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By Josh Peterson, editor

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: A little school lesson

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm

I had the opportunity last week for the second straight year to spend the day with the seventh grade language arts classes at Coffee County Middle School. They invited me to come the day before spring break … I really had their attention. Actually, it didn’t go as bad as I thought. In a quick scan of each of the four periods I spoke to, I only found three dozing

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  • GUEST OPINION: Pay raises could still fail

    Posted on April 3, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    By Tim Pauley, alderman

    The controversy over new Manchester city charter provisions that give immediate pay raises to the mayor and aldermen didn’t have to happen. The good news is, it can be solved. Last year, an agency of the University of Tennessee known as the Municipal Technical Advisory Service came calling on Manchester officials, offering to help update our city charter. Along with a variety of insignificant “housekeeping” changes, MTAS recommended the charter

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  • TIMES EDITORIAL: Manchester officials shouldn’t raise their own pay

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:20 am

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    Manchester Times Editorial By voting last week to keep in place a generous pay raise for its members, the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen have undercut one of the primary responsibilities that taxpayers charged them with when they were elected to office – proper management of tax dollars. The concept that an elected board can raise the salary for current-term members is befuddling to us. Not to mention the

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: The free press is a great thing

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:12 am

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    Over the past week I’ve picked up quite a bit of feedback from the story that started developing last Tuesday regarding compensation hikes for Manchester’s elected officials. We first reported the story on our website before Tuesday night’s Manchester Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting and promptly followed up Wednesday and throughout the week as more information emerged regarding the situation. Most of the feedback we have picked up has

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Humiliation highway – travel with extreme caution

    Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    Since the inception of my weekly rant, I’ve used more ink talking about weight loss (i.e. last year’s summertime-shape series) than I’ve used on most any other topic. Don’t panic. I won’t waste a barrel of ink boring you with the details of some grand weight-loss idea or a personal triumph in that arena. Instead, I’ll take you down Humiliation Highway. Lately, as with most people when summer approaches, Holly

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  • Be active in our community sports this spring

    Posted on March 11, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    Spring is the best time of the year. Yes, the weather is finally starting to warm up (at least on some days) and plants are starting to add some color to the dead landscape painted by Old Man Winter. But for me, a sports guy at heart, it is the changing of ball seasons that has me more excited than the actual changing of the season. These warm spring days

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Be informed at the polls

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    The political season is officially here and signs are starting to pop up in every crevice Manchester has to offer. There are more seats up for grabs than I can remember in recent history and there are plenty of candidates vying for those positions. I think it’s healthy to see so many interested in serving the public office and I only hope that registered voters exercise one of the purest

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