Monthly Archive: April 2012

Rare Inside The Park Homerun Wins It For Coffee County

Julie Layne waits for a pitch... By Barry West

An inside the park 2-run homer by Juli Layne helped propel the Coffee County Lady Raiders past the Davidson Academy Lady Bears 4-0 on Monday night in Manchester. Layne the Gateway Tire and Service Player of the Game had 2 hits, 2 RBI’s on the homer and scored one. Niki Campbell and Chelsea Howell knocked in one run each. Brianna Jones had 10 K’s boosting the Lady Raiders to their 25th win of the season.
Coffee Co. will host Baylor today.



Tracy Duke – Pizza Winner!   Amy Moore,   Jeanie Derrick – 71,   Ben Starks – 60,  

Jeff Starks – 36,   Justin Cole – 24,   Jeff Brown,   Dalton Barrett.



Casey Ann Peral Webb – 19 – Pizza Winner!   Faye Wiser – 59,   Harry Taylor – 72,  

 James Garner – 10,   Brenda Wiser.



Kaylee Buckley – 3 – Pizza Winner!   Jerry Lee Jones – 21 – Brian Lowery.

Teenager Drowns At Normandy Lake

Portion of Normandy Lake

A Murfreesboro teenager drowned Sunday while swimming at Normandy Lake.
Daxton Flannery, 18, of Shelbyville told Coffee County Sheriff’s Deputy Kelly Smith that he and four others were wading in the lake near Barton Springs Boat Ramp and then decided to attempt to swim across the lake.
As they started to swim, the water temperatures caused them to become fatigued and they decided to turn back.
One of the swimmers, Todd Zills, 18, of Greerson Court, Murfreesboro, started to go underwater and he began to yell for help. Several boaters and swimmers attempted to rescue him but were unable to reach him in time.
Officers of the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and members of the Coffee County Rescue Squad responded to the area and assisted in the recovery of Zills’ body.
Zills was a senior at Shelbyville High School.

5/2/12 — Davis Martin Hill

Davis Martin Hill, age 5 of Decherd, passed away Sunday April 29, 2012 at Southern Tennessee Medical Center.

Davis is preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Odis Leon Hill; great-grandmother, Lida Martin; great grandparents, Laomi Jane Davis, John Bunyon Davis, Mary Henley, Cecial Henley and C.E Martin.

He is survived by his parents, Jamie Henley Hill and Jason Hill of Decherd; brother, Anthony Leon Hill “Leo”, also of Decherd; maternal grandparents, Joyce and Anthony Henley of Decherd; paternal grandmother, Betty Hill; uncles and aunts, Jarod & Jessica Hill, Gina and Ryan Weddington, Cathy and Craig Burgin, Brittanie & Jeff Jackson, Olivia Henley and Cecil Henley; several great-aunts and great-uncles and numerous cousins.

The funeral service will be conducted from the chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home at 1 p.m. Wednesday May 2, 2012.

Interment will follow at the Baker Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 5-9 p.m. at Watson-North Funeral Home.

Watson-North Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Man Arrested For Animal Cruelty

A Fayetteville man was arrested Friday by Franklin County authorities on 17 counts of animal cruelty. Arthur Joe Gifford of 14 Riverton Drive was arrested but released after posting a $4,500 bond. He is to appear in Franklin County General Sessions Court May 17.

Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Truck Involved In Crash

Crash on I-24 on Monday afternoon

Monday at approximately 12:45pm a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Special Deputy was transporting a body to the State Medical Examiner’s Office when the vehicle was struck by an oncoming vehicle. The crash occurred on I-24 just past the Beech Grove exit in Rutherford County. According to reports, the oncoming vehicle stuck the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office vehicle in the rear causing the sheriff’s vehicle to roll and exit the interstate into the median. The operator of the Sheriff’s Office vehicle, Special Deputy L.J. Smith, was later transported to Southern Tennessee Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. The operator of the second vehicle was released at the scene. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is conducting the investigation.

Workshop For Farmers

The first of three workshops on agricultural marketing to restaurants and grocery stores is Thursday in Chattanooga.
The workshops will focus on packaging, pricing, invoicing, certification or audit requirements, insurance requirements and other needs of these potential customers.
They continue Friday in Nashville and Saturday in Memphis. The workshops are coordinated by the University of Tennessee Extension Center for Profitable Agriculture and funded, in part, by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

TDOT Worried About Deaths On Tennessee Roads

TDOT is concerned about a growing number of deaths on Tennessee roads. The state is well above last year’s numbers.
The car crash death toll is 288 since the beginning of 2012. That’s 27 more deaths compared to the same period last year.
TDOT and the THP are starting a new campaign they say will target behaviors that make accidents worse like texting or not wearing a seatbelt.
To get the word out, the electronic road signs will start carrying messages about safety, including a tally of how many people have died in crashes.

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