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LPD Files Charges Against Two Men PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Thursday, May 23, 2013


Numerous charges have been filed against two Macon County men, after the Lafayette Police Department apprehended them as they were trying to leave Ace Hardware with property that belonged to the business.

Man Dies After Being Struck by Car PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 21, 2013


The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a man who was hit by a car around the 642 block of Rocky Mound Road late Friday afternoon, May 17.

April South was behind the wheel of a Honda Accord traveling north on Rocky Mound Road when her boyfriend 34-year-old James Chitwood was struck by the car she was driving. Air Evac and Vanderbilt Lifeflight declined to fly due to weather, so he was carried by ground ambulance to Nashville. He passed away on Sunday, May 19 at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

The couple was living in the Hanestown Community in Macon County. Ms. South, age 37, was arrested that night for driving on a suspended license

Those responding to the scene were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, West Macon County Rescue Squad and the Macon County Chronicle.

This is an on-going investigation.

James Richard Chitwood is survived by his mother, Joan Louise & James Presley of Westmoreland; daughter, Tara Alexandria Chitwood of Lafayette; brother, Johnny Marshall of Portland; two step sisters, Ashley Presley of Portland and Angel Presley of Hendersonville; nieces, Delana Marshall and Nicole White both of Portland. Funeral services were incomplete at press time.

Alexander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Tragedy on Oak Grove Rd. PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, May 21, 2013


An elderly couple was found dead inside their home at 5177 Oak Grove Road on Thursday morning, May 16. After a family member discovered the bodies, he called the Macon County Sheriffs Office, who responded to the scene along with the Macon EMS and Red Boiling Springs Police Department.

“Upon entering the residence we found two people who were deceased,” said Sheriff Mark Gammons. “During the investigation we discovered that Mr. Kirby had taken the life of his wife, Edo, then took his own life as well.”

It appears the shootings took place very late at night or in the early morning hours.

According to a family member, Edo’s health was failing and Dennis had a bad heart.


Change in MCHS Graduation Location PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Due to the forecast of inclement weather tomorrow, the graduation location has been changed from Pat Parker Field to the Nera White Gymnasium at MCHS.

  • Graduates with practice at the gym at 9 a.m. on Friday.
  • Graduates will each receive 8 tickets for guests.
  • Everyone ages 5 and up will need a ticket to enter the gym.
  • Doors will open at 6 p.m.
  • The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.
  • All fire marshal regulations will be followed.

Crash Kills RBS Man Upon Impact PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Fifty-seven-year-old William R. Archer, Jr., of Red Boiling Springs, was killed upon impact last Tuesday, May 7, when his van crossed the yellow line as he traveled east on Highway 52, near Westside Elementary School, and struck an oncoming Chevy Avalanche truck head-on.

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