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Three Fires Last Week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tuesday night fire in RBS

Two fires last week in Red Boiling Springs apparently started around wood burning stoves and a smoke detector is what saved eleven people in a Lafayette fire.

With cold temperatures settling in for the winter season, people need to be extra careful about heating their homes. Lafayette Fire Chief Keith Scruggs and RBS Fire Chief Randy Hagan talked to the Macon County Chronicle last week about the fires and taking precautions, including the importance of having an operating smoke detector.

A call came in at 3:15 a.m. early Wednesday morning, November 19, that the home of Wickie Knight, in Lafayette, was on fire. The residence is located at 417 Wick Lane, off the Union Camp Road.

According to Chief Keith Scruggs, the basement home of Wickie Knight was fully involved upon the fire department’s arrival and there were 11 individuals that were using this as a dwelling. “There were five adults and six children at the residence,” said the Chief. “Fortunately there was a working smoke detector that woke Mr. Knight up and he diligently got everybody out of the 38x48 structure, that had only one exit, before it was totally consumed by the flames.”

Chief Scruggs says that some of his first arriving firefighters said the dwelling was on fire practically all over and it was a blessing that Mr. Knight heard the smoke detector and was able to get everyone to safety. “There is no doubt in my mind that a $10 smoke detector saved eleven lives that night.” 

There were several firemen that reported to the scene of the fire and they utilized Engine #2, Tanker #22, Tanker #29, and Truck #5.

“Unfortunately, at this time of the year with the holidays approaching, they got out with only the clothes on their backs,” Chief Scruggs sadly remarked. “They lost personal property that was in and around the dwelling, as well as some vehicles and other items that were destroyed by the fire.”

The Chief said that it’s really sad around the holiday season to be standing in the yard with everything you own laying in a pile of ashes. “ However, I think the community is stepping up and making donations. There are several avenues that you can contact to help out, including Macon Helps and Debbie Knight who runs a flea market in Coleytown, for example. We also contacted the American Red Cross, who came in and helped the family.”

“I have also been notified that you can donate clothes at various locations to help this family get through the holidays and hopefully get back to normal living before too long,” noted Scruggs.

“Of course, I want to remind everyone whether you have electric heat, wood stove heat, gas heat or whatever, you have to take precautions if you want to protect your family and your home from a devastating fire during the cold winter months,” he continued. “These are all different situations, but I don’t care what type of heat you have, you really need a smoke detector in your home. It bothers me to no end that someone would go to sleep in Macon County and not have a smoke detector.”

Scruggs stated that they have a limited supply of smoke detectors at the Lafayette Fire Department that were available thru a grant from the State of Tennessee. “If you don’t have a smoke detector in your home, or one that isn’t operating properly because it is old, give us a call here at the fire station, 666-2190 and we will be glad to help you out while the supply lasts. Please folks, if you don’t have a detector in your home, go and buy one and if you can’t afford it, just call us and we will get you one somehow.”

“I would also like to add, that according to Mr. Knight, some of the children had recently attended the Fire Prevention class taught at the local schools by Fire Protection Officer Don Stevens and had urged Wickie to change the batteries in the detector and he did. This small act saved their lives.”

Fire broke out on Monday, November 17, at the 314 Russel Road residence in Red Boiling Springs, after the homeowner had reported the pipes from a wood-burning stove were extremely red. “Upon arrival, we found flames inside the 800 square foot wood frame structure, in the attic area and coming through the roof around the chimney,” said Red Boiling Springs Fire Chief Randy Hagan. “After gaining access, the fire was extinguished, but the home sustained heavy damage estimated at $35,000.”

“Then on Tuesday night, November 18, we answered another fire call involving a wood burning stove, this time at the 1200 square foot wood frame home of Phyllis Copass, located at 994 North Springs Road in Red Boiling Springs,” said Chief Hagan. “When we arrived at the scene of the working structure fire, we discovered flames burning through the corner of the front wall of the residence, spreading into the other rooms and the attic area of the dwelling.”

The RBS firefighters attacked the blaze with two 1 1/2 lines, and soon extinguished the fire. “The fire apparently started behind a wood burning stove,” said Chief Hagan. “The home was destroyed with a estimated property value of $28,000.  

“I urge people to be extremely cautious with wood burning stoves,” said Chief Hagan, “and never under estimate just how hot the pipes can get inside your home. Once a fire ignites, flames will likely spread quickly to the attic area, which happened in these two fires last week. From there the flames usually burn through the roof surrounding the chimney.”
The Chief said that you need to constantly check your pipes from the stove to the flue and make sure the flue is cleaned out. When you build a fire don’t leave the stove unattended.

“Like Chief Scruggs said, every home needs a smoke detector, and if you are on a fixed income and can’t afford a detector, we have a few here at the Red Boiling Springs Fire Department that we can put in for free, if you will give us a call 699-2011.

 

 
Christmas on the Square: Dec. 13 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Horse and buggy rides along with train rides for kids and adults will be up and running at this year's event!

Mark your calendars for a day of family fun on December 13, 2014 at the highly anticipated holiday event  - Christmas on the Square!

Bring the family out to the Lafayette Public Square from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a variety of activities including train rides for both kids and adults, carriage rides provided by the Donoho Hotel, outhouse races, storytelling, children's art projects, face painting and music!

Several of your child’s favorite characters will also be available for photos including Mickey & Minnie, Frosty and the Gingerbread Man. 

As in years past, guests of Christmas on the Square are eligible to enter to win several cash giveaways that will be drawn throughout the day.

So come on out and celebrate the season with us at this year’s Christmas on the Square! We can’t wait to see you!

 
Drug Round-Up Last Week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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The 15th Judicial Drug Task Force in conjunction with the Lafayette Police Department and the Macon County Sheriffs Office launched “Operation Pill Box” in Macon County last Thursday, November 13, by rounding up individuals that have been indicted by the Grand Jury for various drug related charges.

Locally the round up involved the Lafayette Police Department, Macon County Sheriffs Office and the Red Boiling Springs Police Department. Also assisting were officers from the Trousdale County Sheriffs Office and the Smith County Sheriffs Office.

According to Lafayette Chief of Police Stacy Gann, there were approximately 65 indictments with the cases involving marijuana, methampetamine, morphine, and various prescription medications.

“The indictments were recently released,” said LPD Chief Gann, “and officers began rounding up the suspects who had been indicted last Thursday, November 13. Those charged were brought to the Lafayette Police Deparetment, which served as the operation headquarters, and information was gathered by the Drug Task Force, before they were tranported to the Macon County Justice Center for booking.”

Chief Gann said this investiation has been going on for 12 to 14 months and over half of the suspects had been picked up as of press time on Monday, November 17. “Warrants are still outstanding on some individuals and hopefully by the end of the month they will all be served. This is a continuing investigation.”

“This operation was successful because everyone worked well together,” added Gann, “and the various suspects were apprehended without incident as we strive to make Macon County a safer place to live and raise children. Anytime we can get drugs and the users off the streets it is a plus for our community.”
Gann said he is very proud of all the officers for their hard work and dedication to the war on drugs. “I appreciate the 15th Judicial Drug Task Forces’ hard work on this operation and I would like to thank Sheriff Mark Gammons & the Macon County Sheriffs Office, RBS Police, Trousdale County SO and Smith County SO for their cooperation. Hopefully we can continue to make cases and put these offenders where they belong.”

Suspects arrested so far include:

Leeann Marie Powell, 38, of Lloyd St. in Lafayette, was charged with simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is set at $2,500. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24

Andrea Lee Billings, 33, of Crestwood Dr. in Lafayette, was charged with forged prescription (2 counts), manufacture of narcotics, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond is set at $500. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Billy Vernon Bandy, 36, of 5559 Galen Rd. in Lafayette, was charged with manufacture of narcotics on Nov. 24. Bond is set at $5,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Brandon Lee Brawner, 31, of 71 Doublewide Lane in Lafayette, was charged with manufacture of narcotics on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $3,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Jacob Michael Newberry, 34, of 4266 RBS Rd. in Lafayette, was charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $10,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Christopher Wayne Stafford, 39, of 2215 Sycamore Valley Rd. in Lafayette, was charged with manufacture of narcotics on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $2,500. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Jennifer Lin Diamond, 42, of 603 Dycus Circle in Lafayette, was charged with manufacture of narcotics (2 counts) on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $2,500. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Mary Elizabeth Woodard, 62, of 1416 Old Hwy. 52 in Lafayette, was charged with manufacture of narcotics on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $10,250. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 19 and Nov. 24.

Tommy Daugherty, 43, of 159 DD Circle Rd. in Lafayette, was charged with manufacture of narcotics (2 counts) on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $7,500. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Dustin Gene Hix, 28, of 322 Heady Ridge Rd. in RBS,was charged with manufacture of narcotics on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $10,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Rita Turner, 51, of 375 McClaring Lane in RBS, was charged with manufacture of narcotics (3 counts) on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $2,500. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Roy Bowling, 43, of 610B Dycus Circle in Lafayette, was charged with promotion of meth manufacture, manufacture of narcotics and possession of firearm during violent felony on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $5,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Harold S. Johnson, 54, of 841 Springs St. in RBS, wsas charged with money laundering act of 1996, manufacture of narcotics, forged prescription and possession of a firearm during a violent felony on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $20,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Zachary Stone, 39, of 192 Jimtown Circle in Lafayette, was charged with counterfeit controlled substance on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $3,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Shannon Lynn Czapla, 42, of 606 Haley St. in Lafayette, was charged with forged prescription (2 counts) and manufacture of narcotics (2 counts) on Nov. 13. Bond is set for at $7,500. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Logan Spencer Adams, 23, of 1643 Carthage Rd. in RBS, was charged with manufacture of narcotics on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $10,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Linda Sue King, 45, of 118 Witcher Hollow Rd. in RBS, was charged with manufacture of narcotics on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $2,500. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Courtney Danylle Kendall, 19, of 162 Angela Lane in Westmoreland, was charged with promotion of meth manufacture on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $5,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Shelly King, 21, of 118 Witcher Hollow Rd. in RBS, was charged with manufacture of narcotics (2 counts) on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $2,500. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Brittany P. Bergdorff, 21, of 707 Maple St. Lane in Lafayette, was charged with manufacture of narcotics on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $2,500. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Glynn Paul Newberry, 72, of 7430 Old Hwy. 52 in Westmoreland, was charged with manufacture of narcotics on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $5,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Nathan Ray Jones, 40, of 390 Twins Lane in Lafayette, was charged with manufacture of narcotics on Nov. 13. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Howard Lee Mooneyhan, 50, 502 Birch St. in Lafayette, was charged with manufacture of narcotics (3 counts) and fraud; forged prescription on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $25,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Margaret June Graves, 47, of 605 Elm St. in Lafayette, was charged with manufacture of narcotics on Nov. 13. Bond is set at $2,500. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Earnest Eugene Evans, 38, of Lafayette, was charged with manufacturing of narcotics (2 counts) on Nov. 15. Bond is set at $2,500. Criminal Court date is set fof Nov. 24.

Thomas Stover, 64,of 584 Cold Springs Rd. in Lafayette, was charged with manufacture of narcotics (2 counts) on Nov. 14. Bond is set at $5,000. Criminal Court date is set for Nov. 24.

Kristi Stafford, 2215 Sycamore Valey Rd., Lafayette, Tn.

Christopher Stafford, 2215 Sycamore Valley Rd., Lafayette, Tn.

Shane Hostutler, 2071 Hilham Hwy., Livingston, Tn.

Ricky Carver, Tennplasco.

Jacob M. Newberry, 1730 Oak Grove Rd., RBS,Tn.

Jonathan Braswell, Wendell Lane, RBS,Tn.

Thomas Stover, Sycamore St., Lafayete, Tn.

Logan Arms, Apt. on School House Hill, RBS,Tn.

Billy Moss, Wendell Lane, RBS, Tn.

Teanya L. Davis, 715 Days Rd., Lafayette.

   

 
Moonlight Madness on the Square this Friday, Nov. 21 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Don’t miss out on oodles of holiday specials, deals and discounts during the Moonlight Madness on the Square event this Friday, November 21, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Your Lafayette merchants on the square are excited to offer these shopping specials for Moonlight Madness guests:

Johnson’s Jewelers: Enjoy 50% off all silver jewelry!

Tennessee Soapworks: Fall soap specials - 3 for $10!

Indigo Blues: Mens & Womens pants $4.97!

Macon Department Store: Mens Levis & Carhart pants 10% off!

Gibson’s Cafe: Open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.!

Inspirations: Enjoy 10% off all merchandise!

The Loft: Christmas Open House!! 20% off all Christmas decor! 40% off all Fall decor! Register for door prizes!

Cathy’s Flowers & Gifts: 20% off all merchandise!

Ruthie’s Deli & Eatery: Open all day until 6 p.m.! Serving Thanksgiving Dinner!

Linda’s Cakes & Catering: Special soup & Chili!

McClard’s Gifts: Moonlight Madness specials! Shop a variety of holiday gifts for everyone on your list and register for giveaway!

On the very same night as the Moonlight Madness on the Square event, a live nativity scene will also be brought to you by Cynthia McClard, owner of McClard’s Gifts. Set up next to the Lafayette Cinema, the live nativity scene will be available for viewing from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Christmas carolers will also be present and Linda McDonald will be reading Christmas stories. For more information on these events, please call McClard’s Gifts at 688-3613.



 
Honoring Our Veterans 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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For a great many years our soldiers have went off to war and never returned, but in the case of those who served our country and lived to tell about it, we express our heartfelt gratitude for our freedom that they fought for. I have always known we could rely on our brave soliders “who more than self their country loved”.

This year the Macon County Chronicle would like to honor all our veterans for their dedication to the United States of America, and we proudly extend a special tribute to these four former soldiers who served many decades ago. They are: Jessie Roland Kirby, 97; John L. Fitzwater, 94; Lloyd Driver, 93; and Lawrence Dyer, 97.
Although it sometimes seems like the needs of our country are beyond anyone’s reach, our courageous troops always step in and give it their all. 
These four gentlemen have shone brightly throughout the years, and we want to bring back the memories that they have justly earned.
Lloyd Driver, age 93, was drafted in 1942 as a soldier in the United States Army. After basic training in Texas, he was transferred to Camp McCoy in Wisconsin during the winter of 1942/43 getting ready to meet the Japanese in Alaska. But when that fell through he was shipped to northern Ireland and from there he was sent to train for D-Day. Eight months later he boarded a ship in Wales heading for Normandy, France.
Driver was a soldier in the 38th Infantry 2nd Division and he said when they neared Omaha Beach they could see the battle from their ship. “Although we were suppose to go in first, we didn’t have enough troops, so the 1st Division went in on June 6, 1944 and we went in on June 7th, D-Day Plus One, which I am sure saved my life,” Driver said.
Driver, who was wounded but later sent back in, also fought in the Battle of the Bulge. “By the grace of God my life was spared, and World War II ended on May 8, 1945. I returned home while so many others paid the ultimate price.”
Roland Kirby is 97 years old and he served in the United States Army entering on March 16, 1942 at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. After Kirby completed basic training he remained with the base quartermaster. They were responsible for the base motor pool and and supply warehouse. He was then transferred to Nichols Army General Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky for a tour as part of the Quartermaster Corps. Nichols General  was one of many Army hospitals that were receiving severly wounded troops from the battlefields in Europe.
Kirby’s duties were many as quartermasters issued clothing, allotted food, equipment, kept records, inventory supplies, etc. CPL Kirby was discharged in February of 1946 at Ft. Knox, Ky. 
John Fitzwater, age 94, served the United States during World War II in the Army/Air Force  33rd Troop Carrier Squadron. John went to radio school in Illinois after he was drafted and in September of 1942 he was transferred to the squadron in Florence, South Carolina. He was there for one month before they were sent overseas to Papua New Guinea, where he spent the next 30 months hauling supplies, dropping paratroopers, and carrying the wounded to the hospitals in Australia. “I would call ahead and tell them how many patients we had so they would have ambulances waiting when we landed,” said John. “There were many close calls, and several harrowing experiences, but there was a need for our services and unfortunately out of our 13 aircraft we lost seven to the Japanese, along with many fine soldiers. We never knew what perils lay ahead, but I was proud to serve our country with this group of brave soldiers who I knew would never let me down. It was worth every minute of it, to serve our great country.”
97-year-old Lawrence Delford Dyer, was drafted by the United States Army and he entered on May 15, 1941 at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. During basic training at Ft. Benning, Ga., Lawrence trained with the 6th Calvary Regiment “B Troop”, learning mounting and dismounting. He went to school for horse shoeing and he moved up in rank to corporal for 3 months and then to sergeant.
Lawrence stayed at Ft. Benning, and became an assistant instructor, where he graduated two classes. The students were for mule pack artillery and horse drawn field artillery. Later there were no more students so Lawrence was shipped out. He went to Camp Carson where he was taken to command general quarters by Major General Whatney. Dyer was to over see five acres of lawns  and to supervise 5 prisoners that were there. He was sent to Infantry Services School Commandment and was assigned to the property office. While there he was examined for overseas replacement.
Dyer went to Ft. Riley, then on California and he departed by ship to Brisbane, Australia, then to New Guinea. He was assigned to G Troop, 7th Calvary Divison, and he started out by working the supply detail, loading out for the Maines. Lawrence later went to the Manas Islands where he climbed poles or trees to set string communication. While in the islands  they were able to capture 4 big shore guns. Lawrence took bazooka training and went on LCI for two weeks. He fired 20mm aircraft firing gun towards the sleeve targets. Then they were the very first to land on the Philippines and Samara Islands. They cleared these islands and then went on to the Luzon Islands, but not before carrying a #300 radio, operated by a big battery, clipping a phone along to communicate. They would go along in a monsoon towards a boom dock with Japanese shooting all around from all sides. They had a captain who would stay in the background and call out to know what was going on. When the Japanese threw a knee mortar shell among them it burst Lawrence’s right eardrum  and nearly deafened that side.
Lawrence said they took many shots and pills to keep from getting sickness and he finally headed back to the US and he was discharged on September 29, 1945 at Ft. McPherson,Ga.
 The Macon County Chronicle is proud to honor our former soldiers on Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2014. “Thanks for everything, you are all heroes!”
 
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