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August 7, 2014 Election Results PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

L-R: Jimmy Cook, Cindi Jones, Steve Jones, Mark Gammons, Connie Blackwell (Not Pictured: Wayne Marsh)

Macon County voters have spoken! The unofficial election results for the August 7, 2014 State Primary and County General Election have been announced, naming Steve Jones - Macon County Mayor, Cindi Jones - Register of Deeds, Connie Blackwell - County Clerk and incumbent Mark Gammons - Sheriff.

The two Macon County School Board positions were filled by Jimmy Cook (Districts 1 & 2) and Wayne Marsh (Districts 3 & 4).

In the State Primary, Macon County voters voted along with the bulk of Tennessee residents to elect Bill Haslam (R) and Charles V. ‘Charlie’ Brown (D) to vie for Governor and Lamar Alexander (R) for United States Senate, however, the votes differed for the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate. While Macon County chose Terry Adams, the state vote elected Gordon Ball.

In the US House of Representatives 6th Congressional District, Diane Black (R) will run against Amos Powers (D), and Mae Beavers (R) will serve another term as state senator of the 17th District as there is no democratic contender.

Kelly Keisling (R) will continue to serve the 38th District in the TN House of Representatives as he also has no democratic opponent in the November 4, 2014 election.

Macon County voters elected to retain all supreme court at large, court of appeals and court of criminal appeals positions, as did the majority of Tennessee voters.

Local election results for all positions including constables and county commissioners, are as follows:

County Mayor

Steve Jones: 86.51%

Chris Grant: 13.41%


Mark Gammons: 52.48%

Butch Avera: 47.49%

County Clerk

Connie Blackwell: 45.25%

Terilyn Sloan: 38.68%

Keith Tillman: 16.05%

Register of Deeds

Cindi Jones: 68.71%

Randy East: 31.23%

General Sessions Judge

Ken Witcher: 99.74%

No opponent

Circuit Court Clerk

Rick Gann: 99.51%

No opponent

County Trustee

Diane Cook: 99.79%

No opponent

School Board (Dist. 1&2)

Jimmy Cook: 56.79%

William Dycus: 43.11%

School Board (Dist. 3&4)

Wayne Marsh: 50.25%

Billy Wilmore: 49.58%

County Commissioners (two elected per district)

(Dist. 1)

Phillip Snow: 39.84%

Tony Boles: 33.60%

Raney Morgan: 19.68%

Pleas Ford: 6.88%

(Dist. 2)

Mike Jenkins: 49.23%

Scott Gammons: 33.64%

Jerry Ray: 15.69%

(Dist. 3)

Benny Bartley: 34.90%

Charles ‘Chop’ Porter: 33.07%

Wanda L. O’Donoghue: 31.11%

(Dist. 4)

Mchelle Phillips: 37.67%

Justin Dyer: 34.94%

Michael Wayne Bransford: 27.39%

(Dist. 5)

Kenneth Witte: 64.78%

Kimmy Warf: 34.59%

(Dist. 6)

Bryan Carter: 45.83%

Chris Wix: 35.88%

David Brewington: 18.06%

(Dist. 7)

Jeff Hughes: 28.05%

Troy Brawner: 24.15%

Stacey Williams: 17.80%

Terry Atkins: 15.12%

James Killmon: 14.88%

(Dist. 8)

Bobby Ray King: 31.77%

Don Stevens: 29.31%

Chad West: 26.29%

Tim Freeman: 12.53%

(Dist. 9)

Wendell Jones: 34.47%

Barry King: 28.38%

Tom Roberts: 22.53%

Anthony Bullington: 14.37%

(Dist. 10)

Helen Hesson: 43.75%

Shannon Wix: 28.60%

Daniel Griggs: 27.65%

Constables (one elected per two districts)

(Dist. 1 & 2)

Sammy Morgan: 65.52%

Loyd Hix: 34.06%

(Dist. 3 & 4)

Charles Dallas: 99.38%

(Dist. 5 & 6)

Brent Crowder: 62.32%

Charles Webster: 31.16%

(Dist. 7 & 8)

Scott East: 56.43%

Tony Law: 43.18%

(Dist. 9 & 10)

Barry Newberry: 54.88%

Jeff Lambert: 25.29%

Corey Lawrence: 19.72%

Other results from the state primary election are as follows:

(R) State Executive Committeeman, District 17

Albert McCall: 59.60% in Macon County, District winner

Dwayne Craighead: 40.29% in Macon County

(D) State Executive Committeeman, District 17

Bob Black: 53.85% in Macon County

Aubrey Givens: 46.15% in Macon County, District winner

(R) State Executive Committeewoman, District 17

Pat Fields: 44.87% in Macon County

Jennifer Franklin Winfree: 38.72% in Macon County, District winner

Yvonne Hunter: 16.21% in Macon County

(D) State Executive Committeewoman, District 17

Rachel Givens: 99.76% in Macon County, District winner

No opponent

Circuit Court Judge 15th Judicial Dist. Division I

Clara Byrd: 99.68% in Macon County, District winner

No opponent

Circuit Court Judge 15th Judicial Dist. Division II

John D. Wootten, Jr.: 89.04% in Macon County, District winner

Aubrey Givens: 10.88% in Macon County

15th Judicial Dist. Chancellor

C.K. Smith: 80.56% in Macon County, District winner

Gordon Aulgur: 19.30% in Macon County

15th Judicial Dist. Criminal Court Judge

Brody Kane: 73.13% in Macon County, District winner

Brian Fuller: 26.80% in Macon County

District Attorney General for 15th Judicial Dist.

Tommy Thompson: 99.67% in Macon County, District winner

No opponent

Public Defender for 15th Judicial Dist.

Comer Donnell: 99.79% in Macon County, District winner

No opponent

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.

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