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Macon County Recognized at State Fair Convention PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Pictured Sitting (L-R): Mike Wells, Bill Wells, Sally Wells, Max Wells; Standing (L-R): Carol Wells, Mark Wells, Kathy Wells, Tonya Wells, and Marty Wells. (Photo submitted)

Macon County was well represented at the 92nd Annual Tennessee Association of Fairs Convention that was held the weekend of January 18th with Sally Wells receiving the prestigious Thornton Taylor Award. She was honored for the work she has done for the Tennessee Association of Fairs and the Macon County Fair for 31 years.

Macon County received several other awards with the Fair Catalog designed by Cindy Gregory Patterson, Put It In Print, winning 1st place. Doug Holder won 2nd place in the recycled item category and Wanda Sandifer won 3rd place for her hand pieced and hand quilted quilt.

Attending the convention from Macon County were Sally & Bill Wells, Lisa Yokley, Tonya Butler, Wynona and Eddy Clayborne, Jeff & Debbie Hughes, Marilyn Murphy, and Steve & Beverly Walker.

McKenzie Sullivan represented Macon County in the Fairest of the Fair State Pageant.

Sally Wells has been a member of the Macon County Fair since it was organized in 1983. “She is an outstanding lady, who has devoted over 30 years of service to the Macon County Fair,” said Steve Walker. “She worked with all department chairs and she always prepared and submitted all reports to the Region and State. Sally was very devoted to the Fair.”
Mrs. Sally and her husband Bill Wells have three sons, Mark and his wife Kathy; Marty and his wife Tonya; and Mike and his wife Carol. They have three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Sally is very proud of her family but they are extremely proud of her and her accomplishments with the Macon County Fair.

“A quote from Ms. Sally, “I like being around people. Being involved is a good way to get to know people and give back a little to the community. As a matter of fact, I think I have gotten back a lot more than I’ve put in.”

Added Walker, “When people in Macon County think of the Fair, Mrs. Sally Wells comes to their thoughts. As one of the founders, she has been loyal and dedicated to the Macon County Fair. The success of the Macon County Fair would not have been possible without Sally Wells.”

The Macon County Fair Board would like to thank the community for their continued support of the fair along with the following individuals and businesses: Doug Holder, Wanda Sandifer, Pam Stubblefield, Barry Hiett, Rick Waller, James Christain, Kim Montgomery, Macon County Coordinated School Health, Macon Bank & Trust and Macon County Special Education Program.


Several Face Meth Related Charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 21, 2014


LPD Officer Jeff Hix found more violations than he bargained for after a traffic stop on Wednesday, January 15, led to the arrest of several individuals on meth-related charges, which were initiated in conjunction with the Macon County Sheriffs Office.

Around noon on January 15, LPD Officer Hix made a traffic stop on a vehicle at Highway 10 and 52. According to Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield, of the Macon County Sheriffs Office, the K-9 Gordy unit was called to the scene along with additional MCSO deputies.

“Evidence and information was gathered that led to indications of production of methamphetamine,” said Satterfield. “The investigation led MCSO deputies, LPD officers and also THP Trooper Danny Fisher to the 2000 block of Highway 10 South, where K-9 Gordy was deployed.”

“Gordy hit on a vehicle outside of the residence and when it was searched several components were discovered that were needed to manufacture methamphetamine,” continued the Chief Deputy. “Also upon search of the residence at Colter’s Trailer Park additional meth components were found and finished product of meth was recovered.”

The investigation continued to another residence near the Macon-Trousdale line, where another dwelling was searched and a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, was found.

“The Tennessee Meth Lab Clean Up vehicle was called to the first residence for clean up of the meth lab,” stated Satterfield, “and the residence was quarantined.”
At the time of the investigation the following individuals were arrested by the LPD and MCSO: Micah Brentlea Burnley, Joann Mashell Darley, Terrisa L. Green, Chris David Maness, Donald Curtis Walker, James Charles Jackson, and Danielle Blair Hilderbran. Charges range from DUI, to manufacturing methamphetamine.

This is still an active and on-going investigation and Sheriff Mark Gammons and Lafayette Police Chief Stacy Gann would like to commend all the officers, deputies, and correctional officers for a job well done.

Agencies responding were the Lafayette Police Department, Macon County Sheriffs Office, THP and the Meth Task Force.

Construction Underway for $500,000 Staging Area/Morgue PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Construction has started on the staging area/morgue that was a part of the Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $3,058,970, in a disaster recovery application following the 2008 tornado and 2010 flood.

When I talked with 911 Director Steve Jones last Thursday he described the new facility as a 50x100 foot structure, which is a 5,000 sq. ft. multiple purpose building. It is located behind the 911 Center next to the Macon County Justice Center on Highway 52 by Pass East in Lafayette.

“The facility is going to have several different parts to it including a maintenance area where equipment can be worked on and minor vehicle problems can be taken care of for the Sheriffs Office,” said Director Jones. “There is a wash bay where all the county vehicles can be washed and cleaned by the inmates, who do this work while they are incarcerated in the Macon County Jail.

“A section is set up for the maintenance person at the jail who doesn’t have an office anywhere and we found a location for him in the staging area,” said Jones. “We also have a storage facility for him to put everything it takes to maintain the justice center along with restrooms.”

Director Jones says there are other secured storage sections as well.

“The building will have a 12x12 walk in cooler and this is a temporary morgue area,” Director Jones explained. “We are continuing to get more and more people that have moved into our county that have family who live somewhere else and when someone dies there isn’t anywhere in the county to hold these individuals.”

“If you are out on the scene you have to be able to transport loved ones somewhere they can be held until the proper notification is made. You also have to find out what funeral home or what town they need to be making arrangements to go to.”

The 911 Director said the funeral homes don’t have anywhere to put them and it is an inconvenience to them. “We have actually had to take bodies to Sumner County and store them until we could find out what to do,” he added.

There are a lot of migrant workers in the county and unfortunately when something happens these bodies have to be held anywhere from 12 to 24 hours. “That’s what the morgue is, a temporary hold facility, and it is a big part of the building.”

Then there is a section that has a large storing facility that will be used as a loading dock where a tractor trailer truck can back up to it and unload. “There are two large 12x12 doors where you can back equipment in and if the Sheriffs Office goes out and picks up something they have to seize and search, they will have a secured location they can put it in now,” noted Jones.

“So it is a multiple purpose building that we call a staging area because that’s what we are doing, staging for a disaster. During the tornado disaster we had 18 bodies in the EMS bay that had to be processed and luckily we had a gentleman from the state to come up and process them for us. And then we had to get a refrigerated truck to come in and store the bodies until we could get them sent to the appropriate locations.”

Construction is underway and Jones said they hope to be in the building by May. “This is a 100% grant and all it is costing the county is the insurance and utilities. “It bid out for $459,400. The building will cost around $500,000 by the time we get it finished and it is equipped,” concluded 911 Director Steve Jones.



Chuck Cowan Dies in Sumner Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Lafayette resident Chuck Cowan is dead following a Monday morning, January 13th, single-vehicle wreck in Sumner County.

Mr. Cowan was driving a westbound 1990 silver Toyota pickup truck on Hwy. 31 E at 4:29 a.m. when he veered off the road, struck a drain tile, went airborne, flipped the vehicle and landed on the passenger’s side of the truck. He was alone at the time of the wreck, which was in the Sideview Community of Sumner County.

According to the Sumner County Sheriffs Office he was pronounced dead at the scene by the Sumner EMS.

Mr. Cowan was a former member of the Macon County Board of Education, former owner of C & R Enterprises and at the time of his death he worked for a subcontractor of the US Postal Service. Chuck also coached youth sports.

The Sumner County Sheriffs Office investigated the wreck.

Funeral services will be at Anderson and Son Funeral Home, in Lafayette, but were incomplete at press time.

Deputy Injured in Hwy 10 Crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 7, 2014


A Macon County Sheriffs Office deputy was injured in a three-vehicle collision at a bad spot near the bottom of the Highway 10 South hill.

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night, January 2, and the temperature was only 16° outside as emergency personnel rushed to the scene.

Deputy Ashley Tharp, who was driving a white 2010 Dodge patrol car, sustained a broken ankle and was transported to Sumner Regional Hospital in Gallatin, where she underwent surgery and is reported to be back at home.

THP Sgt. Edd Crouch investigated the crash and reconstructed what apparently occurred.

The Trooper stated that 19-year-old Hannah Ruth Borders, of Westmoreland, was driving northbound on Hwy. 10 South in a red 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt along with her teenage passenger, Brooke Ann Madison, also of Westmoreland. “Hannah Borders lost control, spun around and skidded backwards into the southbound lane of travel hitting the deputy’s patrol car,” said Sgt. Crouch. “The third vehicle was a blue 2001 Dodge Dakota, traveling southbound with 25-year-old Karissa Kay Hesson behind the wheel.”

“Karissa Hesson attempted to stop but couldn’t,” explained Sgt. Crouch, “striking the deputy’s car and the red Chevrolet Cobalt.”

Crouch also stated that Deputy Tharp got over as far as she could after seeing the red car lose control of the roadway.

According to Crouch, the two young women in the Cobalt were not restrained. They were taken to MCGH were they were treated and released.

Trooper Justin Mote assisted Sgt. Crouch at the scene. Traffic citations are pending. 

First responders were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Macon County Rescue Squad and the Macon County Chronicle.


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