Bear Alert!

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said a bear has been spotted multiple times in the Manchester area. According to TWRA, the bear is believed to be a young cub and has been seen in the area of New Bushy Branch Road. A person who was traveling on Interstate 24 that spotted the bear between Exits …

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Bridge Reopens

Since May 9 the bridge over Crumpton’s Creek on Cat Creek Road in Coffee County has been closed. The Tennessee Department of Transportation informed Coffee County Road Superintendent Benton Bartlett that the bridge had to be closed for repairs. Closure barricades were placed at each end of the bridge, but as of 4pm Thursday afternoon …

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Bedford County Woman facing TennCare Charges in Coffee County

A Bedford County woman is charged a second time for doctor shopping, or going to multiple providers to obtain prescriptions for controlled substances. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with assistance from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office arrested Sonya Marie Leverette, 31, of Shelbyville. She is charged in Coffee County with four counts of doctor …

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Comcast Settles Deal with DREMC

Good news for Comcast Cable customers in Franklin and Moore counties. Comcast has settled its disagreement with Duck River Electric Membership Corporation over space on utility poles. In a press release from the company, Comcast officials say that the cable company has paid DREMC “to avoid an interruption of service.” They did not specify how …

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Tennessee Colleges Begin Registering Employee Guns on Campus

As the subject of gun laws takes center stage in the wake of the Orlando massacre, Tennessee college campus police are beginning to process registrations for employees who wish to carry guns while at work. The law allowing for full-time employees to carry guns on campus takes effect July 1. While training is not mandatory, …

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New Law for Unlawful Photography

Legislation to add those who unlawfully photograph a person for sexual gratification to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s (TBI) Sex Offender Registry was recently highlighted by Governor Bill Haslam at a ceremony on Capitol Hill marking the signing of the new law. The measure, sponsored by State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) and State Senator Jim …

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Woman Admits to Murder of Her Baby

Carol Michelle ‘Keri’ Roper will spend 30 years behind bars after she pled guilty this week to 2nd degree murder. The 23 year-old woman was accused in the 2014 death of her newborn child. She will serve her time at 100 percent, meaning she will not be eligible for parole. A trial date for her …

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Suspects in Arkansas Case Captured in Franklin County

On Monday afternoon at approximately 12:45pm Franklin County Sheriff’s Office personnel were able to locate and take into custody three individuals wanted for kidnapping and aggravated assault in Arkansas. The Sheriff’s Office received notification from authorities in Arkansas Friday evening and made contact with the fugitives Monday afternoon. Ricky Shetters, Jr. (4062 Rock Creek Rd. …

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Tennessee Falls in KIDS COUNT Data

Tennessee’s ranking on overall child well-being slipped from 36 to 38, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The change was largely driven by worsening economic indicators. The KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks child well-being in states across four domains. Tennessee’s overall ranking at 38 was compiled from its rankings …

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Machining Class Receives Grant at CCHS

Recently Machining Instructor Jeff Hinshaw was awarded another $10,000 grant for his machining classes at Coffee County High school. This is his second $10,000 award for the grant from the Gene Haas Foundation for his machining program. The awards are used to purchase lots of supporting items for his machining classes. Last year they built …

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