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The state fire marshal has announced that the new Coffee County Jail will be issued a clear Certificate of Occupancy. Sheriff Steven Graves said the floors will take about two months for completion. (Staff photo by Chris Barstad)

Budget and finance votes to keep workhouse open; full commission vote coming Tuesday

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 4:00 am

The Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee passed Resolution 2015-15 Tuesday (April 7) to maintain the “workhouse” in operation at its current location after the new jail is open and all other inmates have been moved there. While the committee has expressed support in the past for keeping the work house open, Tuesday’s vote was its first time to officially recommend approval to the full commission. The workhouse refers to

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  • Woman charged with animal cruelty; approximately 100 animals rescued

    Posted on April 13, 2015 at 7:40 am

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    A Coffee County woman has been charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty after nearly 100 animals were rescued from her home in the eastern section of Coffee County early Sunday morning. Carolyn Irby was arrested Monday and booked into the Coffee County Jail under a $10,000 bond. Nearly 100 animals were rescued from Irby’s residence on Hickory Grove Road after what Coffee County Sheriff’s Department deputies described as extremely

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  • Saturday morning crash kills one in Coffee County

    Posted on April 6, 2015 at 8:05 am

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    A Manchester resident is dead following a single-car crash on Blanton Chapel Road in northern Coffee County Saturday morning. According to Tennessee Highway Patrolman Harrison Fisher, Whitney C. Austin, 23, of Eagleville, was operating a 2000 Ford Expedition that left the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. Passenger Nettie Austin, 45, of Manchester, was pronounced dead on the scene. Fisher’s report states that alcohol was a factor

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National News

Business News

Al White Motors in Manchester is celebrating 60 years doing business in Coffee County. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS AT AL WHITE – ‘Manchester has been good to us’

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 1:15 pm

By Josh Peterson, editor Developing the best business model for guaranteed success can be a complex task. But perhaps the best solution is simplicity. In March, Al White Motors began celebrating 60 years of business in the Manchester community. And to hear dealer Jerry White speak, it’s the simple things that have helped drive the popular Ford dealership to not only six decades of success, but to be the model

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  • Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center yet to turn profit

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center

    While members of the Public Buildings Authority (PBA) are optimistic about the new general manager of the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, her recent status update to the county’s Budget and Finance Committee was a disturbing reminder that the center has lost money for its entire 13 years of operation. And the worst is still not over, according to audit reports. While new manager Alyce Heifner appears, by all accounts, to

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  • JUST CHILLIN’ – Manchester Chill offers frozen yogurt, local hang out

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Manchester Chill is open on Hillsboro Blvd. with 18 flavors of frozen yogurt, over 40 toppings and a dessert bar. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor A summer trip to visit family for the Independence Day holiday turned up more than just fireworks and good times for Corey and Michelle Hummel. The husband and wife team returned home to Manchester with a community-changing venture in mind – a frozen yogurt shop. A few short months later, just one day before Thanksgiving, they opened Manchester Chill to serve Manchester the finest frozen yogurt

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Technology

Editorial

By Josh Peterson, editor

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Anatomy with an 8-year old

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm

 Kids can take life and simplify it in just a few words that make me wonder why we make things so complicated in this world. Why do we need such big words and expanded vernacular to express ourselves? (See what I did there?) Gracie gave me a little spontaneous anatomy lesson the other morning that simplifies it all. There was a deer slowly making her way across our backyard. This

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Storms are a sweet science

    Posted on April 7, 2015 at 10:30 am

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    Storms have always fascinated me. Since high school I have displayed an abnormal interest in stormy weather. Spring is here, which means I now get to watch The Weather Channel with regularity and draw awkward looks from Holly as if I were a psychopath. She gives me that jaw-half-open, head-drawn-back, eyes-kind-of-rolling look when I run to the kitchen and return with a bowl of popcorn for what I deem entertaining

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Marriage – hot and cold

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    When I married my lovely wife I anticipated that we would occasionally encounter conflicts. I am young, therefore inexperienced and relatively stupid in the realm of marriage, but I knew for sure we would have disagreements in everyday life and philosophical disparities that would need worked out through the years. All relationships do. After all, every rose has a thorn or two. With all that is out there in the

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