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Students and staff at Hickerson Elementary will be cultivating more than their minds next school year thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the Tennessee STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Innovation Network. The funds will go toward building a …

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Whether walking through fields of high cotton or “sangin’ in the hills,” Tennesseans know plants are the state’s lifeblood. Two experts with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently led a project choosing the 10 plants that most shaped the state: American chestnut, beans…

College Street Elementary School fifth grader William Rogers was the school’s qualifying participant for the statewide National Geography Bee. He won at the school level and then had to take an online test to qualify for the state bee. Rogers was one of only seven fifth graders who qualified…

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The Coffee County Board of Education unanimously appointed Joe Pedigo as the interim director of schools during their special call meeting on Monday, April 22. Pedigo will serve as deputy director, starting May 1, under current director LaDonna McFall until McFall leaves office on May 9. On …

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Five Coffee County High School teams earned silver and bronze during the SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference in Chattanooga, which began March 31. In total, 57 CHS students attended the conference.

Two college students from Manchester were recently was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. They are Leigh Gardner, who studies at Middle Tennessee State University, and Andrew Henley, who …

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The Manchester City Board is looking to renovate College Street Elementary School, a project that will cost $4.1 million. Director of Schools Dr. Joey Vaughn spoke with the city’s Finance Committee on Tuesday, April 9 to discuss the possibility of the city funding about 61 percent of the project.

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Coffee County Central High School is sending students to nationals this summer for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition. Nationals will be from June 27 to July 3 in San Antonio.

 The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop is set to celebrate its silver anniversary. The 2019 workshop will be held May 31-June 2 near Crossville at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center.

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Turning trash into a work of art was the most recent project for College Street Elementary School’s and Westwood Elementary School’s Healthy School Team (HST).

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More than just an energy cooperative, Duck River Electric Membership Cooperative is dedicated to educating area students on the science behind electricity and how to stay safe from an electrical current.

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He could have graduated, gotten a good job and had a family, instead, his life was taken from him by opioids. This is the plot behind a 60-second video created by a group of Coffee County Central High School students. The video, “What Could’ve Been” has gained national recognition in the Dru…

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The Coffee County Jail offers many programs to reduce recidivism and to give inmates a second chance. Now over two years old, the adult education program in the jail is thriving. The program readies inmates to take the HiSeT test, which is the equivalent of a high school diploma.

SUBSCRIBE to the Manchester Times this month and the paper will donate a portion of your subscription to the Coffee County Children's Advocacy Center in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness month. Subscribe for a year for $40 (11 cents a day) and we will donate 15 percent back to the advocac…

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With  Dr. LaDonna McFall accepting the position as Roane County’s Director of Schools, she will be leaving her position as Coffee County director of schools, effective June 2. The Coffee County Board of Education discussed the timeline of her leaving and replacing her as director during the …

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Sportsmen and Businessmen Charitable Organization (SBCO) donated $10,000 to Coffee County and Manchester City Schools Family Resource Center on Friday, April 5.

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Riverview Alternative School on Emerson Street, which is jointly owned by Manchester City Schools and Coffee County Schools, is partially unused. If a Department of Health grant is approved, that may soon change.

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Coffee County High School is home to a Future Farmers of America (FFA) state champion. Josh Barnard won the Tennessee FFA Convention in the extemporaneous speech category. He attended the conference from Sunday, March 24 to Wednesday, March 27.

The Manchester Arts Center will hold its annual fundraiser, a Las Vegas themed Casino Night, on Saturday, April 6 at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center.

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For the past two weeks, Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 22, College Street Elementary School has been raising money for Jump Rope for Heart. The annual fundraiser brought in more money for the American Heart Association than ever before in CSES history - $5,400.

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It is the pleasure of the Manchester City Police Department to introduce Manchester City Schools’ crossing guards.

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Coffee County Central High School Criminal Justice Department and Manchester Fire and Rescue fire investigator Jeremy Woods are finishing a years’ long project to build a mobile burn room to be used in connection with a weeklong class on arson investigation.

Hickerson, College St. and Westwood elementary schools held pre-spring break special events last week watch our full line up of three separate videos or slideshows from the events.

Friends and family members of 99-year-old Ashley Freeze gathering to celebrate the Manchester man’s birthday were surprised when state representative Rush Bricken arrived to present a state proclamation congratulating Freeze on his birthday. Pictured, Bricken attaches a pin to Freeze’s lapel…

Coffee County Raider Academy has named the top 10 percent of county freshmen. Listed alphabetically, they are Luke Harrison Beachboard, Caroline Emmie Ballard, Ethan Reed Beaty, Manika Shyanne Brinkley, Elizabeth Clare Brown, Annmarie Nicole Calahan, Sierra Leanne Davis, Bethany Alda Farrar,…

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Members of the Eastern Star Manchester Chapter 339 recently donated hygiene items to Coffee County Schools Family Resource Center. 

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It’s been one month since a new director of Manchester City Schools took office. Dr. Joey Vaughn, who previously worked as Coffee County School’s deputy director, took office Feb. 1, replacing former director Lee Wilkerson.

"…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff. Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it.”-John Green, from his video blog on the release of the fifth installment of “Harry Potter”

Coffee County Central High School held a fine arts night to showcase the talents of its students. The event was a casual “pop in and out” atmosphere with static displays of artwork and several music performances. 

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Coffee County High School’s SkillsUSA chapter celebrated numerous regional achievements on Feb. 6, including first place finishes in artificial nails and crime scene investigation and a fourth place in job interviews. Those cosmetology winners will be moving on to the state competition in Ch…