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Local Woman Dies in Car Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, September 15, 2015


A 68-year-old Lafayette woman died in a car wreck on Sunday afternoon, September 13.

The one-vehicle roll over occurred on Sycamore Valley Road shortly before 2:00 p.m., according to official wreck investigator Trooper Cody Ballard, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The victim was Rita Tuck, of Sullivan Drive, who was traveling with three junvenile passengers in a silver 2005 Toyota. “The juveniles were cleared on the scene,” said Trooper Ballard.
“Ms. Tuck was traveling north on Sycamore Valley Road, when she ran off the east bound side, struck a tree and overturned,” Trooper Ballard stated. “She was unresponsive at the scene and was later pronounced deceased.”
Trooper Ballard says that the three juveniles were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident but the driver wasn’t. 
Assisting Ballard at the wreck site was THP Sgt. Ashley Mercer and members of the Macon County Sheriffs Office.
Those responding to the scene besides the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Sheriffs Office were the Macon County EMS, Macon County Rescue Squad and the Lafayette Fire Department. 
Funeral services for Rita Tuck will be conducted from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home on Friday, September 18, at 1:00 p.m. with Elder G.W. Knight officiating. Interment will follow in the Haysville Cemetery.
Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. and on Friday, 9 a.m. until service time at 1 p.m. 
'Dress Code Changes' Petition Signed by 300 MCHS Students PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Macon County High School senior Shawnee Fox attended last week’s Macon County Board of Education meeting where she represented herself and at least 299 other MCHS students who are not happy with the current 6-12 dress code.  

Fox presented a petition with 300 signatures of students who are dissatisfied with some of the current policies and a list of student recommended changes. 

“We are not happy as a student body with the dress code as it is now,” Fox told board members. “We do appreciate what you have changed from last year.”

Changes students would like the board to consider for next year are:

  • Shorts may be worn, as long as they are finger tip length while standing or an inch above the knee while standing. 
  • Skirts, dresses and jumpers may be an inch above the knee while standing.
  • Holes may be worn in jeans as long as they are at the knee or below. No higher than the knee itself.
  • Leggings may be worn as long as the shirt, sweater, etc., comes an inch above the knee.
  • See-through shirts may be worn only with the proper undergarments (tank tops), no sports bras.

 “I think, some of this, we do need to take under advisement,” said board member Steve Walton. “Maybe the shorts thing and the leggings thing has been a concern. A lot of people are wearing them and as long as you’re wearing them with the proper shirt down to your knee I don’t see a problem with it. There may have been an issue where people weren’t doing that. I think these are all good points and we should bring this up in a work session to review this policy.”

Board members will meet in a work session on Thursday, September 24, to discuss the dress code among other topics. 

 In other business:

       • The board agenda was approved as presented. 

  • The consent agenda (minutes of previous meeting, trip requests and leave requests) was approved.
  • Director of Schools Tony Boles addressed the bomb threat made at Lafayette Elementary School earlier this month saying, “I would like to publicly acknowledge principal and staff at Lafayette Elementary School and Central Elementary School (where LES students were evacuated to) for going above and beyond the call of duty.” 
  • The bid was approved for school activity funds audits for the 15-16 SY. The bid was submitted by John R. Poole. 
  • A bid was approved on roll call by the board for the Red Boiling Springs High School Baseball building. The winning bid was submitted by Walt’s Building. The payment schedule for the baseball program to pay for half of the building was also approved.
  • Board members voted to table discussion on paving the parking lot and running track at Macon County High School due to extremely high bids. The cost of paving the parking lot would be around $138,000 and the cost of the running track would be an additional $60,000. While board members did note that both projects were necessary, they agreed that it should be budgeted for next year so not to deplete this year’s funds. 
  • A new board chairman and vice chairman were elected for the upcoming school year. The new chairman will be Rebekah Tuttle and Wayne Marsh will serve as vice chairman effective September 16.
  • Board members approved the executive decision recently made by Director Boles and Board of Education Chairman Jeff Harper to purchase a bus engine for Bus #12. According to Boles, the emergency situation called for he and Harper to make an executive decision to spend the money. The board agreed.
  • The following policies were revised on first reading: Policy 2.800 - Expenditure of Funds, Policy 2.805 - Purchasing, Policy 4.602 - GPA and Class Ranking (clarification of the current policy), Policy 5.3021 Sick Leave Bank and Policy 6.317 - Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority.
  • The following policies were adopted on first reading: Policy 3.218 - Service Animals in District Facilities, Policy 5.118 - Background Investigation
  • Board members approved the Tennessee Risk Management Trust (TNRMT) Intergovernmental agreement. 
  • The next regular board meeting is scheduled for October 1, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the central office (change is due to fall break). 
Annual Antique Car Show at the Thomas House Hotel this Saturday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

altThe 59th Annual Middle Tennessee Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America (Mid-TN AACA) Fall Meet Antique Car Show will be held this Saturday, September 12, at the historic Thomas House Hotel in Red Boiling Springs - the perfect setting for a trip down memory lane with its antique treasures, timeless character and community history.  

With over 400 cars and 100 vendors participating in years passed, this antique car show is Tennessee ’s oldest show and one of the largest in the state. 

 The show offers 48 classes for entry, with the top three in each class awarded trophies. Special awards will also be given out for ‘Best Original,’ ‘Best Modified,’ ‘Mayor’s Choice,’ ‘Mrs. Cole’s Choice,’ ‘Longest Distance,’ and ‘Hard Luck Award.’ 

Registration will take place on Friday between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and from 7 a.m. until noon on Saturday. The cost to register a vehicle is $15 for the first class entry and $10 for each additional entry. Cars for sale and display can register for $15.

Judging will take place as each car arrives and an awards presentation will be held at 3 p.m.

Aside from the rows and rows of antique cars, guests will also be treated to a large on-site flea market Friday, September 11, and Saturday, September 12, full of collectibles, auto-related items, vintage items and must-have treasures. 

After shopping and viewing hundreds of antique vehicles, guests are guaranteed to work up an appetite and an all-you-can-eat buffet will be offered from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday inside the Thomas House Hotel along with the convenience of hotdogs, hamburgers chips and drinks outside from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“We look forward to hosting this show every year,” said Thomas House owner Cherry Cole. “Not only do we love to see all of the antique cars and familiar faces, but we really enjoy seeing everyone having a great time sharing their memories. This event really brings everyone in the community together and for a couple of days, we all get to relive the good ole’ days.” 

Red Boiling Springs has been the home of the Mid-TN Region AACA Fall Meet for over 50 years. 

 For more information on the 58th Annual Antique Car Show contact Mid-TN AACA members Glenn Edwards at (615) 444-7315 or Marc Humes at (615) 449-4901.

Sheriff's Office Seizes Over 17.5 Ounces of Meth PDF Print E-mail
Written by Mark Darnell   
Tuesday, September 8, 2015

altThe Macon County Sheriff’s Office seized a large quantity of methamphetamine in a search on Wednesday, September 2nd. All totaled they believe that the substance seized would be over 17.5 ounces of finished product.

After gathering information over a period of time, Sheriff Mark Gammons, various members of his department, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol executed a search warrant at a residence in Western Macon County. Because of the information collected they believed that methamphetamines were being manufactured or sold at that location. Upon execution of the search officers found various drug paraphernalia, a large quantity of what was believed to be methamphetamines, and an undisclosed amount of cash. 

According to MCSO Chief Deputy Byron Satterfield, following the search the approximate 17.5 grams of the substance believed to be methamphetamine was sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for positive identification and analysis. Following the search, two arrests were made in conjunction with the search at that location.

Satterfield indicated that this was a large amount of finished product, which was taken out of circulation of our local community. 

Bomb Threat at Lafayette Elementary PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Tennessee Highway Patrol secured all traffic to and from LES following the report of a bomb threat.

Lafayette Elementary School was one of five mid-state schools evacuated due to a bomb threat on Monday, August 31.

The four other schools confirmed to receive such threats were Howard Elementary School in Gallatin, Brentwood High School, Holloway High School in Murfreesboro and Elzie D. Patton Elementary School in Mt. Juliet. 

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons a call came into Lafayette Elementary School around lunchtime.

“The school secretary answered the phone and was told a bomb would be going off at the school,” the sheriff stated. “We believe the call was automated or computerized.”

Lafayette Elementary School students were immediately led out of the school to the football field and then evacuated to Central Elementary School while local authorities investigated the threat.

“I have to praise the school, teachers and administration,” said the sheriff. “We arrived within minutes of the threat, and all of the kids were already in place on the football field.”

Sheriff Gammons confirmed that two bomb dogs, belonging to the Lebanon Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Dept., were called to the scene, but found nothing.

Also responding to assist the sheriff’s department were the Lafayette Police Dept., the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Homeland Security.

“Due to the fact that there were several other schools across the state that received the same type of threat, the case will be handed over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security,” Sheriff Gammons remarked. “Of course we will assist them in any way we can.”

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