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Relay For Life slated for Friday night

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am

Coffee County American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be Friday night at the Coffee County fairgrounds. “This year’s event is going to be full of excitement and a little something for everyone, so bring the whole family and help us make a difference!” stated Samantha Chamblee, the Relay For Life Specialist for Coffee County. There will be a variety of great food, games, and a LIVE auction with some

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  • Celebrate a sweet Cinco de Mayo

    Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Cinco de Mayo is, officially, a holiday celebrating Mexico’s victory over France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla. In the U.S., where it is actually celebrated with more gusto than in its native country, the holiday has become a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture. The holiday also provides a great excuse to make irresistible Mexican-inspired recipes for entertaining and, of course, a big batch of margaritas to wash it

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  • LIFE’S LONG ROAD: Four transplants and Jeff Cox is still traveling on

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Jeff Cox has endured many challenges throughout his life, including years of dialysis and four kidney transplants. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    It all started with a routine physical. That turned into a two-week hospital stay. Then dialysis. Then a kidney transplant. And another. And another … and another. Jeff Cox has taken on life’s most challenging obstacles head on. At 51, Jeff has undergone about a decade worth of taxing kidney dialysis and four kidney transplants. But if you happen to cross his path at Gateway Tire and Service Center in

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Travel

This area near the Coffee County Courthouse is awaiting more work as part of the Manchester  downtown renovation project. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

Manchester downtown renovations set to be complete in June

Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Local commuters who are growing impatient with the road construction on the Manchester Downtown Square won’t have much longer before the renovation headaches go away. The downtown project is scheduled to be complete around the middle of June, approximately three months from now, according to Terry Dendy with the City of Manchester. “The completion date is supposed to be June 8 but they are saying give or take a week,”

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  • Natural gas as vehicle fuel around the corner

    Posted on February 18, 2014 at 8:32 am

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    Compressed natural gas (CNG) as vehicle fuel may be just around the corner for the Coffee County area, according to county Industrial Board director Ted Hackney, and officials at the Elk River Public Utility District (ERPUD) could not be more excited. With gas prices predicted to go up by 40 percent in the near future, this should be good news for consumers, too. According to ERPUD marketing manager Don Keele,

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  • State acquires private land easement at Grundy County’s Fiery Gizzard

    Posted on December 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

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    A multi-year effort has been completed to conserve a 3,282-acre stretch of environmentally and economically important forestland in the Fiery Gizzard area of the South Cumberland State Park.  Through a grant from the federal Forest Legacy Program, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry, in partnership with The Land Trust for Tennessee and The Conservation Fund, has acquired a conservation easement on land adjacent to the park in Grundy

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Tennessee Highway Patrol releases details of deadly crash

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 8:42 am

By Josh Peterson, editor The Tennessee Highway Patrol released a report late Thursday detailing the deadly crash that involved a Coffee County school bus and a local business owner Monday afternoon. Freddie Reynolds, 63, owner of Freddie’s Oyster Bar in Manchester, was killed in the crash when his 2000 Jeep Cherokee was struck by a Coffee County school bus on U.S. Highway 41 near Blanton Chapel Road. There were 22

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  • Man killed in collision with Coffee County school bus; 22 children on bus reported to be OK

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

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    A Coffee County man is dead following a collision with a Coffee County school bus Monday afternoon on Murfreesboro Highway near Blanton Chapel Road. Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the deceased is Freddie Reynolds, owner of Freddie’s Oyster Bar on Highway 55 in Manchester. The Tennessee Highway Patrol was not prepared to release details of the accident Tuesday, only stating that the accident was “still under

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  • County schools to hold kindergarten registration April 15

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Coffee County Schools will hold kindergarten registration from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 15 at all of the elementary schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Students must be five years old by Aug. 15 to enroll. In planning for the school year it is important to get accurate numbers of kindergarten students. The number of registered students determines the number of teachers employed.  

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Religion

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A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE: Lights of Christmas

Posted on December 24, 2013 at 5:00 am

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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  • Bringing Lyla home

    Posted on December 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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    Church, State, Life and Love By Janet Galyen   The Muslim call to prayer breaks the silence of India’s dawn, and sounds of wailing prayer fill the air. Awakened to another day, a tiny set of eyes peers sleepily beyond the orphanage compound onto the dirt streets below. Little Ami ponders the activity of the busy people who come and go every day. In her four years of life, she’s

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Health

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Relay For Life slated for Friday night

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 11:34 am

Coffee County American Cancer Society Relay For Life will be Friday night at the Coffee County fairgrounds. “This year’s event is going to be full of excitement and a little something for everyone, so bring the whole family and help us make a difference!” stated Samantha Chamblee, the Relay For Life Specialist for Coffee County. There will be a variety of great food, games, and a LIVE auction with some

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  • LIFE’S LONG ROAD: Four transplants and Jeff Cox is still traveling on

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Jeff Cox has endured many challenges throughout his life, including years of dialysis and four kidney transplants. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    It all started with a routine physical. That turned into a two-week hospital stay. Then dialysis. Then a kidney transplant. And another. And another … and another. Jeff Cox has taken on life’s most challenging obstacles head on. At 51, Jeff has undergone about a decade worth of taxing kidney dialysis and four kidney transplants. But if you happen to cross his path at Gateway Tire and Service Center in

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  • Posted on April 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Partners for Healing works to be there as safety net for those who fall trough the ACA cracks   Staff Writer John Coffelt   Flora Partin, a former cabdriver and foodservice worker in Tullahoma, says she loves to work, but when her undiagnosed pre-diabetes started causing her to blackout, she knew she needed help. One problem that she faced was obtaining quality healthcare without insurance. That’s where Partners for Healing,

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