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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

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    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

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      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

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    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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  • Westwood Elementary named SCORE school finalist

    Posted on September 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

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    Westwood Elementary School is one of three finalists in the 2014 SCORE Prize category. The prize recognizes the Tennessee elementary, middle, and high schools and school districts that are leaders in student learning. “I want to congratulate [all the students and staff],” Principal Thomas Furman told a crowed assembly last Tuesday during a surprise announcement. He added that the prize is based on three-year averages, and recognized former principal Sandra

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  • SAFE SCHOOLS: Sidewalk construction underway near Westwood

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Sidewalk construction is underway along Oakdale Street. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    After nearly five years of anticipation, Westwood school students and other pedestrians walking along Oakdale Street in Manchester will soon be much safer during their travels. The $126,000 “Safe Routes to School” grant secured by Manchester in 2009 – which pays to install sidewalks for children to walk safely to school – recently broke ground on Oakdale Street and is expected to be complete by the end of October, according

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