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Billy McDonald, of RBS, Arrested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Billy McDonald

Billy McDonald, of Red Boiling Springs, has been arrested for two counts of attempted aggravated robbery in Smith County and remains in the Smith County Jail under a $100,000 bond.

According to the narrative by Deputy Rick Mahler, on January 2, him and Sgt. Mark West were dispatched to 283 Dean Hill Road to take a report on an assault. Upon their arrival and speaking to the victims Irina Austin and Nelly Strelnikova they were advised that they had been assaulted by Billy McDonald, of Red Boiling Springs. Irina stated to the officers that she heard a knock at the door and went to see who it was knocking and after looking out she noticed it was McDonald who she is familiar with. Irina stated that Billy told her there was an accident at Bruce’s work and she let him into the house.

Irina stated to the officers that when Billy came into the house he did brandish a handgun and a struggle began. She said that while being assaulted her daughter Nelly Strelnikova came out from her bedroom and started to help her mother. Irina stated that she tried to push Billy out of the house but was unable to. She said that Billy told Nelly to leave or he was going to kill her mother in front of her. Irina then told Nelly to go to the safe and get a gun, when she then headed to the back bedroom. Billy followed her.

She said that Nelly was able to get a gun from the safe and pointed it at Billy but was unable to shoot due to the gun having a double safety. While in the bedroom Billy took Nelly down to the bed and Irina said she jumped on Billy’s back to try and get him off of Nelly. Nelly was then able to break free, go to her car and retrieve her personal handgun. She went back into the residence and pointed the gun at Billy, who was still fighting her mother in the living room. And according to the report she told him she would shoot him if he didn’t stop. Irina stated that he then stopped the assault and she asked him what he wanted and he advised her money. Irina said that she told McDonald to get out of her house.

While the officers were on the scene they did retrieve a air soft pellet gun, a butterfly type knife and a watch. The officer said that they ask the victims to come to the Smith County Sheriffs Office to write their statements. But due to Irina injuries she went to Riverview North ER and was admitted to the hospital and was not able to write a statement at that time. She suffered injuries to her left eye and forehead.

Both victims stated that the incident put them in fear for their safety and thought that the handgun when shown was real.

Billy McDonald, age 44, was caught in Roane County and when his name was entered into the system, officers from that county found out he was wanted in Smith County. The Smith County Sheriffs Office was notified and a deputy went to pick him and bring him back to Smith County Jail, where he remains.

 McDondald is charged with two counts of attempted aggravated robbery. Bond is set at $100,000. A General Sessions Court date is set for Thursday, January 15, in Carthage. 

Sheriff's Dept. Recovers Stolen Vehicles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pictured above is the recovered 2002 Ford box truck reported stolen from the Scottsville Rd. area on January 2, 2015.

The Macon County Sheriff’s Department recovered two stolen vehicles over the weekend and are currently working to apprehend suspects involved.

According to Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield, the first vehicle, a 2002 Ford box truck valued at over $5,000, was reported stolen from the Scottsville Road area on Friday, January 2, 2015.

The following Sunday, deputies responded to the Twins Lane area in Macon County and discovered the reported vehicle stuck in the mud in a homeowner’s lawn.

After gathering information, the vehicle was identified, the owner was notified and the vehicle was returned. The investigation remains open.

A second stolen vehicle was reported on Sunday, January, 4, 2015, when deputies were called to a residence on Old Highway 52 on the west side of the county. The stolen vehicle, a 1999 Chevy pickup truck valued at over $1,000, was entered into a nationwide database.

“Later that same day deputies received information from the Memphis, Tennessee, Police Department, that the vehicle had been recovered in their city,” Satterfield stated.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department detectives were also notified of the vehicle’s recovery and are currently working a joint investigation with the Memphis Police Department. 

At this time, suspects have been identified in the case and charges are pending.

Ben Bray Real Estate to Hold St. Jude's Auction on Jan. 10 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Ben Bray, Broker/Auctioneer for Ben Bray Real Estate & Auction Company, is getting ready for Saturday morning, January 10, 2015, when he will take the platform to conduct the 5th Annual St. Jude Charity Auction. The event will be at the Sally Wells Building, located at the Macon County Fairgrounds, in Lafayette, beginning at 10 a.m.

No life is more important than another’s, especially a child’s. Since its inception, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has developed protocols that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when they first opened in 1962 to 80 percent today, and with your generous support the hospital is able to continue their life-saving research and treatment. By making donations you will be helping the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving children’s lives.

“We are seeking donations for this benefit that will be conducted here in Lafayette for St. Jude’s, which is ran strictly on donations made by people and organizations just like yourself,” Bray said last week. “All the money raised from our event will go directly to the hospital and their daily operations.”

Bray said that St. Jude’s is a pediatric cancer research center located in Memphis, Tennessee, and they serve over 5,000 patients each year regardless of their ability to pay, with several children from Macon County being treated there in previous years. “I have been blessed with three healthy children myself and I am proud to partner with this center and to coordinate a benefit auction for their battle against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.”

 “If you have any questions or want to make a donation, you may contact us by phone at (615) 666-2232. Our mailing address is Ben Bray Real Estate and Auction, 672 Highway 52 By Pass West, Lafayette, Tennessee, 37083. Thanks for your time and remember, it’s not about us, it’s about the children.”  

RBS Fire Under Investigation PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 30, 2014


A suspicious fire broke out over the holidays at the home located at 3239 Lafayette Road in Red Boiling Springs. A State Fire Marshall Bomb & Arson investigator is expected at the scene this week. The owner of the home is listed as Paul King.

THP Trooper Justin Mote spotted the fire on Friday, December 26, and the Red Boiling Springs Fire Department got the call at 5:35 p.m. according to Fire Chief Randy Hagan.

“When we arrived the fire was burning in the right rear of the house where the fire originated,” said Chief Hagan. “We started fighting it by spraying through the rear window and doorway and we were able to keep it contained. The fire also started burning in the roof area but we extinguished it too.  However, there was enough heat in the residence to peel the paint off the walls. It was a total loss.”

According to the chief there was a mini van that burned there a couple of weeks ago. The Macon County Sheriffs Office was called to the scene of the suspicious fire and the State Fire Marshall’s office was also contacted.

The RBS Fire Department utilized a tanker and a fire engine with 14 firefighters at the fire site. RBS Fire Chief Randy Hagan was in charge of the scene.

The fire is under investigation.

Those responding to the scene were the RBS Fire Department, Macon County EMS, Macon County Sheriffs Office, and the Macon County Chronicle.


Lafayette Sunshine Market Opens this Thursday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Pictured are Joyce Gregory, Chris Crowder, Donnie Andrews, store employees and future customers. (Photo by D. Gregory)

The new Lafayette Sunshine Market, located at 631 Highway 52 By Pass West, will open for business this Thursday, January 1, 2015. Local business woman Joyce Gregory is the owner/operator. Chris Crowder was the building contractor and Donnie Andrews did the concrete work. 

The original Sunshine Market building was torn down in July.

Gregory knows that success depends on reaching the right people, so Lafayette Sunshine Market has a little bit of everything for the customers. Why should consumers patronize Lafayette Sunshine Market? That’s easy, convenience! The market is at a convenient location, has a drive thru window, gasoline (24 hours, seven days a week), diesel, trailer friendly pumps, propane gas tanks, food, drinks, lottery tickets, pumps for air or vaccum, beer cave, you name it.

“My goal is to be the place that customers immediately think of,” said Gregory. “After being in business for several years in Lafayette, I realize that today’s patrons are going directly to the business that has what they are looking for, so if you want to buy gas, grab a slice of pizza and a beverage, drink a cup of coffee, sit down to bite into a delicious sandwich or pick up the Macon County Chronicle and read it, you’ll find all that and more at the Lafayette Sunshine Market.”

Joyce said the market has breakfast items, hot dogs, pizza, all kinds of sandwiches, fountain drinks, regular drinks, slushes, coffee, snacks and tables where you can sit down and eat. “We have gasoline, diesel, off road diesel, six pumps, lottery tickets, scratch offs, a few grocery items such as milk & bread, and a beer cave where you can walk in and get your own beer.”

Lafayette Sunshine Market hours are: Monday thru Thursday, 5:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 5:00 a.m till midnight; Saturday, 6:00 a.m. till midnight; Sunday 9 a.m. till 9 p.m. 

The market will open at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 1, 2015 due to the holiday.

There will be a grand opening at a later date and prizes will be given away.

 “There is only one formula for a successful business,” added Gregory, “and that is top notch service.”

Don’t just listen to second hand knowledge, stop by the Lafayette Sunshine Market and check it out yourself when the business opens on January 1.

“If you build it, they will come!!!”


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