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The city’s finance committee met on Monday, Jan. 7 to discuss the possibility of various topics appearing on the city’s next budget, such as school system renovations and waste management,. The committee consists of Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman, Vice Mayor Bill Nickels, Aldermen Marilyn Ho…

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The Board of Directors of Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) has accepted the retirement request of Michael Watson, President and CEO on Jan. 9. Watson will relinquish his duties as CEO and President on Jan. 11; he will serve in an advisory capacity for the cooperative until …

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Forecasts are indicating that temperatures will start dropping on Sunday, and morning temperatures will be only in the upper teens by Monday, January 21. These temperatures, combined with higher electricity demand due to home heating, could produce a monthly peak for Duck River Electric Memb…

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Former Manchester residents Terri and Tim Painter are opening a business in the downtown square, next to Mercantile Café. Painter Properties will be a mix of things – from a retail shop on the first floor, to rentable office spaces and an apartment on the second.

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After discussing last month the removal of a nepotism policy from the Coffee County personnel manual, the Coffee County Compensation and Personnel Committee voted Jan. 9 to keep the policy in place but add a section that allows for a waiver.

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After doing away with the city administrator position, which was last held by Don Stone in 2003 under Mayor Coy Noblitt, Manchester’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen are addressing the position once again. Vice Mayor Bill Nickels asked the finance committee on Monday, Jan. 7, if the position was…

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Lee Pope, open records counsel with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, has sent a letter to Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell and Coffee County Attorney Robert Huskey to inform them about a recent complaint alleging members of the Coffee County Commission have violated the Tennessee O…

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In a move that feels like a homecoming, a Coffee County Central High School administrator took the leap from assistant principal and instructional coordinator to become Coffee County School’s Director of Attendance.

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The Historic Zoning Commission (HZC) finalized their mural guidelines, which were brought in front of the city Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Thursday, Jan. 11 and unanimously approved the first reading.

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The Parks and Recreation Commission met on Thursday, Jan. 10 and discussed work on the greenway, including murals and redoing or cleaning wooden platforms.

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Nominate your favorite businesses and people for 2019 Manchester's Finest. Nomination ballots will now be ONLINE starting January 28th and running through February 11th. The top three businesses or people with the most nominations per category will be our Finalists.

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Making a change for the new year or setting a couple goals is common practice and local government officials are no exception to the trend. Manchester aldermen and Vice Mayor Bill Nickels and Mayor Lonnie Norman explained they wanted to focus on to help push the city forward in 2019.

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Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center (MCCCC) is infamous in Manchester for losing money, a topic the Public Building Authority and MCCCC General Manager Rebecca French wanted to publicly address during the PBA’s Jan. 11 meeting.

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County Mayor Gary Cordell recently floated the idea to city officials about the City of Manchester buying Coffee County’s portion of the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center (MCCCC). The idea is just that – an idea put on the table for consideration. It is not up for consideration from…

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Workout Anytime, Manchester’s newest gym, had its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 9. The 24/7 facility gives members access to hydro massages, a standing and a lay down tanning booth, full service locker rooms with showers, access to personal trainers and more.

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 Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) members should be on guard for an electric payment scam that has hit DREMC members over the weekend, taking advantage of a Bedford County business that fell victim to the scammers.

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The Coffee County Commission voted on Tuesday to seek state approval for the county to levy a countywide hotel-motel tax of up to 5 percent. 

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The paychecks of several Coffee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) employees were significantly cut during the last month, with some employees receiving $400 less than they were owed.

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Questar Assessment, Inc., the company responsible for administering the TNReady exams, recently released a statement responding to the TN Comptroller’s report. The report, which was administered after the numerous testing issues caused in 2018, found numerous points of interest, including th…

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The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month.

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The efforts of Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell to postpone appointing two new members to the Public Building Authority (PBA) have paid off.

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The last year marked many changes for Manchester. One of the more prominent changes included the many new art installments in the city as it began to catch mural fever. The biggest driving force behind the newest installments is DMA-events, a grassroots for-profit dedicated to improve Coffee…

Coffee Middle honored departing eighth grade boys' and girls' basketball players, as well as cheerleaders, in between Thursday's home games against Tullahoma East Middle.

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Forecasts indicate that tomorrow morning’s temperature will be in the low twenties on Friday, January 11. These temperatures, combined with higher electricity demand due to home heating, could produce a monthly peak for Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC).

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The Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center will again this fiscal year exceed its approved amount of deficit spending, this time by more than $130,000. Its total loss is expected to near $340,000.

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Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell has joined a growing coalition of Tennessee municipal and county mayors in support of the advancement of early education as a priority to address deficient reading and math scores for most third-grade students in Tennessee’s public schools.

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With the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) issuing an opinion in November, stating Coffee County Commission is the only governing body authorized to appoint members of the Public Building Authority (PBA), the county commission is expected on Tuesday to void the appointments that hav…

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Since the workhouse at the Coffee County Jail was closed several months ago, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department has cut expenses and reduced staffing issues at the main jail facility, according to Capt. Frank Watkins with the sheriff’s department.

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With less than 160 days until the next festival, Bonnaroo is beginning to announce changes and updates to this year’s musical festival On Jan. 10, tickets will officially go on sale at 11 a.m. local time.

The American Red Cross encourages people to help meet the urgent need for blood and platelets by resolving to give blood this January – National Blood Donor Month.

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Talks have begun between Coffee County and Manchester City officials regarding a sewer project that would allow commercial development in the Exit-105 area in northern Coffee County.

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In the first semester of 2018, 54 of 77 Central High School students took a challenge presented to them by their personal finance instructor Terry Harden to save $500 as an emergency fund. As of Nov. 30, 16 of them hit the target goal.

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Deerfield Elementary School recently got approved by the Coffee County Board of Education to begin a Junior Beta Club. The school joins five other county schools with Beta Clubs: Central High School, Raider Academy, Coffee County Middle School, New Union Elementary and North Coffee Elementar…

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The Tennessee Department of Health has issued an updated advisory concerning electronic cigarettes, the practice of “vaping,” “Juuling” and use of other electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS).

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After 45 years in her career at Peoples Bank and Trust Company, head teller Jane Cortner is ready to retire from her fulltime position. Her last full day was Dec. 31.

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Manchester Board of Education passed a first reading during the December board meeting a policy that will mandate lead testing in the three schools’ drinking water.