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Carver Bound Over to Grand Jury PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Nathan Wayne Carver

The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s case against Nathan Wayne Carver, who led Trooper Johnny Rodgers on a felony car chase on February 4, 2015, has been bound over to the Macon County Grand Jury.

Mr. Carver is accused of DUI, felony reckless endangerment with a weapon involved, driving on a revoked license, possession of a legend drug, resisting arrest, reckless driving, felony evading in a vehicle, speeding, stop sign violations and improper passing in a no passing zone.

As previously reported in the Macon County Chronicle last year, on Wednesday, February 4, Trooper Johnny Rodgers turned onto the Red Boiling Springs Road from Hwy. 52 and he got behind 22-year-old Nathan Carver, of Lafayette, who had also turned on RBS Road from the other direction. 

Trooper Rodgers said that Carver started gaining speed and once he realized the subject was driving over the posted speed limit, he attempted to catch up to him.

According to Trooper Rodgers, at this point they had reached Union Camp Road where the suspect turned right traveling at 60 mph plus. “I engaged my lights and siren to attempt to stop Carver for speeding, and he failed to stop and continued at a high rate of speed,” explained Rodgers.

When Carver turned right onto Dark Hollow Road, Trooper Rodgers says he realized the suspect wasn’t going to stop.

Trooper Rodgers followed the suspect from Dark Hollow Road, to Shrum Hollow Road, back to Union Camp Road, then to Sycamore Valley Road, into both Smith and Trousdale Counties and finally back into Macon County.

“The pursuit was continued due to no traffic,” said Rodgers, “and we passed three cars in total while in pursuit and no one was injured.”

Trooper Rodgers said that while on Shrum Hollow Road, Carver was swerving his vehicle back and forth in the gravel to try and create enough dust in hopes of losing him. 

“Trooper Cody Ballard and officers from the Macon County Sheriffs Department were on their way to assist,” continued Rodgers, “and we were granted approval to use spike strips thru dispatch.”

Trooper Ballard positioned himself at the intersection of State Route 80 (Carthage Road) and Union Camp Road. “Carver’s speeds were slowing down to 40 or 50 miles an hour while I was still in pursuit on the Carthage Road,” noted Trooper Rodgers. “Ballard did deploy the spike strips which deflated three of the four tires.”

Nathan Carver still refused to surrender and turned onto Union Camp Road traveling back toward Lafayette. “Carver’s vehicle was almost undriveable at this time and his speeds were down to 20 or 30 mphs. But he was still refushing to stop his car, so I decided to get in front on his car and force him to stop,” Trooper Rodgers said.

However, the suspect kept on going and passed Trooper Rodgers on the left traveling in the wrong lane of traffic and he forced two deputies, who were coming to help, off the roadway almost hitting them head on.

Shortly after that, all the rubber on Carver’s tires came off and he was on the bare rims. Sparks were going everywhere and he finally came to a stop around the 7000 block of Union Camp Road.

“I exited my vehicle and approached Nathan Wayne Carver’s car on the driver’s side, ordered him to exit the vehicle, with my weapon drawn, and he refused,” Rodgers stated. “I opened the driver’s side door and used physical force to remove Carver from the vehicle.”
Macon County Sheriffs Office deputies Joseph Woodard, Elliott Sandifer, Freeman and Ashley Tharp along with MCSO Detective Darrell Taylor secured the two passengers in Carver’s car.

Trooper Rodgers discovered that Carver was under the influence of drugs. Statements from the two passengers were obtained and they were released.

Nathan Carver was arrested and transported to the Macon County Justice Center. 

Chronicle Valentine's Day Issue! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, January 19, 2016


As January nears its end, the Macon County Chronicle is preparing for a special Valentines’s Day issue and we need your help!

Send us a photo of your true love, and a message to accompany it, and we will publish it in our February 9 edition. 

We are also accepting photos and text of your littlest valentines (kids) at no cost in this special section. And because animals deserve our love too, pet photos are also welcome and free of charge!

The Macon County Chronicle also welcomes you to nominate a special couple, whose story will be featured in our February 9 issue.

All submissions for this edition are due by Friday, February 2, 2016 at noon.

Submissions can be dropped off at our office located at 109 Public Square in Lafayette, or e-mailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

In preparation for Valentine’s Day, we are also offering a few contests to get you in the lovey-dovey spirit.

Kids are invited to enter Cupid’s Coloring Contest, which is printed on Page A-11 of this issue, and all of our readers are encouraged to enter our ‘How Many Hearts?’ contest. 

This contest will begin on Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

To enter, guess the number of hearts located in the Macon County Chronicle’s front window. An entry form will be printed in the Chronicle for folks to fill out and submit to our office.

Check the February 2 issue of the Chronicle for rules and prize information.

Head-On Collision Kills One PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 12, 2016


A man sustained fatal injuries in a head on collision early Thursday morning, January 7th, on Highway 52 West.

 The victim was identified as 56-year-old Anthony L. Jenkins of Westmoreland. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by a Macon County Medical Investigator. 

 The collision occurred near the intersection of Fox Run on Hwy. 52, shortly after 8:00 a.m.

Accident investigator THP Trooper Gerald Carter, stated that Anthony L. Jenkins was traveling east on Highway 52 West in a 2001 red Chevy Impala when he crossed the yellow line and hit a 2013 Freight liner tractor-trailer head on. “The car went off the right side of the roadway and the truck came to rest against a guard rail,” said Trooper Carter.

The truck driver was Thomas N. Cropper, who was driving for Target Transportation out of Gamaliel, Ky. He wasn’t injured.

“Both drivers were wearing their seat belts,” added Trooper Carter. 

 The Lafayette Fire Department and the Macon County Rescue Squad had to extricate the victim from his automobile.

That section of Highway 52 West was closed temporarily and traffic was detoured until the wreckage was cleared.

First responders were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Macon Count Rescue Squad, Lafayette Fire Department, and the Macon County Chronicle.

Mr. Anthony Jenkins was born in Macon County on July 22, 1959. He was the son of Billie and Maudean Jenkins. He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Janice Jenkins; son Joshua (Mary) Smith; brother Ronald (Diane) Reed and was loved by many nieces and nephews.

Twenty One Abandoned Dogs Rescued PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Lafayette, TN – On January 8th, in the fifth of ARC’s ‘Operation Resolution’ cases in three days, ARC assisted Macon County Animal Control in the rescue of 21 dogs found abandoned in horrifying conditions in an old country store with attached living quarters in Lafayette, TN, about an hour northeast of Nashville. 

The dogs’ owner is reportedly in hospice care and the dogs, mixed breeds of various sizes, could have been without food and water for up to a month and their living conditions were extremely unsanitary and dangerous; several inches of compacted feces, empty glass bottles and cans, broken furniture, mattresses, tires, broken large appliances, and other hazardous trash covered the floors and filled the crowded rooms. Roaches crawled over all surfaces and countless cobwebs hung from the ceiling. The dogs were all extremely thin, some emaciated. They were dirty, malnourished, dehydrated, and suffering from eye and ear infections, respiratory issues, ear mites, and other internal and external parasites. 

“This is our fifth operation in Tennessee in the past three days, three of which have been abandonment cases with at least 19 dogs in counties that have limited resources for animals,” said ARC President Scotlund Haisley. “This is why we started ARC five years ago this coming Monday – to provide expert humane rescue services to communities and animals who desperately need help. After speaking with Macon County’s animal control officer and seeing pictures of these dogs trapped in this horrible place, we quickly finished our fourth operation and rushed straight to the fifth.”

The planning for this rescue began when Macon County Animal Control was contacted by the building owner who visited the property to serve an eviction notice to the dogs’ owner and resident, who reportedly had not paid his rent for over a year, and found the property and the dogs abandoned. The animal control officer had seen news coverage of ARC’s Operation Resolution Part One in Clay County on Wednesday and reached out for assistance with this case.

“We take animal abuse and neglect very seriously but lack the resources to do rescues like this. We only have 11 runs in our shelter and we’re already full,” said Macon County Animal Control Officer Corey Lawrence. “These animals desperately needed help so we didn’t hesitate to reach out to Animal Rescue Corps for assistance.”

ARC documented and safely removed all of the dogs from the property and transported them to an emergency shelter in Lebanon, TN. Each of the animals rescued this week will receive a thorough veterinary exam, appropriate vaccinations, and any necessary medical treatment. ARC will provide daily care until the animals are placed with shelter and rescue organizations that will ultimately adopt them into loving homes. For people wishing to foster or adopt, ARC will publish its list of shelter and rescue placement partners on its Facebook page once the dogs are transferred to these groups.

St. Jude Charity Auction this Saturday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 5, 2016


Ben Bray, Broker/Auctioneer for Ben Bray Real Estate & Auction Company, is getting ready for Saturday morning, January 9, 2016, when he will take the platform to conduct the 6th Annual St. Jude Charity Auction. The event will be at the Sally Wells Building, located at the Macon County Fairgrounds, in Lafayette, beginning at 10 a.m.

“No life is more important than another’s, especially a child’s.” Since its inception, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has developed protocols that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when they first opened in 1962 to 80 percent today, and with your generous support the hospital is able to continue their life-saving research and treatment. By making donations you will be helping the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving children’s lives.
“We are seeking donations for this benefit that will be conducted here in Lafayette for St. Jude’s, which is ran strictly on donations made by people and organizations just like yourself,” Bray said. “All the money raised from our event will go directly to the hospital and their daily operations.”
Bray said that St. Jude’s is a pediatric cancer research center located in Memphis, Tennessee, and they serve over 5,000 patients each year regardless of their ability to pay, with several children from Macon County being treated there in previous years. “I have been blessed with three healthy children myself and I am proud to partner with this center and to coordinate a benefit auction for their battle against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.”
“If you have any questions or want to make a donation, you may contact us by phone at (615) 666-2232. Our mailing address is Ben Bray Real Estate and Auction, 672 Highway 52 By Pass West, Lafayette, Tennessee, 37083. Thanks for your time and remember, it’s not about us, it’s about the children.”  
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