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RBS Police Charge Juvenile Burglary Suspect PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Surveillance footage of robbery suspect

Red Boiling Springs Police Chief Terry Tuck has charged a male juvenile with burglary, theft of property and vandalism, in connection with two incidents that both took place on Saturday, August 2, in RBS. The RBS Thrift Shop was burglarized and The Prescription Shop was vandalized.

Chief Tuck said the police department received a call from owner Tonya Smith that a burglary had taken place at the RBS Thrift Store, which is located at 232 Market Street, in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 2nd.  A report was taken by Officer Kevin Woodard.

“The suspect entered the business through the RBS Laundry Mat,” said Chief Tuck. “He went over a wall and caused alot of damage to gain access to her store. Tonya Smith reported several items missing including a Sanyo TV, silver electric impact wrench, Army cot, and five pairs of shoes among other things. ”

Tuck stated that there was approximately $2,000 in damages to the RBS Laundry Mat.

According to the chief there was a video surveillance of the break in and the department developed a 17-year-old male from Red Boilng Springs as a suspect during the investigation. “There was also another incident on August 2 of vandalism at The Prescription Shop, located at 126 Market Street, at approximately 2:30 a.m.,” said Tuck.

“Officer Jimmy Morgan was on duty and he received an alarm call at The Prescription Shop,” continued Chief Tuck. “Someone had attempted to throw a rock through the front glass but didn’t gain entry.”

 “I charged the juvenile suspect with burglary, theft of property, and two counts of vandalism in connection with both of these incidents,” added the Chief.

Suspicious Fire on Robinson Lane PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Fire broke out this past weekend at a mobile home on Robinson Lane, off the Hanestown Road in the northwest section of the county. The Macon County Sheriffs Office and the State Fire Marshall’s Office are conducting an investigation into the origin of this suspicious fire.

Thirty-two-year-old Terri Likens, who resided at the residence, is employed at the nursing home in Portland and coming home from work around 2:15 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 2nd, she found her home on fire and immediately called for help. “I was coming in from work early Saturday morning when I found my home and my truck on fire,” Terri told the Macon County Chronicle on Saturday afternoon. “After I called for help, it wasn’t long before emergency personnel began arriving.”

Chief Joe Young, of the South Allen County Volunteer Fire Department, stated that upon arrival the single wide mobile home and pick up truck, that was parked nearby, were both engulfed in flames. “We had two engines, a tanker and 12 firefighters at the fire scene,” said the fire chief.”

A mutual aid call on a structure fire went out to the Lafayette Fire Department around 2:30 a.m., and according to Senior Firefighter Michael Bransford, they took an engine and tanker to the scene. “We had six firemen at the fire scene,” said Bransford, “and this was the first run for the new tanker we received on June 13 of this year.”

“We were at the scene for two hours,” said Chief Young, “and everything appeared to be a total loss. The fire seemed suspicious and the Macon County Sheriffs Office came to the same conclusion.”

“We would like to thank the Lafayette Fire Department for backing us up,” added the Chief. “They always come when we call for help.”

According to Chief Deputy Byron Satterfield of the Macon County Sheriffs Office, they are working on this suspicious fire in conjunction with the State Fire Marshall’s Office. “Detectives are gathering evidence at the scene and conducting interviews about any suspicious activity involving this fire and it’s origin,” Satterfield said. 

If anyone has any information about this fire, please call the Macon County Sheriff Office. You can remain anonymous.

“I would like to thank everyone who came to help,” said Terri. “I appreciated it.”

Election Day is August 7!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

If you haven’t taken advantage of the early voting period, don’t forget to cast your vote on Election day for the State Primary and County General Election this Thursday, August 7.

Macon County Administrator of Elections Barry Doss has a few reminders for those planning to participate on Election Day

  1. The polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
  2. The District 7 polling place has been moved from the Sally Wells Building to the Armory due to fair activities.
  3. Don’t forget, you must have a valid photo ID to be eligible to vote.
  4. If you don’t know where the polling place is located for your district, call the Macon County Election Commission Office at (615) 666-2199.

Early voting ended last Saturday, August 2, with 3,970 Macon County voters making their picks for county and state positions.

The breakdown of the number of early votes, by day, is as follows:

7/1 - 7/17: 26 early voters, 4 by mail voters (Total: 30)

July 18, 2014: 407 early voters; 6 by mail votes (Total: 413)

July 19, 2014: 175 early voters; 0 by mail voters (Total: 175)

July 21, 2014: 335 early voters, 12 by mail voters (Total: 347)

July 22, 2014: 300 early voters, 8 by mail voters (Total: 308)

July 23, 2014: 304 early voters, 9 by mail voters (Total: 313)

July 24, 2014: 313 early voters, 1 by mail voter (Total: 314)

July 25, 2014: 304 early voters, 2 by mail voters (Total: 306)

July 26, 2014: 133 early voters, 0 by mail voters (Total: 133)

July 28, 2014: 215 early voters, 16 by mail voters (Total: 231)

July 29, 2014: 226 early voters, 10 by mail voters (Total: 236)

July 30, 2014: 282 early voters, 8 by mail voters (Total: 290)

July 31, 2014: 350 early voters, 4 by mail voters (Total: 354)

August 1, 2014: 288 early voters, 25 by mail voters (Total: 313)

August 2, 2014: 207 early voters, 0 by mail voters (Total: 207)

Communication Towers Being Installed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 29, 2014


On Monday afternoon, July 28, I met with 911 Director Steve Jones to watch one of the three new communications towers being installed on Ward Lane, which is off Hwy. 141, near Westside. The director and I talked for a while as he explained this part of the $3,058,970 Disaster Recovery Grant Macon County received following the 2008 tornado.

“In the last few years the radios have gotten crowded and emergency departments are not getting as good of a signal as they use to,” said 911 Director Steve Jones. “The emergency services - law enforcement, fire & rescue, and ambulances - have lost coverage and are having a lot of interference with the radio systems.”
Jones said last year the FCC required everyone to do what is called narrow banding. “That cuts the modulation that they are providing in half and that even created another 10 to 15 percent loss in signals,” said Jones. “So with this disaster grant we got, we went to all the emergency departments and one of the biggest things everybody wanted was better communications.”

“Currently all of our communication antennas are scattered around on the water tanks and there is so many of them together on the tanks that we are having alot of interference issues. So what we are going to be doing is going to a new technology where we can combine those radio systems into one type of antenna system on three 280 foot towers located in RBS, Lafayette and this one at Westside and we will be able to cover the whole county.”

They started construction on the tower at Ward Lane Monday morning and it was stacked by the afternoon, with safety lighting put on it for aviation.

“The towers are costing about 1.3 million dollars and we are spending about 1.5 million altogether in communication upgrades,” said Jones, “so emergency personnel can talk from anywhere in the county without any problems.”

The next phase is the licensing process says Jones and that means getting all licenses transferred to the towers. “Then we will be putting new base radio repeaters systems in what they call a Simulcast Radio System. Right now we have receivers on each side of the county that can receive a signal but sometimes the law officers or EMS can’t hear back. So what we are doing now is putting a transmitter and receiver on each side of the county and in the middle, so it is called Simulcast.”

Jones says the radio system will be what is called a digtal radio system in the future and that is what everybody is going to. “We will be working for a while with both the old and new systems until we get all the bugs out of it.”

“We hope to be operational by the first of the year and we will have to bid out the radio equipment,” he said. “The reason we haven’t done that yet, is we are waiting to see how much the final cost of the towers will be because you always have adjustments to make. The radio equipment and transmitters & receivers will go in the building on site at each tower that ties together. NCTC is tieing that together for us with fiber optics, which will result in all three towers and our dispatch tied together.”

911 Director Jones says he is proud to be getting this new system in Macon County and he said it is something they had thought about for years. “We never thought of getting a grant.”

 “When everything is completed it will provide much better communications between the emergency services,” concluded Jones.

State Senate Candidate Clark Boyd Endorsed by Lynn & Black PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

L-R: State Representative Susan Lynn, Republican State Senate candidate Clark Boyd and US Congressman Diane Black

Recently at the Wilson County Republican Party Reagan Day dinner, Republican State Senate candidate Clark Boyd picked up the endorsement of State Rep Susan Lynn, and US Congressman Diane Black. 

"I endorse Clark Boyd for state Senate in the 17th district because Clark is a true conservative who is very intelligent, approachable, and responsive to people's needs; he has a pleasant and friendly nature arising from his strong Christian faith." stated state Representative Susan Lynn.   Lynn continued, "I have seen Clark in action and Clark makes me very proud.  Clark will provide the representation that not only Macon County deserves but the entire 17th District.  In fact, Macon County voters should know that the entire 17th district is looking to Macon County, and counting on the voters of Macon County to help us provide strong support Clark Bode for state Senate.  I know Clark Boyd – and I know that Macon County will be proud to call Clark Boyd their state Senator.”

Congressman Black also shared her opinion about Boyd’s ability to serve the 17th District.

"Families in Macon County deserve an effective, trusted voice in the state senate," said Congressman Diane Black. "As a business owner, National Guard veteran, NRA member, and former chairman of his local Republican Party, I know that we can count on Clark to deliver the conservative leadership this district needs and I am proud to give him my full support."

 Boyd is running for the State Senate in the 17th District which encompasses Wilson, Macon, Clay, Cannon, Dekalb, and Smith counties.

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