary Baptist Church in Lafayette, works for Triple A in Hendersonville, and after hearing about the Knight fire on November 19, he talked to his boss, Manager Angie Ragan. Triple A, along with the Cornhusker’s Foundation, decided to share in the spirit of giving during this holiday season, with Wickie and his family.

Last Friday afternoon, Manager Angie Ragan and employees Don Clark, Dustin Deason, and Johnny Beaver came to Lafayette bearing gifts for the family, who are currently residing on Fishburn Road.

“My family lost everything in Hurricane Katrina,” Pastor Beavers told the children Friday afternoon, who happily greated the Triple A folks when they arrived. “I know how devastating a tragedy like this is, and I know how you are all feeling. We made it through with the help of many wonderful people and your family will recover from this too.”

“The Lord is going to bless you beyond anything you could ever imagine,” continued Johnny. “God is good to all of us and even when he takes things away, he blesses us when he gives back. I pray that the Lord blesses each of you and meets all your needs. We are all glad at Triple A that we were allowed to come here today and were able to share with your family.”  

Manager Angie Ragan said, “After Johnny Beavers told us about the Knight family losing everything in a fire, we decided to help them out and we are really happy to be in Lafayette today.”

 According to Chief Keith Scruggs, the American Red Cross, Macon Helps, and many local individuals have poured their hearts to the Knight family. “Macon County has reached out to Wickie’s family to help them on the road to recovery after the fire that destroyed their home on November 19,” said Chief Scruggs.

Their Christmas Will be Merry & Bright PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gary Whitaker and Shelia Lowhorn are pictured with a work crew from the Macon County Sheriffs Office, who helped them sack all the children’s Christmas presents. (Photo by D. Gregory)

The holidays are here and the Christmas season finds us rejoicing in the birth of Jesus Christ. This glorious occasion is about remembering the bright star that shone over Bethlehem a long, long time ago and out of gratitude to our savior, who was born and then died for us, we should all be aware of those in need. Following in their annual tradition, Santa’s Helpers/Macon Helps, which is spearheaded by Gary Whitaker and Shelia Lowhorn, will bring joy to 230 children this year, and make sure their Christmas is merry and bright by helping out with presents.

Macon Helps took in the names of 387 children this year. Santa’s Helpers helped 230 children and 157 children were helped by churches, individuals and other organizations.
“For many people the holidays are a happy time with family and friends,” said Gary Whitaker, “but unfortunately for many more, it is a time of struggling to bring holiday cheer in difficult times.  In the spirit of the season it is always our goal to help make a real Christmas for those facing hardships.”
Gary says that it is important to help one another and the true spirit of Christmas will live on in our hearts when we reach out to someone less fortunate.
“Originally ‘Shop With the Cops’, Shelia Lowhorn and I took over the charity event after the police officers realized they didn’t have enough time or volunteers to help out with the time consuming program, which we renamed Santa’s Helpers in 2005,” said Gary. “Thanks to Macon Helps sponsorship, we have continued to raise enough money during the year for the children.”
“We want to thank all the merchants in Macon County that helped with this year’s event, especially Indigo Blues,” continued Gary. “We want to extend our thanks also to the Grim Reapers MC, Tooley & Carver, Macon Helps, Mid Tenn. Region AACA in Lebanon, and Sheriff Mark Gammons for letting several of the inmates help us out.”
Shelia Lowhorn said, “Gary works all year long at this and he enjoys helping the kids. I guess he is like a big Santa Claus, he just doesn’t have the gray beard yet. Without Gary I wouldn’t even try to keep doing this and I admire everything he does for the children in Macon County.”
Santa’s Helpers have already started planning for next year’s project, and anyone interested in joining this worthy cause please contact Gary Whitaker, Shelia Lowhorn or Macon Helps. Anyone wanting to make a donation to the program can send it to Santa’s Helpers c/o Macon Helps, 111 Main Street, Lafayette, Tn. 37083.
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