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Manchester City Schools to break office lease; personnel cuts coming

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 8:42 am

By John Coffelt, staff writer In a split vote Monday night, Manchester Board of Education narrowly passed a motion essentially breaking the lease for the new administration building under the guidance of a high-profile education attorney. The move comes shortly after board attorney Mark Williams, who also owns the property the board leased for three years, said that he would be unable to allow the system out of the three-year

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  • Ice storm warning issued for Coffee County; area schools closed Tuesday

    Posted on February 16, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Ice quickly began accumulating on trees and vegetation during Monday's ice storm. More ice is expected in the area Friday. (File photo by John Coffelt)

    The National Weather Service at 9 a.m. Monday morning issued an ice storm warning for most areas south of Interstate 40, including Coffee County. The warning is in effect until midnight Monday with betwen 1/4 and 1 inch of ice expected to coat the area, according to NWS. Major impacts will be on travel, with ice causing hazardous travel conditions across the area as roads will become coated with ice,

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  • Modern application meets ancient technology

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 10:25 am


    Aquaponic system introduces Raider Academy Ag students to sustainable growing After receiving a small outdoor classroom grant from Tennessee Farm Bureau last spring, Coffee County School’s Agriculture Teacher, Christy Brown, began pursuing the possibility of incorporating an aquaponics unit into the agri-science curriculum. The project came to fruition with the recent construction of an aquaponic system at Coffee County Raider Academy, through a relationship that developed after meeting the founder

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  • Manchester plans feasibility study for all city departments

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 5:30 am

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    By Josh Peterson, editor The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) appears prepared to conduct a city-wide feasibility study. The Manchester finance committee, which had all six city aldermen present Monday night at City Hall along with a room half full of city school teachers, didn’t make an official motion but came to a general consensus to move forward with a feasibility study that would be conducted by the

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  • Manchester schools attorney to resign at end of fiscal year, balks at releasing board from lease

    Posted on February 10, 2015 at 8:30 am

    The Manchester Board of Education voted Monday in favor of breaking the lease with Mark Williams for office space. (File photo)

    By John Coffelt, staff writer During the February meeting of the Manchester Board of Education Monday night, board attorney Mark Williams announced his plans to resign at the end of the fiscal year, which ends June 30. “I had intended … that at the end of this fiscal year to … step down as board attorney,” Williams told the school board Monday night amid questions about the system’s lease of

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  • Central High School baseball coach charged with statutory rape by authority figure

    Posted on February 3, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Brad Weir

    By Josh Peterson, editor Central High School head baseball coach Brad Weir has been arrested and charged with statutory rape by an authority figure by the Manchester Police Department. Weir, who turns 44 Wednesday, Feb. 4, was hired last summer. He was arrested Tuesday morning at the request of District Attorney General Craig Northcott for an alleged incident involving a 15-year-old female. The incident allegedly occurred Jan. 29 at his

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  • Next step remains unclear regarding Manchester City Schools; school board unwilling to discuss details of potential cuts

    Posted on February 1, 2015 at 9:25 am

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    By Staff Writer, John Coffelt Thursday night’s joint meeting of the Manchester Board of Education and Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) ended without a clear agreement on the city’s next step regarding a possible transfer of schools. “We know that Westwood [Elementary], College Street [Elementary] and Westwood Middle are great schools,” Alderman Cheryl Swan said, pulling the meeting away from the school board’s opening remarks trumpeting the system’s achievements. “This

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