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ARMED WITH KNOWLEDGE: MPD’s new DARE class gives students skills to address tough choices

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Police Department working with Manchester City Schools has reinstated DARE classes at Westwood Elementary and Middle Schools. DARE instructor, officer Landon Pence describes the class as doing more than hammering just-say-no-type slogans into youth’s heads. It’s a multi-faceted education program that aims to give students the skills to resist negative influences. “It covers different things they’re going to run into. It’s important to learn

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  • HOME FOR CHRISTMAS: Return from Afghanistan not a minute too soon

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 8:54 am


    It is hard to argue that the magic of the Christmas season has ever been more palpable than it was at New Union Elementary School last Tuesday afternoon. All fourth-grader Abigail Sherrill wanted for Christmas was for her brother to return from his deployment in Afghanistan. Her lone Christmas request had barely left her lips as she sat on Santa Claus’ lap in front of the school’s student body when

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  • Manchester board to consider merging city, county schools

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Dr. LaDonna McFall

    Members of the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen are looking into the possibility of consolidating their city school system into the Coffee County Schools, and plan to announce a public meeting in the near future with attorneys and experts on the subject. According to the Manchester City Schools’ administrative office, there are a total of 1,316 students in its three schools — Westwood Elementary, College Street Elementary and Westwood

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  • Lawsuits have governments in Coffee County tied up

    Posted on December 10, 2014 at 5:30 am

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    By Josh Peterson, editor Two intra-government lawsuits inside Coffee County have been dismissed – for now – but others remain in various stages of limbo as local schools and governments battle over funds. In total, over the past five years local school systems and governments inside of Coffee County – including Manchester City, Manchester City Schools, Tullahoma City, Tullahoma City Schools, Coffee County and Coffee County Schools – have filed,

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  • ‘It’s not for everyone. Just those who want to become leaders’

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm


    Westwood Middle upholds longstanding Jr. Beta Club legacy Staff Writer John Coffelt  Westwood Middle School has a long history of Jr. Beta Club participation. At this year’s state convention, parents, sponsors and most of all club members rallied together to support each other and a bid for state president. The weeks of hard work paid off when Westwood eighth-grader Auggie Burch was elected State Jr. Beta Club President. Burch modestly

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  • FINDING THEIR GLOBAL REACH: WMS students rise up to help international orphans

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    No longer Orphans

      By John Coffelt, staff writer  Two groups of teens a half a world away find themselves connected by the common concern for the welfare of their fellow man. Over 50 students from Westwood Middle School have sought to help over 40 orphans living on the cusp of poverty in India. Language arts teacher Elizabeth Eaton brought the two together. “Everything that we can do to help them in any

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  • Coffee County School Board member Henley earns master school board member status

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm

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    During its annual convention, the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) recognized four school board members who earned master board member status, including Coffee County School Board chairman Brett Henley. To encourage professional growth of school board members, TSBA offers a master school board member award to members who invest their time and effort into becoming more informed and more effective school board members. The award is given for participation in

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