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Macy Kemp Crowned Fairest of the Fair! PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Macy Paige Kemp was crowned the 2015 Fairest of Fair on Saturday, August 1. From Left to Right: 2014 Fairest of the Fair Morgan Jade Wix, this year’s pageant host and 2015 Fairest of the Fair Pageant winner Macy Paige Kemp. Congratulations Macy!

Here Comes the Fair! August 2-9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 28, 2015


In just a few short days the Macon County Fairgrounds will come to life once again with the flashing, neon lights of the midway, the whiz of rides blaring past, and the heavenly scent of funnel cake, fried Oreos and anything-on-a-stick for the 33rd annual Macon County Fair, August 3-8.

Continuing to honor the Macon County Fair tradition of offering a variety of contests, pageants, exhibits and shows, this year’s schedule is jam-packed with entertainment appealing to the entire family and some new and exciting events for fair-goers.

This year even more cash will given away each night of the fair - totaling over $11,000 for the week!  Also new to the Macon County Fair this year will a hog show, hay bale decorating contest, and a ATV/UTV pull.

Kicking off the pre-fair schedule of events is the Lego Building Contest on Saturday, August 1, at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Macon County Fairest of the Fair Pageant at 6 p.m. and the highly anticipated Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Admission to the Derby is $5 and the contestant registration fee is $30. The first of many cash giveaways will take place Saturday at 9:30 p.m, when $1,600 will be given away.

On Sunday, August 2, a car show will be held from 2-5 p.m. The car show will include rat rods, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and cars. Those interested in entering a vehicle, can register at 1 p.m. 

Along with the opening of rides, a long list of other events are also scheduled to take place on Monday, with fair exhibits being judged at 8 a.m. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by the sheep show and Macon County Fair Sweetheart pageant at 6 p.m., the Macon County Fair Princess pageant and ATV Rodeo at 7 p.m., and $1,500 in cash giveaways at 9:30 p.m. Carnival armbands can be purchased Monday for $16.

Tuesday’s events will begin at 6 p.m., and include the Pedal Pull, Goat Show and Mule Show at 6 p.m. and the Mrs. Macon County Pageant and battery powered vehicles event at 7 p.m. The Mrs. Senior Macon County Pageant will immediately follow the Mrs. Macon Pageant. Another $1,500 will also be given away around 9:30 p.m. On Tuesday, carnival armbands can also be purchased for $16 and all students, K-12, will be admitted free of charge.

On Wednesday, fair guests will be invited to attend the Little Miss Macon County Fair Pageant, and the Young Cattleman’s Show all at 6 p.m., the Commercial Beef Heifer Show at 6:15 p.m. and the Macon County Fair Beef Show at 6:30 p.m. The Bullwhip Rodeo will take place at 7 p.m. A total of $1,500 in cash giveaways are scheduled for Wednesday night. Wednesday is also ‘Church Night Armband Special’ night, costing $15 from 5 p.m. to closing. 

Thursday events include Senior Citizens Day lunch and Bingo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a puppet show in the Martha Wilburn Building state at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., the Baby Show at 5:30 p.m., and the Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. The new ATV/UTV Pull will immediately follow the antique tractor pull. On Thursday, all Macon County Veterans will be admitted free and carnival armbands can be purchased for $18 per person. Another $1,500 in cash giveaways are scheduled for Thursday night.

Two popular events, the Tractor Pull and Talent Show, will take place on Friday night. The tractor pull will be held at 7 p.m and the talent show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Carnival armbands will cost $18 and $1,500 in cash giveaways will take place around 10 p.m.

The 4-H Poultry Show & Sale will kick-off Saturday’s events at 9 a.m. The Marble Tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. and a Youth Pet Show will follow at 2 p.m. A cornhole tournament is slated for 5 p.m. Test out your skills on the grill at the Backyard Cook-Off, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 33rd annual Truck Pull, sponsored by KTPA Pulling Series, will be held at 7 p.m. Admission to the Truck Pull will cost $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. The entry fee for contestants will be $20. A live country music concert and dancing will close out the 2015 fair events at 7:30 p.m. at the Martha Wilburn Building. Carnival armbands can be purchased on Saturday for $18. Cash giveaways totaling $2,000 will take place Saturday night.

Commercial and educational exhibits and the Women’s Building will be open for viewing each day, August 3-8, from 5-10 p.m. 

During fair hours the Farm Toy Show and Decorated Hay Bales will be on display and be sure to stop by the Little Red School House, where different Macon County schools and school organizations will be featured each day. 

The theme for this year’s fair is ‘Ready, Set, Grow!’ and will be portrayed throughout the week in the themes of various booths set up in the Sally Wells Building.

Fair exhibits will include submissions in the following adult categories: canning, clothing, creative table setting, field crops, fine art, floral, gardening, home cookery, needlework & crafts and photography. Youth exhibits will include sewing, needlework, canning, project/club exhibits, arts and crafts, posters, home cookery, floral, photography, creative table setting and gardening. 

A food drive will be held from August 1 - 8 at the Martha Wilburn Building. Donations from the food drive will benefit the Macon Helps food bank. The food drive is sponsored by the Macon County Fairest of the Fair Pageant Committee, 

To enter for your chance to win the nightly cash giveaways, sign the tickets given to you at the gate, and put them in the orange buckets located around the fairgrounds, Monday night – Sunday night.

With such a wide variety of events, games, rides and foods, the Macon County Fair is sure to satisfy your family’s need for fun and excitement. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make some memories of your own this year!

 Exhibit entry information: All youth exhibits/entries can begin set-up at 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, August 1. All adult, farm toy displays, decorated hay bales and field crop entries are to be set-up between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 2. Exhibit pick-up of all entries is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 9.

June Spears: 2015 Tennessee AE Teacher of the Year Hope Award Winner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Pictured left to right: Jason Beard, Administrator of Adult Education; Burns Phillips, Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Glenda Vanderveer, Assistant Administrator of Adult Education; June Spears, 2015 Adult Education Teacher of the Year Hope Award Winner; Dee Johnson, Supervisor of VSCC Adult Education-Sumner/Macon Counties.

Mrs. June Spears recently received the 2015 Tennessee Adult Education Teacher of the Year Hope Award at a conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This is a new state level award that was started this year for the Adult Education department. It began this spring when each supervisor submitted a teacher in their division for ‘teacher of the month’. June Spears was one of the twelve Adult Education instructors receiving this monthly honor in recognition of having met the highest standards of excellence in Tennessee Adult Education, and from this group she was picked as the Teacher of the Year.

“We had our conference in Chattanooga last week and I was presented with the award, along with $2,000,” June said. “I am going to take some of that money and start a scholarship program  for my adult education students, which we have never had before in Macon County.”

June Spears has been working as an Adult Education instructor for 11 years, full and part time. She had always wanted to be a teacher and when she was 37-years-old she enrolled in college. By 1999 she had begun her career with the Macon County School System. June was the Drug Free Coordinator & Coordinating School Health Education for many years.

The following article was written about June:

Ms. June, as she is called by her students, is a motivator, caring teacher and champion for all students. Her ability to inspire her students is unmatched. She helps her students believe in themselves when the odds are against them. The students declare their appreciation for Ms. June by volunteering stories about how wonderful she is to them and how they could not accomplish their goals without her help. She becomes their voice when they feel they don’t have one.

She asked community members, local business owners and the Macon County Commissioners to donate money to help students with their test fees. She was very successful! One business donated $250.00 and the commissioners donated $2,500 to help students become graduates.

Her friendly and pleasant personality has endeared her to her students and the entire community. She has a positive, caring attitude that shines in all she does. 

“It is wonderful to be here in Macon County and see things happen that will better other people lives,” said June. “For some reason, when people come to my Adult Education program, they had to drop out of school and when they receive their diplomas it is worth every minute of hard work to see the smiles on their faces.”

 June added, “Adult Education is very rewarding and when people come in, I like to say Welcome to Adult Education, where dreams do come true.”

Chevy Rolls, Woman Flown To Vandy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, July 22, 2015


A 36-year-old local woman was behind the wheel of a silver Trailblazer on Boyd Road when she lost control of the vehicle and it rolled multiple times, resulting in her being flown to Nashville by air ambulance, for medical treatment.

The wreck happened a little after 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning, July 17, around the 400 block of Boyd Road, which is between Tanyard Road and Union Camp, in Macon County.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol wreck investigator Trooper Cody Ballard, Kristy Stacey, of Lafayette, was driving a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer west on Boyd Road, when she lost control and struck an embankment, causing the Chevy to roll multiple times. The vehicle came to final rest on the north side.

Rescue was called to the scene to get Ms. Stacey out of her vehicle. She was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment of her injuries.

“This is an on-going investigation,” stated Trooper Ballard.  

Vanderbilt spokesperson, Ashley Culver, reported on Monday morning, July 20, that Ms. Stacey was still in Vanderbilt Hospital and she is listed in stable condition.

 Responders included the Macon County Sheriffs Office, THP, Macon County EMS, Rescue, and the Macon County Chronicle.

Lafayette Landing Now Under Construction PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mayor Richard Driver is pictured with BACAR Superintendent Mike Goff at the Lafayette Landing building site. (Photo by D. Gregory)

The new government funded, high end affordable living apartment complex, Lafayette Landing, is now under construction by Nashville’s BACAR Constructors, according to City Mayor Richard Driver. The Fortus Group is the developer.

Located along Highway 52 By Pass West near the intersection of Ellington Drive and Highway 52 By Pass West, the complex consists of 60 affordable units, with three apartment buildings and a clubhouse. “The upscale apartment buildings are all three story and two of the buildings will be 24 units and then one will be 12 units,” said BACAR Site Superintendent Mike Goff, from Nashville. “We started in May and everything has gone very well so far with the projected completion date the end of January, first of February in 2016.”
There will be a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments along with several handicapped units in order to serve a wide range of family types. “The units will have central heat and air, dishwashers, and sheet rock walls,” said Mike Goff. “The floor covering will be carpet and vinyl in the wet areas and there is some ceramic tiles in the bathrooms.”
“The community clubhouse will feature an on-site property management office, a community room with kitchenette, and a fitness room,” said Goff. “The exterior is brick and siding that is similar to the apartments going into Gallatin, and the roof is a 30-year weather wood with dimensional type shingles.”
Goff says BACAR will do all the landscaping with trees down the main corridor. “This also includes the complex area paving and the tree-lined drive way entrance will be paved all the way to the Verizon parking lot with a sidewalk.”
“All the buildings are equipped with sprinkler systems,” noted Mike, “and all units are individually addressed, and if you have a fire in a particular apartment, they will know exactly which unit it is.”
Mayor Driver said, “The sprinkler system is a good safety feature and the Lafayette Fire Department will be more than capable of handling any problems at Lafayette Landing.”
“The City is really excited about having this nice apartment complex,” said Mayor Driver. “They are not only nice inside but the exterior is beautiful. This is how I would like to see all the apartments built here in the future, high end living with affordable rent.”
“Everyone has been very cooperative and it is a pleasure working with everybody up here,” said Goff. “I see no complications in keeping our schedule and I would say that they will begin taking applications for anyone interested in renting an apartment no later than November.”
Mike said that The Fortus Group, who owns the complex, does a really good job such as upkeep and managing.
“Lafayette Landing is something we have been needing here,” said Mayor Driver. “This high quality, modern housing will be a good place to live and a nice addition to Lafayette.”
“If everything goes well, we have room to expand,” concluded Mike Goff.
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