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Double Fatality on Hwy 52 West PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Trooper Justin Mote is still investigating a violent two-vehicle crash that left a man and woman dead on Highway 52 West near the Oakdale intersection and another man in a Nashville hospital. The accident occurred around 11:05 p.m. Sunday night, March 2.

According to Trooper Mote, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 23-year-old Devon Speight was driving a black 2005 Honda along with his passenger 23-year-old Kelsey Garner, westbound on Highway 52 when the automobile crossed the center line and entered the east bound lane of travel, where it was struck by a silver 1999 Toyota SUV driven by 40-year-old Eric Holland, of Westmoreland. “Speight and Garner were killed on impact,” said Trooper Mote, “and they were pronounced dead at the scene by Medical Examiner Steve Jones. They were both from Hendersonville, although Speight was originally from Macon County.”

Both vehicles came to final rest in the eastbound lane of travel on Highway 52 West.

“Weather conditions were a contributing factor in the crash,” added Trooper Mote.

Deputy Chief David Cross, of the Lafayette Fire Department, stated they stabilized the SUV, popped the passenger’s side door and brought Holland out. “We had to move the SUV in order to remove one of the deceased victims.”

When contacted by phone on Monday afternoon, a Skyline Medical Center representative stated that Eric Holland is listed in good condition.

Trooper Mote was assisted at the scene by other troopers including CIRT Sgt. Ashley Mercer, who reconstructed the accident.

Responding to the scene were: Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Lafayette Fire Department, West Macon Rescue Squad, Medical Examiner Steve Jones, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.





RBS Hires New City Attorney PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Christi Dalton was recently hired as the new attorney for the City of RBS.

Red Boiling Springs Mayor Willie Brown verified last week that Christi Dalton has been hired as the new City Attorney, replacing former City Attorney Jon Wells, and City of Lafayette Mayor Richard Driver announced the resignation of City Attorney Jon Wells last Friday, February 28.

According to Mayor Brown, the decision to replace Wells was made in a special called meeting held Monday, February 24. Attorney Wells served as the City Attorney in Red Boiling Springs for approximately nine years. Mayor Brown had no comment on the council’s decision to replace Wells.

Dalton began her career as an attorney in 1996 and opened her practice in Macon County in 2008.

“I look forward to serving the City of Red Boiling Springs and appreciate this opportunity,” she commented.

Lafayette’s Mayor Driver said Wells’ letter of Resignation stated that since he is retiring from private practice, he has decided to also retire as the City Attorney.

Mayor Driver will appoint a new City Attorney, and it will be up to the City Council members to confirm his selection.

Wells’ resignation as the City Attorney for Lafayette and his replacement as the City Attorney of Red Boiling Springs follow his dismissal from the Lafayette Housing Authority (LHA) where he served as Executive Director, part-time for 33 years and full-time for the past 8 months.

The Lafayette Housing Authority will meet in a special called meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, to discuss and vote upon personnel actions related to Wells, and to select an Interim Executive Director.


Lafayette Housing Authority Agenda PDF Print E-mail
Friday, February 28, 2014


The Lafayette Housing Authority will meet in a Special Called meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the office of the housing authority, 613 Dycus Circle, Lafayette, TN.

Agenda items include the following:

  1. The Board will discuss and vote upon personnel actions related to Jon A. Wells.
  2. The Board will also discuss and vote upon the appointment of an Interim Executive Director and Interim Leasing and Occupancy Manager.
  3. The Board will also discuss and vote upon future meeting schedules.

This meeting is open to the public.

Lafayette Housing Executive Director Dismissed PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Lafayette Housing Authority (LHA) Executive Director Jon Wells has been dismissed from his position as of Wednesday morning, February 19th, 2014. He has served in that capacity part-time for 33 years and full-time for the past 8 months.

A team from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Memphis Hub Office, was assigned to investigate Lafayette Housing Authority governance and management issues communicated to HUD by its Board and local constituents and to perform training. That visit was conducted on September 23-25, 2013.

In a public document obtained by The Macon County Chronicle, which was sent to the Lafayette Housing Authority Board Chairman and the City of Lafayette, Marcia Lewis, who is the Director of the Memphis Hub of the Office of Public Housing, detailed findings of that visit. She said:

“The team confirmed that Mr. Wells used LHA maintenance staff to move three loads of his own personal property from the law office to a room at LHA which he converted to his new office. Mr. Wells is still carrying on a limited practice of law, including work as City Attorney for Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs. He instructed Assistant Leasing and Occupancy Manager Crystal Carver to write receipts for legal fees brought to the front window by his clients out of a ledger that he produced from his office; and Ms. Carver has complied. Ms. Carver had previously turned someone away that had tried to pay an outside legal fee at the front window of LHA and was verbally reprimanded. Ms. Carver also reported that she has been required to type up leases and deeds and other legal documents for Mr. Wells’ legal practice that have nothing to do with her assigned responsibilities at LHA. Both Ms. Carver and Leasing and Occupancy Manager Lisa Gentry have been threatened by Mr. Wells with being fired for divulging any information regarding their hostile treatment or extra duties assigned outside of LHA business. The office staff says that Mr. Wells is often verbally abusive; and, on at least one occasion, called Ms. Carver a “Moron.” The (HUD) team observed the work environment to be tense and hostile.”

Ms. Lewis further commented:

“It appears that Mr. Wells has no work requiring his immediate attention. Staff informed the team that Mr. Wells worries about angry tenants getting hostile, so he has brought a hand gun to work which he keeps in his office and has said that he would shoot someone in the leg if necessary. The office employees are fearful about this gun being in the office and based on their past experience do not feel threatened by hostile angry tenants. On an infrequent basis, Mr. Wells walks the grounds writing tenants up for items on their front porch that “he says” are a violation of policy. It should be noted that no such policy could be provided to the HUD team.”

The Department of Housing and Urban Development also stated in its letter that HUD plans “to do a full management review as soon as funding is approved

Wells dismissal was confirmed by two current board members and when asked if Mr. Wells was present on the 19th or if he would be back in the office, workers at the LHA stated “no” and that Wells would not be back.

Candidates Qualify for Upcoming Elections PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, February 25, 2014


The following candidates have officially qualified for the May 6 Republican Primary & City of Lafayette Election and the August 7 County General Election.

The withdrawal deadline for both elections is Thursday, February 27, at noon.

Circuit Court Clerk

Circuit Court Clerk: Rick Gann (R)

Circuit Court Clerk: Tim Smith (R)


Constable District 1 & 2: Loyd Hix (I)

Constable District 1 & 2: Sammy Morgan (I)

Constable District 3 & 4: Charles T. Dallas (I)

Constable District 5 & 6: Brent Alan Crowder (I)

Constable District 5 & 6: Charles A. Webster (I)

Constable District 7 & 8: Scott East (I)

Constable District 7 & 8: Tony Wayne Law (R)

Constable District 9 & 10: Barry Newberry (I)

Constable District 9 & 10: Corey Lawrence (I)

Constable District 9 & 10: Jeff Lambert (I)

County Clerk

County Clerk: Connie Blackwell (I)

County Clerk: Joe Barber (R)

County Clerk: Keith Tillman (I)

County Clerk: Terilyn L. Sloan (R)

County Commissioner (two elected per district)

County Commissioner District 1: Anthony C. Boles (I)

County Commissioner District 1: Phillip Snow (R)

County Commissioner District 1: Pleas Ford (I)

County Commissioner District 1: Raney Morgan (I)

County Commissioner District 2: Jerry Ray (R)

County Commissioner District 2: Mike Jenkins (R)

County Commissioner District 2: Scott J. Gammons (R)

County Commissioner District 3: Benny Bartley (I)

County Commissioner District 3: Charles Porter (I)

County Commissioner District 3: Wanda L. O’Donoghue (R)

County Commissioner District 4: Fred Jeff Kirby (R)

County Commissioner District 4: Justin Dyer (R)

County Commissioner District 4: Mchelle Phillips (R)

County Commissioner District 4: Michael Wayne Bransford (I)

County Commissioner District 5: Kenneth Witte (I)

County Commissioner District 5: Kimmy L. Warf (I)

County Commissioner District 6: Bryan T. Carter (I)

County Commissioner District 6: Chris N. Wix (R)

County Commissioner District 6: David L. Brewington (I)

County Commissioner District 7: James Brandon Killmon (R)

County Commissioner District 7: Jeffery M. Hughes (I)

County Commissioner District 7: Stacey A. Williams (I)

County Commissioner District 7: Terry E. Atkins (I)

County Commissioner District 7: Troy L. Brawner (I)

County Commissioner District 8: Bobby Ray King (R)

County Commissioner District 8: Chad West (R)

County Commissioner District 8: Don Stevens (I)

County Commissioner District 8: Tim Freeman (I)

County Commissioner District 9: Anthony Bullington (I)

County Commissioner District 9: Barry W. King (I)

County Commissioner District 9: Tom Roberts (I)

County Commissioner District 9: Wendell T. Jones (R)

County Commissioner District 10: Daniel Griggs (I)

County Commissioner District 10: David R. Gunter, Sr. (R)

County Commissioner District 10: Helen Hesson (R)

County Commissioner District 10: Shannon K. Wix (R)

County Mayor

County Mayor: Christopher Guy Grant (I)

County Mayor: Steve Jones (R)

County Trustee

County Trustee: Diane Cook (R)

General Sessions Judge

General Sessions Judge: Ken Witcher (R)

Register of Deeds

Register of Deeds: Cynthia (Cindi) Jones (R)

Register of Deeds: Jane Hesson Wooten (R)

Register of Deeds: Kim Carnhan (R)

Register of Deeds: Pam Cothron (R)

Register of Deeds: Randy East (I)


Sheriff: Mark Gammons (I)

Sheriff: William ‘Butch’ Avera (R)

Lafayette City Council (three open seats)

Lafayette City Council: Jerry Wayne Wix

Lafayette City Council: Marcus K. Smith

Lafayette City Council: Ron Morey

Lafayette City Council: Steve Turner


Note: Last Day to Register to Vote - April 7, 2014; Last Day to Request Absentee Ballot - April 29, 2014; Early Voting - April 16 through May 1.


The qualifying deadline for the School Board and State Election is April 3, 2014 at noon. That election will determine school board members for Districts 1 & 2 (currently Jimmy Cook) and Districts 3 & 4 (currently Billy Wilmore) along with State offices.





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