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Pictures of servicemen and women from the Coffee County area were on display at Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

Manchester Memorial Day ceremony honors fallen soldiers

Posted on May 25, 2015 at 4:14 pm

Members of the community joined local veterans groups to honor the nation’s fallen soldiers Monday during the annual Memorial Day ceremony on the Manchester downtown square. “We are gathered here today for the singular purpose of giving honor and respect to the men and women that gave all that they could have possibly given. Men and women who have died in the name of patriotism,” veteran Rev. Richard Ray, of

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  • Brewer’s resignation at city schools made official; schools submit deep budget cuts to city

    Posted on May 19, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Keith Brewer

    By John Coffelt, staff writer In a whirlwind meeting Monday night, the Manchester Board of Education announced the resignation of Director of Schools Dr. Keith Brewer, hired a new board attorney and approved a budget that drastically restructures key personnel positions. Late in the meeting, interim director Dr. Sandra Morris announced Brewer’s resignation had become effective Monday. A general agreement between the board and Morris will retain her as acting

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  • Coffee County Commission says ‘no’ to ticket scalping

    Posted on May 18, 2015 at 7:47 am

    The infamous Bonnaroo arch is pictured here at night during the 2011 festival.   -Bonnaroo photo by Adam Macchia

    The Coffee County Commission passed a resolution Tuesday night (May 12) it claims is aimed primarily at addressing traffic and safety concerns around the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The resolution outlaws the public resale of event tickets and other forms of admission, such as access bracelets sold at Bonnaroo. The City of Manchester passed the same law last month, effective April 21. The resolution states that it shall

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  • Boston Marathon bomber sentenced to death

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

      BOSTON (AP) — A jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death Friday for the Boston Marathon bombing, sweeping aside pleas that he was just a “kid” who fell under the influence of his fanatical older brother. Tsarnaev, 21, stood with his hands folded upon learning his fate, decided after 14 hours of deliberations over three days in the nation’s most closely watched terrorism trial since the Oklahoma City bombing case

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  • Manchester Police Department to step up seat belt enforcment starting Monday

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 9:21 am


    Manchester Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office to step up seat belt enforcement from May 18 -31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. “Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes,” said Manchester Police Department Sgt. Chris Patterson. “As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people

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  • JAIL MOVING DAY: Sheriff assaulted by inmate; fire set at old jail

    Posted on May 12, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Sheriff Steve Graves

    Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves was injured Tuesday while trying to break up a disturbance as inmates were being moved into the new Coffee County Jail. According to a witness at the scene, approximately eight inmates were creating a disturbance in the holding cell of the new jail when Capt. Frank Watkins attempted to intervene by moving one of the inmates into a separate holding cell. When Graves attempted to

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  • Sulkowski named Central High School athletic director; will remain as football coach

    Posted on May 11, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Coffee County Central football coach Ryan Sulkowski has been named the school's athletic directer, effective when Richard Skipper's term concludes at the end of the school year.
(Staff file photo by Jake Kreulen)

    By Jake Kreulen, sports writer After one year on the job as head football coach at Coffee County Central High School, Ryan Sulkowski has added another title as he has been chosen to replace Richard Skipper as the school’s athletic director after Skipper’s resignation is made official at the end of the school year. In addition to his coaching responsibilities in football, Sulkowski will be overseeing every aspect of the

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  • Former Coffee Co. baseball coach Weir arrested on charges of domestic violence; DA seeks to have bond revoked

    Posted on May 10, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Brad Weir

    Former Central High School head baseball coach and physical education teacher Brad Weir is free on bond after being arrested over the weekend on domestic violence charges. Weir, 44, of East Ridge, Tennessee was arrested on the charges in Hamilton County and booked in the Franklin County Jail Sunday afternoon. He made bond early Monday morning. The charges were the result of an alleged incident that occurred May 3 near

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  • McFall: Coffee Co. schools need $1.4M in additional funding

    Posted on May 10, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Dr. LaDonna McFall

    By John Coffelt, Staff Writer Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall went before the Coffee County Budget and Finance committee Tuesday asking for an additional $1.4 million for next year’s school budget. “The school system cannot keep functioning with no additional money,” McFall told the committee as she outlined a proposal that calls for a 2 percent raise across the board. The raises amount to $434,346, Also in

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