Monthly Archive: April 2014

Raider Baseball Team Falls In Regular Season Game–District Tourney Starts Thursday

Tyler Bradshaw D's it up at 3rd base.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

Tyler Bradshaw D’s it up at 3rd base.. Photo by Dennis Weaver

The Coffee County baseball team finished up their regular season Wednesday in Murfreesboro with a game against Riverdale. The Warriors took a commanding lead of 5-0 before the Raiders scored a run on a Tyler Bradshaw sacrifice fly in the 5th inning. Riverdale dropped the Coffee County record to 13-15 on the year with a 6-1 win.
The District 8-AAA baseball tournament begins Thursday night at 6pm at Powers Field. Hear the game live on Thunder Radio.

Raider Track Team Headed To Meet In Chattanooga

Track10 individuals and 2 relay teams from Coffee County Central High School track team have been invited to compete in the prestigious Chattanooga Little Caesars Individual Championships being held at Red Bank High School on Friday. The event is open to the top 10 individual performances for each event this track season of Tennessee high schools in the Chattanooga area.
From the Lady Raider team, the following folks have qualified:
Karson Young & Heather Fox – Triple Jump
Lexee Miller & Cameron Davis – Discus Throw
Haley Banks & Lexee Miller – Shot Put
Haley Banks & Taylor Deberry – 100M Hurdles
Heather Fox – 400M Dash
Also, the girls 4×400 relay team of; Heather Fox, Aerial Williams, Haley Banks and Karson Young were selected.
For the Red Raiders, qualifiers were:Kani Johnson – 110M Hurdles
David Keith & Anthony Jackson – High Jump
Anthony Jackson – 800M
And the boys 4×800 team of Anthony Jackson, Lucas Chrismond, Andy Rosson & Ben Myers.

Coffee County High School 16th Best In The State

CCHS SignU.S. News analyzed more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and has published data on more than 19,400, including student demographics and results on state exams, Advanced Placement and other tests. U.S. News teamed up with American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools in three phases. The first two steps looked at overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. We then used participation in and performance on AP and IB exams to evaluate how well schools prepared students for college-level course work.
Coffee County High School is ranked 16th in the state of Tennessee.
Principal Joey Vaughn of Coffee County told WMSR that he is very proud of the accomplishments of the students and teachers at the school. He said the ranking was a real honor and they will continue to work hard for future success.
Hume-​Fogg Academic High School is Nashville was ranked #1 in the state.

Coffee County Crash Hurts Two

One of vehicles involved in Wednesday's crash. Photos provided

One of vehicles involved in Wednesday’s crash. Photos provided

Manchester Fire & Rescue A-Shift Responded to a 2 vehicle accident on 16th Model Rd Wednesday morning around 7:45am. Three persons (including a toddler) were in the vehicles when they were involved in what appeared to be a head on crash.
Fire Chief George E. DeShields said firefighters used extrication equipment to remove two of the individuals that were trapped. Those two people were transported with injuries to the Tullahoma Airport and transferred to an awaiting medi-vac helicopter and flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Both vehicles received heavy damage in the head-on collision.

Both vehicles received heavy damage in the head-on collision.

Tullahoma Fire Department moved a Fire Engine to Crumpton Creek to standby while Manchester Fire & Rescue worked the crash.
Others working the scene were members of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, Coffee County EMS and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Names and other information will be released on Thursday.

One-in-Eight TN Kids At Schools Near High-Risk Chemical Facilities

PHOTO: A new analysis finds that about 12 percent of Tennessee's public school pupils attend classes within one mile of a so-called high-risk chemical facility. Image courtesy Center for Effective Government.

PHOTO: A new analysis finds that about 12 percent of Tennessee’s public school pupils attend classes within one mile of a so-called high-risk chemical facility. Image courtesy Center for Effective Government.

Millions of children across the country and tens of thousands across the state of Tennessee are attending school in the shadows of potentially-dangerous chemical facilities, according to the findings in a new report. The analysis comes from the Center for Effective Government, whose director of open government policy, Sean Moulton, says the advocacy group found that about one in eight pupils in Tennessee is in that position. “In Tennessee, we found 113 schools were within a mile of an RMP (Risk Management Plan) facility,” he said. “And those 113 schools had a total attendance of 56,000 students, which is about 12 percent of the Tennessee school kids that attend public schools.” Moulton says ensuring that pupils near these facilities are safe requires stronger disclosure rules and greater oversight, as well as better emergency response plans. “Students do fire drills every day, but I don’t think many of these schools have ever really talked about what their plan would be if one of these facilities had a major accident while school was in session,” he said. It was one year ago this month that an explosion at a fertilizer plant in the Texas town of West left 15 dead, hundreds injured and several schools damaged or destroyed. An interactive map showing which Tennessee schools are located near chemical facilities can be found on the Center for Effective Government’s website.

Women Can Now Be Charged For Using Drugs While Pregnant

Photo credit: Daniel Lobo/Flickr

Photo credit: Daniel Lobo/Flickr

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law legislation that would punish pregnant women who abuse narcotics.
Haslam said after signing the bill he knows about the concerns opponents have with the measure and will use updates with the courts and health professionals to monitor its impact.
Health organizations and women’s rights advocates called on Haslam to veto the bill. The measure would allow women to be charged with assault if they abuse narcotics while pregnant and give birth to a child who is dependent on drugs or harmed as a result.
Haslam said in a statement that a provision in the bill allows it to be reassessed in two years and said it makes the offense a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Rock Creek Music and Art Festival Announced

rockcreek 2014The Tullahoma Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to announce the date and line up for the Rock Creek Music and Art Festival at Frazier McEwen Park, 12:00 noon – 10 PM Saturday, May 10.
The music lineup has a mix of great sounds:
Cumberland Blue – 8:30-10:00-Upbeat Blues
The Midget Wrestlers – 6:30-8:00-Chicago Blues
Marian Galbraith – 5:00-6:30-Folk and R&B
Other local performing artists – noon – 5:00
“We are inviting everyone to come celebrate Spring in Tullahoma with a fun filled family night of music and art,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Director, Kurt Glick. “We are excited about hosting these bands for the residents, and look forward to the event.”
“This will be a great night to bring the family to the park to enjoy the Rotary to Rocket Playground, walk the green way, view the art and settle in for a fun set of concerts,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “It’s events like this that make our city an attractive place to live.”
Local artists will have their work on display beginning at noon.
Concessions available on-site and guest are welcome to bring cooler, chairs, blankets and bug spray to this family event.
“This is the second year for Parks to hold free concerts in the park, and this year Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Tullahoma Art Council to add an Art Show,” said Community Coordinator, Winston Brooks. “I think this will help attract more people to get out and enjoy one of Tullahoma’s great jewels, Frazier McEwen Park at Rock Creek.”
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Basketball Camp At Motlow

Men's Head Coach Matt Sligh

Men’s Head Coach Matt Sligh

Motlow Bucks Head Coach Matt Sligh will host a basketball skills clinic on Saturday, May 3, at Copperweld Arena inside Nisbett Center on the Motlow Moore County campus.
The clinic will feature two separate sessions. The first is for kindergarten through sixth-grade students and will begin at 8 a.m. and end at noon. The second session is for seventh through 12th graders and will begin at 1 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Both sessions are open to both boys and girls.
The cost of the clinic is $30 per child or $45 for two children from the same family. Attendees are encouraged to reserve their spot at the clinic by visiting the Motlow athletics web site and downloading the registration form. Please fill out the form and return it to the address on it along with payment.

Manchester Man Arrested On Drug Charges In Tullahoma

drug bust2A Manchester man was arrested after being found to be in possession of methamphetamines and marijuana.
Travis David Flowers, of Woodbury Highway, Manchester was charged with possession of schedule II (meth) and simple possession of marijuana. He is scheduled to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court June 5.
Tullahoma Officer Holly Sparkman stated in a report that she answered a call of a “suspicious”vehicle parked at the pumps at Mapco on Cedar Lane Sunday night around 11:15 p.m.
When she arrived she allegedly found Flowers hanging around the pumps and that he appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
The officer stated that she spoke with him and that he told her that he was under the influence of methamphetamines. He then became agitated, combative, disorderly and cursing the officer as she talked with him. He also told her that he was in possession of meth, which was in his pocket, which the officer retrieved.
After receiving permission to search his vehicle, Officer Sparkman allegedly found approximately one gram of marijuana.

Two Killed In Lincoln County Tornadoes

Picture is that of a previous tornado not the one that occurred in Lincoln County on Monday night

Picture is that of a previous tornado not the one that occurred in Lincoln County on Monday night

Two people were killed in Lincoln County Monday night after two suspected tornadoes swept through the county.
A spokeswoman at Lincoln Medical Center said two had died and the hospital had treated several other people with minor injuries.
About half of the customers of Fayetteville Public Utilities were without power.
Most of the damage occurred in the southern Lincoln County area near Lincoln and Elora.
South Lincoln Elementary suffered severe damage in the second suspected tornado that struck the county.
The front of the school was torn off, about three-quarters of the building’s roof was ripped off and a school bus was tossed into the building, which was empty at the time of the storms.

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