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Estill Springs Police Looking for Robbery Suspect

dollar-general-logoEstill Springs Police searching for suspect in a Dollar General Store robbery.
Just before noon this past Saturday morning a man wielding a knife walked into the Estill Springs Dollar General Store on 41A and demanded money, and he’s still on the loose.
The frightened clerk opened the cash drawer and gave the man what was inside. The suspect then fled the store on foot and the clerk called police.
Estill Springs Police Chief Alan Rhodes is asking for the public’s help in identifying a vehicle that may have been parked on Cinder Path Road, behind the store and across the railroad tracks between the hours of 11 a.m. and noon on Saturday.
“We believe he parked his car down there and we’re asking anyone who might have seen a car parked there to give us a call,” Rhodes said.
The man is described as wearing dark colored overhauls, with a black tee shirt and scarf and wearing a black wig.
Police do have surveillance footage of the suspect. If you have any information about the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle, please call Estill Springs Police at (931)649-2233.

Study: Time With Children Matters Most

Family advocates and research emphasizes the importance of parents spending time with their children this Thanksgiving week. Credit: jusbeb/morguefile.

Family advocates and research emphasizes the importance of parents spending time with their children this Thanksgiving week. Credit: jusbeb/morguefile.

This Thanksgiving week, advocates for families advise parents to relish time with their children. A new report from the children’s advocacy group Search Institute, stresses the importance of extra family time when it comes to development. Researchers found family time has more of an impact than demographic factors such as race and income. Peggy O’Mara, former editor of Mothering Magazine, says it confirms basic principles of how humans develop. “We really learn by mimicking and by modeling rather than by being told what to do,” she explains. “So when parents interact with their children, when they show interest in them, when they help them realize their potential, the children do that themselves, with their families and with themselves as they grow up. ” The report recommends parents take five essential actions to foster development – express care for the child, encourage personal growth, provide support, share in decision-making and connect a child to opportunities. Enola Aird, founder of Mothers for a Human Future, says the report validates long held societal values of the parent-child relationship, but adds it’s also important to acknowledge the impact outside forces can have on raising children. “No matter how much we may want to foster relationships, no matter how much we want to foster connectedness in our individual families, we live in a culture that is radically individualistic and radically consumer-driven, and those are forces that really do undermine relationships,” she points out. O’Mara says while social programs often focus on improving household income and increasing the amount of child care available to parents as they work, supporting parents as they try to spend more quality time with their child is the most valuable way to further child development. “In this country, oh, it’s just like the wild frontier as far as what parents are so out on their own, and I think supporting families financially in different ways would really be something to take home from this study,” she says. The report recommends that schools further engage families and support their efforts to be better parents.

Beware Of Online Thieves

identity theftDid you know that Online Identity Theft Crimes are on the rise? Many consumers fall victim to online identity crimes due to the increase of shopping during the holiday season. It is important to be aware of certain emails that request personal information as a means of gaining access to the site. Be mindful when purchasing items on line that your personal information and payment will be requested at the end of the purchase, not at the beginning. Online Identity Theft Crime has become increasingly easy because most consumers are not as savvy on technology devices as the criminal.

Here are some tips that can help you protect your identity this holiday season:

  1. Use Strong Passwords:


Use different user ID / password combinations for different accounts and avoid writing them down. Make the passwords more complicated by combining letters, numbers, special characters (minimum 10 characters in total) and change them on a regular basis.


  1. Secure your computer:

Activate your firewall

Firewalls are the first line of cyber defense; they block connections to unknown or bogus sites and will keep out some types of viruses and hackers.

Use anti-virus/malware software

Prevent viruses from infecting your computer by installing and regularly updating anti-virus software.

Block spyware attacks

Prevent spyware from infiltrating your computer by installing and updating anti-spyware software.


  1. Install the latest operating system updates:

Keep your applications and operating system (e.g. Windows, Mac, Linux) current with the latest system updates. Turn on automatic updates to prevent potential attacks on older software.


  1. Protect your e-identity

Be cautious when giving out personal information such as your name, address, phone number or financial information on the Internet. Make sure that websites are secure (e.g. when making online purchases) or that you’ve enabled privacy settings (e.g. when accessing/using social networking sites).


  1. Call the right person for help

Don’t panic! If you are a victim, or if you suspect a computer crime, identity theft or a commercial scam, report this to your local police. If you need help with maintenance or software installation on your computer, consult with your service provider or a certified computer technician.

For more information contact the Tennessee Highway Patrol Identity Crimes Division at

615-251-5185. or visit our website at

Tullahoma Woman Facing Numerous Charges

Allyson Nichole Spelce intake photo provided by the Coffee County Sheriff's Department.

Allyson Nichole Spelce intake photo provided by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.

A Tullahoma woman has been arrested on several charges following an incident at Wal-Mart on North Jackson Street in Tullahoma.
Allyson Nichole Spelce, 32, of Autumn Lane Tullahoma was charged with shoplifting, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, driving on revoke/suspended license, evading arrest, criminal trespass and two counts of assault.
According to a warrant obtained by Tullahoma Police Officer Derrick Derlien, on Nov. 23 Spelce is accused of shoplifting from the store and having two 14-year-olds shoplift with her. The items totaled $210 in value.
She fled the store when store employees attempted to stop them and allegedly assaulted the employees. The officer caught Spelce’s vehicle on Kings Lane. When the officer checked her license record he found that they were revoked/suspended.
The warrant states that the woman had already been banned from all Wal-Mart stores.
Spelce was booked into the Coffee County Jail under a $58,500 bond and is to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court Dec. 17.

Thanksgiving Gas Prices Lowest Since 2008

gas prices 4When 41.9 million Americans fill-up the car for a Thanksgiving road trip, they will pay the cheapest pump prices for the holiday since 2008. The average price of gasoline nationwide is $2.08, 72 cents lower than last year’s average of $2.80 on Thanksgiving Day.
Airline tickets are 10% lower than last year for 40 top routes, AAA said. And hotel rates are mostly flat.
“Motorists are saving around $11 for a full tank of gas compared to this time last year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.
The heaviest travel days will be today Wednesday, Nov. 25; Sunday, Nov. 29 and Monday, Nov. 30. The number of daily passengers during the holiday period will range from 1.4 million to 2.7 million.
The average gas price in Tennessee is a $1.91 and the low price in Manchester is a $1.75 and in Tullahoma it’s $1.77.

Murfreesboro Police Officer Charged in Child Porn Case

Kevin Wayne Dunn

Kevin Wayne Dunn

A Murfreesboro Police Officer is being investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The case was confirmed by the TBI at 6:00, Monday evening.
Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a Sergeant of the Murfreesboro Police Department in an ongoing child pornography investigation.
During the course of a recent investigation, TBI Agents developed information which led to Kevin Wayne Dunn as an individual who had distributed images consistent with child pornography.
then booked him into the Rutherford County Jail on a $750,000 bond.
Sgt. Dunn has been employed since November, 1998.(WGNS Radio)

Motlow Holiday Music Concerts

Motlow 3The Motlow State Community College music department is excited to present a pair of holiday concerts during the first week of December on the Moore County campus.
Both performances will be held in Eoff Hall inside Powers Auditorium. The first is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., and the second on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. Both concerts feature Motlow students and community members. A reception will be held one hour in advance of each performance.
“There will be something for everyone in these concerts, and since it is the beginning of the holiday season our hope is to put everyone in the holiday spirit,” said Dr. David Bethea, assistant professor of music at Motlow.
The concerts will offer a wide array of musical styles and holiday standards performed by the Motlow Vocal Ensemble and the Motlow Community Band, including solos by several members of the ensemble throughout the musical production.
Santa Claus, the Grinch, Rudolph and characters from the movie “Frozen” will make appearances throughout the show, and will be available for photo opportunities during the reception and intermission.
Many Motlow students participate in the vocal ensemble and the community band “It’s going to be a great show,” exclaims Dr. Bethea, “and we hope people will call soon to make reservations.”
Reservations may be made by calling 931-393-1700 or emailing Bobbie Underwood at Admission is free and donations are appreciated and will benefit the Motlow College Music Department.

Important Information about Sheriff Department Food and Toy Boxes

christmass treeThe Coffee County Sheriff’s Department will begin accepting names for food and toy boxes on November, 30, 2015.
There is a change this year in the way names will be accepted. This year you’ll be required to come to the sheriff’s department in person. There are three requirements to be put on the list for boxes and or toys; Must have proof of identification, birth certificate of each child and proof of residency, such as utility bill or something similar.
If you have any questions call Shannon at 931-570-4409 or Lesley at 931-570-4410.

Murder Suspects Arrested in Manchester

Brandon Shawn Smith

Brandon Shawn Smith

According to Manchester Assistant Police Chief Adam Floied, two people wanted in connection with a Covington, Georgia homicide/robbery were arrested Saturday in Manchester. Floied says, an alert clerk at a motel in Manchester had seen an alert issued out of Chattanooga about the murder and called 911. “The clerk saw them leaving and when he saw the license tag on the car he knew it was the one that Chattanooga had put out”.
Floied saw the 2002 Honda Accord and followed it to the Beech Grove area where he stopped the vehicle. He said that the pair were arrested without any problem. The incident in Covington, Georgia was in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart and was captured on surveillance video. The video shows a man walk up to Marsha Johnson, 65, in an attempt to grab her purse. During the struggle, she fell to the ground. The video, according Georgia authorities, shows the suspect get into Johnson’s car and drive over her several times, killing her. A witness was able to provide police with a description of the suspect for a sketch artist working with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Floied identified the pair as Brandon Shawn Smith, 27 and Stephanie Marie Rodriguez, 37. They were held in the Coffee County Jail over the weekend and face extradition back to Georgia to face the robbery/murder charges.
Stephanie Marie Rodriguez

Stephanie Marie Rodriguez

Georgia officials told authorities here that Smith and Rodriguez, could be responsible for at least ten violent purse snatchings in North and South Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Georgia. According to Floied the car that the two were riding in was possibly stolen.

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