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Manchester Police Department chief investigator Billy Butler, Coffee County Sheriff's Department chief investigator Doug Richardson and MPD major Bill Sipe, pictured from left, wait on the Tennessee Highway Patrol to investigate a suspicious package behind the Jiffy Burger restaurant. The military ammunition box turned out to be a Geocache. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

Suspicious package scare at Jiffy Burger is Geocache box

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 9:32 am

Authorities shut down a quarter-mile stretch of Hillsboro Blvd. and evacuated three businesses Monday afternoon when a suspicious package was seen dropped next to a gas line at Jiffy Burger restaurant at 1001 Hillsboro Blvd. Traffic was rerouted and Jiffy Burger, Hardees and the Coffee County Manchester Public Library were evacuated and closed for approximately four hours while local authorities waited for bomb specialists with the Tennessee Highway Patrol to examine

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  • McEacharn no longer executive director of Manchester Chamber

    Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm

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    Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Susie McEacharn is no longer with the chamber. According to chamber president Carter Sain, McEacharn turned in her resignation Monday, Sept. 22 after nearly a decade with the chamber and the chamber executive committee accepted her resignation. “Margie [Lowe] and Angela [Adams] are still [employed] at the chamber and happily carrying out their duties and we think they can hold the fort down until we

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  • Manchester First National Bank victimized by quick change scam

    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 9:43 am

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    A Manchester bank fell prey to a scam last week, authorities said. According to a report by Manchester Police Department officer Landon Pence, two black males entered First National Bank on West High Street in Manchester and walked away with approximately $680. According to the report, the men entered the bank Wednesday afternoon and one asked for change for a $100 bill several times while the second man kept asking

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  • Great Lakes Cheese open house is Thursday; applications being accepted online now

    Posted on September 10, 2014 at 5:00 am

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    Manchester’s newest industry – Great Lakes Cheese – will be hosting an open house from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 11 at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center (Hospitality Blvd. Manchester) to provide information about the industry and to accept online applications from those interested in seeking employment. In addition to Thursday’s event, computers will be set up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the conference center to

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  • Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission critical of Manchester compliance

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Tennessee Alcohol Beverage Commission executive director Keith Bell updates local alcohol vendors on various state regulations at a Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition breakfast last week held at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center.   (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    By John Coffelt, Staff Writer Executive Director Keith Bell of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission had some harsh words for local merchants and restaurateurs during Wednesday’s Alcohol and Tobacco Vendor Breakfast hosted by the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition. His remarks at the meeting, aimed to promote additional workplace training regarding properly checking identification before selling alcohol or tobacco, come after a recent compliance check made by the Manchester Police Department

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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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  • Gas prices fall; near $3 per gallon

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm


    Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,821 gas outlets in Tennessee. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45 per gallon, according to gasoline price website Including the change in gas prices in Tennessee during the past

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