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Tri-County Electric Annual Meeting Set for May 1st PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paul Thompson

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone, and it’s time once again for the Tri-County Electric Annual Members Meeting which will be held at Red Boiling Springs High School in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee, on Thursday, May 1st, 2014, with registration to begin at 5:30 p.m.

Tri-County has experienced consistent growth over the years and they provide a wide-range of services to the 51,500 members-owners. The corporation currently has 17 substations and over 5,450 miles of distribution line, covering a service area of roughly 1,800 square miles, in all or part of the following counties: Allen, Cumberland, Metcalfe, Monroe, Adair, Barren, Clinton and Warren in Kentucky; and Macon, Clay, Trousdale, Sumner, Jackson, Overton and Smith in Tennessee.

“While annual meetings are required of rural electric cooperatives, including Tri-County Electric, to provide a report to the members, we do our best to make the evening one you and your family will enjoy,” said Paul Thompson, Executive Vice President & General Manager. “In my 13th year as manager, I am excited that one of our members will leave the annual meeting on Thursday night, May 1, as the proud owner of a 2008 Ford pickup truck.”

Thompson said there will be bucket truck rides/safety trailer demo, airbrush for kids in attendance, free food and ice cream, free t-shirts for kids, registration gifts and he believes everyone will find plenty to enjoy. Tri-County will also provide information on their products and services.

“We’ll draw a name from members present when we start the business meeting for a $100 prize,” said Thompson. “The business meeting will not be lengthy, and when it adjourns we will have a drawing for door prizes, including two iPads for students in the Tri County service area as well as two $500 technology grants for their schools. Then the grand prize drawing will be for the pickup truck.”

The Tri-County Board of Directors include: Ronald D. Bailey, Tony Bentle, Bret Carver, George Cowan, Jeff Downing, Ray Goad, Veachel Harlan, Jack Osgatharp, Mike Miller, Tommy Thompson, Ken Witcher, and Paul Thompson.

“I would like to encourage everyone to come to Red Boiling Springs on Thursday night, May 1, and help us celebrate another wonderful year at Tri-County Electric,” said Thompson. “Few businesses have annual meetings like this one and every customer is invited, because they’re all members-owners, as are our employees and Board of Directors. That’s the way it’s been since Tri-County was founded in 1936!”

The business meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Red Boiling Springs High School is located at 415 Hillcrest Drive.

Employees, directors, and those living in their households will not be eligible for prizes.






City of Lafayette Finalizes Winding Stairs Park PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014


On Friday, April 11th the City of Lafayette combined two properties to form Winding Stairs Nature Trails and Park and a deed was made between the City of Lafayette and Pipkin Farm Partners to swap two parcels of land so the city would have land on both sides of the waterfall.

According to Councilman Roger Russell, the City of Lafayette purchased 112 acres of the Christine Harris property for the purpose of constructing an industrial park and the south east corner of the land contains the winding stairs waterfalls. “The City Council with full support of the Mayor Richard Driver, set aside 35 acres as a park,” said Councilman Russell. “Although Winding Stairs is well known to current residents it belonged to private property owners and you could only visit it by getting permission from the land owners. The cities land extended to the west side of the stream containing the winding stairs but to apply for a grant to make the park successful, we needed the land on the east side of the stream.”

Council members had been discussing obtaining additional land from the Pipkin family. “The Pipkins agreed to swap 2.8 acres of land adjacent to the falls for 2.8 acres of hillside land from the city,” said Russell. “The deed was drawn up and signed and that gave the city access to both sides of the falls all the way down toward the Hartsville Road.”

“The City of Lafayette has applied for a state grant in the amount of $186,000 to construct walking trails and a park at the Winding Stairs location,” continued Councilman Russell. “There is a small local match to this grant, however much of this match is being provided by volunteer contractors, city council members and other citizens of Lafayette and Macon County doing work to construct the trails.”

“When the city receives the grant,” said Councilwoman Pam Cothron, “trails, three overlooks including an ADA accessible overlook, restrooms with shower stalls, camp site, parking area and other facilities will be constructed.”

The councilmen said that additional facilities are planned for the future including a RV parking area, tent camping area, picnic pavilion, a swinging bridge over the cascade, bicycles trails from the Winding Stairs park around the perimeter of the other land owned by the city.

“Who we envision using the park are boy and girl scouts and other youth organizations camping, observing the falls and studying nature on the various trails,” Councilman Russell continued. “As well as regional and local visitors who want to view the beauty of the falls, cascade and bluffs. We see families enjoying the nature trails, picnics, and opportunity for nature photographs. Parents and grandparents with their children observing wildlife, foliage and the natural beauty of the falls, bluffs and cascades. Local schools providing field trips for science and other classes to study the outdoors. Local and regional hikers enjoying walking the trails of varying elevations and enjoying the cascades and other scenic views during their hikes, and citizens who desire to walk the trails up and down the sloped terrain for healthier living.”

“Another thing we envision is weddings, family reunions and clubs who want to spend some time at the park,” added Councilwoman Cothron.

Councilman Russell said that due to the location of the park and how good it looks, there is a real good chance that the grant will be approved. “If we get the grant approved in July, then the engineers will start designed the overlooks and the bathrooms. After we get the parking lot finished (which will be built by volunteers and city employees), the volunteers can start building the trails at the same time they are designing it and we should have some of the work completed for the public to be able to hopefully use the park by late fall.”

The councilman said although they have two years to complete the project he thinks they may have it done in one year. “The gate will be opened during the day and closed at night unless there are people camping.”

“This park is going to be another attraction for people who come to Lafayette, a nature area,” said Mayor Richard Driver. “Winding Stairs has always been called Macon County’s best kept secret and now we will be able to open it up and let everybody come and see this natural wonder that we have here. This is something that Macon County has been needing for a long time and it looks like we are on the right tract to get it.”

“We certainly hope the grant goes through,” said the Mayor. “We are all proud to be a part of this and it has evolved quicker that we thought it would. What has really pleased me about this whole project is the response we have gotten from the community. Everybody supports this from young to old and to me this is the key to making the park work. If the community supports it, they can help when we need clean up or help financially by giving donations so we can improve the park. So we are really making it a community park.”

“A non-profit organization called “Friends of Winding Stairs” will be established for concerned citizens who wish to help support the park,” noted Councilwoman Cothron. “This organization will be like a membership, where you pay annual dues, which won’t be much but it will help us to keep up the maintenance on the park.”

“The city is really excited about the Winding Stairs Nature Trails And Park,” said Mayor Driver. “It is going to be a plus for the town and we are proud of what we have done and continue to do. I would like to thank the council members, the Pipkin family, city employees and anybody else who has helped with this project, their support is the reason the project is moving forward like it is.”



RBS Police Charge Four After Break-In PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

RBS Officer Jimmy Morgan has charged four people in connection with the break in at the Smith Chapel property of Marilyn Montoya, at 630 Bennett Hill Road, in Red Boiling Springs.

“Lloyd Neal Ritter, who oversees the Smith Chapel property, came to me on Saturday morning, April 5, stating that someone had been in the house,” said Officer Morgan. “When I went to do a report there was a bird cage in the house that was one of the items that was missing.”

Officer Morgan stated that there was bird seed, bedding and pieces of the bird cage laying everywhere outside. “While standing there I noticed something shiny laying in the yard and it was a mirror that had been on the cage. Then I saw another piece of the cage and it all led right to the front door of a small rental trailer that is owned by Reid Bray.”

A lengthy investigation that day led to the arrests of Christopher Blackburn, Tyler Jenkins, Spencer Holden, and Tammy Dyer.

“I have recovered some of the property, but there is still numerous items missing,” said Officer Morgan. “This case is still under investigation.”
Christopher James Blackburn, 19, of King Hill Road in RBS, was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property on April 5, by Officer Morgan. Bond is set at $4,000. General Sessions Court date is set for June 4.

Tyler Shane Jenkins, 19, of Haydenburg Ridge Road in Whitleyville, was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property on April 5 by Officer Morgan. Bond is set at $4,000. General Sessions Court date is set for June 4.

Spencer Jameson Holden, 21, of McCormick Ridge Road in Hermitage Springs, was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property on April 5 by Officer Morgan. Bond is set at $4,000. General Sessions Court date is set for June 4.

Tammy Dyer, 37,of King Hill Road in RBS, was charged with theft of property and contributing to the delinquency of a minor on April 8 by Officer K. Woodard. Bond is set at $1,500. General Sessions Court date is set for June 4.  


Jerry Greenway Dies in Crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Jerry Greenway, of Lafayette, died in a one car crash on Friday morning, April 4, on the Union Camp Road. In the 1980’s Jerry worked for the late Charlie Gregory at the Gregory owned newspaper, first as a reporter and later as the editor. When Charlie died in 1990, Jerry stayed on with the paper until the remaining members of the Gregory family sold it a couple of years later.

Jerry also worked alongside Jim Durham at the Gregory paper. Greenway was 65 at the time of his death.

Greenway was also an excellent carpenter, working for several families and businesses in the area throughout the years.

THP Trooper Justin Mote, crash investigator, said that Greenway was traveling west on Union Camp Road in a white 1997 Cadillac and he failed to maintain his proper lane of travel. “He crossed into the east bound lane, entered a ditch line and struck a tree coming to final rest,” said Trooper Mote. “Greenway wasn’t wearing a seat belt.”

Medical examiner Steve Jones pronounced Greenway dead at the scene. The accident occurred around 8:30 a.m.

Jerry is survived by his step-mother, Dorothy Greenway of Lufkin, Tn.; wife Sally Greenway of Lafayette, Tn.; daughter, Ellie Greenway (Kevin Swiger) of Clarksville, daughter Coree (Paul) Entwistle of Red Boiling Springs, and grandchildren, Lulah and Levon Entwistle.

There will be a gathering to celebrate Jerry’s life on Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m. at his home on Boyd Road.


City to Revise Roadblock Policy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jessie Williams   
Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Members of the Lafayette City Council met in regular session last Tuesday evening, April 1, voting to put a stop to all roadblock fundraisers until a new ordinance is written that addresses safety concerns.

Council members also voted to adopt Ordinance 665 on first reading. The ordinance cuts the number of people at each roadblock from eight to four and eliminates the intersection of Red Boiling Springs Rd. and Hwy 52 By Pass as a usable roadblock fundraiser intersection.

The ordinance was recommended by the police committee and was also approved by MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service).

While City of Lafayette Chief of Police Stacy Gann stated that he has had safety concerns in the past, the recent injury of a person participating in a roadblock fundraiser calls for the City’s immediate action.

“We had an accident occur on March 15 and there’s some safety concerns I brought to the Mayor’s attention,” Chief Gann told the council. “There’s just too many people, and too much traffic. It’s dangerous, and we need to set some different rules and regulations.”

Chief Gann stated that he would like to eliminate roadblocks on Highway 52 all together, due to the heavy traffic.  

“Our main concern is public safety,” said City Mayor Richard Driver. “We had a person get hurt and we don’t want that to happen again. I know I’ve had complaints about these roadblocks for awhile and probably other council members have too.”

The police department will also update its requirements for obtaining a roadblock fundraiser permit.

The list of guidelines and safety precautions which would have to be followed by all roadblock participants is pictured with this article, along with the ‘Hold Harmless Agreement,’ which discharges the City from any liability from damage or injury that may occur during a roadblock.

A special called meeting has been set for Tuesday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. to discuss the new ordinance.

Several topics were also discussed concerning the Lafayette Winding Stairs Recreation Park.

  1. Mayor Driver and councilmember Pam Cothron announced that a non-profit organization called ‘Friends of Winding Stairs’ will be established for concerned citizens who wish to help support the park.
  2. The City is currently looking for volunteers willing to sign-up to volunteer a few hours of work at the park within the next 12 months. Volunteers will be needed beginning in July. To sign up to be a volunteer contact council member Roger Russell.
  3. Authorization was granted for Mayor Driver to complete the survey for an equal amount of land, have the deed drawn up and signed, and accept the deed from the other party in the Land Swap Agreement for the Winding Stairs property. The City agrees to pay all transaction fees. Voting against the motion to grant authorization was councilmember Tom Roberts.
  4. The council voted to give Mayor Driver authorization to advertise and accept bids for harvesting the trees (for logs) located 500 feet along the west side of the trail going into Lot 14, and allow the Mayor to accept the high bidder on the trees. This area of the trail is currently impassable.
  5. Authorization was granted to the Mayor to have City employees install a permanent culvert south of the gate on Lot 13 in accordance with Mid-Tenn Engineering’s drawings. The materials will be purchased on state bid using industrial funds. Voting against the motion to grant authorization was councilmember Jerry Wilmore. 

In other business:

  • Council members voted to approve the minutes from the March 4, 2014 council meeting.
  • The council voted 5-1 to approve low bidder Erin Roberts for janitorial services at the police department. Chief Gann stated that Mrs. Roberts is the wife of Lafayette police officer Jason Roberts before the vote. The low bid totaled $225 per week (five cleanings a week). A bid for $300 per week was submitted by Kirby Cleaning Co. Voting against the motion to approve the low bid was councilman Jerry Wilmore.
  • Council members voted to approve the City pool manager and lifeguard personnel for the 2014 pool season.
  • The council voted to adopt Resolution 04-01-2014, a resolution authorizing the Mayor to apply for a grant from the local parks and recreations fund and committing the City to the local share of the matching funds.
  • Authorization was granted to apply for an Amendment to the Tennessee Aeronautics Emergency Grant for the necessary repairs to a new sinkhole at the airport. The 95/5 percent grant with require up to $4,925 in local matching funds ($98,500 grant amendment).
  • Authorization was granted to send out a request for qualifications for a City Attorney.
  • Council members approved the appointment of John McIntire and Mike Marshall to serve as Commissioners for the Lafayette Housing Authority. A resident himself, McIntire will represent the residents of the housing authority.
  • A Budget & Finance Committee meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 17, at 3:30 p.m.
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