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Dr. Scott Parkison

A Christmas message

Posted on December 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Like you, I have read the Christmas story many times. I can almost quote it in the Old English of my grandmothers King James Bible. Joseph, Mary, Jesus, the wise men, the shepherds, and the star form a nativity scene in my mind as I recall the verses from the second chapter of Luke’s Gospel. Though many characters are mentioned in the Christmas story, it is the shepherds that have

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Sally Berryman poses with her two dogs, Shiloh and Olivia, for a Christmas card photo. Sally takes her dogs to a local nursing home every week to visit with patients and she is also the owner of two rescue horses. She has been named the 2014 Manchester Times Citizen of the Year. (Photo provided)

2014 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR: Berryman has an impact on all lives

Posted on December 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

By Josh Peterson, editor Sally Berryman has spent 36 years of her life in Manchester. But the impact she has made on so many lives – so many lives with two-legs and four – is enough for five lifetimes. Sally, now 72, has dedicated her life to the Coffee County Humane Society and other worthy causes in the area – such as the junior golf program – and is more

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  • Pedestrian hit, killed by car in front of URMC

    Posted on December 22, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    A Manchester man is dead after he was apparently struck by a vehicle while trying to cross McArthur Street Friday night. James Nelson Brewer, 70, of Manchester, was pronounced dead at United Regional Medical Center after being struck by a vehicle as he crossed McArthur St. near the hospital, shortly after 5:30 p.m., Friday. According to the Manchester Police, Nelson was struck by a female driving a 2014 Kia SLX.

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  • Gov. Haslam announces insure Tennessee plan

    Posted on December 15, 2014 at 10:37 am

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    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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Sports

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.
(Staff file photo by Jake Kreulen)

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.
(Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

    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.
(Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

    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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Lifestyles

Finding redemption

Posted on December 23, 2014 at 11:31 am

Drug Court grads prepare for new life. “For the first time ever, I don’t have to have someone to say I love you because I love me.”  -Madonna Frame, Drug Court graduate Staff Writer John Coffelt The Coffee County Drug Court graduation ceremonies that the county holds twice a year at Forest Mills Church of Christ has only a handful of graduates. But the diminutive size of the classes only

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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

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    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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Entertainment

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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