Monthly Archive: July 2014

Manchester Square Renovation Project Nearing Completion

New street lights, sidewalks, paving and landscape areas highlight the renovated square

New street lights, sidewalks, paving and landscape areas highlight the renovations on the Manchester square

August 25th is the new target completion date for the $1M Downtown Manchester Square renovation project according to the city’s project manager Terry Dendy.  The project, which has been the source of angst for merchants and citizens alike, suffered a 60 day delay due to poor soil found during the demolition of the existing streets.  The soil, which was deemed unsuitable to support the renovated street, was tested by the Tennessee Department of Transportation(TDOT) and excavated from the downtown area.  After digging down to find acceptable quality soil, rock and gravel were backfilled in to support the roadway.  TDOT approved a project extension from the original July 1 completion date as a result of the additional work.  Dendy said that the top coasting of asphalt is complete, and the contractor, Rick Brindley, expects no problems in meeting the new deadline.  The project, designed to beautify the historic square, has completed the new sidewalks and street lighting along with the renovation of all the utilities to underground service lines.  Final detail touchups, along with the final paving, landscaping and cleanup are the remaining steps to completion.  Dendy told WMSR News that the local merchants are working together to plan landscaping improvements going forward.  Downtown merchant Wendell Cothran, of The Sportsman’s Corner, hopes that the renovations will draw more consumer traffic back to the square.  Cothran is also excited about aesthetic improvements.  “It is really gonna look tremendous” said Cothran.  Manchester city engineer Scott St.John, along with TDOT Project personnel and TDOT engineers have overseen the construction which was funded through a TDOT grant with additional funding from the Surface Transportation Program and the City of Manchester Tourism Committee.

New landscaping and sidewalks welcome customers into Toliver's Pawn on the Manchester square

New landscaping and sidewalks welcome customers into Toliver’s Pawn on the Manchester square

Does Coffee County Have A Sex Trafficking Problem?

Stop-Human-TraffickingA report on last night’s newscast by Nashville TV station WSMV says that the TBI estimates that in Coffee County there have been more than 100 recent cases of minors being sold into slavery.   The TBI’s conclusions come from the Tennessee Human Sex Trafficking and Its Impact on Children and Youth study which was completed by Vanderbilt University in 2011.  According to the TBI, anonymous survey respondents were identified by TBI staff and only included experienced law enforcement personnel, DCS caseworkers or court clerks with the knowledge, training and experience to identify and quantify these types of cases according to the TBI.  Coffee County Sherriff Steve Graves, when contacted by WMSR Radio News; stated that he is aware of only 1 case of possible human trafficking in Coffee County in the recent past.  Graves went on the say that he and District Attorney Mickey Layne have implored the TBI to provide details as to the survey respondents responses so investigations could be undertaken for any possible case.  To date, the TBI has provided no such information.  Sherriff Graves was quick to point out that the only way to stop human trafficking is to speak up.  Persons with information, or suspicions, of human trafficking such contact the Coffee County Sherriff’s office immediately.  To view the report, visit the TBI website at:

15th Annual Hillsboro Tractor Pull Is This Weekend

Photo compliments of Hillsboro Homecoming Association

Photo compliments of Hillsboro Homecoming Association

The Hillsboro Homecoming Association are making final preparations for their 15th Annual Truck and Tractor Pull on Friday and Saturday nights at the Hillsboro Community Park.   Classes include 7 tractor classes such as Super Stock and Pro Stock; 5 truck classes, from diesel to all wheel drive; and  even a Big Block Hot Rod class.  The action starts at 7 each night and admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids on Friday and $15 for Adults and $5 for kids on Saturday.  Come on out to Hillsboro for great food and fun and bring the whole family along.  WMSR will be broadcasting LIVE on Friday beginning at 4 PM at the park, so come early and bring your lawn chair.  All proceeds from the event go to fund projects to “make Hillsboro a cleaner, safer, and more attractive place to live, work, and play.”

Motlow to Offer COMPASS Assessment Test

Motlow College is offering the COMPASS assessment test at all Motlow campuses multiple times through the end of the 2014 calendar year. Students planning to enroll at Motlow for the fall semester who need to take the COMPASS, which is used to assess a student’s readiness for college-level work, should do so as soon as possible.

Before taking the test, students must have on file in MoMotlow 3tlow’s admissions office the following: a completed admissions application, official high school and/or college transcripts, and if applicable, official test scores. Special test accommodations are available for students who require other than standard conditions for taking the test.

The COMPASS test is a computer testing system and helps determine students’ academic readiness in reading, writing and mathematics for college level work. Test results determine which courses are best suited to the students’ level of readiness.

The first initial test is provided free of charge. Students who take the COMPASS test and feel their test results have placed them incorrectly may challenge their initial placement score and retake the test or portions of the test. The college charges a $10 challenge fee for each portion of the test or $20 to challenge the entire test.

Students who are 21 years of age or older must take all three portions (reading, writing and math) of the COMPASS test unless they have valid ACT scores on file or collegiate credit from an accredited college or university.

GED and HiSET tests to be administered at Motlow College Moore County campus

Motlow sportsMotlow College will administer the General Educational Development (GED®) and High School Equivalency (HiSET) tests several times throughout the remainder of 2014. These tests will be conducted on the Moore County campus in the Crouch Center room 1046. Each applicant should decide which test is needed for his or her Tennessee High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma.

Applicants interested in completing the GED® must register online ( or by calling 1-877-392-6433. The fee for the test is $24 per test or $120 for the entire test. The GED® is in computer-based format only.

The HiSET is available in both computer and paper-based formats. Applicants interested in completing the HiSET must register online ( or by calling 1-855-694-4739. The fee for the HiSET test is $15 per test or $75 for the entire test.

Both tests meet the criteria for the HSE. Applicants should contact the Service Delivery Area (SDA), formerly the Adult Education Center, in his or her community for test vouchers and information on preparation classes. Applicants must also complete the online registration form, bring a notarized copy of the Official Practice Test, present government-issued picture identification, bring a confirmation letter, and present an Eligibility for Enrollment Form if applicable to the test.

Please visit the GED® and HiSET websites for details regarding the schedule and appointments for the tests. For more information regarding the tests, visit the Motlow College Testing Center online ( or call 931-393-1763.

Thursday Prep Action on Tap

Coffee County Middle School assistant coach Bryan Morgan works with the offensive linemen during a preseason practice.

Coffee County Middle School assistant coach Bryan Morgan works with the offensive linemen during a preseason practice.

A busy day for local prep teams on Thursday begins at 3 PM at Willowbrook Golf Club as the CHS Lady Raider golfers will play host to Oakland in a 9 hole match.  The Coffee County Middle School football team will host a scrimmage against Rock Springs at 5 PM on Thursday at the new middle school practice field.  The nightcap will be the annual Westwood Blue/White Game which will begin at 7 PM at Dyer-Bouldin Field.   Westwood will compete in the Cascade Jamboree on Friday night against Forrest beginning at 6:30 PM.  Westwood and Coffee County Middle School will open their regular season next week.

Motlow Bucks welcome former Rossview star to hoops roster

Motlow College men’s head basketball coach Matt Sligh has added another highly-touted student athlete to his roster with the announcement that Axel Magnuson, who prepped at Rossview High School in Clarksville, will be a member of the 2014-15 Bucks.

He is the eighth signee announced by Sligh to join an already talented Motlow squad. Six of the eight additions are from Tennessee, fulfilling Sligh’s goal of signing the most talented players in the state.

Magnuson, a 6’3” shooting guard, averaged 16 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game as a high school senior, while shooting 40% from three-point range and 75% from the free-throw line. He intended on being a preferred walk-on at Austin Peay State University last season, but instead decided to sit out the year.

Motlow basketball signee Axel Magnuson  Photo provided by Motlow Sports

Motlow basketball signee Axel Magnuson
Photo provided by Motlow Sports

“Axel is a great shooter and hard-nosed competitor,” said Sligh. “He had an outstanding prep career at Rossview, and after a year off he is eager to get back to playing college basketball.

“We needed to improve our consistency in making three-point shots and Axel will help us do that,” continued Sligh. “He will bring maturity to our roster and understands fully what it means to be a true teammate. He will work extremely hard individually at his game and will buy into our program fully. I look forward to coaching Axel, and the Motlow community will enjoy him as a student athlete.”

Rossview head coach Johnny Jackson saw much more from Magnuson than just his ability to put the ball in the basket.

“Axel had an outstanding senior season,” said Jackson. “He has an uncanny ability to score the ball, including a European flare to his game because of his deep three-point range. But he also is a very unselfish player and sees the floor really well.”

Magnuson is part of one of the most impressive recruiting classes in the 45-year history of Motlow College basketball. The incoming freshman class includes players from two different state championship teams, one from a state runner-up, and two from a team that had an undefeated regular season.

Coach Sligh will gather his squad during the final week of August as Motlow classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 25. The team will hold a skills clinic the following weekend on the Copperweld Arena floor inside Nisbett Center on the Moore County campus.

Young basketball players age kindergarten through grade twelve are invited to sign up for the upcoming camp, scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9am-noon. Campers will learn the basic fundamentals of winning basketball as well as have an opportunity to meet the Bucks’ players and to watch them perform drills and contests.

The clinic is open to both boys and girls, and the cost is $25 per camper or $40 for two children from the same family. To register for the clinic visit the Motlow athletics web site ( or email Coach Sligh at (

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Julius Perry – 17 – Pizza Winner!

Glenn Samson,  Doodee Perry – 40

Sue Reed – 78,  Kristy Riggs Tennsfield – 38

8/2/14 —– Selma T. Womack,

Funeral services for Mrs. Selma T. Womack, age 96, of Manchester, will be conducted at 1:00 PM on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Manchester Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Brenton Cox officiating.

Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Visitation with the family will be from 11:00 AM until time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.flower7

Mrs. Womack passed away Tuesday morning at McArthur Manor in Manchester.

Mrs. Womack was born in Monroe Co., KY, the daughter of the late William Alexander and Iva Quinn Turner.

She was a beautician at Modernistic and Selma’s House of Beauty and was a member of First Baptist Church in Manchester. Selma was also a member of the Chautauqua Club and the Forest Mills Homemakers Club.

In addition to her parents, Selma was also preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Womack; one son, Charles “Terry” Womack; one brother, William “Arnold” Turner; and one sister, Marie Patterson.

She is survived by one son, Kenneth (Mary) Womack of Lake Wales, FL; two grandchildren, Amy Womack (James) Bruce and Charles Adam (Amy) Womack; and seven great grandchildren.

Manchester Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Coffee County Middle School Open House

Coffee County School Board vice-Chairman Reggie Johnson cuts the ribbon to ceremonially open the Coffee County Middle School  Photo by Samantha Terrell-Watters

Coffee County School Board vice-Chairman Reggie Johnson cuts the ribbon to ceremonially open the Coffee County Middle School
Photo by Samantha Terrell-Watters

A large crowd turned out on Tuesday night for the dedication, ribbon-cutting and open house of the new Coffee County Middle School.  Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall welcomed the crowd as the $21 million dollar school opened its doors to the community.  Coffee County School Board vice-Chairman Reggie Johnson had the honor of cutting the ribbon to ceremonially open the new school.  Coffee County Middle School principal Kim Aaron spoke to the crowd expressing her gratitude to the community for investing in the new beautiful facility.  The middle school will open with approximately 900 students for this school year with an immediate expansion capacity of 1,200.  Long term, the design of the facility, and its common facilities, would allow for future expansion which could increase the overall capacity to 1,500.  Thunder Radio’s Samantha Terrell-Watters attended the dedication and will have a Thunder TV video presentation on the new school next week.  Make sure you visit our website,

Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall delivers remarks at the dedication ceremony for the new Coffee County Middle School Photo by Samantha Terrell-Watters

Coffee County Director of Schools Dr. LaDonna McFall delivers remarks at the dedication ceremony for the new Coffee County Middle School
Photo by Samantha Terrell-Watters

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