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Man Arrested for Solicitation of Minor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Daniel Wayne West

A man has been arrested in Madison, TN, and charged with solicitation of a Macon County minor by electronic means.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, detectives Darrell Taylor and Phil Russell received the complaint last week and after gathering evidence and viewing material, were able to positively identify the suspect in the case as 36-year-old Daniel Wayne West of Hamblin Dr. in Lafayette.

The Goodlettsville and Metro police departments were contacted to assist in locating West’s whereabouts.

West was detained by Metro PD officers in Madison and was transported to the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, where further evidence was gathered in the case.

 West is scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions Court on July 23. His bond is set at $3,000.

Four Juveniles & Baby Involved in Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 1, 2014


On Friday night, June 27, THP Sgt. Ed Crouch headed to Highway 52 west after a 911 report came across the scanner of a  two-vehicle injury wreck at the Oak Dale intersection involving several people, including four juveniles and a baby.

According to Sgt. Crouch, 45-year-old Tina Sullivan Driver  was traveling west on Highway 52 in a 2013 silver Hyundai Elantra along with passenger 47-year-old Carlin Stone, both of Lafayette. “They were heading to work in Portland,” said Sgt. Crouch.

A red 1989 Chevrolet pickup was heading east on Highway 52 and attempted to turn onto Oak Dale Road in front of the automobile, where they collided. “There were four juveniles, including a baby in the truck,” said Crouch. 

“The driver was a juvenile, along with a female passenger, a male passenger, a baby and a male juvenile in the bed of the truck,” said the Sgt. “They were all restrained except for the teenager in the back.”

Three juveniles were transported to Skyline Hospital and the baby and other young person weren’t. Carlin Stone, who was a passenger in the Hyundai was carried to Vanderbilt Hospital.

That section of Highway 52 West was closed for a couple of hours and the traffic was re-routed.

Traffic citiations are pending.


RBS Police Arrest Man on Several Charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 1, 2014


Red Boiling Springs Police Chief Terry Tuck arrested 27-year-old Chad Carman, of 553 Lafayette Road, after a couple of burglaries occurred at 557 Lafayette Road, in Red Boiling Springs.

“We had a couple of burglaries at 557 Lafayette Road, in Red Boiling Springs,” said Chief Terry Tuck. “One occurred on June 21 and the other on June 26. During the first incident nothing of importance was taken and it looked like someone had gone through some dresser drawers looking for something of value.”
The Chief was called back on June 27 for a second burglary and this time the owner noticed several missing items. “She also discovered someone had broken into her outside building behind the house and she reported the following items missing: bench grinder, scroll saw, radial arm saw, two Skil saws, a router, band saw, saws all, battery charger, socket and wrench sets and four boxes of ammunition.”
Chief Tuck said while investigating the out building he noticed on the ground a small plastic bottle of muzzle loader black powder that appeared to led to the residence next door.“I contacted Officer Jimmy Morgan and we spoke to Mr. Carman who resided at the house located at 553,” continued Chief Tuck. “We advised him or what had happened next door and what evidence I found on the ground leading to his home. I asked Mr. Carman for consent to search his residence and he refused.”
The chief happened to recall a few months of dealing with Mr. Carman and that he was on probation. “I advised him that one of the rules of his probation was that his vehicle or residence could be searched at any time.”
“He acknowledged and agreed to the search,” said Tuck, “and during the search we found a growing marijuana plant. We also found the bench grinder inside the home and the rest of the stolen property was found in the trunk of Mr. Carman’s automobile.”
“We placed him under arrest and we have charged Mr. Carman with two counts of burglary, theft over $1,000, theft under $500 and manufacture of Schedule VI narcotics,” added the Chief. “His bond is set at $8,500 and a court date is scheduled for July 9.”

Truck vs. Tree on Winkler's Rd. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 24, 2014


There was a serious single vehicle wreck on Winkler’s Road in the north east side of the county on Monday afternoon, June 23, when a man driving a Ford truck hit a tree. Trooper Tracy Donoho was the investigating officer.

“Eddie Alexander, age 19, of Red Boiling Springs, was driving east on Winkler’s Road in a 1994 Ford F150 Truck when he traveled off the southside of the roadway coming out of a curve,” said Trooper Donoho. “He overcorrected, crossed back over the highway going off the north side of the roadway, then crossed a yard and driveway and struck a tree. This caused the vehicle to spin around and come to rest.” Due to weather conditions Air Evac and Lifeflight helicopters both declined to fly, so the Macon County EMS carried young Alexander to Vanderbilt Hospital by ground. However, they requested the Air Evac crew to ride with them and they picked the crew members up at the heli pad in Lafayette. “Mr. Alexander was conscious but he was having trouble communicating,” Trooper Donoho added. The first reponders were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.  

Have a Happy & Safe Fourth of July! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, June 24, 2014


If you haven’t decided how you and your family will celebrate our nation’s birthday this year, several events have been scheduled in, and around, Macon County including a Pre-Fourth of July Celebration at The White House Assisted Living in Lafayette, an Independence Day Parade in Hartsville, the Westmoreland Freedom Fest Independence Day Celebration and a Fourth of July celebration & BBQ in Hermitage Springs. 

  • Lafayette: Everyone is invited to a Pre-4th of July Celebrationon Thursday, July 3, at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn at The White House Assisted Living. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music presented by: the Skahl Family. Serving an All-American meal of hotdogs, hamburgers, chips & drinks. Fireworks at dusk. This event is free to attend.
  • Westmoreland: The Westmoreland Freedom Fest Independence Day Celebration will be held Saturday, June 28, at 3 p.m. at the Ricky Woodard Memorial Park (downtown area, follow signs). There will be live music (Bands performing: Pecan Sandies, Brothers Adcock, Grandpa’s Music, Junction South, Tommy Ross & TCB Band) a cakewalk, vendors, an inflatable slide for children and fireworks at 10 p.m. For information regarding vendor registration contact Rita Miller at (615) 644-2203.
  • Hartsville: Hartsville Independence Day Parade – Friday, July 4th at 4 p.m. The parade will go down Main Street to the park. After the parade, there will be food and live entertainment in the park and fireworks at 8 p.m.
  • Hermitage Springs: Hermitage Springs Volunteer Fire Department BBQ & Fireworks - Saturday, July 5 at the Hermitage Springs Park (Hwy 52). BBQ begins at 10:30 a.m. until it runs out! BBQ will be served at the fire hall and at the park. Fireworks begin at dark. Live music will begin later in the evening.

The number one concern about the Fourth of July holiday is safety. To ensure the safety of you and your loved ones this holiday, the Lafayette Fire Department encourages everyone to adhere to the following fireworks safety tips:

  1. Sparklers, considered by many as “safe,” burn at very high temperatures, can easily ignite clothing and stay hot long after burning out. They are as dangerous as matches or lighters to children. Be sure to collect all burned out sparkler wires for disposal.
  2. Older children should only be permitted to use fireworks under close supervision. Never allow any running or horseplay.
  3. Use lighters with a child resistant feature. Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
  4. Light fireworks outdoors, one at a time, on a clear, smooth, flat surface away from houses, dry leaves or grass, or flammable materials.
  5. Keep water nearby for emergencies and for pouring on misfired or spent fireworks.
  6. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Douse and soak them with water and throw them away.
  7. Be sure other people and pets are out of range.
  8. Never experiment with fireworks or ignite them in a glass or metal container. Do not attempt to make your own.
  9. Keep unused fireworks away from firing areas. Store them in a dry, cool place out of reach of children.
  10. Dispose of all fireworks properly.

According to Lafayette Fire Chief Keith Scruggs, there is at least one fire reported in Macon County every year involving Fourth of July fireworks, and he encourages residents to be aware of their surroundings. “There are a lot of dry areas that could catch fire,” he stated. “Surveying the area for potential fire hazards before igniting fireworks is the best way to prevent danger.”


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