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Child Rapist Receives 125 Years PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Aurelio Garcia Sanchez

Thirty-six-year old Aurelio Garcia Sanchez, of Windle Lane in Red Boiling Springs, was sentenced last Friday to 125 years for five counts of child rape involving his step-daughter. That was 25 years for each count, which will run consecutively.

According to Assistant District Attorney General Justin Harris, in August of 2011 the young victim told someone at school what had happened with her stepfather, Mr. Sanchez. “RBS Police Chief Terry Tuck then got involved,” said General Harris. “Chief Tuck along with former Macon County Sheriffs Office Detective Bill Cothron, and Officer Pete Richie of Sumner County conducted an investigation and the rape suspect confessed to molesting the young girl.”

Sanchez was arrested by Chief Tuck on August 23, 2011, and was tried in June of this year, before Judge David Durham. “The jury convicted him on the evidence that was gathered during the officers’ investigation and the victim’s testimony as well,” said the assistant District Attorney.

“We are pleased with the judgment,” added General Harris, who represented the State.

 
MCGH Celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness Month PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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Nobody ever expects to have breast cancer, yet it seems like we’ve all been affected by this disease at some point in our lives, whether we have had it, or have had a family member or friend who have battled it. An uncompassionate and terrifying disease that does not discriminate among its victims, cancer is the second leading cause of death in our country.

As we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness this month, let’s think of the brave women in our lives and the importance of early detection and the need for everyone to become informed of this threatening disease so we no longer have to bury our loved ones who didn’t take the time to take care of their own life.

Once again, Macon County General Hospital is doing its part to make sure that they are offering the best in screening technology they can. By encouraging breast cancer awareness and supporting breast cancer research they hope that one day our children, grandchildren, great grandchild, will live to see the day that a cure has been discovered.

“As you may all know,” said Director of Imagining Kim Winsett at MCGH, “October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and for the entire four weeks we will be offering mammograms. All women are at risk for breast cancer and remember it increases as you get older.”
”Of course fear is a normal reaction for a lot of women,” she added, “but with regular screening, the disease can be found early, and after treatment, many women live long, happy, healthy and productive lives. Early detection is the key, and please don’t put off having a mammogram, it can mean the difference between life and death.”

Macon County General Hospital began promoting public awareness of breast cancer in 2001 and they are proud to announce that the new state-of-the-art digital mammography should be available in the next couple of months.

According to Macon County General Hospital CEO Dennis Wolford, one of the key benefits of digital imaging is immediate access to patient information. Technologists don’t have to leave their patient’s side to check film, reducing patient wait time and anxiety. The exams can be immediately sent to the radiologist for review. 

“Breast cancer awareness has grown,” said Wolford, “and Macon County General Hospital is proud to be a part of it. Working side-by-side we know the value of an efficient, collaborative workflow.”
Kim Winsett added, “MCGH genuinely cares about the patients and extend our personal attention to everyone. You are more to us than just a number, we offer human connection, which is important under the circumstances.”

“Please remember that early detection is the key.”

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Macon County General Hospital at 615-666-2147.

 
Osborne Sentenced to 20 Years for Arson PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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On Monday, October 7, thirty-three-year old Brian Allen Osborne, of Lafayette, was sentenced to 20 years, 100 percent, after setting a gas can on fire on the back porch of a residential home while a family of three slept inside on Sunday, April 10, 2011.

Assistant District Attorney General Justin Harris represented the State during the trial on February 7, 2013, receiving a conviction for arson, before Judge David Durham.

Macon County Sheriffs Office Deputy Kyle Petty stated that Osborne was witnessed standing over the gas can while it was on fire.

Brian Osborne is being housed in the Macon County Jail where he has been incarcerated since April of 2011.

 
Fall Funfest on the Square this Saturday, Oct. 12 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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To celebrate the season, merchants on the Lafayette Public Square are extending an invitation to everyone to join them for the fifth annual Fall Funfest on the Square set for Saturday, October 12, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

During the afternoon event, a variety of fall-inspired activities are scheduled at no cost for children and adults, including train rides, storytelling, apple bobbing, wagon rides by Kenny Jones, a cake walk, a fire truck display and a Halloween costume contest.

Free balloons and popcorn will also be given away at Macon Bank & Trust and the Macon County Sheriffs Department will be displaying the D.A.R.E Paddy Wagon.

 In the spirit of the season of giving, guests will be eligible to register for gift certificates from participating merchants to be given away at 2 p.m. on the Courthouse lawn. Each of the local businesses participating in the event will also offer special Fall Funfest deals and discounts to consumers.

To enter for the gift certificate drawings, register at any of the participating merchants the day of the event. Participating merchants include the Macon County Chronicle, Johnson’s Jewelers, Cathy’s Flowers & Gifts, Indigo Blues, Macon Department Store, Gibson’s Café, Macon Bank & Trust, Citizens Bank, Been Set Free, McClard’s Gifts, Healing Hands of Peace Ministry, Inspirations, Linda’s Cakes & Catering and All About Sports.

Kids Costume Contest judging will take place at 1:30 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. The First Place winner will receive $50, Second Place will receive $25 and Third Place will be awarded $15.

Storytelling will be held at McClard’s Gifts and Macon Department Store and Gibson’s Café will host the bobbing for apples event.

So mark your calendars for Fall Funfest on the Square on Saturday, October 12, for an afternoon of family fun and fantastic discounts at your favorite local businesses!

For more information see page A-13 or contact the Macon County Chronicle at 688-6397.

 
Teens Playing 'Chicken' Crash on Long Creek PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

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Two local teenage boys were playing the dangerous road game “Chicken” last Saturday morning, September 28, on Long Creek Road when their pickup trucks crashed head on, said investigator Trooper Johnny Rodgers, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. One walked away with only minor injuries and the other was admitted to Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville. Both drivers were 17-years-old.

One teen was driving west on Long Creek Road in a white 1997 Dodge Durango truck and the other teen was traveling east in a 1991 Nissan pickup. “Both drivers were on the wrong side of the road,” said Trooper Rodgers, “and were trying to get back into their own lanes when they hit head on at 8:11 a.m.”

“Both drivers admitted to playing the road game “Chicken” which caused the accident,” added Trooper Rodgers. “The drivers were both unrestrained and one teen was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin by ambulance and then transported to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.” He has since been released.

Charges are pending.

Those responding to the scene were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.

 
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