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No longer Orphans

FINDING THEIR GLOBAL REACH: WMS students rise up to help international orphans

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

  By John Coffelt, staff writer  Two groups of teens a half a world away find themselves connected by the common concern for the welfare of their fellow man. Over 50 students from Westwood Middle School have sought to help over 40 orphans living on the cusp of poverty in India. Language arts teacher Elizabeth Eaton brought the two together. “Everything that we can do to help them in any

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  • One of the nation’s top banjo competitors calls Manchester home

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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    Staff Writer John Coffelt Manchester native and national banjo finalist Joey Gipson says that he owes his interest in bluegrass to his grandparents. It’s a love that has taken him to play among some of the finest, most proficient banjo pickers in America. “It’s a great accomplishment, I love doing contest and playing my music,” Gipson said. “I started playing bluegrass when I was 10. I’ve been doing contests pretty

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  • Millinium Rep. ressurects ‘Young Frankenstein’

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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    The classic movie “Young Frankenstein” comes to the Manchester Arts Center as a musical comedy, beginning the weekend of Nov. 14 and continuing through Nov. 23. Millennium Repertory Company presents Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit as the last show of its record-breaking 2014 season. “Young Frankenstein” includes fan-favorite scenes (Roll in the Hay, “Walk this Way,” Abby Normal, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”),  all new music, and a brand-new projection system. Directed

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Travel

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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Education

No longer Orphans

FINDING THEIR GLOBAL REACH: WMS students rise up to help international orphans

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

  By John Coffelt, staff writer  Two groups of teens a half a world away find themselves connected by the common concern for the welfare of their fellow man. Over 50 students from Westwood Middle School have sought to help over 40 orphans living on the cusp of poverty in India. Language arts teacher Elizabeth Eaton brought the two together. “Everything that we can do to help them in any

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  • Coffee County School Board member Henley earns master school board member status

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm

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    During its annual convention, the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) recognized four school board members who earned master board member status, including Coffee County School Board chairman Brett Henley. To encourage professional growth of school board members, TSBA offers a master school board member award to members who invest their time and effort into becoming more informed and more effective school board members. The award is given for participation in

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  • ALL ABOUT THE STUDENTS: Aaron named principal of the year

    Posted on November 2, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Coffee County Middle School principal Kim Aaron was recently named South Central District Principal of the Year. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Kim Aaron has worn many hats throughout her career in education. Now in the middle of her third year as principal at Coffee County Middle School and her 14th in administration, it’s easy to see that the education veteran hasn’t forgotten what her career is about – kids. “I love to interact with kids,” Aaron explained, the passion in her voice palpable. “I like to sit

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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

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     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

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

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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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  • Second Dallas health worker tests positive for Ebola

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm

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    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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