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$11,100 to be Given Away at Macon County Fair PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Plans are being finalized for the 33rd Annual Macon County Fair and the Macon County Chronicle would like to give folks a heads up on what’s new this year at the 2015 extravaganza.

The big thing this year is the $11,100 to be given away to lucky fairgoers throughout the week beginning August 1st thru 8th. 

According to a Fair Board member $1,500 will be given away nightly except for the last Saturday night, August 8, which will be $2,100. This generous giveaway will bring screams of delight far louder than any of the midway rides. 

“There will be many changes to the fair this year, so with this year’s theme “Ready, Set, Grow!” let’s get started.”

The county fair wlll offer all the traditional events, but this year there will be pig shows, hay bale decorating contests, and ATV/UTS pulls. Also look for changes in the parking sitiuation 

The 2015 Macon County Fair will kick off on Saturday, August 1, and there will be something for everyone including beauty pageants, exhibits, contests and shows.

The Macon County Fair Directors are: President Jeff Hughes, Vice President Mike Jenkins, Secretary Lisa Yokley, Treasurer Jan Ellis, Fair Manager Greg White, Terry White, Larry Hudson, Helen Hesson, Jerry Ray, Marilyn Murphy, Wynona Clayborne, Mike East, Cathy Whtie, Chris Sullivan, and Tonia Butler.

 “OK, Macon County, Ready, Set, Grow!” 

 


 
Macon County Grand Jury Returns Indictments PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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The Macon County Grand Jury met last week for the June session before Judge Brody Kane and returned 30 true bills, eight no true, three hold and 11 sealed indictments.

Indictments returned include:

Nathan Glenn Anderson - identity theft, fraud use credit/debit card up to $500, forgery.

Peggy Ann Anderson - identity theft, fraud use credit/debit card up to $500, forgery.

Amanda Bates - aggravated child abuse/neglect/endangerment (8 & under).

William Alexander Beasley - theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

William Alexander Beasley - assault-physical contact.

William Alexander Beasley - theft up to $500.

William Alexander Beasley - aggravated burglary, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000), vandalism up to $500.

William Alexander Beasley - aggravated burglary, theft of property ($500-$1,000).

William Alexander Beasley - aggravated burglary, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Nichole Marie Becker - possession without prescription uinlawful, schedule II drugs: mfg/del/sell/poss, simple possession/casual exchange.

Benjamin Allan Bolte - evading arrest.

James N. Carter - schedule II drugs: mfg/del/sell/poss.

Jeffery Clark - possession unlawful drug paraphernalia uses & activities, obtain drugs by fraud, theft of property ($500-$1,000).

Richard H. Fowler Jr. - theft of property ($500-$1,000).

Richard H. Fowler Jr. - aggravated burglary, theft of property ($500-$1,000).

James Luke Graves - child abuse/neglect/endangerment (8 yrs. or less), possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia uses & activities.

Wendy Lynette Greenamyer - domestic assault.

Samuel Brown Holland - schedule VI drugs, possession unlawful drug paraphernalia (felony), schedule II drugs: mfg/del/sell/poss.

Aaron Gene Hoskins - worthless checks up to $500.

Franklin Hughes - driving while license suspended, seat belt, obedience to any required traffic control device, financial responsibility law, schedule II drugs: mfg/del/sell/poss., possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia (felony).

Franklin Hughes - DUI, first offense, implied consent.

Tyler Shane Jenkins - aggravated burglary, theft of property ($500-$1,000).

Tyler Shane Jenkins - theft of property ($500-$1,000).

James Johnson - schedule II drugs: mfg/del/sell/poss., possession of unlaw drug paraphernalia (felony), seat belt, 18 and older.

Jerry D. Kernell - probation violation.

Jerry D. Kernell - robbery-attempt.

Lannie Christophe Kernell - robbery-attempt, driving while license suspended.

Jeffery W. King - robbery-attempt, vandalism ($1,000-$10,000), resist stop, arrest, search (no weapon), reckless endangerment-vehicle/felony, theft of property ($10,000-$60,000), DUI first offense, evading arrest/flight-vehicle, aggravated assault upon officer or any first responder.

Jessica Anne Leeper - aggravated cruelty to animals - first offense, cruelty to animals.

William Likens - aggravated burglary, theft of property ($10,000-$60,000).

Ewing David McMurtry - aggravated burglary, criminal trespass, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000), theft of property $1,000-$10,000), criminal trespass, theft up to $500, criminal trespass, vandalism (up to $500), burglary-other than habitation, theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Ewing David McMurtry - possession of a weapon to go armed.

Brandi Miller - child abuse/neglect/endangerment (8 yrs. or less), child abuse/neglect/endangerment.

Brandi Miller - aggravated burglary, theft up to $500, vandalism up to $500.

Shawn Michael Nance - theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Guadalupe Padilla-Marez - aggravated robbery.

Tonya Robinson - theft of property ($500-$1,000), theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Ruben Rolin - driving while license revoked-2nd or subsequent, display/possession cancel/revoked/suspended or altered driver license, habitual traffic offender/driving while restriction in effect, use of off-road vehicle on highway.

Phillip Russell - speeding, financial responsibility law.

Phillip Russell - driving while license suspended, registration expired.

Phillip Russell - driving while license suspended.

Butch Carter Sallee II - theft of property ($10,000-$60,000), theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Jason N. Scruggs - aggravated child abuse/neglect/endangerment (8 & under).

Chelsea Smith - simple possession/casual exchange-meth, possession unlawful drug paraphernalia uses & activities.

Chelsea Smith - theft of property ($1,000-$10,000).

Chelsea Smith - theft up to $500.

Chelsea Smith - contraband in penal facility.

Chelsea Smith - theft up to $500.

Chelsea Smith - schedule II drugs: mfg/del/sell/poss., simple possession/casual exchange, possession unlawful drug paraphernalia (felony), public intoxication.

Chelsea Smith - vehicle/street cars stop at all stop signs, simple possession/casual exchange-meth, possession unlawful drug paraphernalia uses & activities, simple possession/casual exchange.

Tony C. Smith - vandalism up to $500, aggravated burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, theft of property ($500-$1,000).

Tony C. Smith - theft of property ($500-$1,000), forgery, hindering secured creditor, theft up to $500, criminal impersonation.

Jay E. Smotherman - schedule II drugs: mfg/del/sell/poss., possession unlawful drug paraphernalia uses & activities.

Jimmy Wolfe - burglary-auto, theft up to $500.

Jimmy Wolfe - burglary-auto, theft up to $500, vandalism up to $500.


 
Don't Miss the 40th Annual Macon County Hillbilly Days, June 18-20! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Pictured above are this year’s Mr. Hillbilly, Bill Gordon, and Mrs. Hillbilly Angie Sullivan (Photo by: J. Williams)

Pack up the lawn chairs and bring the entire family out to the 40th Annual Macon County Hillbilly Days event sponsored by the Lafayette Lions on June 18, 19 and 20 at Key Park.

Beginning on Thursday, June 18th, an opening ceremony will be held at 6 p.m., followed up by the Itty Bitty Hillbilly Beauty Pageant at 6:30 and a cakewalk at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, the gospel concert will take place at 6 p.m. and the highly anticipated ‘All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry’ will be sure to draw a crowd. Cost for the fish fry, which includes catfish, slaw, fries, Mr. Ercie’s famous hushpuppies and a drink, will be $8 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under. 

Saturday will be jam-packed with exciting instrumental events for all ages kicking-off at 11 a.m. with a flat top guitar showdown, followed by mandolin, harmonica, banjo, Jr. Fiddle (all ages under 50), Sr. Fiddle (51 and up) and the 4th Annual Ped Scruggs Memorial Fiddle Challenge.

At 1 p.m., the Fried Pie Contest will be held at the back pavilion, followed by an the Billy & Joanna Roark Community Service Award and the Mr. & Mrs. Hillbilly contest which will be held around 2:45. This year’s Mr. Hillbilly is Bill Gordon and the 2015 Mrs. Hillbilly is Angie Sullivan. The two will battle it out to see which club raised the most money, with the loser receiving a pie to the face!

Singing and dance competitions will take begin at 3 p.m. with the Buck Dance competition (ages 15 and under), followed by the 16 and up Buck Dance performers at 3:15, male vocalist performances at 3:30 p.m. and female vocalist performances at 4:30 p.m.

First place winners in the music and dance competitions will win $150 in the Jr. Fiddle & Sr. Fiddle categories, $50 in the buck dance and harmonica categories and $100 for all other categories.

Second place winners will win $75 in the Jr. & Sr. Fiddle categories, $25 in the buck dance and harmonica categories and $50 in all other categories.

Third place winners will receive $35 in the Jr. & Sr. Fiddle categories, $15 in the buck dance and harmonica categories and $25 in all other categories.

The entry fee for each category is $5.

The Bluegrass Band Competition, better known as “The Big Show,” will end the 3-day event at 6 p.m. on Saturday, with the first place winner bringing home $700, the second place champ awarded $400 and the third place victor presented $200. A $30 entry fee is required to compete in the bluegrass competition and first and second place bands will perform for 30 minutes each after the competition is completed.

Those planning to compete in any of the competitions are to be registered at least one hour prior to the scheduled time of the category competing in. 

Judges for this year’s competitions will be Ken Collins, Lisa Gore and Jonah Beasley. Sound and equipment will be provided by James Arnett.

Other activities for guests to enjoy throughout the event will be a variety of arts and crafts booths, contests and plenty of games and rides for children. Around 100 vendors are also expected to set up at this years’s event.

Those who plan to attend are encouraged bring their lawn chairs and settle in for a day of Bluegrass music, entertainment, food and fun!

“Everyone looks forward to this event each year,” Gann remarked. “It’s a fun, family-friendly event, and it serves a great purpose. We hope to see everyone at this year’s Macon County Hillbilly Days…you won’t want to miss it!” 

 For general about this year’s Hillbilly Days event, contact Monica Gann at 666-5196 or B.J. Blankenship at 699-2495. For craft or booth information, contact B.J. Blankenship by phone or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 
Four Arrested in Large Meth Dealing Operation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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What local authorities believe to be the one of largest dealers of methamphetamine in Macon County was arrested last week along with others presumed to be involved in the operation.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons authorities had been looking for parole violator and local, known meth dealer Dewayne Perdue, who was believed to be in the company of 43-year-old Butch Sallee, when they caught a break last Thursday, May28.

“Detective Troy Griggs located the vehicle belonging to Butch Sallee - a gray, Chevy, dually -  at a fuel pump at Coley’s Market,” the sheriff stated. 

Sheriff Gammons, along with officer Brad Murphy and detective Shane Gregory, pulled up to Sallee’s vehicle and observed Perdue sitting in the passenger seat of the vehicle. 

“At that time, Mr. Perdue jumped in the driver’s seat and proceeded to drive off despite being told to stop,” sheriff Gammons remarked. “We started our pursuit of the vehicle and Mr. Perdue continued to evade our lights and sirens.”

The officers were able to pin the vehicle being driven by Perdue between their cars and the suspect was arrested along with another passenger in the vehicle - 28-year-old Nichole Becker. 

During the pursuit of the vehicle, deputies were sent to Coley’s Market where they arrested Sallee and 26-year-old Megan Rose, who were inside the market when Perdue attempted to escape police.

Inside the vehicle, officers discovered just under a pound of orange colored, ‘designer meth’, or ‘ice’, which is estimated to have a street value of $49,000. Two pistols were also found inside the vehicle along with $280 in cash, a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an assortment of pills.  

“We believe we’ve caught one of the largest meth dealers in Macon County,” said sheriff Gammons. “We believe that some of the suspects were dealers and some were transporters. I want to thank all of the officers involved. If anyone has any information regarding illegal drug activity in Macon County, please call us. Callers will remain anonymous.”

The charge(s) for each of the suspects involved in this case are as follows:

Butch Sallee: possession of a Schedule II drug, unlawful possession of a weapon, accessory after the fact, failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia 

Dewayne Perdue: evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of Schedule II drug, unlawful possession of a weapon, failure to appear, violation of parole

Nichole Becker: possession of a Schedule II drug, unlawful possession of a weapon

Megan Rose: simple possession

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

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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.

 
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