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Honoring Our Veterans 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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For a great many years our soldiers have went off to war and never returned, but in the case of those who served our country and lived to tell about it, we express our heartfelt gratitude for our freedom that they fought for. I have always known we could rely on our brave soliders “who more than self their country loved”.

This year the Macon County Chronicle would like to honor all our veterans for their dedication to the United States of America, and we proudly extend a special tribute to these four former soldiers who served many decades ago. They are: Jessie Roland Kirby, 97; John L. Fitzwater, 94; Lloyd Driver, 93; and Lawrence Dyer, 97.
Although it sometimes seems like the needs of our country are beyond anyone’s reach, our courageous troops always step in and give it their all. 
These four gentlemen have shone brightly throughout the years, and we want to bring back the memories that they have justly earned.
Lloyd Driver, age 93, was drafted in 1942 as a soldier in the United States Army. After basic training in Texas, he was transferred to Camp McCoy in Wisconsin during the winter of 1942/43 getting ready to meet the Japanese in Alaska. But when that fell through he was shipped to northern Ireland and from there he was sent to train for D-Day. Eight months later he boarded a ship in Wales heading for Normandy, France.
Driver was a soldier in the 38th Infantry 2nd Division and he said when they neared Omaha Beach they could see the battle from their ship. “Although we were suppose to go in first, we didn’t have enough troops, so the 1st Division went in on June 6, 1944 and we went in on June 7th, D-Day Plus One, which I am sure saved my life,” Driver said.
Driver, who was wounded but later sent back in, also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. “By the grace of God my life was spared, and World War II ended on May 8, 1945. I returned home while so many others paid the ultimate price.”
Roland Kirby is 97 years old and he served in the United States Army entering on March 16, 1942 at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. After Kirby completed basic training he remained with the base quartermaster. They were responsible for the base motor pool and and supply warehouse. He was then transferred to Nichols Army General Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky for a tour as part of the Quartermaster Corps. Nichols General  was one of many Army hospitals that were receiving severly wounded troops from the battlefields in Europe.
Kirby’s duties were many as quartermasters issued clothing, allotted food, equipment, kept records, inventory supplies, etc. CPL Kirby was discharged in February of 1946 at Ft. Knox, Ky. 
John Fitzwater, age 94, served the United States during World War II in the Army/Air Force  33rd Troop Carrier Squadron. John went to radio school in Illinois after he was drafted and in September of 1942 he was transferred to the squadron in Florence, South Carolina. He was there for one month before they were sent overseas to Papua New Guinea, where he spent the next 30 months hauling supplies, dropping paratroopers, and carrying the wounded to the hospitals in Australia. “I would call ahead and tell them how many patients we had so they would have ambulances waiting when we landed,” said John. “There were many close calls, and several harrowing experiences, but there was a need for our services and unfortunately out of our 13 aircraft we lost seven to the Japanese, along with many fine soldiers. We never knew what perils lay ahead, but I was proud to serve our country with this group of brave soldiers who I knew would never let me down. It was worth every minute of it, to serve our great country.”
97-year-old Lawrence Delford Dyer, was drafted by the United States Army and he entered on May 15, 1941 at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. During basic training at Ft. Benning, Ga., Lawrence trained with the 6th Calvary Regiment “B Troop”, learning mounting and dismounting. He went to school for horse shoeing and he moved up in rank to corporal for 3 months and then to sergeant.
Lawrence stayed at Ft. Benning, and became an assistant instructor, where he graduated two classes. The students were for mule pack artillery and horse drawn field artillery. Later there were no more students so Lawrence was shipped out. He went to Camp Carson where he was taken to command general quarters by Major General Whatney. Dyer was to over see five acres of lawns  and to supervise 5 prisoners that were there. He was sent to Infantry Services School Commandment and was assigned to the property office. While there he was examined for overseas replacement.
Dyer went to Ft. Riley, then on California and he departed by ship to Brisbane, Australia, then to New Guinea. He was assigned to G Troop, 7th Calvary Divison, and he started out by working the supply detail, loading out for the Maines. Lawrence later went to the Manas Islands where he climbed poles or trees to set string communication. While in the islands  they were able to capture 4 big shore guns. Lawrence took bazooka training and went on LCI for two weeks. He fired 20mm aircraft firing gun towards the sleeve targets. Then they were the very first to land on the Philippines and Samara Islands. They cleared these islands and then went on to the Luzon Islands, but not before carrying a #300 radio, operated by a big battery, clipping a phone along to communicate. They would go along in a monsoon towards a boom dock with Japanese shooting all around from all sides. They had a captain who would stay in the background and call out to know what was going on. When the Japanese threw a knee mortar shell among them it burst Lawrence’s right eardrum  and nearly deafened that side.
Lawrence said they took many shots and pills to keep from getting sickness and he finally headed back to the US and he was discharged on September 29, 1945 at Ft. McPherson,Ga.
 The Macon County Chronicle is proud to honor our former soldiers on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014. “Thanks for everything, you are all heroes!”
 
RBS Mayor Resigns PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Red Boiling Springs Mayor Willie Brown

Macon County Mayor Willie Brown submitted his letter of resignation on Monday, November 3, at 4:27 p.m.

The letter of resignation sites health issues that Brown has suffered over the last few months.

The full letter reads:

To: Red Boiling Springs Council

As you are aware, I’ve had many health problems the last couple of months. I feel I cannot adequately serve the citizens of Red Boiling Springs. Because of this, I’ve decided to resign my position as mayor.

I have enjoyed serving on the council and as mayor. I wish the best for each of you.

My resignation will be effective today, November 3, 2014.

Sincerely,

Willie Brown

Brown, who was vice-mayor under former mayor Bobby Ethridge, took over as mayor after Ethridge’s resignation.

Red Boiling Springs City Council members will meet in regular session this Thursday, November 13, to accept Brown’s letter of resignation and decide who will fill the position of City Mayor. Currently, city council member Tom Fultz serves as the city’s vice mayor.

 
RBS Police Jail Man After Chase PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tony Christophe Smith

RBS Police Officer Kevin Woodard recently jailed 31-year-old Tony Christophe Smith, of Red Boiling Springs, following a chase that began on McClure Street inside the city limits.

According to Officer Woodard on Monday, October 20, he saw Tony Smith around the Thrift Store in Red Boiling Springs and he knew there was a violation of probation warrant along with other warrants issued for the subject. “I saw him pull out in his vehicle, and head down Market Street then turn left onto McClure Street as I was coming off Sunset Drive,” said Officer Woodard. “I knew his license had been revoked, so I got behind him and he proceeded to pull behind a house on McClure and I followed him.”

Woodard says that Smith attempted to pull back on to McClure Street, but another vehicle blocked him in. “I got out because I thought he had stopped,” continued the Officer, “but he threw his vehicle into reverse and slammed into the front of my patrol car and I had to jump out of the way to avoid getting hit myself.”

“He managed to get back out on McClure Street and he headed toward Highway 52,” said the officer. “I began chasing him and he was driving 80 mph in a 25 mph zone. He was going so fast that when he hit his brakes at the 52 intersection he slid out into Highway 52 almost hitting another car.”

The Smith subject then reportedly backed up and headed toward Lafayette on Highway 52. “As he was speeding down toward King Road he turned right on Whitaker Circle, then he went down Denham Hollow Road,” said Woodard. “I made it about a quarter of a mile down the road and the subject drove through a creek and I knew I couldn’t make it.”

Officer Woodard turned around and came out on the other end of Denham Hollow at Heady Ridge. “In the meantime, two Macon County deputies came to help. When I got back on Denham I saw the Smith suspect turning around behind a trailer and I started up the drive to block him in. He jumped out and took off on foot and while chasing him I deployed my tazer. He fell to the ground, where I was able to get him cuffed and into custody.”

The officer stated that Smith had dropped a white envelope and when he recovered it, there was 10 white pills inside, which were identified as hydrocodone.

“Smith’s wife was also inside the vehicle and she took off down into the woods,” Woodard noted. “Deputies Mark Brawner and Anthony Warner were chasing the female, but they lost sight of her. “During this time, Chief Terry Tuck arrived at the scene and they couldn’t locate the female.”

“Smith refused medical treatment and I took him to the Macon County Jail where he was booked. I charged him with evading on foot, possession of a Schedule II drug, evading in motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, vandalism, leaving scene of an accident, driving on revoked (4th), speeding, failure to give notice, reckless driving, stop sign law, due care and aggravated assault on an officer.

Officer Woodard said later that night a MCSO officer stopped a car that Mrs. Smith was in and she was taken into custody. “I already had a warrant on her for evading arrest on foot,” added Woodard.

“I would like to thank Deputies Mark Brawner and Anthony Warner, and RBS Chief Terry Tuck for their assistance,” said Officer K. Woodard.

Bond for Tony Christophe Smith was set at $21,500. A General Sessions Court date is scheduled for November 19. 

 
West Macon Rescue Squad 7th Annual Fundraiser on Nov. 8 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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Saturday, November 8th, marks the return of the West Macon County Rescue Squad’s Annual Chili Dinner & Raffle. The event is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. in the squad building located at 3080 Rocky Mound Road, in the western sector of the county. All proceeds will benefit the squad with supplies and training costs.

Established to maintain and protect the people of our county, West Macon County 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.“Our dream came true of a new squad building and we are looking forward to growing in the future,” said Kimmy Warf.

This vibrant group is committed to the preservation and protection of life and property from the effects of fire, medical or hazardous conditions through training education. They are bound by a code of ethics to go above and beyond the call of duty.

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 770 Sporter Bolt Action Rifle 30-06 Springfield 22” Barrel, synthetic stock, blue finish, with scope, CPC Commodities $150.00 gift certificate, Walmart $50.00 gift card, crock pot, and a country ham. You do not have to be present to win these items.

Entertainment this year will be a concert by John Stevens, of Paris, Tenn., who is an Elvis impersonator. There will also be the popular cakewalk.

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


 
Car Hits Tree, Teen Dead PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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A 16-year-old MCHS junior was killed on Thursday night, October 23, after the car he was driving hit a tree near the intersection of Galen Road and Pumpkintown Road in Macon County. 

The three passengers in the automobile were transported to area hospitals but they have been released.

THP Trooper Johnny Rodgers was the lead crash investigator and he was assisted by THP Sgt. Ed Crouch.

Domonic Gregory, of Red Boiling Springs, was behind the wheel of a white 2003 Mazda, traveling north on Galen Road around 9:00 p.m., when he turned right onto Pumpkintown Road at a high rate of speed. “He lost control of the vehicle, ran off the right side of the road, and the vehicle struck a standing tree on the driver’s side,” said Trooper Rodgers. The car came to final rest on the driver’s side. Medical Investigator Randall Kirby officially pronounced him dead.

Tabitha Marraccini, a backseat passenger who was the owner of the car, was ejected from the vehicle. She was the only one who wasn’t wearing a seat belt. Air Evac landed at the wreck site and Marraccini was flown out to Vanderbilt Hospital. She has been released.

The two male passengers, Michael Ehringer, front seat, and a backseat juvenile both climbed out of the car on their own. They were both transported to an area hospital and have also been released.  

The Tennessee Highway Patrol would like to thank all the responders for their assistance at the scene including the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Red Boiling Springs Fire & Rescue, Macon County Chronicle and Air Evac.

James “Domonic” Gregory was a junior at Macon County High School and a window technician for Nashville High Rise.

 Funeral services for Domonic Gregory were held on Monday, October 27, at Partlow Funeral Chapel, in Lebanon, Tenn., at 6:00 p.m. with interment on Tuesday, October 28, at the Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens at 11 a.m. 

 
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