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Manchester man, 72, arrested on charges of child porn

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 7:56 am

By Wayne Thomas, staff writer A Manchester man was arrested last week on 33 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor charges. John Brown Ramsey Jr., 72, of Kingwood Apartments on the McMinnville Highway was booked into the Coffee County Jail Tuesday, April 21 on the charges. He was released after posting a bond of $50,000. According to indictments obtained by the newspaper, Ramsey possessed pornographic material.  The TBI checked

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Father of boys involved in shooting accident indicted

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm

The father of a Hillsboro toddler who was accidentally shot in March has been indicted by Coffee County grand jury. Martin Jackson Anderson, 20, of A Street, Hillsboro, was indicted on two counts of aggravated child abuse of children under 8 years old, and two counts of reckless endangerment by the April term of the grand jury. Anderson’s 18-month-old son was accidentally shot in the head on March 3 by

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  • DONATE LIFE MONTH: After months of grueling dialysis, John Roger Roberts has a new kidney and a new outlook on life

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

    John Roger Roberts, left, works as a sales manager for John Roberts Toyota and his dad, John Roberts (pictured at right). The younger Roberts recently underwent a kidney transplant at the young age of 28 and returned to work just eight days later. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    One look at John Roger Roberts would provide no indication of what he has gone through. At the young age of 28, you can find him in the building at his dad’s car dealership – John Roberts Toyota – putting in about 60 hours a week as a sales manager and loving every minute of it. And, as he put it, he spends all of those minutes showing everyone the

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  • Large amount of meth found in Coffee County Wednesday morning

    Posted on April 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm

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    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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Elite Softball catcher Kiara Betke reaches out to tag Greenly Woods of John Roberts Nissan during Saturday’s Coffee County Fast Pitch Association softball games.
(Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

Sports schedule for Monday, April 27

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 1:26 pm

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL CHS @ Pope John Paul II, 6 p.m.   HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS (District 8 Girl’s Team Semifinals) Lincoln Co. @ CHS, 4 p.m.   MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL Fayetteville @ WMS, 4:30 p.m.   MANCHESTER YOUTH BASEBALL LEAGUE 6U -  Gilley Farms  vs. Lions Club, 5 p.m. 6U -  Hullett’s Service Center vs. 1st National Bank, 7 p.m. 6U -  Henley’s Storage vs. Doc Jay’s, 7 p.m. 6U

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  • CHS tennis wins four at district match

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 1:38 pm


    The Coffee County Central tennis teams participated in the individual and doubles portion of the District 8-AAA tournament Thursday morning at Sewanee. Coffee County’s Karlee Reed and Maddie Taylor earned 8-2 and 8-1 victories, respectively, in singles competition, while Walker Seagrove (8-1) and Will Davis (8-0) were handed losses. In doubles action, Kayla Wright and Alli Shelton teamed up to post an 8-4 win, and Trevor Ivey-Bodman and Easton Mai

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  • Sports schedule for Thursday, April 23

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm


    HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL CHS @ Lawrence Co., 6 p.m.   HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER Tullahoma @ CHS, 7 p.m. (senior night)   HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS CHS @ District Tournament, 10 a.m. ( (@ Sewanee)   HIGH SCHOOL TRACK Lincoln Co. & Shelbyville @ CHS, 3 p.m.   MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL CCMS @ White Co., 6 p.m.   MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER South Franklin Co. @ CCMS, 5 p.m.   MANCHESTER YOUTH BASEBALL

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Water courses over a series of cascades near the Perimeter Trail at Sewanee-The University of the South. Just downstream from this spot, the creek drops below the surface, continues below the dry Column Entrance Cave only to reemerge in a gorge that leads to Dick Cove.    
Staff photo by John Coffelt

Empowering you to make a difference for the environment

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 9:09 am

Staff Writer John Coffelt Students at New Union Elementary School are getting a detailed look at what they can do to help protect the environment during an outdoor, all-day event Wednesday for Earth Day. “One thing that I’ve tried to impress upon them in the lessons leading up to Earth Day is the power they have themselves to make a difference,” said New Union librarian and media specialist Jennifer  Hartley.

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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

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    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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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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