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Making sure your furry friends aren’t left to the cold

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 10:14 am

Staff Writer John Coffelt   With wintry weather upon us, it’s important to remember your furry friends, especially those quite literally left out in the cold. Hazel Fannin, Coffee County Humane Society co-president, urges “people put themselves in their animals place and think about the cold conditions and what is needed.” She suggests dogs who are outside need doghouses with cedar shavings and/or straw to help keep them warm. “When

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  • Modern application meets ancient technology

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 10:25 am


    Aquaponic system introduces Raider Academy Ag students to sustainable growing After receiving a small outdoor classroom grant from Tennessee Farm Bureau last spring, Coffee County School’s Agriculture Teacher, Christy Brown, began pursuing the possibility of incorporating an aquaponics unit into the agri-science curriculum. The project came to fruition with the recent construction of an aquaponic system at Coffee County Raider Academy, through a relationship that developed after meeting the founder

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  • Local filmmaker’s project named must-see at Sundance Film Festival

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 11:00 am


    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Getting a film screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival is an honor. In fact, only a reported 41 out of about 2,000 submissions make it onto a Sundance screen. Manchester native turned New York City filmmaker, Jesse Martinez edited “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon,” which   showed last Sunday at Sundance. The film is directed by Douglas Tirola auteur of

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  • Coupon $AVINGS worth the investment

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

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    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Coupon clipper Josie May, formerly of Manchester, smiles as she looks over her Kroger grocery receipt from her latest shopping trip, Thursday. May charts how well she’s done using the saving percentage. Today’s pretty good, 59 percent, yet a closer look shows how impressive her savings were. Total before discounts: $143.95. That dropped $46.60 after subtracting in -store savings and offers; what’s more, when the

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    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:34 am


    Private group works to restore historic spring house  Staff Writer John Coffelt Manchester personality Evans Baird is spearheading an ongoing project to bring Manchester’s first water source back to its former state. Manchester took its name from its intent to become a major industrial center like its namesake Manchester, England. At the center of that desire is a fitting monument, a small stone roofed spring house settled into a bend

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  • Finding 75 years of bluegrass history

    Posted on January 13, 2015 at 11:36 am

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    Music pioneer Curly Seckler’s heir works to open local bluegrass museum   Staff Writer John Coffelt An unassuming house near Jiffy Burger hosts a visual history of the careers of one of bluegrass’s pioneers. Since local man Ray Seckler, himself something of a music insider, found the wealth of photos and memorabilia tucked away at his father, Curly Seckler’s Hendersonville house, the younger Seckler has been working to display the

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  • Resolve this New Year to organize your space

    Posted on January 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

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    Staff Writer John Coffelt  For some the clutter in their life is as small as a catch-all table; for others, the pile of must-haves has grown to threaten the free space of their home. Whatever the scale, getting organized makes a great new year’s resolution. And it’s one that you can keep.   Start small, stay focused Let’s face it – it’s easy to get discouraged when planning to organize.

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