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County: Wheel tax broadens tax burden

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 6:03 am

By Marian Galbraith, staff writer Along with four amendments to the Tennessee Constitution, the Nov. 4 ballot will also contain two referendums for Coffee County voters only, the most controversial being the proposed $50 per vehicle motor vehicle privilege tax, more popularly known as the “wheel tax.” The stated purpose of the proposed wheel tax is to cover the annual operating costs for the county’s new 400-bed jail, which will

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Great Lakes Cheese to host job fair Nov. 11

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 11:09 am

Great Lakes Cheese, one of the newest industries in Coffee County, will be hosting a job fair from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd. According to a release from Great Lakes Cheese, the open house will be to “give folks within the community the opportunity to apply to open positions that are available at the plant and learn more

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  • Manchester City Schools contracts for contraband dog searches

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 4:00 am


    By John Coffelt, Staff Writer The Manchester Board of Education has agreed to contract with a Loudon, Tennessee company that provides contraband searches using specially trained canines. Randomly each month, handlers from Interquest Detection Canines will search the system’s two elementary schools and middle school for ammunition, alcohol and illegal and abused prescription drugs with one of two non-aggressive search dogs. “We had a demonstration of the dog. ‘Loretta’ is

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  • Historical Society: Mold causing problems at Coffee County Courthouse

    Posted on October 20, 2014 at 8:52 am

    The Coffee County Courthouse is pictured after a snow in early 2014. (MT File Photo)

    By Staff Writer, Marian Galbraith Members of the Coffee County Historical Society Bonnie Parsley and Joanna Lewis, whose office is located in the historic county courthouse on the square in Manchester, appeared before the Budget and Finance Committee Tuesday to request funding to combat a growing mold problem inside the building. “We’re having to wipe mold off some of the books and some of the papers are curling,” Parsley said,

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CHS cross country warms up for regional meet

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm

The Coffee County Central Red Raiders cross country team competed at The Webb School Thursday, October 17, in a warmup for Thursday’s Regions 4-AAA championship meet at the Sharp Springs Recreation Center in Smyrna. “Despite running on an already challenging course that has been heavily saturated the past several days, as well as returning from a week of inconsistent training due to fall break, I was very pleased with our

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  • Middle school basketball roundup

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:29 pm


    By Jake Kreulen, Sports Writer   Lady Rockets defeat Eagleville The Westwood Middle School Lady Rockets basketball team jumped out to a 15-4 lead after one period Thursday night and held off a furious Eagleville rally to post a 38-24 victory to move to 2-0 on the season. Ashley Starks led the Lady Rockets with 15 points, while Morgan Jones added 13 in the win. Eagleville owned a 12-3 advantage

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  • CHS falls to Lincoln County; now 2-6

    Posted on October 18, 2014 at 12:33 am


    By Jake Kreulen, Sports Writer All season the Lincoln County Falcons have thrown the ball around the field. Friday the Falcons mixed things up and went to the ground game. It worked. The Falcons rushed for 247 yards and controlled the clock en route to a 17-7 victory over the Coffee County Central Red Raiders Friday night at Carden-Jarrell Field. Coffee County is now winless against Lincoln County since 1997.

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Manchester's Rotary Amphitheater is available to the public to be used for numerous events. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

The stage is set: Manchester’s Rotary Amphitheater could be city’s most overlooked event venue

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 12:37 pm

By John Coffelt, staff writer Manchester Rotary Amphitheater has great potential. What other performance venue in town  with a approximately 1,020 square foot stage, air conditioned backstage areas, a view of the Little Duck River, virtually unlimited seating and is as available to the public as the Rotary Amphitheater? “We would love to see what Tourism could bring in, … these things are available and we’d love for [the community]

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  • Lending helpful hands: Over 1,000 volunteer at Convoy of Hope

    Posted on October 14, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Josh Shelton, center, and Stacy Stevenson work among piles of bagged food that were given away at the Convoy of Hope Saturday at the Coffee County Fairgrounds. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    The Convoy of Hope that stopped at the Coffee County Fairgrounds in Manchester Saturday served over 4,000 people, according to event organizers. In total, 1,064 volunteers connected with 22 local churches and 32 charitable-minded organizations worked through the day Saturday to help those in need receive free services ranging from haircuts to groceries. “It’s really all about the partnerships,” explained Molly Erickson with Convoy of Hope. “We couldn’t do this

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  • Remember, you have the right to live without fear of violence

    Posted on October 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm

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    Local aid workers understand domestic violence and seek to help those in its shadow. Staff Writer John Coffelt For some, the threat of violence is an unrelenting burden that is carried deep and hidden from all. “All victims of personal crime, specifically victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, have had control over their sense of well-being taken away from them,” said Haven of Hope Executive Director Mona Mason. “Help

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A clown makes his way through the 2013 Old Timer's Day parade. (File photo by John Coffelt)

Old Timer’s Day parade set for Saturday; opening ceremonies Friday night

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 10:05 am

Manchester Old Timer’s Day returns this weekend with a full day of fun planned for both young and old. From a greased pole climb to a big wheel race and, of course, the Old Timer’s Day parade, organizers have events planned all throughout the day Saturday with some music to set the mood Friday night. “It’s getting bigger every year,” said event organizer Roger Steele, who helped to return the

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  • Coffee County Fair, Kissel Entertainment open rides to disabled

    Posted on September 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Holden  Hatcher  enjoys  a  ride  on  the  carousel  Thursday  morning  at  the  Coffee  County  Fair .  (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    The Coffee County Fair has been bringing smiles to faces for well over 100 years. Thursday it was the clients of Skills Development Services (SDS) who were smiling ear-to-ear – for free. The Coffee County Fair teamed up with midway entertainment provider Kissel Entertainment to allow SDS clients, who have mental and physical disabilities, to enjoy the midway rides free of charge and free of lines. “We are just so

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  • FIVE THINGS: to expect at this year’s Coffee County Fair

    Posted on September 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Coffee County Fair

    1. Credit cards accepted Admission to the fair will remain steady at $5 per person. But one thing is different this year – there will be a dedicated admission line for patrons wishing to use their credit card to pay for admission. There is a catch – it will cost $1 more per swipe than paying cash. “For example, if someone is paying admission for four people and they are

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