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Fall Funfest on the Square: Oct. 18 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 16, 2014


To celebrate the season, merchants on the Lafayette Public Square are extending an invitation to everyone to join them for the sixth annual Fall Funfest on the Square set for Saturday, October 18, 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 storytelling, apple bobbing, wagon rides, inflatables, a fire truck display and a Halloween costume contest. 

Each of the local businesses participating in the event will also offer special Fall Funfest deals and discounts to consumers. 

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.

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!

 Participating merchants and information about this year’s giveaways will be announced in an upcoming issue of the Chronicle.

Macon Men Chased Across Two Counties PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Thursday, September 11, 2014


(Eddie West, Carthage Courier, contributed to this article)

On Thursday, September 4, two Macon County men were involved in a reckless high speed police chase that began in Smith County and ended in a field in neighboring Trousdale County.

According to Smith County Deputy Steven Ray’s narrative, he was dispatched to the Dixon Springs community shortly before 11:00 a.m. to look for two individuals in a green Tahoe, who were possibly involved in the theft of a trailer. Prior to this a suspicious vehicle report had been called in from the Beasley Bend area, matching the same description.

Deputy Ray encountered the vehicle at Rome Road and Dixon Springs Circle and he witnessed  the Tahoe drive through a stop sign. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on Young Branch Road but the driver failed to yield and he accelerated to speeds up to 80 miles per hour while driving in a reckless manner on the wrong side of the road. 

The deputy said that he followed the vehicle onto Toetown Road, then onto Scanty Branch Road North, into Trousdale County and onto Massey Hollow Lane, where the vehicle stopped on a steep hill in a field and the two male subjects fled. They were 30-year-old William Alexander Beasley and 38-year-old Duwayne Edward Perdue, both of Macon County.

Several officers with the Smith County as well as Trousdale County Sheriffs Departments responded to the call. A K-9 unit from Trousdale County was also dispatched to the area.

Lt. Detective Shannon Hunt made contact with William Beasley on Skelton Lane directly across the hill from the incident and transported him to the Smith County Jail, where he was charged with evading arrest, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal trespassing, providing false report/information, criminal impersonation and introduction of contraband into a jail.

Methamphetamine was found on William Beasley, who is also wanted in Macon County, when he was booked into the Smith County Jail.

The vehice was registered to Duwayne Perdue, who wasn’t located but is charged with evading arrest, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, driving on suspended license and has been cited for traffic control devices, speeding and failure to maintain proper lane of travel.

The deputy found a syringe on the dash of the Tahoe, in front of the passenger seat where Beasley was sitting. William Beasley’s bond is set at $8,000.

As of press time, Duwayne Perdue, who is also wanted in Macon County, was still being sought. 

Prior to the pursuit, a Smith County sheriffs department officer was in the Beasley’s Bend area and he spoke with the two male subjects and obtained identification.

Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield, of the Macon County Sheriffs Office, said on Monday morning, that they have active warrants on William Alexander Beasley and Duwayne Edward Perdue.

9th Annual Ferrell Meador Apple Festival this Saturday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Thursday, September 11, 2014


Knollwood Manor and The White House Assisted Living invite everyone to come out and celebrate the fall season by attending the 9th Annual Ferrell Meador Apple Festival this Saturday, September 13, on the grounds of The White House Assisted Living facility in Lafayette.

Beginning at 10 a.m., festival guests will enjoy cider making, apple sampling,live music, antique and novelty booths, horseshoe pitching, a corn hole tournament and craft demonstrations. 

Entries for the Apple Recipe Contest must be submitted by 10 a.m. with categories to include Best Apple Pie, Best Fried Apple Pie, Best Apple Cake and Favorite Apple Recipe.

The Heritage Costume Contest will follow at 11 a.m., with participants asked to dressed in the clothes of yesteryear, or pre-1950.

Those attending the festival are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and a healthy appetite for the Old Time Dinner at noon.

Dinner will consist of pinto beans with ham shanks, coleslaw, cornbread, fried apples and your favorite apple desserts. 

All events at the 9th Annual Ferrell Meador Apple Festival are free of charge, including the Old Time Dinner.

“Ferrell will have his apples for sale,” said Knollwood and White House co-administrator Beverly Walker. “And door prizes will be up for grabs. Booth spaces are free and are still available.”

“We invite everyone to come out and have a great time at this year’s Ferrell Meador Apple Festival,” added Knollwood and White House co-administrator Linda Austin.

For more information, or if you would like to demonstrate a craft, or set up a booth to sell crafts or flea market items contact Beverly Walker at The White House Assisted Living: (615) 666-5566, (615) 888-6588 or (615) 666-6363 after 6 p.m. 

Eight-Month-Old Easton Goad Needs Our Prayers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 2, 2014


On August 26, 2014 Jed and Leslie Goad, of the Oak Grove community in Red Boiling Springs, received the news that no parent wants to hear when a medical team at Vanderbilt University diagnosed their eight-month-old baby boy, Easton, with liver cancer.

Little Easton began having issues with his blood platelets last spring, and he spent 12 days at Vanderbilt Hospital while doctors worked to diagnose him.  

When he was released, he continued to have issues with his blood count and platelets, often leading to blood and/or platelet transfusions.  

On Saturday, August 23, Easton’s parents took him back to Vanderbilt when he began showing new symptoms, and doctors scanned his body, paying special attention to his liver.  

After his diagnosis on Tuesday, a treatment plan involving chemotherapy was developed, which began August 29.  

Easton is scheduled for multiple rounds of treatments to address his liver cancer. To help assist the family with medical expenses, multiple fundraisers are either in the works or have already been scheduled. A t-shirt sale with the logo ‘Prayerful and Positive’ was held a couple months ago. 

Working with the Red Cross, the family also organized a blood donation drive in honor of Easton. Jed and Leslie are so grateful for all the help they have received and, with all of the blood transfusions Easton has had to have, it was an event the family wanted to set up in order to pay it forward to the Red Cross.  

Two drives were held for the community to come out and donate blood to the bank in honor of Easton.

Currently, chances for a a Rutger American Rifle are available at Antlers & Feathers and from David Flynn at the Board of Education.  

There have also been many donations and events held at local schools, including a ‘Hats Off To Easton’ at Macon County Junior High School on Friday, August 29, a silent auction/car wash/road block held earlier this year by members of the First Baptist Church of Red Boiling Springs and a Silpada Jewelry sale fundraiser held by Silpada Jewelry Representative Ramona Welch and Andrea Flynn. All proceeds from these events are being collected for the family.

Currently being planned is a home football game fish fry as well as a 5K Run/Walk. More information about these events will be available closer to time.  

Anyone interested in keeping up with Easton's progress is invited to join his Facebook group, Easton Goad's Page. All the latest news and event schedules are posted to the group.  

 Jed and Leslie would like to thank everyone for such an overwhelming amount of support and most of all the many prayers that are being offered up for Easton. They ask everyone to continue praying for Easton's recovery thru this treatment process and to join them in being ‘Prayerful & Positive for Easton’!

$100,000 House Fire in RBS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, September 2, 2014


A call came in around 6:15 p.m. on Thursday, August 28, that the home of Mayor Willie Brown, in Red Boiling Springs, was on fire. His residence is located at 527 Bennett Hill Road.

“The Red Boiling Springs Fire Department was dispatched to the scene of a structure fire at 527 Bennett Hill Road that was reported to have smoke coming from the roof,” said RBS Fire Chief Randy Hagan. “We quickly responded and upon arrival we found heavy smoke coming from all vents in the attic area, with no flames visible at the 1,800 square foot one-story wood frame home.”

Chief Hagan stated that upon his request for mutual aid on Thursday, neighboring fire departments from Lafayette and Mt. Vernon responded offering their assistance.

The chief said after making entry to make sure no one was in the house, flames came through the ceiling in the kitchen area. “We immediately extinguished the flames and contained the fire to the attic area. All contents in the home sustained heavy smoke and water damage and we remained at the fire site until it was determined that all hot spots were out,” said Chief Hagan.

Unfortunately, at 5:45 a.m. on Friday morning, the fire rekindled and the RBS Fire Department was called back. “This time the residence was fully involved with flames shooting in the air,” said Chief Hagan, “and we requested mutual aid from the Lafayette Fire Department once again.”

A spokesman for the Lafayette Fire Department stated that on Thursday they dispatched an engine, tanker and five firefighters to the fire scene and on Friday the department sent a tanker and six firefighters.    

Hagan said his crew returned again that afternoon to douse the hot spots.

“The home was completely destroyed and the estimated property loss was $100,000,” added Chief Hagan.

“I would like to thank Lafayette Fire Department and Mt. Vernon Fire Department for responding to our mutual aid request,” said Chief Hagan. “I  would like to commend all the firefighters involved for a job well done, despite the extreme heat and humidity. I certainly appreciated all their hard work.”

Those responding to the scene were the Red Boiling Springs Fire Department, Lafayette Fire Department, Mt. Vernon Fire Department, Red Boiling Springs Police Department, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS and the Macon County Chronicle.

 (See page A-8 for the destroyed home pictured the following day.) 

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