Drought Conditions in the area

Despite some portions of the area receiving heavy downpours of rain, an area near the Franklin, Grundy, and Coffee county lines is considered to have moderate to severe drought conditions. William Henley of Henley Farms told WKRN-TV that the extreme heat has affected his corn crops. Henley said he is lucky that he will be …

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United Way of Coffee and Moore Counties Receives Grant

Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN) has announced the recipients of their Creative Communities Grants program. This initiative was created to connect rural and underserved populations with entrepreneurial education, tools and resources. All grantees will be using their awards to run entrepreneurial or workforce development programs. Applicants were encouraged to collaborate with other local partners to customize their …

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Grundy County Teacher and Coach Suspended

A Grundy County teacher and coach has been suspended pending an investigation into an altercation between two students. Jerry Wayne Brown Jr., who according to the school’s website is a physical education teacher and the boys’ basketball coach, was suspended from his teaching and coaching duties on July 22. Director of Schools Jessie Kinsey told …

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Tax Free Weekend Starts Friday

Tennessee’s sale tax free weekend is this week. Freedom from sales tax on certain items begins at midnight Friday, July 29th and continues until midnight Sunday, July 31st. Even though the tax free weekend is earlier this year, the great news is that the benefits remain the same. No sales tax on clothing, school and …

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Trooper Cadet Academy Starting Soon

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) is announcing it will soon begin accepting applications for the next Trooper Cadet Academy. Men and women interested in a career as a state trooper can begin the application process online only, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, August 3, through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, August 16. The THP anticipates the …

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High Speed Chase Case Bound to Grand Jury

The case of Garieon Simmons was bound to the Rutherford County Grand Jury yesterday. He is the man accused of taking a vehicle from Coffee County Funeral Chapel and leading law enforcement on a high speed chase into Rutherford County. He is charged with driving into a vehicle and killing a young Rutherford County woman. …

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Sheriff’s Department Adds Decal to Patrol Cars

On Tuesday (July 26) the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department began the process of installing stickers on the back of patrol cars. The stickers say “In God WeTrust”, and deputies are very proud to display the statement on their vehicles.  Sheriff Steve Graves says that this has been something his department has been wanting to do …

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Early Voting Ends July 30

Early voting is continuing in the county and voting is taking place at the election commission located at the Administrative Plaza in Manchester and at the C.D. Stamps building on South Jackson Street here in Tullahoma. The final day to take part in the early voting is this Saturday. As of Monday afternoon, there had …

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Veterans Program Coming This Fall to Coffee County

To help veterans who have had a problem with the justice system, Coffee County will initiate a new veterans treatment court program soon. The program will be an addition to other recovery programs, such as the mental health and the drug court programs. Judge Craig Johnson will preside over the veterans treatment court, beginning in …

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Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Helps Train in Cowan Tunnel

A rapid response this week by the Franklin County Sheriff’s department, Cowan firemen and CSX personnel to an incident in the Cowan tunnel may have averted a much worse-case scenario.Chuck Stines, with the Franklin County Sheriff’s department, said a train going through the tunnel “went into emergency mode and caused the train to come uncoupled …

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