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Westwood Elementary School teacher Deidra Goins pleads for the Manchester Board or Mayor and Aldermen and the Manchester Board of Education to work together during a special-called school board meeting Monday to discuss school transfer. The meeting was moved from the school's new central office building to the City Hall boardroom due to such a large turnout of city school teachers and staff. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

Manchester school board tables proposal for cuts; meeting set for Thursday

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:12 am

By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Board of Education member Travis Hillis approached the City of Manchester finance committee Thursday to propose a deal that he hopes will prevent a possible school transfer referendum vote. Hillis proposed steep financial cuts, a 30 percent cut in the director’s salary and eliminating some positions, but the full school board on Monday tabled the matter after its attorney Clifton Miller recommended such action.

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Coffee County business owner charged with tax evasion

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm

The special investigations section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted an investigation that has led to the indictment and arrest of Coffee County business owner John Constantine, Sr. for alleged tax evasion and theft. Revenue Special Agents arrested Constantine in Manchester on Friday. Constantine owns and operates Haddon Motors at 3011 Hillsboro Highway in Manchester. On January 13, the Coffee County grand jury indicted Constantine on six Class E

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  • Manchester School Board members present deep cuts to budget, personnel to Manchester finance committee

    Posted on January 17, 2015 at 11:50 am

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    By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Board of Education member Travis Hillis approached the City of Manchester finance committee Thursday to propose a deal that he hopes will prevent a possible school transfer referendum vote. “We’ve had our issues, but it’s time we work together,” Hillis told the committee. “We need a city school system.” The proposal, which comes after the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen held an informational

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  • Funeral arrangements announced for Manchester sports icon Harryman

    Posted on January 15, 2015 at 8:34 am

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    The funeral service for Coffee County sports icon Derek “Tom” Harryman will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow the funeral service at Manchester City Cemetery. Visitation with the family is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Harryman, 29, passed away Monday (Jan. 12) at his home in Manchester. After graduating from Coffee County Central High School

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Westwood, College Street win elementary titles

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 5:49 pm

The Westwood Lady Eagles and the Cougars of College Street claimed championships in Saturday’s elementary school basketball tournament at Coffee County Central. The Lady Eagles rolled to a 25-12 victory over Hillsboro, while College Street posted a 48-10 decision over Westwood in the boys’ final. In the third-place games, North Coffee’s girls defeated New Union 24-13, and the Deerfield boys beat New Union 29-26, College Street’s cheerleading squad also took

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  • Coffee County wrestlers fall at Forrest

    Posted on January 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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    CHAPEL HILL – The Coffee County Central wrestling squad traveled to Forrest Tuesday night, suffering a 58-23 loss to the Rockets. David Tate dominated Forrest’s Joseph Williams, recording a 19-2 technical fall victory for the first CHS win of the night. Mitchell Simpson followed that up with a pin in the 145-pound division before Austin Payne (182) and Dustin Seals (285) won by fall in their respective groups.   Forrest

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  • Lady Raiders grind out win

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Coffee County’s Holli Smithson (center) is fouled during Monday’s prep basketball game against Siegel.
(Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

    By Jake Kreulen, sports writer The first time Coffee County Central played Siegel this year, the Lady Raiders posted a 44-27 road win. This time it was not quite as easy as Coffee County battled for a 40-37 win despite some trouble with the Lady Stars’ size in the paint. “They have a very talented team,” said CHS coach Herb Horton. “They have a lot of speed and quickness, and

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CONSTRUCTION AHEAD

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

Private group works to restore historic spring house  Staff Writer John Coffelt Manchester personality Evans Baird is spearheading an ongoing project to bring Manchester’s first water source back to its former state. Manchester took its name from its intent to become a major industrial center like its namesake Manchester, England. At the center of that desire is a fitting monument, a small stone roofed spring house settled into a bend

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  • Finding 75 years of bluegrass history

    Posted on January 13, 2015 at 11:36 am

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    Music pioneer Curly Seckler’s heir works to open local bluegrass museum   Staff Writer John Coffelt An unassuming house near Jiffy Burger hosts a visual history of the careers of one of bluegrass’s pioneers. Since local man Ray Seckler, himself something of a music insider, found the wealth of photos and memorabilia tucked away at his father, Curly Seckler’s Hendersonville house, the younger Seckler has been working to display the

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  • Resolve this New Year to organize your space

    Posted on January 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

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    Staff Writer John Coffelt  For some the clutter in their life is as small as a catch-all table; for others, the pile of must-haves has grown to threaten the free space of their home. Whatever the scale, getting organized makes a great new year’s resolution. And it’s one that you can keep.   Start small, stay focused Let’s face it – it’s easy to get discouraged when planning to organize.

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The infamous Bonnaroo arch is pictured here at night during the 2011 festival.   -Bonnaroo photo by Adam Macchia

Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons set to headline 14th annual Bonnaroo

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 6:30 am

  By Josh Peterson, editor The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival rolled out the lineup for the 14th edition of its popular festival Tuesday night through a unique social-media release. Regardless of how the lineup was released in comparison to years past the results were the same – a top-of-the-line lineup set to rock Manchester, Tenn. for four days and nights June 11-14. Topping the lineup card is Billy Joel,

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  • Finding 75 years of bluegrass history

    Posted on January 13, 2015 at 11:36 am

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    Music pioneer Curly Seckler’s heir works to open local bluegrass museum   Staff Writer John Coffelt An unassuming house near Jiffy Burger hosts a visual history of the careers of one of bluegrass’s pioneers. Since local man Ray Seckler, himself something of a music insider, found the wealth of photos and memorabilia tucked away at his father, Curly Seckler’s Hendersonville house, the younger Seckler has been working to display the

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  • Manchester Christmas parade set for Saturday night

    Posted on December 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

    The Grinch walks down Murfreesboro Highway and greets children at the 2012 Manchester Christmas Parade.

    The annual Manchester Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday) The parade, themed “Christmas Candy Land,” was pushed back from its traditional Saturday after Thanksgiving this year to accommodate requests from those who are out of town during the Thanksgiving holiday. “We have had children from the schools whose parents are out of town during that time and it is a conflict,” explained Joy Ballard with the

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