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Hewitt's Body Shop...Three Generations PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Josh Hewitt is pictured with his mother and father, Linda & Louie Hewitt.

Two generations of Hewitt’s had owned a body shop and 33-year-old Josh Hewitt hated for the name to die out after his Dad, Louie, retired last year. So, three months ago he opened the third generation Hewitt’s Body Shop located at 1907 Galen Road.

Josh Hewitt grew up in the body shop and when he got older he worked for his grandfather, the late Arlis Hewitt, who retired in 1999 and then his Dad, who took over when Arlis retired. “I worked for my Dad and my grandfather and I always tell people that I learned from the best,” said Josh when I talked to one day last week.

“During summer breaks from school, I would work at the body shop, sweeping or doing what I was asked to do,” continued Josh. “I remember when Hewitt’s Body Shop was first located on Church Street, then on Times Avenue and finally on Hwy. 52 By Pass East.”

“It was in my blood from a young age and after I graduated from MCHS in 2001, I began working full time in the family business and have been doing it ever since,” Josh said. “I hope to carry on the Hewitt tradition of good work and I am still doing body work, frame repair, and painting with PPG paint. I also have a state of the art down draft paint booth.”

Josh says that he can do work for all insurance companies. “I do everything that Hewitt’s Body Shop has always done, so stop by for a free estimate or call 615-666-2611.”

Saturday Morning Fire Levels Home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Thursday, September 24, 2015


A Saturday morning fire at 2191 Williams Road leveled the home of Phillip Spears, Jr.

Man Shot: Leads to Guns, Drugs & Cash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 22, 2015


A Macon County man was arrested on drug and assault charges last week after he reportedly shot a male victim in the thigh.

It all went down during the early morning hours of Tuesday, September 15, when the Macon County Sheriff’s Department received a call from officers at the Portland Police Department stating that a gunshot victim was admitted to the Portland hospital, where he told authorities that he had been shot in Macon County.

Macon County deputies and detectives arrived on the scene where they began gathering evidence and conducting an interview with the victim.

Following their investigation, a search was conducted at a residence located on the western side of Macon County, where the incident reportedly occurred.

Macon County Sheriff Gammons, deputies and detectives recovered ten firearms from the home, two of which were handguns, along with marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The drug paraphernalia found at the scene included rolling papers, smoking pipes and items believed to be used in the package and sale of marijuana, such as weighing scales and individual baggies.

Further interviews were conducted, and 55-year-old Rickey Jo Anderson was arrested. 

Anderson was charged with aggravated assault and manufacturing of narcotics. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on September 23, 2015.

“Our department will continue to try to keep drugs off our streets,” stated Sheriff Gammons. “We encourage everyone to call the Macon County Sheriff’s Department if they have any drug-related information. Callers who report illegal drug activity can remain anonymous.” 

The gunshot victim in this case was treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and was released.

Deadly Head-On Collision PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, September 22, 2015


On Wednesday, September 16th, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office and other emergency personnel were called to Highway 52 West, where they found the wreckage of a deadly head-on collision near the Old Hwy. 52 intersection.

According to Official Wreck Investigator THP Trooper Justin Mote, 26-year-old Amy Aulick, of Lafayette, was driving east in a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer on Hwy. 52 West when she attempted to illegally pass a Chevy Silverado hauling cattle and struck a 2000 Mercury Sable head on. 36-year-old Michael Eugene “LIttle Toby” Scruggs, of Westmoreland, was behind the wheel of the Sable.

Mr. Scruggs was unresponsive at the scene but was resuscitated and flown by air ambulance to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Amy Aulick was transported to Skyline Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The front seat passenger in the Scruggs car was Kim Rogers who wasn’t hurt. The back seat passenger was a juvenile who was transported for medical treatment. 

This is an on-going investigation and charges are pending.

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

Local Woman Dies in Car Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, September 15, 2015


A 68-year-old Lafayette woman died in a car wreck on Sunday afternoon, September 13.

The one-vehicle roll over occurred on Sycamore Valley Road shortly before 2:00 p.m., according to official wreck investigator Trooper Cody Ballard, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The victim was Rita Tuck, of Sullivan Drive, who was traveling with three junvenile passengers in a silver 2005 Toyota. “The juveniles were cleared on the scene,” said Trooper Ballard.
“Ms. Tuck was traveling north on Sycamore Valley Road, when she ran off the east bound side, struck a tree and overturned,” Trooper Ballard stated. “She was unresponsive at the scene and was later pronounced deceased.”
Trooper Ballard says that the three juveniles were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident but the driver wasn’t. 
Assisting Ballard at the wreck site was THP Sgt. Ashley Mercer and members of the Macon County Sheriffs Office.
Those responding to the scene besides the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Sheriffs Office were the Macon County EMS, Macon County Rescue Squad and the Lafayette Fire Department. 
Funeral services for Rita Tuck will be conducted from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home on Friday, September 18, at 1:00 p.m. with Elder G.W. Knight officiating. Interment will follow in the Haysville Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Friday, 9 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. 
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