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James Tyronne McClendon, 47 of Clyde Vickers Road, Hillsboro was arrested by Coffee County Sheriff’s investigator James Sherrill in a soybean field located off of Dean Shoppe Road in Hillsboro. The arrest came after some two hours of leading deputies on a chase through the area. The deputies had stopped running and chasing McClendon, and then Sherrill spotted him and the race was on again. According to Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves, the investigator caught up with him in the field and took him into custody.
McClendon was transported to the Coffee County Jail where he was booked on charges of evading arrest. According to the sheriff, the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency has placed a hold on McClendon for federal charges of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms of cocaine or 280 grams of chemicals to produce cocaine.
Graves stated that federal agents informed him that McClendon was one of 16 individuals indicted last month by a federal grand jury in Chattanooga on conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The other individuals who live in the Chattanooga area who were indicted with McClendon were arraigned Tuesday before a federal magistrate and ordered held without bond.
“Our investigators worked with the DEA in investigating this case,” Graves stated.
McClendon will be transferred to federal custody later, according to Sheriff Graves.
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Great Lakes Cheese will construct a 330,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Manchester. The new facility will be the 4th super plant that Great Lakes Cheese operates and its 9th facility nationwide.
Employment at this new plant is anticipated to reach 200 people by 2019.
Great Lakes Cheese Board Chairman Heidi Eller told those at a luncheon at the Manchester Coffee Conference Center that the company is very excited about growing the company in Manchester.
President and CEO Gary Vanic said that the future employees will share in the profits of Great Lakes Cheese because not only are they workers but also owners.
Great Lakes Cheese is headquartered in Hiram, Ohio.
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Flames were coming out the rear of a house on North Jackson Street around 11:45 p.m. Sunday night when Tullahoma Fire fighters arrived.
According to a report by Tullahoma Fire Chief Richard Shasteen, there was no power at the residence at the time of the fire. “When we arrived there was a car in the driveway so we checked but found out that the person renting the house was in Georgia.
Firefighters battled the blaze until around 3 a.m., according to the chief.
According to a report by Tullahoma Police Officer Tommy Elliott, Grady Cunningham who owns the house advised that Anthony Preavette had leased the house. Cunningham informed the officer that he had asked Preavette to move “due to the theft of electricity from Duck River Electric.”
The officer states that he spoke with Preavette by phone and was told that the man was in the process of moving out and that he had property still inside the house.
Shasteen stated that the fire appeared to have started in the rear of the house.
The cause of the blaze is under investigation by Tullahoma Detective Tyler Hatfield.
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The Tennessee Valley Authority says an unusually wet summer has translated into lower electric bills for customers.
John McCormick, Tennessee Valley Authority’s vice president for river operations, said in a statement that the rain kept the utility’s hydroelectric dams, which provide the cheapest source of energy, working overdrive.
Scott Brooks, a Nashville-based TVA spokesman, told The Tennessean that the extra hydro power has allowed TVA to purchase less energy from more expensive sources, a pattern is expected to continue this month.
The rainfall has led to a record-setting year for TVA’s 29 hydroelectric dams, which produced more energy in 2013 than at any other time in the past eight decades.
TVA serves 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states.
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Motlow College will close for the winter break on Dec. 23 and will reopen on Jan. 2, according to college officials.
The closing applies to computer labs, libraries and other facilities at all Motlow College sites, including the Moore County campus and the Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna centers.
Spring classes begin on Jan. 16, and the last day to register or add classes is Jan. 15. Students enrolled at Motlow this semester can register now for spring 2014 classes and are encouraged to do so, said Greer Alsup, director of admissions and records at the college.
“Registering now will increase students’ chances of getting their preferred classes and schedules,” she said. “We also encourage new and readmit students to submit applications for admission or readmission as soon as possible because they can’t register for classes until admission requirements have been met.”
New and readmit students must submit applications for admission or readmission by Jan. 8, with online applications accepted until midnight on that date. Online applications may be accessed from the “Apply Now” button on the college website.
Students interested in earning high school and college credits for courses in the Dual Enrollment Program and those enrolling in the ACE Program (Adult College Express) also are required to apply by Jan. 8.
For more information, call 931-393-1500 or 800-654-4877.
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The State Attorney General has issued a ruling in connection with city ordinances in a number of cities in the state concerning the sell of Pseudoephedrine and Ephedrine products. State Representative Judd Matheny had requested the opinion on behalf of several municipalities in his district concerning the control of the products.
According to the Tullahoma News, Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr. issued an opinion that stated that enactment by a county or municipality of a local ordinance that “prohibits the sale delivery or distribution of over the counter products ephedrine or Pseudoephedrine without a valid prescription from a health care professional would violate” state law.
On the question of whether or not the state law supersede local laws or ordinances that regulates the sales of the products, Cooper wrote, that the General Assembly passed regulations that prevents “local enactment now or in the future.”
The Attorney General noted that current law restricts the limit to the amount of Pseudoephedrine products a person can purchase per day to 3.6 grams and nine grams in a 30-day period.
Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne stated Monday that he “was not surprised” at the attorney general’s opinion.” (Thanks to Wayne Thomas and more detail se the Tullahoma News)
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Southeast gas prices have started to descend after a steady increase since November 15. Local pump prices dropped to $3.12 per gallon in Manchester and $3.06 in Tullahoma.
A barrel of oil closed at $97.65 on the NYMEX last Friday, up from $94 the week prior. Crude prices jumped after the unemployment rate fell to 7 percent in November.
“The good news is motorists should start to see Southeast gas prices inch lower this week after the Thanksgiving spike,” said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group. “Pump prices may not move lower for much longer though, as the cost for crude oil jumped on positive economic news and an increase for heating oil.”
The national average for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline is $3.26, 1-cent less than last week. Tennessee’s average of $3.13 decreased 3 cents from last week.
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The study of the concrete, earth and rock structures at Nickajack, Tims Ford, Wheeler and Guntersville dams are the latest in a “health check” of all 49 dams in the TVA system. TVA’s dams are safe. The health checks are part of a continuous improvement campaign to make sure TVA’s dams meet today’s stringent industry safety standards.
During the health checks, the integrity of each dam and the surrounding area is tested. The process involves drilling holes into the concrete, rock and soil at and near the dams. This will not harm the dam or the environment, but does help TVA engineers affirm the structural integrity of the dams.
As the work progresses, visitors will notice large equipment at and near the dams, including some on barges. Temporary road closures and other access restrictions may be necessary to ensure the safety of the public and the work crews at various phases of the project. Work at all four dams should be complete by March.
All scheduled work is subject to change depending on weather, geotechnical conditions encountered and other factors.
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