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James Mayes

Case against former Coffee Co. jailer bound over to grand jury

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm

The case of a former corrections officer at the Coffee County Jail was bound over to the January term of the Coffee County grand jury. James M. Mayes, 26, of Brandontown Road, Manchester, was bound over on charges of official misconduct and bribery. A charge of extortion was dismissed  Tuesday morning by General Sessions Judge Jere Ledsinger. Mayes was arrested after he allegedly took $100 from an inmate to allow

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Campbell Smoot

Coffee County Public Defender, Campbell Smoot, dies

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:36 am

B. Campbell Smoot of Tullahoma, public defender for the 14th Judicial District, was found dead early Tuesday in his Moore County home. According to Mike Rainey with the Moore County Police Department, TBI will investigate Smoot’s death to rule out foul play. The 14th Judicial District serves Coffee County. Smoot, who served in the position for 25 years, was re-elected in May of this year. He ran unopposed. Smoot, a

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  • Programs available to ensure turkey is on the table in Coffee County

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

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    Raider Academy spearheading Thanksgiving food drive The Coffee County Raider Academy student government association, in conjunction with Central High School, is hosting a Thanksgiving food basket drive to help the students who have families in need. The school will accept donations through Wednesday, Nov. 19 and distribute the baskets Thursday, Nov. 20. Donations may be dropped off at 865 McMinnville Hwy. Anyone interested in donating items is encouraged to call

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  • Annual Manchester Christmas parade is set for Dec. 6

    Posted on November 13, 2014 at 11:44 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. Saturday, Dec. 6. 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

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Sports

Coffee County football coach Ryan Sulkowski reacts to a call of offsetting personal fouls during Friday's (Oct. 31, 2014) 20-7 loss to Tullahoma that ended the Raiders' season. The Raiders will open the 2015 season by hosting Tullahoma. (Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

CHS football schedule announced for 2015 includes major changes

Posted on November 20, 2014 at 3:59 am

The schedule for the 2015 high school football season has essentially been solidified, and the Coffee County Central Red Raider football team will definitely have its hands full. The only thing left to do before everything is set in stone is the signing of the contracts, which is typically a formality. After a 2-8 2014 season in which the Raiders snapped a 14-game losing streak with a 28-27 overtime victory at Warren

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  • HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Fourth quarter struggles seal fate for Raiders, Lady Raiders

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Coffee County's Peyton Talley passes the ball during the Russell-Barnett Tip-Off Classic at Tullahoma High School last week. The Raiders fell to Grundy County Tuesday night. 
(Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

    COALMONT – The fourth quarter was Coffee County Central’s downfall Tuesday night as the Lady Raiders suffered a 43-39 loss and the Raiders fell 40-38 at Grundy County High School. The losses come less than one week after Coffee County swept the Yellow Jackets (49-46 boys, 55-16 girls) at the Russell-Barnett Tip-Off Classic in Tullahoma. Both CHS teams held leads through three periods, but both Yellow Jacket squads heated up

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  • CCMS sweeps East Tullahoma

    Posted on November 19, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Coffee County Middle’s Abby Morgan saves the ball from going out of bounds Thursday night (Nov. 6, 2014) against North Franklin County.
(Staff photo by Jake Kreulen)

    TULLAHOMA – The Coffee County Middle School Raiders took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter Tuesday night and held on for a 19-18 victory over East Tullahoma in basketball action. The Raiders (5-3 overall) got seven points form Andrew Mahaffey, while Weston Hargrove and Harley Hinshaw combined for all four CMS points in the final period. It evened the season series with East Tullahoma for the Raiders after falling

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Lifestyles

No longer Orphans

FINDING THEIR GLOBAL REACH: WMS students rise up to help international orphans

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 1:11 pm

  By John Coffelt, staff writer  Two groups of teens a half a world away find themselves connected by the common concern for the welfare of their fellow man. Over 50 students from Westwood Middle School have sought to help over 40 orphans living on the cusp of poverty in India. Language arts teacher Elizabeth Eaton brought the two together. “Everything that we can do to help them in any

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  • One of the nation’s top banjo competitors calls Manchester home

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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    Staff Writer John Coffelt Manchester native and national banjo finalist Joey Gipson says that he owes his interest in bluegrass to his grandparents. It’s a love that has taken him to play among some of the finest, most proficient banjo pickers in America. “It’s a great accomplishment, I love doing contest and playing my music,” Gipson said. “I started playing bluegrass when I was 10. I’ve been doing contests pretty

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  • Millinium Rep. ressurects ‘Young Frankenstein’

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

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    The classic movie “Young Frankenstein” comes to the Manchester Arts Center as a musical comedy, beginning the weekend of Nov. 14 and continuing through Nov. 23. Millennium Repertory Company presents Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit as the last show of its record-breaking 2014 season. “Young Frankenstein” includes fan-favorite scenes (Roll in the Hay, “Walk this Way,” Abby Normal, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”),  all new music, and a brand-new projection system. Directed

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

Annual Manchester Christmas parade is set for Dec. 6

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 11:44 am

The annual Manchester Christmas Parade will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. 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

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  • One of the nation’s top banjo competitors calls Manchester home

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    DSC_7219

    Staff Writer John Coffelt Manchester native and national banjo finalist Joey Gipson says that he owes his interest in bluegrass to his grandparents. It’s a love that has taken him to play among some of the finest, most proficient banjo pickers in America. “It’s a great accomplishment, I love doing contest and playing my music,” Gipson said. “I started playing bluegrass when I was 10. I’ve been doing contests pretty

    Read Full Story
  • Millinium Rep. ressurects ‘Young Frankenstein’

    Posted on November 11, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    No room for

    The classic movie “Young Frankenstein” comes to the Manchester Arts Center as a musical comedy, beginning the weekend of Nov. 14 and continuing through Nov. 23. Millennium Repertory Company presents Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit as the last show of its record-breaking 2014 season. “Young Frankenstein” includes fan-favorite scenes (Roll in the Hay, “Walk this Way,” Abby Normal, “Puttin’ on the Ritz”),  all new music, and a brand-new projection system. Directed

    Read Full Story

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