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Summitville man, 20, charged with attempted murder after shooting man in face

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm

A 20-year-old Summitville man has been charged with the attempted murder of a Tullahoma man, according to police. Samuel Pace Jr., 20, allegedly shot Elton Coty Thomas, 34, of Campbell Avenue, Tullahoma, in the face around 9 p.m. Sunday after allegedly attempting to make a drug purchase from the victim in his home. According to the arrest warrant, Pace was acquainted with Thomas and went to his residence for a

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Gov. Haslam announces insure Tennessee plan

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Monday unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two-year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options. The program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to private coverage, promotes personal responsibility and incentivizes choosing preventative and routine care instead of unnecessary use of emergency rooms. The governor announced that he plans to call

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

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 8:54 am

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    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

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    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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Coffee County's Alontae Taylor was named the Offensive Player of the Year and second-team quarterback of the Lakeway Publishers All-Area Team. Cody Howes and Jacoby Lowe were named to the first team at running back and offensive tackle, respectively, and Mill Harner was selected as a second-team linebacker.
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Four Raiders earn gridiron honors

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 11:04 am

By Jake Kreulen, sports writer The Coffee County Central football team had four players selected to the Lakeway Publishers All-Area Football Team as Mill Harner, Cody Howes, Jacoby Lowe and Alontae Taylor were tabbed by coaches to represent the Red Raiders. Taylor was also named the Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,676 yards as a freshman. Despite a 2-8 record, the season was a success individually and

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  • Lady Raiders split at home

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Cameron Davis (center) of the Coffee County Lady Raiders fights for possession of the ball with a pair of Franklin County defenders during Friday's prep basketball action.
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    By Jake Kreulen, sports writer Splitting a pair of basketball games this past week, the Lady Red Raiders of Coffee County moved to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in District 8-AAA play. Cameron Davis scorched the nets for 37 points over the two games, pouring in 20 in the Lady Raiders’ 60-46 defeat of the Lincoln County Lady Falcons on Tuesday, December 9, before scoring 17 in a 65-48 loss to

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  • Raiders looking to turn the corner

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Coffee County's Peyton Talley drives past a Lincoln County defender during a prep basketball game last week.
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    By Jake Kreulen, sports writer   The Coffee County Raiders basketball team has had a tough season, but coach J.D. Douglas thinks that his squad might be turning a corner despite a pair of home losses this past week. On Thursday, the Raiders suffered a 60-48 loss to the Rebels of Franklin County, just three days after dropping a 56-55 decision to the Lincoln County Falcons. “I think we’re starting

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

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 1:44 pm

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    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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  • December is national toy safety month

    Posted on December 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm

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    We all want our presents to shine on Christmas morning, but as important as getting that special gift is making sure that it is suitable for his or her age group. Fischer Price toys offers the following safety advice to help: Always pay close attention to the age recommendations on toys and choose one according to a child’s age, interest and skill level. Also, be aware of other safety labels

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The Grinch walks down Murfreesboro Highway and greets children at the 2012 Manchester Christmas Parade.

Manchester Christmas parade set for Saturday night

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

The annual Manchester Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday) The parade, themed “Christmas Candy Land,” was pushed back from its traditional Saturday after Thanksgiving this year to accommodate requests from those who are out of town during the Thanksgiving holiday. “We have had children from the schools whose parents are out of town during that time and it is a conflict,” explained Joy Ballard with the

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  • Annual Manchester Christmas parade is set for Dec. 6

    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

    The Grinch walks down Murfreesboro Highway and greets children at the 2012 Manchester Christmas Parade.

    The annual Manchester Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. The parade, themed “Christmas Candy Land,” was pushed back from its traditional Saturday after Thanksgiving this year to accommodate requests from those who are out of town during the Thanksgiving holiday. “We have had children from the schools whose parents are out of town during that time and it is a conflict,” explained Joy Ballard with

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  • One of the nation’s top banjo competitors calls Manchester home

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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    Staff Writer John Coffelt Manchester native and national banjo finalist Joey Gipson says that he owes his interest in bluegrass to his grandparents. It’s a love that has taken him to play among some of the finest, most proficient banjo pickers in America. “It’s a great accomplishment, I love doing contest and playing my music,” Gipson said. “I started playing bluegrass when I was 10. I’ve been doing contests pretty

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