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Coffee County business owner charged with tax evasion

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm

The special investigations section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted an investigation that has led to the indictment and arrest of Coffee County business owner John Constantine, Sr. for alleged tax evasion and theft. Revenue Special Agents arrested Constantine in Manchester on Friday. Constantine owns and operates Haddon Motors at 3011 Hillsboro Highway in Manchester. On January 13, the Coffee County grand jury indicted Constantine on six Class E

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  • Manchester School Board members present deep cuts to budget, personnel to Manchester finance committee

    Posted on January 17, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Manchester City Schools

    By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Board of Education member Travis Hillis approached the City of Manchester finance committee Thursday to propose a deal that he hopes will prevent a possible school transfer referendum vote. “We’ve had our issues, but it’s time we work together,” Hillis told the committee. “We need a city school system.” The proposal, which comes after the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen held an informational

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  • Funeral arrangements announced for Manchester sports icon Harryman

    Posted on January 15, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Derek Harryman

    The funeral service for Coffee County sports icon Derek “Tom” Harryman will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow the funeral service at Manchester City Cemetery. Visitation with the family is scheduled for 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Harryman, 29, passed away Monday (Jan. 12) at his home in Manchester. After graduating from Coffee County Central High School

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  • Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons set to headline 14th annual Bonnaroo

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 6:30 am

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

      By Josh Peterson, editor The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival rolled out the lineup for the 14th edition of its popular festival Tuesday night through a unique social-media release. Regardless of how the lineup was released in comparison to years past the results were the same – a top-of-the-line lineup set to rock Manchester, Tenn. for four days and nights June 11-14. Topping the lineup card is Billy Joel,

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  • Person found dead at Park Motel may have died of natural causes

    Posted on January 13, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Manchester Police Department investigator Butch Stewart examines items from a Park Motel room where a body was reportedly found Tuesday. MPD is investigating. (staff photo by John Coffelt)

    Manchester Police Department officials are investigating a scene at Park Motel in Manchester after a dead body was discovered in one of the motel’s rooms around lunchtime Tuesday. Manchester Police Department officials are investigating the scene and have not released much information but did say that the death may be of natural causes. Officials have said the body appears to have been there for a good length of time. Park

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  • Many questions settled about schools at meeting; transfer could take place by next school year if approved

    Posted on January 12, 2015 at 10:29 pm

    Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman, right, speaks to those in attendance at Westwood Middle School Monday night. A two-hour meeting was held to discuss potentially dissolving the Manchester City School system and transferring the students, schools and teachers to the county system. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Many questions pertaining to abolishing the Manchester City School system and having the system’s students, teachers and buildings absorbed into the Coffee County School system were answered at a Monday night meeting at Westwood Middle School. And, perhaps surprisingly, there was not much outspoken opposition to a potential move during the nearly two-hour discussion session that featured Chattanooga-based attorney Scott Bennett and Manchester city attorney Gerald

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  • Manchester chamber hires new executive director

    Posted on January 7, 2015 at 10:29 am

    terri hudson

    The Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce has announced Terri Hudson as the new executive director of the chamber, according to a press release sent by the organization Tuesday. According to 2014 chamber president Carter Sain, “Terri’s Chamber of Commerce and not-for-profit experience impressed us immensely and will allow her to excel in this leadership role.” Hudson, who will be joining the chamber from Richmond, Ky., is expected to start work

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  • Meeting set to consider consolidation of Manchester, Coffee County schools

    Posted on January 6, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Manchester City Schools

    A meeting of the Manchester Board of Mayor and Alderman (BOMA) set for 5:30 p.m. Monday to focus on the logistics and requirements of a school-system merger is expected to draw a crowd in the hundreds and will be held at Westwood Middle School’s Joel Vinson Gymnasium. The meeting will focus on the potential merger  of the Manchester City School system with the Coffee County School System. In attendance to

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  • Missing teens found safe in Sumner County

    Posted on January 6, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Brooke Brindle and Kayla Chu were reported missing Thursday and found Monday night in Sumner County.

    Two teenagers – one from Hendersonville and one who has been living in Coffee County – went missing on New Year’s Day, leaving multiple law enforcement agencies searching for them before they were found safe Monday night. Brooke Brindle, 17, of Hendersonville, and Kayla Chu, 16, of Manchester, were seen at a residence on Pea Ridge Road in Coffee County on New Year’s Day but the two went missing after

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