Monthly Archive: September 2012

9/30/12 — Gary Wayne Stevens

Gary Wayne Stevens, age 55 of Sherwood, passed away Friday, September 28, 2012 at his residence.

He was a boilermaker and a member of the Sherwood Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by his father, Woodrow Stevens and a brother, Donald Stevens.

Survivors include his wife, Jo-Ann Sparks-Stevens; mother, Mae Stevens; brother, Ronald Stevens, all of Sherwood; sisters, Brenda Coleen Summers of Sherwood and Carolyn Cole of Irving, TX; nieces, Leigh Ann Summers, Jamie Stevens and Carrie Sparks McClain; great-niece, Abbey McClain.

Visitation is 4-8 PM Saturday at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 2 PM Sunday, September 30, 2012 at Moore-Cortner Chapel with Bro. Johnny Stevens and Bro. Ray Winton officiating.

Interment will be in Mt. View Cemetery. Leon Stevens, Lonnie Stevens, Randy Stevens, Danny Crownover, Ricky Johnson and Brandon Bishop will be serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Chattanooga Local 454.

Memorial donations may be given to Winchester Christian School.

Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave NW, Winchester, TN in charge of arrangements.

10.3.12 — Roy B. Riddle

Roy B. Riddle, age 86 of Winchester, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2012 at his residence.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Eda (Sons) Riddle; wife Eliza Honey Riddle; and brothers James and Herman Riddle.

Survivors include sons Kenneth (Jean) Riddle of Winchester, J.R. (Debra) Riddle of Lynchburg, Neil (Anita) Riddle of Decherd, and Ronnie (Barbara) Riddle of Estill Springs; daughter Nancy (Darrell) Partin of Winchester; grandchildren Steven Riddle, Tabatha Gardner, Heather Wright, Keith Riddle, Kevin Riddle, Karen Matthews, Ronica Riddle, Jonathan Riddle, Tonya Dotson, Jr. Partin and Anna Partin; fifteen great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; sisters Johnnie Evans of Tullahoma and Loda Carpenter of Hendersonville.

Visitation is 5-9 PM Monday and Tuesday at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be 2 PM Wednesday, October 3 at Moore-Cortner Chapel with John Partin Jr. and Donald Gregory officiating.

Interment will be in Pennington Cemetery.

Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 1st Ave NW, Winchester, TN in charge of arrangements.

10/3/12 — Robbie Gene Frame

Robbie  Gene Frame, age 73 of Manchester, Tennessee, passed away on September 30, 2012.
He retired from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and was a cabinet maker and carpet installer for over 18 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Lonnie Buchanan Frame and Willie Claytie Anderson Frame. Robbie was a member of the Hatties Chapel Baptist Church.
He is survived by his sons, Flint Frame and his wife Carolyn of Manchester, Shang Frame and his wife Lorrie of Manchester; daughter, Renee Frame Nieciecki and her husband Tommy of Murfreesboro; sisters, Dean Jones (Lonnie) of Jasper, AL and Donna Smallwood (Mike) of Rome, GA; brothers, Billy Frame (Dottie), Jewell Frame (Debbie) and Dale Frame all of Manchester; nine grandchildren, Gina (Zach) Howard, Brittany West, Cody (Taylor) Frame, Shang Frame II, Dalton Frame, Micah Frame, Sean Nieciecki, Seth Nieciecki, and Logan Nieciecki; two great-grandchildren, Alayna Howard and Aliyah Howard;and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be on Tuesday evening, October 2, 2012 from 5:00 p.m.  until 8:00 p.m.
The Funeral Service will be on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. from the Chapel of Central Funeral Home with Brother Danny Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at the Farrar Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial Donations may be made to the Friendship Baptist Church Youth Fund.
Arrangements with CENTRAL FUNERAL HOME.

Children Remain Missing

Gage Daniel

Chloie Leverette

Authorities issued a statewide Amber Alert last week for two children missing since their Bedford County home was destroyed by an intense fire last week. The TBI sent out the alert after investigators spent 5 days trying to determine if there were any remains of the children in the fire debris. TBI said fire experts had come up empty. The children are identified as 9-year old Chloie Leverette and 7-year old Gage Daniel. TBI said the children were living with their grandparents. Two bodies tentatively identified as 72-year-old Leon “Bubba” McClaran and his wife, 70-year-old Molli McClaran, were recovered Monday and have been sent to the Nashville medical examiner’s office for autopsy. She was the children’s maternal grandmother, he their step-grandfather. TBI spokesperson Kristen Helm said the TBI does not have any direct evidence that the children are victims of foul play. She said there are no persons of interest in the case and that investigators are following all leads, but would not elaborate.

The Endangered Child Alert continues; Chloie is described as a white female, approximately 4’8″ and 75 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Gage is described as a white male, approximately 4′ and 75 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
If you have any information concerning the current whereabouts of Chloie and Gage, please contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

Possible Murder Suspect Remains In Jail

Donnie Jones

As we reported last week, a possible suspect in the murder of Megan Sharpton was arrested Thursday evening on unrelated gun charges. 37-year-old Donnie Jones of Bel Aire Drive, Tullahoma, was arrested after Franklin County deputies and Tullahoma Police investigators found a gun during a search of his residence. Since he is a convicted felon, he was charged with being in possession of a firearm. He was booked into the Coffee County Jail and remains in the jail under a $500,000 bond.

Food Stamps Delayed

Tennesseans who rely on what used to be called food stamps will have to wait longer than usual for their benefits this month. The change came at the request of grocery stores. In all, more than 1-point-3 million individuals now get those benefits, and all of that money is made available in the first 10 days of the month. Grocery stores say they get hit with too much business in too few days. They asked the state to stretch out its schedule, by staggering the benefit payouts over a period of time that’s twice as long. Starting this month, the stores will get their way, but what’s good news for grocery stores will mean a difficult month for most people who get that assistance. The reworking of the schedule means that more than two-thirds will have to wait anywhere from 4 days to a week and a half longer than they’re used to.

Mayor Says Northgate Mall Will Soon Be Full Again

Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee

Although Board of Aldermen members say Tullahoma’s economic development direction is on the right track, they would like to see emphasis placed on recruiting retail operations. That came up during a special meeting between the city board and the Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corp. Mayor Lane Curlee said key contacts have been made with retailers that may choose Tullahoma, and he predicted a once-thriving Northgate Mall should soon be full within a year. The mayor said that the city needs to work on having a quick access database about what retail and other property is immediately available, so companies looking at Tullahoma will know first-hand the city is serious about accommodating their retail potential.

Tullahoma Continues To Search For New Director

Current Tullahoma Director of Schools Dan Lawson

The Board of Education is beginning its search for a replacement for Tullahoma City Schools’ outgoing director Dr. Dan Lawson and has slated a special meeting to receive information from the public as to what skills and qualifications that new director should have. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Tullahoma High School Thoma Lecture Hall. Dr. Tammy Grissom, Tennessee School Boards Association executive director, will lead groups in discussion designed to determine their views about the issues and challenges facing the school system and the director’s position. Lawson announced earlier this year that he would not be asking an extension to his contract which expires June 30, 2013. The board has agreed to have a replacement in place before then with a May 1, 2013, deadline.

Playoff Hopes End For Raiders In McMinnville

Kyle Douglas goes 74 yards for TD

Peyton Meeker threw for a career best against Warren County... Photos by Barry West

Football playoff hopes for the Coffee County Red Raiders were ended on Friday night in McMinnville. Warren County knocked the Raiders 43-32 in District 6-AAA play.
After a scoreless 1st half, the Pioneers got things rolling, gaining a 22-6 lead at halftime. Coffee County’s lone touchdown came on 74 yard strike from QB Peyton Meeker to TE Kyle Douglas.
Deangelo Rozier who finished with 18 carries for 85 yards had TD runs of 3 and 10 yards in the 2nd half.
Meeker was named the Gateway Tire and Service Player of the Game. The Raider QB passed for 353 yards and two touchdowns and ran a 2-point conversion. Meeker hit Jesse Brown with a 46 yard TD pass in the 4th quarter.
Coffee County blocked a Warren County punt late in the game for its final score. Hunter Smithson ran in the block for the TD.
Coffee County outgained the Pioneers 458-274 yards.
The 0-6 Raiders play the 1-6 Lincoln County Falcons in Fayetteville on Friday.

Thousands Attend 41-A Music Fest

Even the General Lee attended the 2nd annual 41-A Music Festival

Saturday afternoon at Kiwanis event... Photos by Barry West

Several thousand people crammed into downtown Tullahoma Saturday afternoon and night for the annual Kiwanis Clubs 41-A Music Festival. Fans of various local musical groups attended the event and a HUGE crowd turned out for the performance of Tullahoma native Dustin Lynch, who currently has the top 10 hit, “Cowboys and Angels”. In addition to the musical performances, there were also arts and crafts for those who crammed into the historical downtown area to view and enjoy. There were also various food vendors. There were a lot of people who joined the throngs in attendance who said that it was fun to be downtown.

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