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

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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)

Constables

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

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.

 

 

 

 

 
Three Contenders for Director of Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Macon County School Board members met in regular session last Thursday evening, February 13, narrowing down their search for the next Director of Schools to three contenders – Tony Boles (current Macon County commissioner and RBS High School science teacher), Shawn Carter (current Supervisor of Instruction for Macon County Schools) and Matt Eldridge (former Overton County Director of Schools).

Board members arrived at these three candidates by each naming three of the nine interviewed contenders they would like to re-interview and tallying the three most listed names.

Boles, Carter and Eldridge will go through a second round of interviews on Tuesday, February 18, before a final Director of Macon County Schools is selected by the board.

Three Macon County High students – Ryan Minchey, Michelle Smith and Rachel Underwood – and the parents of Michelle Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Jody Smith, spoke to board members concerning the way that GPA’s are calculated in order to rank the top ten students of the graduating class.

According to those students and parents, the current GPA calculations reward those students who take an easier academic path and unjustly discriminate against students choosing to take a more academically challenging path.

It was also stated that students who received at least one B during their high school career were ranked higher than students with straight A’s due to pass/fail classes (fourth block sports and teacher’s aids).

“I’m asking the board to change this policy... So that current juniors’ and sophomores’ class ranks and GPA’s are evaluated fairly,” said MCHS senior Minchey. “Unlike us. Which I personally feel like we’ve been discriminated against for choosing the more academically challenging path.”

Each of the speakers stated that while they didn’t want to take away from any of their fellow classmates’ achievements, they believe that some students should’ve had higher rankings than others.

“Even the students who benefit from this ranking system – the students in the top ten – have truly been punished because they had to choose as freshman whether they wanted to pursue academically challenging courses or whether they wanted to be ranked in the top of their class,” said MCHS senior Smith.

Smith’s mother urged board members to amend the current policy in order to prove that education matters.

The only board member to comment on the topic was Rebecca Tuttle, who stated that these students will go on to accomplish great things ‘without regard to a number or placement assigned to them right now.’ No further discussion was had.

The current formula for calculating GPA’s affects this year’s senior class, the 2014-2015 senior class and the 2015-2016 senior class. The school board voted some time ago to change the GPA policy beginning the 2016-2017 school year.

Also during last week’s meeting, Supervisor of Attendance Brenda Eller informed the board that Macon County has exhausted all of its ‘stock piled’ days up until parent/teacher conferences. In order to make up some of those days, Eller suggested that students and teachers attend school on February 17 (President’s Day) and February 26 (parent/teacher conferences). Otherwise any other missed days of school due to weather will have to be taken off of Spring Break.

Board members agreed with Eller’s suggestion, voting to approve the revision of the 13-14 SY calendar to include attendance on those two days.

If no more snow days are accumulated, or if more snow days are accumulated, the school calendar will have to be revised again to be sure students are in attendance for a total of 180 days.

In other business:

  • School board members voted to approve the consent agenda (leave requests, trip requests, minutes from previous meeting).
  • The board voted to approve a resolution honoring the Macon County High School Marching Band. The resolution applauds the band’s accomplishments for the 2013-2014 School Year under the direction of band director Joey Wilburn and assistant band director Jennifer Holmes. The MCHS Marching Band received the title of 2A State Champions during the 13-14 SY.
  • Red Boiling Springs High School principal Don Jones requested that RBS science teachers be able to design the floor plan for the school’s science lab. Board members agreed to his request.
  • The revision of Policy 6.4031 (head lice) was approved on second and final reading.
  • Board members tabled the approval to donate a metal building to the Lions Club until the March meeting so that Maintenance Supervisor Randy Robinson could be in attendance.
  • Board members voted to raise the pay for substitute bus drivers from $40 a day to $45 a day in order to try to get more hired. It was explained that many full-time bus drivers have been sick and more subs are needed. The sub positions are also offered to teachers.
  • Board members voted to drop discussion of the CTE position, leaving the position information unchanged.
  • The board voted to approve the school calendar for the 2014-2015 School Year. The approved calendar was voted on by Macon County teachers, who opted to have school on Veterans Day (175 yes, 30 no).
  • Board members voted to declare library items in the Macon County Junior High School storage to be ‘surplus’ so they can be auctioned off.
  • Am 8th grade dance fundraiser to raise funds for the MCJHS cheerleaders and tennis teams was approved by the board. The dance will be held March 1, 2014. 

 
Two Fires in Willette Last Week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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Members of the Willette Volunteer Fire Department were exhausted last week after fighting two raging fires on Monday and Wednesday, February 10 & 12. Chief Danny Dozier was in charge of both fire scenes.

Chief Danny Dozier spoke with the Macon County Chronicle over the weekend and said the first fire was at the residence of Jean West at 7299 Union Camp Road, which originally came in at 6:40 p.m. Monday night, as a car explosion. “Evidently a 1999 Cadillac blew up in the garage and two buildings were destroyed and one heavily damaged,” said Chief Dozier. “The fire was about 25 feet from the house and we were able to keep it from spreading that far, ultimately saving the home.”

The cause was undetermined. The 13 firefighters utilized two engines and a tanker, leaving the scene a little after 9:00 p.m.

At 12:38 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Willette firefighters were dispatched to the home of Rocky Wright located at 621 Willette Road. “When we arrived the house was a fully involved blazing inferno and part of the roof had already fallen in,” said the Chief. “We have determined that the cause of the fire was the old flue that went through the roof which had broke and fell in the house.”

The home was a total loss. Ten members of the fire department were at the site along with two engines and a tanker.

Chief Danny Dozier would like to thank all his men for a job well done in saving Jean West’s home. “I would also like to thank my squad for the hard work at the second fire where we battled cold temperatures as well as the blaze.”

Also responding to both scenes were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, and Tri Count Electric.

 
Macon Teenagers Hurt in Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Four young people, three from Macon County, were hurt in a wreck last Monday night, February 3, on Union Hill Road in Clay County, and the impact of the crash was so severe it knocked the engine out of the car.

According to the report filed by Trooper Mark Mahan, 21-year-old Spencer Holden, of Nashville, was driving a 2004 Nissan Maxima west bound on Union Hill Road. The vehicle topped a hill causing the vehicle to go airborne, indicating speed was a contributing factor. Once the vehicle made contact back on the roadway the vehicle crossed the center of the road. The vehicle then exited the roadway where it struck an embankment and tree. The impact was so severe that the engine was knocked out of the car. The vehicle also rolled numerous times where it came to rest on its left side.

Spencer Holden was transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance and was later transferred to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. He was discharged on Sunday, February 9.

Passengers included 19-year-old Christopher Blackburn and 18-year-old Cierra Sullivan, both of Lafayette, who were transported to Cookeville Regional; and a juvenile from Red Boiling Springs was also carried to Cookeville for treatment.

Charges are pending against Spencer Holden. Trooper Mark Mahan was the investigating officer.

 

 

 
Multiple Charges After Gas Drive Off PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Allen Gee

Charges stacked up against Allen Michael Gee, including driving a stolen vehicle, after Macon County Sheriffs Office Sgt. Michael Veatch, stopped him in Macon County on Saturday morning, February 8, following a gas drive off in Gamaliel, Kentucky. He is 28 years old and lives on Dogwood Lane in Red Boiling Springs.

Last Saturday morning, Macon County law officers were notified to be on the look out for a white 4-door F250 Ford with yellow caution lights on top that was involved in a gas drive off from Pitcock’s Market in Gamaliel. “The owner had followed the guy, who was later identified as Gee, into Macon County,” said Sgt. Veatch, “He immediately notified us that the vehicle was in our jurisdiction and I came into contact with the truck on the east side of the county.”

After Sgt. Veatch pulled the vehicle over, there was a strong odor of alcohol coming from Allen Michael Gee and he did admit stealing the diesel fuel from the market in Gamaliel. The suspect exited the vehicle but refused a field soberity test, at which time enough evidence had been obtained to place him under arrest.

Alcohol was present in the vehicle, both full and empty containers.

Sgt. Veatch then checked for active warrants and he also checked on the status of the vehicle, later to find out that the truck had been stolen from a company in Cookeville, Tenn. two days prior on February 6.

The vehicle was towed from the scene and Gee was transported to the Macon County Sheriffs Office for booking. Sgt. Veatch charged him with driving under the influence, violation of seat belt law, driving on a suspended license, violation of implied consent, open container violation, buy/sell/rec/poss stolen property and habitual offender.

Bond is set at $27,000 and a General Sessions Court date is set for Feb. 12.

The case is still under investigation and possible leads concerning other area thefts in Macon and surrounding counties.

 

 

 
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