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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  • Halloween sadism myth poisons trick-or-treat fun

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 12:24 pm


     Staff Writer John Coffelt  Lurking like a quiet specter around trick-or-treating is the fear of Halloween sadism. Everyone has heard the rumors – poisoned candy, razors in the apples, but the only documented aspect of Halloween sadism is that for the most part, it’s an urban myth. Take for instance the 1970 case of Kevin Totson, of Detroit. According to the Chicago Tribune, the 5-year-old died from a heroin overdose

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  • The stage is set: Manchester’s Rotary Amphitheater could be city’s most overlooked event venue

    Posted on October 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Manchester's Rotary Amphitheater is available to the public to be used for numerous events. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Rotary Amphitheater has great potential. What other performance venue in town  with a approximately 1,020 square foot stage, air conditioned backstage areas, a view of the Little Duck River, virtually unlimited seating and is as available to the public as the Rotary Amphitheater? “We would love to see what Tourism could bring in, … these things are available and we’d love for [the community]

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Workers with Jamison Construction, LLC work last week to remove damaged areas of concrete on the bridge piers in preparation for their future repair with either high early concrete or quick set patching material on the northbound lane of the jail bridge on highway U.S. 41.(Staff photo by John Coffelt)

Work begins on U.S. 41 bridge

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm

A contractor for the state has begun a $1.6-million project repairing the U.S. 41 bridge that spans the Little Duck River − work that according to Tennessee Department of Transportation will cover both structural and surface improvements. “Repairs will be made to the bridge deck, which is the surface upon which traffic travels, and the substructure of the bridge, which are the foundations, piers, and abutments upon which the spans

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  • E-mail warned of potential for bomb scare with geocaches in Manchester

    Posted on October 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Manchester Police Department chief investigator Billy Butler, Coffee County Sheriff's Department chief investigator Doug Richardson and MPD major Bill Sipe, pictured from left, wait on the Tennessee Highway Patrol to investigate a suspicious package behind the Jiffy Burger restaurant. The military ammunition box turned out to be a Geocache. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor The South Central Tennessee Tourism Agency warned Jack Geocaching Trail participants of a possible bomb scare before placing geocaches in various locations around Middle Tennessee, including the placement at Manchester Jiffy Burger that incited a bomb scare and evacuated three businesses Monday, Sept. 29, according to emails obtained by the Manchester Times.  On Sept. 5, a little over three weeks before the Jiffy Burger incident, South Central

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  • Tractor trailer crash shuts down I-24 Tuesday

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Workers from Hullett’s Service Center and Wrecker Service work to clear the roadway after a semi-truck loaded with animal feed collided with two other tractor trailers and overturned Tuesday on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24  near the Manchester city limits. Tennessee Highway Patrol, Coffee County Emergency Management, EMS, Coffee County Sheriff Department and the North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department responded. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    Emergency crews were busy for over two hours Tuesday afternoon after three tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 24, shutting down the interstate’s eastbound lanes for approximately two hours. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, a semi-truck loaded with animal feed collided with two other tractor trailers and then overturned. The eastbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted off the interstate at exit 97. Read more information and details in next week’s (Sept.

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This photo showing what appears to be a dead bobcat hanging above the Tullahoma High School football practice field began circulating Tuesday. School officials are working to determine who killed and hanged the cat. (photo provided)

Coffee County student, 16, charged with killing bobcat out of season

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 3:47 pm

A 16-year-old Coffee County Central High School student is facing charges in the killing of a bobcat out of season that was hung Tuesday from the football practice field goalpost at Tullahoma High School, according to Doug Markham, spokesman with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. According to Markham, however, the male student is not being charged with hanging the dead animal from the goalpost and TWRA is not sure at

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  • Coffee County school officials, TWRA searching for person responsible for hanging bobcat at Tullahoma High School

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

    This photo showing what appears to be a dead bobcat hanging above the Tullahoma High School football practice field began circulating Tuesday. School officials are working to determine who killed and hanged the cat. (photo provided)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Coffee County Central High School and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officials are investigating to find out who killed a bobcat and hung the body from the goalposts of the Tullahoma High School practice football field Tuesday. A photo began circulating rapidly on social media website Tuesday morning showing a dead bobcat suspended in the air above the Tullahoma practice football field. Tullahoma City Schools have since

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  • Manchester City Schools contracts for contraband dog searches

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:00 am


    By John Coffelt, Staff Writer The Manchester Board of Education has agreed to contract with a Loudon, Tennessee company that provides contraband searches using specially trained canines. Randomly each month, handlers from Interquest Detection Canines will search the system’s two elementary schools and middle school for ammunition, alcohol and illegal and abused prescription drugs with one of two non-aggressive search dogs. “We had a demonstration of the dog. ‘Loretta’ is

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Janet Galyen

GALYEN: Modesty – definition please

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 10:55 am

 Several years back I attended a silly little party with a bunch of ladies who got together to watch the Miss America pageant. One of the contestants explained that the way she chose her evening gown was based upon what dress she would one day be able to proudly look back upon and show her son pictures of. Several at the party oohed and aahed; this virtuous contestant had quickly

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  • A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE: Lights of Christmas

    Posted on December 24, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Brenton Cox

    Christmas lights are getting out of hand. I enjoy looking at Christmas lights as much as anyone, but Americans can turn anything into a competition. ABC television is airing a series this month called “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” Twenty families compete to see who can decorate their homes with the most extreme light display for Christmas. One week, the winning family had almost 1 million lights, including 2,400 strobe

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  • Poverty and abundance at Christmas

    Posted on December 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Church, State, Life and Love By Janet Galyen   In the midst of American holiday abundance, as lights twinkle our landscape and the aromas of cider and candles warm our Christmas parties, my mind drifts to the immeasurably less privileged people of India. I recall the beautiful, dark faces of Indians who live in the most meager of circumstances, and I recall the surprising lesson I learned on poverty during

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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)

Coffee County first responders, hospitals conduct training to handle Ebola

Posted on October 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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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  • Coffee County emergency crews to conduct Ebola exercises Monday

    Posted on October 27, 2014 at 8:28 am


    Emergency crews and hospitals across Coffee County, including Manchester, will be conducting joint training exercises Monday to test emergency response and medical capabilities should  a local case of Ebola be reported. The exercise will begin shortly after 8 a.m. Monday on a house at Waite St. where a fake patient suspected of having Ebola virus will be picked up and transported to United Regional Medical Center and turned over to

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  • Second Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm


    DALLAS (AP) — A second Dallas hospital worker who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the disease, and officials on Wednesday began reaching out to passengers who had been on a flight with her the day before she fell ill. It’s not clear how the worker contracted the virus, though the second case among health workers pointed to lapses beyond how

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