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Different is beautiful

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:05 am

Family works to fund genetic research into daughter’s unique disorder “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.  Staff Writer John Coffelt

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  • CHS works toward inaugural student support event for disadvantaged teens

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:35 am

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    Coffee County Schools will hold its first ever Teen Expo at the beginning of next school year for disadvantaged students at Coffee County Central High School, but organizers are asking for community help with the event. “We need sponsors and partnerships now to help with the planning, services, and items needed.  School supplies, back packs, hygiene items, etc. are in great need for our disadvantaged students,” said system school counselor

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  • Westwood Middle to hold second STEM night

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Westwood Middle School will hold its second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics night from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday. Westwood principal Chad Fletcher explained to the Manchester Board of Education Monday, “It’s a great night; we had a terrific turnout last year. It’s an opportunity to show students opportunities that STEM brings: careers and future opportunities that may present themselves in [the field].” Westwood science teacher

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  • Coming out after the cold – practical advice for ice storm cleanup

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Staff Writer John Coffelt Let’s face it: a chainsaw is a pretty scary tool, but winter storm damage doesn’t have to be a life-or-death struggle. “I see many people using chainsaws (and other power equipment) without proper clothing and safety gear. I think we all recognize chainsaws as being powerful and aggressive tools, yet may people are at risk of serious injuries. Cleanup after disasters increases the level of danger,

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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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