Monthly Archive: July 2012

Coffee County Golf Teams Win Again

Megan Kriz drives the ball in Cherokee Classic

The Coffee County boys golf team defeated Shelbyville yesterday (July 31, 2012) at Riverbend Country Club, 160-190. Junior Andy Stout led the way with even-par 36 in the 9-hole match. Kyle Johnson shot 38, Garrett Adams and Matt Johnson each shot 43. The boys are now 17-5 on the year.
In girls play Junior Megan Kriz had her best round of the season with a 43 as the Lady Raiders won 87-126. Hollee Sadler had the 2nd low score with a 44. The girls team stands at 8-3 on the year.
Next up for the two Coffee County golf teams will be a tournament in Murfreesboro on Tuesday (Aug. 7).



Zachary Stacey – 12 – Pizza Winner!   Crystal Comas,  Penny Stevens – 49

Police Continue To Search For Information In Murder Of Tullahoma Woman

Erika Megan Sharpton

Franklin County investigators are continuing to investigate the early July 2nd death of a 24-year-old nursing student Megan Sharpton. They say they still need information to lead them to a suspect or suspects in the slaying. Sheriff Detectives and TBI agents have conducted “more than two dozen” interviews since her burning body was found by a passing motorist. Franklin County Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Chris Guess says investigators are still awaiting results from an autopsy and an examination of Sharpton’s 1995 Ford Mustang performed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Initial autopsy results indicated she was killed by “blunt force trauma” to her head. TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm said the state agency cannot release any details now. She stated that she can only say they have evidence that still needs to be processed that may give us a forensic lead. Her cellphone records are being examined, but Guess would not elaborate. And authorities also are trying to determine what type of chemical was used to set the woman’s body on fire. No combustible items were found at the site. Authorities ask anyone with information related to the investigation to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 931-967-2331 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-824-3463.

Update On Grundy County Murder

Corey Henry

Kurt Brewer

An argument allegedly over a $25 debt has left one Grundy County man dead of multiple gunshot wounds.
On Sunday, July 29, Grundy County residents Kurt Brewer, 31, and Corey Henry, 30, allegedly had been arguing all day. At approximately 5:30 p.m. at a residence on 60th Avenue North in Gruetli-Laager at the home of an acquaintance of Henry where he and others were gathered for a cookout, Brewer, who had called Henry and threatened him several times, came to the residence and allegedly shot Henry.
When authorities arrived, they found Henry with multiple gunshot wounds to his leg and back. He was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga where he later died.
Authorities said Brewer was not at the shooting scene when officers got there on Sunday, but he was taken into custody a short time later at his home not too far away.
Mike Taylor, 12th Judicial District Attorney General, said that a weapon recovered at the scene has been sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) crime lab. Henry’s body has also been sent to the TBI for examination.
Brewer was charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in Grundy County General Sessions Court, where a bond could be set.
According to residents, the two men had been best friends for years and cannot understand how this could possibly have happened.

Wanted McMinnville Man Is Caught

Gregorio Rosas Arenas

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation captured the latest addition to the state’s Top 10 Most Wanted fugitive list over the weekend.
Gregorio Arenas, 35, was found hiding in a closet under a pile of clothes and bed sheets in an inner room of a house located on East Fairview Boulevard in Fairview.
TBI, U.S. Marshals and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team gained entry to the residence after receiving information Arenas was barricaded inside and may have committed suicide or was about to attempt suicide.
He was safely located and taken into custody around 5:20 p.m. Sunday.
Arenas was wanted for the July 20 fatal shooting of 29-year-old Albertano Guerrero Trejo.
Witnesses said Trejo was shot and killed during an argument with Arenas at Trejo’s apartment in McMinnville.
Arenas was booked into the Williamson County jail and will be transferred to the Warren County jail.
His bond has been set at $1 million.

Election Day Is Tomorrow

Election Day is Thursday.
The totals of early voting in Coffee County:
3,299 people cast their ballots in early voting with 2,064 voting republican and 1,028 democrat. The largest amount of votes cast in one day was Friday July 27 with 458 votes cast.
Live Election night coverage begins on Thunder Radio Thursday night beginning at 7pm.

8/1/12 — Ollie Mae Casteel

Ollie Mae Casteel, age 92 of  Hillsboro, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2012.
She was a homemaker  and a member of the First Baptist Church in Hillsboro.
She was born May 8, 1920  in Coffee County, TN to her parents, the late Emmett Clay Brown and Claytie  Muanita Baker Brown. She was also preceded in death by her husband, General L.  Casteel and granddaughter, Deborah Jo Simmons.
She is survived by her son,  Douglas H. Casteel and his wife Dianna of Tracy City, TN; four sisters, Burtia  C. Crosslin of Tullahoma, TN, Elwanda Swinford of Winchester, TN, Wilda J. Bean  of Manchester, TN and Juanita Watson of Estill Springs, TN; grandchildren, Kim  Walker, Denise Faris, Dee Patterson and Robby Wiggins; great-grandchildren, Teri  Stephenson, Richey Simmons, L.D. Heavern, Holden Patterson, Ali Wiggins, Whitney  Wiggins, Dusty Wiggins, Leah Stephenson and Deven Heavern; and a host of other  relatives and friends.
Visitation, Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from 5:00 until 8:00  p.m. at Central Funeral Home in Manchester, TN.
The Funeral Service will be  conducted on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Central  Funeral Home.
Burial will follow at the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in  Hillsboro, TN.
Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME. 

Grand Opening For Stan McNabb

Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening of the newly-remodeled Stan McNabb Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac dealership at 2000 N. Jackson Street in Tullahoma this Friday and Saturday. The McNabb dealership has been family owned and operated since 1980.

“There will be something for everyone both days,” according to Trent McNabb, son of owners Stan and Jamie McNabb and General Manager of the dealership. “We will offer refreshments both days and door prizes, including a large flat screen TV, iPad, Apple TVs and Garmins. Of course, we will offer tours of the new building. A special treat will be an appearance by two Tennessee Titans’ cheerleaders from noon to 2 pm Saturday,” said McNabb.

“We want to invite all our customers from the past 32 years, and even if you have never purchased a vehicle here, you have an invitation to attend as well. We are very pleased with the new building and want to give everyone a chance to see this state-of-the-art facility. The whole building is very inviting and flows very nicely,” said McNabb.

“It’s hard to believe but this building is the culmination of 32 years of experience at this location,” said Stan McNabb. “Everything has been designed with the customer in mind, from the new color scheme, new floors, furniture and signage. It’s more accessible, more modern, more attractive. On either side of the front of the building are two features very important to customers. On the left is our delivery pavilion. The pavilion allows sales professionals to introduce customers to their new vehicle in a covered area away from bright sun or rain. On the right are our three Service Lanes. This is a new concept designed to let our service customers pull inside and get out of their vehicles without braving the elements. In the middle is our customer lounge, complete with comfortable chairs and fresh coffee, where customers can read newspapers, magazines, or watch TV. ”

Stan McNabb says he has always been guided by four themes: the customer comes first, provide excellence in all we do, generously give back to the communities we serve, and take care of our employees.

The dealership is located at 2000 N. Jackson Street. For more information about this weekend’s Grand Opening, call 931-455-3451.

Be Careful As Schools Reopen

Photo by Barry West

The City of Manchester Street Department would like to make everyone aware of the new crosswalk and sidewalk that were recently installed. As school will be starting back this week and children will be using the new crosswalk and sidewalk. The new crosswalk is at Taylor St by Westwood School and the sidewalk is on Lynchburg Rd. Please remember this when driving in those areas.

Coffee County Schools will have an abbreviated day on August 2nd from 7:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. with the first full day of classes on August 6th. Manchester City Schools will have an abbreviated day on August 2nd, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., with regular classes beginning on August 6th. Classes at Tullahoma City Schools are back in session today.

8/2/12 — Evelyn P. “Bo” Fricks


Graveside services for Evelyn P. “Bo” Fricks, age 84, of Beech Grove will be conducted at 1:00 PM Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Gnat Hill Cemetery with Bro. Kenneth Hale officiating.

Visitation with the family will be held Thursday, August 2, from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.

Mrs. Fricks passed away on Monday, July 30, 2012 at Glen Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Shelbyville.

Mrs. Fricks was born December 30, 1927 in Bridgeport. Alabama. She was the daughter of the late Roosevelt and Stella Brown Barnes. She loved to read and do cross-stitch. She was a member of Gethsemane Protestant Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Billy C. Fricks, who passed away in 2004. She was also preceded in death by one son, Johnny Fricks and one brother, Jack Barnes.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Schuster of Beech Grove and Judy Singleton and her husband, Paul also of Beech Grove; one son, Mickey Allen Fricks and his wife, Deborah of Bradyville; one sister Edna Johnson and her husband, Joe of Chattanooga; thirteen grandchildren, 32 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 


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