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Manchester rec center’s ‘Winning Tomorrow Today’ program starts soon

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm

The Manchester Recreation Department will be beginning next month its “Winning Tomorrow Today” program to help connect individuals and families that are diabetic, pre-diabetic or with a BMI of greater than 30 with a mentoring program. “Our goal is to help lead individuals and families to a healthier future where they can take charge of their health,” said Manchester Recreation Director Bonnie Gamble. The program, which is funded by the

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  • City School Board approves lawsuit against county

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:47 am

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    The Manchester Board of Education unanimously approved a motion Monday during a regular school board meeting to validate Director of Schools Dr. Keith Brewer’s directive to re-open a $1.5 million lawsuit against Coffee County. The suit, filed Aug. 5 in Coffee County Circuit Court by attorney Clifton Miller, seeks sales tax collections allegedly misappropriated from1983-2007. “I felt that it was better that we have total transparency and have a revote

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  • Duck River Electric, Mt. Pleasant Power talk merger

    Posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:25 am

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    Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC), headquartered in Shelbyville, Tenn., and Mount Pleasant Power System (MPPS), serving Mount Pleasant, Tenn., have agreed to begin the feasibility study of a possible merger. In a joint announcement, representatives of each utility said this is a preliminary step with no commitment made by either party except to explore what is best for the systems and their consumers. DREMC serves 71,000 members in 16

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Gas prices fall; near $3 per gallon

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Average retail gasoline prices in Tennessee have fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.20 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 3,821 gas outlets in Tennessee. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.45 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas prices in Tennessee during the past

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  • Duck River Electric, Mt. Pleasant Power talk merger

    Posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:25 am

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    Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC), headquartered in Shelbyville, Tenn., and Mount Pleasant Power System (MPPS), serving Mount Pleasant, Tenn., have agreed to begin the feasibility study of a possible merger. In a joint announcement, representatives of each utility said this is a preliminary step with no commitment made by either party except to explore what is best for the systems and their consumers. DREMC serves 71,000 members in 16

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  • Manchester downtown project nears completion

    Posted on August 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Marty Bell applies an antique finish to the cobblestone sidewalk at the corner of North Spring and West Fort streets on the downtown square Monday. The downtown renovation project is nearing an end after more than one year of work. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor The light at the end of the tunnel is getting closer for the Manchester downtown renovation project.All four sides of the square are finally paved and open to through traffic after weeks of difficult navigating and the finishing touches are being put on the project, which officials say should be completed in the coming weeks. “We have some cosmetic things left around doors and corners and

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By Josh Peterson, editor

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: City schools must remember to operate in the light

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Government agencies are designed to operate under the full microscope and inspection of the public. You would be hard pressed to find a better example than the recent news involving the Manchester City School Board and its decision to pursue a lawsuit against the Coffee County government for approximately $1.5 million. We reported last week that the school system had moved forward with the lawsuit and, in an editorial opinion,

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  • HART – Atlanta cheating trial begins – ‘my kid ain’t that smart’

    Posted on August 14, 2014 at 11:33 am

    “Swift” justice begins in the 2009 Atlanta Public School cheating scandal as the trial of the accused educators started last week. They allegedly changed their students’ test answers to make themselves look better and to get bonuses. Teachers cheating for the kids, you say? If teachers are doing the cheating for the kids now, how will the kids ever learn to cheat for themselves? In its Sunday op-ed, the uber-liberal

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  • TIMES EDITORIAL: Who really wins in lawsuit?

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 11:22 am

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    Coffee County is comprised of too many government entities. Three governments bodies, three police departments, three school systems – one big itch to sue somebody. With its decision to sue the Coffee County government for $1.5 million-plus, the Manchester City School Board of Education has voted to revisit an issue the board decided to drop over seven years ago. This decision is not only wrong for the financial direction of

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