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Former CHS coach and Raider Academy teacher’s trial delayed for the fourth time

By Casey Watts, Editor

Brad Weir sits with his attorney Bryan Hoss during Weir’s bond hearing on Friday, May 11. His bond was revoked and he will be custody of the Coffee County Jail until his trial in November for sex-related charges. -Staff photo by Josh Peterson

A pool of 60 ...

2018-06-18 23:05 open_in_new
Hillsboro man charged for reckless endangerment, assault


Kale Wayne Campbell. -Photo provided

Last Monday, June 11, 2018, Kale Wayne Campbell, 32, of Hillsboro was accused of being involved in an altercation involving his ex-girlfriend and her children Hillsboro. Campbell allegedly went into the residence while two of the ...

2018-06-18 16:47 open_in_new
Lynn Bristol convicted for sexual-related charges

By Casey Watts, News Editor

Lynn Frank Bristol, 61, of Manchester, was indicted June 2015 for aggravated sexual battery and the rape of a child. He was found guilty and convicted of aggravated sexual battery as charged in count one of the indictment and aggravated sexual battery as a ...

2018-06-15 22:38 open_in_new
Major Shelton retires as Koss Center principal, replaced by Jeff Johnson

By Casey Watts, News Editor

After 11 years as principal of the Coffee County Koss Center, Major Shelton is retiring. The torch will be passed to Jeff Johnson, who will officially begin his duties as principal on July 20.

Johnson previously worked as an eighth grade science teacher at ...

2018-06-15 22:38 open_in_new
Sheriff seeks $267K more for jail annex

By Elena Cawley, Staff Writer

The requested funding for county law enforcement for the upcoming fiscal year tops $9 million, up $1.3 million from FY2018. Under the proposed spending plan, the costs of operating the jail annex, al-so known as the workhouse, is set at $561,471, nearly double ...

2018-06-15 02:42 open_in_new
Bonnaroo shakes the foundation of homes and nonprofits alike

By Casey Watts and Josh Peterson, News Editor and Publisher

Whether you’re at home and hearing the bass thumping through your windows or on the farm dancing, there is no question that Manchester feels the impact of Bonnaroo. Residents know how Bonnaroo Works Fund grants can assist ...

2018-06-14 22:29 open_in_new
Historic Zoning Commission threatens to remove members, begins mural guidelines instead

By Casey Watts, News Editor

This mural, completed late May by artist Tarabell Aversa, is the centerpiece of controversy in Manchester. The problem isn’t the painting, but that is was put up without approval of the historic zoning commission. -Staff photo by Casey Watts

The mural ...

2018-06-14 15:08 open_in_new
Time with dad: quality time is the best gift

John Coffelt, Staff Writer

Spending time with those you love is one of the best gifts around, so when looking for that perfect gift for dad, think of things to do together.

For those who are stuck for ideas of where to go, here is a few local options for time well spent with ...

2018-06-14 01:29 open_in_new
Youth football games moving to Carden-Jarrell Field this fall; last day for sign-ups at June 16

Saturday (June 16) is the final day for those interested to sign-up and participate in the Manchester Youth Football League.

According to league officials, this year will feature a revamped league – including new board members, new cheer coordinators and new uniforms for football ...

2018-06-13 22:20 open_in_new
After 13 years, youth librarian retires from public library

By Casey Watts, News Editor

In her 13 years at the Coffee County Manchester Public Library, youth services librarian Virginia Kiviniemi watched generations of children grow up from toddlers.

After 13 years as the youth librarian at the Coffee County Manchester Public Library, ...

2018-06-13 20:14 open_in_new
BOMA considers continuing 2017-18 budget until reassessments are complete

By Casey Watts, News Editor

It may be a while until Manchester sees an approved 2018-19 budget; the Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed holding off their final vote of the document until they knew how to adjust the tax rate appropriately based on property assessed values, during their ...

2018-06-13 14:59 open_in_new
Hardees gives portion of daily profits to American Legion

Local veterans came out to support Hardees, which is giving 20 percent of all of their Friday, June 8 revenue to the American Legion. Pictured (from left) are Hardees Manager Charity Swack, Vietnam veteran Steve Sember, Hardees’ Linda Adams, Vietnam veteran Tom Hewell, Vietnam veteran Bart ...

2018-06-12 20:05 open_in_new
Community leader, Jerry Bartlett, killed in accident

Jerry Bryan Bartlett, of Manchester, was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday, June 9, in Georgia. He was 69.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 13 at Manchester Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday.

Recently, Jerry Bartlett (left) was ...

2018-06-12 17:59 open_in_new
Four paramedics hospitalized for possible carbon monoxide poisoning

Press Release

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that four paramedics that working at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival were taken to a hospital Monday morning with possible carbon monoxide poisoning.

Investigator Brandon Reed said they were using a generator ...

2018-06-12 00:08 open_in_new
BREAKING: Paul Parsley hired as CHS principal

By Casey Watts, News Editor

Paul Parsley. (Photo provided)

Coffee County Central High School Assistant Principal Paul Parsley is moving up in the academic world – Coffee County Director of Schools LaDonna McFall announced Monday afternoon, June 11, that Parsley is taking over ...

2018-06-12 00:08 open_in_new
Two arrested at Bonnaroo for possession/sale of drugs

By the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department

Dalton James Subbert

Michale John Feehan

Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Brandon Reed reported to the he saw a bag of marijuana in a vehicle while at Bonnaroo on Sunday, June 10. The drugs were allegedly in plain ...

2018-06-11 23:05 open_in_new
Coffee County Sheriff seeks $900K more for jail budget

By Elena Cawley, Staff Writer

 [Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of three stories detailing the proposed law enforcement budget for Coffee County. This installment focuses on the budget for the Coffee County Jail.]

Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves is asking the ...

2018-06-11 23:05 open_in_new
Shuran named Manchester schools’ Director of Instruction

By Erin McCullough, Staff Writer

Mick Shuran has been the principal at West Middle School since 2012, but he will be moving to the Manchester City Schools system to become their Director of Instruction this summer.

West Middle School Principal Mick Shuran has accepted a position with ...

2018-06-11 17:50 open_in_new
Retribution is coming to Manchester in the form of a new local group

By Casey Watts, News Editor

Retribution, a word defined by Merriam-Webster that means recompense and the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment, but to a new local group, it means something more. Retribution is the patch six men wear as they ride their motorcycles and strive to ...

2018-06-10 15:35 open_in_new
Two realtors join Middle TN Properties

Staff Reports

Two new real estate agents have been added to the staff at Middle Tennessee Properties, announced broker Janet Nettles.

Emily Nettles

Holly Peterson

Holly Peterson and Emily Penick have both joined the staff as realtors.

“I know that purchasing or ...

2018-06-09 15:26 open_in_new
BREAKING: Male found dead at Bonnaroo, cause currently unknown

By Casey Watts, News Editor

A male died at Bonnaroo early Friday, June 8, according to Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves. Police have not released his age or name.

The death occurred around 10 a.m. this morning. Authorities are unsure what caused the death, though no foul play is ...

2018-06-08 21:35 open_in_new