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Christmas on the Square this Saturday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, December 9, 2014


This Saturday, December 13, 2014, you and yours are cordially invited to attend the 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 sponsored by the Lafayette Police Department, carriage rides provided by the Donoho Hotel, outhouse races, storytelling, children's art projects, face painting music and more!

Free photos with Santa will be available at Macon Bank & Trust and refreshments will be located inside the courthouse. Don’t forget to stop by Inspirations for some free, hot, buttery popcorn!

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 totaling $250 that will be drawn throughout the day. Register for the drawings at any of the participating businesses.

Haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet? Participating merchants on the square will also be offering guests holiday specials 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!

 To inquire about further details please call Kathryne at (615) 888-6500 or the Macon County Chronicle office at (615) 688-6397.

Macon County Woman Indicted in Smith County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Misty Dawn Moore

A 40-year-old Lafayette woman was indicted on drug charges by the Smith County Grand Jury on Monday, December 1, 2014, in Carthage, Tennessee. There were 26 sealed indictments returned.

On Friday afternoon, December 5, Misty Dawn Moore was taken into custody by the Lafayette Police Department and carried to the Macon County Justice Center in Lafayette. Ms. Moore was later transported to the Smith/Macon County line, where Jimmy Gregory of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office was waiting to take her to Carthage. Misty Dawn Moore was charged with one count of selling a Schedule III drug, dihydrocodeinone, which is a prescription drug prescribed for pain. A Smith County Criminal Court date is set for Friday, December 12, 2014.  
RBS Robbery Suspects Arrested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 2, 2014


RBS Police Officer Jesse Gentry arrested three men last week after a wild night that involved attempted robbery, evading arrest, and a stolen tractor that ended up heading straight for him, driverless, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 26.

The chain of events began when a call came in at 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday night, November 25, that the RBS Market was trying to be robbed. “The caller gave a discription of the vehicle, which was a green GMC pickup, and the names of the people allegedly involved,” said Officer Gentry. “They were Jeffery King, Jerry Kernell, and Lannie Kernell.”

“By the time I got there the truck was gone and was reported to be heading toward the old park on East Main,” Officer Gentry stated. “I went down 52 to the North Springs access road and did not make visual contact.”

Macon County units arrived to help in the search and Officer Gentry went back to the market to get more information and look at the video. “I identified Lannie and Jeffery on the video surveillance, so I contacted Assistant Chief Jimmy Morgan and Chief Terry Tuck,” continued Gentry. “Officer Morgan came out to assist in looking for the three suspects and after a short investigation we located the two Kernell men at a house on Langford Road at 11:13 p.m.”

“We brought the two subjects to the RBS Police Department to interview them and they informed us that when they got to the house on Langford Road, King had jumped out of the truck and ran off into the woods. King later stole a tractor on Gamaliel Road.”

After interviewing the two Kernell men, Officer Gentry had enough information to charge the 3 men with attempted robbery.

“We transported them to the Macon County Justice Center and I obtained warrants on all three suspects,” Gentry said, “I booked the Kernell men into jail at 1:39 a.m., Wednesday, November 26.”

At 2:26 a.m. a 911 call came in that a subject on a tractor, believed to be Jeffery King, was at Windle Lane and McClure Street in Red Boiling Springs. 

“Officer Jimmy Morgan went to look for him along with two county units,” remarked Gentry, “and I stayed at the Justice Center to finish my warrants. On my way back to Red Boiling Springs around 2:40 a.m. Kimball Hall, with the Macon County Sheriffs Office, found the tractor, with King driving it, on Hwy. 52 near Smalling Road. When I got to the bridge I could see them coming toward Lafayette and Kimball had his blue lights on trying to stop the tractor. I hit my blue lights and when they turned onto Smalling Road, I fell in behind Kimball.”

Gentry says that King was driving erratically, then he turned into a field and baled off the moving tractor. “The tractor kept going, turned a circle, headed straight for me, then it suddenly straightened up, hit a tree, and came to a stop.”

The two officers found Mr. King laying in the tall weeds. He resisted arrest, but after a short struggle they were able to get him into custody. “I smelled alcohol on Mr. King when I cuffed him,” said Officer Gentry, “and I transported him to booking at the Macon County Justice Center.”

Jeffery Wayne King, age 38, of Lafayette, has been charged with driving under the influence, evading arrest, aggravated assault, robbery, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, theft of property, vandalism over $1,000, failure to appear, and violation of probation. Bond is set at $57,500, however Mr. King has previous warrants and he is being held. General Sessions Court dates are scheduled for December 3 & December 17. Criminal Court date is set for January 26, 2015.

Lannie Christophe Kernell, age 39, of Red Boiling Springs, has been charged with robbery and driving on a suspended license. Bond is set at $1,000 & $500. A General Sessions Court date is scheduled for December 17.

Jerry Darrell Kernell, age 43, of Red Boiling Springs, has been charged with robbery. Bond is set at $1,800. A General Sessions Court date is scheduled for December 17.

Now Open... Tiger Fuel LLC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Now Open, Tiger Fuel LLC, formerly Swifty Gas, located at 415 Hwy. 52 By Pass West in Lafayette.

Are you looking for the most convenient place in Lafayette to get full-service gas? Well, Tiger Fuel LLC, locally owned and operated, is now open at the former Swifty Gas location, 415 Hwy. 52 By Pass West, inside the city limits.

Owners Stan Hall, Brant Hall and Dale Hix opened last Wednesday with Wickie Knight returning as manager. 
Your time is precious, and Tiger Fuel LLC offers easy in & easy out access, with all the hometown people you remember. 
New at the station is highway diesel and non ethanol gasoline, along with the most commonly used regular & premium ethanol blend.  
You can be assured of fast, friendly service at Tiger Fuel LLC, and don’t forget this is one of the few places you can still get full service, seven days a week.
Coming soon at Tiger Fuel is Peggy Kirby’s Corner, a snack shop with home cooked soup, chili, pies, sausage & egg biscuits, BLT’s, and more of her delicious food items. “Fill up your tank and your belly, too!”
The changes don’t end there. Beginning this month Tiger Fuel LLC will have weekly cash give-aways, and who knows what else customers can look forward too!
Business hours are: Monday thru Thursday - 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday - 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m.
Tiger Fuel LLC invites everyone to stop in and gas up. “Put Tiger Fuel in Your Tank!”

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.


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