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Flying with history on a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Staff Writer John Coffelt  Pilots for Liberty Foundation warm the engines of the Memphis Belle, a late-war Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress made to look like the famed F-model Memphis Belle that was touted by the government as the historic crew to complete 25 missions. Without the roar of the four 1,200-horsepower Wright R-1820-97 rotary engines, it’s already a breezy day at the Collegedale Municipal Airport, but undeterred, one man stands

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  • Annual Sportsmen and Businessmen Charitable Organization event set for Saturday

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm


    The 31st annual Sportsmen and Businessmen’s Charitable Organization (SBCO) event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center. “This is something that started when I was 9 and had very little to do with it and it has grown to where the community now relies on it and benefits from it,” said Carter Sain with SBCO. “It’s has been valuable to the community.” The event

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  • Old Timer’s Day parade set for Saturday; opening ceremonies Friday night

    Posted on October 3, 2014 at 10:05 am

    A clown makes his way through the 2013 Old Timer's Day parade. (File photo by John Coffelt)

    Manchester Old Timer’s Day returns this weekend with a full day of fun planned for both young and old. From a greased pole climb to a big wheel race and, of course, the Old Timer’s Day parade, organizers have events planned all throughout the day Saturday with some music to set the mood Friday night. “It’s getting bigger every year,” said event organizer Roger Steele, who helped to return the

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  • Coffee County Fair, Kissel Entertainment open rides to disabled

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Holden  Hatcher  enjoys  a  ride  on  the  carousel  Thursday  morning  at  the  Coffee  County  Fair .  (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    The Coffee County Fair has been bringing smiles to faces for well over 100 years. Thursday it was the clients of Skills Development Services (SDS) who were smiling ear-to-ear – for free. The Coffee County Fair teamed up with midway entertainment provider Kissel Entertainment to allow SDS clients, who have mental and physical disabilities, to enjoy the midway rides free of charge and free of lines. “We are just so

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  • FIVE THINGS: to expect at this year’s Coffee County Fair

    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Coffee County Fair

    1. Credit cards accepted Admission to the fair will remain steady at $5 per person. But one thing is different this year – there will be a dedicated admission line for patrons wishing to use their credit card to pay for admission. There is a catch – it will cost $1 more per swipe than paying cash. “For example, if someone is paying admission for four people and they are

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  • Jack Daniel’s hosted Healing on the Hill fundraiser auctions BBQ judge seat

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 11:48 am


    Staff Writer John Coffelt Partners for Healing, a free clinic for the working uninsured, will hold its annual fundraiser, Healing on the Hill, Sept. 20 on Barbeque Hill in Lynchburg, home of the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue. “Our premier live auction item, through the gracious folks at Jack Daniels, they have … given us two judging seats for their upcoming World Championship International Barbecue,” said Partners Board Member

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  • Manchester Independence Day events start early Friday; end with fireworks

    Posted on July 3, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Pictured are fireworks from the Manchester 2013 fireworks display. (File photo by Josh Peterson)

    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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