SRO Cadet Camp donation

Coffee County School’s Taylor Rayfield, Tonya Garner and Carlen Cotten donated goodies for the Sheriff Department Cadet Camp, running June 3-7. Pictured, from left, Cotton, Garner and Rayfield pose with the bags and sunglasses with Coffee County Sheriff Department’s Billy Butler and Laura Nettles. 

Members of the Coffee County Schools’ Safety Patrol will be spending a week with their school resource officers (SROs) and members of law enforcement for the Summer Cadet Camp.

The camp runs June 3-7 and allows the kids to experience a plethora of activities for fun and some that are rooted in law enforcement. It is free for all safety patrol members to attend, thanks to sponsors.

“The whole main thing is for them to be involved with law enforcement,” said Coffee County Sheriff Department Sgt. Laura Nettles.

Along with having fun, the camp is meant to help prepare the incoming sixth graders for middle school, peer pressure and teach them life skills.

Attendees will be fifth graders from the county schools involved in the Safety Patrol. In total, there are 53 cadets and a majority of them will be attending the camp. All of the schools’ SROs will be attending as well.

The students will meet each morning at Coffee County Raider Academy (CCRA) and the day begins at 8 a.m. Some days will begin with a guest speaker. Breakfast and lunch, as well as transportation to and from each event will be provided, however if a child has a food allergy or wants to bring their own lunch, they can do so. The cadets will need a ride to and from CCRA. Below is their itinerary:

  • Monday, June 3 – Movie Day at Oldham Theatre and lunch in Adventure Mountain Park
  • Tuesday, June 4 – Cumberland Caverns tour and lunch in the volcano room
  • Wednesday, June 5 – AEDC Base Tour, bounce houses and grilling food (food supplied by Walmart)
  • Thursday, June 6 – Bowling at Tullahoma Lanes
  • Friday, June 7 – Tour of the Coffee County Jail before returning to CCRA for laser tag

Sheriff department Captain Billy Butler said the community really rallied around them to help fund the camp and make sure students could attend for free. In the future, the department plans on having SROs raised funds within the school to help supplement the cost.

The camp, which was Sheriff Chad Partin’s idea, is based off a similar program offered in Franklin County.


About Safety Patrol 

The safety patrol is in charge of helping people cross the street safety during pickup and drop-off times, assist with bus loading and unloading, foster safe pedestrian skills in their classmates and builds leadership skills and good citizenship skills.

 “It’s going to grow,” Butler said. He explained the middle school might begin the Explorer program, which is similar to Safety Patrol but for an older age group, and there may be more involvement between the sheriff’s department and the high school’s criminal justice classes in the future.

Below is a list of the county schools’ current safety patrollers.

Deerfield Elementary School: Maddie McClusky, Landan Abellana, Amy Wrenn, Sophia Seiling, Olivia Harris, Helen Everett, Matt Hill, Baylor Dendy, Elijah Teal, Gracie Alford, McKenzie Davis and Yeidi Cruz.

North Coffee Elementary School: Captain Derby Pritchard, Sgt. Delainee Driver, Presley Rooker, Kendall Houck, Lt. Brayden Kesling, Kiera Collins, Remi Moss, Addison Arnold and Lynn Moore.

Hillsboro Elementary School: Everett Masters, Cole Addison, Alex Robertson, Darlyn Ruiz, Colin Robertson, Gabriella Boothe, Sarah Weaver and Journey Stotts.

East Coffee Elementary School: Alivia Boyd, Alex Kilgore, Kylan Kilgore, Blake Lemons, Bella Johns, Kyrah Giles, and Seth Beaty. Front row from left: Sebastian Winchell, McKenna Rowe, Bri Bower, Elijah Scarbrough and Taylor Pinegar.

New Union Elementary School: Emma Ballard, Kennedy Torres, Brayden Jordan, Sadie Hockett

Hickerson Elementary School: Porter Rhoton, Brooklyn Brewer, Sadie Beth Davenport, Serenity Ridner, Ciara Brandon, Brianna Adams, Dejsha Hunter and Harley Bennett.

News Editor

Casey recently joined the Manchester Times team in March 2018. Coming off a 17-month reporter stint in Port Chester, NY, she is looking forward to slowing down and integrating herself into the community. She currently resides in Manchester.

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