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Manchester school board drops $1.56 million suit against county

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 10:56 am

By Josh Peterson, editor& John Coffelt, staff writer In a brief meeting Monday that preceeded a work session to discuss the upcoming joint meeting with the city Board of Mayor and Aldermen, the Manchester Board of Education approved a motion to drop the $1.56 million lawsuit against Coffee County. Board member Mike Lewis, an initial proponent of the suit, said that catching the balance between what’s owed to and what

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Brandon Vandenburg, left, and Corey Batey wait for court to start during the Vanderbilt rape trial on Monday. (Photo by John Partipilo / The Tennessean)

Jury convicts two ex-Vanderbilt players of rape

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:47 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A jury convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players on Tuesday of raping a former student, rejecting claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack. The jury deliberated for three hours before announcing that Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual

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  • Sheriff hopes to move to new Coffee County jail in April

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 2:08 pm

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    By Marian Galbraith, staff writer Members of the Coffee County Jail Review Committee continue to map out the transition to the newly constructed jail on Hillsboro Highway, despite continuing delays by state fire marshals. Sheriff Steve Graves said he hopes to move inmates there in April, assuming a certificate of occupancy is issued in late January and other finishes are completed in February. Although construction of the new jail was

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  • Coffee County Jail medical costs have exceeded budget for fiscal year

    Posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:00 am

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    Medical costs for inmates in the Coffee County Jail, which have been blamed primarily on overcrowded conditions, continue to spiral out of control as county officials wait for the state fire marshal’s final approval of the new jail’s smoke evacuation system. A new test of all systems at the new jail is set for Thursday, Jan. 29, and if all systems test correctly, a Certificate of Occupancy will be issued.

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CHS drops two at Franklin County

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 1:42 am

The Franklin County Rebels used a 29-9 third quarter to break open a close game and post a 63-47 victory over Coffee County Tuesday night. Red Raider Addison Carter led all scorers with 17 points in the loss and Peyton Talley added nine points for CHS. The Raiders fall to 4-20 overall and 0-9 in 8-AAA with the loss. Dru Morris hit four 3-pointers and finished with 16 points to

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  • Westwood, College Street win titles

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:51 am

    College Street’s Cameron Ballard pumps his fist in celebration as the Cougars defeated Westwood 48-10 in Saturday’s elementary basketball championship game.
(Staff photos by Jake Kreulen)

    By Jake Kreulen, sports writer   The Westwood Lady Eagles and College Street Cougars have bragging right for the year as both squads took home the championship t rophies after Saturday’s elementary basketball tournament finals. The Lady Eagles used a 20-2 first half as they rolled to a 25-12 victory over the Hillsboro Lady Tigers, while College Street cruised to a 48-10 win over the Westwood Eagles in the boys’

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  • Coffee Co. swept at Lincoln County

    Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Coffee County’s Tiger Fenton puts up a shot against Lincoln County Friday night. Fenton scored a team-high 15 points in a losing effort.
(Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

    By Jake Kreulen, sports writer   FAYETTEVILLE – Friday’s 57-41 loss at Lincoln County was like a roller coaster for the Coffee County Lady Raiders. The Lady Raiders opened the game with a five-point first quarter before exploding for 19 in the second period. The third frame saw the Lady Raiders (12-11, 2-6 8AAA) net just three points, while they poured in 14 in the final eight minutes of play.

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Coupon $AVINGS worth the investment

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 11:26 am

Staff Writer John Coffelt   Coupon clipper Josie May, formerly of Manchester, smiles as she looks over her Kroger grocery receipt from her latest shopping trip, Thursday. May charts how well she’s done using the saving percentage. Today’s pretty good, 59 percent, yet a closer look shows how impressive her savings were. Total before discounts: $143.95. That dropped $46.60 after subtracting in -store savings and offers; what’s more, when the

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  • CONSTRUCTION AHEAD

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:34 am

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    Private group works to restore historic spring house  Staff Writer John Coffelt Manchester personality Evans Baird is spearheading an ongoing project to bring Manchester’s first water source back to its former state. Manchester took its name from its intent to become a major industrial center like its namesake Manchester, England. At the center of that desire is a fitting monument, a small stone roofed spring house settled into a bend

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  • Finding 75 years of bluegrass history

    Posted on January 13, 2015 at 11:36 am

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    Music pioneer Curly Seckler’s heir works to open local bluegrass museum   Staff Writer John Coffelt An unassuming house near Jiffy Burger hosts a visual history of the careers of one of bluegrass’s pioneers. Since local man Ray Seckler, himself something of a music insider, found the wealth of photos and memorabilia tucked away at his father, Curly Seckler’s Hendersonville house, the younger Seckler has been working to display the

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The infamous Bonnaroo arch is pictured here at night during the 2011 festival.   -Bonnaroo photo by Adam Macchia

Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons set to headline 14th annual Bonnaroo

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 6:30 am

  By Josh Peterson, editor The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival rolled out the lineup for the 14th edition of its popular festival Tuesday night through a unique social-media release. Regardless of how the lineup was released in comparison to years past the results were the same – a top-of-the-line lineup set to rock Manchester, Tenn. for four days and nights June 11-14. Topping the lineup card is Billy Joel,

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  • Finding 75 years of bluegrass history

    Posted on January 13, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Curly Seckler 4 (2)

    Music pioneer Curly Seckler’s heir works to open local bluegrass museum   Staff Writer John Coffelt An unassuming house near Jiffy Burger hosts a visual history of the careers of one of bluegrass’s pioneers. Since local man Ray Seckler, himself something of a music insider, found the wealth of photos and memorabilia tucked away at his father, Curly Seckler’s Hendersonville house, the younger Seckler has been working to display the

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  • Manchester Christmas parade set for Saturday night

    Posted on December 6, 2014 at 6:00 am

    The Grinch walks down Murfreesboro Highway and greets children at the 2012 Manchester Christmas Parade.

    The annual Manchester Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday) The parade, themed “Christmas Candy Land,” was pushed back from its traditional Saturday after Thanksgiving this year to accommodate requests from those who are out of town during the Thanksgiving holiday. “We have had children from the schools whose parents are out of town during that time and it is a conflict,” explained Joy Ballard with the

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