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Macon County Singing Convention to Celebrate 100th Birthday May 23-24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 20, 2014


They say memory is formed of images, but not necessarily of the images we have physically  seen with our own eyes but by photographs. So when anyone speaks of the history of the Macon County Singing Convention I can almost see it as clearly as if I was there myself a hundred years ago walking down the sidewalk to get to downtown Lafayette for this glorious singing event wearing but what else - a big pink hat.

This Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24 the 100th Annual Macon County Singing Convention will meet at the Lafayette Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate this milestone. The birthday celebration will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. “Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday,” said Convention President Danny Patterson.
Donna Patterson will be handling the food and a special cake  with shape notes on it will be served on Saturday. Some of the best musicians in the south will be at the 100th birthday session, traveling from several states. “The President of the National Gospel Singing Convention, Ms. Jo Parker, from Montgomery, Alabama will also be on hand,” said Patterson, “and I expect there will be other representatives of state conventions in town as well.” 
“I started going to the singing convention when I was around 10 years old,” said Mrs. Annice Jones, long time piano teacher. “It was a big affair and a lot of people used it as a homecoming as well as coming to sing. There would be thousands of people in downtown Lafayette and I remember the bus line from Nashville would put on extra drivers and buses as well to accommodate the huge crowd.”
Mrs. Annice said they would stay all day and she recalls that she had her first taste of Coke at the convention and it cost a nickel. “They had vendors all around the square but they were not out in the streets they were on the sidewalks most of the time and you could buy ice cream, cold drinks, hot dogs or whatever you desired. It was truly a big event  and a lot of people would just walk the streets greeting people and stopping to talk to a long lost cousin or whatever. The courthouse would be packed with listeners, but that was nothing compared to the throng of people outside who enjoyed the event.”
Annice said it was a fun time back them and everybody was happy. “It was truly magical and we shared a lot of good times.”
Well this weekend is time to enjoy fellowship once again and everyone would love to breathe life back into this age old tradition, and all it will take is walking out the door and driving to the Lafayette Missionary Baptist Church this Friday and Saturday for plenty of good singing, fellowship and food. 
For more information contact Danny Patterson at 615-666-3438 or go to the website at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
“See you this weekend!!!”
MC Sheriff's Department Solves 2011 Case PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Macon County Sheriff’s Department detectives recently solved a 2011 theft case involving over $1,000 in stolen antiques.

Roll Over Wreck on Saturday Morning PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 13, 2014


THP Sgt. Ashley Mercer worked a Union Camp Road one vehicle roll over wreck in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 10 2014. 

Hwy 10 Hill Bid Letting May 23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mayor Shelvy Linville is pictured on the Highway 10 South Hill with a crew worker last Wednesday. (Photo by D. Gregory)

Friday, May 23, 2014, is the scheduled date for the Highway 10 Hill Project bid letting for construction. Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville’s persistence has finally paid off.

“While communicating with TDOT Commissioner John Schroer back in January, 2014, I was informed then that May 23, 2014, would be the date set for the letting of bids for construction regarding this project (SR-10 from south of Goose Creek to SR 52 at the top of the hill),” said Mayor Shelvy Linville. “On February 7, 2014, myself and Macon County Road Supervisor Audie Cook attended the Construction Field Review for this project at TDOT Region 3 office in Nashville.”

The Mayor said he came away from that meeting feeling good and confident that this project was finally going to move forward as scheduled. “It’s good to see that contractors have already started clearing right-of-way and utilities being moved. I anticipate construction on the road itself will begin around the middle of July.”

The road to this bid letting actually began in the spring of 2013 when Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and TDOT Commissioner John Schroer released the three-year transportation plan and the Highway 10 South Hill project, involving a 1.7 mile stretch was not included and it seemed once again that the project was put on the backburner.

Two weeks later an article appeared on the front page of the Macon County Chronicle, interviewing Mayor Linville, who was concerned about this set back. Shortly after, a public meeting was set with Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer Paul Degges to discuss Highway 10 in Macon County. After he finished speaking and explaining the situation, Mayor Linville commented that he was very disappointed that construction would not begin in February of 2014 as originally scheduled, but he remained cautiously optimistic that funding would be in the 2014-2015 budget for construction.

However, Mayor Linville’s persistence in communicating with TDOT seemed to have paid off when he received a letter from Schroer on Friday, June 14, 2013, stating that the department had been monitoring crash reports occurring on State Route 10 in this vicinity and that he was pleased to report that he had been able to identify funding under one of the safety programs, to deliver the project.

Commissioner Schroer also said that he could certainly appreciate the mayor’s position and that he shared Linville’s goals in wanting to provide the safest roads possible for all Tennesseans, therefore he had directed his staff to accelerate the schedule of the project.

Everybody that was involved in this project in any capacity had to have their material turned in by March 12, 2014 and the bids will be let on May 23, 2014.






Two Vehicles Stolen in City April 23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Two vehicles were stolen in the City of Lafayette on Wednesday, April 23, and the Lafayette Police Department has recovered them both. The department expects to make arrests by the end of the week.

Around 1:00 a.m. last Wednesday Carl Moss, from Westmoreland, reported that his gold 2002 Nissan Sentra was taken from Flex Technologies in Lafayette. “The vehicle was entered in NCIC as stolen,” said Chief Stacy Gann, “and we recovered the car in Hartsville.”

“At this time we are looking for the suspects but it is still under investigation,” said Chief Gann. “We expect to make an arrest by the end of the week.”

Also on the same day, Jonathan Cosco, of Baker Drive in Lafayette, reported his 2001 GMC Senoma pickup truck stolen from his residence. That vehicle was also entered in NCIC and later that same day the Louisville, Kentucky Police Department called and notified the Lafayette Police Department they had that vehicle. The suspect has been identified in this case but has not been arrested yet.

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