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Father of boys involved in shooting accident indicted

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 2:25 pm

The father of a Hillsboro toddler who was accidentally shot in March has been indicted by Coffee County grand jury. Martin Jackson Anderson, 20, of A Street, Hillsboro, was indicted on two counts of aggravated child abuse of children under 8 years old, and two counts of reckless endangerment by the April term of the grand jury. Anderson’s 18-month-old son was accidentally shot in the head on March 3 by

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  • DONATE LIFE MONTH: After months of grueling dialysis, John Roger Roberts has a new kidney and a new outlook on life

    Posted on April 22, 2015 at 5:00 am

    John Roger Roberts, left, works as a sales manager for John Roberts Toyota and his dad, John Roberts (pictured at right). The younger Roberts recently underwent a kidney transplant at the young age of 28 and returned to work just eight days later. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    One look at John Roger Roberts would provide no indication of what he has gone through. At the young age of 28, you can find him in the building at his dad’s car dealership – John Roberts Toyota – putting in about 60 hours a week as a sales manager and loving every minute of it. And, as he put it, he spends all of those minutes showing everyone the

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  • Large amount of meth found in Coffee County Wednesday morning

    Posted on April 16, 2015 at 2:58 pm

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    Members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s West Bureau Interdiction Plus team discovered approximately one-and-a-half pounds of crystal methamphetamine on a routine traffic stop on Wednesday morning in Coffee County. Trooper Jeremy Miller initiated a traffic stop on a 2008 Honda Accord for speeding in a construction zone near mile marker 124 on Interstate 24 westbound at approximately 10:36 a.m. Wednesday. Upon the trooper’s introduction and explanation of the stop, the

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  • Budget and finance votes to keep workhouse open; full commission vote coming Tuesday

    Posted on April 14, 2015 at 4:00 am

    The state fire marshal has announced that the new Coffee County Jail will be issued a clear Certificate of Occupancy. Sheriff Steven Graves said the floors will take about two months for completion. (Staff photo by Chris Barstad)

    The Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee passed Resolution 2015-15 Tuesday (April 7) to maintain the “workhouse” in operation at its current location after the new jail is open and all other inmates have been moved there. While the committee has expressed support in the past for keeping the work house open, Tuesday’s vote was its first time to officially recommend approval to the full commission. The workhouse refers to

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  • Woman charged with animal cruelty; approximately 100 animals rescued

    Posted on April 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

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    A Coffee County woman has been charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after nearly 100 animals were rescued from her home in the eastern section of Coffee County early Sunday morning. Carolyn Irby was arrested Monday and booked into the Coffee County Jail under a $10,000 bond. Nearly 100 animals were rescued from Irby’s residence on Hickory Grove Road after what Coffee County Sheriff’s Department deputies described as extremely

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  • Saturday morning crash kills one in Coffee County

    Posted on April 6, 2015 at 8:05 am


    A Manchester resident is dead following a single-car crash on Blanton Chapel Road in northern Coffee County Saturday morning. According to Tennessee Highway Patrolman Harrison Fisher, Whitney C. Austin, 23, of Eagleville, was operating a 2000 Ford Expedition that left the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. Passenger Nettie Austin, 45, of Manchester, was pronounced dead on the scene. Fisher’s report states that alcohol was a factor

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  • Coffee County commissioner wants to consolidate animal shelters

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Pictured is Scooter, a dog up for adoption at the animal shelter on Oakdale Street. (Photo provided)

    Coffee County Commissioner Steven Jones is working on a consolidation plan for the Manchester and Coffee County animal shelters that he thinks could capture efficiencies, increase adoption rates and help rehabilitate jail inmates all at the same time. The current combined shelter on Oakdale Street has been criticized for its oddly inefficient setup, consisting of two county employees and one city employee, all of whom frequently have to leave the

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  • North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department could see budget cut

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

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    The Coffee County Health, Welfare and Recreation Committee passed a motion on Tuesday (March 24) to withhold $22,000 in proposed annual budget funds from the North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department until its Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating, which currently stands at 9, can be improved. Commissioners Margaret Cunningham and Kimberly Martin, both of whom are members of the committee, said that homeowners in the North Coffee area have been paying

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  • DIFFERENT IS BEAUTIFUL: Family works to fund genetic research into daugher’s unique disorder

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 8:05 am


    “I know that no one has a looking glass, but to not know is my child ever going to learn to walk, talk or is she ever going to get married or hold a job or have children? No one can tell me, but how about a small bit of insight?” –       Leeann Messick, Skialar’s mother.   By John Coffelt, staff writer Like most infants, 21-month-old Skialar Messick is a

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