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MC Sheriff's Department Solves 2011 Case PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Macon County Sheriff’s Department detectives recently solved a 2011 theft case involving over $1,000 in stolen antiques.

Roll Over Wreck on Saturday Morning PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 13, 2014


THP Sgt. Ashley Mercer worked a Union Camp Road one vehicle roll over wreck in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 10 2014. 

Hwy 10 Hill Bid Letting May 23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mayor Shelvy Linville is pictured on the Highway 10 South Hill with a crew worker last Wednesday. (Photo by D. Gregory)

Friday, May 23, 2014, is the scheduled date for the Highway 10 Hill Project bid letting for construction. Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville’s persistence has finally paid off.

“While communicating with TDOT Commissioner John Schroer back in January, 2014, I was informed then that May 23, 2014, would be the date set for the letting of bids for construction regarding this project (SR-10 from south of Goose Creek to SR 52 at the top of the hill),” said Mayor Shelvy Linville. “On February 7, 2014, myself and Macon County Road Supervisor Audie Cook attended the Construction Field Review for this project at TDOT Region 3 office in Nashville.”

The Mayor said he came away from that meeting feeling good and confident that this project was finally going to move forward as scheduled. “It’s good to see that contractors have already started clearing right-of-way and utilities being moved. I anticipate construction on the road itself will begin around the middle of July.”

The road to this bid letting actually began in the spring of 2013 when Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and TDOT Commissioner John Schroer released the three-year transportation plan and the Highway 10 South Hill project, involving a 1.7 mile stretch was not included and it seemed once again that the project was put on the backburner.

Two weeks later an article appeared on the front page of the Macon County Chronicle, interviewing Mayor Linville, who was concerned about this set back. Shortly after, a public meeting was set with Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Deputy Commissioner and Chief Engineer Paul Degges to discuss Highway 10 in Macon County. After he finished speaking and explaining the situation, Mayor Linville commented that he was very disappointed that construction would not begin in February of 2014 as originally scheduled, but he remained cautiously optimistic that funding would be in the 2014-2015 budget for construction.

However, Mayor Linville’s persistence in communicating with TDOT seemed to have paid off when he received a letter from Schroer on Friday, June 14, 2013, stating that the department had been monitoring crash reports occurring on State Route 10 in this vicinity and that he was pleased to report that he had been able to identify funding under one of the safety programs, to deliver the project.

Commissioner Schroer also said that he could certainly appreciate the mayor’s position and that he shared Linville’s goals in wanting to provide the safest roads possible for all Tennesseans, therefore he had directed his staff to accelerate the schedule of the project.

Everybody that was involved in this project in any capacity had to have their material turned in by March 12, 2014 and the bids will be let on May 23, 2014.






Two Vehicles Stolen in City April 23 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Two vehicles were stolen in the City of Lafayette on Wednesday, April 23, and the Lafayette Police Department has recovered them both. The department expects to make arrests by the end of the week.

Around 1:00 a.m. last Wednesday Carl Moss, from Westmoreland, reported that his gold 2002 Nissan Sentra was taken from Flex Technologies in Lafayette. “The vehicle was entered in NCIC as stolen,” said Chief Stacy Gann, “and we recovered the car in Hartsville.”

“At this time we are looking for the suspects but it is still under investigation,” said Chief Gann. “We expect to make an arrest by the end of the week.”

Also on the same day, Jonathan Cosco, of Baker Drive in Lafayette, reported his 2001 GMC Senoma pickup truck stolen from his residence. That vehicle was also entered in NCIC and later that same day the Louisville, Kentucky Police Department called and notified the Lafayette Police Department they had that vehicle. The suspect has been identified in this case but has not been arrested yet.

Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Arrest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Michael D.  Parker, Jr.

THP Trooper Johnny Rodgers arrested 38-year-old Michael D. Parker, Jr., of Lafayette, on Friday night, April 18, on methamphetamine manufacture and drug paraphernalia charges after he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Ellington Drive and Church Street at 11:18 p.m.

According to Trooper Rodgers he stopped Parker for running a stop sign in Lafayette, and upon contact with the subject he noticed he was very nervous. “I issued Michael Parker Jr. a citation for a stop sign violation and while he was signing the citation, I noticed some drug paraphernalia in the 1991 Chevy pickup he was driving,” said Trooper Rodgers. “I asked for consent to search and he granted it.”

“I had already called for backup” continued Rodgers, “and by this time Troopers Danny Fisher and Justin Mote, two Lafayette Police Department officers and Sgt. Michael Veatch & K-9 Gordy, of the Macon County Sheriffs Office, had all arrived at the scene.”

Upon search of the vehicle the officers found two meth pipes, a mini methamphetamine lab, $6,620 in cash, seven hypodermic needles – one with meth still in it and six had already been dispensed but contained residue.

The vehicle and the cash were seized by the Tennessee Highway Patrol then placed into evidence.

Michael D. Parker Jr., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. Bond is set at $15,000 and a General Sessions Court date is scheduled for Wednesday, July 9.






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