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A military policeman stands near the start line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

MARATHON WATCH: 118th Boston Marathon underway

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 8:13 am

The 118th Boston Marathon has begun. The first entrants crossed the starting line at 8:50 a.m. (EST) in the mobility impaired division. The wheelchair division starts at 9:17 (EST). Then the handcycles begin at 9:22, and the elite women at 9:32. The elite men and the first wave of amateur runners go at 10. There are four waves in total, the last starting at 11:25. CHANNEL GUIDE: National television coverage of

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  • Funeral services announced for business owner killed in Monday crash

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Funeral services have been announced for Manchester business owner Freddie Reynolds, who was killed in a crash with a  Coffee County school bus Monday afternoon on U.S. Highway 41. The funeral services for Reynolds, 63, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be held at Coffee County Funeral Chapel from 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 18. Reynolds was the owner and operator

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  • LIFE’S LONG ROAD: Four transplants and Jeff Cox is still traveling on

    Posted on April 16, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Jeff Cox has endured many challenges throughout his life, including years of dialysis and four kidney transplants. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    It all started with a routine physical. That turned into a two-week hospital stay. Then dialysis. Then a kidney transplant. And another. And another … and another. Jeff Cox has taken on life’s most challenging obstacles head on. At 51, Jeff has undergone about a decade worth of taxing kidney dialysis and four kidney transplants. But if you happen to cross his path at Gateway Tire and Service Center in

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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


    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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By Josh Peterson, editor

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Meet and greet a great event

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

For a first time event, I feel like our candidate meet and greet went over rather smoothly last week at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center. Granted, I would have liked to seen a better turnout from registered voters. But we did see a pretty good number of folks come through the doors and attempt to become educated on the wide variety of selections that will be on the ballot May

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: A little school lesson

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    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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