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June Spears: 2015 Tennessee AE Teacher of the Year Hope Award Winner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pictured left to right: Jason Beard, Administrator of Adult Education; Burns Phillips, Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Glenda Vanderveer, Assistant Administrator of Adult Education; June Spears, 2015 Adult Education Teacher of the Year Hope Award Winner; Dee Johnson, Supervisor of VSCC Adult Education-Sumner/Macon Counties.

Mrs. June Spears recently received the 2015 Tennessee Adult Education Teacher of the Year Hope Award at a conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This is a new state level award that was started this year for the Adult Education department. It began this spring when each supervisor submitted a teacher in their division for ‘teacher of the month’. June Spears was one of the twelve Adult Education instructors receiving this monthly honor in recognition of having met the highest standards of excellence in Tennessee Adult Education, and from this group she was picked as the Teacher of the Year.

“We had our conference in Chattanooga last week and I was presented with the award, along with $2,000,” June said. “I am going to take some of that money and start a scholarship program  for my adult education students, which we have never had before in Macon County.”

June Spears has been working as an Adult Education instructor for 11 years, full and part time. She had always wanted to be a teacher and when she was 37-years-old she enrolled in college. By 1999 she had begun her career with the Macon County School System. June was the Drug Free Coordinator & Coordinating School Health Education for many years.

The following article was written about June:

Ms. June, as she is called by her students, is a motivator, caring teacher and champion for all students. Her ability to inspire her students is unmatched. She helps her students believe in themselves when the odds are against them. The students declare their appreciation for Ms. June by volunteering stories about how wonderful she is to them and how they could not accomplish their goals without her help. She becomes their voice when they feel they don’t have one.

She asked community members, local business owners and the Macon County Commissioners to donate money to help students with their test fees. She was very successful! One business donated $250.00 and the commissioners donated $2,500 to help students become graduates.

Her friendly and pleasant personality has endeared her to her students and the entire community. She has a positive, caring attitude that shines in all she does. 

“It is wonderful to be here in Macon County and see things happen that will better other people lives,” said June. “For some reason, when people come to my Adult Education program, they had to drop out of school and when they receive their diplomas it is worth every minute of hard work to see the smiles on their faces.”

 June added, “Adult Education is very rewarding and when people come in, I like to say Welcome to Adult Education, where dreams do come true.”

Chevy Rolls, Woman Flown To Vandy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, July 22, 2015


A 36-year-old local woman was behind the wheel of a silver Trailblazer on Boyd Road when she lost control of the vehicle and it rolled multiple times, resulting in her being flown to Nashville by air ambulance, for medical treatment.

The wreck happened a little after 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning, July 17, around the 400 block of Boyd Road, which is between Tanyard Road and Union Camp, in Macon County.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol wreck investigator Trooper Cody Ballard, Kristy Stacey, of Lafayette, was driving a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer west on Boyd Road, when she lost control and struck an embankment, causing the Chevy to roll multiple times. The vehicle came to final rest on the north side.

Rescue was called to the scene to get Ms. Stacey out of her vehicle. She was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

“This is an on-going investigation,” stated Trooper Ballard.  

Vanderbilt spokesperson, Ashley Culver, reported on Monday morning, July 20, that Ms. Stacey was still in Vanderbilt Hospital and she is listed in stable condition.

 Responders included the Macon County Sheriffs Office, THP, Macon County EMS, Rescue, and the Macon County Chronicle.

Lafayette Landing Now Under Construction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mayor Richard Driver is pictured with BACAR Superintendent Mike Goff at the Lafayette Landing building site. (Photo by D. Gregory)

The new government funded, high end affordable living apartment complex, Lafayette Landing, is now under construction by Nashville’s BACAR Constructors, according to City Mayor Richard Driver. The Fortus Group is the developer.

Located along Highway 52 By Pass West near the intersection of Ellington Drive and Highway 52 By Pass West, the complex consists of 60 affordable units, with three apartment buildings and a clubhouse. “The upscale apartment buildings are all three story and two of the buildings will be 24 units and then one will be 12 units,” said BACAR Site Superintendent Mike Goff, from Nashville. “We started in May and everything has gone very well so far with the projected completion date the end of January, first of February in 2016.”
There will be a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments along with several handicapped units in order to serve a wide range of family types. “The units will have central heat and air, dishwashers, and sheet rock walls,” said Mike Goff. “The floor covering will be carpet and vinyl in the wet areas and there is some ceramic tiles in the bathrooms.”
“The community clubhouse will feature an on-site property management office, a community room with kitchenette, and a fitness room,” said Goff. “The exterior is brick and siding that is similar to the apartments going into Gallatin, and the roof is a 30-year weather wood with dimensional type shingles.”
Goff says BACAR will do all the landscaping with trees down the main corridor. “This also includes the complex area paving and the tree-lined drive way entrance will be paved all the way to the Verizon parking lot with a sidewalk.”
“All the buildings are equipped with sprinkler systems,” noted Mike, “and all units are individually addressed, and if you have a fire in a particular apartment, they will know exactly which unit it is.”
Mayor Driver said, “The sprinkler system is a good safety feature and the Lafayette Fire Department will be more than capable of handling any problems at Lafayette Landing.”
“The City is really excited about having this nice apartment complex,” said Mayor Driver. “They are not only nice inside but the exterior is beautiful. This is how I would like to see all the apartments built here in the future, high end living with affordable rent.”
“Everyone has been very cooperative and it is a pleasure working with everybody up here,” said Goff. “I see no complications in keeping our schedule and I would say that they will begin taking applications for anyone interested in renting an apartment no later than November.”
Mike said that The Fortus Group, who owns the complex, does a really good job such as upkeep and managing.
“Lafayette Landing is something we have been needing here,” said Mayor Driver. “This high quality, modern housing will be a good place to live and a nice addition to Lafayette.”
“If everything goes well, we have room to expand,” concluded Mike Goff.
U.S. News & World Report Names RBS in 2015 Best High Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Wednesday, July 15, 2015


For the third consecutive year, Red Boiling Springs School has received a national bronze ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best High Schools.

The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 21,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their proficiency in algebra and English on state assessment tests and how well they prepare students for college. 

Red Boiling Springs High School students scored a 63 percent in English proficiency and a 56 percent in algebra proficiency.

“As director of schools I am extremely proud of Red Boiling Springs School,” said Director of Macon County Schools Tony Boles. “I would like to see all schools excel in academics, and Red Boiling Springs School has done a great job over the last three years.”

The bronze ranking is the highest honor that RBS School could achieve. To earn a silver ranking, a high school must offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes. While RBS High School does not currently offer AP classes, Director Boles says they may be offered in the future. 

This is the fourth time in the last ten years that RBS High School has received the U.S. News & World Report’s bronze ranking honor.

Congratulations to RBS High School students and teachers!

Dr. Jamii Johnson Joins Staff at Macon County General Hospital PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Darnell   
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Dr. Jamii Johnson

It was announced this week that Dr. Jamii Johnson has joined the staff of the Family Care Clinic and Macon County General Hospital. Dr. Johnson will begin practice in Lafayette in the next few weeks at the Family Care Center and will start rounds at MCGH shortly thereafter.

Dr. Johnson received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia in 2007 with a major in Biology. He began medical school at Meharry Medical College in Nashville in 2008 and graduated in 2012. Since 2012 he has been in residency at Meharry working in Family Medicine.

 Dr. Johnson was introduced to Macon County through the Tennessee Rural Partnership program through a rural rotation in Macon County. The Tennessee Rural Partnership facilitates opportunities for medical residents in a Tennessee primary care residence training program to participate in rotations with doctors in rural areas across the state. Dr. Johnson came and took part in the program and was sponsored by Dr. Hannah Illia at the Family Care Center in Lafayette.

 Dr. Johnson completed his rural rotation in the summer of 2014. “Most people do not realize that our area is under-served by physicians. With that desperate need, it is important that we have new doctors coming to practice in Macon County,” said Dr. Illia. “I think Dr. Johnson is a knowledgeable, down-to-earth young man who will be an asset to our community and I am pleased that he will be working at the Family Care Center.”

 Macon County General Hospital CEO Dennis Wolfard also spoke highly of Dr. Johnson. “We are so pleased to extend full active privileges to Dr. Johnson once he begins his practice here.” Wolford added, “He is a very dynamic individual and we believe he will be a great fit for all the patients in Macon County who are in his care.”

 Originally from Atlanta, Dr. Johnson is eager to hang his shingle in Lafayette. “I am really looking forward to getting to know all the people in Macon County.” He indicated that Dr. Illia’s practice was key in his decision to move to Lafayette. “I really liked all the patients, staff, and all the people I met in and out of Dr. Illia’s office. His practice is just how I envision running my own one day.”

So we welcome a new professional to the staff of the Family Care Practice and Macon County General Hospital. We want to wish Dr. Jamii Johnson the very best of luck.

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