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Jeff Cox has endured many challenges throughout his life, including years of dialysis and four kidney transplants. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

LIFE’S LONG ROAD: Four transplants and Jeff Cox is still traveling on

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

It all started with a routine physical. That turned into a two-week hospital stay. Then dialysis. Then a kidney transplant. And another. And another … and another. Jeff Cox has taken on life’s most challenging obstacles head on. At 51, Jeff has undergone about a decade worth of taxing kidney dialysis and four kidney transplants. But if you happen to cross his path at Gateway Tire and Service Center in

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    Partners for Healing works to be there as safety net for those who fall trough the ACA cracks   Staff Writer John Coffelt   Flora Partin, a former cabdriver and foodservice worker in Tullahoma, says she loves to work, but when her undiagnosed pre-diabetes started causing her to blackout, she knew she needed help. One problem that she faced was obtaining quality healthcare without insurance. That’s where Partners for Healing,

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  • Making strides for good health

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Dale Chandler and his wife Sharon walk at the rec. complex.

    Local residents say that rec. complex programs are giving them their lives back. “These people put in their time – their knowledge – to help guide me. I would not want to dishonor them. They’re doing this for me. Not for them – for me. I respect that and respect myself enough to hang in there,”  - Elizabeth Ketecherside, a Winning Tomorrow Today program participant  Staff Writer John Coffelt  Earlier

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  • Coffee County Health Department offering free flu vaccinations

    Posted on January 13, 2014 at 11:24 am


    Flu season is here, with seasonal influenza cases now reported across Tennessee. The Coffee County Health Department is working to protect the entire community by providing free flu vaccinations to area residents until vaccine supplies are depleted. Patients may walk in to request a flu vaccine any time during regular clinic hours. “Vaccination is the best protection against the flu, and the Coffee County Health Department and the Centers for

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  • Against all Odds

    Posted on January 7, 2014 at 11:45 am

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    Local pharmacy tech overcomes to finish undergrad degree and heads to UT Rx school  Staff Writer John Coffelt  Despite the hardships local pharmacy technician Sara Adams overcame to graduate just this month with honors from the grueling biochemistry program at Middle Tennessee State University in 3 ½ years, the engaging 21-year-old woman would humbly describe herself as ordinary. Humility is often being willing to work for success. Sara has taken

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  • Manchester Health Care hit with wrongful death lawsuit

    Posted on January 7, 2014 at 5:00 am


    Manchester Health Care Center is facing a lawsuit alleging negligence and wrongful death, according to a civil suit filed by Regina Armstrong Dec. 27 in Coffee County Circuit Court. According to the litigation, Armstrong’s father, Aaron Stone, died on Aug. 31, 2012 following a three-month stay at Manchester Health Care Center, which is located at 395 Interstate Dr. next to Medical Center of Manchester. The lawsuit calls for a jury

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  • Experts offer hope for weight loss resolution success

    Posted on December 31, 2013 at 11:00 am


    STAFF WRITER John Coffelt  One of the keys to success for your weight loss resolution is outlook – thinking of the journey as a marathon and not a sprint. Local motivational fitness coach Joyce Crites says that too many times people expect a quick fix for weight loss. “It’s a lifelong process not just a here today and you’re done tomorrow. “They get discouraged very quickly when they don’t see

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