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Two killed in Interstate crash near Manchester

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:18 am

By Wayne Thomas, staff writer Two people were killed and two injured and Interstate 24 was tied up for several hours Saturday night following a three vehicle crash in Manchester. According to Tennessee Highway Patrolman Donnie Clark, around 6:15 p.m. Saturday a 1992 Nissan Sentra operated by Patrick Rhodes, 35, of Tullahoma was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane when he collided head on at mile marker 114 with a

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  • Manchester man arrested for DUI after Interstate-24 crash

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 11:09 am

    Tony Clayborne

    A Manchester man has been charged with DUI and violation of the implied consent law after a two-car accident on Interstate 24 late Wednesday, July 2. According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, charged with DUI and violation of implied consent is Tony Clayborne, 52, of Manchester, after his vehicle struck another vehicle and sent both vehicles rolling at approximately 10:45 p.m. July 2 near mile marker 108.

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  • Accident closes Hillsboro Blvd. near Interstate-24 114 overpass

    Posted on June 19, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Manchester Fire Department chief George DeShields walks past the scene Thursday morning where a car traveled underneath a tractor-trailer on U.S. 41 near the I-24 overpass at exit 114. The driver of the car was flown to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment of his injuries. His name has not been confirmed by the Times as of Thursday morning. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    U.S. Highway 41 (Hillsboro Blvd.) was closed down for a long period of time Thursday morning after a two-vehicle accident involving a car and a tractor-trailer. The driver of the car, Juan Ayala, 39, of Polk Street, Manchester, appeared to drive up under the trailer from the rear, according to Manchester Fire Department Chief George DeShields. According to DeShields, Ayala was put onto a helicopter and flown to Erlanger Hospital

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  • Cedar Point reopens with new water, long-term management

    Posted on April 29, 2014 at 11:09 am


    Staff Writer John Coffelt After several years of opening and closing, the management at Cedar Point Campground, on the north shore of Normandy Reservoir, has settled into a long-term contract and eyeing future expansion. “We plan on doing the same thing that we did in [other campgrounds], putting in a general store, boat docks, boat rentals, bass boat rentals, canoe rentals,” said assistant manager Michael Penny, who runs the site

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  • Manchester downtown renovations set to be complete in June

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    This area near the Coffee County Courthouse is awaiting more work as part of the Manchester  downtown renovation project. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    Local commuters who are growing impatient with the road construction on the Manchester Downtown Square won’t have much longer before the renovation headaches go away. The downtown project is scheduled to be complete around the middle of June, approximately three months from now, according to Terry Dendy with the City of Manchester. “The completion date is supposed to be June 8 but they are saying give or take a week,”

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  • Natural gas as vehicle fuel around the corner

    Posted on February 18, 2014 at 8:32 am


    Compressed natural gas (CNG) as vehicle fuel may be just around the corner for the Coffee County area, according to county Industrial Board director Ted Hackney, and officials at the Elk River Public Utility District (ERPUD) could not be more excited. With gas prices predicted to go up by 40 percent in the near future, this should be good news for consumers, too. According to ERPUD marketing manager Don Keele,

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  • State acquires private land easement at Grundy County’s Fiery Gizzard

    Posted on December 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm


    A multi-year effort has been completed to conserve a 3,282-acre stretch of environmentally and economically important forestland in the Fiery Gizzard area of the South Cumberland State Park.  Through a grant from the federal Forest Legacy Program, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry, in partnership with The Land Trust for Tennessee and The Conservation Fund, has acquired a conservation easement on land adjacent to the park in Grundy

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