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TIMES INVESTIGATION: Red flags in Weir’s past before being hired at Coffee County

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 6:30 am

By Josh Peterson, editor Suspended Coffee County Central High School head baseball coach Brad Weir came to Coffee County in 2014 after six separate, one-year stints as head coach at different schools in Georgia, according to public records and testimony obtained in a Manchester Times investigation. These included a mysterious, early-season resignation, inappropriate text messages and an inauspicious history with women. Weir, 44, a 17-year coaching veteran before arriving in

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3-year old shoots infant brother in the head, police say

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 10:17 am

Police say a 3-year-old Coffee County boy shot his 18-month-old brother in the head at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3. The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department said the toddler shot the infant with a .25-caliber automatic pistol in a home Tuesday afternoon in a home on “A” Street in Hillsboro. The 18-month-hold was transported to Medical Center of Manchester, where he was stabilized and then transported to Vanderbilt University Medical

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  • More winter weather possible for Manchester Wednesday night

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    The historic Coffee County Courthouse made for a picturesque scene Wednesday morning.  (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

    According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Manchester, along with the rest of the midstate, could be in for another pelting of winter weather Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. A winter storm watch has been issued for middle Tennessee, including Coffee County, for noon Wednesday through noon Thursday. According to NWS, a strong cold front will sweep through the area Wednesday and turn rain into freezing rain, sleet and then

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  • Farmers Family Restaurant coming to Manchester

    Posted on February 25, 2015 at 8:15 am

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    Manchester will soon be home to a new eatery. Farmers Family Restaurant will soon be locating to 95 Skinner Flat Road in Manchester, which is the former location of Shoneys. Farmers Family Restaurant has two other locations – in Columbia and Murfreesboro, Tenn. “We do have a lot of people who eat with us [at or Murfreesboro location] out of Tullahoma and Manchester,” said Billy Raynor, owner of the restaurant.

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CHS soccer play day cancelled, Saturday’s slate unsure

Posted on March 5, 2015 at 3:56 pm

The soccer play day scheduled for Saturday, March 7, has been canceled due to inclement weather. The event was to have been played on the soccer field behind Raider Academy and at Carden-Jarrell Field. The event will not be rescheduled. “Unfortunately we have to cancel play day,” said CHS coach Robert Harper. “Obviously this is a big disappointment, but given the weather conditions and current field condition, we don’t have

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  • All sporting events cancelled Thursday

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Due to inclement weather, all Coffee County Middle School and Westwood Middle School games have been cancelled for Thursday, March 5. The Coffee County Central soccer team’s scheduled scrimmage at Riverdale has also been canceled. Makeup dates, if applicable, have not been announced. The weather has also forced the CHS basketball banquet to be pushed back one week to Thursday, March 12.

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  • CHS teams shine on diamond

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Coffee County’s Brianna Jones fires the ball toward the plate during Saturday’s play day at Mt. Juliet. The Lady Raiders open the season Monday, March 9, at home against Franklin County.

    By Jake Kreulen, sports writer MT. JULIET – While the Coffee County Lady Raiders did not record a victory in two games at Saturday’s Mt. Juliet softball play day, it was a successful day as the team was able to shake off the rust that built up as inclement weather kept them indoors for most of their practices so far this season. “We outhit all of our opponents at the

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Making sure your furry friends aren’t left to the cold

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 10:14 am

Staff Writer John Coffelt   With wintry weather upon us, it’s important to remember your furry friends, especially those quite literally left out in the cold. Hazel Fannin, Coffee County Humane Society co-president, urges “people put themselves in their animals place and think about the cold conditions and what is needed.” She suggests dogs who are outside need doghouses with cedar shavings and/or straw to help keep them warm. “When

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  • Modern application meets ancient technology

    Posted on February 11, 2015 at 10:25 am

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    Aquaponic system introduces Raider Academy Ag students to sustainable growing After receiving a small outdoor classroom grant from Tennessee Farm Bureau last spring, Coffee County School’s Agriculture Teacher, Christy Brown, began pursuing the possibility of incorporating an aquaponics unit into the agri-science curriculum. The project came to fruition with the recent construction of an aquaponic system at Coffee County Raider Academy, through a relationship that developed after meeting the founder

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

Posted on February 4, 2015 at 11:00 am

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

    Posted on January 14, 2015 at 6:30 am

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

      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

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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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