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Sheriff's Dept. Recovers Stolen Guns PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, June 3, 2014


Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons recently announced that sheriff’s department deputies and detectives have been investigating burglaries in the county over the past few weeks.

After gathering evidence at the scenes and conducting several interviews in surrounding counties, searches were conducted and officers were able to recover missing items from the residential burglaries including long guns and several knife collections.

During the investigation, several suspects were established and arrests were made.

The investigation is classified as ongoing and additional charges are pending.

 Agencies involved in the investigation were the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, the Lafayette Police Department, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, the Trousdale County Sheriff’s Department and the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.

One Flown Out From Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 27, 2014


On Thursday afternoon, May 22, a  30-year-old Lafayette man was driving a white 1996 Honda Accord on the Akersville Road, when he hit another car head on. 

According to Trooper Tracy Donoho, last Thursday afternoon Justin Dalton was traveling south in a Honda Accord when he crossed the center line and hit a northbound red 2002 Volkswagon head on. Eldon Kinflow, age 77, was driving that car.

“Valla Mayhew, age 25, was a passenger in the car driven by Dalton” said Trooper Donoho, who assisted wreck investigator Trooper Danny Fisher at the scene.

Trooper Donoho said Dalton had to be cut out of his vehicle and a medical helicopter landed near the crash site and he was flown out from the wreck with Vanderbilt Medical Center as the destination.

Eldon Kinflow and Valla Mayhew were both transported by ground to Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin. 

Vanderbilt Medical Center reported on Monday morning that Justin Dalton was listed in stable condition. 

This is an on-going investigation. Trooper Johnny Rodgers also assisted Trooper Fisher at the scene.

 Those responding to the crash site were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Macon County Rescue Squad, Lafayette Fire Department and the Macon County Chronicle.

Hayden Fest Benefit Concert, May 31 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Bucky Covington

Hayden Fest Cancer Benefit Concert, an event held in memory of Hayden Shrum, promises to provide great music, great food and great times on Saturday, May 31, with gates opening at 4:00 p.m. at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Lafayette. 

Hayden Shrum, who passed away in May of 2010 from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, spent his last months planning this cancer awareness event, then called ‘Rockin’ the Park for Cancer Awareness.’ The event was a huge success, and friends and family have carried on the young man’s dream by continuing to host the outdoor music festival in his memory every year since his death.

Now entitled “Hayden Fest” the festival focuses on Hayden’s love of music and passion for helping others who are battling cancer. 

Musical entertainment this year will feature Country Music Star Bucky Covington & Medrock, who will join Hayden Fest in raising funds for area cancer victim’s and their families so they can recover from the unexpected and make strides toward becoming cancer survivors.

“Tomorrow is promised to no one…and few people get second chances at life to fix mistakes…” Hayden entered these words in his caring bridge journal on May 9, 2009, and one year later, on Wednesday evening of May 26, 2010, he departed this life. Someone said he looked at his situation as a time to reflect and learn how to see, how to think, how to help, and in his own words, how to feel in ways he never knew before…rejuvenated by the grace of God.

Hayden’s love for sports and writing led him to become a part-time summer sports writer here at the Macon County Chronicle, where he expressed a growing interest in journalism and photography. 

He was born on November 17, 1986, and on May 4, 2009, Hayden received the biggest shock of his young life when he was diagnosed with leukemia. It was said that he spent the last year of his life living every day to the fullest and tried to enrich the quality of life for everyone he met. This young man certainly made a deep impression on people and although he may be gone, he will never be forgotten.

Tickets are $15.00 and 10 & under are free. There will be great food, kid events, and a live auction including an autographed guitar and more. 

Advance tickets are available at these locations: State Farm Offices in Lafayette & Portland, Macon County Board of Education in Lafayette, and North Central offices in Lafayette & Westmoreland.

“Join us for live music, great food and great times while helping someone…” 


Man Airlifted After Crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 20, 2014


A serious three-vehicle crash happened on Sunday night, May 18, around 10 p.m. on the Akersville Road in Macon County, resulting in one man being airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

In the narrative provided by THP Trooper Tracy Donoho, Vehicle #1 was a blue Ford F150 pickup truck driven by 42-year-old Justin Wix, of Lafayette. Vehicle #2 was a black non-contact Ford Ranger driven by 26-year-old Christopher Hancock, of Lafayette. Vehicle #3 was a blue Dodge pickup being operated by 19-year-old Jerry Page, of Celina.

Apparently Justin Wix was traveling south on the Akersville Road while Hancock and Page were traveling north. As Wix was coming across a small rise in the roadway, Hancock was making a left hand turn into the apartment parking lot in the Twin Lanes vicinity.

“Wix lost control of his Ford pickup and traveled over the center line striking the Dodge pickup that Page was operating,” said Trooper Donoho. “Page’s truck came to rest at the area of impact and Hancock’s Ranger came to a stop in the parking lot.”

However, after impact Wix’s vehicle continued traveling south and came to rest in a drive way on Twins Lane. “They had to extricate Wix from his vehicle,” added Trooper Donoho, “and he was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Luckily, Wix was the only individual that was injured.”

According to Trooper Donoho this is an on-going investigation. A spokesperson at Vanderbilt told the Macon County Chronicle on Monday afternoon, that Justin WIx is still hospitalized and is listed in stable condition.

First responders were: Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County EMS, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Lafayette Police Department, Macon County Rescue Squad, Lafayette Fire Department, and the Macon County Chronicle.

Trooper Donoho was the crash investigator and was assisted by Trooper Justin Mote.

Macon County Singing Convention to Celebrate 100th Birthday May 23-24 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 20, 2014


They say memory is formed of images, but not necessarily of the images we have physically  seen with our own eyes but by photographs. So when anyone speaks of the history of the Macon County Singing Convention I can almost see it as clearly as if I was there myself a hundred years ago walking down the sidewalk to get to downtown Lafayette for this glorious singing event wearing but what else - a big pink hat.

This Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24 the 100th Annual Macon County Singing Convention will meet at the Lafayette Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate this milestone. The birthday celebration will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. “Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday,” said Convention President Danny Patterson.
Donna Patterson will be handling the food and a special cake  with shape notes on it will be served on Saturday. Some of the best musicians in the south will be at the 100th birthday session, traveling from several states. “The President of the National Gospel Singing Convention, Ms. Jo Parker, from Montgomery, Alabama will also be on hand,” said Patterson, “and I expect there will be other representatives of state conventions in town as well.” 
“I started going to the singing convention when I was around 10 years old,” said Mrs. Annice Jones, long time piano teacher. “It was a big affair and a lot of people used it as a homecoming as well as coming to sing. There would be thousands of people in downtown Lafayette and I remember the bus line from Nashville would put on extra drivers and buses as well to accommodate the huge crowd.”
Mrs. Annice said they would stay all day and she recalls that she had her first taste of Coke at the convention and it cost a nickel. “They had vendors all around the square but they were not out in the streets they were on the sidewalks most of the time and you could buy ice cream, cold drinks, hot dogs or whatever you desired. It was truly a big event  and a lot of people would just walk the streets greeting people and stopping to talk to a long lost cousin or whatever. The courthouse would be packed with listeners, but that was nothing compared to the throng of people outside who enjoyed the event.”
Annice said it was a fun time back them and everybody was happy. “It was truly magical and we shared a lot of good times.”
Well this weekend is time to enjoy fellowship once again and everyone would love to breathe life back into this age old tradition, and all it will take is walking out the door and driving to the Lafayette Missionary Baptist Church this Friday and Saturday for plenty of good singing, fellowship and food. 
For more information contact Danny Patterson at 615-666-3438 or go to the website at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
“See you this weekend!!!”
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