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Aspen Technologies to locate manufacturing facility to Manchester; 160 new jobs expected

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Aspen Technologies, Inc. officials Tuesday announced the company will locate a new polyurethane foam molding plant in the Manchester Industrial Park. With a goal of doubling its molding capacity by opening the Manchester facility, the company will invest $5.1 million and create 161 new jobs over the next five years in Coffee County. “I want to

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  • Manchester board passes first reading to rezone property on McArthur St. to commercial

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

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    The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed the first reading of a controversial rezoning ordinance last Tuesday, voting to rezone the land at 907 McArthur St. (State Route 55) from residential to commercial. The vote passed 5-1 with alderman Ryan French as the lone dissenting vote. It will need to pass two more readings before becoming official. Aldermen Cheryl Swan, Russell Bryan, Donny Parsley, Roxanne Patton and Tim Pauley

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  • Senator Corker addresses multiple topics with Manchester Chamber

    Posted on March 21, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    U.S. Sen. Bob Corker addresses business and community leaders at the Coffee County Administrative Plaza Tuesday. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    United States Senator Bob Corker spent an hour speaking with members of the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce last Tuesday at the Coffee County Administrative Plaza, covering a myriad of regional and national topics – ranging from recent controversy at Volkswagen to the United States’ roll in Ukraine. Corker spent his opening remarks focusing on the recent United Auto Workers vote at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant – a vote that

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  • Paint without the pain

    Posted on March 18, 2014 at 11:45 am

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    Paint Here with Heidi introduces no-stress art lessons for novices     Staff Writer John Coffelt Manchester artists Heidi Pearson and Julie Anderson are introducing a stress free approach to art classes with the area’s newly opened Paint Here with Heidi. “It’s less of a formal art lesson, and more of a social painting class. It’s a relaxing creative outlet,” Anderson said. At the heart of the class is what

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  • Manchester downtown renovations set to be complete in June

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    This area near the Coffee County Courthouse is awaiting more work as part of the Manchester  downtown renovation project. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    Local commuters who are growing impatient with the road construction on the Manchester Downtown Square won’t have much longer before the renovation headaches go away. The downtown project is scheduled to be complete around the middle of June, approximately three months from now, according to Terry Dendy with the City of Manchester. “The completion date is supposed to be June 8 but they are saying give or take a week,”

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  • Neighbors concerned over proposed Manchester business

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 8:23 am

    For 67 years David Welborn’s family has owned the home at 909 McArthur St. His dad built it after World War II using lumber from Camp Forrest and it has remained in his family since. Now, as Manchester city leaders are contemplating the idea of rezoning the neighboring home at 907 McArthur St. from residential to commercial for a proposed business, Welborn is concerned for his property and his neighborhood.

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  • Home Depot teams up with Manchester Fire Department for fire hall renovations

    Posted on March 3, 2014 at 5:07 pm

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    As part of its Team Depot initiative to give back to the community, the Manchester Home Depot teamed up with the Manchester Fire and Rescue Department to perform renovations inside Manchester Fire Hall no. 1 on Hillsboro Boulevard last week. Team Depot provided $2,000 for building materials and provided volunteer manpower along with City of Manchester’s volunteers to rework the building’s downstairs kitchen and add a training room and training

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