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Large amount of meth found in Coffee County Wednesday morning

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s West Bureau Interdiction Plus team discovered approximately one-and-a-half pounds of crystal methamphetamine on a routine traffic stop on Wednesday morning in Coffee County. Trooper Jeremy Miller initiated a traffic stop on a 2008 Honda Accord for speeding in a construction zone near mile marker 124 on Interstate 24 westbound at approximately 10:36 a.m. Wednesday. Upon the trooper’s introduction and explanation of the stop, the

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The state fire marshal has announced that the new Coffee County Jail will be issued a clear Certificate of Occupancy. Sheriff Steven Graves said the floors will take about two months for completion. (Staff photo by Chris Barstad)

Budget and finance votes to keep workhouse open; full commission vote coming Tuesday

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 4:00 am

The Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee passed Resolution 2015-15 Tuesday (April 7) to maintain the “workhouse” in operation at its current location after the new jail is open and all other inmates have been moved there. While the committee has expressed support in the past for keeping the work house open, Tuesday’s vote was its first time to officially recommend approval to the full commission. The workhouse refers to

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  • Woman charged with animal cruelty; approximately 100 animals rescued

    Posted on April 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

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    A Coffee County woman has been charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after nearly 100 animals were rescued from her home in the eastern section of Coffee County early Sunday morning. Carolyn Irby was arrested Monday and booked into the Coffee County Jail under a $10,000 bond. Nearly 100 animals were rescued from Irby’s residence on Hickory Grove Road after what Coffee County Sheriff’s Department deputies described as extremely

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  • Saturday morning crash kills one in Coffee County

    Posted on April 6, 2015 at 8:05 am


    A Manchester resident is dead following a single-car crash on Blanton Chapel Road in northern Coffee County Saturday morning. According to Tennessee Highway Patrolman Harrison Fisher, Whitney C. Austin, 23, of Eagleville, was operating a 2000 Ford Expedition that left the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. Passenger Nettie Austin, 45, of Manchester, was pronounced dead on the scene. Fisher’s report states that alcohol was a factor

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SPORTS ROUNDUP (Friday, April 17): CHS softball, soccer earn wins

Posted on April 18, 2015 at 1:02 am

Brianna Jones and Kaylee Skipper combined to toss a two-hitter Friday as the Coffee County Central Lady Raiders picked up a 2-1 victory at Warren County to improve to 18-3-1 on the season. The Lady Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Claire Spellings stole third base and scored on a throwing error, and they added their final run as Shelby Scrivnor drove in Bethany

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  • Sports schedule for Saturday, April 18

    Posted on April 18, 2015 at 12:25 am


    HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Beech @ CHS, 3 p.m.   HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER Shelbyville @ CHS, 7 p.m. CHS (JV) @ Cookeville Tournament, TBA (two games)   MANCHESTER YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE 6U – Cook Chiropractic vs. Lions Club, 9 a.m. 6U – Hullett’s Service Center vs. Manchester Tire & Brake, 10:30 a.m. 6U – Sonic vs. 1st National Bank, Noon 6U – Oak Restautant vs. Doc Jay’s, 1:30 p.m. 8U – Central Funeral Home

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  • Sports schedule for Friday, April 17

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 12:32 pm


    HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Forrest @ CHS, 6 p.m.   HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL CHS @ Warren Co., 1:45 p.m.   HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER Lawrence Co. @ CHS, 6 p.m. (Varsity Only)   HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS Lawrence Co. @ CHS, 4 p.m.   MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL CCMS @ South Franklin Co., 7 p.m. WMS @ Cornersville, 6 p.m.   MANCHESTER YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE 8U – Hullett’s Service Center vs. Cooper’s Sports, 5

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A chance to scale new heights: Area boarding school offers students and introduction to competitive rock climbing

Posted on April 8, 2015 at 9:06 am

Staff Writer John Coffelt   Bouldering, an offshoot of rock climbing, involves much more than ascending a large rock. It’s a demanding sport that in addition to strength, requires purpose, agility and, moreover, dogged perseverance. Sewanee’s Saint Andrew’s Sewanee School climbing club members seek to perfect their bouldering Monday nights at the campus Bouldering Cave, a small lean-to section of the campus recreation shed, which had been turned into a

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  • St. Bede’s to unveil exquisite bas relief sculptures at community Good Friday service

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 4:25 pm


    By John Coffelt, staff writer   During the Good Friday service of the Manchester Ministerial Association Holy Week meetings, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church will showcase series of commissioned woodcut panels that depicts Jesus’ progression to Calvary. To those familiar with the Catholic faith or its offshoots, the series is known as the Stations of the Cross, a collection of 14 images usually placed along the church nave and depicts the

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  • Different is beautiful

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:05 am


    Family works to fund genetic research into daughter’s unique disorder “I know that no one has a looking glass, but to not know is my child ever going to learn to walk, talk or is she ever going to get married or hold a job or have children? No one can tell me, but how about a small bit of insight?” –       Leeann Messick, Skialar’s mother.  Staff Writer John Coffelt

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Tuesday last day to buy tickets for Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center fundraiser

Posted on April 7, 2015 at 8:04 am

A fundraiser to help keep the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center open to aid children of abuse will be held Friday, April 10, at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center in Manchester. This year the annual event will feature the band “Escape” from Columbia with vocalist KC — (Karen Czajka) – to entertain with an evening of music and dancing titled “A Groovy Party With a Purpose,” according to Joyce Prusak,

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  • Walgreens, senior center team up for senior-grandchild dance

    Posted on March 13, 2015 at 11:22 am


    Manchester Walgreens and the Coffee County Senior Center are teaming up to host a dance for seniors and their children from 6-8 p.m. Friday night. Tickets are $2 and will be available at the door of the senior center, located at 603 Woodbury Highway in Manchester. The dance is designed for seniors and their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and/or other young relatives. “We saw this as an opportunity to raise money for

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  • Westwood Middle to hold second STEM night

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Westwood Middle School will hold its second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics night from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday. Westwood principal Chad Fletcher explained to the Manchester Board of Education Monday, “It’s a great night; we had a terrific turnout last year. It’s an opportunity to show students opportunities that STEM brings: careers and future opportunities that may present themselves in [the field].” Westwood science teacher

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