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Making sure your furry friends aren’t left to the cold

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 10:14 am

Staff Writer John Coffelt   With wintry weather upon us, it’s important to remember your furry friends, especially those quite literally left out in the cold. Hazel Fannin, Coffee County Humane Society co-president, urges “people put themselves in their animals place and think about the cold conditions and what is needed.” She suggests dogs who are outside need doghouses with cedar shavings and/or straw to help keep them warm. “When

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  • Modern application meets ancient technology

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

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    Aquaponic system introduces Raider Academy Ag students to sustainable growing After receiving a small outdoor classroom grant from Tennessee Farm Bureau last spring, Coffee County School’s Agriculture Teacher, Christy Brown, began pursuing the possibility of incorporating an aquaponics unit into the agri-science curriculum. The project came to fruition with the recent construction of an aquaponic system at Coffee County Raider Academy, through a relationship that developed after meeting the founder

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  • Local filmmaker’s project named must-see at Sundance Film Festival

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

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    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Getting a film screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival is an honor. In fact, only a reported 41 out of about 2,000 submissions make it onto a Sundance screen. Manchester native turned New York City filmmaker, Jesse Martinez edited “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon,” which   showed last Sunday at Sundance. The film is directed by Douglas Tirola auteur of

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Travel

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One killed in Thursday crash on Interstate 24

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 8:59 am

One person was killed Thursday on Interstate-24 near Manchester. Tracey Michele Hullender, 44, of Villa Ridge, Mo., was killed at approximately 10 a.m. Thursday when the car she was traveling in was hit from the back by an 18-wheeler operated by David Lynn Wright of Illinois. According to Manchester Fire Department chief George DeShields, it appears as if Hullender slowed to help a van that lost control and traveled into

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  • WINTER STORM: Officials take over 360 weather-related calls throughout week

    Posted on February 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    The historic Coffee County Courthouse made for a picturesque scene Wednesday morning.  (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    Whether you live in the northern half or the southern half of Coffee County determines the story of last week’s winter storm for you. But despite drastic splits of snow and ice in different parts of the county there was one common fact– it was crippling. Duck River Electric Membership corporation restored 14,000 power outages throughout last week and local authorities responded to 366 weather related calls between midnight Monday

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  • Coffee County placed under ice storm warning

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Ice quickly began accumulating on trees and vegetation during Monday's ice storm. More ice is expected in the area Friday. (File photo by John Coffelt)

    With ice still lingering on tree limbs from Monday’s ice storm, more winter weather is coming for middle Tennessee Friday and Saturday – including Coffee County. The National Weather Service (NWS) has placed Coffee County under an ice storm warning from noon Friday through 9 a.m. Saturday morning. According to NWS, ice accumulations of up to .25 inches can be expected in the area with brisk winds out of the

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Education

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Manchester City Schools to break office lease; personnel cuts coming

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

By John Coffelt, staff writer In a split vote Monday night, Manchester Board of Education narrowly passed a motion essentially breaking the lease for the new administration building under the guidance of a high-profile education attorney. The move comes shortly after board attorney Mark Williams, who also owns the property the board leased for three years, said that he would be unable to allow the system out of the three-year

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  • Ice storm warning issued for Coffee County; area schools closed Tuesday

    Posted on February 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Ice quickly began accumulating on trees and vegetation during Monday's ice storm. More ice is expected in the area Friday. (File photo by John Coffelt)

    The National Weather Service at 9 a.m. Monday morning issued an ice storm warning for most areas south of Interstate 40, including Coffee County. The warning is in effect until midnight Monday with betwen 1/4 and 1 inch of ice expected to coat the area, according to NWS. Major impacts will be on travel, with ice causing hazardous travel conditions across the area as roads will become coated with ice,

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  • Modern application meets ancient technology

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

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    Aquaponic system introduces Raider Academy Ag students to sustainable growing After receiving a small outdoor classroom grant from Tennessee Farm Bureau last spring, Coffee County School’s Agriculture Teacher, Christy Brown, began pursuing the possibility of incorporating an aquaponics unit into the agri-science curriculum. The project came to fruition with the recent construction of an aquaponic system at Coffee County Raider Academy, through a relationship that developed after meeting the founder

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Religion

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Tragedy forges a love to last for Manchester couple

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 10:09 am

  By Times Contributor, Janet Galyen On a warm September afternoon, 14 years ago, sunbeams broke through towering trees and spilled onto a private college campus in Southern Indiana. It was lunchtime. Hungry undergrads flooded the eateries and rendered the sidewalks picturesque and peaceful. It is hard to imagine this scene would be the setting for a bloody crime. But one person would interrupt the calm with absolute terror. Sarah,

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  • A Christmas message

    Posted on December 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Dr. Scott Parkison

    Like you, I have read the Christmas story many times. I can almost quote it in the Old English of my grandmothers King James Bible. Joseph, Mary, Jesus, the wise men, the shepherds, and the star form a nativity scene in my mind as I recall the verses from the second chapter of Luke’s Gospel. Though many characters are mentioned in the Christmas story, it is the shepherds that have

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  • 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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Health

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Coffee County Jail medical costs have exceeded budget for fiscal year

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

Medical costs for inmates in the Coffee County Jail, which have been blamed primarily on overcrowded conditions, continue to spiral out of control as county officials wait for the state fire marshal’s final approval of the new jail’s smoke evacuation system. A new test of all systems at the new jail is set for Thursday, Jan. 29, and if all systems test correctly, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.

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  • Gov. Haslam announces insure Tennessee plan

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

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    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Monday unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two-year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options. The program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to private coverage, promotes personal responsibility and incentivizes choosing preventative and routine care instead of unnecessary use of emergency rooms. The governor announced that he plans to call

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  • Coffee County first responders, hospitals conduct training to handle Ebola

    Posted on October 27, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    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)

    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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