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Sidewalk construction is underway along Oakdale Street. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

SAFE SCHOOLS: Sidewalk construction underway near Westwood

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm

After nearly five years of anticipation, Westwood school students and other pedestrians walking along Oakdale Street in Manchester will soon be much safer during their travels. The $126,000 “Safe Routes to School” grant secured by Manchester in 2009 – which pays to install sidewalks for children to walk safely to school – recently broke ground on Oakdale Street and is expected to be complete by the end of October, according

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Manchester woman charged with TennCare fraud

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm

A Coffee County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for allegedly selling prescription drugs paid for by TennCare. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with help from officers of the Coffee County Sheriff and Manchester Police, today announced the arrest of Frances Faye Wise, 67 of Manchester. The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Manchester Police Department. Wise is charged with TennCare Fraud in connection with obtaining a prescription

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  • New DA Northcott fires four from office

    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Republican Craig Northcott beat longtime Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne in the Coffee County General Election Thursday night. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    In the process of assembling his own team, newly elected Coffee County District Attorney General Craig Northcott has terminated four employees from duty in the D.A.’s office, effective this past Friday, including two assistant district attorneys – Felicia Walkup and Marla Hollaway. Northcott, who begins his term Tuesday, said it was only coincidence that all four who were fired happen to be female. “A lot of difficult decisions had to

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  • TBI investigation dropped against Manchester Police Department; no criminal activity found

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    by Wayne Thomas, staff writer The investigation into criminal allegations against former workers at the Manchester Police Department has been completed with no charges filed and no wrongdoing reported. When Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman was elected in 2012, he and the board of mayor and aldermen soon asked District Attorney Mickey Layne for an investigation to be completed into the “flower fund” and the disposition of equipment that the police

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CHS golfers compete in Keith Maxwell Invitational

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm

The Coffee County Central High School Lady Raiders finished third at the Keith Maxwell Invitational in McMinnville Tuesday with a 164. Hollee Sadler finished third overall with a 78, and the girls are now 58-3 on the year. The Raiders finished with a 359, tied for 10th, and are 35-26 on the year. CHS was well-represented in the individual categories as Jacob Prater and Jacque Crossland had the longest drives

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  • Golden Eagles soar past CHS

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Jake Kreulen Sports Writer The Coffee County Central Red Raiders faced a tough Rhea County team Friday night and suffered a 42-6 loss to spoil the home opener at Carden-Jarrell Field. The Raiders (2-0) were unable to get anything going offensively, but actually turned in a solid defensive effort despite the score. “Big plays killed us, but I thought we actually beat them up quite a bit,” first-year CHS coach

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  • Raiders earn their cup of joe

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Sports Writer Jake Kreulen   The Coffee County Middle School Raiders scored the first 18 points Tuesday night and rolled to a 38-14 victory over Tullahoma to claim the Coffee Cup and move to 3-0 on the season. Bulldozing their way to 220 yards on the ground, the Raiders controlled every aspect of the game. Blanton Brown led the way with 74 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, Andrew

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Local doctor takes a swing at the majors

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Staff Writer John Coffelt When a local chiropractor recently received an invitation from representatives of Major League Baseball team the Miami Marlins to consult with trainers about one of their pitchers, county native Bryan Morris, Dr. Marvin Carson, DC, knew it was a moment of a lifetime. “I don’t expect to become the team chiropractor, but that I was able to go and have them cover my cost was a

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  • Don’t let irritant weeds poison your outdoors

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

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    Before your family begins enjoying the great outdoors during this adventure-filled season, make sure your yard is properly treated to avoid the dangers of poison ivy, oak or sumac. Learn the proper steps to keep the threat of poisonous plants away from your family and property. Locating the danger Keeping your family safe begins with proper identification of these harmful, rash-producing plants. In the right environment, poisonous weeds can grow

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  • Poison Ivy 101: How to ID Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

    The adage “Leaf-ly three: quickly flee” mostly works for plant irritants such as poison ivy and poison oak, but here is a quick how-to guide to help you identify the “poisonous” weeds that may creep into your yard or garden. Poison Ivy Poison ivy is characterized by clusters of three pointed leaves that are smooth, toothed or lobed with two leaves forming a pair beside a longer middle leaf. The

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Pictured are fireworks from the Manchester 2013 fireworks display. (File photo by Josh Peterson)

Manchester Independence Day events start early Friday; end with fireworks

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

The annual Manchester Independence Day celebration will be held Friday, July 4, with most of the events taking place at the Manchester Recreation Center and Manchester Rotary Park. A Firecracker 5k/10k run will be held in the morning with musical entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. at Rotary Amphitheater in Rotary Park. Independence Day fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. “The fireworks will be shot from

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  • Elton John closes Bonnaroo with big hits

    Posted on June 16, 2014 at 1:22 am

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    With the main stage packed, Elton John sent the 13th Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival out in style Sunday. The music legend partnered with Ben Folds for a great rendition of “Grey Seal,” sent out a tribute to late radio personality Casey Kasem and belted out his staple hits with his ageless vocals, including “Bennie and the jets,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Rocket man.” John concluded the festival as the headlining

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  • BONNAROO DAY 2: Kanye claims to be the greatest; Skrillex plays Elton John

    Posted on June 14, 2014 at 11:57 am


    Bonnaroo organizers said they were ready to leave the past behind when asked why the music festival decided to book Kanye West as a headliner for the 13th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. But West seemed to have an alternate agenda. West returned to Bonnaroo (only six minutes late this time) Friday night for the first time since the now infamous debacle of 2008, when his late night set

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