• The State Department of Transportation announced it would built and excess road leading to the sawdust burning electrical plant under construction in Red Boiling Springs.
• A severe lightening storm over the Fourth of July weekend destroyed the home of Hogan Carter near Rocky Mound.
• Martin Johnson, band director at Macon County High School, resigned his position and returned to Florida. Johnson came to Lafayette from Winterhaven, Fla., in August 1975.
• Hershell Carter of Carthage was killed in an accident at the Hartsville Nuclear Plant.
• Lafayette police recovered a stolen vehicle belonging to Lynn Shrum near Sunshine Market on Highway 52.
• Lem White Jr. of the Meadorville community died at age 65.
• Miss Chastity Nicole Gregory, age 5, daughter of Robby and Carol Gregory of Lafayette, was a finalist in the 1983 Tennessee National Little Miss Pageant.
• Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Patterson of Martinsville, Ind., were visiting Mr. and Mrs. Paul Patterson.
• Eddie Louis (Ed) Wright of Lafayette was shot to death in front of Linville’s Store at Hillsdale. Edward (Bull) Bergdorf was charged with murder.
• Nicky and Teresa Wilson of Brattontown were vacationing in Florida.
• Don Curtis had undergone surgery at Macon County General Hospital.
• Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Morgan and daughter were sightseeing in the Smoky Mountains.
32 years ago
• Mayor Page Durham signed a proclamation designating the week of July 16, 1978 as Welcome Wagon Week in Lafayette. The mayor was pictured signing the proclamation with Welcome Wagon Hostess Edith Bean.
• Lightning destroyed a barn belonging to Lynn Shrum of the Cross Lanes community.
• Linda McCrary was installed as president of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.
• Warren H. Johnson, son of Mary A. Johnson of Route 3, Lafayette, had been assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, after completing training.
• Larry Tucker was a $25 winner in Houchens weekly giveaway program.
• The Macon County Quarterly Court set the 1976 property tax rate at $2.62 per $100 of assessed property.
• The Macon County Board of Education asked TVA for funds for additional classrooms at Fairlane Elementary School.
• Red Boiling Springs City Council hired Eddie Humes as city policeman.
• Lewis White and family were vacationing in Clearwater, Fla.
• Mr. and Mrs. Willard Carr were vacationing in the Smoky Mountains.
• Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies Danny Pippin, Darrell Ford and Lynn Shrum burned as estimated 50 pounds of marijuana behind the jail.
• Mr. and Mrs. Wade West of the Union Camp community observed their 50th wedding anniversary with a reception given by their children, Mr. and Mrs. Freeman West and Mr. and Mrs. Jack West.
42 years ago
• The Macon County Quarterly Court adopted a resolution calling for a referendum on one-cent sales tax for Macon County.
• The Quarterly Court had appropriated $30,000 for a new library building in the county.
• All funds were approved for the construction of an airport in Lafayette. Total cost of construction was $355,000.
• Grethel Swindle, age 45, an employee of the Macon County Highway Department, was killed when crushed by the bed of a dump truck.
• Macon County’s population was estimated at 12,414 by a University of Tennessee survey.
• Randal Wakefield of Willette had undergone surgery at McFarland Hospital in Lebanon.
• Specialist Four Jesse J. Beasley was serving with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
• Macon County students attending Majorette Camp at the University of Tennessee were Kathy Carman, Anita Cutrell, Norma Patterson and Shelia Hudgens.
• Olin Jent was named president of the Nashville Chapter of Tennessee Association of Public Accountants.
• Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Dallas and Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Blanekenship had returned home from a trip through the New England states and Canada.
• W.E. Massey and daughter spent the Fourth of July with Mr. and Mrs. Claud Galloway of Louisville, Ky.
• Attending FHA Leadership Camp at Doyle, Tenn., from Red Boiling Springs High School were Janice Cherry, Debbie Witcher and Regina Sadler.
• Sandy and Debbie Witcher were on a three-week tour of seven European counties.
55 years ago
• Gay McFarland of Lebanon became the bride of James West Chamberlain of Lafayette.
• The Lafayette City Council awarded the contract for the construction of natural gas lines in Lafayette to the L.O. Brayton Co. of Dyersburg, Tenn. The bid was $80,607.50.
• Macon Walgreen Drug Company discontinued business in Lafayette. The firm had operated in Lafayette for the last six years.
• Construction was underway on the new Citizens Bank building located at the corner of the public square and Red Boiling Springs Road.
• The Post Office Department had purchased a lot on East Locust Street as the site for the new post office building.
• A new dry goods store was to open in Lafayette under the name of Morton’s Dry Goods and located in the building formerly occupied by Durham’s 5 and 10 on the public square.
• The award for the construction of the True Loom building in Lafayette was to be awarded with construction costs estimated at $300,000.
• Charlie Durham and Bobby Braswell had returned to Lafayette after spending several weeks in New York and employed by Southland Frozen Foods.