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ARMED WITH KNOWLEDGE: MPD’s new DARE class gives students skills to address tough choices

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Police Department working with Manchester City Schools has reinstated DARE classes at Westwood Elementary and Middle Schools. DARE instructor, officer Landon Pence describes the class as doing more than hammering just-say-no-type slogans into youth’s heads. It’s a multi-faceted education program that aims to give students the skills to resist negative influences. “It covers different things they’re going to run into. It’s important to learn

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  • ‘It’s not for everyone. Just those who want to become leaders’

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

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    Westwood Middle upholds longstanding Jr. Beta Club legacy Staff Writer John Coffelt  Westwood Middle School has a long history of Jr. Beta Club participation. At this year’s state convention, parents, sponsors and most of all club members rallied together to support each other and a bid for state president. The weeks of hard work paid off when Westwood eighth-grader Auggie Burch was elected State Jr. Beta Club President. Burch modestly

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  • December is national toy safety month

    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

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    We all want our presents to shine on Christmas morning, but as important as getting that special gift is making sure that it is suitable for his or her age group. Fischer Price toys offers the following safety advice to help: Always pay close attention to the age recommendations on toys and choose one according to a child’s age, interest and skill level. Also, be aware of other safety labels

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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 GasBuddy.com. In Manchester, gas prices were the lowest at $2.41 per gallon

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  • Gas prices continue to drop, now $2.50 in Manchester

    Posted on November 24, 2014 at 9:43 am

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    Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have fallen 4.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.61 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 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.82 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. In Manchester, the cheapest gas as of Monday morning was $2.50

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Education

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ARMED WITH KNOWLEDGE: MPD’s new DARE class gives students skills to address tough choices

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Police Department working with Manchester City Schools has reinstated DARE classes at Westwood Elementary and Middle Schools. DARE instructor, officer Landon Pence describes the class as doing more than hammering just-say-no-type slogans into youth’s heads. It’s a multi-faceted education program that aims to give students the skills to resist negative influences. “It covers different things they’re going to run into. It’s important to learn

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

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 8:54 am

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    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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  • Manchester board to consider merging city, county schools

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

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    Members of the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen are looking into the possibility of consolidating their city school system into the Coffee County Schools, and plan to announce a public meeting in the near future with attorneys and experts on the subject. According to the Manchester City Schools’ administrative office, there are a total of 1,316 students in its three schools — Westwood Elementary, College Street Elementary and Westwood

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Religion

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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  • Ivy Bluff dedicates new church

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 3:13 pm

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    Ivy Bluff United Methodist Church will hold a consecration service on Sunday and an open house the following Sunday, Nov. 23 at the church’s new building, 8597 Ivy Bluff Road, Morrison. Ivy Bluff UMC was organized in 1899 with 16 charter members who initially worshiped in a log cabin until, according to the church’s website, the new church in 1905. Arson destroyed the building in 2012. The congregation met in

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  • GALYEN: Modesty – definition please

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Janet Galyen

     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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Health

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Gov. Haslam announces insure Tennessee plan

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

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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  • Coffee County emergency crews to conduct Ebola exercises Monday

    Posted on October 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

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    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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