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Pictured is Scooter, a dog up for adoption at the animal shelter on Oakdale Street. (Photo provided)

Coffee County commissioner wants to consolidate animal shelters

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Coffee County Commissioner Steven Jones is working on a consolidation plan for the Manchester and Coffee County animal shelters that he thinks could capture efficiencies, increase adoption rates and help rehabilitate jail inmates all at the same time. The current combined shelter on Oakdale Street has been criticized for its oddly inefficient setup, consisting of two county employees and one city employee, all of whom frequently have to leave the

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  • North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department could see budget cut

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

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    The Coffee County Health, Welfare and Recreation Committee passed a motion on Tuesday (March 24) to withhold $22,000 in proposed annual budget funds from the North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department until its Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating, which currently stands at 9, can be improved. Commissioners Margaret Cunningham and Kimberly Martin, both of whom are members of the committee, said that homeowners in the North Coffee area have been paying

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  • DIFFERENT IS BEAUTIFUL: Family works to fund genetic research into daugher’s unique disorder

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 8:05 am


    “I know that no one has a looking glass, but to not know is my child ever going to learn to walk, talk or is she ever going to get married or hold a job or have children? No one can tell me, but how about a small bit of insight?” –       Leeann Messick, Skialar’s mother.   By John Coffelt, staff writer Like most infants, 21-month-old Skialar Messick is a

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  • Feasibility study coming for Manchester departments, schools

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 4:00 am

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    The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) will soon be conducting feasibility studies on several City of Manchester government departments as well as the Manchester City Schools. The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) voted at its meeting last week (March 17) to have studies performed by MTAS on the police, fire and codes departments. Those studies are expected to begin soon. “We have done these kinds of studies before,”

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  • Trial underway for man accused of kidnapping, assault

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Billy Joe Nelson, 33, attempts to shield his face from photographs as he enters court Monday afternoon. (Staff photo by Chris Barstad)

    The trial of a Tullahoma man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Tullahoma woman on New Year’s Day 2013 began Monday in Coffee County Circuit Court. Billy Joe Nelson, 33, is charged with carjacking, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and robbery in an incident that allegedly occurred near 41 South sports bar in Manchester. He has been held in the Coffee County Jail since his arrest under a bond

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  • Area at ‘whiskey war’ epicenter

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

    In 2013, Haslam signed House Bill 1084, requiring the “Lincoln County process” to be used for products produced in the state labeling themselves as “Tennessee Whiskey,” including mash consisting of at least 51 percent corn, aging in new charred oak barrels and limits on alcohol by volume concentration for distillation, aging and bottling. (File photo)

    ASSOCIATED PRESS – An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as “Tennessee Whiskey” could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery. Coffee County lies at the center of Tennessee whisky country, with George Dickel headquartered here, Jack Daniel Distillery only a few miles

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  • TEACHER OF THE YEAR: Hillsboro’s Williams wins regional award

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Hillsboro Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Tera Williams (center) is surprised by Bill Byford with the Tennessee Department of Education and school principal Angela Harris with her South Central Region Teacher of the Year award Thursday. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Hillsboro Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Tera Williams is selfless. She is worried about her students – their educational needs and their futures. But last week Williams was afforded the opportunity to soak in some praise for her selfless dedication. Williams, an 18-year teaching veteran, was surprised in her Hillsboro classroom by Director of Coffee County Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall, Hillsboro principal Angela Harris and members of

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  • Manchester Fire Department chief DeShields resigns

    Posted on March 16, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Manchester Fire Department chief George DeShields, center, resigned from the department Monday morning. (File photo by John Coffelt)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Manchester Fire Department chief George DeShields resigned his post Monday morning, according to Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman. His resignation is effective immediately. DeShields, who was asked to resign by Norman earlier this month for reasons that have not been specified, was expected to be fired by the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen at Tuesday (March 17) night’s regularly scheduled meeting. “I hate it, but I

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  • Facebook bomb threat made against military recruiting office in Manchester

    Posted on March 16, 2015 at 7:38 am

    The Armed Forces Career Center, pictured here, was searched after a bomb threat was made Saturday night. No device was found. (Photo provided by WMSR Radio)

    Traffic and businesses were slowed Saturday night after a bomb threat was made at the U.S. Army recruiting office, 2526 Hillsboro Blvd. The Manchester Police Department, Manchester Fire and Rescue and Coffee County EMS responded the scene and the Tennessee Highway Patrol and office of homeland security assisted in a search of the premises and no device was found. The threat was made on the U.S. Army’s Facebook page. The

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