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Trousdale Wreck Kills Macon Man

By Debbie Gregory

The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated a two-vehicle wreck on Highway 10 South in Trousdale County, that killed a Macon County man.

The head-on collision happened around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, March 15, approximately one mile from the Macon/Trousdale County line, near the Old Highway 10 intersection.

Trooper Danny Fisher, wreck investigator, identified the fatality victim as 38-year-old Stevie Barton, of the Gamaliel Road, in Red Boiling Springs.

According to Trooper Fisher, Stevie Barton was traveling south on Hwy. 10 in a silver 2002 Nissan Sentra and 23-year-old Timothy Austin Scruggs, of Castalian Springs, was behind the wheel of a northbound 2002 Dodge pickup.

“Mr. Scruggs, who stated that he fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line and hit Mr. Barton head on,” said Trooper Fisher. “Mr. Barton was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Timothy Scruggs was transported to Skyline Hospital, in Nashville, for treatment.

“Charges are pending,” added Trooper Fisher.

The Macon County Chronicle responded to the Trousdale County wreck scene and the Macon County Sheriffs Department assisted with traffic control.

Stevie Barton was born on Monday, September 11,1978 in Macon County, the son of Bobby and Pam West Barton of Lafayette. On October 16, 2010, he married the former Rebecca Moss, who survives. He was an employee with Georgia Pacific in Lebanon, Tn.

Funeral services for Stevie Barton were conducted on Sunday afternoon, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. from the chapel of Anderson & Son Funeral Home, in Red Boiling Springs, with Rob Whitacre officiating. Interment was in the Smith Chapel Cemetery.