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Three things to know this week

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

1.      Political forum is Thursday. The Manchester Times and Thunder radio will host a political forum event from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center – 147 Hospitality Blvd. – Thursday. The event is free to the public to attend and for candidates to participate. In total, 23 candidates from seven county-wide races and one city race have been invited to participate in the event. Candidates for District Attorney

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Operator of Manchester electronic cigarette business arrested

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

A woman who operates All Things E-Cig, an electronic cigarette business in Manchester, was arrested after she turned herself in at the Coffee County Jail Monday, July 14. Jamie Catherine Mason, 30, of Hillsboro Boulevard, is charged with storage of liquor for sale, possession of a Schedule VI drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked into the Coffee County Jail Monday night and was released after posting her $5,000

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  • United Regional Medical Center, Medical Center of Manchester seek to combine hospitals

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

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    The two hospitals in Manchester that are located less than three miles apart may soon become one. United Regional Medical Center, located at 1001 McArthur Drive, and Medical Center of Manchester, 481 Interstate Drive, have embarked upon the first steps toward a merger of the two hospitals, according to a press release issued by both hospitals Monday. The move would mean both hospitals will combine operations and move them to the

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  • Two killed in Interstate crash near Manchester

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:18 am

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    By Wayne Thomas, staff writer Two people were killed and two injured and Interstate 24 was tied up for several hours Saturday night following a three vehicle crash in Manchester. According to Tennessee Highway Patrolman Donnie Clark, around 6:15 p.m. Saturday a 1992 Nissan Sentra operated by Patrick Rhodes, 35, of Tullahoma was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane when he collided head on at mile marker 114 with a

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Coffee County Middle School Red Raider football assistant coach Bryan Morgan, right, leads the team through drills to begin practice last week. (Staff photo by Ethan Willis)

PERFECT PRACTICE: CCMS Raiders enjoy new practice field

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:21 am

By Ethan Willis, staff writer With a new school comes the excitement of fresh interior and paint, new desks and furniture and the excitement of learning a new building. But easily forgotten at the new Coffee County Middle School are the new athletic fields located behind the school. And while the football team may not have a new game field, they have been given a brand new practice field to

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  • CHS FOOTBALL: Sulkowski finalizes staff with hire of defensive coordinator

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    CHS head football coach Ryan Sulkowski puts his team through a workout in the black sand pit at CHS. (File photo)

    First-year Central High School head football coach Ryan Sulkowski Monday put the finishing touches on his staff for his first season, announcing the addition of Matt Mueller as the team’s new defensive coordinator. Mueller, who spent the past three seasons as Sulkowski’s defensive coordinator in Baker County, Florida, will also take the title of senior associate head coach. “He certainly knows what he is doing and he knows how I

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  • Coffee County grad Stottlemeyer focused on building wrestling program at MTSU

    Posted on July 9, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Former CHS wrestler and current MTSU wrestler Tori Stottlemeyer, right, is pictured with MTSU wrestling coach Steve Smith. (Photo provided)

    By Ethan Willis, staff writer Former Central High School Lady Raider wrestler Tori Stottlemeyer continues to pursue her wrestling passion at Middle Tennessee State University. The former CHS standout is helping the wrestling program at MTSU grow and, in the process, finished second in last year’s national tournament in Allen, Texas and was named an All-American. “I didn’t have very many matches before nationals this year because the program at

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Summer fun without the burn

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Summer is a great time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather, but sunburn can ruin your outdoor adventures. Here are a few hints, collected from medical experts, to help make your time in the sun burn free.   PREVENTION –much better than a cure One of the best ways to avoid the burn is to minimize exposure to the sun. That doesn’t mean skipping fun in the sun,

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  • Charcoal or gas?

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:29 am


    Which way do you fuel your fire?   Charcoal – The oldest cooking fuel source: basically, rekindle a piece of wood that has already been burned. Throw in some hardwood chips or sawdust to tweak the outcome.   According to “Barbeque – The History of Barbeque,” the first designer of charcoal briquettes was Ellsworth B. A. Zwoyer of Pennsylvania. The U.S. Patent Office holds one of his drawings of charcoal

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  • AN UPHILL BATTLE: Local athlete to compete in Transplant Games of America

    Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Darryl Collins, who has cystic fibrosis and has received a lung transplant, will compete in the Transplant Games of American in Texas later this month. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Exercising has always been second nature to Darryl Collins. Running, biking, coaching basketball, playing racquetball – it was all part of life for the former gym teacher. Carrying the lung capacity to support his desire, though, is another story. He didn’t know it early in his life, but his desire to be fit and active would help preserve and, actually, save his life from ending at

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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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