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Man Dragged 800 Feet by Car, Arrest Made PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Michael Ehringer

On Sunday night, November 8, the RBS Police Department arrested 28-year-old Michael Patrick Ehringer, following a hit & run accident of a person on Whitley Hollow Road in Red Boiling Springs.

According to RBS Police Chief Terry Tuck, on Sunday, November 8, Michael Ehringer and Randy Carlile were in an argument when Carlile attempted to open the car door of the white Dodge Avenger Ehringer was driving. “Michael Ehringer took off and drug Carlile approximately 800 feet down Whitley Hollow Road before he dislodged from the vehicle,” said Chief Tuck.

Chief Tuck said that Ehringer left the scene and Randy Carlile was transported to Skyline Hospital in Nashville, where he was treated and released.

Michael Ehringer was caught in Lafayette by Officer Shane Reed, of the Lafayette Police Department. “Officer Reed transported him to the Macon County Justice Center for our department and investigating officer RBS Patrolman Phil Harper interviewed Mr. Ehringer,” added Chief Tuck.

Officer Harper arrested Michael Ehringer and charged him with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and hit & run of a person.

His bond is set at $7,500 and a General Sessions Court date is scheduled for December 9.  

West Macon Rescue Fundraiser This Saturday, Nov. 14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, November 10, 2015


This Saturday, November 14th, marks the return of the West Macon Rescue Squad’s 8th Annual Chili Dinner & Raffle. The event is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m. in the squad building located at 3080 Rocky Mound Road, in the western sector of the county. All proceeds will go toward digital radio equipment.

There will be a cakewalk, 50/50 raffle and door prizes.

Established to maintain and protect the people of our county, West Macon Rescue was organized in August of 1993 at 29 Hawkins & Rocky Mound Road, in an old garage building with no running water and heat. The new building was constructed during the summer of 2012, with the members doing all the interior work. Their dream finally came true when they moved into the new squad building.

The chili dinner will cost $5.00 and that will include the door prize raffle, which you must be present to win. Other raffle tickets are available from members of the squad and the cost of one ticket is $1.00, seven tickets for $5.00 and 15 tickets for only $10.00. These tickets will also be available at the event until 7:00 p.m.

This year’s raffle items include a Remington 783 - 270 caliber rifle with scope, $150 gift certificate from CPC Commodities, $80 value picture donated by D.T. McCalls, country ham and a $50 Walmart card. You do not have to be present to win these items..

Everyone is welcome and you are cordially invited to come and enjoy plenty of good food, along with good friends and good times.

“I want everyone to join us and meet the squad members,” said event organizer Crystal Crowder. “We appreciate all the support we can get. If you need more information or directions contact me at 615-644-4631 or Captain Thomas O’Saile Sr. at 615-670-6741.” 

 (Rifle winner must pass the mandatory federal background check.)

Bell Witch Author to Visit Thomas House Hotel in RBS PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

RED BOILING SPRINGS, TN—The Thomas House Hotel in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, presents, "The Bell Witch: The Spirit, The People, The Stories, The Lies," a storytelling by Bell Witch author and A&E TV personality, Pat Fitzhugh.

In addition to recounting the terrifying legend, Fitzhugh will reveal many little-known facts, both old and new, that he uncovered while researching the case for over three decades.

"The old legend is spooky enough," he relates, "but the history behind the people and places involved paints an even more horrifying picture. When it comes to the Bell Witch, truth is indeed stranger than fiction.”

Fitzhugh’s fascination with the story of the Bell Witch began when he first heard it as a child from his mother.

“I became interested in the historical aspect of the story when I was told it was real, and that my mother knew some of the actual descendants of the family,” he stated. “That’s what made it stand out from all of the other stories I had heard.”

In addition to having written two books about the Bell Witch, Fitzhugh has lectured around the country and appeared on many radio shows. His TV and movie credits include "America's Creepiest Destinations," "Night Visitors," "Liars and Legends," and “An American Haunting," starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland. He is also featured in A&E's new fall TV series, "Cursed: The Bell Witch."

A question-and-answer session, along with a book signing featuring "The Bell Witch: The Full Account" and "Ghostly Cries From Dixie,” will follow the storytelling. As a bonus, adult overnight guests at the hotel will be eligible to participate in an all-night paranormal investigation of The Thomas House, led by Pat Fitzhugh.

Fitzhugh, who has frequented the Thomas House Hotel twice a month over the last two years, calls the historic hotel ‘the real deal.’

“There is always something weird going on there,” he remarked. “It’s like a haunted house that is open 365 days a year, but without all of the actors and props. It’s the real deal and the ghost hunt will be an intense,all-night experience.”

The Thomas House Hotel in RBS is ranked one of the top five of ‘CNN’s Top Haunted Spots Across America’ each year.

Dinner and performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14. The cost is $18 per person, plus tax, which includes dinner, dessert, and the storytelling. If staying overnight, hotel rates will also apply.

Reservations required: (615) 699-3006

Macon Woman Indicted: Forgery, False Insurance Claims PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Amy Crawford

NASHVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Lafayette woman who is charged with multiple counts of forgery and filing false insurance claims.

Blue Cross Blue Shield first contacted the District Attorney’s Office in Hartsville, Tenn., and Attorney General Tommy Thompson stated that his office got the TBI involved jointly with Davidson County District Attorney General Glenn Funk.

At the request of 20th District Attorney General Glenn Funk, TBI Special Agents began investigating Amy Crawford on December 9, 2014. Crawford worked as a medical assistant for Pinnacle Surgical Partners in Hermitage from December 2013 through June 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that during that time, Crawford had falsified prescriptions for compound medication, using the provider information for one of the clinic’s physicians to authorize the prescriptions. Agents learned that Crawford submitted those prescriptions to a pharmacy in Florida, which generated more than $152,957 in insurance claims paid by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.

On October 16th, the Davidson County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Crawford, 36, with four counts of False or Fraudulent Insurance Claims and two counts of Forgery. Crawford was arrested on those charges Tuesday and booked into the Davidson County Jail. She was released after posting a $15,000 bond.

Macon Sheriff's Dept. to Implement Senior Citizens Awareness Network (SCAN) Program PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The SCAN Program's mail concerns will be the general welfare and needs of Macon County Senior Citizens.

A new program is being developed through the Macon County Sheriff’s Office that is geared to assist our area’s growing senior citizens population.

The program, entitled SCAN, or Senior Citizens Awareness Network, is being implemented with the help of the Macon County Three Star Committee and committee member Brenda Hiett.

 According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, the SCAN program will require local volunteers with a desire and love for senior citizens. 

“Our office is initiating the SCAN Program as an umbrella program under the sheriff’s department. A program director along with four or five other volunteers will wear uniforms that will differ from those worn by deputies, but will still represent the sheriff’s department.”

These volunteers will travel to the homes of senior citizens who need assistance in a vehicle provided by the MCSD. The vehicle will include a yellow light bar on the roof and the SCAN logo on the side. 

“These volunteers will go through a background check just like all officers and will have policies and procedures to follow,” said the sheriff. 

The program will work like this - Macon County citizens will be able to contact the sheriff’s department regarding any senior citizen (age 55+) they believe is being neglected or needs assistance and a volunteer will perform an at-home check to make sure they have the things they need. Depending on what the individual needs, funds from the program’s account may then be used to  purchase groceries, fans, etc.

“We’ve witnessed over the last several years, seniors being taken advantage off,” the sheriff remarked. “People are coming into their homes and stealing their prescription medication as well as bank account scams. Some seniors aren't able to keep warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Others may not have the food they need. Senior citizens are known to be a proud population, who may not want to ask for the help they need, and this program allows them to receive help without having to ask for it.”

Sheriff Gammons says the program will require the support of Macon County residents, businesses and community leaders in order to be successful.

“Public service organizations such as the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, have continued to recognize that our older citizens represent both valuable community resources and unique constituents with very specific needs,” he stated. “The SCAN Program will strive to provide an opportunity for citizens to become involved in public service while helping to meet the needs of a growing population.”

Sheriff Gammons added that the senior population is estimated to double between now and 2030 and as the senior population grows in record numbers, so do the issues related to their needs.

“Many seniors are isolated, lonely, at-risk and/or financially challenged,” the sheriff said. “The challenge to address these needs in our community falls on us at the Macon County Sheriff’s Department and on the citizens of Macon County.”

A grant received through the Macon County Three Star Committee has allowed the funds needed to start the SCAN program up by purchasing uniforms and tube vehicle light bar and logo, but additional funding will be required to continue it and allow it to grow. 

“As the program grows, we will need more volunteers and donations,” the sheriff said. “Clothing and food drives hosted by local clubs and organizations will also benefit the program. With assistance from the community to help fund this program, I believe it can be a great success for our seniors.”

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