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Injury Wreck, Air Evac Called PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, March 10, 2015


A 34-year-old Lafayette man was helicoptered to Vanderbilt Hospital after a one vehicle wreck at 4422 Union Camp Road, that happened shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, March 7. 

Air Evac was the medical air carrier.

Cody Woodard was driving a Chevrolet pickup when he veered off the roadway, traveled down an embankment and hit a tree. He was the only occupant in the truck and he was unrestrained.

Woodard had to be extricated from the truck. Macon County Rescue Squad Director Don Stevens said, “we had to take the driver’s side door off and cut the A post so we could raise the roof to extricate the male driver.”

When Woodard was finally cut out of the vehicle, Macon County EMS transported him to a waiting helicopter.

Wreck investigators were Deputy William Tuck and Sgt. Jason Bohanon of the Macon County Sheriffs Office.

The scene  was cleared around 2:30 a.m. and the responding agencies returned to headquarters.

First responders were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Macon County Rescue Squad, Lafayette FIre Department, and the Macon County Chronicle.

 A Vanderbilt spokesperson reported on Monday afternoon, that Cody Woodard is still hospitalized and listed in stable condition.

Two Arrested for Roles in Auto Theft PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Red Boiling Springs Police Chief Terry Tuck arrested two women on Thursday, February 26, for their involvement in the stolen car they were driving, that had been taken from the Minit Mart in Trousdale County. The suspects were identified as 21-year-old Chelsea M. Smith and 29-year-old Latosha Renee Flashner.

“I was on patrol last Thursday and I had already been notified of a stolen 2008 Nissan Altima in Trousdale County and to be on the lookout for it,” said Chief Terry Tuck. “I was also notified that a car tag had been taken from a vehicle at Sonic in Lafayette that could possibly be involved with this case.”

Chief Tuck said he was on the Lafayette Road when he observed the suspicious car sitting at the RBS Market gas pumps and he immediately contacted dispatch to verify the tag number. “I came back around and determined it was the tag taken from Sonic,” said Tuck.

“I approached the vehicle and it was occupied by two female subjects and I briefly spoke with them concerning the vehicle,” stated Chief Tuck. “I verified from the VIN number that it was the vehicle taken from Trousdale County.”

“I knew one of the subjects, but I wasn’t familiar with the other,” noted Chief Tuck. “Officer Kyle Petty with the Macon County Sheriffs Office came to the scene and we detained the two females. I notified Trousdale County Detective Chaney Wright and he also traveled to the scene to process the vehicle.”

Tuck said that based on his investigation so far, he charged Chelsea Smith and Latosha Flashner with theft over $1,000 and under $10,000. 

Chief Tuck and Officer Petty transported the two female suspects to the Macon County Justice Center where they were booked.

Charge are also pending from the Lafayette Police Department and the Trousdale County Sheriffs Office.

 This is an on going investigation. 

Sealed Indictments Served: Drug Arrests PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Several sealed indictments that were handed down by the Macon County Grand Jury have been served and arrests have been made.

Those arrested include: Sharon Lanae Daugherty, 37, of Lafayette, has been charged with fraud: forged prescription, manufacturing of narcotics, possession of a firearm during violent felony. Bond is set at $15,000 and a court date is set for June 2.  Tommy Daugherty, 44, of Lafayette, has been charged with manufacturing of narcotics, fraud: forged prescription, Money Laundering Act of 1996, unlawful possession of a weapon. Bond is set at $30,000 and a court date is set for June 2. John W. Jackson, 61, of Lafayette, has been charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $5,000 and a court date is set for June 2. Tammie Lynn Ponder, 43, of Carthage, Tn., has been charged with fraud: forged prescription. Bond is set at $10,000 and a court date is set for March 4. Misty Dawn Moore, 40, of Lafayette, has been charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $5,000 and a court date is set for June 2. Melina Jo Shaw, 56, of Lafayette, has been charged with fraud: forged prescription and manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $7,500 and a court date is set for June 2. “This is the continuing efforts of the Drug Task Force and the Lafayette Police Department to make Macon County a safer place to live,” said Mike Thompson of the Drug Task Force. “Our continuing investigations led to these arrests.” 

Former Teacher Indicted in Macon & Trousdale PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Steven C. Snyder

Former educator and Lafayette resident Steven C. Snyder, age 24, has been indicted in Trousdale County and Macon County amid allegations of sexual misconduct. Snyder turned himself in on February 23rd to authorities.

Snyder reported to the Trousdale County Sheriffs Department and was booked on ten counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and eight counts of solicitation of a minor. Authorities in Macon County also booked Snyder on 12 counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. He posted bond, which was set at $10,000, in Trousdale County, and his bond in Macon County was set at $10,000 as well.

Snyder was a former teacher in the Trousdale County School System. Trousdale County Director of Schools, Clint Satterfield, said, “The safety of students is our first concern. A student reported inappropriate actions to a staff member, who immediately reported to the principal. The principal immediately reported the allegations to the Director of Schools. The school district immediately contacted local law enforcement and the Department of Children Services.” 

Satterfield indicated that Mr. Snyder was suspended without pay on February 3rd and that Snyder submitted his formal letter of resignation on February 9th.

Trousdale County Sherriff Ray Russell indicated that the investigation began with one of his detectives, who later contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. That investigation also led to further actions in Macon County. 

Snyder is a 2009 graduate of Macon County High School and a 2013 graduate of Lee University and ran cross country and track for both schools. He had volunteered to help the MCHS track team before being hired by Trousdale County. 

 Snyder is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on March 4, 2015. 

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


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.

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