Exit 111 Festival Lineup

The lineup for the three-day Exit 111 Festival on the grounds of Bonnaroo in Manchester has been announced and tickets are on sale now. The event is bringing rock and classic rock to Great Stage Park from October 11-13. Headliners of the three-day event include; Friday Lynyrd Skynyrd, Saturday Def Leppard, and Sunday Guns N’ …

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House Members Clear Bill for Cameras on School Buses

A $13 million proposal to install cameras on school buses in order to catch drivers who properly fail to stop when students are being dropped off is advancing in Tennessee. House members cleared the bill on Monday allowing school districts to purchase, install and operate cameras on the exterior of school buses. The bill must …

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Weekly Gas Prices

Tennessee’s state average gas price is the tenth lowest in the country with an average of $2.62 per gallon for regular unleaded. Tuesday’s average was 21 cents more than this time last month, and 7 cents higher than this time a year ago. The national gas price average is $2.84, which is a penny more …

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Daylight Saving Time Year-Round Bill Passes in the House

The Tennessee House has advanced a proposal that would keep the state on daylight saving time year-round. House members voted 86-5 on Monday for legislation that would scrap the twice-annual time shift – but only if Congress first passes a federal law allowing states to observe daylight saving year-round and the proposal was later adopted …

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“Stop. Trains Can’t.” Campaign Rolls Along in Tennessee

A campaign designed to encourage people to use greater caution at railroad crossings has been relaunched. The campaign – which costs $5.6 million and is called “Stop. Trains Can’t.” – is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Railroad Administration. According to a release from the Department …

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Gov Lee’s Voucher-like Proposal Moves Forward by One Vote

An already contentious voucher-like proposal took a dramatic turn in Tennessee as Republican leaders refused to acknowledge a vote spiking the proposal on the House floor and Senate leaders advocated for a drastically different version. Tuesday’s action marked the latest evolution stemming from Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account proposal – known as a voucher-style …

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D.A. Corrects Released Information–Tullahoma Police Chief Pleads No Contest and Resigns Position

According to Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott, Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell pled to a no contest (not admitting guilt) on Monday. This was in reference to tampering with evidence. Blackwell resigned his position from the City of Tullahoma and gave up his police certification. He received a four-year sentence that is deferred, meaning …

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Pedigo Named Interim Director of Coffee County Schools

WMSR News reported earlier this month that the Roane County school board had selected Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall to be their next director. On Monday afternoon the Coffee County School Board, on a 6-0 vote selected former Deputy Director Joe Pedigo as interim director. Esther Sims was absent from the meeting. …

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Bond Hearing set for James Richard McCoy, Jr.–Accused of 1st Degree Murder

On Friday (April 26, 2019) James Richard McCoy, Jr., will be in court for a bond hearing. McCoy’s attorney Doug Aaron will be asking for a bond to be set. He has been housed with no bond at the Coffee County Jail since his arrest for 1st Degree Murder, Tampering with Evidence, Domestic Violence and …

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National Day of Prayer Event set for Manchester

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, President Reagan signed an …

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