• Blanche Holland celebrated her 80th birthday at a party in her honor April 12 at the Bill Speck Building located at the fairground.
• Hunter Shrum, a fifth-grader at Lafayette Elementary School, had recently won fourth-place in the 2003 Tennessee Tar Wars state poster contest.
• Red Boiling Springs’ Kenny Carter and Terry Newberry had recently graduated from the Computer Operations Technology program at Tennessee Technology Center at Hartsville with a Computer System Specialist diploma.
• Snowie and Earl Hire, who lived on Cold Springs Road in Lafayette, celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary April 7. The couple was married in 1934 in Scottsville, Ky.
• Sarah and Johnnie Scruggs announced the birth of their daughter, Adriah Beth Scruggs, born April 3.
• Macon County High School’s T.J. Harris finished second in the 110-meter hurdles, and the MCHS boys’ track team finished fourth in team standings at the Stan McNabb Invitational in Tullahoma.
• Wyatt Freeman, son of Wayne and Missy Freeman of Lafayette, killed his first turkey April 2 in Trousdale County. The bird was 20 pounds.
• Approximately 55 students graduated from the 2003 Red Boiling Springs Elementary Schools DARE class, instructed by Macon County Sheriff’s Dep. Mark Bartley.
• Kayla Day was crowned 2003 Miss Macon County Junior High School.
• Ruth Hesson celebrated her 80th birthday April 6 at the home of her brother, Baxter Goad and his wife Jean.
• Mary Alison Brown (4.666 GPA) was announced as valedictorian for Macon County High School’s graduating class of 2003. Megan Ashley Swann (4.511) was announced as salutatorian.
• Macon County’s Andrea Scruggs, a pre-med biology major at Middle Tennessee State University, had recently been inducted into Chi Alpha Epsilon, an honor society for students who started in an academic assistance program and have maintained a 3.0 GPA for two consecutive semesters.
• Pvt. Lee Craighead, the son of Stanley and Jane Farley and Phillip and Ruth Craighead of Lafayette, had returned home from a tour of duty in Iraq with the 75th Ranger Regiment’s 3rd Battalion, stationed at Fort Benning, Ga.
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• Chastity Gregory was crowned 1988 Macon County Young Miss at the annual pageant sponsored by the Jaycees on April 3. She was crowned by Mitzi Blankenship.
• Gary Randall Wheeler (4.29 GPA) was announced as valedictorian for the Red Boiling Springs High School graduating class of 1988. Melina Lee Goad (4.02) was announced as salutatorian.
• The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced that bids would be accepted through May 6 for the resurfacing of of State Route 261 from the Public Square to Flippin Road.
• The movies “Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach” and “Johnny Be Good” were showing at the Lafayette cinema.
• Macon County High School senior girls’ basketball players Stacy Brooks and Melissa Flippin had recently been named to the All Vol State Conference basketball team.
• Bobby Russell was elected president of the Macon High Band Boosters on April 4.
• Red Boiling Springs’ Tonya Kirby had recently graduated from Nashville State Technical Institute. She earned an Associate of Science degree in Business Data Processing Technology.
• A scholarship in memory of Pat Parker, one of Lafayette’s greatest athletes, had been established at Macon County High School. It was to be awarded annually to a college-bound MCHS senior who has received at least two letters in varsity sports, has attainted “high academic achievement” and is of “overall good moral character, according to J.Y. Carter, one of three trustees of the fund.
• Macon Bank and Trust Chairman and President William B. Green announced that Janie Kemp and Bobby E. Carver had been promoted to the positions of assistant vice president at the bank’s April board of directors meeting.
• Jimmy N. Wright, son of Clarence D. Write of Rural Route 4 in Red Boiling Springs, had recently been promoted in the U.S. Air Force to the rank of master sergeant.
• Mrs. Estell Davis had recently spent a few days with cousin Carl Austin in Red Boiling Springs.
• Macon County 4-H poster contest winners included Melissa Ford (Central Elementary, 8th grade), Daneta Wheeler (RBS, 5th grade), Teresa Witcher (RBS, 8th grade), Bonnie Davenport (RBS, 8th grade) and Chad Meador (Westside, 4th grade).
• The Lafayette Lion Club had recently sponsored the formation of the Lafayette Lioness Club. Recently elected officers included Director Linda Capps and Vice-President Georgiana Nichols.
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• Jimmy Cook was named to the Board of Directors of the Upper Cumberland Christian Home for the elderly.
• Melissa Flippin, the 4-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Flippin, was chosen Little Miss Macon County at the annual pageant. Runners-up were Dee Ann Frye and Peggy Faye Tribble.
• Britton Linville announced his candidacy for Lafayette City Council.
• Ronnie Whittemore and Barry Newberry were pictured in the Macon County Times with 25 catfish they caught on Cordell Hull Lake at Wartrace.
• Houchens market was celebrating its 25th anniversary in Lafayette.
• Macon County 4-H’ers attending 4-H Congress included Kim Eller, LaDonna Tatum, Carol Coley and Robin Hauskins.
• Mr. and Mrs. B.D. Polston had returned home after spending the winter in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
• Mrs. Laura (Mama) Stewart celebrated her 100th birthday.
• Sherry Hudson was president of the Red Boiling Springs Elementary School 4-H Club.
• Grover L. Porter, formerly of Macon County, was elected president of the National Association of Accountants.
• Macon County students on the Honor Roll at Tennessee Tech included Delavina Holder, Marilyn Jones, Sharon Massey, Judy Clark, Guy Holliman, James L. Jones, John Howser, Paul Wakefield, Janie Kirby and Lisa Smith.
• James C. Smith announced that he was opening a new body shop on Highway 80 at Russell Hill.
• The contract for Highway 52 from west of the Gap of the Ridge to the new by-pass was set for July of 1978, according to the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Total cost of the project was estimated at $4.2 million.