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Manchester woman charged with TennCare fraud

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm

A Coffee County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for allegedly selling prescription drugs paid for by TennCare. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with help from officers of the Coffee County Sheriff and Manchester Police, today announced the arrest of Frances Faye Wise, 67 of Manchester. The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Manchester Police Department. Wise is charged with TennCare Fraud in connection with obtaining a prescription

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  • New DA Northcott fires four from office

    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Republican Craig Northcott beat longtime Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne in the Coffee County General Election Thursday night. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    In the process of assembling his own team, newly elected Coffee County District Attorney General Craig Northcott has terminated four employees from duty in the D.A.’s office, effective this past Friday, including two assistant district attorneys – Felicia Walkup and Marla Hollaway. Northcott, who begins his term Tuesday, said it was only coincidence that all four who were fired happen to be female. “A lot of difficult decisions had to

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  • TBI investigation dropped against Manchester Police Department; no criminal activity found

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    by Wayne Thomas, staff writer The investigation into criminal allegations against former workers at the Manchester Police Department has been completed with no charges filed and no wrongdoing reported. When Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman was elected in 2012, he and the board of mayor and aldermen soon asked District Attorney Mickey Layne for an investigation to be completed into the “flower fund” and the disposition of equipment that the police

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  • Bonnaroo Works Fund announces donations of lunch boxes, books to Coffee County schools

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Bonnaroo 2014

     Press Release Reusing and recycling are part of Bonnaroo’s DNA, and festival organizers have shown their green colors once again while supporting local schools. Just in time for back-to-school, Bonnaroo Works Fund Director Nina Miller recently delivered 4,000 Bonnaroo-themed lunch boxes to school officials, one for every student in the Coffee County School district. The W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, which provides affordable, quality music instruction to low-income families,

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  • Tractor trailer crash shuts down I-24 Tuesday

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Workers from Hullett’s Service Center and Wrecker Service work to clear the roadway after a semi-truck loaded with animal feed collided with two other tractor trailers and overturned Tuesday on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24  near the Manchester city limits. Tennessee Highway Patrol, Coffee County Emergency Management, EMS, Coffee County Sheriff Department and the North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department responded. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    Emergency crews were busy for over two hours Tuesday afternoon after three tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 24, shutting down the interstate’s eastbound lanes for approximately two hours. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, a semi-truck loaded with animal feed collided with two other tractor trailers and then overturned. The eastbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted off the interstate at exit 97. Read more information and details in next week’s (Sept.

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  • Coffee County schools close at noon Wednesday due to water main leak

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Workers with the Manchester Water and Sewer Department work to expose a main water leak on State Route 53 (Woodbury Highway) Wednesday morning. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    Due to a main water line leak on State Route 53 (Woodbury Highway ) Wednesday morning that will cause water to be shut off at Coffee County Middle School and New Union Elementary, all Coffee County Schools are being dismissed at noon Wednesday. “We can’t just dismiss those two schools because the middle school students are countywide,” explained Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall. “We will dismiss the same as if

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  • Manchester community leader Ada Wright, 86, dies

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Ada  Wright

    Ada B. Wright, 86, of Manchester, passed away Monday, Aug. 25 at United Regional Medical Center in Manchester. Funeral services for Wright will be at noon Friday, Aug. 29 at Manchester Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the Wright family will be 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Manchester Funeral Home. According to her obituary information, Wright was a volunteer and leader in Cub Scouts, Girl

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  • Wine in grocery stores will be on Manchester Nov. ballot

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 10:56 am


    Manchester and Tullahoma are among more than 60 municipalities across the state that obtained enough signatures to have wine-in-grocery-stores referendums placed on the Nov. 4 ballot, according to election officials. None of the eligible municipalities in Franklin County, however, Cowan Decherd or Winchester, managed to obtain the necessary voter signatures, according to election officials in that county. More cities may be added to the list in the next few days

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  • Manchester man, 72, arrested for alleged sexual battery at day care

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    Troy Rogers

    By Josh Peterson, editor A Manchester man has been arrested for allegedly having unlawful sexual contact with two girls under the age of 13 at a home day care operated by his wife. Troy David Rogers, 72, of 470 Union Drive, Manchester, was named in sealed indictments returned by the August term of the Coffee County grand jury for two counts of aggravated sexual battery on children under 13 years of

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