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County Offices Debate Employee Pay scales PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Tensions flared during Monday night’s County Commission meeting on August 4th after several county office heads including Macon County Sheriff Mark Gammons and Circuit Court Clerk Rick Gann, questioned the reason for variations in county office employee wages.

Using the example that the three employees working in the Macon County Mayors Office are being paid more than the secretarial employees at both the Sheriffs Department and the Circuit Court Office, both Gammons and Gann voiced their concerns that their employees work “just as hard.”

Local Church Burglarized; Over $1,000 in Damages PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Union Missionary Baptist Church, located on Union Camp Road in Lafayette, was reportedly burglarized and ran-sacked sometime after 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 24.

Two Teens Charged in Lafayette Burglaries PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Eighteen-year-old Patrick Wesley Bandy and 19-year-old Brandon Lee Likens, were charged with the burglary and vandalism of two Lafayette businesses on Thursday, July 24.
RBS Hotel Owners Fight Back PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Less than charmed by the prospect of a 5% hotel/motel tax, the owners of Red Boiling Springs’ historic hotels – The Armour, The Donoho, and The Thomas House – intend to turn out in-force to oppose such a tax at the August meetings of the county court.

“We want the commissioners to know that we’re very unhappy about it,” said Evelyn Cole, owner/operator of The Thomas House, a family-run business.  “The commissioners I’ve talked to since the July 21 meeting didn’t know how we felt about it.”

Two of the RBS hotel owners said they had not been contacted by the Tourism Committee, and didn’t know that the issue was to be voted on at the last meeting of commissioners.

Commissioners Vote Yes to Hotel Tax, More Debris Clean-Up PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Visitors to Macon County’s hotels and motels will soon have a 5% tax added to their bills, to be dedicated to the development of tourism, if things go the way county commissioners voted at their regular meeting on July 21. The tax may generate as much as $18,000 per year, according to Tourism Committee Chair Carolyn Whitaker, who based her estimate on the amount generated in other counties that are comparable to Macon.
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