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Election Day is August 7!! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

If you haven’t taken advantage of the early voting period, don’t forget to cast your vote on Election day for the State Primary and County General Election this Thursday, August 7.

Macon County Administrator of Elections Barry Doss has a few reminders for those planning to participate on Election Day

  1. The polls open at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
  2. The District 7 polling place has been moved from the Sally Wells Building to the Armory due to fair activities.
  3. Don’t forget, you must have a valid photo ID to be eligible to vote.
  4. If you don’t know where the polling place is located for your district, call the Macon County Election Commission Office at (615) 666-2199.

Early voting ended last Saturday, August 2, with 3,970 Macon County voters making their picks for county and state positions.

The breakdown of the number of early votes, by day, is as follows:

7/1 - 7/17: 26 early voters, 4 by mail voters (Total: 30)

July 18, 2014: 407 early voters; 6 by mail votes (Total: 413)

July 19, 2014: 175 early voters; 0 by mail voters (Total: 175)

July 21, 2014: 335 early voters, 12 by mail voters (Total: 347)

July 22, 2014: 300 early voters, 8 by mail voters (Total: 308)

July 23, 2014: 304 early voters, 9 by mail voters (Total: 313)

July 24, 2014: 313 early voters, 1 by mail voter (Total: 314)

July 25, 2014: 304 early voters, 2 by mail voters (Total: 306)

July 26, 2014: 133 early voters, 0 by mail voters (Total: 133)

July 28, 2014: 215 early voters, 16 by mail voters (Total: 231)

July 29, 2014: 226 early voters, 10 by mail voters (Total: 236)

July 30, 2014: 282 early voters, 8 by mail voters (Total: 290)

July 31, 2014: 350 early voters, 4 by mail voters (Total: 354)

August 1, 2014: 288 early voters, 25 by mail voters (Total: 313)

August 2, 2014: 207 early voters, 0 by mail voters (Total: 207)

Communication Towers Being Installed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 29, 2014


On Monday afternoon, July 28, I met with 911 Director Steve Jones to watch one of the three new communications towers being installed on Ward Lane, which is off Hwy. 141, near Westside. The director and I talked for a while as he explained this part of the $3,058,970 Disaster Recovery Grant Macon County received following the 2008 tornado.

“In the last few years the radios have gotten crowded and emergency departments are not getting as good of a signal as they use to,” said 911 Director Steve Jones. “The emergency services - law enforcement, fire & rescue, and ambulances - have lost coverage and are having a lot of interference with the radio systems.”
Jones said last year the FCC required everyone to do what is called narrow banding. “That cuts the modulation that they are providing in half and that even created another 10 to 15 percent loss in signals,” said Jones. “So with this disaster grant we got, we went to all the emergency departments and one of the biggest things everybody wanted was better communications.”

“Currently all of our communication antennas are scattered around on the water tanks and there is so many of them together on the tanks that we are having alot of interference issues. So what we are going to be doing is going to a new technology where we can combine those radio systems into one type of antenna system on three 280 foot towers located in RBS, Lafayette and this one at Westside and we will be able to cover the whole county.”

They started construction on the tower at Ward Lane Monday morning and it was stacked by the afternoon, with safety lighting put on it for aviation.

“The towers are costing about 1.3 million dollars and we are spending about 1.5 million altogether in communication upgrades,” said Jones, “so emergency personnel can talk from anywhere in the county without any problems.”

The next phase is the licensing process says Jones and that means getting all licenses transferred to the towers. “Then we will be putting new base radio repeaters systems in what they call a Simulcast Radio System. Right now we have receivers on each side of the county that can receive a signal but sometimes the law officers or EMS can’t hear back. So what we are doing now is putting a transmitter and receiver on each side of the county and in the middle, so it is called Simulcast.”

Jones says the radio system will be what is called a digtal radio system in the future and that is what everybody is going to. “We will be working for a while with both the old and new systems until we get all the bugs out of it.”

“We hope to be operational by the first of the year and we will have to bid out the radio equipment,” he said. “The reason we haven’t done that yet, is we are waiting to see how much the final cost of the towers will be because you always have adjustments to make. The radio equipment and transmitters & receivers will go in the building on site at each tower that ties together. NCTC is tieing that together for us with fiber optics, which will result in all three towers and our dispatch tied together.”

911 Director Jones says he is proud to be getting this new system in Macon County and he said it is something they had thought about for years. “We never thought of getting a grant.”

 “When everything is completed it will provide much better communications between the emergency services,” concluded Jones.

State Senate Candidate Clark Boyd Endorsed by Lynn & Black PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

L-R: State Representative Susan Lynn, Republican State Senate candidate Clark Boyd and US Congressman Diane Black

Recently at the Wilson County Republican Party Reagan Day dinner, Republican State Senate candidate Clark Boyd picked up the endorsement of State Rep Susan Lynn, and US Congressman Diane Black. 

"I endorse Clark Boyd for state Senate in the 17th district because Clark is a true conservative who is very intelligent, approachable, and responsive to people's needs; he has a pleasant and friendly nature arising from his strong Christian faith." stated state Representative Susan Lynn.   Lynn continued, "I have seen Clark in action and Clark makes me very proud.  Clark will provide the representation that not only Macon County deserves but the entire 17th District.  In fact, Macon County voters should know that the entire 17th district is looking to Macon County, and counting on the voters of Macon County to help us provide strong support Clark Bode for state Senate.  I know Clark Boyd – and I know that Macon County will be proud to call Clark Boyd their state Senator.”

Congressman Black also shared her opinion about Boyd’s ability to serve the 17th District.

"Families in Macon County deserve an effective, trusted voice in the state senate," said Congressman Diane Black. "As a business owner, National Guard veteran, NRA member, and former chairman of his local Republican Party, I know that we can count on Clark to deliver the conservative leadership this district needs and I am proud to give him my full support."

 Boyd is running for the State Senate in the 17th District which encompasses Wilson, Macon, Clay, Cannon, Dekalb, and Smith counties.

Here Comes the Fair! August 2-9 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014


In just a few short days the Macon County Fairgrounds will come to life once again with the flashing, neon lights of the midway, the whiz of rides blaring past, and the heavenly scent of funnel cake, fried Oreos and anything-on-a-stick for the 32nd annual Macon County Fair, August 2-9.

Continuing to honor the Macon County Fair tradition of offering a variety of contests, pageants, exhibits and shows, this year’s schedule is jam-packed with entertainment appealing to the entire family and some new and exciting events for fair-goers.

Some new events to this year’s fair include a Lego Building Contest, the Bullwhip Rodeo, and a Car Show. Also, $1,000 or more in cash will be given away each night of the fair - totaling over $8,000 for the week!

Kicking off the pre-fair schedule of events is the Rabbit Show on Saturday, August 2, at 8 a.m., followed by the Macon County Fair Princess Pageant at 6 p.m. and the Fairest of the Fair Pageant at 7 p.m., and the highly anticipated Demolition Derby at 7 p.m. Admission to the Derby is $5 and the contestant registration fee is $30. The first of many cash giveaways will take place Saturday at 9:30 p.m, when one $100 prize and five $200 prizes will be given away.

On Sunday, August 3, a car show will be held from 2-5 p.m. The car show will include rat rods, trucks, tractors, motorcycles and cars. Those interested in entering a vehicle, can register at 1 p.m. 

Along with the opening of rides, a long list of other events are also scheduled to take place on Monday, with fair exhibits being judged at 8 a.m. The Opening Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by the sheep show and Macon County Fair Petite Miss pageant at 6 p.m., the Macon County Fair Sweetheart pageant and ATV Rodeo at 7 p.m., and five $200 cash giveaways at 9:30 p.m. Carnival armbands can be purchased Monday for $18.

Tuesday’s events will begin at 6 p.m., and include the Pedal Pull, Goat Show and Mule Show at 6 p.m. and the Mrs. Macon County Pageant and battery powered vehicles event at 7 p.m. The Mrs. Senior Macon County Pageant will immediately follow the Mrs. Macon Pageant. Five more $200 cash giveaways will also take place around 9:30 p.m. On Tuesday, carnival armbands can also be purchased for $18 and all students, K-12, will be admitted free of charge.

On Wednesday, fair guests will be invited to attend the Little Miss Macon County Fair Pageant, and the Young Cattleman’s Show all at 6 p.m., the Commercial Beef Heifer Show at 6:15 p.m. and the Macon County Fair Beef Show at 6:30 p.m. New to the fair this year, the Bullwhip Rodeo will take place at 7 p.m. Five $200 cash giveaways are scheduled for Wednesday night. Wednesday is also ‘Church Night Armband Special’ night, costing $15 from 5 p.m. to closing. 

Thursday events include Senior Citizens Day lunch and Bingo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Baby Show at 5:30 p.m., and the Antique Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. On Thursday, all Macon County Veterans will be admitted free and carnival armbands can be purchased for $18 per person. Five $200 cash giveaways are scheduled for Thursday night.

Two popular events, the Tractor Pull and Talent Show, will take place on Friday night at 7 p.m. Carnival armbands will cost $18 and five $200 cash giveaways will take place around 10 p.m.

The 4-H Poultry Show & Sale will kick-off Saturday’s events at 9 a.m. The new Lego Building Contest is scheduled for 12:15 in the Martha Wilburn Pavilion. Children in each age category will have 45 minutes to build a Lego masterpiece! This contest is open to children ages 3 - 15 and up. The Marble Tournament is scheduled for 1 p.m. and a Youth Pet Show will follow at 2 p.m. A cornhole tournament is slated for 5 p.m. Test out your skills on the grill at the Backyard Cook-Off, also at 5 p.m. The 32nd annual Truck Pull, sponsored by KTPA Pulling Series, will be held at 7 p.m. Admission to the Truck Pull will cost $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. The entry fee for contestants will be $20. A live country music concert and dancing, featuring Skahl’s Band, will close out the 2014 fair events at 8 p.m. at the Martha Wilburn Building. Carnival armbands can be purchased on Saturday for $18. Five $200 giveaways and two $500 giveaways will be given away Saturday night.

Commercial and educational exhibits and the Women’s Building will be open for viewing each day, August 4-9, from 5-10 p.m. 

During fair hours the Farm Toy Show will be on display and be sure to stop by the Little Red School House, where different Macon County schools and school organizations will be featured each day. 

The theme for this year’s fair is ‘Family, Fun & Farming: A Tribute to Agriculture’ and will be portrayed throughout the week in the themes of various booths set up in the Sally Wells Building.

Fair exhibits will include submissions in the following adult categories: canning, clothing, creative table setting, field crops, fine art, floral, gardening, home cookery, needlework & crafts and photography. Youth exhibits will include sewing, needlework, canning, project/club exhibits, arts and crafts, posters, home cookery, floral, photography, creative table setting and gardening. 

To enter for your chance to win the nightly cash giveaways, sign the tickets given to you at the gate, and put them in the orange buckets located around the fairgrounds, Monday night – Sunday night.

Fair parking entrances will be located on Airport Road and Learly Road. 

With such a wide variety of events, games, rides and foods, the Macon County Fair is sure to satisfy your family’s need for fun and excitement. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make some memories of your own this year!

Exhibit entry information: All youth exhibits/entries can begin set-up at 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, August 2. All adult entries are to be set-up between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 3. Exhibit pick-up of all entries is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 10.

Over 400 Participate in Opening Day of Early Voting PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Over 400 Macon County residents voted on the opening day of early voting for the State Primary and County General Election last Friday, July 18.

According to Macon County Election Commissioner Barry Doss, 334 votes were cast on the opening day of the last county general election in 2010.

As of press time, a total of 618 early votes have been tallied for the August 7, 2014 State Primary & County General Election.

A breakdown by day is as follows:

7/1 - 7/17: 26 early voters, 4 by mail voters (Total: 30)

July 18, 2014: 407 early voters; 6 by mail votes (Total: 413)

July 19, 2014: 175 early voters; 0 by mail voters (Total: 175)

Doss would like to remind everyone that early voting ends on Saturday, August 2, and to ask for assistance if you have any problems while voting.

“When voting, if you don’t see the name of a candidate you want to vote for, ask for help,” Doss stated. “Don’t push the red button until you’ve voted for who you want to vote for. Once you punch the red button, your vote is final.”

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