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This photo showing what appears to be a dead bobcat hanging above the Tullahoma High School football practice field began circulating Tuesday. School officials are working to determine who killed and hanged the cat. (photo provided)

Coffee County school officials, TWRA searching for person responsible for hanging bobcat at Tullahoma High School

Posted on October 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

By Josh Peterson, editor Coffee County Central High School and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officials are investigating to find out who killed a bobcat and hung the body from the goalposts of the Tullahoma High School practice football field Tuesday. A photo began circulating rapidly on social media website Tuesday morning showing a dead bobcat suspended in the air above the Tullahoma practice football field. Tullahoma City Schools have since

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  • Annual Sportsmen and Businessmen Charitable Organization event set for Saturday

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm


    The 31st annual Sportsmen and Businessmen’s Charitable Organization (SBCO) event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center. “This is something that started when I was 9 and had very little to do with it and it has grown to where the community now relies on it and benefits from it,” said Carter Sain with SBCO. “It’s has been valuable to the community.” The event

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  • Coffee County man, 25, charged with statutory rape of 14-year old

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm

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    A Beech Grove man is being held in the Coffee County Jail after being arrested Sunday, Oct. 26 for statutory rape. Andrew James Kemock, 25, was arrested on the charges after allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old girl in the parking lot of the Regency Inn, 95 Expressway Drive, and then having sex with her in a wooded area behind the Inn, according to a warrant obtained by Manchester Police

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  • Coffee County corrections officer behind bars

    Posted on October 28, 2014 at 12:04 pm

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    By Wayne Thomas, staff writer A former corrections officer at the Coffee County Jail is himself behind bars after being arrested by investigators. James M. Mayes, 26, of Brandontown Road, Manchester, is charged with bribery of a public servant, extortion and official misconduct. According to warrants obtained by Sheriff’s Investigative Sgt. Danny Ferrell, Mayes took $100 from an inmate to allow him to keep a quarter pound of tobacco the

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  • Scam in Coffee County continues to use law enforcement agencies to target citizens

    Posted on October 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm

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    By Wayne Thomas, staff writer Area law enforcement officials are warning Coffee County residents of a scam that several people have fallen prey to. A number of individuals across the county are getting calls from an individual who claims to be from the sheriff’s department and that he has a warrant for their arrest for various things. The caller then tells his intended victim that they can avoid being booked into jail if

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  • Coffee County emergency crews to conduct Ebola exercises Monday

    Posted on October 27, 2014 at 8:28 am


    Emergency crews and hospitals across Coffee County, including Manchester, will be conducting joint training exercises Monday to test emergency response and medical capabilities should  a local case of Ebola be reported. The exercise will begin shortly after 8 a.m. Monday on a house at Waite St. where a fake patient suspected of having Ebola virus will be picked up and transported to United Regional Medical Center and turned over to

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  • Great Lakes Cheese to host job fair Nov. 11

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

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    Great Lakes Cheese, one of the newest industries in Coffee County, will be hosting a job fair from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd. According to a release from Great Lakes Cheese, the open house will be to “give folks within the community the opportunity to apply to open positions that are available at the plant and learn more

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  • Manchester City Schools contracts for contraband dog searches

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:00 am


    By John Coffelt, Staff Writer The Manchester Board of Education has agreed to contract with a Loudon, Tennessee company that provides contraband searches using specially trained canines. Randomly each month, handlers from Interquest Detection Canines will search the system’s two elementary schools and middle school for ammunition, alcohol and illegal and abused prescription drugs with one of two non-aggressive search dogs. “We had a demonstration of the dog. ‘Loretta’ is

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  • Historical Society: Mold causing problems at Coffee County Courthouse

    Posted on October 20, 2014 at 8:52 am

    The Coffee County Courthouse is pictured after a snow in early 2014. (MT File Photo)

    By Staff Writer, Marian Galbraith Members of the Coffee County Historical Society Bonnie Parsley and Joanna Lewis, whose office is located in the historic county courthouse on the square in Manchester, appeared before the Budget and Finance Committee Tuesday to request funding to combat a growing mold problem inside the building. “We’re having to wipe mold off some of the books and some of the papers are curling,” Parsley said,

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