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DIFFERENT IS BEAUTIFUL: Family works to fund genetic research into daugher’s unique disorder

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 8:05 am

“I know that no one has a looking glass, but to not know is my child ever going to learn to walk, talk or is she ever going to get married or hold a job or have children? No one can tell me, but how about a small bit of insight?” –       Leeann Messick, Skialar’s mother.   By John Coffelt, staff writer Like most infants, 21-month-old Skialar Messick is a

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Feasibility study coming for Manchester departments, schools

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 4:00 am

The Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) will soon be conducting feasibility studies on several City of Manchester government departments as well as the Manchester City Schools. The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA) voted at its meeting last week (March 17) to have studies performed by MTAS on the police, fire and codes departments. Those studies are expected to begin soon. “We have done these kinds of studies before,”

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  • Trial underway for man accused of kidnapping, assault

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Billy Joe Nelson, 33, attempts to shield his face from photographs as he enters court Monday afternoon. (Staff photo by Chris Barstad)

    The trial of a Tullahoma man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a Tullahoma woman on New Year’s Day 2013 began Monday in Coffee County Circuit Court. Billy Joe Nelson, 33, is charged with carjacking, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and robbery in an incident that allegedly occurred near 41 South sports bar in Manchester. He has been held in the Coffee County Jail since his arrest under a bond

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  • Area at ‘whiskey war’ epicenter

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

    In 2013, Haslam signed House Bill 1084, requiring the “Lincoln County process” to be used for products produced in the state labeling themselves as “Tennessee Whiskey,” including mash consisting of at least 51 percent corn, aging in new charred oak barrels and limits on alcohol by volume concentration for distillation, aging and bottling. (File photo)

    ASSOCIATED PRESS – An embattled state law establishing legal requirements to market spirits as “Tennessee Whiskey” could run afoul of both the U.S. and state constitutions for carving out a special exemption for a single distiller, according to a new legal opinion from state Attorney General Herbert Slatery. Coffee County lies at the center of Tennessee whisky country, with George Dickel headquartered here, Jack Daniel Distillery only a few miles

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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: Lady Raiders roll in Classic

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 12:51 am

Coffee County used a seven-run second inning to defeat Zion-Benton (Ill.) 8-0 Thursday afternoon at Riverdale’s Lady Warrior Southern Classic in Murfreesboro. CHS senior Brianna Jones struck out 10 batters in the five-inning contest as she hurled a no-hitter. Tori Bell smacked a double and finished with three hits on the day, and Claire Spellings scored twice. The Lady Raiders were scheduled to play Columbia Academy at 6 p.m., but

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  • Sports schedule for Wednesday, March 25

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:33 am

    HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL CHS @ Lincoln Co., 6 p.m.   All schedules are subject to change due to inclement weather

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  • Tuesday’s Roundup: Lady Raiders win, Raiders lose to Lincoln County

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    CHS catcher Zak Holmes checks on his foot after fouling a pitch off of it during Tuesday's 5-2 loss to Lincoln County.
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    Brianna Jones struck out 13 batters and blasted a two-run homer Tuesday night as the Coffee County Lady Raiders rolled to a 7-1 victory at Lincoln County in prep softball action. Haley Hinshaw had a pair of hits – in clouding a double – and scored twice in the win, which moves the Lady Raiders to 5-0 on the season. The Lady Raiders play in a tournament at Riverdale Thursday

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Different is beautiful

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:05 am

Family works to fund genetic research into daughter’s unique disorder “I know that no one has a looking glass, but to not know is my child ever going to learn to walk, talk or is she ever going to get married or hold a job or have children? No one can tell me, but how about a small bit of insight?” –       Leeann Messick, Skialar’s mother.  Staff Writer John Coffelt

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  • CHS works toward inaugural student support event for disadvantaged teens

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 9:35 am

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    Coffee County Schools will hold its first ever Teen Expo at the beginning of next school year for disadvantaged students at Coffee County Central High School, but organizers are asking for community help with the event. “We need sponsors and partnerships now to help with the planning, services, and items needed.  School supplies, back packs, hygiene items, etc. are in great need for our disadvantaged students,” said system school counselor

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  • Westwood Middle to hold second STEM night

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Westwood Middle School will hold its second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics night from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday. Westwood principal Chad Fletcher explained to the Manchester Board of Education Monday, “It’s a great night; we had a terrific turnout last year. It’s an opportunity to show students opportunities that STEM brings: careers and future opportunities that may present themselves in [the field].” Westwood science teacher

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Walgreens, senior center team up for senior-grandchild dance

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 11:22 am

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 seniors and their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and/or other young relatives. “We saw this as an opportunity to raise money for

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  • Westwood Middle to hold second STEM night

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Westwood Middle School will hold its second annual Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics night from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday. Westwood principal Chad Fletcher explained to the Manchester Board of Education Monday, “It’s a great night; we had a terrific turnout last year. It’s an opportunity to show students opportunities that STEM brings: careers and future opportunities that may present themselves in [the field].” Westwood science teacher

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  • Local filmmaker’s project named must-see at Sundance Film Festival

    Posted on February 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

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    Staff Writer John Coffelt   Getting a film screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival is an honor. In fact, only a reported 41 out of about 2,000 submissions make it onto a Sundance screen. Manchester native turned New York City filmmaker, Jesse Martinez edited “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon,” which   showed last Sunday at Sundance. The film is directed by Douglas Tirola auteur of

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