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Family Home Burns in Weekend Fire PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, June 22, the Lafayette Fire Department received a call that the wood frame home at 240 Murray Hill Lane had caught on fire. The residence is located just off the Akersville Road.

Firemen arriving at the scene said that the two-story section in the middle of the 3800 square foot family home belonging to Randy Green, was already heavily involved.

Units from Red Boiling Springs and Willette were also dispatched to the fire scene to assist Lafayette firefighters and the Westmoreland squad came to the Lafayette Fire Station on stand by.

“We were at the fire site for several hours,” said Assistant Chief Troy Brawner, who was in charge of the scene, “and we returned to the station at midnight.”

The firefighters not only battled the blaze but the heat and humidity as well. Macon County EMS was on hand to check vitals and make sure the firemen were okay.

The Red Cross was called to aid the Green family.

The fire rekindled on Sunday morning and the Lafayette Fire Department along with the Red Boiling Springs Fire Department returned to the fire scene.

The origin of the fire was in the middle section of the home and the structure was a total loss.

“We want to thank the Red Boiling Springs, Willette and Westmoreland Fire Departments for their assistance,” said Chief Keith Scruggs. “We really appreciated their help.”

Responders besides the fire departments: Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.

 
Former Correctional Officer Arrested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Former Macon County Correctional Officer, 42-year-old Wendy Deshay Carter, has been arrested on five counts of sexual contact with an inmate and five counts of official misconduct after she was indicted by the Grand Jury last week.

According to the TBI, between January 1, 2012 and March 14, 2013, shortly after she was hired by the Macon County Jail, Wendy Carter began a sexual relationship with an inmate, which lasted approximately a year.

“Earlier this year, I received information off misconduct going on in the jail,” said Sheriff Mark Gammons. “I contacted District Attorney General Tommy Thompson and requested him to have a TBI investigation on Wendy Carter.”

Sheriff Gammons said at that time he turned all the information over to the TBI and they conducted the investigation.

“After turning the information over, I dismissed Carter from all her duties at the Macon County Sheriffs Office,” said the Sheriff.

The TBI press release stated that Carter would disable surveillance cameras in the jail or seek locations without a surveillance camera to engage in sexual activity with the inmate. She also exchanged nude photos and arranged sexual encounters with the inmate after providing him with a cell phone in the jail.

Bond was set for $2,500, when Wendy Carter was booked into jail.

 
Hwy 10 Hill Project Moves Ahead PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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County Mayor Shelvy Linville’s persistence in communicating with TDOT Commissioner John Schroer and Governor Haslam about the delayed Highway 10 Hill project seems to have paid off.

The mayor received a letter from Commissioner John Schroer on Friday, June 14, stating that the department had been monitoring crash reports occurring on SR-10 in this vicinity and working with the local Division Office of the Federal Highway Administration. Schroer said that he was pleased to report that he has been able to identify funding under one of the safety programs, to deliver the project.

Commissioner Schroer also said that he could certainly appreciate the mayor’s position and that he shared Linville’s goals in wanting to provide the safest roads possible for all Tennesseans, therefore he had directed his staff to accelerate the schedule from the fall of 2014 and ready this project for construction in a spring 2014 bid opening.

“Even after the Governor and Transportation Commissioner released the 3-year plan on April 16, without our Highway 10 Hill project listed,” said Mayor Linville, “I still felt that these same two individuals could make this project happen.”

“I have been communicating with Commissioner Schroer and I am happy to report that my persistence has apparently paid off,” said the Mayor. “I believe the Commissioner realizes the danger in which the Highway 10 Hill poses and has found a way to help us sooner rather than later.”

Mayor Linville would like to thank the Transportation Commissioner and the Governor for their concern and their commitment to accelerate this project. “I certainly look forward to seeing orange barrels and bulldozers on that hill.”

 
Relay For Life Nets Over $47,000 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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The Macon County Relay For Life event moved ahead last Friday night, June 7, despite the on and off rain showers.

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2013 Yellow Jacket Golf Classic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tina Bowen   
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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The 2013 Yellow Jacket Golf Classic played at Long Hollow in Galatin, Tn., had 17 teams to turn out Saturday for the four man golf scramble.

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