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Feasibility study coming for Manchester departments, schools

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 4:00 am

The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) will soon be conducting feasibility studies on several City of Manchester government departments as well as the Manchester City Schools. The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) voted at its meeting last week (March 17) to have studies performed by MTAS on the police, fire and codes departments. Those studies are expected to begin soon. “We have done these kinds of studies before,”

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  • Trial underway for man accused of kidnapping, assault

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Billy Joe Nelson, 33, attempts to shield his face from photographs as he enters court Monday afternoon. (Staff photo by Chris Barstad)

    The trial of a Tullahoma man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Tullahoma woman on New Year’s Day 2013 began Monday in Coffee County Circuit Court. Billy Joe Nelson, 33, is charged with carjacking, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and robbery in an incident that allegedly occurred near 41 South sports bar in Manchester. He has been held in the Coffee County Jail since his arrest under a bond

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  • Area at ‘whiskey war’ epicenter

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

    In 2013, Haslam signed House Bill 1084, requiring the “Lincoln County process” to be used for products produced in the state labeling themselves as “Tennessee Whiskey,” including mash consisting of at least 51 percent corn, aging in new charred oak barrels and limits on alcohol by volume concentration for distillation, aging and bottling. (File photo)

    ASSOCIATED PRESS – An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as “Tennessee Whiskey” could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery. Coffee County lies at the center of Tennessee whisky country, with George Dickel headquartered here, Jack Daniel Distillery only a few miles

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  • TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Hillsboro’s Williams wins regional award

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Hillsboro Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Tera Williams (center) is surprised by Bill Byford with the Tennessee Department of Education and school principal Angela Harris with her South Central Region Teacher of the Year award Thursday. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Hillsboro Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Tera Williams is selfless. She is worried about her students – their educational needs and their futures. But last week Williams was afforded the opportunity to soak in some praise for her selfless dedication. Williams, an 18-year teaching veteran, was surprised in her Hillsboro classroom by Director of Coffee County Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall, Hillsboro principal Angela Harris and members of

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  • Manchester Fire Department chief DeShields resigns

    Posted on March 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Manchester Fire Department chief George DeShields, center, resigned from the department Monday morning. (File photo by John Coffelt)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Manchester Fire Department chief George DeShields resigned his post Monday morning, according to Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman. His resignation is effective immediately. DeShields, who was asked to resign by Norman earlier this month for reasons that have not been specified, was expected to be fired by the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen at Tuesday (March 17) night’s regularly scheduled meeting. “I hate it, but I

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  • Facebook bomb threat made against military recruiting office in Manchester

    Posted on March 16, 2015 at 7:38 am

    The Armed Forces Career Center, pictured here, was searched after a bomb threat was made Saturday night. No device was found. (Photo provided by WMSR Radio)

    Traffic and businesses were slowed Saturday night after a bomb threat was made at the U.S. Army recruiting office, 2526 Hillsboro Blvd. The Manchester Police Department, Manchester Fire and Rescue and Coffee County EMS responded the scene and the Tennessee Highway Patrol and office of homeland security assisted in a search of the premises and no device was found. The threat was made on the U.S. Army’s Facebook page. The

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  • Shots fired, two in custody after highway pursuit in Manchester

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Manchester police, Coffee County deputies and Tennessee State Troopers pursued two suspects in this vehicle Wednesday afternoon. According to Manchester Police Department assistant chief Adam Floied, officers fired shots at the vehicle after it began to back up toward authorities. What appears to be a bullet hole is visible in the windshield on the passenger side. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    By Josh Peterson, editor A high-speed police pursuit that originated at the Manchester Walgreens ended with police firing shots and two suspects in custody Wednesday. According to Manchester Police Department assistant chief Adam Floied, a joint drug operation between Manchester Police Department and Coffee County Sheriff’s Department investigators was happening at the Manchester Walgreens early Wednesday afternoon involving suspects from out of town. When police began to surround the Chevrolet

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  • Mayor asks for Manchester fire chief to resign

    Posted on March 10, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Manchester Fire Department chief George DeShields, center, resigned from the department Monday morning. (File photo by John Coffelt)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman has asked for the resignation of Manchester Fire Department chief George DeShields. According to Norman, he verbally requested DeShields’ resignation Tuesday (March 3) and then suspended him with pay Wednesday through Friday (March 4-6). Norman would not discuss specifics of why he was asking for DeShields’ resignation. “When I talked to him I told him I was disappointed about some things …

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  • Manchester Burger King robbed at gunpoint; suspect in custody

    Posted on March 9, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Nemon Omar Winton

    By Josh Peterson, editor A 35-year old male is in custody after he allegedly robbed the Manchester Burger King, 56 Expressway Drive, at gunpoint Sunday morning. According to Manchester police, a black male, later identified as Nemon Omar Winton, 35, of Hillsboro, entered the fast-food restaurant at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday and forced a female employee to open the safe at gunpoint. According to Manchester Police Department investigator Butch Stewart,

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