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Bonnaroo Works Fund announces donations of lunch boxes, books to Coffee County schools

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

 Press Release Reusing and recycling are part of Bonnaroo’s DNA, and festival organizers have shown their green colors once again while supporting local schools. Just in time for back-to-school, Bonnaroo Works Fund Director Nina Miller recently delivered 4,000 Bonnaroo-themed lunch boxes to school officials, one for every student in the Coffee County School district. The W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, which provides affordable, quality music instruction to low-income families,

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  • Tractor trailer crash shuts down I-24 Tuesday

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Workers from Hullett’s Service Center and Wrecker Service work to clear the roadway after a semi-truck loaded with animal feed collided with two other tractor trailers and overturned Tuesday on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 24  near the Manchester city limits. Tennessee Highway Patrol, Coffee County Emergency Management, EMS, Coffee County Sheriff Department and the North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department responded. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

    Emergency crews were busy for over two hours Tuesday afternoon after three tractor-trailers collided on Interstate 24, shutting down the interstate’s eastbound lanes for approximately two hours. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol, a semi-truck loaded with animal feed collided with two other tractor trailers and then overturned. The eastbound lanes were closed and traffic was diverted off the interstate at exit 97. Read more information and details in next week’s (Sept.

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  • Coffee County schools close at noon Wednesday due to water main leak

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Workers with the Manchester Water and Sewer Department work to expose a main water leak on State Route 53 (Woodbury Highway) Wednesday morning. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    Due to a main water line leak on State Route 53 (Woodbury Highway ) Wednesday morning that will cause water to be shut off at Coffee County Middle School and New Union Elementary, all Coffee County Schools are being dismissed at noon Wednesday. “We can’t just dismiss those two schools because the middle school students are countywide,” explained Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall. “We will dismiss the same as if

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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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