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Trial Set for Danielle Jackson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Monday, December 22, 2014

Danielle Jackson

Danielle Jackson, of Bethpage, is scheduled to stand trial in the courtroom of Judge John Wootten, in January of 2015, for vehicular homicide in connection with the motorcycle death of Matthew “Brett” Minchey on Tuesday morning, October 9, 2012, in Lafayette.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, in Hartsville, the trial is set for Tuesday and Wednesday, January 27 and 28, 2015, in Macon County Circuit Criminal Court.

As previously reported in the Macon County Chronicle during October of 2012, then 19-year-old Danielle Jackson, of Bethpage, was driving an eastbound blue 1996 Chevy Lumnia shortly before 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, October 9. She ran the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 52 & 10 inside the Lafayette city limits. Minchey was operating a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle and he attempted to cross the busy intersection, heading down Highway 10 South, when he was tragically struck and killed by Jackson.

Brett Minchey was pronounced dead and Jackson wasn’t injured. Jackson was later indicted by the Macon County Grand Jury for vehicular homicide.

In another vehicular homicide case that happened on the Rocky Mound Road, April South, who struck and killed her boyfriend, James Richard Chitwood, on Friday, May 17, 2013, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, January 26, 2015, for disposition.

 
In the Spirit of the Season... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hendersonville Triple A employees were in Lafayette on Friday, December 12, bringing gifts for the Wickie Knight family, who lost their home in a fire. Pictured with the children are Hendersonville Triple A Manager Angie Ragan, employees Bro. Johnny Beavers, of Lafayette, Dustin Deason, and Don Clark. (Photo by D. Gregory)

I am bringing an update of the Wickie Knight house fire story to our readers, to offer hope and inspiration to others who suffer through fires or other mishaps.

Imagine this: One night your home catches on fire, and in just a matter of minutes you find everything you own destroyed, although you are blessed that you and your family got out alive. Sadly, Christmas is right around the corner and there are eleven people, five adults and six children, who are facing the holidays after this devastating loss.

Pastor Johnny Beaver, of the Calvary Baptist Church in Lafayette, works for Triple A in Hendersonville, and after hearing about the Knight fire on November 19, he talked to his boss, Manager Angie Ragan. Triple A, along with the Cornhusker’s Foundation, decided to share in the spirit of giving during this holiday season, with Wickie and his family.

Last Friday afternoon, Manager Angie Ragan and employees Don Clark, Dustin Deason, and Johnny Beaver came to Lafayette bearing gifts for the family, who are currently residing on Fishburn Road.

“My family lost everything in Hurricane Katrina,” Pastor Beavers told the children Friday afternoon, who happily greated the Triple A folks when they arrived. “I know how devastating a tragedy like this is, and I know how you are all feeling. We made it through with the help of many wonderful people and your family will recover from this too.”

“The Lord is going to bless you beyond anything you could ever imagine,” continued Johnny. “God is good to all of us and even when he takes things away, he blesses us when he gives back. I pray that the Lord blesses each of you and meets all your needs. We are all glad at Triple A that we were allowed to come here today and were able to share with your family.”  

Manager Angie Ragan said, “After Johnny Beavers told us about the Knight family losing everything in a fire, we decided to help them out and we are really happy to be in Lafayette today.”

 According to Chief Keith Scruggs, the American Red Cross, Macon Helps, and many local individuals have poured their hearts to the Knight family. “Macon County has reached out to Wickie’s family to help them on the road to recovery after the fire that destroyed their home on November 19,” said Chief Scruggs.


 
Their Christmas Will be Merry & Bright PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gary Whitaker and Shelia Lowhorn are pictured with a work crew from the Macon County Sheriffs Office, who helped them sack all the children’s Christmas presents. (Photo by D. Gregory)

The holidays are here and the Christmas season finds us rejoicing in the birth of Jesus Christ. This glorious occasion is about remembering the bright star that shone over Bethlehem a long, long time ago and out of gratitude to our savior, who was born and then died for us, we should all be aware of those in need. Following in their annual tradition, Santa’s Helpers/Macon Helps, which is spearheaded by Gary Whitaker and Shelia Lowhorn, will bring joy to 230 children this year, and make sure their Christmas is merry and bright by helping out with presents.

Macon Helps took in the names of 387 children this year. Santa’s Helpers helped 230 children and 157 children were helped by churches, individuals and other organizations.
“For many people the holidays are a happy time with family and friends,” said Gary Whitaker, “but unfortunately for many more, it is a time of struggling to bring holiday cheer in difficult times.  In the spirit of the season it is always our goal to help make a real Christmas for those facing hardships.”
Gary says that it is important to help one another and the true spirit of Christmas will live on in our hearts when we reach out to someone less fortunate.
“Originally ‘Shop With the Cops’, Shelia Lowhorn and I took over the charity event after the police officers realized they didn’t have enough time or volunteers to help out with the time consuming program, which we renamed Santa’s Helpers in 2005,” said Gary. “Thanks to Macon Helps sponsorship, we have continued to raise enough money during the year for the children.”
“We want to thank all the merchants in Macon County that helped with this year’s event, especially Indigo Blues,” continued Gary. “We want to extend our thanks also to the Grim Reapers MC, Tooley & Carver, Macon Helps, Mid Tenn. Region AACA in Lebanon, and Sheriff Mark Gammons for letting several of the inmates help us out.”
Shelia Lowhorn said, “Gary works all year long at this and he enjoys helping the kids. I guess he is like a big Santa Claus, he just doesn’t have the gray beard yet. Without Gary I wouldn’t even try to keep doing this and I admire everything he does for the children in Macon County.”
Santa’s Helpers have already started planning for next year’s project, and anyone interested in joining this worthy cause please contact Gary Whitaker, Shelia Lowhorn or Macon Helps. Anyone wanting to make a donation to the program can send it to Santa’s Helpers c/o Macon Helps, 111 Main Street, Lafayette, Tn. 37083.
 
Christmas on the Square this Saturday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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This Saturday, December 13, 2014, you and yours are cordially invited to attend the the highly anticipated holiday event  - Christmas on the Square!

Bring the family out to the Lafayette Public Square from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a variety of activities including train rides for both kids and adults sponsored by the Lafayette Police Department, carriage rides provided by the Donoho Hotel, outhouse races, storytelling, children's art projects, face painting music and more!

Free photos with Santa will be available at Macon Bank & Trust and refreshments will be located inside the courthouse. Don’t forget to stop by Inspirations for some free, hot, buttery popcorn!

Several of your child’s favorite characters will also be available for photos including Mickey & Minnie, Frosty and the Gingerbread Man. 

As in years past, guests of Christmas on the Square are eligible to enter to win several cash giveaways totaling $250 that will be drawn throughout the day. Register for the drawings at any of the participating businesses.

Haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet? Participating merchants on the square will also be offering guests holiday specials throughout the day.

So come on out and celebrate the season with us at this year’s Christmas on the Square! We can’t wait to see you!

 To inquire about further details please call Kathryne at (615) 888-6500 or the Macon County Chronicle office at (615) 688-6397.

 
Macon County Woman Indicted in Smith County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Misty Dawn Moore

A 40-year-old Lafayette woman was indicted on drug charges by the Smith County Grand Jury on Monday, December 1, 2014, in Carthage, Tennessee. There were 26 sealed indictments returned.

On Friday afternoon, December 5, Misty Dawn Moore was taken into custody by the Lafayette Police Department and carried to the Macon County Justice Center in Lafayette. Ms. Moore was later transported to the Smith/Macon County line, where Jimmy Gregory of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office was waiting to take her to Carthage. Misty Dawn Moore was charged with one count of selling a Schedule III drug, dihydrocodeinone, which is a prescription drug prescribed for pain. A Smith County Criminal Court date is set for Friday, December 12, 2014.  
 
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