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Jerry Greenway Dies in Crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Jerry Greenway, of Lafayette, died in a one car crash on Friday morning, April 4, on the Union Camp Road. In the 1980’s Jerry worked for the late Charlie Gregory at the Gregory owned newspaper, first as a reporter and later as the editor. When Charlie died in 1990, Jerry stayed on with the paper until the remaining members of the Gregory family sold it a couple of years later.

Jerry also worked alongside Jim Durham at the Gregory paper. Greenway was 65 at the time of his death.

Greenway was also an excellent carpenter, working for several families and businesses in the area throughout the years.

THP Trooper Justin Mote, crash investigator, said that Greenway was traveling west on Union Camp Road in a white 1997 Cadillac and he failed to maintain his proper lane of travel. “He crossed into the east bound lane, entered a ditch line and struck a tree coming to final rest,” said Trooper Mote. “Greenway wasn’t wearing a seat belt.”

Medical examiner Steve Jones pronounced Greenway dead at the scene. The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m.

Jerry is survived by his step-mother, Dorothy Greenway of Lufkin, Tn.; wife Sally Greenway of Lafayette, Tn.; daughter, Ellie Greenway (Kevin Swiger) of Clarksville, daughter Coree (Paul) Entwistle of Red Boiling Springs, and grandchildren, Lulah and Levon Entwistle.

There will be a gathering to celebrate Jerry’s life on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. at his home on Boyd Road.

 

 
City to Revise Roadblock Policy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Members of the Lafayette City Council met in regular session last Tuesday evening, April 1, voting to put a stop to all roadblock fundraisers until a new ordinance is written that addresses safety concerns.

Council members also voted to adopt Ordinance 665 on first reading. The ordinance cuts the number of people at each roadblock from eight to four and eliminates the intersection of Red Boiling Springs Rd. and Hwy 52 By Pass as a usable roadblock fundraiser intersection.

The ordinance was recommended by the police committee and was also approved by MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service).

While City of Lafayette Chief of Police Stacy Gann stated that he has had safety concerns in the past, the recent injury of a person participating in a roadblock fundraiser calls for the City’s immediate action.

“We had an accident occur on March 15 and there’s some safety concerns I brought to the Mayor’s attention,” Chief Gann told the council. “There’s just too many people, and too much traffic. It’s dangerous, and we need to set some different rules and regulations.”

Chief Gann stated that he would like to eliminate roadblocks on Highway 52 all together, due to the heavy traffic.  

“Our main concern is public safety,” said City Mayor Richard Driver. “We had a person get hurt and we don’t want that to happen again. I know I’ve had complaints about these roadblocks for awhile and probably other council members have too.”

The police department will also update its requirements for obtaining a roadblock fundraiser permit.

The list of guidelines and safety precautions which would have to be followed by all roadblock participants is pictured with this article, along with the ‘Hold Harmless Agreement,’ which discharges the City from any liability from damage or injury that may occur during a roadblock.

A special called meeting has been set for Tuesday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the new ordinance.

Several topics were also discussed concerning the Lafayette Winding Stairs Recreation Park.

  1. Mayor Driver and councilmember Pam Cothron announced that a non-profit organization called ‘Friends of Winding Stairs’ will be established for concerned citizens who wish to help support the park.
  2. The City is currently looking for volunteers willing to sign-up to volunteer a few hours of work at the park within the next 12 months. Volunteers will be needed beginning in July. To sign up to be a volunteer contact council member Roger Russell.
  3. Authorization was granted for Mayor Driver to complete the survey for an equal amount of land, have the deed drawn up and signed, and accept the deed from the other party in the Land Swap Agreement for the Winding Stairs property. The City agrees to pay all transaction fees. Voting against the motion to grant authorization was councilmember Tom Roberts.
  4. The council voted to give Mayor Driver authorization to advertise and accept bids for harvesting the trees (for logs) located 500 feet along the west side of the trail going into Lot 14, and allow the Mayor to accept the high bidder on the trees. This area of the trail is currently impassable.
  5. Authorization was granted to the Mayor to have City employees install a permanent culvert south of the gate on Lot 13 in accordance with Mid-Tenn Engineering’s drawings. The materials will be purchased on state bid using industrial funds. Voting against the motion to grant authorization was councilmember Jerry Wilmore. 

In other business:

  • Council members voted to approve the minutes from the March 4, 2014 council meeting.
  • The council voted 5-1 to approve low bidder Erin Roberts for janitorial services at the police department. Chief Gann stated that Mrs. Roberts is the wife of Lafayette police officer Jason Roberts before the vote. The low bid totaled $225 per week (five cleanings a week). A bid for $300 per week was submitted by Kirby Cleaning Co. Voting against the motion to approve the low bid was councilman Jerry Wilmore.
  • Council members voted to approve the City pool manager and lifeguard personnel for the 2014 pool season.
  • The council voted to adopt Resolution 04-01-2014, a resolution authorizing the Mayor to apply for a grant from the local parks and recreations fund and committing the City to the local share of the matching funds.
  • Authorization was granted to apply for an Amendment to the Tennessee Aeronautics Emergency Grant for the necessary repairs to a new sinkhole at the airport. The 95/5 percent grant with require up to $4,925 in local matching funds ($98,500 grant amendment).
  • Authorization was granted to send out a request for qualifications for a City Attorney.
  • Council members approved the appointment of John McIntire and Mike Marshall to serve as Commissioners for the Lafayette Housing Authority. A resident himself, McIntire will represent the residents of the housing authority.
  • A Budget & Finance Committee meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m.
 
Sheriff Gammons Conducts Drug Sweep PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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A major local drug sweep by Sheriff Mark Gammons began on Friday, March 28, 2014, as officers began acting on indictments handed down by the Macon County Grand Jury, upon the investigation of the past few months by the Macon County Sheriffs Department. They started bringing in the individuals charged.

According to Sheriff Gammons the cases involve the sell and or distribution of cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and numerous different types of narcotics, which were in pill form. “This is one of the many ways that the Sheriffs Office is continuing to fight the drug problems that face the county citizens and their children. We are dedicated to the fight against illegal drugs and keeping them out of our community.”

“I would like to thank all the deputies and correctional officers for their hard work on these particular cases in fighting the drug problem,” said Sheriff Gammons. “I would also like to thank the Lafayette Police Department and the Red Boiling Springs Police Department for their continued support in fighting drugs and with their help during the sweep.”

Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield said during the sweep there was approximately 60 cases made concerning illegal narcotics. “Approximately 20 suspects were arrested, several vehicles were ceased along with other property such as money and cash.”

Sheriff Gammons added that if anyone has any information concerning criminal activity at any time or any concerns, feel free to contact him at the Macon County Sheriffs Office. You can remain amonymous.

Those arrested so far are:

Stephanie Denise Newberry, (38), of RBS, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond was set at $4,500 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Dona Joy Desheles, (55), of RBS, is charged with simple possession. Bond is set at $1,000 and a court date is set for April 23, 2014.

Darrell Duane Taylor, (56), of Lafayette, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $3,500 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Sherri Denise McDonald, (45), of RBS, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $3,000 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Christopher Lee McDonald, (44), of RBS, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $3,000 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Candy Denise Long, (28), of RBS, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $3,000 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Laura Lee Keener, (40), of Lafayette, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $1,500 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Vicki Jean Hamilton, (53), of RBS, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $3,000 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Eddie Coulter, (59), of Lafayette, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $4,500 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Teddy Anderson Young, (42), of Lafayette, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $3,000 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Shana Michelle Rice, (24), of RBS, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $3,000 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Christopher Ryan York, (25), of RBS, is charged with simple possession and counterfeit controlled substance. Bond is set at $2,000 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Barry Edward Usry, (55), of RBS, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $3,000 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

Sheila Ann Taylor, (56), of Lafayette, is charged with manufacturing of narcotics. Bond is set at $3,500 and a court date is set for May 19, 2014.

 

 

 
Fire Destroys Stock Yard Pole Barn PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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“Lafayette firefighter’s quick response to the structure fire at the Macon County Live Stock Market early Monday morning, March 31, prevented a potential disaster,” said Fire Chief Keith Scruggs. “We were able to get on it real quick and contain the fire to the fairly new pole barn, before it could get to the main building at the stock yard, on Scottsville Road, inside the city limits. The barn was filled with hay.”

The fire call came in around 3:00 a.m. and twenty firefighters, Chief Keith Scruggs and Assistant Fire Chief Troy Brawner were dispatched to the scene. “We utilized three trucks and we also used our new large diameter hose,” said the Chief. “The hose was very effective.”

“The pole barn was fully involved when we arrived,” said Scruggs, “but we were able to save the $70,000 cattle trailer that was next to the barn. Barry Newberry was able to pull the trailer away from the fire, however it did sustained minimal damage.”

The livestock market is owned by Stacey Browning. When Mr. Browning was contacted on Monday afternoon, he stated that the estimated loss was $60,000. “That includes the barn, hay and the damage to the cattle trailer,” he said.

The original of the fire is unknown.

First responders were the Lafayette Fire Department, Lafayette Police Department, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS and the Macon County Chronicle.

“We’ve had a very busy week at the Fire Department, including structure fires, car fires, grass and wood fires,” added the Chief. “There were 14 fires in the last seven days. The department has done very well and we have met the challenges

 
Lawson Pleads to 2nd Degree Murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Joseph Lawson told investigators that he didn’t mean to kill Donald Anderson on Saturday, April 14, 2012, that he just wanted to scare him. On Monday, March 24, 2014, Mr. Lawson stood in the courtroom of Judge John Wootten and pled guilty to 2nd degree murder (knowingly killing Donald Anderson) taking a 25 year sentence to serve at one hundred percent in the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

As previously reported in the Macon County Chronicle, on Saturday, April 14, 2012, Joseph Lawson, of Red Boiling Springs, (then 21-years-old) allegedly killed 42-year-old Donald Anderson, also of RBS, in the southeast section of Macon County.

He had been accused of being armed with a rifle while laying in wait for Anderson to arrive at his parents’ home at 569 Haydenburg Ridge Road. Lawson supposedly lured the man to that residence after learning of a relationship between Anderson and his girlfriend. The suspect fled the scene after the gunfire but after a short manhunt he was located. Lawson was charged with pre-meditated 1st degree murder.

In other courtroom news, Danielle Jackson’s trial for vehicular homicide by recklessness had originally been set for this week, but the case was continued to September 23rd, as her attorney needed more time for his accident reconstructionist. Jackson was charged after she ran the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 52 & 10. She struck and killed Brett Minchey, who was operating a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Johnny Ray Swack’s murder trial date is still set for May and a motion date will be set before then. Swack was charged with 1st degree murder for killing his former wife, Reinalda Ann Dupont England on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 412 Meador Drive, in Lafayette.

 

 
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