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Westside & MCHS: New Principals for 15-16 SY PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

According to the Director’s Report, received at last Thursday night’s Macon County Board of Education meeting, two Macon County principal’s will not be returning to their positions for the 2015-2015 School Year.

Westside Elementary School principal Tonya Wells and Macon County High School principal Stephanie Meador were not re-hired to serve as principals for the upcoming school year. 

According to Macon County Director of Schools Tony Boles, both employees will be transferred to different positions within the Macon County School System.

Boles had no comment on anything further at this time, but did verify that the principal positions would be advertised this week on the school system’s website and candidates will be interviewed in the near future.

All other Macon County school principals (and assistant principals at Macon County High School) were rehired for the 15-16 SY.

Good Friday Lightning Fire PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Lightning struck a 30x75 building with a 30x60 shed attached on Good Friday. The structure was located on Larry’s Circle, off the Galen Road, and the Lafayette Fire Department was called at 1:07 p.m. 

A thunderstorm with cloud to ground lightning moved through the area on Good Friday and other strikes were also reported.

“Black smoke was billowing into the air and upon arrival we found a 30x75 building and a 30x60 attached shed on fire, due to a lightning strike,” said Chief Keith Scruggs. “We were fortunate to make a quick knock down and save a considerable amount of equipment, including a back hoe, tractor, bush hog, and two trailers.”

According to Chief Scruggs the building sustained moderate to severe damage. “The damage was estimated at $80,000 but we saved another $100,000.”

There were 12 firemen at the scene and they utilized two engines and one tanker. The property belongs to Larry Dale Driver.

“We have had several grass fires recently, and we would like to remind everybody that you have to get a permit to burn,” said the chief.

Gibson’s Cafe sustained damage on Good Friday when a lightning strike knocked out their computer, TV, and cash register. Inspirations also had similar damage.

Those responding to the fire scene were the Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.  

Men Enter Unlocked Shenandoah Apartment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, April 4, the Lafayette Police Department received a call from a woman living in the Shenandoah Apartments, that two men in their early or middle 20’s had entered her apartment and one had a knife.

According to the report, the woman (who we are not identifying) had fallen asleep and left her door unlocked. She awoke to find two men wearing hoddies inside her apartment and one was holding a knife.

It is believed that they were looking for pills, however the woman told them she didn’t have any, so the intruders grabbed a lock box out of her closet, along with her cell phone and took off running out the door.   

The Lafayette Police Department is actively looking for these two suspects and the incident is under investigation.


Multiple Drug Charges & Child Abuse PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Macon County resident Tina Ann Carey, age 47, was arrested last Wednesday, March 25, on two counts of child abuse, two counts of leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle and multiple drug charges after officers discovered a shocking amount of drugs inside her vehicle, where two children (her nieces/nephews) were left alone.

According to Macon County Sheriffs Department detectives, Carey brought Ashley Renee Mangrum to the Macon County Justice Center that day for a court hearing and left Mangrum’s two children in her vehicle when someone noticed and reported the unsupervised children to officers.

Mangrum was arrested during her court hearing for being intoxicated.

When officers got out to the parking lot of the justice center, Carey and the children had driven off the premises.

Approximately four hours later, Carey returned to the justice center to attempt to post Mangrum’s bond, at which time she again left the two children unattended in the vehicle. 

Detective Darrell Taylor observed the unattended children and escorted them from the parking lot into the justice center for their safety. 

After gathering evidence, detective Taylor determined that the children were in fact abandoned by caretaker Carey and the Department of Children's Services was contacted.

While removing the carseat and booster seat from Carey’s vehicle in order for DCS to transport the children, officers discovered a partially-smoked cigarette containing a green, leafy substance believed to be marijuana in the passenger door pocket.

A further search of the vehicle uncovered multiple narcotics mixed in bottles, a syringe, drug paraphernalia and other pills organized in clear, plastic bags generally associated with resale. 

Many of these harmful drugs and paraphernalia were within reach of the children left inside the vehicle.

Carey was charged with possession of a Schedule IV drug, possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of a Schedule VI drug, possession of a legend drug, child abuse (2 counts) and leaving a child unattended in a motor vehicle (2 counts). 

She remains incarcerated at the Macon County Jail on a $12,500 bond. 

Carey is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on April 1 and April 29.

As of Friday, March 27, the children remain in DSC custody. Their mother, Ashley Mangrum, posted bond on the public intoxication charge and was released on her own recognizance.

Truck Rolls, Driver Faces charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Highway 10 North was the site of a traffic accident on Wednesday night, March 25, that involved three vehicles. It was investigated by THP Trooper Justin Mote with the assistance of Trooper Danny Fisher. 

According to Trooper Mote, 42-year-old Barry Hall, of Lafayette, was headed north on Highway 10 North (Scottsville Road) in a silver 2000 Ford F250 truck when a northbound white SUV cut him off while passing. “There was a 2011 Nissan driven by Kenneth Meador, traveling south, so the SUV turned back into the northbound lane cutting off the Hall truck,” explained Trooper Mote. “The truck ran off the northbound side of the roadway, over corrected, crossed the center line and entered the ditch line on the southbound side of the road, struck a fence line and rolled over, coming to final rest in the near by field, ejecting the driver.”

The white SUV reportedly fled the scene, and the southbound Meador car received damage due to the debris that was kicked up.

The passenger in the Ford truck was 22-year-old Mary Parsley, of Lafayette. The wreck occurred at approximately 8:35 p.m.

Barry Hall was transported to Macon County General Hospital, but he was later transferred to another medical facility. His condition was unknown at press time.

“I have issued several warrants for Barry Hall including DUI, possession of a handgun while under the influence, seat belt law and no insurance,” stated Trooper Mote.

This is an on-going investigation.

First responders were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County EMS, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County Rescue Squad, and the Macon County Chronicle.


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