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Tennessee Highway Patrol releases details of deadly crash

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 8:42 am

By Josh Peterson, editor The Tennessee Highway Patrol released a report late Thursday detailing the deadly crash that involved a Coffee County school bus and a local business owner Monday afternoon. Freddie Reynolds, 63, owner of Freddie’s Oyster Bar in Manchester, was killed in the crash when his 2000 Jeep Cherokee was struck by a Coffee County school bus on U.S. Highway 41 near Blanton Chapel Road. There were 22

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  • Man killed in collision with Coffee County school bus; 22 children on bus reported to be OK

    Posted on April 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

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    A Coffee County man is dead following a collision with a Coffee County school bus Monday afternoon on Murfreesboro Highway near Blanton Chapel Road. Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the deceased is Freddie Reynolds, owner of Freddie’s Oyster Bar on Highway 55 in Manchester. The Tennessee Highway Patrol was not prepared to release details of the accident Tuesday, only stating that the accident was “still under

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  • County schools to hold kindergarten registration April 15

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Coffee County Schools will hold kindergarten registration from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 15 at all of the elementary schools for the 2014-2015 school year. Students must be five years old by Aug. 15 to enroll. In planning for the school year it is important to get accurate numbers of kindergarten students. The number of registered students determines the number of teachers employed.  

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  • We all scream for fair-trade ice cream

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:46 am

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     City fifth graders’ fair trade letters rally rare corporate-level response from local grocery  Staff Writer John Coffelt  Mrs. Deidra Goins’ fifth grade class recently petitioned Food Lion with concerns about child labor practices of the companies that contribute to some of the products that the stores stock. In a relatively rare move, the national chain’s corporate office responded by not only addressing the issue but also sent the students free

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  • Westwood rockets into STEM

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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    Ready… Set… Rocket!  Westwood Middle School held its first ever Family STEM and Stars Night Friday to foster interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Over 500 students and community guests were able to participate in over 14 hands-on science demonstrations. Event organizer Deb Wimberley said that it was a great night. “Everyone came together and worked very hard to put on a wonderful event.”   - Staff photos

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  • New Union holds second annual Family University

    Posted on March 26, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Pictured entertaining children at the New Union Elementary Family University event are Coffee County Central High School football players Justin Flowers, left, Zach Holmes, and Alex Williams with second-grader Riley Bellomy.
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    Staff Writer John Coffelt  New Union Elementary School held its annual Family University Friday offering tips on parenting strategies and other helpful information seminars, in addition to offering vendor booths to connect parents to programs and businesses in the community. “We’re trying meet the needs of the entire family… to try to get information to parents that we feel would help,” said Jennifer Hartley, New Union librarian/media specialist and head

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  • Westwood science teacher 1 of only 50 chosen for national science fellowship in D.C.

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

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    Staff Writer John Coffelt Westwood Middle School’s seventh grade science teacher Deb Wimberley will join a group of 50 elite educators from various schools across the nation to attend a Siemens STEM Institute Program this summer in Washington D.C. Westwood assistant principal Jeff Johnson said, “The school is very proud of this accomplishment. The recognition is well-deserved by an educator who is innovative and has the students best interests at

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