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Coffee County Public Defender, Campbell Smoot, dies

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:36 am

B. Campbell Smoot of Tullahoma, public defender for the 14th Judicial District, was found dead early Tuesday in his Moore County home. According to Mike Rainey with the Moore County Police Department, TBI will investigate Smoot’s death to rule out foul play. The 14th Judicial District serves Coffee County. Smoot, who served in the position for 25 years, was re-elected in May of this year. He ran unopposed. Smoot, a

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  • Programs available to ensure turkey is on the table in Coffee County

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

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    Raider Academy spearheading Thanksgiving food drive The Coffee County Raider Academy student government association, in conjunction with Central High School, is hosting a Thanksgiving food basket drive to help the students who have families in need. The school will accept donations through Wednesday, Nov. 19 and distribute the baskets Thursday, Nov. 20. Donations may be dropped off at 865 McMinnville Hwy. Anyone interested in donating items is encouraged to call

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  • Annual Manchester Christmas parade is set for Dec. 6

    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

    The Grinch walks down Murfreesboro Highway and greets children at the 2012 Manchester Christmas Parade.

    The annual Manchester Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The parade, themed “Christmas Candy Land,” was pushed back from its traditional Saturday after Thanksgiving this year to accommodate requests from those who are out of town during the Thanksgiving holiday. “We have had children from the schools whose parents are out of town during that time and it is a conflict,” explained Joy Ballard with

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  • Manchester board votes to kill its pay raises

    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 7:45 am

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    By John Coffelt and Josh Peterson Manchester city officials took action last Tuesday to squash controversial pay raises for the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen. In a unanimous vote, the Manchester Board of Mayor and Alderman (BOMA) voted to pass an ordinance to remove previously approved pay raises for the board and the mayor that would have doubled the mayor’s pay and more than tripled pay for aldermen. The

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  • Authorities suspect human remains found at AEDC are male

    Posted on November 10, 2014 at 3:46 pm

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    Human remains were discovered by squirrel hunters on Arnold Center property and reported to AEDC police Monday. The remains were found on property adjacent to Interstate-24 just north of exit 117. A multi-agency law enforcement team, including officials with AEDC, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and city and county police forces responded to the incident. Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves said Tuesday that

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  • Lamar Alexander wins reelection; easily carries Coffee County

    Posted on November 5, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Lamar Alexander

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Lamar Alexander was re-elected Tuesday to a third term in the U.S. Senate after what was one of the more difficult campaigns in his 40-year political career in Tennessee. Alexander faced Democrat Gordon Ball, a Knoxville attorney who largely self-funded a campaign that sought to portray the incumbent as out of touch with Tennessee voters on issues including immigration, Common Core education standards and minimum-wage

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  • Bruce Rayfield, of Manchester, dies after Monday night crash

    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 2:12 pm

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    A Manchester man was killed after a single vehicle crash Monday night on Belmont Road. According to a report by Tennessee Highway Patrolman Donnie Clark, a 2002 Chevrolet SUV operated by Bruce E. Rayfield, 49, of Manchester left the roadway, rolled and ejected him from the vehicle. Rayfield was flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where he died early Tuesday morning while in surgery. According to the report, Rayfield’s daughter, Oliva

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  • ELECTION DAY: A look at some of the top races in today’s general election

    Posted on November 4, 2014 at 7:58 am

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    Here is a look at some of the state’s top races in Tuesday’s general election in Tennessee: U.S. SENATE: Republican Lamar Alexander, a former governor who ran for president twice, is seeking a third term in the Senate. The Democratic nominee is Gordon Ball, a Knoxville attorney. Ball has called the incumbent out of touch with Tennessee voters, while Alexander has labeled his challenger as beholden to the policies of

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  • Moore County couple charged with killing newborn; woman arrested in Coffee County

    Posted on November 3, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Moore County Sheriff’s investigator Mike Rainey, left, and an unidentified TBI agent lead Robert ‘Blaine’ Roper, 27, to the Moore County Jail last week. Roper and Carol Michelle ‘Keri’ Roper, 21, are charged with conspiracy to commit first degree murder, premeditated first degree murder and felony murder of their newborn son. (Photo by Robert Holman, Moore County News)

    LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — After a five-week investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with the Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department, a Moore County couple has been charged with killing their newborn child. On Friday morning, the Moore County grand jury indicted Robert ‘Blaine’ Roper, 27, and Carol Michelle ‘Keri’ Roper, 21, each with one count of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, one count of premeditated first degree

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