Pregnancy a Life-Changing Event: TN Women Want Federal Officials Recognition

If a woman in Tennessee gets pregnant while not covered by insurance, she is not eligible to enroll in health coverage under the Affordable Care Act outside of the open-enrollment period. Pregnancy is not considered a life-changing event by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – while giving birth or adopting a child …

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Local Farmer Gives Money To John Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund

The John Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund has received a $2,500 donation from Coffee County farmer Johnny DeBerry and America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The donation will help the organization award an educational scholarship. “I am honored to give the $2,500 donation to the John Willis Memorial Scholarship Fund,” said DeBerry. “I respected …

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Billy Joe Nelson GUILTY

A Coffee County Circuit Court jury needed a little over an hour to determine that a Tullahoma man was guilty of abducting and raping a Tullahoma woman Jan. 1, 2013. The jury of eight women and four men found Billy Joe Nelson, 33, guilty of rape, carjacking, robbery, aggravated kidnapping with bodily injury and aggravated …

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Local Fire Department Not Receiving Local Funding

The North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department will not be receiving $22,000 for the Coffee County government. The Coffee County Health, Welfare and Recreation Committee recently voted to not give the fire department the money until its Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating can be lowered. North Coffee’s current ISO rating is at level 9, while a …

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Several Arrested On Drug and or Weapons Charges

An investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) along with several other law enforcement agencies has resulted in 22 people arrested on several drug and firearm charges. The arrests, made Wednesday, canvassed nine counties across southeast Tennessee, northern Georgia and northern Alabama with the operation being centered in Marion County. The …

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Some State Leaders Want More Physical Activity For Tennessee Students

A bill being considered in the state House would require students in kindergarten to fifth grade to participate in a physical education class at least twice a week. The proposal was approved on a voice vote in a House Education subcommittee on Wednesday. Currently, school districts must integrate a minimum of 90 minutes of physical …

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Inmate Death In Franklin County

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the recent death of an inmate in Winchester. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the investigation Tuesday after the female inmate died in their jail. The Lincoln County woman from the Kelso community was arrested March 1 and died March 18. The TBI was asked to investigate …

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McMinnville Woman Charged With TennCare Fraud

A Warren County woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, which is going from doctor to doctor in a short period of time in order to obtain prescriptions drugs, while using TennCare as payment. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, announced the arrest of …

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National Youth Violence Prevention Week Aims to End Youth Violence in Tennessee

As National Youth Violence Prevention Week continues, health and education leaders in Tennessee say families, schools and communities each play a role in preventing violence before it occurs. According to the CDC, youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24. Carleen Wray, executive director of Students Against Violence Everywhere, …

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Some Leaders Want To Strip Local Authority Power To Ban Guns In Public Parks

Legislation that would strip local governments of the power to ban guns in public parks is advancing in the Legislature despite concerns from the governor. The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Harrison of Rogersville was approved 15-5 Tuesday in the House Finance Committee and is now being scheduled for a vote on the House …

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