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

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

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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  • Lending helpful hands: Over 1,000 volunteer at Convoy of Hope

    Posted on October 14, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Josh Shelton, center, and Stacy Stevenson work among piles of bagged food that were given away at the Convoy of Hope Saturday at the Coffee County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    The Convoy of Hope that stopped at the Coffee County Fairgrounds in Manchester Saturday served over 4,000 people, according to event organizers. In total, 1,064 volunteers connected with 22 local churches and 32 charitable-minded organizations worked through the day Saturday to help those in need receive free services ranging from haircuts to groceries. “It’s really all about the partnerships,” explained Molly Erickson with Convoy of Hope. “We couldn’t do this

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  • Remember, you have the right to live without fear of violence

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

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    Local aid workers understand domestic violence and seek to help those in its shadow. Staff Writer John Coffelt For some, the threat of violence is an unrelenting burden that is carried deep and hidden from all. “All victims of personal crime, specifically victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, have had control over their sense of well-being taken away from them,” said Haven of Hope Executive Director Mona Mason. “Help

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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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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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  • MORE THAN SCHOOL SPIRIT: Challenge at CCMS leads to 448 care packages for Navy

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Students and teachers at Coffee County Middle School pose with boxed care packages and the school's "spirit stick." Between the seventh and eighth grade classes at the school, approximately 5,400 items were collected to assemble 448 care packages that will be sent to deployed submarines. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor A friendly competition at Coffee County Middle School has turned school spirit to patriotic spirit. After the eighth grade class recently lost out on the school’s “spirit stick” at a pep rally, teachers for the class “stole” the stick and challenged the seventh grade class. The challenge went beyond barking out school chants in a packed gym. The challenge – collect care-package items for deployed members

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  • Read to me for my future

    Posted on September 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm


    Local library participates in program to open books to preschoolers.   STAFF WRITER john coffelt What parent wouldn’t want to do whatever she could to ensure her child’s future? Coffee County Manchester Public Library working with the 1,000 Books Foundation is participating in a program to prepare young children for school by encouraging parents to read 1,000 books to their children by the time they start kindergarten. “It’s so easy

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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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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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  • 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 woman charged with TennCare fraud

    Posted on September 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Deborah Copestick

    A Coffee County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for allegedly using the state’s Medicaid program to obtain a prescription drug, which she later sold. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Deborah Kay Copestick, 61, of Manchester, after a joint investigation with the Tullahoma Police Department. An indictment accuses Copestick of TennCare fraud in connection with selling the painkiller Hydrocodone, a Schedule III controlled substance,

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