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

Annual Manchester Christmas parade is set for Dec. 6

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

The annual Manchester Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. 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

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  • One of the nation’s top banjo competitors calls Manchester home

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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    Staff Writer John Coffelt Manchester native and national banjo finalist Joey Gipson says that he owes his interest in bluegrass to his grandparents. It’s a love that has taken him to play among some of the finest, most proficient banjo pickers in America. “It’s a great accomplishment, I love doing contest and playing my music,” Gipson said. “I started playing bluegrass when I was 10. I’ve been doing contests pretty

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  • Millinium Rep. ressurects ‘Young Frankenstein’

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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    The classic movie “Young Frankenstein” comes to the Manchester Arts Center as a musical comedy, beginning the weekend of Nov. 14 and continuing through Nov. 23. Millennium Repertory Company presents Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit as the last show of its record-breaking 2014 season. “Young Frankenstein” includes fan-favorite scenes (Roll in the Hay, “Walk this Way,” Abby Normal, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”),  all new music, and a brand-new projection system. Directed

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  • Advocacy Center chili cook-off set for Saturday

    Posted on November 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

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    The Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center will host the chili cook-off from 12-4 p.m., Saturday on the square. Advocacy Center Executive Director Joyce Prusak said that proceeds from the event will go to serve the local children who are the victims of severe abuse. The center helps from about 275-350 children each year. “Everything we do is provided free of charge,” she said. The center provides forensic interviews, crisis services

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  • Annual Sportsmen and Businessmen Charitable Organization event set for Saturday

    Posted on November 1, 2014 at 7:00 am

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    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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  • Safe on the Square trick or treating set for today

    Posted on October 31, 2014 at 8:45 am

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    The annual “Safe on the Square” trick-or-treating event returns to downtown Manchester from 2:30-5 p.m. Friday. Due to construction and weather the event was moved to the Manchester Recreation Center last year but the completion of the downtown construction project returns the event to downtown. According to Joyce Prusak with the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center, which organizes the event, 85 businesses have signed up to participate. “Of those, 38

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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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