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This photo showing what appears to be a dead bobcat hanging above the Tullahoma High School football practice field began circulating Tuesday. School officials are working to determine who killed and hanged the cat. (photo provided)

Coffee County student, 16, charged with killing bobcat out of season

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 3:47 pm

A 16-year-old Coffee County Central High School student is facing charges in the killing of a bobcat out of season that was hung Tuesday from the football practice field goalpost at Tullahoma High School, according to Doug Markham, spokesman with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. According to Markham, however, the male student is not being charged with hanging the dead animal from the goalpost and TWRA is not sure at

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  • Coffee County school officials, TWRA searching for person responsible for hanging bobcat at Tullahoma High School

    Posted on October 29, 2014 at 10:39 am

    This photo showing what appears to be a dead bobcat hanging above the Tullahoma High School football practice field began circulating Tuesday. School officials are working to determine who killed and hanged the cat. (photo provided)

    By Josh Peterson, editor Coffee County Central High School and Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency officials are investigating to find out who killed a bobcat and hung the body from the goalposts of the Tullahoma High School practice football field Tuesday. A photo began circulating rapidly on social media website Tuesday morning showing a dead bobcat suspended in the air above the Tullahoma practice football field. Tullahoma City Schools have since

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  • Manchester City Schools contracts for contraband dog searches

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:00 am


    By John Coffelt, Staff Writer The Manchester Board of Education has agreed to contract with a Loudon, Tennessee company that provides contraband searches using specially trained canines. Randomly each month, handlers from Interquest Detection Canines will search the system’s two elementary schools and middle school for ammunition, alcohol and illegal and abused prescription drugs with one of two non-aggressive search dogs. “We had a demonstration of the dog. ‘Loretta’ is

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  • MORE THAN SCHOOL SPIRIT: Challenge at CCMS leads to 448 care packages for Navy

    Posted on October 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Students and teachers at Coffee County Middle School pose with boxed care packages and the school's "spirit stick." Between the seventh and eighth grade classes at the school, approximately 5,400 items were collected to assemble 448 care packages that will be sent to deployed submarines. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    By Josh Peterson, editor A friendly competition at Coffee County Middle School has turned school spirit to patriotic spirit. After the eighth grade class recently lost out on the school’s “spirit stick” at a pep rally, teachers for the class “stole” the stick and challenged the seventh grade class. The challenge went beyond barking out school chants in a packed gym. The challenge – collect care-package items for deployed members

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  • Read to me for my future

    Posted on September 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm


    Local library participates in program to open books to preschoolers.   STAFF WRITER john coffelt What parent wouldn’t want to do whatever she could to ensure her child’s future? Coffee County Manchester Public Library working with the 1,000 Books Foundation is participating in a program to prepare young children for school by encouraging parents to read 1,000 books to their children by the time they start kindergarten. “It’s so easy

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  • Webb students receive real-world view of careers in medical fields

    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    Elizabeth Reavis

      Elizabeth and Hannah Reavis of Manchester, juniors at The Webb School, recently received real-world experience as participants in the National Youth Leadership Forum/Careers in Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. While in Georgia, the juniors also had the opportunity to make college visits that included Emory, Mercer University and Georgia Regents University. The weeklong NYLF program was structured with student groups each led by a faculty adviser. There were

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  • City boards unsure about liquor taxes

    Posted on September 22, 2014 at 8:23 am


    By John Coffelt, staff writer The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen heard arguments from representatives of Manchester City Schools during a work session last Tuesday concerning an upcoming arbitration suit for liquor-by-the-drink tax funds. By the end of the meeting, both parties seemed to feel the meeting came to a favorable, if only temporary, resolution. “We never want to sue the funding body. I’ve done that before. I’ve won

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