Wanted Man Captured

Billy S. Dykes, a Coffee County man wanted for kidnapping and other charges in Bedford County was arrested Wednesday, April 26, by Coffee County Deputies. Dykes, 32, allegedly kidnapped an ex-girlfriend and her children from Bedford Manor Apartments in Bedford County on April 3. He allegedly pointed a gun at her and told her that …

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Three Local Schools to receive Read to be Ready Summer Grant Money

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced on Thursday that more than 11,000 students in 107 communities across the state will benefit from the 2017 Read to be Ready Summer Grant program, which funds educational camps that target rising first, second, and third graders who are not on grade level in reading during the critical summer months. …

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Haslam’s Improve Act Signed into Law

Gov. Bill Haslam has signed his wide-ranging proposal that increases Tennessee’s gas tax to fund roadwork and cuts other taxes. On Wednesday, the governor signed the bill that includes Tennessee’s first gas tax increase since 1989. The changes take effect July 1. Both chambers passed the bill last week. In a final vote Monday, the …

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High School Student looking to become Tullahoma’s Youngest Alderman

A Tullahoma High School senior could become the youngest person ever elected to serve on the city’s board of alderman. 18 year-old Michael Celiberti earlier this week was able to talk the current aldermen and mayor to vote to change the city’s charter, lowering the minimum age to run for office from 21 to 18. …

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April’s Hometown Hero

Al White Motors and WMSR (Thunder Radio) are teaming up to honor those who serve that thin blue line, our local law enforcement. Each month someone in law enforcement will be honored as a Hometown Hero. Our hero this month is Coffee County Deputy Larry McKelvey. He has been a corrections officer with the Coffee …

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Herb Horton Steps Down as CHS Lady Raider Basketball Coach

The Coffee County Central High School Lady Raider basketball team will be looking for a new head coach for next season.  Herb Horton, the Lady Raiders coach for the last 4 years, has resigned his position effective immediately.  Horton met with his team on Wednesday afternoon to inform them of his decision. Horton, who was …

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ERPUD will Raise Rates beginning May 1

Elk River Public Utilities District (ERPUD) will begin a rate increase beginning May 1. The customer charge, is a flat fee that helps pay for the infrastructure costs of delivering gas safely to customers and is not based on usage. A rate increase implemented last year to bolster Elk River Public Utility District (ERPUD) against …

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Take Back Day is April 29

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (DTB) is set for Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As part of this major health and safety initiative, the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition (CCADC) will host two take-back events, one in Manchester and one in Tullahoma. Community members are encouraged to stop …

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Attorney General’s Office says it would Defend an Amended Abortion Bill

The Tennessee attorney general’s office says it would defend an amended abortion bill in court if it becomes law, despite previously calling its key requirements “constitutionally suspect.” Attorney General Herbert Slatery’s spokesman says “the law to some degree is unsettled” surrounding the legislation, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks if doctors determine the fetus …

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Bill will allow Students to take American Sign Language for their Foreign Language Requirements

The Tennessee Legislature has passed a measure that allows students to take American Sign Language and get credit for their foreign language requirements. Sen. Becky Massey, a Republican from Knoxville who sponsored the Senate Bill, said Tennessee passed a law allowing kids to take ASL for credit back in the early ’90s. But Massey said …

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