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

New DA Northcott fires four from office

Posted on August 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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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  • Bonnaroo Works Fund announces donations of lunch boxes, books to Coffee County schools

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

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     Press Release Reusing and recycling are part of Bonnaroo’s DNA, and festival organizers have shown their green colors once again while supporting local schools. Just in time for back-to-school, Bonnaroo Works Fund Director Nina Miller recently delivered 4,000 Bonnaroo-themed lunch boxes to school officials, one for every student in the Coffee County School district. The W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, which provides affordable, quality music instruction to low-income families,

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  • Tractor trailer crash shuts down I-24 Tuesday

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Workers from Hullett’s Service Center and Wrecker Service work to clear the roadway after a semi-truck loaded with animal feed collided with two other tractor trailers and overturned Tuesday on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24  near the Manchester city limits. Tennessee Highway Patrol, Coffee County Emergency Management, EMS, Coffee County Sheriff Department and the North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department responded. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    Emergency crews were busy for over two hours Tuesday afternoon after three tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 24, shutting down the interstate’s eastbound lanes for approximately two hours. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, a semi-truck loaded with animal feed collided with two other tractor trailers and then overturned. The eastbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted off the interstate at exit 97. Read more information and details in next week’s (Sept.

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Golden Eagles soar past CHS

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:09 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 (0-2 overall / 0-0 8-AAA) 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,”

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  • GAMEDAY PREVIEW: Raiders face tough task with Rhea County

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 11:27 am

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    By Jake Kreulen, sports writer If the Coffee County Central Red Raiders are going to break their current losing streak, they are going to have to overcome an opponent that causes matchup problems with just about everyone they face. Coffee County hosts the Rhea County Eagles at 7 p.m. Friday at Carden-Jarrell Field in Manchester. It is the home debut for the Raiders and the season debut for Rhea County.

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  • Westwood winning streak ends at 12

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Westwood's Brandon Trussell fights for yardage against Forrest Middle School Thursday. (Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

    By Jake Kreulen, sports writer CHAPEL HILL – After 12 straight wins that date back to last season, the Westwood Rockets finally came up short. “Everything comes to an end,” said Westwood Middle School coach Chad Dyer after Thursday’s 44-30 loss to Forrest Middle School that ended the Rockets’ 12-game winning streak. “But you’ve got to pick yourself and start a new one.” Things got off to a rocky start

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Poison Ivy

Don’t let irritant weeds poison your outdoors

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

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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  • From farm to the table

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm


    Local growers offer unsurpassed freshness and value We all want to eat more vegetables — and in the summer, when farmers markets and grocery stores are filled with fresh, colorful produce, it’s easier than ever. From juicy red tomatoes and yellow sweet corn to vibrant green broccoli, seasonal produce can be even more enjoyable with the addition of spices and herbs.   “I’m always thinking about ways to make vegetables

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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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