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Trousdale Correctional Facility Contract Approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Trousdale County Mayor Jakie West talked with Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville, in Hartsville, on Monday morning, July 7, about the impact the Trousdale County Prison will have on the surrounding counties. (Photo by D. Gregory)

The State Comptroller Office has approved the contract between Correction Corporation of America (CCA) and Trousdale County for funding of the Trousdale County Correctional Facility, according to Mayor Jakie West. “We have a contract signed and all I can say is jobs…jobs…jobs,” Trousdale County Mayor West told Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville, when they talked on Monday morning in Hartsville.

This was a Four Lake Authority project when they sold 108 acres to CCA a few years ago, but it was later put on hold when the corporation was unable to garner a contract with the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

“Around May or June of 2013 talks began and we could hear a rumble,” said Mayor West. “We could tell they were on a move to get this project rolling again. It’s been a long road.”

“This is going to be a positive impact for the area, and mainly Trousdale, Macon and Smith Counties,” noted Mayor West. “There wil be about 2,552 beds in this facility over the next five years and the state is looking at the need for an additional 900 beds, which would move it up to 3,400. ”

Mayor West said that once himself, the County Court and Commissioners signed with the State Department it moved into different departments. “Once the comptroller’s office reviewed the contract and had all their questions and concerns answered,” said Mayor West, “I got an e-mail from the Department of Corrections on Thursday morning, July 3, saying that the contract had been signed for the funding. It was a done deal.”

“They expect the facility to be constructed in 18 months,” said West. “That’s what is on the contract and the clock started when the contract was signed on Thursday. So CCA is on it to get this facility constructed. They hope to get it done in 15 months, but they have to build it in 18.”

“I feel like the job oppportunity for the people in surrounding counties will be great,” said the Trousdale County Mayor.

Macon Counthy Mayor Linville said that he believes the CCA prison will be a big asset to the whole area. “More than just prison jobs, I think other projects will be created because there will be a lot of visitors to the area, families coming to see their relatives that are inmates there,” said Mayor Linville.

“The prison will not only provide a boost in jobs, but it will also provide a boost in the area’s economy, during the construction phase and after completion as well,” continued Mayor Linville. “Eventually, in years to come, I believe this will jump start the possible construction of Highway 10 across Highway 25 and a new bridge across the Cumberland River eventually tying into 141.”     

Mayor Linville said that the way it is now, it could be many, many years before this road construction is done, but with this facility on its’ way and alot more people coming into this area, he believes it could be a lot sooner.

Added Mayor Linville, “I realize that some people might be a little apprehensive about having a prison in this area. But as I understand it, this will be a minimum security prison and I don’t think people need to be too concerned.”

Mayor West said, “I’m glad to sit down with Mayor Linville and discuss what intentions we have for our counties and being prepared for what’s to come. Again, this prison is a great thing and I think it is a win-win situation for everybody.”

Man Arrested for Solicitation of Minor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Daniel Wayne West

A man has been arrested in Madison, TN, and charged with solicitation of a Macon County minor by electronic means.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, detectives Darrell Taylor and Phil Russell received the complaint last week and after gathering evidence and viewing material, were able to positively identify the suspect in the case as 36-year-old Daniel Wayne West of Hamblin Dr. in Lafayette.

The Goodlettsville and Metro police departments were contacted to assist in locating West’s whereabouts.

West was detained by Metro PD officers in Madison and was transported to the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, where further evidence was gathered in the case.

 West is scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions Court on July 23. His bond is set at $3,000.

Four Juveniles & Baby Involved in Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 1, 2014


On Friday night, June 27, THP Sgt. Ed Crouch headed to Highway 52 west after a 911 report came across the scanner of a  two-vehicle injury wreck at the Oak Dale intersection involving several people, including four juveniles and a baby.

According to Sgt. Crouch, 45-year-old Tina Sullivan Driver  was traveling west on Highway 52 in a 2013 silver Hyundai Elantra along with passenger 47-year-old Carlin Stone, both of Lafayette. “They were heading to work in Portland,” said Sgt. Crouch.

A red 1989 Chevrolet pickup was heading east on Highway 52 and attempted to turn onto Oak Dale Road in front of the automobile, where they collided. “There were four juveniles, including a baby in the truck,” said Crouch. 

“The driver was a juvenile, along with a female passenger, a male passenger, a baby and a male juvenile in the bed of the truck,” said the Sgt. “They were all restrained except for the teenager in the back.”

Three juveniles were transported to Skyline Hospital and the baby and other young person weren’t. Carlin Stone, who was a passenger in the Hyundai was carried to Vanderbilt Hospital.

That section of Highway 52 West was closed for a couple of hours and the traffic was re-routed.

Traffic citiations are pending.


RBS Police Arrest Man on Several Charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Red Boiling Springs Police Chief Terry Tuck arrested 27-year-old Chad Carman, of 553 Lafayette Road, after a couple of burglaries occurred at 557 Lafayette Road, in Red Boiling Springs.

“We had a couple of burglaries at 557 Lafayette Road, in Red Boiling Springs,” said Chief Terry Tuck. “One occurred on June 21 and the other on June 26. During the first incident nothing of importance was taken and it looked like someone had gone through some dresser drawers looking for something of value.”
The Chief was called back on June 27 for a second burglary and this time the owner noticed several missing items. “She also discovered someone had broken into her outside building behind the house and she reported the following items missing: bench grinder, scroll saw, radial arm saw, two Skil saws, a router, band saw, saws all, battery charger, socket and wrench sets and four boxes of ammunition.”
Chief Tuck said while investigating the out building he noticed on the ground a small plastic bottle of muzzle loader black powder that appeared to led to the residence next door.“I contacted Officer Jimmy Morgan and we spoke to Mr. Carman who resided at the house located at 553,” continued Chief Tuck. “We advised him or what had happened next door and what evidence I found on the ground leading to his home. I asked Mr. Carman for consent to search his residence and he refused.”
The chief happened to recall a few months of dealing with Mr. Carman and that he was on probation. “I advised him that one of the rules of his probation was that his vehicle or residence could be searched at any time.”
“He acknowledged and agreed to the search,” said Tuck, “and during the search we found a growing marijuana plant. We also found the bench grinder inside the home and the rest of the stolen property was found in the trunk of Mr. Carman’s automobile.”
“We placed him under arrest and we have charged Mr. Carman with two counts of burglary, theft over $1,000, theft under $500 and manufacture of Schedule VI narcotics,” added the Chief. “His bond is set at $8,500 and a court date is scheduled for July 9.”

Truck vs. Tree on Winkler's Rd. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 24, 2014


There was a serious single vehicle wreck on Winkler’s Road in the north east side of the county on Monday afternoon, June 23, when a man driving a Ford truck hit a tree. Trooper Tracy Donoho was the investigating officer.

“Eddie Alexander, age 19, of Red Boiling Springs, was driving east on Winkler’s Road in a 1994 Ford F150 Truck when he traveled off the southside of the roadway coming out of a curve,” said Trooper Donoho. “He overcorrected, crossed back over the highway going off the north side of the roadway, then crossed a yard and driveway and struck a tree. This caused the vehicle to spin around and come to rest.” Due to weather conditions Air Evac and Lifeflight helicopters both declined to fly, so the Macon County EMS carried young Alexander to Vanderbilt Hospital by ground. However, they requested the Air Evac crew to ride with them and they picked the crew members up at the heli pad in Lafayette. “Mr. Alexander was conscious but he was having trouble communicating,” Trooper Donoho added. The first reponders were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.  

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