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Vehicles traveling down Interstate Drive often deal with potholes and uneven spots. City and state officials have announced that they hope to make the road three lanes.

Manchester to create master traffic plan; focus on Interstate Drive

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 6:00 am

By Josh Peterson, editor The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has agreed to advise the city of Manchester in the development of a master traffic plan – and Interstate Drive is expected to be at the center of that plan. TDOT representatives, State Rep. Judd Matheny and Manchester officials met last week to discuss some of the city’s main issues pertaining to traffic and overused streets. “The [city] is going

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CHS graduate Andy Stout won the pro shootout at the eighth annual WillowBrook Pro-Am Classic Monday.
(Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

WillowBrook holds 8th annual pro-am

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 10:31 am

By Jake Kreulen, sports writer The WillowBrook Pro-Am Classic is expected to eclipse the $500,000 mark in monies raised for Coffee County Junior Golf (CCJG) with this year’s event – the 8th annual – which was held Monday at the course. “We were right at $450,000 coming into this event,” said WillowBrook owner David Burris. “We should cross 500 this year, with ease.” The Pro-Am is the largest event the

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  • Manchester man killed in Thursday night crash

    Posted on May 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm

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    A Manchester man died late Thursday night after being involved in a single-vehicle crash on Parker Road in Coffee County. According to a report by Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Tommy Lyles, at approximately 11:45 p.m. Jonathan Micah Esslinger, 30, of Manchester was driving a 2007 Nissan Titan pickup along Parker Road when he failed to negotiate a curve. The trooper’s report states that Esslinger failed to maintain his lane while

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  • CHS names new baseball, cross country coaches

    Posted on May 28, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    David Martin has been named the new CHS baseball coach.
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    By Jake Kreulen, sports writer With nearly a decade of experience coaching baseball at the high school and middle school levels, David Martin has been named the new baseball coach at Coffee County Central High School. Most recently, Martin was an assistant coach at Warren County High School this past season. He previously served as assistant coach for for the school for a couple of years before being tabbed as

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CHS graduate Andy Stout won the pro shootout at the eighth annual WillowBrook Pro-Am Classic Monday.
(Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

WillowBrook holds 8th annual pro-am

Posted on June 2, 2015 at 10:31 am

By Jake Kreulen, sports writer The WillowBrook Pro-Am Classic is expected to eclipse the $500,000 mark in monies raised for Coffee County Junior Golf (CCJG) with this year’s event – the 8th annual – which was held Monday at the course. “We were right at $450,000 coming into this event,” said WillowBrook owner David Burris. “We should cross 500 this year, with ease.” The Pro-Am is the largest event the

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  • Raiders take second in 17U baseball tourney

    Posted on June 2, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Coffee County’s Bradley King prepares to receive a throw for an out during Friday’s 8-0 win over Grundy County.
(Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

    Under the watchful eye of its new coach, the Coffee County Raider baseball summer team made it to the finals of the Tullahoma 17U tournament to begin its summer-league, non-sch0ol-sanctioned schedule. Despite a 5-3 loss to Warren County in Sunday’s championship game, coach David Martin was pleased with most of what he saw over the weekend as Coffee County posted a pair of eight-run victories on Friday after a 6-6

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  • MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUNDUP: West, Miller named all-DRVC

    Posted on June 2, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Westwood’s Sarah West (left) and Haley Miller were recently named to the all-DRVC softball team.
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    After an up-and-down season for the Westwood Lady Rocket softball team, two players were selected for the Duck River Valley all-conference team. Sarah West and Haley Miller put up solid stats as they recently earned a spot on the honorary squad. West posted an impressive .648 batting average, recording 35 hits in 54 at-bats for the Lady Rockets, with a .683 on-base percentage. Miller batted at a .426 clip on

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Take the helm

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 10:05 am

Youth offered a chance to learn sailing at free local classes. STAFF WRITER john coffelt   Sailing is a mastery, or at the least an attempt at using the natural world to fuel the heart of exploration. To foster sailing passion in a new generation, the Highland Yacht Club, located on the north shore of Woods Reservoir, will offer a free series of youth sailing classes starting with a beginner’s

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  • Never too late

    Posted on May 20, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Local senior receives diploma after 66 years of anticipation Staff Writer John Coffelt That local grandmother Peggy Tate Reeves, originally of South Pittsburgh, didn’t graduate was such a guarded secret even her children didn’t know. “You can imagine what going all that time thinking, I don’t have a high school diploma,” Reeves said. Reeves, a smart, lively senior has held a range of jobs over the years since she would

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  • Never too young to read; local programs foster childhood literacy

    Posted on May 13, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Chrystal Butler and her daughter, Norah, look for new books to read at Cof-fee County Manchester Public Library.

    Staff Writer John Coffelt As of last week, young library patron Norah Butler has read over 1,042 books and she’s not yet in kindergarten. She is one of 21 readers working on reaching the 1,000-book milestone thanks, in part, to an ongoing youth reading program at Coffee County Manchester Public Library that started in the fall. “It’s so easy to do,” Youth Services librarian Virginia Kiviniemi said.  “One book a

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The infamous Bonnaroo arch is pictured here at night during the 2011 festival.   -Bonnaroo photo by Adam Macchia

Coffee County Commission says ‘no’ to ticket scalping

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 7:47 am

The Coffee County Commission passed a resolution Tuesday night (May 12) it claims is aimed primarily at addressing traffic and safety concerns around the annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The resolution outlaws the public resale of event tickets and other forms of admission, such as access bracelets sold at Bonnaroo. The City of Manchester passed the same law last month, effective April 21. The resolution states that it shall

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  • Annual Parkpalooza set for Saturday at Rotary Park

    Posted on May 9, 2015 at 6:00 am

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    The Manchester Parks and Recreation annual Parkpalooza will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday (May 9) in Rotary Park (next to the recreation complex at 557 N. Woodland St.). Activities are planned through the morning and early afternoon, including a parade, live music, petting zoo, fitness trail and booths, Home Depot kids projects, inflatable exhibits, carnival games, GaGa tournament and a Zumbathon. Most of the events are

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  • Annual Parkpalooza set for Saturday at Rotary Park

    Posted on May 8, 2015 at 6:00 am

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    The Manchester Parks and Recreation annual Parkpalooza will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday (May 9) in Rotary Park (next to the recreation complex at 557 N. Woodland St.). Activities are planned through the morning and early afternoon, including a parade, live music, petting zoo, fitness trail and booths, Home Depot kids projects, inflatable exhibits, carnival games, GaGa tournament and a Zumbathon. Most of the events are

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