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Manchester Fire Department responded to a minor fire at Coffee County Central High School on Wednesday, July 18. A lawn mower in the boiler room had malfunctioned and caught fire around 5:27 p.m. Faculty noticed the problem and immediately called it in. Firefighters arrived on scene about fo…

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A local person was injured in a robbery that occurred on Saturday, July 14 in Coffee County, according to Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Brandon Reed.

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With the cutting of a ribbon, work will officially be finished for the $6 million renovation of Kingwood Arms Apartments on McMinnville Highway, a 97-unit affordable rental housing community for seniors 62 and older and adults with disabilities.

Deputy Kevin Smith conducted a traffic stop near 2027 McArthur St for light law violation on July 16 around 8:38 p.m. Upon making contact with the driver, Caleb Amara Lane, 28, of Cortner Mill Road, Normandy, Smith said could smell the odor of marijuana, according to deputy’s report.

First Baptist Church of Manchester's Youth Group volunteered to do some work in Manchester’s parks and are painting the Parks and Recreation Department’s house next to the community garden on N. Waite St. They are (from left) Kady Hancock, Kathryn Welch, Cade Pittman, Bre Chansky, Renee Hanc…

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A prolonged justice system could be one reason why so many pretrial inmates are behind bars in the Coffee County Jail.

It has been more than a decade since Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) has had a Chief in the Superintendent role, with the last being 2006.

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Individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease in South Central Tennessee now have a local source for education and support. Alzheimer’s Tennessee’s new regional office in Tullahoma is open, staffed with a Coffee County native familiar with needs and resources available in this com…


The origins of Manchester began with a small spring. In the early 1800s, people were looking for a place to become Coffee County’s center city. The original plan was Hillsboro, but the officials stumbled upon the Major Stone Fort Spring, according to Evans Baird. In 1836, James Irwin and And…

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Winners were recently announced for the 2018 Tennessee Dog Park Dash. Manchester will receive a $25,000 grant toward an off-leash dog park.

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The Coffee County Political Forum, sponsored by The Manchester Times and Thunder Radio, will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Church at 117 in Manchester.

[Editor’s Note: In response to recent questions from the press and the public about the financial status of the Manchester Coffee County Conference Center, Coffee County Attorney Bob Huskey provided The Times with the following timeline of the facility’s history and potential options for its…

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Evangelist Bishop Eddie Chaney’s traveling tent may not be elaborate, but his heart is dedicated on serving a higher master and reaching those in need. It’s a calling that takes him to the heart of the neighborhoods that need it the most.

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The City of Manchester’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to move forward with their proposed 2018-19 budget during their Tuesday, July 3 meeting. The reading passed with a vote of 4-2 with Aldermen Lana Sain and Bob Bellamy dissenting. They will be meeting on July 30 to give a final vote o…

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Early voting begins on Friday, July 13 and ends on July 28 for the upcoming August State Primary, County General and Manchester Municipal elections. Official polls open Aug. 2.


Duck River Electric Membership Corporation senior lineman Dean Batey, of the Coffee County and Manchester area, died from injuries sustained in a fall as he tried to escape a bucket truck fire on July 9. An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the fire and the action…

The Forrest Hotel located at the corner of McLean and Woodland Streets in Manchester was operated by the Womack family for 21 years and then sold to Dave King. The building was torn down in 1968.

This Lewis Brothers Grocery Store was on the west side of Spring Street at the corner of McLean Street (now 118 South Spring St. where Volunteer Paint and Decorating is located) in 1943. You can see across the street Spring Street Café. In 1942, the Robert Orr Company hired “quick brush” art…

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The public is invited help celebrate the five-year anniversary of the partnership between the Coffee County Imagination Library (CCIL) and Tennova Healthcare – Harton, group officials have announced.

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Though the cost for inmate medical services has increased over the last three years, per-inmate expenditures (estimated at $3,034 in FY19) are still lower than they were in FY15 - the year before Coffee County contracted medical care at the jail with a private company, Quality Correctional H…

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Harsher punishments now await juveniles found guilty of murder, manslaughter or homicide charges, thanks to a law enacted in memory of Sienna Dusk Owens.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced several new steps June 14 to improve the state’s TNReady student assessment, including re-competing the state’s current testing vendor contract. These improvements are being made after ongoing conversations with teachers, parents, education le…


County officials were pleased overall with the results of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s audit of county government for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, accepted by the county commission last Tuesday, June 26.

Coffee County Sheriff deputies and investigators are currently searching for a stolen 2006 Dodge Ram 3500 dually truck dark blue in color. The truck was stolen from the Cedar Point Road area around July 2, 2018. The tag number on the vehicle is J250188.

Congratulations to Coffee County Central High School Future Business Leader of America students, Weston Hargrove, Chloe Spry, and Anna Gann for placing eighth in the nation for their graphic design project this week at FBLA's National Leadership Conference in Baltimore. Representing Coffee C…

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Five locals, five original songs, one band and one trip of a lifetime. In the words of After Apollo’s song “Memories,” “these are the best days of our lives.” The five musicians from Tennessee will soon be thrust into a wild international adventure where they will be performing in China. The…


For the graduates of Recovery Court, known prior as Drug Court, last week’s graduation is a milestone in their recovery and a moment to be welcomed into the community.

The American Red Cross needs help to bring back the As, Bs and Os. This is not a typo. These letters represent blood types, and the reality is that during blood shortages these letters do go missing from hospital shelves. The American Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give now to …

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A spectacular show of colorful explosions illuminating the faces of thousands of bystanders – a typical showing on the Fourth of July. The exhilaration from hearing the first “fwoop” as the charge is set off and the jump after the first explosive bang, followed by a sparkling show of colors …

Manchester Fire Department visited Coffee County Manchester Public Library story hour to offer safety advice, show the patrons firefighting tools and gear, and then cooled the children with the fire hose.

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You finally made it into the big chair; after weeks of training, you’re the top dog overlooking those in the pool below you. You’re a lifeguard at the Recreation Center in Manchester and everything is going right. Then you notice something odd in the water.

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UPDATE: As of 3 p.m., an arrest was made in relation to the bomb threats, according to the Coffee County Sheriff Department. More information will be released soon. 

It’s not the Internal Revenue Service on the other end of the phone, it’s not someone trying to bail a family member out of jail and it may not be someone looking for love; there is a good chance it’s a scammer, especially if they are asking you for money.

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With the official arrival of summer, area waterways will be popular destinations for anglers, boaters and families alike. This weekend the community is invited to volunteer a few hours to ensure one of the area’s most popular outdoor destinations looks its best this season.

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Approximately 2,373 Duck River Electric Membership members in Coffee County are without power Friday afternoon following a line of severe storms that swept through the area. Of those, 2,223 are in Manchester. 

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Tullahoma Police Department (TPD) has confirmed Wednesday that the body found near the greenway on June 20 was positively identified as that of Deborah White, 58, of Tullahoma. White was reported as missing by her family days before being discovered off the greenway in a grassy area.


The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department made a total of 45 arrests related to this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival that took place from June 7-10.