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Vehicles Collide on Hwy 52 West PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Late Sunday afternoon, May 31, law enforcement and emergency personnel were alerted that a two-vehicle injury collision was reported on Highway 52 West, near the Westside Elementary School exit.

The accident happened around 5:20 p.m. and three people sustained non-threatening injuries.

THP Trooper Danny Fisher was the lead investigator and he was assisted by Trooper Justin Mote, THP Sgt. Ashley Mercer and the Macon County Sheriffs Office. 

According to Trooper Fisher, 61-year-old Kenneth Vanzandt, of Lafayette, was traveling east on Highway 52 West in a maroon 1993 Lincoln Town Car when his car hydroplaned in the rainy weather conditions. “He crossed over into the west bound lane and collided head on with a green 1998 Jeep Cherokee, driven by  39-year-old Anita Sanders, of Fountain Run, Kentucky,” said Trooper Fisher.

“Vanzandt was traveling alone and there were two passengers in the Sanders vehicle,” noted Trooper Fisher. “Vanzandt was not injured and Sanders was transported to MCGH by ambulance for treatment.”

The front seat passenger riding with Sanders was 44-year-old Richard Tobin, who was transported to Macon County General Hospital by private vehicle for treatment. The back seat passenger was 41-year-old Joseph Bell and he was carried to Skyline Hospital in Nashville, by ground ambulance, suffering from a leg injury.

The vehicles came to final rest in the west bound lane.

“Rain was a contributing factor in the accident, and no charges were filed,” added Fisher.

 First responders were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS and the Macon County Chronicle.

Car Fire on Cave Hollow Road: "Obvious Arson" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 26, 2015


On Tuesday, May 19, the Lafayette Fire Department received a call that a car was on fire in the creek around the 200 block of Cave Hollow Road.

“Upon arriving we found a 2010 Nissan Altima fully involved backed up in a very inconspicuous place in the creek,” said Lafayette Fire Chief Keith Scruggs. “The car belonged to a Betsy Sisco.”

“It was an obvious arson fire,” continued Chief Scruggs. “When I spoke with Ms. Sisco she stated that she had loaned the car to a friend earlier in the day and the last she heard from her, she was on her way back from Kentucky with the car.”

The car was a total loss and the estimated value is $10,000, according to Chief Scruggs. The fire is under investigation by the Macon County Sheriffs Office and the Lafayette Fire Department.

 There were five firemen at the scene and Chief Scruggs was in charge of the scene.

Relay for Life Auto & Bike Show this Saturday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pictured above is a photo from the 2014 Auto & Bike Show.

Gear up for the 9th annual Relay for Life Auto & Bike Show on the Square this Saturday, May 30, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Lafayette!

Presented by your Lafayette Walgreens, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and Days Service Center, this year’s show will also feature a swap meet from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The cost to enter your automobile or bike is $10 and the top 59 will receive plaques. Trophies, donated by O’Reilly’s, will be awarded for Best of Show, Mayor’s Choice and Ten Best Motorcycles.

Each entry in the show will be allowed to cast one vote per car, bike, etc. 

The swap meet will be located just off the square at 101 Church Street (behind the North Central Security Services Office). A 10x15 vendor space is available for $15 and a Car for Sale space can be reserved for $10. Those with vendor spaces can begin setting up at 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.

There will be no public parking on the square during the event and proceeds from the sale of vendor spaces and show profits will be donated to Relay for Life. 

“Come on out and enjoy good food, music, and fun on the square all while supporting a great cause,” said Bill Gregory of O’Reilly’s Auto Parts. “We hope to see you there!”

 For more information, contact Bill at (615)666-3162.

Arrest Made in Sunday Homicide PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

James Rentfro

Sheriff Mark Gammons and the Macon County Sheriffs Office has arrested and charged 27-year-old James David Rentfro, of Hartsville, with criminal homicide after he fatally shot Sherman Brady, age 51, at his residence on Sunday morning, May 17. 

“On Sunday morning, May 17, around 11:00 a.m., we received a call at the Sheriffs Office from a woman at 273 Beech Hill Lane, stating that her husband wasn’t acting right and officers responded to the call,” said Sheriff Gammons. 

According to the Sheriff, him and Detective Darrell Taylor also responded to the address and during the  investigation they found out that James Rentfro had came from the residence of Mr. Sherman Brady. “He had went there and shot Mr. Brady numerous times,” said Sheriff Gammons. “Brady was pronounced deceased at his home.”

“We recovered the weapon used in the shooting and Mr. Rentfro is being held in the Macon County Jail with no bond,” added Gammons. “He is charged with criminal homicide.”

 This crime is still under investigation and the Macon County Sheriffs Office is handling the case. 

Local Businessman Dies in 4-Wheeler Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ron Meador

A local businessman is dead following a 4-wheeler wreck late Saturday afternoon, May 16, on Long Road near the Tennessee/Kentucky line. His female passenger sustained injuries.

Allen County Sheriff Jeff Cooke is the crash investigator.

According to Sheriff Cooke, Ron Meador, age 61, of Lafayette, was riding a Honda 600 rubicon 4-wheeler along with his passenger 45-year-old Angela Cole, when they wrecked in the creek at the bridge, which is located at the intersection of Long Road and Max Roark Road.

Angela Cole was transported by ground ambulance for treatment of her injuries. Her condition was unknown at press time. 

“At this point I am not exactly sure what happened, and the wreck is under investigation,” said Sheriff Cooke. “Allen County Coroner Darren Davis pronounced Mr. Meador deceased at the scene.”

Mr. Ron Meador was the long-time business owner of Lafayette Laundry, located at 122 Main Street, off the public square in Lafayette.

He is survived by his son, Jason and wife Rachelle Meador; granddaughters, Mackenzie and Jaycee Meador; mother, Ruby Cothron Meador; brother, Barry and Kathy Meador; sisters, Teresa and John Ferguson & Cynthia Meador; several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

 Those responding to the wreck site were the Allen County Sheriffs Office, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS & Allen County EMS.

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