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Members of the community and school officials gathered Thursday for a Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the Coffee County School System's new school - Coffee County Raider Academy. The school will house the system's ninth graders. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

In with the new: Raider Academy makes new home in old building

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:47 am

Thursday marked the beginning of a new era for the Coffee County School System. In addition to the first full day of classes at the new Coffee County Middle School on Woodbury Highway, the system also opened a new school in the form of Red Raider Academy – a school exclusive to ninth graders. The new ninth-grade school is being housed in the former middle school on McMinnville Highway. The

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Two Coffee County residents arrested after allegedly beating, bruising toddler

Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

A Coffee County couple is being held under a bond of $100,000 in the Coffee County Jail after their arrest on child abuse charges Saturday. According to warrants, Carlena Scalf, 22, of Maple Springs Road, Manchester, is charged with hitting her 3-year-old son multiple times across the face, causing swelling and bruising to his face. According to a report, Scalf allegedly told Coffee County Sheriff’s Department deputy Nick Graham that

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  • Facebook post by Coffee County Commisison candidate called ‘insensitive’ for those with mental disabilities

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 10:26 am


    By Josh Peterson, editor A candidate for Coffee County Commissioner is drawing negative attention after comments that he made on Facebook are being called insensitive and ignorant to people with mental disabilities. In Facebook discussion about last week’s Manchester Times political forum, county commission candidate W.D. Smith called someone a “wondertard” and went on to explain that a “wondertard” is “someone so. damned stupid they make regular retardation look

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  • Manchester Times, Thunder Radio candidate forum set for Thursday night

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 5:00 am

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    To better inform the electorate before the Aug. 7 County General and Manchester Municipal Elections, the Manchester Times, in partnership with Thunder Radio, will be hosting a candidate forum event from 4:30-8 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center – 147 Hospitality Blvd. “We feel like this event is the perfect opportunity for voters to educate themselves on the candidates before casting their votes Aug. 7,” said Times editor

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Rockets focus on fundamentals day 1; Blue-White game is Thursday

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 11:09 am

By Josh Peterson, editor With the annual Blue-White game fast approaching and the start of the regular season one week after that, Westwood Middle School’s Rockets wasted little time during their quick practice session Monday morning. The Rockets took care of the little things first, like center-quarterback exchanges, carrying out fakes, form tackling and holding onto the football. “It was a typical first day in full pads,” said WMS head

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  • First day in full pads ‘good day’ for Raiders

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:04 am

    CHS football coach Ryan Sulkowski speaks to the Red Raiders after the team's first practice in full pads Monday. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    Monday was just another step in the process for the Central High School Red Raider football program. Coffee County slipped on full pads for the first official start of fall practice under new head coach Ryan Sulkowski – the intensity was palpable. “I think we had a pretty good day out here,” said Sulkowski. “With the changes in Tennessee rules where we can go with shoulder pads and helmets before

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  • PASSING INSPECTION: Raiders get work in 7-on-7

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    CHS receiver Boone Riddle looks for running room after hauling in a pass during a 7-on-7 game last week in Cookeville. (Staff photo by Ethan Willis)

    By Ethan Willis, staff writer Thursday was about answering some questions for the Central High School Red Raider football team. Mission accomplished. CHS traveled to Cookeville to compete in six 7-on-7 passing games in a showcase of what the skill players have learned under first-year head coach Ryan Sulkowski. (Click here for a photo gallery from last week 7-on-7) “I think it went well,” Sulkowski said. “It’s the first time

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No buns about it: National chili dog day is a the perfect time to reacquaint yourself with an all-American classic

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Whether you call it a Coney dog, Texas dog or even the Michigan Coney, the consensus is that chili dogs are at the pinnacle of hot dog evolution. The venerable all-American dish, like other hot dog histories, is seeped in urban legend and short on facts. It seems, however, that while most hot dog historians (yes, there are some) agree that the Germans

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  • MCS holds WeCARE

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Local volunteers, staff and school administrators pause for a picture Saturday at the Manchester City School’s WeCARE event held at Westwood Middle School.  Before the event, long-time school administrator Gary Dyer spoke to the volunteers about the inaugural WeCARE, held after a 1994 conference attended by then Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton. “They talked about what communities could do to build families to help give children, as

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  • We all scream for ice cream

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm

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    Local dairy family’s simple peach ice cream recipe offers straight from the farm taste   STAFF WRITER john coffelt   For Ginny Burns, daughter of local farm-direct dairy provider Dennis and Lois Casey, of Casey Family Farms, freshness is a family legacy, so her go-to ice cream recipe is sure to deliver. “With the Cream Line Milk, you don’t need the cream because it has the cream in it,” Burns

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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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