Group wants All State Prisons run by the State

An association representing state employees in Tennessee wants the state to stop using private prisons. The Tennessean reports that Tennessee State Employee Association President Bryan Merritt is calling on the Tennessee Department of Correction to end the use of private prisons because he says state employees already do a great job managing prisons. He says …

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Nashville Takes Steps to Take Crime Out of Pot

As it stands, getting caught with marijuana in Tennessee could leave you with a criminal record or even jail time. But a measure to decriminalize the drug has made it through one vote at Nashville’s Metro Council. While legalizing pot is a hard sell to some, the push to decriminalize the substance has picked up …

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Update–Missing Man Found Deceased

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department received a call on Friday (August 19, 2016) that Benjamin Cox was missing from his residence in the Summitville, TN area. Apparently he went missing on Wednesday (August, 17) around 2 pm. On Tuesday morning Cox was found deceased at a location in Summitville. No foul play is expected at …

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Gas Prices expected to go Higher

Gas prices are on the rise, as crude oil got more expensive last week. Oil prices hit their highest level in more than a month. Since last Sunday, the state average for a gallon of gas rose 4 cents in Tennessee. The average price of gasoline is $1.95 in Tennessee. On Sunday, the state average rose for the …

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Unemployment Rate Up Slightly in Tennessee

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for July was 4.3 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from the June rate of 4.1 percent. That’s according to Tennessee Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips. Even with the slight increase this month, the unemployment rate in Tennessee has declined 1.3 percent since July of 2015. The U.S. rate for July was …

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“Sunny” Welcome set for Motlow Students

Motlow State Community College will offer a “sunny” welcome to both new and returning Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect students arriving on campus beginning next week with a special celebration at each of the Motlow State Moore County, Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna campuses. Under the theme “My Future’s So Bright,” Tennessee Promise and Reconnect students …

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Coffee County Claims 2nd Straight Coffee Pot Win

If Alontae Taylor circled the Coffee Pot game on his calendar, who could blame him? The Coffee County junior quarterback had his 2nd straight HUGE game against the Wildcats in a 49 to 10 Red Raider win over Tullahoma on Friday night at the Wildcat’s home field at Wilkins Stadium. The Tennessee commitment used big …

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Campos Lawsuit amended, adding more Defendants

On June 24 Jessica Campos age 28 of Murfreesboro, was killed when her car was struck by a vehicle driven by Garieon Simmons of Decherd. Authorities were pursuing Simmons after he reportedly stole a Cadillac Escalade from the Coffee County Funeral Chapel on the McMinnville Highway in Manchester. At times Simmons was allegedly traveling on …

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County receives less Money from Bonnaroo

Over the past 15 years Bonnaroo has given back to Coffee County in many ways including the county receiving money off of ticket sales. $3 is collected from tickets and a $30,000 flat fee. The amount received has averaged around $250,000 per year until this year. Normally Bonnaroo sells around 80,000 tickets. The past June …

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“September is National Preparedness Month”

“September is National Preparedness Month.”  The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters and WMSR are reminding you how important it is to be ready for disasters and emergencies. Take some time to prepare an emergency kit for your home, office, and vehicle, and have an emergency plan so you and your family are …

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