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Three things to know this week

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 9:26 am

1.      Political forum is Thursday. The Manchester Times and Thunder radio will host a political forum event from 4:30-8 p.m. at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center – 147 Hospitality Blvd. – Thursday. The event is free to the public to attend and for candidates to participate. In total, 23 candidates from seven county-wide races and one city race have been invited to participate in the event. Candidates for District Attorney

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  • Early voting for Aug. 7 election starts Friday

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

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    Early voting for the August 7 state primary, county general and Manchester municipal elections begins today (July 18) and ends August. 2. Election day is August 7. Manchester and rural Coffee County residents can vote early by going to the Coffee County Election Commission office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and between 8:30 a.m. and noon on Saturdays during the July 18-Aug. 2

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  • 27-cent property tax increase expected to go before Coffee County Commission Tuesday

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 2:58 pm


    By Marian Galbraith, staff writer The Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee approved and voted Tuesday to recommend a 27-cent property tax increase for all county residents. The recommendation will come before the full Coffee County Commission for a vote at its Tuesday meeting, set for 6 p.m. at the Coffee County Administrative Plaza in Manchester. “As much as we all hate tax increases, I think we’ve cut about as

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  • Operator of Manchester electronic cigarette business arrested

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Jamie Catherine Mason

    A woman who operates All Things E-Cig, an electronic cigarette business in Manchester, was arrested after she turned herself in at the Coffee County Jail Monday, July 14. Jamie Catherine Mason, 30, of Hillsboro Boulevard, is charged with storage of liquor for sale, possession of a Schedule VI drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked into the Coffee County Jail Monday night and was released after posting her $5,000

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  • United Regional Medical Center, Medical Center of Manchester seek to combine hospitals

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 4:25 pm

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    The two hospitals in Manchester that are located less than three miles apart may soon become one. United Regional Medical Center, located at 1001 McArthur Drive, and Medical Center of Manchester, 481 Interstate Drive, have embarked upon the first steps toward a merger of the two hospitals, according to a press release issued by both hospitals Monday. The move would mean both hospitals will combine operations and move them to the

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  • Two killed in Interstate crash near Manchester

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:18 am

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    By Wayne Thomas, staff writer Two people were killed and two injured and Interstate 24 was tied up for several hours Saturday night following a three vehicle crash in Manchester. According to Tennessee Highway Patrolman Donnie Clark, around 6:15 p.m. Saturday a 1992 Nissan Sentra operated by Patrick Rhodes, 35, of Tullahoma was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane when he collided head on at mile marker 114 with a

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  • Coffee County authorities need help catching alleged thief

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

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    The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the theft Friday, July 3, from a building on Dean Shop Road area in Hillsboro at the residence of Dennis Lynn Weaver. Weaver checked his security camera and found a picture of the man. The man is described as being white male around 5-feet-11-inches and weighing 200 pounds. He is also described as having a goatee and wearing glasses. He was last seen

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  • Manchester man arrested for DUI after Interstate-24 crash

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Tony Clayborne

    A Manchester man has been charged with DUI and violation of the implied consent law after a two-car accident on Interstate 24 late Wednesday, July 2. According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, charged with DUI and violation of implied consent is Tony Clayborne, 52, of Manchester, after his vehicle struck another vehicle and sent both vehicles rolling at approximately 10:45 p.m. July 2 near mile marker 108.

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  • Retired Manchester Times carrier Austin Taylor, 91, dies

    Posted on July 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Austin Taylor poses next to a box of Manchester Times newspapers after retiring as a newspaper carrier in Oct. 2006. Taylor passed away Saturday, July 5. (File photo by Rebekah Hurst)

    Longtime Manchester Times newspaper carrier and World War II veteran Austin Taylor died Saturday, July 5. He was 91. “When I first started at the Times as a part-time sports writer back in 2005, Austin was a steady presence here in the building,” said Times editor Josh Peterson. “He only had to be here once a week to pick up the papers, but it seemed like he was always around,

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