Chapters of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) from across the state of Tennessee, are banding together in an effort to raise funds for disaster relief in Macon, Trousdale and Allen counties by hosting a benefit dinner and auction at Macon County Junior High School in Lafayette on Sunday, April 6.
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A new contractor was given the job of tornado debris removal by the City of Lafayette, after the first bidder – NATCO – asked to be excused. The contract was awarded on March 20, after new bids by previous bidders and additional contractors were opened. Ward Construction, of Macon County, got the job with the low bid of $87,875. The contract will be signed and preliminary work will begin on Monday, March 24, said Mayor Bill Wells.
Debris pick-up from city road right-of-ways should start on Tuesday or Wednesday, March 25 and 26, according to Wells. Work will include loading and disposal of FEMA eligible debris along roads in the tornado affected areas of the city. Three passes will be made along each route.
The Long-Term Recovery of Macon County (LTRMC) is planning a Disaster Recovery Information Expo this Saturday, March 29 from 12:00-3:00 PM at MCHS for all citizens affected by the disaster and participating vendors. This Info Expo will be a lunch cookout and information day to explain the recovery organization’s purposes, process, and services. Lunch will be served beginning at noon. Brochures which contain contact information will be provided. This event was planned so that disaster affected citizens can get the information quickly in order to be able to begin accessing available services.
The initial process to meet the existing needs will begin with the Christian Reform World Relief Committee who will begin to do individual disaster assessments in the area in two weeks for all disaster victims. Those with existing needs will then be referred to the LTRMC for assistance.
On Monday, March 17, at the meeting of the Legislative Body, County Commissioners tried their best to up hold their elected duties in regards to awarding a contract for the County Debris Removal. However, due to a biased presentation of the bids by Mayor Linville, they were left totally blind sighted.
A couple of weeks ago, Mayor Linville advertised for bid the county’s debris removal. The bid package submitted to contractors was a mere copy of the City of Lafayette Debris Removal Project prepared by Professional Engineering Services (PES). There was no acting engineer for the project and PES’ name had been removed from all bidding materials.
At his own discression, Mayor Linville presented 4 of the 7 bids to the commissioners; identified only as “A,B,C,&D”.
10-year-old Holly McClanahan of Lafayette was awarded first place and $20 for her entry in the Macon County Chronicle’s Easter Coloring Contest. Second place was awarded to 10-year-old Tanner Lowhorn, third place was awarded to 7-year-old Austin Daughtery.
Read more: Easter Coloring Contest