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Ben Bray's Real Estate to Hold St. Jude's Auction Jan. 11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Ben Bray, Broker/Auctioneer for Ben Bray Real Estate & Auction Company, is getting ready for Saturday morning, January 11, 2014, when he will take the platform to conduct the 4th Annual St. Jude Charity Auction. The event will be at the Sally Wells Building, located at the Macon County Fairgrounds, in Lafayette, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Since its inception, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has developed protocols that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when they first opened in 1962 to 80 percent today, and with your generous support the hospital is able to continue their life-saving research and treatment. By making donations you will be helping the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving children’s lives.

“We are seeking donations for this benefit that will be conducted here in Lafayette for St. Jude’s, which is ran strictly on donations made by people and organizations just like yourself,” Bray said last week. “All the money raised from our event will go directly to the hospital and their daily operations.”

Bray said that St. Jude’s is a pediatric cancer research center located in Memphis, Tennessee, and they serve over 5,000 patients each year regardless of their ability to pay, with several children from Macon County being treated there in previous years. “I have been blessed with three healthy children myself and I am proud to partner with this center and to coordinate a benefit auction for their battle against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.”

“If you have any questions or want to make a donation, you may contact us by phone at (615) 666-2232. Our mailing address is Ben Bray Real Estate and Auction, 672 Highway 52 By Pass West, Lafayette, Tennessee, 37083. Thanks for your time and remember, it’s not about us, it’s about the children.” 

Three Transported After Wednesday Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Monday, December 23, 2013


Highway 10 North, near the White Farm Road intersection, was the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday morning, December 18. Three people were transported, two to Gallatin by ground ambulance and one carried by medical helicopter to Nashville.

Investigating officer, THP Trooper Justin Mote, told the Macon County Chronicle that 58-year old Glennon Scott was driving a southbound white 2003 Jeep SUV and 71-year-old Doyle Robinson was also driving southbound in a 2004 white Ford van when the wreck occurred. Robinson’s wife, Bettie, was in the passenger’s seat. All three are from Lafayette.

“Doyle Robinson was stopped in the southbound lane of Highway 10 North due to TDOT working the area around 8:00 a.m.,” said Trooper Mote. “Mrs. Scott was also southbound, striking the rear end of Mr. Robinson’s van. When the van was hit it crossed the northbound lane and traveled up an embankment. Mrs. Scott came to rest in the northbound lane of travel heading north.”

Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were carried by ground ambulance to the Gallatin Hospital and Mrs. Scott was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

A Vanderbilt spokesperson said on Sunday afternoon, that Mrs. Scott was listed in stable condition.

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






Strong Winds & Rain Cross County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Monday, December 23, 2013


Over the weekend the spring like temperatures produced a strong band of storms that blew in from the west on Saturday night, December 21.

Forecasters said repeatedly that we were in store for a round of what could possibly be violent weather.

TV stations went to straight weather around nightfall and as the system moved into west Tennessee, meteorologists said it was headed directly to our area.

As the front came rolling into Macon County, there was a tornado warning issued at 9:26 p.m. for Macon County until 10:00 p.m, which was then extended to 10:30. The tornado sirens were activated twice in Lafayette and several times in Red Boiling Springs.

According to the scanner, authorities stated that a TDOT worker spotted a tornado in the air around the Westmoreland area.

The winds, which were in excess of 55 mph, toppled trees across the county.

“There were several trees that were down last night and were called around 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night,” said Audie Cook of the Highway Department. “The roads we had to clear were Clifty, Lambert, Green Valley, Sparrow Lane, Akersville, Knight, Dark Hollow, Old Bottom, Bethany Road, Jim Town, Hanestown Road.”

“We worked until 3:30 a.m. on Sunday morning,” he added, “but we were called back out at 7:30 to clear other roads and worked until 10:30 a.m.”

There was also a mobile home fire Saturday night, at the residence of James Likens on Shiloh Lane. The Lafayette Fire Department responded around 10:45 and they contained the blaze to a bedroom and its’ contents.

“Mr. Likens said he was getting ready to go to bed when he found the fire,” said Fireman Phillip Smith.”

The department utilized a engine and tanker. There were 10 fireman at the site of the fire. Captain Don Steves was in charge of the scene.

Responders were: Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County EMS and the Macon County Chronicle. 



Macon County Education Foundation Presents Grants PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, December 11, 2013


The Macon County Education Foundation, Inc. (MCEF) awarded $14,000.00 to fund 13 projects in Macon County schools and daycares.

Murder on Thomas Ridge Road PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thomas Ridge Rd.

At 2:49 p.m. on Friday afternoon, October 25, a 911 call was received by Macon County emergency personnel of a dead body located around the 200 block of Thomas Ridge Road. The Macon County Sheriffs Office responded to the scene.

Thomas Ridge Road is divided between Macon and Smith Counties and according to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons upon arriving at the scene he realized the body was approximately a quarter of a mile into Smith County.

“When I arrived at the site along with my detectives, I quickly realized the crime scene was only a short distance out of my jurisdiction,” said Sheriff Mark Gammons. “I immediately turned the investigation over to Sheriff Steve Hopper and the Smith County Sheriffs Department, however we remained at the scene and offered our assistance. The TBI was also called to Thomas Ridge Road.”

According to the TBI, the body of 29-year-old Dawn Duke, of Carthage, was discovered lying along Thomas Ridge Road. The victim had been stabbed multiple times in the chest area and suffered trauma to the face.

Eddie West, of the Carthage Courier, told the Macon County Chronicle that Duke’s body was discovered by a Pleasant Shade resident while he was on his way to mow grass near where the victim’s body was found.

During the course of the investigation, three TBI agents along with local law enforcement personnel managed to identify the victim, who didn’t have any identification with her, and place murder suspects 42-year-old Stephone Berry and 38-year-old Melinda Bush in custody.

West also said that the trio were supposedly friends until recently.

The TBI has charged both individuals, of Pleasant Shade, with first degree murder because they each claim that they other committed the crime.

A $50,000 bond was set for Melinda Bush and bond was set at $100,000 for Stephone Berry.  

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