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Rachel Tuck wins 2013 National American Miss Tennessee PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

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Rachel Tuck has won the 2013 National American Miss Tennessee at the stage pageant held Monday, July 29th in Nashville.

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Macon Man Dies in Jackson Co. Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Fifty-six-year-old David Braswell, of the Leonard Community, was killed in a Jackson County wreck on Wednesday, July 31.

David Braswell was traveling northbound on Hwy. 151 in a 1995 Honda Civic when he passed another vehicle on a double yellow line, in a curve and struck a 2003 Macon County Highway Department gravel truck head on. The truck was driven by 59-year-old Gary Davis of Red Boiling Springs, who was not injured in the collision. The wreck occurred about one mile into Jackson County from the Macon County line.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts.

The crash investigators were Trooper Mark Mahan, Trooper Darrin Butler, Sgt. Tony Wilson and CIRT Sgt. Ashley Mercer.

David was born in Lafayette, Tenn., on August 8, 1956 the son of the late Donald Braswell and Mable Pauline Keith Braswell. He had worked for Con Way Southern Express Freight for 23 years. He was a member of the Leonard Church of Christ.

Funeral services were conducted on Saturday, August 3, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with burial following in the Leonard Cemetery.

He is survived by son, Jonathan Braswell of Tompkinsville, Ky.; daughters, Layla Braswell of Tompkinsville, Ky., and Paige Braswell, of Lafayette; sister, Donna Braswell Russell of Cookeville; brother, Darrell and wife Mary Braswell of RBS; grandchildren, Angelique Huff, Zeke Braswell, Kaileigh Bowman, Gage Bowman, and Eli Braswell; nieces and nephews, Lacey Russell, Logan Russell, Halen Braswell and Landon Russell.

 
Blankenship Pleads to Vehicular Homicide PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Christopher Blankenship plead guilty to vehicular homicide before Judge John Wootten on Wednesday, July 31. He was sentenced to eight years for the death of his 17-year-old girlfriend, Britni Hyso, who was a passenger on his motorcycle that he wrecked several miles outside of Lafayette on Friday, March 23, 2012. His sentence will be served at Turney Center, a state penitentiary in Only, Tennessee.

In the early spring of 2012, Britni Rose Hyson, of the Shiloh Community, was riding on a Yamaha motorcycle with her fiancé, 30-year-old Christopher Blankenship, when he lost control and ran off Shiloh Road. Sustaining fatal injuries, she was pronounced dead at 8:35 p.m. by Medical Investigator Randall Kirby.

Blankenship was charged with driving while license revoked, motor driver cycle helmet required, leaving the scene of an accident knowing death resulted, vehicular homicide driver intoxicated, aggravated vehicular homicide, and probation violation.

He was already on probation for a DUI when this accident happened. He was picked up on a violation of probation charge and sent to a correctional facility after his probation was revoked. According to the Clerk’s Office, he was brought back to the Macon County Jail on July 1st so he could meet with his attorneys. He was returned to Turney Center after his sentence last Wednesday. He is serving a three-year sentence for the probation violation, with a total of 11 years to be served altogether.

“Christopher Blankenship took responsibility for his actions that caused the death of Britni Hyso,” said Assistant District Attorney Justin Harris. “Without the hard work of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Macon County Sheriffs Office we may not have ever known how that crash occurred. But thanks to those officers it was shown that Mr. Blankenship was too intoxicated to be on our roadways and that intoxication caused the crash that killed Ms. Hyso. Hopefully with the close of this criminal case the families that have been affected by this tragedy can begin to heal.”

 
Lafayette Church of Christ hosts Scooby Doo Mysteries PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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The Lafayette Church of Christ hosted ‘Scooby-Doo & the Mystery of the Parables’ Vacation Bible School from July 21-24. Activities included devotionals, a picnic, movies, VBS classes and activities.

 
Joey Wilburn Hired as New MCHS Band Director PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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Joey Wilburn has been hired as the new Band and Choir Director at Macon County High School. He replaces Shawn Mitterhalzer, who is moving on to work with the band at Gallatin High School.

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