Swiss Pantry donut Saturday

BELVIDERE — It only happens the first and third Saturday of each month … and it is absolutely worth the 30 minute drive to Franklin County. The Swiss Pantry plans another Donut Saturday for Saturday, July 4.

Swiss Pantry maple donut
Swiss Pantry maple donuts are a southern, middle Tennessee tradition. {Photo Provided}

It’s a culinary event with an interesting history. An area family named the Millers owns the The Swiss Pantry. They are direct descendants of Jacob Hostetler, who immigrated to America in 1738 from the Schwarzenburg area of Switzerland. In 1987, the Millers moved to Belvidere from Virginia and discovered Belvidere’s rich Swiss and Mennonite heritage living among common Mennonite names such as Leichty, Zimmerman, Zauggs, and others. That’s when they decided to open a local bakery that blended their Swiss heritage with their new southern home.

They offer a wide variety homemade baked goods, soups, and pastas– many that are gluten free and/or sugar free. They also offer local honey, locally-produced beef, organic chicken, locally roasted coffee, Falls Mill products, and fresh Sunrise Dairy milke.

On Monday’s and Thursdays they make southern-style fried pies in nine different flavors. But it’s on Donut Saturdays that they really shine combining a favorite weekend breakfast food with southern, middle Tennessee foody tradition. They make vanilla, maple, and chocolate glazed donuts that are just (chef’s kiss) divine.

You can pre-order by calling 931-962-0567. They are $8.19 a dozen and flavors can be mixed and matched. Pre-ordering is definitely recommend because they often run out but they accept pre-order via phone only. The Swiss Pantry is located at 10026 David Crockett Parkway in Belvidere on Highway 64 between Huntland and Winchester. •

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Authorities release more details in Belvidere shooting death

Christopher Maxwell, age 48, has been charged with first degree murder and homicide related to the fatal shooting of his wife< Holly, on January 25. His teenage sons remain hospitalized. {Photo Courtesy of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department}

{Editor’s Note: We updated this article on January 29 based on newly available public information.}

FRANKLIN COUNTY — More details are coming to light in a domestic case that turned fatal in Belvidere … touching the lives of two MCHS students who remain hospitalized.

According to Franklin County Public Information Officer Chris Guess, local officials have charged Christopher Maxwell, age 48, with first degree murder and homicide in the shooting death of his wife, Holly Raquel Maxwell, age 46 at their Vernon Ridge Road home in Belvidere on Saturday. He’s also charges with criminal attempt, aggravated child abuse, and neglect, for shooting his two teenage sons, according to a press release.

According to authorities, they received a domestic disturbance call at the residence on Saturday around 4:30 p.m. While en route to the scene, dispatch informed deputies that they’d received a report that shots had been fired at the home. When deputies arrived, they discovered Holly Maxwell deceased and laying on the floor in the residence. Deputies also discovered the Maxwell’s two teenage sons, ages 13 and 14, “adjacent to the residence” and suffering from gunshot wounds.

As authorities attempted to secure the scene, they discovered Christopher Maxwell in an adjacent milk barn. Deputies arrested Maxwell and transported him to Southern Tennessee Regional Health Systems in Winchester for treatment for chest pains. Doctors later released him into local authority’s custody and he was immediately transported to the Franklin County Jail.

At the scene, both teenagers were initially also transported to Southern Tennessee Regional Health Systems, and then again transported to state level one trauma centers via air ambulance. Authorities transported the 14 year old to Erlanger Hospital via Life Force helicopter and the 13 year old to Vanderbilt Hospital via LifeFlight helicopter. According to Franklin County officials, both remain hospitalized in stable condition.

Chris Maxwell remains in custody in Franklin County where he is being held without bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Franklin County General Sessions Court on March 5. According to an arrest affidavit related to the case, Maxwell told deputies that he shot his wife in the head because he believed she was cheating on him.

Members of the Moore County community are working to help the two juvenile victims. Click here for more information on those efforts.•

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Moore community rallies around two teens hospitalized after weekend shooting

LOCAL NEWS — Domestic violence touched the lives of two Moore County Middle School students over the weekend. According to reports, January 25 around 4:30 p.m. shots rang out at 1620 Vernon Ridge Road. Franklin County Sheriff’s Department officials say that Christopher Maxwell, age 48, remains in police custody after shooting and killing his wife, Holly Raquel Maxwell, age 46, before turning the gun on his two teenage sons aged 13 and 14. Maxwell is being charged with first-degree murder.

The two sons, who attend Moore County schools, were transported to two separate state level one trauma centers: Erlanger Barones Hospital in Chattanooga and Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Members of the Moore County community are rallying around the two students. If you’d like to donate items to be delivered to the teens while they remain hospitalized they can be dropped of at both Lynchburg Elementery or Moore County High School. Requested items include snacks, lotions, chapsticks, water flavor packets, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, dry shampoo, hand santizers, blankets, warm socks, books and other reading materials.

For more information, contact Lashonda Hill at LES or Amy Cashion at MCHS or call or text 931-205-0702. •

If you’d prefer to give a monetary donation, the group is also collecting restaurant gift cards, gas cards (to cover travel expenses for family members), or monetary donation sealed inside envelopes. The group has also set up two ways to give money directly to the boys. Local Laura Swinford, a friend of the boy’s mother, has set up a GoFundMe account. Click here to access it. As of this update, they’d raised over $1800 for the local students.

There is also an account set up at Moore County Bank in Lynchburg in the Maxwell brother’s names. •

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