Elena Cawley

Local resident Elena Cawley has been named managing editor of The Manchester Times, Publisher Jack Owens has announced.

Cawley transfers from The Tullahoma News after four years as a staff reporter, primarily covering Coffee County government. She also wrote features, covered events and highlighted area nonprofits.

“We are very pleased to have Elena join The Times’ staff,” Owens said. “She has been a Manchester resident for 14 years and has a great vision for expanding our coverage with contributors from our community.”

Cawley said she’s looking forward to working with The Times’ dedicated staff and the opportunity to focus on stories highlighting residents, local organizations and community events, while at the same time continue to cover the local government.

“In recent weeks, I have been working with our publisher Jack Owens to expand coverage and represent more of the human-interest aspect of our community,” Cawley said. “I really appreciate the confidence he has shown in me.”

The Times recently implemented the Coffee Chat, with community leaders and members of nonprofits sharing experiences and ideas about their programs and showing how their organizations improve Coffee County.

“We also launched the Community Corner, where residents share inspiring stories,” Cawley said. “We want to truly represent our community.”

The Times has also partnered with Coffee County Manchester Public Library to start This Week in Manchester’s History. Every week, library director Pauline Vaughn prepares a list of Manchester Times’ headlines from 10, 20 and 50 years ago to share with readers.

Additionally, the staff is working on revising the church page, with plans to include more columns from the faith-based community.

Brian Blackley, Vice President of Lakeway Publishers for Middle Tennessee, said Cawley’s move to Manchester will ensure a focus on local coverage.

“Elena has been a real asset to The Tullahoma News, but I also realize it’s in the best interest of the Manchester community to have local representation,” Blackley said.

Cawley has lived in Manchester since 2005. She is married and has two children.

She earned her bachelor of science degree in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University, with minors in business administration and history.

She has won several awards from the Tennessee Press Association, including first place in the category of public service and first place in the category of investigative reporting.

The Times’ news staff also includes John Coffelt and Matt Tyson.