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Members of the community and school officials gathered Thursday for a Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at the Coffee County School System's new school - Coffee County Raider Academy. The school will house the system's ninth graders. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

In with the new: Raider Academy makes new home in old building

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 11:47 am

Thursday marked the beginning of a new era for the Coffee County School System. In addition to the first full day of classes at the new Coffee County Middle School on Woodbury Highway, the system also opened a new school in the form of Red Raider Academy – a school exclusive to ninth graders. The new ninth-grade school is being housed in the former middle school on McMinnville Highway. The

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  • Two Coffee County residents arrested after allegedly beating, bruising toddler

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

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    A Coffee County couple is being held under a bond of $100,000 in the Coffee County Jail after their arrest on child abuse charges Saturday. According to warrants, Carlena Scalf, 22, of Maple Springs Road, Manchester, is charged with hitting her 3-year-old son multiple times across the face, causing swelling and bruising to his face. According to a report, Scalf allegedly told Coffee County Sheriff’s Department deputy Nick Graham that

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  • Facebook post by Coffee County Commisison candidate called ‘insensitive’ for those with mental disabilities

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 10:26 am


    By Josh Peterson, editor A candidate for Coffee County Commissioner is drawing negative attention after comments that he made on Facebook are being called insensitive and ignorant to people with mental disabilities. In Facebook discussion about last week’s Manchester Times political forum, county commission candidate W.D. Smith called someone a “wondertard” and went on to explain that a “wondertard” is “someone who.is so. damned stupid they make regular retardation look

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Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday runs through Sunday night

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:50 am

Tennessee’s annual tax free weekend, primarily designed to help ease back-to-school expenses, is this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3. The sales began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The tax-free items include clothing under $100, school and art supplies under $100 and computers under $1,500. “If you use good common sense, you’ll be able to save even more,” a state tax official said. “For example, shop

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  • Manchester pharmacist recognized by UT College of Pharmacy

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:01 pm

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    Richard Randolph, Pharm.D., a pharmacist at Marcrom’s Pharmacy since 1996, has been named the Preceptor of the Year for middle Tennessee by the UT College of Pharmacy Experiential Learning Program. According to Rex Brown, Pharm. D., of the UT College of Pharmacy, each year the college recognizes one preceptor in the three main regions of Tennessee. A preceptor is a skilled practitioner who supervises students in a clinical setting to

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  • Operator of Manchester electronic cigarette business arrested

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 8:22 am

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    A woman who operates All Things E-Cig, an electronic cigarette business in Manchester, was arrested after she turned herself in at the Coffee County Jail Monday, July 14. Jamie Catherine Mason, 30, of Hillsboro Boulevard, is charged with storage of liquor for sale, possession of a Schedule VI drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked into the Coffee County Jail Monday night and was released after posting her $5,000

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By Josh Peterson, editor

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Pessimism no more

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Without a shadow of doubt – I can confidently state that I am a pessimist. Not a proud pessimist. Just a pessimist. I am constantly moaning and groaning about something. My co-workers will agree. I tend to locate the negative in a pile full of positives (as if such a thing exists). Call it what you want. A moment of weakness perhaps. But I was thoroughly impressed with the turnout

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Politicians aren’t to blame – we are

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    The electorate in local elections is lazy. Sorry to be so blunt, but I feel honesty is needed now more than ever. I read a post on Facebook last week that left me with a deep feeling of disappointment in the approach some people take to the polls. After a lengthy rant, the post concluded with: “vote out all local incumbents.” The “author” went on to say that these incumbents

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  • TIMES EDITORIAL: Hospital merger would be a great step for Manchester

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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    While this space is generally reserved for less-fortunate politicians and governmental bodies caught between two bad decisions, we would be negligent if we failed to praise Manchester’s two local hospitals for setting aside pride for the betterment of the Manchester Community. Over the years, the community has been subjected to headlines and stories insinuating that these two hospitals – United Regional Medical Center and Medical Center of Manchester – might

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