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Manchester rec center’s ‘Winning Tomorrow Today’ program starts soon

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

The Manchester Recreation Department will be beginning next month its “Winning Tomorrow Today” program to help connect individuals and families that are diabetic, pre-diabetic or with a BMI of greater than 30 with a mentoring program. “Our goal is to help lead individuals and families to a healthier future where they can take charge of their health,” said Manchester Recreation Director Bonnie Gamble. The program, which is funded by the

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  • City School Board approves lawsuit against county

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:47 am

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    The Manchester Board of Education unanimously approved a motion Monday during a regular school board meeting to validate Director of Schools Dr. Keith Brewer’s directive to re-open a $1.5 million lawsuit against Coffee County. The suit, filed Aug. 5 in Coffee County Circuit Court by attorney Clifton Miller, seeks sales tax collections allegedly misappropriated from1983-2007. “I felt that it was better that we have total transparency and have a revote

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  • Duck River Electric, Mt. Pleasant Power talk merger

    Posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:25 am


    Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC), headquartered in Shelbyville, Tenn., and Mount Pleasant Power System (MPPS), serving Mount Pleasant, Tenn., have agreed to begin the feasibility study of a possible merger. In a joint announcement, representatives of each utility said this is a preliminary step with no commitment made by either party except to explore what is best for the systems and their consumers. DREMC serves 71,000 members in 16

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  • District 14 Coffee County Commission race remains tied

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 8:15 am

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    Residents of District 14 and the two candidates seeking a Coffee County Commission seat will have to wait another few weeks to see who will be elected. Republican candidate Lamar Wilkie and Democratic Candidate Missy Deford, both seeking Coffee County Commission District 14 seat, remain tied with 254 votes each after a provisional ballot opened Tuesday did not contain a vote for either candidate. After the Aug. 7 General Election,

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  • Manchester Board of Education reopens lawsuit against Coffee County

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

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    By Josh Peterson, editor The Manchester City Board of Education has filed a lawsuit against Coffee County seeking $1,560,076.88 plus pre-judgment interest in what amounts to the re-opening of litigation that the board dropped in 2007. According to court documents filed Aug. 5 in Coffee County Circuit Court, the city school system is seeking approximately $1.5 million from the county government to allocate for misappropriated second half sales tax collections

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  • Republicans outvote Dems in Coffee County Election

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Republican candidate Gary Cordell won the Coffee County Mayor's seat Thursday night.

    By Josh Peterson, editor Coffee County Republicans put on a strong showing in the Coffee County General Election Thursday – outvoting Democrats two to one and picking up several key seats – including the county mayor seat. For Coffee County Mayor, Republican Gary Cordell picked up 55.55 percent of the vote with 5,628 to beat Democrat Tim Brown, who finished with 4,481 votes. Cordell will begin a four-year term as

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  • Coffee County Commission will see new faces

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:48 am

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    Several Coffee County Commission seats will be filled with new faces after the Coffee County General Election Thursday night. Todd Crockett will be the new commissioner for District 3, picking up 321 votes over Jon Robinson’s 224. Crockett takes over the seat from outgoing commissioner Wilma Thomas. In District 7, incumbent Eric Chance was defeated by just nine votes by Margaret Cunningham. Chance finished with 232 votes to Cunningham’s 241.

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  • Sain, Swan and Kilgore elected as Manchester aldermen

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Lana Sain picked up the most votes in the Manchester aldermanic race with 1,006 votes. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Two new Manchester aldermen were elected Thursday night in the Manchester Municipal Election and one incumbent kept her seat. Cheryl Swan, the lone incumbent alderman who was seeking re-election, and political newcomers Lana Sain and Tim Kilgore took the top three spots in the Manchester aldermanic race and each will serve four-year terms on the Manchester Board of Mayor and Alderman. “I am so excited and

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  • Northcott beats longtime DA Layne

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

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

    Republican challenger Craig Northcott upset three-term District Attorney Mickey Layne Thursday night in arguably the biggest surprise of this year’s Coffee County General Election. Northcott picked up 5,482 votes to Layne’s 4,650. The percentage difference comes to 54.07 percent for Northcott and 45.86 percent for Layne. “I want to thank all of my supporters and all of those who have helped with this campaign and, of course, all the voters

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