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Deputy Injured in Hwy 10 Crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 7, 2014


A Macon County Sheriffs Office deputy was injured in a three-vehicle collision at a bad spot near the bottom of the Highway 10 South hill.

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night, January 2, and the temperature was only 16° outside as emergency personnel rushed to the scene.

Deputy Ashley Tharp, who was driving a white 2010 Dodge patrol car, sustained a broken ankle and was transported to Sumner Regional Hospital in Gallatin, where she underwent surgery and is reported to be back at home.

THP Sgt. Edd Crouch investigated the crash and reconstructed what apparently occurred.

The Trooper stated that 19-year-old Hannah Ruth Borders, of Westmoreland, was driving northbound on Hwy. 10 South in a red 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt along with her teenage passenger, Brooke Ann Madison, also of Westmoreland. “Hannah Borders lost control, spun around and skidded backwards into the southbound lane of travel hitting the deputy’s patrol car,” said Sgt. Crouch. “The third vehicle was a blue 2001 Dodge Dakota, traveling southbound with 25-year-old Karissa Kay Hesson behind the wheel.”

“Karissa Hesson attempted to stop but couldn’t,” explained Sgt. Crouch, “striking the deputy’s car and the red Chevrolet Cobalt.”

Crouch also stated that Deputy Tharp got over as far as she could after seeing the red car lose control of the roadway.

According to Crouch, the two young women in the Cobalt were not restrained. They were taken to MCGH were they were treated and released.

Trooper Justin Mote assisted Sgt. Crouch at the scene. Traffic citations are pending. 

First responders were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Macon County Rescue Squad and the Macon County Chronicle.


Man Stabs Two in Apartment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Eric Pacheco

The Lafayette Police Department has arrested 24-year-old Eric Matias Pacheco, of 702 Courthouse View, for stabbing two people inside an apartment.

On Monday, December 23, Officer Danny Meador received a call that two people who had received stab wounds had been carried to the local hospital.

According to the report filed by Officer Meador, Eric Matias Pacheco entered an apartment at 705 Courthouse View and had an altercation with Adolfo Aguirre, age 19, of Lafayette. At some point, the teenager was stabbed with a knife. Then 21-year-old Carina Valencia was stabbed in the back. Both were transported to Macon County General Hospital.

Officer D. Meador has officially charged Eric Pacheco with two counts of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. His bond is set at $50,000. A General Sessions Court date is set for Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Serious Wreck on Hwy 10 Hill PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Only four days after Christmas another serious wreck happened on the infamous Highway 10 South hill hurting a woman driver and two male juvenile passengers.

The accident occurred just before 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 29, with THP Trooper Justin Mote investigating.

Trooper Mote said that 51-year-old Connie Harrison, of Hartsville, was traveling northbound in a 1998 Ford Explorer, on Highway 10 South and was driving too fast for the road conditions.

“Harrison failed to maintain the proper lane of travel,” said Trooper Mote. “Her vehicle crossed the southbound lane of travel, struck a utility pole, and rolled onto its’ side.”

Rescue personnel were called to the scene, however Ms. Harrison got out of the vehicle herself. The EMS was able to get one juvenile out and Harrison got the other.

“Ms. Harrison and one young passenger were carried to Macon County General Hospital for treatment,” stated Mote. “Due to the weather conditions the helicopter couldn’t fly, so the other juvenile was taken for medical care to Vanderbilt Hospital by ground ambulance.”

The Highway 10 South hill was closed for a few hours while the North Central Telephone utility pole was replaced.

Charges are pending.

Responding to the scene were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriffs Office, Macon County EMS, Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County Rescue and the Macon County Chronicle.




Ben Bray's Real Estate to Hold St. Jude's Auction Jan. 11 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Ben Bray, Broker/Auctioneer for Ben Bray Real Estate & Auction Company, is getting ready for Saturday morning, January 11, 2014, when he will take the platform to conduct the 4th Annual St. Jude Charity Auction. The event will be at the Sally Wells Building, located at the Macon County Fairgrounds, in Lafayette, beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Since its inception, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has developed protocols that have helped push the overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when they first opened in 1962 to 80 percent today, and with your generous support the hospital is able to continue their life-saving research and treatment. By making donations you will be helping the hospital’s mission of finding cures and saving children’s lives.

“We are seeking donations for this benefit that will be conducted here in Lafayette for St. Jude’s, which is ran strictly on donations made by people and organizations just like yourself,” Bray said last week. “All the money raised from our event will go directly to the hospital and their daily operations.”

Bray said that St. Jude’s is a pediatric cancer research center located in Memphis, Tennessee, and they serve over 5,000 patients each year regardless of their ability to pay, with several children from Macon County being treated there in previous years. “I have been blessed with three healthy children myself and I am proud to partner with this center and to coordinate a benefit auction for their battle against childhood cancer and other catastrophic diseases.”

“If you have any questions or want to make a donation, you may contact us by phone at (615) 666-2232. Our mailing address is Ben Bray Real Estate and Auction, 672 Highway 52 By Pass West, Lafayette, Tennessee, 37083. Thanks for your time and remember, it’s not about us, it’s about the children.” 

Three Transported After Wednesday Wreck PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debbie Gregory   
Monday, December 23, 2013


Highway 10 North, near the White Farm Road intersection, was the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Wednesday morning, December 18. Three people were transported, two to Gallatin by ground ambulance and one carried by medical helicopter to Nashville.

Investigating officer, THP Trooper Justin Mote, told the Macon County Chronicle that 58-year old Glennon Scott was driving a southbound white 2003 Jeep SUV and 71-year-old Doyle Robinson was also driving southbound in a 2004 white Ford van when the wreck occurred. Robinson’s wife, Bettie, was in the passenger’s seat. All three are from Lafayette.

“Doyle Robinson was stopped in the southbound lane of Highway 10 North due to TDOT working the area around 8:00 a.m.,” said Trooper Mote. “Mrs. Scott was also southbound, striking the rear end of Mr. Robinson’s van. When the van was hit it crossed the northbound lane and traveled up an embankment. Mrs. Scott came to rest in the northbound lane of travel heading north.”

Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were carried by ground ambulance to the Gallatin Hospital and Mrs. Scott was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

A Vanderbilt spokesperson said on Sunday afternoon, that Mrs. Scott was listed in stable condition.

The first responders were the Macon County Sheriffs Office, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County Rescue Squad, Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County EMS, and the Macon County Chronicle.






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