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Their Christmas Will be Merry & Bright PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gary Whitaker and Shelia Lowhorn are pictured with a work crew from the Macon County Sheriffs Office, who helped them sack all the children’s Christmas presents. (Photo by D. Gregory)

The holidays are here and the Christmas season finds us rejoicing in the birth of Jesus Christ. This glorious occasion is about remembering the bright star that shone over Bethlehem a long, long time ago and out of gratitude to our savior, who was born and then died for us, we should all be aware of those in need. Following in their annual tradition, Santa’s Helpers/Macon Helps, which is spearheaded by Gary Whitaker and Shelia Lowhorn, will bring joy to 230 children this year, and make sure their Christmas is merry and bright by helping out with presents.

Macon Helps took in the names of 387 children this year. Santa’s Helpers helped 230 children and 157 children were helped by churches, individuals and other organizations.
“For many people the holidays are a happy time with family and friends,” said Gary Whitaker, “but unfortunately for many more, it is a time of struggling to bring holiday cheer in difficult times.  In the spirit of the season it is always our goal to help make a real Christmas for those facing hardships.”
Gary says that it is important to help one another and the true spirit of Christmas will live on in our hearts when we reach out to someone less fortunate.
“Originally ‘Shop With the Cops’, Shelia Lowhorn and I took over the charity event after the police officers realized they didn’t have enough time or volunteers to help out with the time consuming program, which we renamed Santa’s Helpers in 2005,” said Gary. “Thanks to Macon Helps sponsorship, we have continued to raise enough money during the year for the children.”
“We want to thank all the merchants in Macon County that helped with this year’s event, especially Indigo Blues,” continued Gary. “We want to extend our thanks also to the Grim Reapers MC, Tooley & Carver, Macon Helps, Mid Tenn. Region AACA in Lebanon, and Sheriff Mark Gammons for letting several of the inmates help us out.”
Shelia Lowhorn said, “Gary works all year long at this and he enjoys helping the kids. I guess he is like a big Santa Claus, he just doesn’t have the gray beard yet. Without Gary I wouldn’t even try to keep doing this and I admire everything he does for the children in Macon County.”
Santa’s Helpers have already started planning for next year’s project, and anyone interested in joining this worthy cause please contact Gary Whitaker, Shelia Lowhorn or Macon Helps. Anyone wanting to make a donation to the program can send it to Santa’s Helpers c/o Macon Helps, 111 Main Street, Lafayette, Tn. 37083.
Christmas on the Square this Saturday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, December 9, 2014


This Saturday, December 13, 2014, you and yours are cordially invited to attend the the highly anticipated holiday event  - Christmas on the Square!

Bring the family out to the Lafayette Public Square from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for a variety of activities including train rides for both kids and adults sponsored by the Lafayette Police Department, carriage rides provided by the Donoho Hotel, outhouse races, storytelling, children's art projects, face painting music and more!

Free photos with Santa will be available at Macon Bank & Trust and refreshments will be located inside the courthouse. Don’t forget to stop by Inspirations for some free, hot, buttery popcorn!

Several of your child’s favorite characters will also be available for photos including Mickey & Minnie, Frosty and the Gingerbread Man. 

As in years past, guests of Christmas on the Square are eligible to enter to win several cash giveaways totaling $250 that will be drawn throughout the day. Register for the drawings at any of the participating businesses.

Haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet? Participating merchants on the square will also be offering guests holiday specials throughout the day.

So come on out and celebrate the season with us at this year’s Christmas on the Square! We can’t wait to see you!

 To inquire about further details please call Kathryne at (615) 888-6500 or the Macon County Chronicle office at (615) 688-6397.

Macon County Woman Indicted in Smith County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Misty Dawn Moore

A 40-year-old Lafayette woman was indicted on drug charges by the Smith County Grand Jury on Monday, December 1, 2014, in Carthage, Tennessee. There were 26 sealed indictments returned.

On Friday afternoon, December 5, Misty Dawn Moore was taken into custody by the Lafayette Police Department and carried to the Macon County Justice Center in Lafayette. Ms. Moore was later transported to the Smith/Macon County line, where Jimmy Gregory of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office was waiting to take her to Carthage. Misty Dawn Moore was charged with one count of selling a Schedule III drug, dihydrocodeinone, which is a prescription drug prescribed for pain. A Smith County Criminal Court date is set for Friday, December 12, 2014.  
RBS Robbery Suspects Arrested PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 2, 2014


RBS Police Officer Jesse Gentry arrested three men last week after a wild night that involved attempted robbery, evading arrest, and a stolen tractor that ended up heading straight for him, driverless, in the early morning hours of Wednesday, November 26.

The chain of events began when a call came in at 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday night, November 25, that the RBS Market was trying to be robbed. “The caller gave a discription of the vehicle, which was a green GMC pickup, and the names of the people allegedly involved,” said Officer Gentry. “They were Jeffery King, Jerry Kernell, and Lannie Kernell.”

“By the time I got there the truck was gone and was reported to be heading toward the old park on East Main,” Officer Gentry stated. “I went down 52 to the North Springs access road and did not make visual contact.”

Macon County units arrived to help in the search and Officer Gentry went back to the market to get more information and look at the video. “I identified Lannie and Jeffery on the video surveillance, so I contacted Assistant Chief Jimmy Morgan and Chief Terry Tuck,” continued Gentry. “Officer Morgan came out to assist in looking for the three suspects and after a short investigation we located the two Kernell men at a house on Langford Road at 11:13 p.m.”

“We brought the two subjects to the RBS Police Department to interview them and they informed us that when they got to the house on Langford Road, King had jumped out of the truck and ran off into the woods. King later stole a tractor on Gamaliel Road.”

After interviewing the two Kernell men, Officer Gentry had enough information to charge the 3 men with attempted robbery.

“We transported them to the Macon County Justice Center and I obtained warrants on all three suspects,” Gentry said, “I booked the Kernell men into jail at 1:39 a.m., Wednesday, November 26.”

At 2:26 a.m. a 911 call came in that a subject on a tractor, believed to be Jeffery King, was at Windle Lane and McClure Street in Red Boiling Springs. 

“Officer Jimmy Morgan went to look for him along with two county units,” remarked Gentry, “and I stayed at the Justice Center to finish my warrants. On my way back to Red Boiling Springs around 2:40 a.m. Kimball Hall, with the Macon County Sheriffs Office, found the tractor, with King driving it, on Hwy. 52 near Smalling Road. When I got to the bridge I could see them coming toward Lafayette and Kimball had his blue lights on trying to stop the tractor. I hit my blue lights and when they turned onto Smalling Road, I fell in behind Kimball.”

Gentry says that King was driving erratically, then he turned into a field and baled off the moving tractor. “The tractor kept going, turned a circle, headed straight for me, then it suddenly straightened up, hit a tree, and came to a stop.”

The two officers found Mr. King laying in the tall weeds. He resisted arrest, but after a short struggle they were able to get him into custody. “I smelled alcohol on Mr. King when I cuffed him,” said Officer Gentry, “and I transported him to booking at the Macon County Justice Center.”

Jeffery Wayne King, age 38, of Lafayette, has been charged with driving under the influence, evading arrest, aggravated assault, robbery, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment, theft of property, vandalism over $1,000, failure to appear, and violation of probation. Bond is set at $57,500, however Mr. King has previous warrants and he is being held. General Sessions Court dates are scheduled for December 3 & December 17. Criminal Court date is set for January 26, 2015.

Lannie Christophe Kernell, age 39, of Red Boiling Springs, has been charged with robbery and driving on a suspended license. Bond is set at $1,000 & $500. A General Sessions Court date is scheduled for December 17.

Jerry Darrell Kernell, age 43, of Red Boiling Springs, has been charged with robbery. Bond is set at $1,800. A General Sessions Court date is scheduled for December 17.

Now Open... Tiger Fuel LLC PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Now Open, Tiger Fuel LLC, formerly Swifty Gas, located at 415 Hwy. 52 By Pass West in Lafayette.

Are you looking for the most convenient place in Lafayette to get full-service gas? Well, Tiger Fuel LLC, locally owned and operated, is now open at the former Swifty Gas location, 415 Hwy. 52 By Pass West, inside the city limits.

Owners Stan Hall, Brant Hall and Dale Hix opened last Wednesday with Wickie Knight returning as manager. 
Your time is precious, and Tiger Fuel LLC offers easy in & easy out access, with all the hometown people you remember. 
New at the station is highway diesel and non ethanol gasoline, along with the most commonly used regular & premium ethanol blend.  
You can be assured of fast, friendly service at Tiger Fuel LLC, and don’t forget this is one of the few places you can still get full service, seven days a week.
Coming soon at Tiger Fuel is Peggy Kirby’s Corner, a snack shop with home cooked soup, chili, pies, sausage & egg biscuits, BLT’s, and more of her delicious food items. “Fill up your tank and your belly, too!”
The changes don’t end there. Beginning this month Tiger Fuel LLC will have weekly cash give-aways, and who knows what else customers can look forward too!
Business hours are: Monday thru Thursday - 5:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday - 5:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m.
Tiger Fuel LLC invites everyone to stop in and gas up. “Put Tiger Fuel in Your Tank!”

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