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DIFFERENT IS BEAUTIFUL: Family works to fund genetic research into daugher’s unique disorder

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 8:05 am

“I know that no one has a looking glass, but to not know is my child ever going to learn to walk, talk or is she ever going to get married or hold a job or have children? No one can tell me, but how about a small bit of insight?” –       Leeann Messick, Skialar’s mother.   By John Coffelt, staff writer Like most infants, 21-month-old Skialar Messick is a

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  • Feasibility study coming for Manchester departments, schools

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 4:00 am

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    The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) will soon be conducting feasibility studies on several City of Manchester government departments as well as the Manchester City Schools. The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) voted at its meeting last week (March 17) to have studies performed by MTAS on the police, fire and codes departments. Those studies are expected to begin soon. “We have done these kinds of studies before,”

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  • Trial underway for man accused of kidnapping, assault

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Billy Joe Nelson, 33, attempts to shield his face from photographs as he enters court Monday afternoon. (Staff photo by Chris Barstad)

    The trial of a Tullahoma man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Tullahoma woman on New Year’s Day 2013 began Monday in Coffee County Circuit Court. Billy Joe Nelson, 33, is charged with carjacking, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and robbery in an incident that allegedly occurred near 41 South sports bar in Manchester. He has been held in the Coffee County Jail since his arrest under a bond

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Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center yet to turn profit

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 11:53 am

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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  • Manchester Burger King robbed at gunpoint; suspect in custody

    Posted on March 9, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Nemon Omar Winton

    By Josh Peterson, editor A 35-year old male is in custody after he allegedly robbed the Manchester Burger King, 56 Expressway Drive, at gunpoint Sunday morning. According to Manchester police, a black male, later identified as Nemon Omar Winton, 35, of Hillsboro, entered the fast-food restaurant at approximately 7 a.m. Sunday and forced a female employee to open the safe at gunpoint. According to Manchester Police Department investigator Butch Stewart,

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SUNSHINE WEEK MARCH 15-21: A media conspiracy that’s good for you

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 11:20 am

Each spring for 10 years now, a vast media conspiracy has rolled across the hills and plains of this nation. Journalists of every stripe – cartoonists to commentators to hard news reporters – have been in on it. And not just journalists, but politicians, educators and librarians, as well as members of nonprofits and civic groups. What’s the conspiracy? It’s called Sunshine Week, and it is built around the birthday

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Dancing with the … stars?

    Posted on March 10, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    All of us Saturday Night Live connoisseurs remember this skit well. Chris Farley and Patrick Swayze, who both left this earth void of their talents too soon, auditioning for Chippendales. I still Google it from time to time to get a good laugh during times of depression (like when snow and ice blanket our area for three weeks). However, I no longer have the need for Google. I can just

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  • FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: Winter wins – bring on Spring

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 10:55 am

    By Josh Peterson, editor

    I never understood as a child how someone could dislike snow. No school, play outside and throw balls of ice at each other. What about this scenario is not likable? Fast forward. I hate snow. I now understand the moaning and groaning I heard from my parents, grandparents and other adults (except teachers) when snow was merely mentioned in the forecast. I’ve now learned that just because school is out

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