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Westwood Elementary named SCORE school finalist

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

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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  • Bonnaroo Works Fund announces donations of lunch boxes, books to Coffee County schools

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Bonnaroo 2014

     Press Release Reusing and recycling are part of Bonnaroo’s DNA, and festival organizers have shown their green colors once again while supporting local schools. Just in time for back-to-school, Bonnaroo Works Fund Director Nina Miller recently delivered 4,000 Bonnaroo-themed lunch boxes to school officials, one for every student in the Coffee County School district. The W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville, which provides affordable, quality music instruction to low-income families,

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  • Coffee County schools close at noon Wednesday due to water main leak

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Workers with the Manchester Water and Sewer Department work to expose a main water leak on State Route 53 (Woodbury Highway) Wednesday morning. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    Due to a main water line leak on State Route 53 (Woodbury Highway ) Wednesday morning that will cause water to be shut off at Coffee County Middle School and New Union Elementary, all Coffee County Schools are being dismissed at noon Wednesday. “We can’t just dismiss those two schools because the middle school students are countywide,” explained Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall. “We will dismiss the same as if

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  • City School Board approves lawsuit against county

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:47 am

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    The Manchester Board of Education unanimously approved a motion Monday during a regular school board meeting to validate Director of Schools Dr. Keith Brewer’s directive to re-open a $1.5 million lawsuit against Coffee County. The suit, filed Aug. 5 in Coffee County Circuit Court by attorney Clifton Miller, seeks sales tax collections allegedly misappropriated from1983-2007. “I felt that it was better that we have total transparency and have a revote

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  • Manchester Board of Education reopens lawsuit against Coffee County

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Manchester City Schools

    By Josh Peterson, editor The Manchester City Board of Education has filed a lawsuit against Coffee County seeking $1,560,076.88 plus pre-judgment interest in what amounts to the re-opening of litigation that the board dropped in 2007. According to court documents filed Aug. 5 in Coffee County Circuit Court, the city school system is seeking approximately $1.5 million from the county government to allocate for misappropriated second half sales tax collections

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  • Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday runs through Sunday night

    Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:50 am

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    Tennessee’s annual tax free weekend, primarily designed to help ease back-to-school expenses, is this Friday through Sunday, Aug. 1-3. The sales began at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will end at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The tax-free items include clothing under $100, school and art supplies under $100 and computers under $1,500. “If you use good common sense, you’ll be able to save even more,” a state tax official said. “For example, shop

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