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Sheriff's Office Locks Up 911 Caller PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Officers arrived at the Green Grove residence of Michael Knight at approximately 4:25 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Around 4:25 a.m. on Sunday morning, September 8, the Macon County Sheriffs Office responded to an alleged shooting on Green Grove Road after a 911 caller stated he had shot two subjects who were trying to break into his home.

According to Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield, the Sheriffs Office was called to the scene of an alleged shooting that occurred at the residence of Michael Wayne Knight, on Green Grove Road. “After the Macon County Sheriffs’ deputies got to the scene they did recover a shot gun and a 9 mm pistol,” said Satterfield. “However, after an immediate search of the property no gun shot victims were found, which led to an investigation.”

Satterfield said after extensive interviews and evidence obtained at the scene, Knight did fire shots inside the residence while two small children were present.

“The Department of Children’s Services were immediately called and family members also responded to the scene for the care of the children,” added Satterfield.

Michael Wayne Knight was charged with two counts of reckless child endangerment and filing a false police report. He was locked up in the Macon County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions Court on Wednesday, October 16.

Detective Donnie Crawford was the lead investigator with assistance from Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield, Detective Daryl Taylor and several deputies.

First responders were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.

Eighth Annual Ferrell Meador Apple Festival this Saturday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Knollwood & White House Assisted Living co-administrators Linda Austin & Beverly Walker invite everyone to come out to the 8th annual Ferrell Meador Apple Festival.

Knollwood Manor and The White House Assisted Living invite everyone to come out and celebrate the fall season by attending the 8th Annual Ferrell Meador Apple Festival this Saturday, September 14, on the grounds of The White House Assisted Living facility in Lafayette.

Beginning at 10 a.m., festival guests will enjoy cider making, apple sampling, music provided by Penny Roark and Union Hill, antique and novelty booths, horseshoe pitching and corn hole tournament sign-ups and craft demonstrations.

Entries for the Apple Recipe Contest must be submitted by 10 a.m. with categories to include Best Apple Pie, Best Fried Apple Pie, Best Apple Cake and Favorite Apple Recipe.

The Heritage Costume Contest will follow at 11 a.m., with participants asked to dressed in the clothes of yesteryear, or pre-1950.

Those attending the festival are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and a healthy appetite for the Old Time Dinner at noon.

Dinner will consist of pinto beans with ham shanks, coleslaw, cornbread, fried apples and your favorite apple desserts.

All events at the 8th Annual Ferrell Meador Apple Festival are free of charge, including the Old Time Dinner.

“Due to an issue with his orchard, we aren’t sure yet if Ferrell will have apples for sale or not,” said Knollwood and White House co-administrator Beverly Walker. “But door prizes will be up for grabs and booth spaces are free and still available.”

“We invite everyone to come out and have a great time at this year’s Ferrell Meador Apple Festival,” added Knollwood and White House co-administrator Linda Austin.

For more information, or if you would like to demonstrate a craft, or set up a booth to sell crafts or flea market items contact Beverly Walker at The White House Assisted Living: (615) 666-5566, (615) 888-6588 or (615) 666-6363 after 6 p.m.

Macon County 4-H dominates at Regional Outdoor Meat Cookery Contest PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 3, 2013


Over 225 youth competed in this event from across Middle Tennessee. 

Plane Crashes in Soybean Field PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

911 Director Steve Jones, EMA Director Keith Scruggs, Lafayette Police Chief Stacy Gann and the Macon County Sheriffs Office were at the scene of an airplane crash on Sunday afternoon.

FAA Safety Inspector Bruce Bolton was in Macon County early Monday morning, September 2, to talk to David Gregory after his plane crashed in a soybean field behind the Welcome Center, on Highway 52 By Pass West, around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

David and a passenger were in an experimental light sport airplane (The Drifter) when it went down. Fortunately he walked away unhurt and his passenger only suffered minor injures. She was treated at the local hospital.

Mr. Gregory told the Macon County Chronicle that he took off from the Lafayette Municipal Airport with a passenger and they were heading to Dale Hollow Lake to meet friends.

“Immediately after take off I experienced gusty winds and mechanical problems,” David said, when I talked with him on Monday morning. “I was attempting to circle back to the airport when I realized I couldn’t make it. I crash landed in the only bare spot in the soybean field which caused major damage to the aircraft.”

“I wasn’t hurt and thankfully my passenger only suffered minor injuries,” commented Gregory. “I am experienced in flying experimental aircraft and upon the hard landing I got my passenger to safety and secured the plane without spilling a drop of fuel or oil.”

David, who has been licensed to fly for 23 years, says that flying is still the safest way to travel. “I have wanted to fly since I was five-years-old,” he said. “This was an unfortunate event but we were both blessed to have walked away from it. I will be flying again!”

“I would like to thank the Macon County EMS, the first responders, Chris Payne, who took care of everything while I was at the hospital with my passenger, 911 Director Steve Jones and EMA Director Keith Scruggs,” said David. “They all did a wonderful job.”

EMA Director Scruggs said that it is rare that a aviation accident occurs in Macon County. “Our men were prepared, responded quickly and everything went off very well I thought,” said Scruggs. “I want to thank the Macon County EMS, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Lafayette Police Department, Macon County Rescue Squad, Lafayette Fire Department and 911 Director Steve Jones.”

“Thankfully David and his passenger are alright,” added Scruggs.

Indiana Murder Suspect Captured in Macon County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

David R. Lawrence

A man accused of killing a woman in Indianapolis, Indiana, was arrested in Macon County on Thursday, August 29, and is currently awaiting extradition.

According to Chief Deputy Bryon Satterfield, the Macon County Sheriff’s Department was made aware that Indiana murder suspect David R. Lawrence, age 31, could possibly be in the area just days before his capture.

Officers began investigating Lawrence’s whereabouts with assistance from the Indianapolis Police Department and were notified last Thursday afternoon that the suspect had been identified in the Peggy’s Market parking lot.

“Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, with assistance from deputies and the Westmoreland Police Department, was able to apprehend Lawrence without incident,” Chief Satterfield stated. “He was then booked into the Macon County Jail on a Fugitive from Justice warrant and is awaiting extradition to Indiana to face charges.”

During their investigation, local authorities also recovered a vehicle on the west side of the county that was stolen out of Indiana and was connected to Lawrence.

Sheriff Gammons would like to thank his deputies, 911 dispatchers and the Westmoreland Police Department for their hard work and dedication in apprehending this extremely dangerous fugitive.

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