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Gov. Haslam announces insure Tennessee plan

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

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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  • HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: Return from Afghanistan not a minute too soon

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 8:54 am


    It is hard to argue that the magic of the Christmas season has ever been more palpable than it was at New Union Elementary School last Tuesday afternoon. All fourth-grader Abigail Sherrill wanted for Christmas was for her brother to return from his deployment in Afghanistan. Her lone Christmas request had barely left her lips as she sat on Santa Claus’ lap in front of the school’s student body when

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  • Manchester board to consider merging city, county schools

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Dr. LaDonna McFall

    Members of the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen are looking into the possibility of consolidating their city school system into the Coffee County Schools, and plan to announce a public meeting in the near future with attorneys and experts on the subject. According to the Manchester City Schools’ administrative office, there are a total of 1,316 students in its three schools — Westwood Elementary, College Street Elementary and Westwood

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  • Lawsuits have governments in Coffee County tied up

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 5:30 am

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    By Josh Peterson, editor Two intra-government lawsuits inside Coffee County have been dismissed – for now – but others remain in various stages of limbo as local schools and governments battle over funds. In total, over the past five years local school systems and governments inside of Coffee County – including Manchester City, Manchester City Schools, Tullahoma City, Tullahoma City Schools, Coffee County and Coffee County Schools – have filed,

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  • Paramedic shortage hits Coffee County EMS; revenues down

    Posted on December 8, 2014 at 6:54 am

    By Marian Galbraith, staff writer Coffee County EMS director Michael Bonner told the Budget and Finance Committee Tuesday that although his expenses are currently running lower than expected, thanks in part to reduced fuel prices, revenues and billable calls are also down due to understaffing. According to Bonner, EMS understaffing appears to be part of an ongoing national paramedic shortage. “We only have enough staffing to run about four trucks

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  • Manchester Christmas parade set for Saturday night

    Posted on December 6, 2014 at 6:00 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. tonight (Saturday) 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 the

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  • M-TEK will build headquarters in Murfreesboro; 100 jobs to be transferred from M-TEK Manchester

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and M-TEK officials today announced the company will build a new headquarters facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Consolidating all headquarters functions into the Murfreesboro facility, the automotive supplier will create approximately 100 new jobs in Rutherford County. An additional 100 jobs will be transferred from M-TEK’s Manchester, Tennessee manufacturing location and the remaining jobs will be transferred from the company’s

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  • Annual Trees of Christmas on display this week

    Posted on December 1, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Pictured are Jean Oakley and Alice Solis at last year's (2013) Trees of Christmas. This year's Tree of Christmas runs Dec. 1-7.

    The annual Trees of Christmas are on display this week at the Ada Wright Center in Fred Deadman Park. The display, put on by the Dig-N-Dream Garden Club, is themed “A Creative Christmas” and will run Monday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 7. Hours are 8:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Friday and noon through 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ada Wright Center is located

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  • Sparks fly in register office budget talks; Toney accuses former register of ‘sabotage’

    Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Donna Toney

      By Marian Galbraith, staff writer Newly-elected Coffee County Register of Deeds Donna Toney recently distributed a letter to the Budget and Finance Committee that some members described as “disparaging, inaccurate, misleading and offensive” and led to harsh words between Toney and Commissioner Tim Morris. In a letter distributed to the Budget and Finance Committee on Nov. 4, Toney appeared to blame her “predecessor,” retired Register of Deeds Ellen Vaughn,

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