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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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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.”

Pictured above is Justus Smith, left, Motlow paramedic coordinator, and Drew Hooker, Motlow EMS program director accepting an accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. -Submitted photo

By Josh Peterson, publisher It was nearly two months ago when Jason Creek’s life was nearly cut short by an impaired driver. On Saturday, the Coffee County Middle School assistant principal stood and spoke in front of nearly 250 people at a fundraiser organized to help with his medical expe…

  By Elena Cawley, Staff Writer Partners for Healing is expanding its operation, and will soon reopen its Manchester location, Lane Yoder, Partners for Healing board president announced.

Baby boomers are no longer children anymore. The demographic born during after World War II – 1946 and 1964, includes people who are now between 52 and 70 years old this year.

Joan Morton Coffee County Farm Bureau Women Across our land, the media and the Internet have shared many discussions with a lingering number of unanswered questions about the safety of foods made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Today I’d like to share some information that was pr…

The National Weather Service office in Nashville, Tenn. has issued a special weather statement concerning the heat for the upcoming weekend – which just happens to be the same weekend as the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester. According to NWS, Middle Tennessee is expected to exp…

    Tullahoma studio offers Barre Amped fitness classes that helps develop your inner dancer’s body waiting to break free Staff Writer John Coffelt     Uptown Barre, one of Tullahoma’s newer fitness studios, offers a unique fitness class that combines ballet poses with other fitness moves to…

The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival recently released its 2015 sustainability report to fans, showcasing the festival’s accomplishments in environmental stewardship over the past year. Bonnaroo remains committed to sustainability through a number of local ecoconscious initiatives and ongo…

By Belinda Letto Family & Consumer Sciences UT Extension Clean, fresh water is among the healthiest beverages you can drink, so why not serve your holiday guests the best there is to offer. Since most sugary beverages add lots of extra calories to a meal, your guests will likely thank yo…

The “Moving Wall” is a solemn reminder The “Moving Wall” is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for over thirty years. This treasured exhibit was on display at the Webb School in Bell Buckle Nov. 5 – 9. -Staff photo by Rebekah Hurst

STAFF WRITER jordan scott The Coffee County Mental Health Court program helps to keep those with identified mental health issues out of jail, according to Mike Lewis, director of the Coffee County Drug Court, which oversees the pro

Treatment could be costly By  Jordan Scott, Staff Writer Dr. Johnny Bates, founder and CEO of the private health care facility Quality Correctional Health Care (QCHC), expressed concern about the rise of hepatitis infections among inmates nationwide during a meeting of the Coffee County Purc…

By Stephen S. Harris, County Extension Agent August is a peak month for backyard gardeners. There’s an abundance to harvest and plenty to do. “It’s a great month to be out in your garden, both enjoying the fruits of your labor and starting to prepare for the fall growing season and for next …

By Belinda Riddle Letto As technology rapidly changes the way we do business, more and more people are finding themselves spending an increasingly number of hours behind a desk and in front of a computer. Not so long ago, having a desk job was considered a good thing. Today, not so much. In …

Teen Expo was held Aug. 1 at Coffee County Central High School. Pictured are core leaders, Michelle Smith, Angela Gribble, Cindy Nowlin, June Fann, Erin Dobson, Sarah Walker, Katrina Wright, Nicole Carney, Michelle Vaughn, Sawyer Vaughn, Taylor Rayfield, Paul Parsley, Dr. Joey Vaughn, Connie…

Coffee County now has access to a free health insurance enrollment program which makes finding and signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace or TennCare an easier task for those qualified. VTM Interactive Video Customer Services, a startup company based out of Nash…

For the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to substitute teach at Coffee County Central High School on a regular basis. As a substitute, I’ve been in a vast array of classrooms and have taught hundreds of students. One thing remains the same, poor students, no matter how bright, are at…

Coffee County Raider Academy Student Management Coordinator Taylor Rayfield, left, Raider Academy Principal Angela Gribble and Coffee County Central High School Principal Dr. Joey Vaughn are pictured with some of the items being collected for the upcoming Teen Expo planned for Aug. 1 at CHS.…

United Regional Medical Center and Medical Center of Manchester Plan to Combine Operations on July 1, 2015 as Unity Medical Center United Regional Medical Center (URMC) and Medical Center of Manchester (MCM) plan to combine operations on July 1 under the name  Unity Medical Center. On July 1…

Officials say a 47-year-old man has died after collapsing at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester. The man, who hasn’t been identified, collapsed Friday in the event’s main area – known as Centeroo – and

Manchester Walgreens and the Coffee County Senior Center are teaming up to host a dance for seniors and their children from 6-8 p.m. Friday night. Tickets are $2 and will be available at the door of the senior center, located at 603 Woodbury Highway in Manchester. The dance is designed for s…

Medical costs for inmates in the Coffee County Jail, which have been blamed primarily on overcrowded conditions, continue to spiral out of control as county officials wait for the state fire marshal’s final approval of the new jail’s smoke evacuation system. A new test of all systems at the …

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Monday unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two-year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options. The program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to …

Emergency crews and hospitals across Coffee County, including Manchester, will be conducting joint training exercises Monday to test emergency response and medical capabilities should  a local case of Ebola be reported. The exercise will begin shortly after 8 a.m. Monday on a house at Waite …

During a training exercise Monday, Coffee County EMS workers Mistie Clark, right, and Kellee Bergman (left) wear hazmat suits into a home on Waite Street in Manchester. The goal of the exercise was to extract a “female patient” exhibiting signs of ebola inside the home and transport her to U…