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Woman Struck by Truck at Roadblock PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Thirty-one-year-old Joni Meador, of Lafayette, was transported to the Gallatin hospital on Saturday, March 15, after she was struck by a pickup truck at the Highway 52 West and Ellington Drive intersection. She was volunteering at a Little League roadblock fundraiser and suffered a possible leg injury.

The Lafayette Police Department investigated the accident and Joni Meador was on the Tractor Supply Company (TSC) side of the intersection.

According to the police report, Mr. Aaron Shipley, who was driving a 1995 Dodge pickup, was stopped on Hwy. 52 West at the intersection, to turn left into the TSC parking lot. He stated that when it was his turn to go he started thru the intersection and there was another vehicle that was going east on Hwy. 52 and he had to swerve over to avoid getting hit by that vehicle.

The report says that Mr. Shipley also stated that he was watching that vehicle and did not see the woman standing there and he hit Ms. Meador knocking her into Mrs. Davenport who was also standing there.

Officer Stacy Woodard, of the Lafayette Police Department, investigated the accident. No charges have been filed at this time.

Macon Man Arrested for Burglary & Aggravated Assault PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Andy Wayne Goad

NASHVILLESpecial Agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Macon County man on Tuesday for Burglary and Aggravated Assault.

On March 10, 2014 and at the request of District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, TBI began an investigation into an assault that occurred on Douglas Lane in Lafayette. A man identified as Andy Wayne Goad, age 33 of Pleasant Shade, TN, had a romantic relationship with his girlfriend for two years until December 2013. Goad believed the reason why they

broke up was because of another man.

On March 10, 2014, Goad went to his exgirlfriend’s house on Douglas Lane and entered her home where he found another male and his exgirlfriend. At that time, he assaulted both of them with a wooden club. Both the male and Goad’s exgirlfriend suffered serious bodily injuries.

On March 11, 2014, Goad was arrested and charged with one count of Especially Aggravated Burglary, two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

He was released from the Macon County Jail after making his $25,000 bond.

Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons made this comment regarding his reasons for turning the case over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation:

“With all of the parties involved, I felt like it would be a conflict of interest for our department to investigate this case, so I called District Attorney Thompson and requested that he ask the TBI to investigate the case.”

Boles Selected as Director of Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tony Boles

The Macon County Board of Education met in special session last Thursday, March 6, voting 4-1 to nominate Tony Boles as the new Director of Macon County Schools.

Board members voted by paper ballot with Steve Walton reading off each vote. The three nominees for the position were Boles, Shawn Carter and Matt Eldridge. Four votes were cast for Boles, and one vote was cast for Carter.

The school board will next meet with an attorney to look at examples of other county’s director of schools contracts before drawing up their own to present to Mr. Boles. 

The contract can be for anywhere between one and four years.

Boles is currently serving as a County Commissioner for District 12 in Red Boiling Springs. He is also a science teacher at Red Boiling Springs High School.

“I’m excited to get to work in this new position and do my best to continue leading our school system,” Boles told the Chronicle. “We’ve already got a good school system in place and I only hope to continue improving it.”

The school board will meet in regular session on Thursday, March 13, at Westside Elementary School at 7 p.m. A special called meeting has also been scheduled for Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. to review the director’s contract and approve the stadium bid.

Drug Store Pseudo Bust... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Teresa Trapp and Perry Farley, both of Westmoreland, were arrested on Saturday, March 8, after officers of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department discovered their methamphetamine making operation.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, Trapp was identified at the Lafayette Walgreens purchasing Pseudoephedrine – a major component in the manufacture of meth.

After being approached by deputies, field interviews were conducted and officers were led to a second suspect who was sitting in a pickup truck in the parking lot.

Both suspects were transported to the Macon County Sheriff’s Department for further questioning and Macon County deputies and detectives then proceeded to Trapp and Farley’s residence on the Westside of the county.

During their search, officers discovered other items used to manufacture meth including rock salt, Coleman fuel, coffee filters, etc.

A container was also found that contained assorted drug paraphernalia and finished methamphetamine product.

Evidence was gathered, which led officers to seize a 2000 Ford pickup truck in connection with the investigation, and a Macon County Sheriff’s Department meth tech cleared the scene.

Teresa Lynn Trapp, age 44, was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of a Schedule II drug and possession of drug paraphernalia by Officer Donnie Crawford. Her bond is set at $45,000. She currently resides at the Macon County Jail.

Perry W. Farley, age 33, was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture, possession of a Schedule II drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony on March 8 by Officer Donnie Crawford. His bond is set at $60,000. Farley also resides at the Macon County Jail.

The Lafayette Police Department also assisted in the case.

Both suspects are scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on March 26.

“I would like to thank all of the officers involved with the case for a job well done,” Sheriff Gammons remarked.

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.





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