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Macon Man Dies in Jackson Co. Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, August 6, 2013


Fifty-six-year-old David Braswell, of the Leonard Community, was killed in a Jackson County wreck on Wednesday, July 31.

David Braswell was traveling northbound on Hwy. 151 in a 1995 Honda Civic when he passed another vehicle on a double yellow line, in a curve and struck a 2003 Macon County Highway Department gravel truck head on. The truck was driven by 59-year-old Gary Davis of Red Boiling Springs, who was not injured in the collision. The wreck occurred about one mile into Jackson County from the Macon County line.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

The crash investigators were Trooper Mark Mahan, Trooper Darrin Butler, Sgt. Tony Wilson and CIRT Sgt. Ashley Mercer.

David was born in Lafayette, Tenn., on August 8, 1956 the son of the late Donald Braswell and Mable Pauline Keith Braswell. He had worked for Con Way Southern Express Freight for 23 years. He was a member of the Leonard Church of Christ.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, August 3, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with burial following in the Leonard Cemetery.

He is survived by son, Jonathan Braswell of Tompkinsville, Ky.; daughters, Layla Braswell of Tompkinsville, Ky., and Paige Braswell, of Lafayette; sister, Donna Braswell Russell of Cookeville; brother, Darrell and wife Mary Braswell of RBS; grandchildren, Angelique Huff, Zeke Braswell, Kaileigh Bowman, Gage Bowman, and Eli Braswell; nieces and nephews, Lacey Russell, Logan Russell, Halen Braswell and Landon Russell.

Blankenship Pleads to Vehicular Homicide PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Christopher Blankenship

Christopher Blankenship plead guilty to vehicular homicide before Judge John Wootten on Wednesday, July 31. He was sentenced to eight years for the death of his 17-year-old girlfriend, Britni Hyso, who was a passenger on his motorcycle that he wrecked several miles outside of Lafayette on Friday, March 23, 2012. His sentence will be served at Turney Center, a state penitentiary in Only, Tennessee.

In the early spring of 2012, Britni Rose Hyson, of the Shiloh Community, was riding on a Yamaha motorcycle with her fiancé, 30-year-old Christopher Blankenship, when he lost control and ran off Shiloh Road. Sustaining fatal injuries, she was pronounced dead at 8:35 p.m. by Medical Investigator Randall Kirby.

Blankenship was charged with driving while license revoked, motor driver cycle helmet required, leaving the scene of an accident knowing death resulted, vehicular homicide driver intoxicated, aggravated vehicular homicide, and probation violation.

He was already on probation for a DUI when this accident happened. He was picked up on a violation of probation charge and sent to a correctional facility after his probation was revoked. According to the Clerk’s Office, he was brought back to the Macon County Jail on July 1st so he could meet with his attorneys. He was returned to Turney Center after his sentence last Wednesday. He is serving a three-year sentence for the probation violation, with a total of 11 years to be served altogether.

“Christopher Blankenship took responsibility for his actions that caused the death of Britni Hyso,” said Assistant District Attorney Justin Harris. “Without the hard work of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Macon County Sheriffs Office we may not have ever known how that crash occurred. But thanks to those officers it was shown that Mr. Blankenship was too intoxicated to be on our roadways and that intoxication caused the crash that killed Ms. Hyso. Hopefully with the close of this criminal case the families that have been affected by this tragedy can begin to heal.”

Lafayette Church of Christ hosts Scooby Doo Mysteries PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 30, 2013


The Lafayette Church of Christ hosted ‘Scooby-Doo & the Mystery of the Parables’ Vacation Bible School from July 21-24. Activities included devotionals, a picnic, movies, VBS classes and activities.

Joey Wilburn Hired as New MCHS Band Director PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Joey Wilburn has been hired as the new Band and Choir Director at Macon County High School. He replaces Shawn Mitterhalzer, who is moving on to work with the band at Gallatin High School.

We're Off to See the Fair! August 3-10 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 30, 2013


In just a few short days the Macon County Fairgrounds will come to life with the familiar bright lights of the midway, the shrill screams of ride goers and the heavenly scents of funnel cake, fried Oreos and anything-on-a-stick for the 31st annual Macon County Fair, August 3-10.

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.

Kicking off the pre-fair schedule of events is the Rabbit Show on Saturday, August 3, at 6 p.m., followed by the Macon County Fairest of the Fair Pageant at 6:30, and the highly anticipated Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Admission to the Derby is $5 and the contestant registration fee is $20. The first of many cash giveaways will take place Saturday between 9 and 9:30 p.m.

On Sunday, August 4, all floral exhibits will be judged at 5 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 five $100 cash giveaways between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Carnival armbands can be purchased Monday for $18.

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. Five more $100 cash giveaways will also take place between 9 and 9:30 p.m. On Tuesday, carnival armbands can also be purchased for $18 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 Petite Miss Macon County Fair Pageant will take place at 7 p.m. as well as the Truck Pull. Admission to the truck pull is $5 with children 12 and under free. Classes include 6200 Pro-Street 4WD, 5200 Modified Stock, 8500 Alternate Farm, 5500 Pro-Street 2WD, 4200 Mini Trucks and 8000 Pro-Stock Diesel. Entry free for participants is $20. One $500 cash giveaway and one $100 cash giveaway 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., the Baby Show at 5:30 p.m., and the Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. On Thursday, all Macon County Veterans will be admitted free and carnival armbands can be purchased for $18 per person. Five $100 cash giveaways are scheduled for Thursday night.

Two popular events, the Tractor Pull and Talent Show, will take place on Friday night at 7 p.m. A horseshoe pitching tournament at 6 p.m. will also draw a crowd to the fairgrounds on Friday. Carnival armbands will cost $18 and one $500 cash giveaway and one $100 cash giveaway will take place.

A new addition to this year’s fair events, the 4-H Poultry Show & Sale will kick-off Saturday’s events at 9 a.m. The event includes 31 Macon County youth who will submit three poultry entries that will be up for auction to the highest bidders. Auctioneer Ben Bray will auction off the poultry. The 31 youth raised their entries from chicks and will receive all of the money raised from their auctioned-off poultry. Business owners and community members are invited to come out and make a bid! The Youth Pet Show (new categories added: costume and trick) will also take place Saturday at 2 p.m., with the Marble Tournament scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Martha Wilburn Building and a cornhole tournament slated for 5 p.m. Test out your skills on the grill at the Backyard Cook-Off also at 5 p.m. The 31st 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. Classes include Prostock 4WD, 2.6 Diesel Trucks, Pro Stock 2WD, 4000 Mini Truck and Super Modified 2WD Truck. A live country music concert and dancing, featuring Skahl’s Band, will close out the 2013 fair events at 8 p.m. at the Martha Wilburn Building. Carnival armbands can be purchased on Saturday for $18.

During fair hours, a petting barn will be open, the Farm Toy Show will be on display and the Macon County ‘School Days’ exhibit will take place in the Little Red School House. News Channel 4’s Snow Bird will also be making an appearance at the fair on Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 5 – 7 p.m.

The theme for this year’s fair is ‘We’re Off to See the Fair,’ which will be portrayed throughout the week in the themes of various booths set up in the Sally Wells Building.

Commercial and educational exhibits will be open for viewing each day, August 5-10, from 5-10 p.m. and the Women’s Building will be open for exhibit viewing Monday through Saturday from 5 – 10 p.m.

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 new category has been included in this years adult and youth vegetable competitions. The category, ‘Vegetable Critter,’ includes odd shaped vegetables grown naturally and can be decorated to enhance the visual interpretation.

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.

Fair parking entrances will be located on Airport Road and Learly Road.

“For the past 31 years the success of the Macon County Fair has belonged to many people – the volunteers, dedicated directors, exhibitors, many loyal supporters and most of all the fairgoers,” said Fair Board Treasurer Sally Wells. “A very special thank you to everyone involved!”

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 3. All adult entries are to be set-up between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 4. Exhibit pick-up of all entries is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 10.




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