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Poison Ivy

Don’t let irritant weeds poison your outdoors

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

Before your family begins enjoying the great outdoors during this adventure-filled season, make sure your yard is properly treated to avoid the dangers of poison ivy, oak or sumac. Learn the proper steps to keep the threat of poisonous plants away from your family and property. Locating the danger Keeping your family safe begins with proper identification of these harmful, rash-producing plants. In the right environment, poisonous weeds can grow

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  • Poison Ivy 101: How to ID Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

    The adage “Leaf-ly three: quickly flee” mostly works for plant irritants such as poison ivy and poison oak, but here is a quick how-to guide to help you identify the “poisonous” weeds that may creep into your yard or garden. Poison Ivy Poison ivy is characterized by clusters of three pointed leaves that are smooth, toothed or lobed with two leaves forming a pair beside a longer middle leaf. The

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  • From farm to the table

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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    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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Travel

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)

Tractor trailer crash shuts down I-24 Tuesday

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

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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  • Gas prices fall; near $3 per gallon

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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    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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Education

Bonnaroo 2014

Bonnaroo Works Fund announces donations of lunch boxes, books to Coffee County schools

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

 Press Release Reusing and recycling are part of Bonnaroo’s DNA, and festival organizers have shown their green colors once again while supporting local schools. Just in time for back-to-school, Bonnaroo Works Fund Director Nina Miller recently delivered 4,000 Bonnaroo-themed lunch boxes to school officials, one for every student in the Coffee County School district. The W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, which provides affordable, quality music instruction to low-income families,

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  • Coffee County schools close at noon Wednesday due to water main leak

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Workers with the Manchester Water and Sewer Department work to expose a main water leak on State Route 53 (Woodbury Highway) Wednesday morning. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    Due to a main water line leak on State Route 53 (Woodbury Highway ) Wednesday morning that will cause water to be shut off at Coffee County Middle School and New Union Elementary, all Coffee County Schools are being dismissed at noon Wednesday. “We can’t just dismiss those two schools because the middle school students are countywide,” explained Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall. “We will dismiss the same as if

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  • City School Board approves lawsuit against county

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:47 am

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    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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Religion

Brenton Cox

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

Poison Ivy

Don’t let irritant weeds poison your outdoors

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 11:20 am

Before your family begins enjoying the great outdoors during this adventure-filled season, make sure your yard is properly treated to avoid the dangers of poison ivy, oak or sumac. Learn the proper steps to keep the threat of poisonous plants away from your family and property. Locating the danger Keeping your family safe begins with proper identification of these harmful, rash-producing plants. In the right environment, poisonous weeds can grow

Read Full Story
  • Poison Ivy 101: How to ID Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

    The adage “Leaf-ly three: quickly flee” mostly works for plant irritants such as poison ivy and poison oak, but here is a quick how-to guide to help you identify the “poisonous” weeds that may creep into your yard or garden. Poison Ivy Poison ivy is characterized by clusters of three pointed leaves that are smooth, toothed or lobed with two leaves forming a pair beside a longer middle leaf. The

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

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

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    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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