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First round of spring storms possible Friday

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 2:18 pm

What has been an abnormal spring as it relates to a lack of severe weather will likely start to change Friday. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), all of Middle Tennessee is currently under a slight risk of severe thunderstorms – mainly during the afternoon through early evening hours of Friday. The main concerns with the approaching storms will be damaging winds and large hail. There is also a

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Pictured is Scooter, a dog up for adoption at the animal shelter on Oakdale Street. (Photo provided)

Coffee County commissioner wants to consolidate animal shelters

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Coffee County Commissioner Steven Jones is working on a consolidation plan for the Manchester and Coffee County animal shelters that he thinks could capture efficiencies, increase adoption rates and help rehabilitate jail inmates all at the same time. The current combined shelter on Oakdale Street has been criticized for its oddly inefficient setup, consisting of two county employees and one city employee, all of whom frequently have to leave the

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  • North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department could see budget cut

    Posted on March 30, 2015 at 2:56 pm

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    The Coffee County Health, Welfare and Recreation Committee passed a motion on Tuesday (March 24) to withhold $22,000 in proposed annual budget funds from the North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department until its Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating, which currently stands at 9, can be improved. Commissioners Margaret Cunningham and Kimberly Martin, both of whom are members of the committee, said that homeowners in the North Coffee area have been paying

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  • DIFFERENT IS BEAUTIFUL: Family works to fund genetic research into daugher’s unique disorder

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 8:05 am


    “I know that no one has a looking glass, but to not know is my child ever going to learn to walk, talk or is she ever going to get married or hold a job or have children? No one can tell me, but how about a small bit of insight?” –       Leeann Messick, Skialar’s mother.   By John Coffelt, staff writer Like most infants, 21-month-old Skialar Messick is a

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Sports schedule for Wednesday, April 1

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 12:06 pm

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL CHS @ Tullahoma, 6 p.m.   MIDDLE SCHOOL BASEBALL Siegel @ CCMS (Varsity only), 6 p.m. All games are subject to change due to inclement weather

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  • Raiders squeak by Tullahoma in district game

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 1:00 am


    Trace Friedlein struck out 10 Tullahoma batters as the Coffee County Central Red Raiders claimed a 3-2 home victory Tuesday night in the first of a two-game District 8-AAA series. The win moved the Raiders to 2-7 on the year, but this was a big one for the program. “If you’re going to get a second win, Tullahoma is the team you want to beat to get that second win,”

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  • Lady Raiders crush Franklin Co., have strong showing at Classic

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Coffee County’s Tori Bell smashes a home run to lead off the second inning of Saturday’s game against Lako-ta (Ohio) West in the Lady Warrior Southern Classic in Murfreesboro. The Lady Raiders posted a 2-0 win in the game as they went 4-1 in the event.
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    By Jake Kreulen, sports writer MURFREESBORO – Monday night’s domination of Franklin County was complete as the Coffee County Central Lady Raiders cruised to a 7-0 victory to improve to 10-1 on the season. Brianna Jones was masterful in the pitcher’s circle once again, as she just missed tossing a perfect game. Jones whiffed 15 batters and allowed just one baserunner all night – a fifth-inning single – as she

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St. Bede’s to unveil exquisite bas relief sculptures at community Good Friday service

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 4:25 pm

By John Coffelt, staff writer   During the Good Friday service of the Manchester Ministerial Association Holy Week meetings, St. Bede’s Episcopal Church will showcase series of commissioned woodcut panels that depicts Jesus’ progression to Calvary. To those familiar with the Catholic faith or its offshoots, the series is known as the Stations of the Cross, a collection of 14 images usually placed along the church nave and depicts the

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  • Different is beautiful

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:05 am


    Family works to fund genetic research into daughter’s unique disorder “I know that no one has a looking glass, but to not know is my child ever going to learn to walk, talk or is she ever going to get married or hold a job or have children? No one can tell me, but how about a small bit of insight?” –       Leeann Messick, Skialar’s mother.  Staff Writer John Coffelt

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  • CHS works toward inaugural student support event for disadvantaged teens

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:35 am

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    Coffee County Schools will hold its first ever Teen Expo at the beginning of next school year for disadvantaged students at Coffee County Central High School, but organizers are asking for community help with the event. “We need sponsors and partnerships now to help with the planning, services, and items needed.  School supplies, back packs, hygiene items, etc. are in great need for our disadvantaged students,” said system school counselor

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Walgreens, senior center team up for senior-grandchild dance

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 11:22 am

Manchester Walgreens and the Coffee County Senior Center are teaming up to host a dance for seniors and their children from 6-8 p.m. Friday night. Tickets are $2 and will be available at the door of the senior center, located at 603 Woodbury Highway in Manchester. The dance is designed for seniors and their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and/or other young relatives. “We saw this as an opportunity to raise money for

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  • Westwood Middle to hold second STEM night

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Westwood Middle School will hold its second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics night from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday. Westwood principal Chad Fletcher explained to the Manchester Board of Education Monday, “It’s a great night; we had a terrific turnout last year. It’s an opportunity to show students opportunities that STEM brings: careers and future opportunities that may present themselves in [the field].” Westwood science teacher

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  • Local filmmaker’s project named must-see at Sundance Film Festival

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 11:00 am


    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Getting a film screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival is an honor. In fact, only a reported 41 out of about 2,000 submissions make it onto a Sundance screen. Manchester native turned New York City filmmaker, Jesse Martinez edited “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon,” which   showed last Sunday at Sundance. The film is directed by Douglas Tirola auteur of

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