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Coupon $AVINGS worth the investment

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

Staff Writer John Coffelt   Coupon clipper Josie May, formerly of Manchester, smiles as she looks over her Kroger grocery receipt from her latest shopping trip, Thursday. May charts how well she’s done using the saving percentage. Today’s pretty good, 59 percent, yet a closer look shows how impressive her savings were. Total before discounts: $143.95. That dropped $46.60 after subtracting in -store savings and offers; what’s more, when the

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    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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Crystal meth seized in Coffee County; three arrested

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 9:03 am

A Tennessee state trooper arrested two previously convicted felons and another man on drug charges earlier this week after stopping their vehicle for speeding in a construction zone in Coffee County. Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Donnie Clark on Tuesday afternoon stopped a sport utility vehicle for a speeding violation on westbound Interstate-24 near the 115 mile marker. Upon initial contact with the driver, Alphonso Mucker, 27, of Hardinsburg, Ky., Trooper

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  • HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: Return from Afghanistan not a minute too soon

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 8:54 am


    It is hard to argue that the magic of the Christmas season has ever been more palpable than it was at New Union Elementary School last Tuesday afternoon. All fourth-grader Abigail Sherrill wanted for Christmas was for her brother to return from his deployment in Afghanistan. Her lone Christmas request had barely left her lips as she sat on Santa Claus’ lap in front of the school’s student body when

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  • Gas prices continue to fall in Manchester, across country

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm

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    Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have fallen 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.50 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,821 gas outlets in Tennessee. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.69 per gallon, according to gasoline price website In Manchester, gas prices were the lowest at $2.41 per gallon

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Manchester school board drops $1.56 million suit against county

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

By Josh Peterson, editor& John Coffelt, staff writer In a brief meeting Monday that preceeded a work session to discuss the upcoming joint meeting with the city Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the Manchester Board of Education approved a motion to drop the $1.56 million lawsuit against Coffee County. Board member Mike Lewis, an initial proponent of the suit, said that catching the balance between what’s owed to and what

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

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:12 am

    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)

    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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  • 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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Tragedy forges a love to last for Manchester couple

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

  By Times Contributor, Janet Galyen On a warm September afternoon, 14 years ago, sunbeams broke through towering trees and spilled onto a private college campus in Southern Indiana. It was lunchtime. Hungry undergrads flooded the eateries and rendered the sidewalks picturesque and peaceful. It is hard to imagine this scene would be the setting for a bloody crime. But one person would interrupt the calm with absolute terror. Sarah,

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  • A Christmas message

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Dr. Scott Parkison

    Like you, I have read the Christmas story many times. I can almost quote it in the Old English of my grandmothers King James Bible. Joseph, Mary, Jesus, the wise men, the shepherds, and the star form a nativity scene in my mind as I recall the verses from the second chapter of Luke’s Gospel. Though many characters are mentioned in the Christmas story, it is the shepherds that have

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  • Coffee County churches accepting Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes next week

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    First United Methodist Church in Manchester and Highland Baptist Church in Tullahoma will accept Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes Nov. 17-24. Hours for drop-offs at the Manchester location are 2-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday; 12:30 -2 p.m. Sunday and 10-11 a.m. on Nov. 24. First United Methodist Church is located at 105 Church St. Hours for the Tullahoma location is 4-6 p.m., Monday; 9-11 a.m., Tuesday; 4:30-8 p.m. Wednesday; 9-11

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Coffee County Jail medical costs have exceeded budget for fiscal year

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Medical costs for inmates in the Coffee County Jail, which have been blamed primarily on overcrowded conditions, continue to spiral out of control as county officials wait for the state fire marshal’s final approval of the new jail’s smoke evacuation system. A new test of all systems at the new jail is set for Thursday, Jan. 29, and if all systems test correctly, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.

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  • Gov. Haslam announces insure Tennessee plan

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

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    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Monday unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two-year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options. The program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to private coverage, promotes personal responsibility and incentivizes choosing preventative and routine care instead of unnecessary use of emergency rooms. The governor announced that he plans to call

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  • Coffee County first responders, hospitals conduct training to handle Ebola

    Posted on October 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    During a training exercise Monday, Coffee County EMS workers Mistie Clark, right, and Kellee Bergman (left) wear hazmat suits into a home on Waite Street in Manchester. The  goal of the exercise was to extract a “female patient” exhibiting signs of ebola inside the home and transport her to United Regional Medical Center. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Ebola, the viral disease now of international concern, has also become a local topic with programs and joint training sessions designed to meet emergency situations. A briefing on the disease was held Thursday at Tullahoma High School and training exercises were held at United Regional Medical Center (URMC) and Harton Regional Medical Center Monday. Training is scheduled for Nov. 4 at Medical Center of Manchester The

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