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MCHS Band Instruments Destroyed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Band members with instruments from Jupiter.

The Macon County High School Marching Tiger Band performed their half time show at the football game last Friday night despite an accident earlier in the week that destroyed 24 instruments.

The MCHS football season opener wouldn’t have been the same without the marching band, which is an important part of Tiger Pride. Thanks to the outpouring of concern, the show went on and it was described as a great performance.

According to Band Director Joey Wilburn, earlier in the week a band member was getting water for the rehearsal when he backed over the woodwinds. “He’s a great kid but unfortunately the woodwind players had lined up their instruments in the blind spot behind his truck last Tuesday afternoon. He put the truck in reverse and backed over the 24 instruments.”

 “One of the biggest things of all was the students support of the individual involved in this accident,” said Director Wilburn.  

“The first school that reached out to let us borrow instruments was Westmoreland High School and then Smith County also contacted us,” continued Joey, “which I thought was really cool since the Tigers were playing the Owls in the first football game of the season.”
Joey then got in contact with Rick DeJonge, who is a representative of Jupiter Band Instruments, and  after looking in the warehouse they were able to find all the needed instruments except for one saxophone. “These instruments are on loan until at least the end of the marching season,” said the band director, “and then as long as a student needs it until we can get them a replacement.”

“It looked like Christmas in the band room when the Jupiter instruments arrived,” laughed Joey. “We got to open some of the instruments that had never even been taken out of the box.”

Joey says at the end of the day, he wants every student with a destroyed instrument to have a repacement instrument of their own. “We want them to have an equal or even better quality instrument.”

“The outpouring of concern has been unbelievable,” said Wilburn, “and I want to thank everyone involved especially Westmoreland High School and Smith County High School. Westmoreland let us borrow 14 instruments until Jupiter got here and we certainly appreciated it.”

The band director said, “if anything this accident has brought us closer. Even the school support was great. It was really awesome that the band got the spirit stick at the community pep rally on Thursday night on the public square.”

Director Wilburn said he would also like to thank the parents for being so supportive and understanding. “And I want to especially thank Jupiter Band Instruments for coming to the table to help,” said Wilburn. “This company believes that music is an essential part of everyone’s life and they were happy to be a part of this effort.”

Emergency Services Digital Radio System Being Installed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

EMA Director Keith Scruggs & County Mayor Steve Jones

Last Friday morning, August 21, I met with Macon County Mayor Steve Jones and EMA Director Keith Scruggs to discuss the Emergency Services Digital Radio System being installed, which is the last project of the $3,058,970 disaster recovery grant we received following the 2008 tornado and 2010 flood.

“We were awarded this $3,058,970 disaster grant after we became eligibile following the 2008 tornado and the 2010 flood,” said Mayor Jones, who was the 911 Director at the time of both disasters. “There were 18 counties altogether that were eligible and Macon County applied with needs for the emergency services, which were acceptable under the grant.”

“We laid out alot of things the Macon County emergency agencies could use and it was accepted,” continued Mayor Jones. “During the disaster time, all rescue squads weren’t able to get around and they had to use private 4 wheelers and now every squad has an ATV and a trailer to carry it on. The Lafayette Fire Department received a new 3,000 gallon tanker truck and we now have swift water equipment and several men have received training. We put 14 emergency warning sirens around the county, for outdoor tornadoes, West Macon Rescue Squad got a new rescue truck, and the staging area and morgue was built behind the Justice Center. Then we built three 280 foot communication towers last year, and this is where the new emergency services digitial radio system in being installed. This equipment bid out for $450,000 and this will finish up the balance of the recovery grant.”

Mayor Jones said every emergency agency, all fire departments, the ambulance service, sheriffs department, both police departments and the rescue squads all will have new radio recruiters. “This new digital radio system will give all departments much more range and good crisp, clear communications,” said Mayor Jones.

EMA Director Keith Scruggs added, “We never expected anything that catastrophic to happen in Macon County. Over the years we had flooding and severe thunderstorms, but the night of February 5, 2008, changed our lives forever. Not only the residences and the community, but the emergency services had to take a look to see what we could do to adjust and be more prepared for these major events. There has been 7.2 million dollars in grant money all together poured into Macon County for emergency services alone since the tornado and the flood.”

Director Scruggs said at that time County Mayor Jones was the 911 Director and he spent tireless hours trying to think on this end what we could do to enhance our communications in Macon County. “One of the things that we’ve done is spent $450,000 just on radio eqiupment alone that is being installed as we speak, which will provide much clearer communications and better range.”

“We now have swift water rescue equipment, a new ladder truck, and a tanker,” continued Director Scruggs, “and we’ve put 14 emergency sirens around the county, we spent half a million dollars on the staging area/morgue and we also have a new 911 building and a room that can be used as a command center should the need arise. I feel like we have done alot more in Macon County, than in the bigger counties, to be prepared for these kind of events.”

 “We are continuing to build on our abililty to handle these catastrophic events and if Mother Nature wrecks havoc on us again, we will be ready for her. Preparation is the key to anything. Having the equipment is the first step in being prepared and these grants have allowed us to get it.”  

Man Arrested in Girlfriend's Gruesome Murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Edward Walsh

A press release sent in to the Chronicle last week by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation stated that 55-year-old Edward Walsh, of the Hilham community in Clay County, was arrested for the gruesome murder of a woman and accused of burying her dismembered remains in a shallow grave.

The work to identify the woman’s remains was ongoing at the time of this release, however,  the victim has since been identified as 38-year-old Melisha Mosier, also known as Melisha K. Ludick, - Walsh’s girlfriend who had been reported missing about a month before her body was discovered. 

According to authorities, after receiving the suspect’s consent, deputies searched his property, located on Logan Spears Road in Clay County, which led to the disturbing discovery of Mosier’s dismembered body.

Because of the nature of the crime, agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were called in by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office to help investigate.

Authorities arrested Walsh on Wednesday, August 12, and charged him with one count of Second Degree Murder. 

According to a statement released by the office of District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, it’s anticipated that more charges will follow.

At the time of the press release, he was being held in the Clay County Jail. 

 The investigation into Melisha’s death is ongoing.

Macon Bank & Trust to Host 'Banking for a Cure Car & Bike Show' Aug. 29 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, August 18, 2015


On Saturday, August 29, bring the family out to Macon Bank & Trust for the annual Banking for a Cure Car & Bike Show from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The bank’s main branch, located at 609 Red Boiling Springs Rd. in Lafayette, will host the event with proceeds to benefit Relay for Life and Sherry’s Run. 

The car and bike show will include hot rod cars, trucks and motorcycles. 

Vehicle registration will be held from noon until 1 p.m. and wards will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Food, music and kid activities will also be on site. 

According to Macon Bank & Trust Assistant Vice President Johnathan West, last year’s show included over 100 entries.

“We look forward to another great event this year! There were approximately 100 Car/Bike entries last year and many activities for the children,” he remarked. “A good time was had by all and several dollars were raised for Sherry’s Run and Relay for Life.”

For more information visit the Macon Bank & Trust website at or call (615) 666-2121.

Liquor Stores to Appear on RBS Ballot in 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Red Boiling Springs voters will decide if package stores can open shop within the city limits when the topic appears on ballots in the November 8, 2016 City of RBS election.

According to Macon County Administrator of Elections Barry Doss, the required petition has already been submitted to the election commission. 

“The law requires signatures from ten percent of the number of people that voted in the last Governor’s election,” Doss stated. “In the last Governor’s election (November 2014) 146 Red Boiling Springs voters participated, so only ten percent of that amount, or 15 names, is required for the petition to be in order.”

The petition for an item to appear on the ballot is required to be submitted 70 days prior to an election. 

Red Boiling Springs City Council members voted to start the process required to allow package stores in the City to be put on the ballot during their June 11, 2015 meeting. If passed, liquor stores will be allowed to conduct business within the city limits and the city will regulate them. The approval of package stores does not include liquor by the drink sales at restaurants or other business establishments. 

Doss said that he is not aware of package stores ever appearing on the ballot in Red Boiling Springs.

The City of Red Boiling Springs November 8, 2016 election will also elect three city council members and a mayor. 

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