Lifestyles

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From farm to the table

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Local growers offer unsurpassed freshness and value We all want to eat more vegetables — and in the summer, when farmers markets and grocery stores are filled with fresh, colorful produce, it’s easier than ever. From juicy red tomatoes and yellow sweet corn to vibrant green broccoli, seasonal produce can be even more enjoyable with the addition of spices and herbs.   “I’m always thinking about ways to make vegetables

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  • Unearthing the Forrest

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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    Arnold experts lead a search for the remains of one of the nation’s largest WWII prisoner camp   Staff Writer John Coffelt   Earlier this month, the Manchester Times met up with AEDC Historian Chris Rumley, AEDC Archaeologist Shawn Chapman and base Public Affairs Chief Jason Austin for a tour of what is now dense secondary-growth forest near Tullahoma on the western edge of Arnold Air Force Base to see

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  • Protect and share: Manchester police department hosts S.T.O.P.S. instructor class that aims to reduce officer fatalities

    Posted on August 5, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Staff Writer John Coffelt   A routine traffic stop is most likely not very dangerous, but as an officer approaches the vehicle, what will happen in the next few minutes could be a life-or-death encounter. This is one of the most vulnerable moments in an officer’s shift, but the lessons that local law enforcement teams learned during a recent Governors Highway Safety Office class, and will carry back to their

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Travel

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Gas prices fall; near $3 per gallon

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20 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 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in Tennessee during the past

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  • Manchester downtown project nears completion

    Posted on August 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Marty Bell applies an antique finish to the cobblestone sidewalk at the corner of North Spring and West Fort streets on the downtown square Monday. The downtown renovation project is nearing an end after more than one year of work. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer for the Manchester downtown renovation project.All four sides of the square are finally paved and open to through traffic after weeks of difficult navigating and the finishing touches are being put on the project, which officials say should be completed in the coming weeks. “We have some cosmetic things left around doors and corners and

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  • Two killed in Interstate crash near Manchester

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:18 am

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    By Wayne Thomas, staff writer Two people were killed and two injured and Interstate 24 was tied up for several hours Saturday night following a three vehicle crash in Manchester. According to Tennessee Highway Patrolman Donnie Clark, around 6:15 p.m. Saturday a 1992 Nissan Sentra operated by Patrick Rhodes, 35, of Tullahoma was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane when he collided head on at mile marker 114 with a

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Education

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City School Board approves lawsuit against county

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:47 am

The Manchester Board of Education unanimously approved a motion Monday during a regular school board meeting to validate Director of Schools Dr. Keith Brewer’s directive to re-open a $1.5 million lawsuit against Coffee County. The suit, filed Aug. 5 in Coffee County Circuit Court by attorney Clifton Miller, seeks sales tax collections allegedly misappropriated from1983-2007. “I felt that it was better that we have total transparency and have a revote

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  • Manchester Board of Education reopens lawsuit against Coffee County

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

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    By Josh Peterson, editor The Manchester City Board of Education has filed a lawsuit against Coffee County seeking $1,560,076.88 plus pre-judgment interest in what amounts to the re-opening of litigation that the board dropped in 2007. According to court documents filed Aug. 5 in Coffee County Circuit Court, the city school system is seeking approximately $1.5 million from the county government to allocate for misappropriated second half sales tax collections

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  • Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday runs through Sunday night

    Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:50 am

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    Tennessee’s annual tax free weekend, primarily designed to help ease back-to-school expenses, is this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3. The sales began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The tax-free items include clothing under $100, school and art supplies under $100 and computers under $1,500. “If you use good common sense, you’ll be able to save even more,” a state tax official said. “For example, shop

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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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Manchester rec center’s ‘Winning Tomorrow Today’ program starts soon

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

The Manchester Recreation Department will be beginning next month its “Winning Tomorrow Today” program to help connect individuals and families that are diabetic, pre-diabetic or with a BMI of greater than 30 with a mentoring program. “Our goal is to help lead individuals and families to a healthier future where they can take charge of their health,” said Manchester Recreation Director Bonnie Gamble. The program, which is funded by the

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  • United Regional Medical Center, Medical Center of Manchester seek to combine hospitals

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

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    The two hospitals in Manchester that are located less than three miles apart may soon become one. United Regional Medical Center, located at 1001 McArthur Drive, and Medical Center of Manchester, 481 Interstate Drive, have embarked upon the first steps toward a merger of the two hospitals, according to a press release issued by both hospitals Monday. The move would mean both hospitals will combine operations and move them to the

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  • AN UPHILL BATTLE: Local athlete to compete in Transplant Games of America

    Posted on July 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Darryl Collins, who has cystic fibrosis and has received a lung transplant, will compete in the Transplant Games of American in Texas later this month. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Exercising has always been second nature to Darryl Collins. Running, biking, coaching basketball, playing racquetball – it was all part of life for the former gym teacher. Carrying the lung capacity to support his desire, though, is another story. He didn’t know it early in his life, but his desire to be fit and active would help preserve and, actually, save his life from ending at

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