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On Wednesday, Dec.11, 2019, The First Ladies of Bluegrass, an all-star band that includes Alison Brown (banjo), Becky Buller (fiddle), Sierra Hull (mandolin), Missy Raines (bass) and Molly Tuttle (guitar), took the stage at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, as pa…


Reaching out to others is a primary task for Westwood Middle School’s new Student Ambassadors group.  Fittingly the group’s first action was to participate in a flag raising ceremony for a local resident who was unable to swap his tattered flag.

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Local teen singer Macy Tabor delivered thank you cards to the Ty Bentli Show at Nash FM 103.3 radio station in Nashville for its annual campaign to collect 100,000 Thank Yous for military men and women who will not make it home for the holidays this year.

Milly and Molly are one-year-old tan and white mixed breed sisters needing a loving home forever.  They and other dogs are available for adoption at the Coffee County Animal Shelter, 156 Freedom Drive (off Oakdale Street) in Manchester.  Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.…

Central High School’s Veterans Day Ceremony welcomed the school’s Lt. Colonel Carleton Hirschel, Senior Aerospace Science Instructor and Air Force JROTC instructor, delivered a lively and at times emotional keynote address for the school’s Veterans Day ceremony attended by local veterans and…

New Union Elementary School recently celebrated with a heavy heart the retirement of SRO David Grosch’s partner, K9 Officer Jarka (pronounced YAR-ka).   

A new book – “Voices of Camp Forrest in World War II” – tells the stories of those who witnessed the impact Camp Forrest had on Coffee County.

Manchester Fire Department is the proud owner (again) of a “new” firetruck, a 90-year old, open-cab General Motors American LaFrance fire engine that proudly served as the first gasoline firetruck ever purchased by the city in the late 1920s.

Over the last several months the University of Tennessee Space Institute has remodeled the campus auditorium. The major renovation  includes, new seating, concrete floor refinishing and new carpeting down the aisles, sound panel installation, audio system replacement, new LED lighting throug…

Local bluegrass celebrity Becky Buller will perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in December as part of The First Ladies of Bluegrass, an all-star band that includes Alison Brown (banjo), Buller (fiddle), Sierra Hull (mandolin), Missy Raines (bass) and Molly Tuttle (guitar), …

Lindsey Becker is 2004 graduate of Coffee County Central High School. She was Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee for 2018 and is an outspoken advocate for empowering individuals with disabilities.  Her first public appearance as Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee was that year’s Old Timers Day in Manchester.    

The annual Knap-In, an event dedicated to exhibiting prehistoric skills of the earliest peoples of Coffee County, will be held Oct. 4-6 at Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park.  

Each Saturday, local artist Stasha Mayes opens her booth at the Community Market on the square with the goal of helping those who can’t speak for themselves. Paining is her passion, as is a love for the work the local animal shelter does.

Penny Schwinn state Commissioner of Education visited Rewards School, Hillsboro Elementary Thursday, Sept., 12. During the tour of the school, she stopped Kelly Sheppard’s and Kelly Townsend’s classes. These were Teachers of the Year for Coffee County last year.  

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…