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While summer seems to be hanging on, the coming fall means that local water temperatures can drop to create potentially dangerous conditions for those not properly prepared.

Each year as the date for the Potter’s Clay Health Fair nears, Irene Ison makes her rounds to secure vendors for the event that her outreach program offers free to the public.

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Curbing the drug abuse crisis starts with preventing addiction, and that’s the goal of the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition.

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A group of Middle Tennessee middle-school students participating in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Aviation Program, sponsored by Arnold Air Force STEM, recently put what they learned into action by flying with the Eagleville Soaring Club.


The teacher got to the final name on the list and a small voice calls out, “present!” The teacher looks up with a smile; perfect attendance today. The entire class gathers together and the teacher snaps a picture to celebrate their achievement. That is Get your Selfie to School, a promotion …

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Coffee County is among the best of the best when it comes to TNReady Assessment composite scores; the Tennessee Department of Education’s value added assessment system (TVAAS) gave the district a level 5 designation, the highest rank, for its steady growth and scores. Only 59 Tennessee schoo…

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Education Commissioner Candice McQueen released the school-level 2018 TNReady results as well as 2018 school and district student growth data on Aug. 16. The TNReady scores show that nearly 700 schools – more than 40 percent of schools in Tennessee – saw improvement across the majority of th…

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Coffee County Director of Schools LaDonna McFall announced that plans for North Coffee Elementary renovations will be ready for board consideration mid-September. The project is phase one of the county’s two phase plan to renovate area schools.


One of the changes that Westwood Middle School students returned to find this school year was the suspension of the honors program. Some parents were unhappy, not just over the change but how it was handled. Namely, they accused Director of Schools Lee Wilkerson of not being forthcoming.

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Coffee County Farm Bureau Women, Wanda Sells and Joan Morton, were busy this summer with the elementary summer school program at several Coffee County elementary schools, showing children the importance of pollinators to farmers. Farm Bureau Women Joan Morton reads “The Life Cycle of the But…


Going back to school is always a tough time, but some Coffee County Schools staff and faculty live for that moment. Six people have been with the district for over 40 years, seven have worked in their schools for over 30 years, nine people have served 25 years and over 50 have been with the …

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It’s been over three years in the making, but their hard work has finally paid off – the Coffee County Central High School Agricultural Career and Technical Education (CTE) program has a newly constructed barn. 

Local members of the Tennessee Association for Family and Community Education (TAFCE) clubs were recently recognized for placing in Cultural Arts, Fashion Revue and Creative Writing county contests. A total of 63 entries were exhibited for viewing and judging.

Area teen Callie Parker, 13, the daughter of Donald Parker and Tara Bessling has been named a state finalist at the National American Miss Tennessee pageant to be held in September in Franklin.

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Planning for the third annual Tennessee Pirate Fest is underway.  This costumed family fun event will come to life for two weekends in mid-October at the Tennessee Medieval Faire site near Knoxville.  All are invited to escape to the fictional pirate town of Port Royale in the Tortugas, circ…

Old Timers Day board treasurer Mary Todd, left, and Linda Ferrell work at the OTD fundraiser yard sale, open until 6 p.m. Friday, July 27 at the Ada Wright Center.  

With school starting back, fall activities will resume at the Manchester Recreation Complex. For more information or to register, call 728-0273 or stop by the complex at 557. N. Woodland St. 

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You’ve probably seen them at Bonnaroo, other outdoor events or even at the park. People balancing effortlessly on top of each other stretching their bodies into eye-catching poses that make their onlookers think, “I could never do that.”

Dedicated Future Farmer of America (FFA) member, accomplished agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, and diligent leader within the Coffee County Schools are only a few phrases that describe Mr. Joe K. Pedigo, who recently retired from his role as the Deputy Director for Coffee County Schools.

The second annual Stuff the Bus tour will run tomorrow. This is a video of last year's event. 

A new adventure awaits in Grundy County. Big Foot Zip Lines at Baggenstoss Farms will open July 27, offering a thrilling, world-class zip line canopy tour.

The Coffee County Literacy Council donated $200 Wednesday toward the Coffee County Public Library’s summer reading program. The group also announced an upcoming donation of $1,000 that will purchase books for area youth on financial literacy to help install financial intelligence in young re…

Charleston Southern University has named Grayson Douglas Miller of Manchester (37355) to the Dean's List for the spring 2018 semester. Miller is a senior majoring in Business Admin, Emphasis Marketing.

With the completion of the resurfacing of Highway 41, Manchester gained over three miles, round trip, of bike lanes, interspersed with bike routes on the north end of town. The addition is a step in the right direction, says city planners, adding safety for cyclers and pedestrians, but also …

Time well spent with Dad is more valuable than a simple gift. While you know your father best, we offer a few suggestions on ways to spend quality time with dad. 

John Coffelt, Staff Writer The Tennessee Valley Authority is offering a range of programs this summer to welcome visitors to area public lands, lakes and parks. “We’re doing a public awareness campaign of TVA-cations, a presentation of all the things that you can do in the valley that is fre…

Jamie Harden’s “Ultimate Oldies” is planning a full set of shows for the upcoming summer and fall season. Harden said that each new date is a new, unique show. “We have five shows in our rotation, a 50s, 60s and 70s show, an Elvis show, a 80s show and the classic country show, plus the Chris…

A new athletic director has been named at Coffee County Central High School. Principal Dr. Joey Vaughn announced late Thursday, May 24,that Rebecca Koger would be taking over the post effective July 1. The move comes a month after current athletic director and head football coach Ryan Sulkow…