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'Bonnie & Clyde' Rob Local Bank PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pictured above is the female bank robbery suspect.

Shockwaves rippled across Macon County last week as residents learned that a Citizens Bank had been robbed by an unknown woman and her male, getaway driver accomplice.

The robbery is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and officials are asking for your help obtaining information regarding the ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ like suspects.

Ironically, at the time of the robbery, the woman wore a t-shirt with the words ‘This is what perfect looks like’ printed on the front.

The FBI has released the following statement regarding the crime:

On July 8, 2014, at approximately 3:15 pm, CST, the Citizen’s Bank, located at 1108 Scottsville Road, Lafayette, TN, was robbed by an unidentified, white female, who presented the teller with robbery demand note. The teller complied, and the robber fled the bank with an undetermined amount of money. The robber was observed getting into the passenger side of a red-in-color pickup truck that was driven by an unidentified, white male.  The robber is further described as follows:

Sex:           Female

Race:         White

Height:     5’8”-5’10” tall

Weight:    110-120 pounds

Hair:          Blonde

Age:          Mid-Late 20’s


If you have any information regarding this matter, please contact the Lafayette Police Department at (615) 666-4725 or the  FBI's Violent Crime Gang Task Force at (615) 232-7500.

Early Voting Begins Friday! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Macon County Commissioner of Elections Barry Doss encourages everyone to take advantage of the early voting period, July 18 - August 2, for the August 7, 2014 Macon County State Primary & County General Election. (Photo by: J. Williams)

Early voting for the August 7 Macon County State Primary and County General Election begins this Friday, July 18, and ends Saturday, August 2.

Cast your early vote Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon and Thursday, July 31, from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Macon County Election Commission located at 111 East Locust Street in Lafayette.
This election includes the following positions in the Macon County General Election: Chancellor, Circuit Court Judge Division I, Circuit Court Judge Division II, Criminal Court Judge, District Attorney General, Public Defender, County Mayor, County Trustee, Circuit Court Clerk, General Sessions Judge, County Clerk, Sheriff, Register of Deeds, School Board members (Districts 1 & 2 and Districts 3 & 4), Constables (all districts) and County Commissioners (all districts).
Don’t forget to vote for two county commissioners in your district!
Macon County voters will select candidates to fill the following positions in the State Primary Election: Governor, United States Senate, Tennessee Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Tennessee House of Representatives, State Executive Comitteeman, State Executive Committeewoman. 
If you plan to vote during the Early Voting period, remember to bring identification with you. A voter must have a Federal or Tennessee State government issued photo ID. If no photo identification is provided, the voter will vote a provisional ballot and the voter will have two business days after the election to return to the election commission office and show a valid photo I.D. or the ballot will be rejected. The voter can sign an oath stating he/she is indigent or an oath stating a religious objection to being photographed.
A voter must MEET CERTAIN LEGAL QUALIFICATIONS, in order to vote absentee by mail. A voter desiring to vote absentee by mail, shall in writing over his signature either in person at the Election Commission office, by-mail, or by fax request an application for an absentee ballot. The voter must make the request in writing and include their name (as registered), social security number, date of birth, residence address (911 address), mailing address (if different from residence address), the election(s) they wish to vote in, the reason they are requesting to vote an absentee ballot and their signature. The written request may be received starting May 9th, 2014 and ends on July 31st, 2014. Requests must be mailed to The Macon County Election Commission office, 111 East Locust Street, Lafayette, TN 37083.
For additional information please contact the Election Commission office at 666-2199.
Trousdale Correctional Facility Contract Approved PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Trousdale County Mayor Jakie West talked with Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville, in Hartsville, on Monday morning, July 7, about the impact the Trousdale County Prison will have on the surrounding counties. (Photo by D. Gregory)

The State Comptroller Office has approved the contract between Correction Corporation of America (CCA) and Trousdale County for funding of the Trousdale County Correctional Facility, according to Mayor Jakie West. “We have a contract signed and all I can say is jobs…jobs…jobs,” Trousdale County Mayor West told Macon County Mayor Shelvy Linville, when they talked on Monday morning in Hartsville.

This was a Four Lake Authority project when they sold 108 acres to CCA a few years ago, but it was later put on hold when the corporation was unable to garner a contract with the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

“Around May or June of 2013 talks began and we could hear a rumble,” said Mayor West. “We could tell they were on a move to get this project rolling again. It’s been a long road.”

“This is going to be a positive impact for the area, and mainly Trousdale, Macon and Smith Counties,” noted Mayor West. “There wil be about 2,552 beds in this facility over the next five years and the state is looking at the need for an additional 900 beds, which would move it up to 3,400. ”

Mayor West said that once himself, the County Court and Commissioners signed with the State Department it moved into different departments. “Once the comptroller’s office reviewed the contract and had all their questions and concerns answered,” said Mayor West, “I got an e-mail from the Department of Corrections on Thursday morning, July 3, saying that the contract had been signed for the funding. It was a done deal.”

“They expect the facility to be constructed in 18 months,” said West. “That’s what is on the contract and the clock started when the contract was signed on Thursday. So CCA is on it to get this facility constructed. They hope to get it done in 15 months, but they have to build it in 18.”

“I feel like the job oppportunity for the people in surrounding counties will be great,” said the Trousdale County Mayor.

Macon Counthy Mayor Linville said that he believes the CCA prison will be a big asset to the whole area. “More than just prison jobs, I think other projects will be created because there will be a lot of visitors to the area, families coming to see their relatives that are inmates there,” said Mayor Linville.

“The prison will not only provide a boost in jobs, but it will also provide a boost in the area’s economy, during the construction phase and after completion as well,” continued Mayor Linville. “Eventually, in years to come, I believe this will jump start the possible construction of Highway 10 across Highway 25 and a new bridge across the Cumberland River eventually tying into 141.”     

Mayor Linville said that the way it is now, it could be many, many years before this road construction is done, but with this facility on its’ way and alot more people coming into this area, he believes it could be a lot sooner.

Added Mayor Linville, “I realize that some people might be a little apprehensive about having a prison in this area. But as I understand it, this will be a minimum security prison and I don’t think people need to be too concerned.”

Mayor West said, “I’m glad to sit down with Mayor Linville and discuss what intentions we have for our counties and being prepared for what’s to come. Again, this prison is a great thing and I think it is a win-win situation for everybody.”

Man Arrested for Solicitation of Minor PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Daniel Wayne West

A man has been arrested in Madison, TN, and charged with solicitation of a Macon County minor by electronic means.

According to Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons, detectives Darrell Taylor and Phil Russell received the complaint last week and after gathering evidence and viewing material, were able to positively identify the suspect in the case as 36-year-old Daniel Wayne West of Hamblin Dr. in Lafayette.

The Goodlettsville and Metro police departments were contacted to assist in locating West’s whereabouts.

West was detained by Metro PD officers in Madison and was transported to the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, where further evidence was gathered in the case.

 West is scheduled to appear in Macon County General Sessions Court on July 23. His bond is set at $3,000.

Four Juveniles & Baby Involved in Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, July 1, 2014


On Friday night, June 27, THP Sgt. Ed Crouch headed to Highway 52 west after a 911 report came across the scanner of a  two-vehicle injury wreck at the Oak Dale intersection involving several people, including four juveniles and a baby.

According to Sgt. Crouch, 45-year-old Tina Sullivan Driver  was traveling west on Highway 52 in a 2013 silver Hyundai Elantra along with passenger 47-year-old Carlin Stone, both of Lafayette. “They were heading to work in Portland,” said Sgt. Crouch.

A red 1989 Chevrolet pickup was heading east on Highway 52 and attempted to turn onto Oak Dale Road in front of the automobile, where they collided. “There were four juveniles, including a baby in the truck,” said Crouch. 

“The driver was a juvenile, along with a female passenger, a male passenger, a baby and a male juvenile in the bed of the truck,” said the Sgt. “They were all restrained except for the teenager in the back.”

Three juveniles were transported to Skyline Hospital and the baby and other young person weren’t. Carlin Stone, who was a passenger in the Hyundai was carried to Vanderbilt Hospital.

That section of Highway 52 West was closed for a couple of hours and the traffic was re-routed.

Traffic citiations are pending.


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