Manchester Times

Community helping community: Coffee County Schools, Peoples Bank and Trust partner to collect for those less fortunate


Staff Writer John Coffelt

For many in the county, starting school comes with the challenges of finding the supplies that many of their fellow students take for granted.

To help give those less fortunate a start on equal footing, Coffee County Schools along with ...

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Community comes together for local man

By Leila Beem Núñez, Editor

Richard Herrin needed a hydraulic bath chair so he could be better taken care of by attendants, but Medicaid would not cover the expense. Born with cerebral palsy, the reverend and motivational speaker needed the equipment for his day-to-day life.

“I ...

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Fundraiser to benefit local woman with cancer

By Leila Beem Núñez, Editor

A fundraiser this coming weekend will benefit Rachel Kennedy Freeze, of Manchester, who has small-cell lung cancer. Rumble on the River will be held from 1 p.m. to the evening Saturday, July 29, with live music beginning at 5 p.m. The day will feature a kayak ...

2017-07-26 21:07 open_in_new
MCS WeCare event to be Aug. 2

Pictured Family Resource Coordinators BJ Fann and Dianne Bouldin make last-minute checks on the WeCare backpacks in anticipation of the Wednesday, Aug. 2 event at Westwood Elementary School. -Staff photo by John Coffelt

Manchester City School’s Family Resource Department will ...

2017-07-26 00:13 open_in_new
Board fails to choose 911 center director

By Elena Cawley, Staff Writer

The Consolidated Communications Committee (CCC) failed to select a new superintendent of the Coffee County 911 Communications Center during its meeting on July 19.

Diane Argraves has served as interim director for the center since the retirement of ...

2017-07-25 19:49 open_in_new
HIGH SCHOOL GOLF: Coffee County Red Raiders win season-opening match

Coffee County Central High School junior Josh Perry hits an approach shot on the sixth hole during the Red Raiders’ season-opening match against Grundy County on Monday at Willowbrook Golf Course. (Staff photo by Demarco Moore)

Demarco Moore, Sports Writer

If the Coffee County ...

2017-07-25 01:07 open_in_new
Bartee sentencing delayed

By Wayne Thomas, Staff Writer

A Tullahoma woman will have to wait until Sept. 20 to learn her sentence in the shooting and wounding of her estranged husband in December 2013 on the square in Manchester.

Brenda Bartee testifies during her trial. (Staff photo by Chris ...

2017-07-24 20:43 open_in_new
Fire dept. announces street closures

Press Release

Manchester Fire-Rescue will be conducting a Fire Commission-approved live fire training on Saturday, July 22 in a donated home at 1314 Summer St., and the department will block certain areas off for safety reasons from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

During that morning, ...

2017-07-21 20:07 open_in_new
Carrie: The Musical auditions


Director: Matthew Hayes Hunter Music Director: Emily Dennis Choreographer: Tosha Marie Pendergrast

Auditions will be held Sunday, July 30th at 2:00pm and Monday, July 31st at 6:30pm at The Center for the Arts (110 W. College St., Murfreesboro, TN ...

2017-07-21 20:07 open_in_new
Manchester Times nominated for 11 press awards

The Manchester Times was nominated for 11 different news awards at Thursday’s 77th annual Tennessee Press Association State Press Awards in Franklin, Tenn.

Among recognitions received by the Times were first place awards for best news coverage for the staff’s coverage of a June 2016 ...

2017-07-21 17:55 open_in_new
Capturing the American spirit

By Leila Beem Núñez, Editor

Heath Clark’s love for whiskey started early, far before he could really enjoy it.

From behind the bar of his half-distillery, half-law firm in Thompson Station just outside of Franklin, the Tullahoma native remembered fondly the boyhood strength and ...

2017-07-20 21:01 open_in_new
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL: Kaitlyn Thornton named head volleyball coach at Oakland

Demarco Moore, Sports Writer 

Coffee County Central High School alumnae Kaitlyn Thornton managed to land a job less than an hour away from where she grew up and went to high school.

Coffee County Central High School alumnae Kaitlyn Thornton was named head volleyball coach at Oakland ...

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Micah Williams reflects on overseas career, NBA climate

Demarco Moore, Sports Writer

It’s a dream turned reality for only one percent of college athletes both male and female – taking their talents to the professional level.

Funnel a portion of those athletes into the NBA, where the average rookie made $543,471 during the 2016-17 ...

2017-07-20 08:53 open_in_new
Take a culinary tour across America for National Hotdog Day

Staff Writer John Coffelt

If there is one thing that is uniquely American as the hotdog, it’s the way that we eat them. Like a culinary equivalent of an accent, Americans tend to add regional flair to their dog.

Yet with a little research, and some ingenuity, a local ...

2017-07-20 00:05 open_in_new
THP locates alleged driver in fatal hit-and-run

Press Release

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Chattanooga District has located the alleged driver of a fatal hit-and-run accident it responded to Monday on U.S. Highway 41 in Manchester. The driver has been identified as Shelton G. Martin II, of Smithville.

Shelton Martin ...

2017-07-19 22:59 open_in_new
Manchester man killed in hit-and-run; one other fatality, two injuries reported Monday

By Wayne Thomas, Staff Writer

Hit-and-run crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Chattanooga District is seeking the public’s assistance to help locate a vehicle and driver who have may have been involved in a hit-and-run fatality with a pedestrian.

The crash occurred ...

2017-07-18 23:53 open_in_new
Board nixes proposed Hackney contract

By Kelly Lapczynski, Staff Writer

Efforts to place the executive director of the Industrial Board of Coffee County (IBCC) on an employment contract suffered a setback Wednesday when the board voted not to approve the proposed contract draft.

Last month, the board voted to draft and ...

2017-07-17 19:11 open_in_new
County ups security after shooting

Staff Writer Elena Cawley

In an effort to increase security and cut costs, arraignments at the Coffee County Justice Center in Manchester will soon be held through video conferencing.

The system has been installed at both the center and the Coffee County Jail and will be up ...

2017-07-14 23:49 open_in_new
A progressive woman

Local veteran reflects upon full life

By Leila Beem Núñez, Editor

From the sofa of her garden room looking out through glass panes into the backyard of her Tullahoma home, Muriel Rice Aldridge remembers her life calmly and matter-of-factly. At 93, there are a lot of memories to ...

2017-07-14 21:37 open_in_new
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Taylor gains confidence, exposure at Nike camp

Alontae Taylor

Demarco Moore, Sports Writer 

Alontae Taylor’s first trip to the west coast came on a stage that was not too bright for the University of Tennessee commit.

The senior at Coffee County Central High School was one of two high school football players from the ...

2017-07-13 20:55 open_in_new
COLLEGE CHECK UP: Johnson named first team all-conference at Lee University

Former Coffee County golfer Matt Johnson was named first-team all conference for the 2016-17 season at Lee University. (Photo provided)

Demarco Moore, Sports Writer 

Matt Johnson’s rise to becoming one of the top golfers at his college was anything but a tap-in putt.

Up ...

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