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May Primary Election Confusion Clarified PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
As of press time, both the Macon County Republican Party and Macon County Democratic Party have intentions of participating in a May 2010 Primary.

While the decision for each party to have a primary is not surprising, it was a series of letters submitted to the Election Commission that left members wondering if there would be one at all.

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278th Begins First Leg of Deployment PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The National Guard Troop E Support Squadron of the 278th Armored Calvary Regiment, located in Lafayette, left on Sunday, December 6th for pre-mobilization training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi as the first leg of deployment to Iraq. Tennessee’s largest unit, they will remain at this post for two months before deploying overseas with roughly 3,000 other Guardsmen.
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Citizens for Smart Choices Holds Press Conference PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Citizens for Smart Choices, which is a nonpartisan group of concerned citizens, taxpayers, homeowners and residents of Macon County, held a press conference on Monday, November 23rd, discussing their organization and voicing their concerns.

Seeking to improve government in Macon County, they have been meeting once monthly since mid 2008 to discuss issues that seem to plague our county and their common goal is to seek solutions for our mounting problems.

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Nystar Zinc Mine to Increase Production; 300 New Jobs to Open PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

With the economic downturn still plaguing our country, the prospect of 300 jobs in a neighboring county, is definitely an opportunity for unemployed folks in the surrounding area.

Nystar Zinc Mine, which is a Belgium based company located in Smith County, purchased the Mid-Tennessee Zinc Corporation during federal bankruptcy proceedings earlier this year. MTZ acquired the mine complex in 2006 and it has been on care and maintenance since October of 2008 with 40 employees. The mine complex has a history of close association with Nystar’s Clarksville smelter, which was originally constructed to treat concentrate from the mine complex. According to officials last spring they would recommence operations when the price of zinc increased and during the second week of November the price was just under $2,000 per dry metric ton, and is continuing to rise.

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Thanksgiving Fire Destroys Home PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
A devastating fire, at 809 Wilmore Hollow Road, left Charles Scoggins and his family facing the upcoming holiday season, without a home.

Firefighters from the Red Boiling Springs, Willette and Lafayette Fire Departments were dispatched to the residence at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning, November 25th.

According to Randy Hagan, of RBSFD, who was one of the first responders, the mobile home was already fully involved with flames shooting from the roof and the structure was lit up from one end to the other, when they arrived on the scene.

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