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Manchester woman charged with TennCare fraud

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm

A Coffee County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for allegedly selling prescription drugs paid for by TennCare. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with help from officers of the Coffee County Sheriff and Manchester Police, today announced the arrest of Frances Faye Wise, 67 of Manchester. The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Manchester Police Department. Wise is charged with TennCare Fraud in connection with obtaining a prescription

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  • New DA Northcott fires four from office

    Posted on August 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Republican Craig Northcott beat longtime Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne in the Coffee County General Election Thursday night. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    In the process of assembling his own team, newly elected Coffee County District Attorney General Craig Northcott has terminated four employees from duty in the D.A.’s office, effective this past Friday, including two assistant district attorneys – Felicia Walkup and Marla Hollaway. Northcott, who begins his term Tuesday, said it was only coincidence that all four who were fired happen to be female. “A lot of difficult decisions had to

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  • TBI investigation dropped against Manchester Police Department; no criminal activity found

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    by Wayne Thomas, staff writer The investigation into criminal allegations against former workers at the Manchester Police Department has been completed with no charges filed and no wrongdoing reported. When Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman was elected in 2012, he and the board of mayor and aldermen soon asked District Attorney Mickey Layne for an investigation to be completed into the “flower fund” and the disposition of equipment that the police

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Wine in grocery stores will be on Manchester Nov. ballot

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 10:56 am

Manchester and Tullahoma are among more than 60 municipalities across the state that obtained enough signatures to have wine-in-grocery-stores referendums placed on the Nov. 4 ballot, according to election officials. None of the eligible municipalities in Franklin County, however, Cowan Decherd or Winchester, managed to obtain the necessary voter signatures, according to election officials in that county. More cities may be added to the list in the next few days

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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


    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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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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