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Local author Tammy Mantzer Brown’s newest book “Happenstance,” a young adult romance novel, was recently released by Austin Macauley Publishers.

Runners Sherry Hobson and Bill Keane make a lap Friday during the Race for the Ages ultra-marathon. The senior-focused marathon allows runners to run their age in hours (an 80-year-old runner has 80 hours to finish).

Starting in September, Coffee County Manchester Public Library will hold Pokémon tabletop gaming for youth ages 6-17 on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 1-3 p.m.

Sixteen-year-old Macy Tabor, of Manchester, was the very first artist ever to perform on the Main stage at the first Lynchburg Music Festival on Friday, Aug. 23.  She was accompanied by the band Second Fret which is formed by Connor Austell, Phil Clark, Gary McCullough, and Bill Walsh.  Tabo…

 The Arts Center of Cannon County presents MAMMA MIA, directed by Darryl Deason Aug. 16-31. The show is rated PG-13 for mild language and adult content. 

The Teen Actors Guild production of Newsies, the smash-hit musical, will play at the Manchester Arts Center Aug. 2 through 11. 

July is Beef month! To celebrate, Coffee County 4-H Beef Ambassador, Emma Crabtree, is hosting a Beef-themed community event that is open to the public! We hope you will join us on Tuesday, July 23rd from 4-7 p.m. for a coloring contest, art contest, games, food, and more at the Manchester F…


The Times is launching The Community Corner, with locals sharing inspiring, interesting and funny stories, tips and experiences. This week, local artist Lynn Anthony tells a story about a gathering years ago, when the phrase “Pass the orange biscuits” was born.

Located just down the road, Tims Ford State Parks cabins provide a getaway while offering the convenience of being local.

Jr. Ranger Campers Justin Kelly, 12 and Whitten Vaughn, 8, learn to canoe Friday during Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park’s summer day camps. Campers participated in archery safety, studied fossils, took a guided hike with State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath, observed snakes and live bird…

In celebration of Phish’s 27-show Summer Tour, the Mockingbird Foundation announced 13 unsolicited Tour Grants supporting music programs across the country. Each $1,500 grant will be awarded to a music program near a venue Phish plays this summer.

Shorter University has announced students named to the dean’s list during the spring semester of 2019. To achieve this honor, students must have been enrolled full time and have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average for the term.

First Baptist Church’s Manchester School of the Arts will offer summer camp July 8-12 as a lighthearted orientation to music for youth in grades first through fifth.

 Stacey Lamb, the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) Quality Assurance Program Coordinator (QAPC) and Small Business Specialist at Arnold Air Force Base, received the 2018 Air Force Material Command Award for Outstanding Quality Assurance Program Coordinator.


The second Coffee County Schools employee to be interviewed for the director of schools position was the current principal of Coffee County Middle School.

Nearly 1,800 high schoolers from rural America are packing their suitcases and will soon be boarding airplanes and buses bound for Washington, D.C., last week to learn about the political process, meet elected officials and gain an up-close understanding of U.S. history as they tour numerous…

Three more director of schools candidates remain to be interviewed by the Coffee County Board of Education. They are Kim Aaron, principal at Coffee Middle School, Dr. Keith Cornelius, Coffee County Schools attendance director, and Scott Hargrove, principal at East Lincoln Elementary.

Jamie Harden, of “The Ultimate Oldies” will return this month with his most cherished work to date, the “Elvis Tribute” to be held June 20-23 at the Manchester Arts Center.

“Stuff the bus! Stuff the bus! Stuff the bus!” Members of Peoples Bank and Trust Company and Coffee County Schools’ Family Resource Center gathered in Peoples Bank at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, June 7 to launch this year’s Stuff the Bus Tour with a cheer.


School is out for summer, but kids aren’t done learning thanks to summer camps hosted by Manchester Parks and Recreation. The Science of Cooking, a week-long class that ran from Tuesday, May 28 to Friday, May 31, taught kids science with the reward of being able to eat their lessons.


Coffee County Schools is providing meals to those who need it throughout the month of June and into July.

North Coffee Elementary School theater program was recently awarded a Disney Musicals in School grant that includes a one-time trip to perform on a Tennessee Performing Arts Center stage in addition to free production material, a license to a 30-minute Disney KIDS musical and free support fr…