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Parker Meadows ready for first ball game

Hundreds of community members headed out to the Cartoogechaye Community on Tuesday for the Grand Opening of the Parker Meadows Recreation Complex and despite a great turnout and memorable ribbon cutting, the park's most memorable night isn't scheduled until Sept. 10 when the park's first ball game is scheduled to take place.

"Tonight has been a great night and as excited as we are to show off this great park to the community, we are even more excited to announce that the first games ever played on these fields will be on Sept. 10 and will be for the special needs children in our community," said Macon County Manager Derek Roland during his remarks at the park's grand opening.

Franklin Health & Fitness Center celebrates 27th anniversary

Twenty-seven years ago, a local doctor set out to create a facility to help families lead healthier lifestyles.

With a goal "of providing a place where the average Macon County citizen and their families could enjoy all the benefits of regular exercise at an affordable price," Dr. Ed Morris set out to bring that place to Franklin. After several years of leg work that included a feasability report, hiring a consulting company, raising money from local families and a local bank, The Franklin Health and Fitness Center opened its doors in August 1988 and had just 10 employees.

Macon schools participate in active shooter drill

Law enforcement prepares for “worst case scenario.”

Just days before school was set to open for the 2015-16 school year, deputies, police, fire and rescue personnel responded to Macon Middle School in response to a dispatch call that would be any parent's worst nightmare. Emergency Personnel and law enforcement got word that three masked gunmen had made entry into the school and the school was placed on lockdown. The realistic situation was an "Active Shooter Training Exercise" conductted by the Macon County Sheriff's Office, Macon County Emergency Services, and Macon County Schools.

Local quilters chosen for museum exhibit

Quilts of Valor show runs through November.

Five local women have created quilts that have been chosen for the National Quilt Museum's exhibit, “To Honor and Comfort: Quilts of Valor.” The show will run from Aug. 20 to Nov. 11. All are members of the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild. Susan Roper and Cindy Williams created one of the quilts; Linda Harrison and Debbie Chastain created another the quilts; and Liz View created the third quilt.

The museum, which is located in Paducah, Ky., features some of the finest fiber arts and quilt collections in the world. Its displays feature inhouse and traveling collections in its three galleries. More than 110,000 people come from all over the world every year to visit the museum.

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The Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department or Jackson County Sheriff’s Department made the following arrests Nov. 4-Nov. 10. Note that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Macon County Sheriff’s Department

November 5

Teresa Gaye Ledford, 49, of Four Wheel Drive, was charged with domestic criminal trespass. No bond was set. Adam Crawford made the arrest.

November 6

Mitchell Lee Adams, 32, of Courtney Lane, was charged with escape by hired prisoner. A bond of $3,000 was set. Tracy Burt made the arrest.

Brandon William Holland, 24, of Elizabeth Drive, was charged with felony larceny, possession of stolen property, injury to personal property. A secured bond of $25,000 was set. Patrick Merritt made the arrest.

Nicole Tabitha Queen-Bates, 32, of Punchbowl Drive, was charged with defrauding drug/alcohol screen test, probation violation. A secured bond of $12,000 was set. David Blanton made the arrest.

Kevin Allen Johnston, 18, of Gray Fox Road, was charged with larceny. An unsecured bond was set. Cindy Waller made the arrest.

November 7

Christopher Adam Jones, 30, of Cool Breeze Road, was charged with probation violation, driving while license revoked, failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Patrick Merritt made the arrest.

Franklin Police Department

November 5

Cecil Garner Middleton, 34, was charged with worthless checks. No bond was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

Audreyana Joan Nesbit, 24, of Middle Creek Road, was charged with larceny by employee. An unsecured bond of $5,000 was set. Dwayne Cabe made the arrest.

November 6

Veronica Jones Kemp, 40, of Bailey Hills Road, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $7,500 was set. Matt Pelicer made the arrest.

November 7

Kevin Lee O’Conner, 35, of Ridge Road, was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $6,000 was set. Timothy Lynn made the arrest.

November 8

Johnny Thuman Carroll, 51, of Mill Creek Road, was charged with worthless checks. No bond was set. Devin Holland made the arrest.

November 10

Leslie Dorothy Dennis, 61, of Highlands Road, was charged with driving while impaired, open container, driving with no drivers license. An unsecured bond of $1,500 was set. Jonathan Bean made the arrest.

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department

November 4

William Kenneth Watson, 64, of Puma Trail, was charged with larceny. A secured bond of $10,000 was set. Celeste Holloman made the arrest.

November 5

William Joseph Conner, 22, of River Park, was issued a true bill of indictment; possession of a controlled substance on prison/jail premises, possession of methamphetamine, larceny. No bond was set. Robert Nicholson made the arrest.

Joseph Terry Lanier, 57, of Balsam View Drive, was charged with trespassing, possessing/concealing stolen property, larceny. A secured bond was set. Dwight McMahan made the arrest.

Cortney Leigh Hicks, 22, of Hicks Hollow Road, was charged with failure to appear in court. A secured bond of $2,000 was set. Brandon Hooper made the arrest.

Rebecca Ann Washam, 29, of New House Road, was charged with larceny of firearm. A secured bond was set. Brandon Hooper made the arrest.

November 6

Nichole Dominique Bradley, 21, of Sim Taylor Road, was charged with resisting an officer. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Johnathan Jones made the arrest.

Charity Leighanne Smith, 35, of Rocky Branch Road, was charged with motor vehicle theft. A written promise was given. Ronald Mathis made the arrest.

Amber Sherice Crowe, 26, of Mink Branch Road, was charged with failure to appear in court; possession of drug paraphernalia. A secured bond of $2,000 was set.

Talmage Lee Middleton, 32, of Middle Ridge Road, was charged with domestic violence protective order violation. No bond was set. Tyson Crawford made the arrest.

November 7

Jonathan Lee Scott Buckner, 31, of McClean Road, was charged with simple worthless check. A secured bond of $1,000 was set. Tyson Crawford made the arrest.

Talmage Lee Middleton, 32, of East Fork Road, was charged with assault on a female. A secured bond was set. Jennie Rumsey made the arrest.

November 8

Donald Lee Ensley, 40, of Wolfetown Road, was charged with misdemeanor child abuse. A secured bond of $4,000 was set. Dwight McMahan made the arrest.

Amanda Dawn Clawson, 32, of Neal Bryson Road, was issued a true bill of indictment; possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine. No bond was set. Robert Nicholson made the arrest.

November 9

Marcello Santiago Garcia, 24, of Fenway Place, was charged with attempted breaking and entering, domestic criminal trespassing. No bond was set. James Henry made the arrest.

Mckayla Joe Cook, 17, of Swiftwater Drive, was charged with failure to appear in court; larceny, resisting an officer. A secured bond of $4,000 was set.

November 10

Julieayne Spinn, 37, of Gateway Road, was charged with a domestic violence protective order violation. A secured bond was set. Daniel Wellmon made the arrest.






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