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Macon County Hillbilly Days, June 19-21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

2014 Mr. Hillbilly Bill Gordon

Pack up the lawn chairs and bring the entire family out to the 39th Annual Macon County Hillbilly Days event sponsored by the Lafayette Lions on June 19, 20 and 21 at Key Park.

Beginning on Thursday, June 20th, an opening ceremony will be held at 6 p.m., followed up by the Itty Bitty Hillbilly Beauty Pageant at 6:30 and a cakewalk also at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, the gospel concert will take place at 6 p.m. with around eight groups performing, and the highly anticipated ‘All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry’ will be sure to draw a crowd. Cost for the fish fry, which includes catfish, slaw, fries, Mr. Ercie’s famous hushpuppies and a drink, will be $8 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under. 

Saturday will be jam-packed with exciting instrumental events for all ages kicking-off at 10 a.m. with a flat top guitar showdown, followed by mandolin, beginning fiddle (under 16), harmonica, claw hammer banjo, Scruggs style banjo, Jr. Fiddle (ages 16-50), Sr. Fiddle (51 and up) and the 5th Annual Ped Scruggs Memorial Fiddle Challenge.

At 1 p.m., the Fried Pie Contest will be held at the back pavilion, followed by an the Billy & Joanna Roark Community Service Award and the Mr. & Mrs. Hillbilly contest will be held around 3:45. This year’s Mr. Hillbilly is Bill Gordon and the 2014 Mrs. Hillbilly is Latise Jones. The two will battle it out to see which club raised the most money, with the loser receiving a pie to the face!

Singing and dance competitions will take begin at 4 p.m. with the Buck Dance competition (ages 15 and under), followed by the 16 and up Buck Dance performers at 4:15, male vocalist performances at 4:30 p.m. and female vocalist performances at 5:30 p.m.

First place winners in the music and dance competitions will win $150 in the Jr. Fiddle & Sr. Fiddle categories, $50 in the buck dance, harmonica and beginning fiddle categories and $100 for all other categories.

Second place winners will win $75 in the Jr. & Sr. Fiddle categories, $25 in the buck dance, harmonica and beginning fiddle categories and $50 in all other categories.

Third place winners will receive $35 in the Jr. & Sr. Fiddle categories, $15 in the buck dance, harmonica and beginning fiddle categories and $25 in all other categories.

The entry fee for each category is $5.

The Bluegrass Band Competition, better known as “The Big Show,” will end the 3-day event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, with the first place winner bringing home $700, the second place champ awarded $400 and the third place victor presented $200. A $30 entry fee is required to compete in the bluegrass competition and first and second place bands will perform for 30 minutes each after the competition is completed.

Those planning to compete in any of the competitions are to be registered at least one hour prior to the scheduled time of the category competing in. 

Judges for this year’s competitions will be Ken Collins, Lisa Gore and Jonah Beasley. Sound and equipment will be provided by James Arnett.

Other activities for guests to enjoy throughout the event will be a variety of arts and crafts booths, contests and plenty of games and rides for children.

“We already have over 100 vendors scheduled to set up booths during this year’s Hillbilly Days,” said Lafayette Lioness Club Secretary Monica Gann, “and we are still getting calls from people!” 

Those who plan to attend are encouraged bring their lawn chairs and settle in for a day of Bluegrass music, entertainment, food and fun!

“Everyone looks forward to this event each year,” Gann remarked. “It’s a fun, family-friendly event, and it serves a great purpose. We hope to see everyone at this year’s Macon County Hillbilly Days…you won’t want to miss it!” 

For general about this year’s Hillbilly Days event, contact Monica Gann at 666-5196 or B.J. Blankenship at 699-2495. For craft or booth information, contact B.J. Blankenship by phone or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Man Shoots at Hanestown Road Home PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Corey Jenkins

The Macon County Sheriffs Office received a call between 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Friday night, May 30, that Corey Jenkins was at the residence of Mark Roark, on the Hanestown Road, and was shooting a firearm toward the home where there were people standing outside. Mr. Roark is Mr. Jenkins’ father-in-law.

Sheriff Mark Gammons and other members of the Macon County Sheriffs Office responded to Hanestown Road, which is near the Kentucky State line.

According to Sheriff Gammons, at that time Jenkins left in a reckless manor of driving and ran thru a hayfield several times before managing to get back on the road. “He then drove back to his residence in Allen County.”

Shortly after obtaining warrants for Mr. Corey Jenkins, the Allen County Sheriffs Office went to his residence to arrest him, but he wasn’t at home. 

The next morning they located Mr. Jenkins, arrested him and transported him to the Allen County Jail where, as of press time, he is awaiting extradition back to Macon County.

The Macon County Sheriffs Office has filed charges against Mr. Jenkins for possession of a fire arm with the intent of going armed and five counts of aggravated domestic violence.

Allen County Sheriff Cook is seeking warrants for Mr. Jenkins for fourth degree assault domestic violence for an incident that happened on Monday, May 26.


 
Sheriff's Dept. Recovers Stolen Guns PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, June 3, 2014

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Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons recently announced that sheriff’s department deputies and detectives have been investigating burglaries in the county over the past few weeks.

After gathering evidence at the scenes and conducting several interviews in surrounding counties, searches were conducted and officers were able to recover missing items from the residential burglaries including long guns and several knife collections.

During the investigation, several suspects were established and arrests were made.

The investigation is classified as ongoing and additional charges are pending.

 Agencies involved in the investigation were the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, the Lafayette Police Department, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, the Trousdale County Sheriff’s Department and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.


 
One Flown Out From Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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On Thursday afternoon, May 22, a  30-year-old Lafayette man was driving a white 1996 Honda Accord on the Akersville Road, when he hit another car head on. 

According to Trooper Tracy Donoho, last Thursday afternoon Justin Dalton was traveling south in a Honda Accord when he crossed the center line and hit a northbound red 2002 Volkswagon head on. Eldon Kinflow, age 77, was driving that car.

“Valla Mayhew, age 25, was a passenger in the car driven by Dalton” said Trooper Donoho, who assisted wreck investigator Trooper Danny Fisher at the scene.

Trooper Donoho said Dalton had to be cut out of his vehicle and a medical helicopter landed near the crash site and he was flown out from the wreck with Vanderbilt Medical Center as the destination.

Eldon Kinflow and Valla Mayhew were both transported by ground to Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. 

Vanderbilt Medical Center reported on Monday morning that Justin Dalton was listed in stable condition. 

This is an on-going investigation. Trooper Johnny Rodgers also assisted Trooper Fisher at the scene.

 Those responding to the crash site were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Macon County Rescue Squad, Lafayette Fire Department and the Macon County Chronicle.

 
Hayden Fest Benefit Concert, May 31 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bucky Covington

Hayden Fest Cancer Benefit Concert, an event held in memory of Hayden Shrum, promises to provide great music, great food and great times on Saturday, May 31, with gates opening at 4:00 p.m. at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Lafayette. 

Hayden Shrum, who passed away in May of 2010 from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, spent his last months planning this cancer awareness event, then called ‘Rockin’ the Park for Cancer Awareness.’ The event was a huge success, and friends and family have carried on the young man’s dream by continuing to host the outdoor music festival in his memory every year since his death.

Now entitled “Hayden Fest” the festival focuses on Hayden’s love of music and passion for helping others who are battling cancer. 

Musical entertainment this year will feature Country Music Star Bucky Covington & Medrock, who will join Hayden Fest in raising funds for area cancer victim’s and their families so they can recover from the unexpected and make strides toward becoming cancer survivors.

“Tomorrow is promised to no one…and few people get second chances at life to fix mistakes…” Hayden entered these words in his caring bridge journal on May 9, 2009, and one year later, on Wednesday evening of May 26, 2010, he departed this life. Someone said he looked at his situation as a time to reflect and learn how to see, how to think, how to help, and in his own words, how to feel in ways he never knew before…rejuvenated by the grace of God.

Hayden’s love for sports and writing led him to become a part-time summer sports writer here at the Macon County Chronicle, where he expressed a growing interest in journalism and photography. 

He was born on November 17, 1986, and on May 4, 2009, Hayden received the biggest shock of his young life when he was diagnosed with leukemia. It was said that he spent the last year of his life living every day to the fullest and tried to enrich the quality of life for everyone he met. This young man certainly made a deep impression on people and although he may be gone, he will never be forgotten.

Tickets are $15.00 and 10 & under are free. There will be great food, kid events, and a live auction including an autographed guitar and more. 

Advance tickets are available at these locations: State Farm Offices in Lafayette & Portland, Macon County Board of Education in Lafayette, and North Central offices in Lafayette & Westmoreland.

“Join us for live music, great food and great times while helping someone…” 

  

 
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