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County commissioners debate restoring prayer before meetings following Supreme Court ruling to allow it

Macon County Commissioner Chairman Kevin Corbin, along with the consensus of the board, instructed county attorney Chester Jones to look into drafting a resolution that would bring back the practice of praying before county meetings.

“As chairman, I would recommend we ask the county attorney to give us some guidance on that and perhaps we could reinstate having the prayers at our meeting—with consensus of the board.”

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On May 12, Macon Middle School math teacher and junior varsity baseball coach Jeffrey Todd Rousselle was arrested and charged with indecent liberties with a child and indecent liberties with a student, both of which are felonies.

The charges resulted after an investigation was carried out by Macon County Sheriff's Office Detectives Dani Burrows and Amy Stewart.

The investigators received a report that Rousselle had been communicating electronically with minor females who were students and/or prior students of Macon Middle School (MMS).

“This was good police work on their part,” said Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland. “They received vital information, followed up on it and it led to the charges.”

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Proposal eliminates all but necessities for 2014-15.

Macon County's proposed fiscal year budget for 2014-15 looks significantly different than the current year’s budget. County Manager Derek Roland presented the first budget of his tenure to commissioners Tuesday night and informed the board that the budget is 3.4 percent less than the fiscal year 2013-14’s original budget of $47,145,470. Roland’s proposed budget sits at $45,521,122, which is not only less than the beginning budget for this year, but also 2.9 percent less than the projected expenditures in 2014 ($46,857,615).

“The proposed budget, while addressing many needs, was developed with the purposeful attempt of stabilizing the county’s fund balance position and preparing for the forthcoming revaluation which will become effective on January 1, 2015,” said Roland in his opening remarks to the board.

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State officials are investigating the death of an inmate that was being held at the Macon County Detention Center earlier this month. The death, which occurred on Saturday, May 3, is the first incident of its kind in Macon County since Sheriff Robbie Holland has taken office.

According to an incident report, jailer Holly Bradley was making rounds Friday evening at the detention center when she was asked by 34-year-old inmate Stephen Paul Johnson of Franklin for his medicine. She informed the inmate that meds were given at 2200 hours (10 p.m.).

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published: 10/18/2013
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