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Lawson Pleads to 2nd Degree Murder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Joseph Lawson told investigators that he didn’t mean to kill Donald Anderson on Saturday, April 14, 2012, that he just wanted to scare him. On Monday, March 24, 2014, Mr. Lawson stood in the courtroom of Judge John Wootten and pled guilty to 2nd degree murder (knowingly killing Donald Anderson) taking a 25 year sentence to serve at one hundred percent in the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

As previously reported in the Macon County Chronicle, on Saturday, April 14, 2012, Joseph Lawson, of Red Boiling Springs, (then 21-years-old) allegedly killed 42-year-old Donald Anderson, also of RBS, in the southeast section of Macon County.

He had been accused of being armed with a rifle while laying in wait for Anderson to arrive at his parents’ home at 569 Haydenburg Ridge Road. Lawson supposedly lured the man to that residence after learning of a relationship between Anderson and his girlfriend. The suspect fled the scene after the gunfire but after a short manhunt he was located. Lawson was charged with pre-meditated 1st degree murder.

In other courtroom news, Danielle Jackson’s trial for vehicular homicide by recklessness had originally been set for this week, but the case was continued to September 23rd, as her attorney needed more time for his accident reconstructionist. Jackson was charged after she ran the stop sign at the intersection of Highway 52 & 10. She struck and killed Brett Minchey, who was operating a 2003 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Johnny Ray Swack’s murder trial date is still set for May and a motion date will be set before then. Swack was charged with 1st degree murder for killing his former wife, Reinalda Ann Dupont England on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 412 Meador Drive, in Lafayette.


Fourteen Outside Emergency Warning Sirens Being Bid Out PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, March 25, 2014


I met with 911 Director Steve Jones and EMA Director (Fire Chief) Keith Scruggs at the Lafayette Fire Hall one day last week to discuss the installation of 14 outside emergency warning sirens that is a part of the $3,058,970 disaster recovery grant Macon County received following the 2008 tornado and 2010 flood. The sirens are in the process of being bid out and the project is estimated to run around $350,000.

“As part of the disaster recovery grant money we received in 2013, fourteen emergency warning sirens will be installed in our community, because many citizens in the county expressed the need or desire for these warning devices,” said 911 Director Steve Jones.

The locations include Rocky Mound, Siloam, Green Grove, Hillsdale, Maple Grove, Green Valley, Willette, RBS, Bethany, Galen, Gap of the Ridge, Drapers Cross Roads, Eulia and Beech Grove.

“Chief Keith Scruggs and I have tried to pick areas that are heavily populated or had a previous history of tornadoes in that area,” Jones said. “For example, Green Grove, which is not as heavily populated, appears to be the path way that tornadoes are coming through to Macon County.”

Jones said that an example of a populated area where one of the primary sirens will be installed is the one at Maple Grove, which will also cover Wind Curve Circle, Springs Creek Road, Gammons Lane, the trailer park on Highway 10 North, and Wolf Hill. He says that the siren in Siloam will cover a lot of the mobile homes in that area of the county.

“We have scattered these sirens all over Macon County to try and give as many of the citizens as we can a warning signal,” he continued. “Unfortunately there is no way that we can put these sirens at every location.”

Scruggs said the sirens will be tested once a month and they are going to try and implement them so they are on one system, where they will all be activated together, under the National Weather Service. “One of the things that Director Jones and I want the community to understand is that these are outside warning sirens only. They are not intended for people inside.”

“These sirens will be tested monthly,” said Chief Scruggs, “and they will be activated under any severe thunderstorm warning or tornado. They are regulated through the State Emergency Management and the control system will activate them under the National Weather Service.”

“The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency works closely with the National Weather Service,” Scruggs continued. “Five or six years ago we were in a dead spot as far as our weather radios went and the National Weather Service put a tower out at Russell Hill and that made a weather radio available for just about everybody in Macon County and they will work these new sirens thru signals from the tower.”

Jones says that these new warning sirens are just another way for emergency managers to be sure the community is alerted of impending bad weather conditions.

“I know $350,000 for these sirens sounds like a lot of money,” said Scruggs, “but it is a small price to pay for someone’s life.”

Scruggs, who was instrumental in the seven sirens installed in the City of Lafayette, says that the whole county, along with RBS and the most populated areas will soon have these emergency signals.

“Like Director Jones said, it seems that we have a little alley through Macon County that starts down at Green Grove and comes out up through old Highway 52 and across,” said Scruggs. “We have had three tornado events in the last 20 years that took that path. So we are trying to warn these people.”

“We are in the process of bidding the sirens out and they should be installed within the next six months at least and be up and operating,” said Director Jones.

Jones and Scruggs would like to thank North Central Telephone and Tri County Electric for their co-operation.

Woman Struck by Truck at Roadblock PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Thirty-one-year-old Joni Meador, of Lafayette, was transported to the Gallatin hospital on Saturday, March 15, after she was struck by a pickup truck at the Highway 52 West and Ellington Drive intersection. She was volunteering at a Little League roadblock fundraiser and suffered a possible leg injury.

The Lafayette Police Department investigated the accident and Joni Meador was on the Tractor Supply Company (TSC) side of the intersection.

According to the police report, Mr. Aaron Shipley, who was driving a 1995 Dodge pickup, was stopped on Hwy. 52 West at the intersection, to turn left into the TSC parking lot. He stated that when it was his turn to go he started thru the intersection and there was another vehicle that was going east on Hwy. 52 and he had to swerve over to avoid getting hit by that vehicle.

The report says that Mr. Shipley also stated that he was watching that vehicle and did not see the woman standing there and he hit Ms. Meador knocking her into Mrs. Davenport who was also standing there.

Officer Stacy Woodard, of the Lafayette Police Department, investigated the accident. No charges have been filed at this time.

Macon Man Arrested for Burglary & Aggravated Assault PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Andy Wayne Goad

NASHVILLESpecial Agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Macon County man on Tuesday for Burglary and Aggravated Assault.

On March 10, 2014 and at the request of District Attorney General Tommy Thompson, TBI began an investigation into an assault that occurred on Douglas Lane in Lafayette. A man identified as Andy Wayne Goad, age 33 of Pleasant Shade, TN, had a romantic relationship with his girlfriend for two years until December 2013. Goad believed the reason why they

broke up was because of another man.

On March 10, 2014, Goad went to his exgirlfriend’s house on Douglas Lane and entered her home where he found another male and his exgirlfriend. At that time, he assaulted both of them with a wooden club. Both the male and Goad’s exgirlfriend suffered serious bodily injuries.

On March 11, 2014, Goad was arrested and charged with one count of Especially Aggravated Burglary, two counts of Aggravated Assault and one count of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.

He was released from the Macon County Jail after making his $25,000 bond.

Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons made this comment regarding his reasons for turning the case over to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation:

“With all of the parties involved, I felt like it would be a conflict of interest for our department to investigate this case, so I called District Attorney Thompson and requested that he ask the TBI to investigate the case.”

Boles Selected as Director of Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tony Boles

The Macon County Board of Education met in special session last Thursday, March 6, voting 4-1 to nominate Tony Boles as the new Director of Macon County Schools.

Board members voted by paper ballot with Steve Walton reading off each vote. The three nominees for the position were Boles, Shawn Carter and Matt Eldridge. Four votes were cast for Boles, and one vote was cast for Carter.

The school board will next meet with an attorney to look at examples of other county’s director of schools contracts before drawing up their own to present to Mr. Boles. 

The contract can be for anywhere between one and four years.

Boles is currently serving as a County Commissioner for District 12 in Red Boiling Springs. He is also a science teacher at Red Boiling Springs High School.

“I’m excited to get to work in this new position and do my best to continue leading our school system,” Boles told the Chronicle. “We’ve already got a good school system in place and I only hope to continue improving it.”

The school board will meet in regular session on Thursday, March 13, at Westside Elementary School at 7 p.m. A special called meeting has also been scheduled for Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. to review the director’s contract and approve the stadium bid.

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