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Open House Is Saturday At The New Jail and County To Outsource Jail’s Healthcare

The new Coffee County Jail... Photo by Barry West

The new Coffee County Jail… Photo by Barry West

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Dept. will host an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new jail on Saturday and the public is invited to attend.
The $22 million, 400-bed facility is located at 3176 Hillsboro Highway. The open house will take place from 1-5 p.m.
Inside the new jail visitors will find separate quarters for male and female inmates. Also the facility has a roughly 1,200-square-foot medical wing inside the new jail that includes numerous examination rooms, a restroom and a quarantine facility for inmates with contagious illnesses.
Each cell at the new jail will house two inmates.
In other jail news, the Coffee County Purchasing Commission has approved to outsource the new jail’s healthcare operations to Quality Correctional Health Care (QCHC) starting next month, at a cost of $456,000 per year.
The annual cost includes all medical care as well as mental health services, dental work up to $12,500 per year and most pharmaceutical drugs, with the exception of HIV and other specialty medications.
Inmate medical costs for the current fiscal year ending June 30 are expected to end up somewhere between $1.2 and $1.5 million.
Sheriff Steve Graves said in an interview on WMSR last month that he expects jail medical costs will come down substantially at the new facility. The two-man cell system should make things safer, cleaner, and healthier for everyone including jail staff.

Shelbyville Man Facing Sex Crime Charges

Eddie P. Pilkington... Photo provided by the Bedford County Sheriff's Department

Eddie P. Pilkington… Photo provided by the Bedford County Sheriff’s Department

On Wednesday, members of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office arrested Eddie P. Pilkington, age 62, of Shelbyville, for Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.
Pilkington’s arrest comes after good teamwork between the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office and the Winchester Police Department’s ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Unit. On March 25, 2015, investigators from both agencies executed a search warrant at Pilkington’s residence and recovered evidence that included child pornography.

Proposal To Ban Alcohol Sales To People With Multiple DUI’s Fails

DUIA House panel has defeated a proposal to ban alcohol sales to people with three or more drunken driving convictions. The House budget subcommittee rejected the measure on a voice vote this week. The bill would have required the words “No Alcohol Sales” be printed on the license of people with at least three DUI convictions for between five and fifteen years. The measure would have required affected drivers to pay the $12 to include the language on the licenses. Critics noted that the bill would not affect alternate ID’s like passports, and that separate legislation seeks to do away with universal carding requirements for people who look over 50.

The Non-Smoking “Gun”: E-cigarette Use Triples Among Young People

The increased use of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco for hookah pipes are cause for concern for the CDC and FDA. Photo credit: haml/

The increased use of e-cigarettes and flavored tobacco for hookah pipes are cause for concern for the CDC and FDA. Photo credit: haml/

E-cigarettes are increasing in popularity and new data released from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicates some of its success is due in part to a popularity among middle and high schoolers. New information indicates e-cigarette usage tripled among ‘tweens and teens from 2013 to 2014. Director of the CDC Tom Frieden says the increased popularity of the product is working against other progress made in the fight against cigarette smoking. “Big picture is we’re seeing a striking increase,” says Frieden. “It’s very concerning. It more than counterbalances the decrease in cigarette smoking, which we’ve seen occurring in the last few years.” Last year, the Tennessee Department of Health issued a public health advisory on the use of e-cigarettes, citing what it called inadequate scientific information on the long-term impacts of e-cigarette usage. Another area of concern for the CDC is the popularity of hookahs, which are large pipes used to smoke flavored tobacco. Brian King, deputy director for research translation with the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, says the various flavors offered with e-cigarettes and hookah tobacco make them an interesting option to young people. “Hookah, like e-cigarettes, are not regulated, although they have proposed to be regulated,” says King. “They’re still available in flavors, particularly kid-friendly flavors that can increase appeal and access.” This is the first time since the government began collecting data on e-cigarettes in 2011 that current e-cigarette use surpassed current use of every other tobacco product, including conventional cigarettes.


Father of Toddler Shot In March Indicted By Grand Jury

grand juryThe father of a toddler, who was shot in March, was indicted by the April term of the Coffee County Grand Jury.
Martin Jackson Anderson, 20, of A Street Hillsboro was indicted on charges of two counts of aggravated child abuse of children under 8-years-old and two counts of reckless endangerment by the April term of the grand jury.
Anderson’s 18-month-old son was shot March 3 in the head by his 3-year-old brother at Anderson’s home on A Street in Hillsboro.
According to Coffee County Sheriff’s Investigative Sgt. Danny Ferrell, the 18-month old child was shot one time in the head by his 3-year-old brother with a .25 caliber handgun. The child was transported to Manchester Medical Center and then transferred by Coffee County EMS to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
The indictments allege that Anderson treated the two boys in “an act of abuse resulting in serious bodily injury” and “imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury being committed with a deadly weapon.”
Anderson was booked into the Coffee County Jail and released after posting a $10,000 bond. He was arraigned in Coffee County Circuit Court Wednesday, April 22.
After the shooting incident, the children were placed in the custody of the Department of Children Services. But they have since been placed in the custody of their grandparents.

100 Million People Traveled In Tennessee During 2014

tennessee flagFor the first time in history, Tennessee travel has exceeded 100 million domestic person stays. That’s according to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. Tourism results for 2014 confirm a record-breaking year for Tennessee tourism.
Total travel to Tennessee for 2014 was 101.3 million, up from 96.4 million in 2013, an increase of 5.1 percent. This was higher than the national growth of 4.4 percent.
Increases in visitor volume translate into increases in Tennessee revenues. Preliminary numbers for 2014 economic impact results project nearly $18 billion in direct travel expenditures. This is an estimated increase of $1.3 billion over the previous year.

Pool Construction To Impair Traffic In Tullahoma On Thursday

constructionOn Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Tullahoma from 6am to 11am, Cedar Lane from Iris Drive to Hogan Street (in the vicinity of the new pool at DW Wilson) will be reduced to one lane, and flaggers will be present. Seek alternate route and avoid area.
If you must travel Cedar Lane, slow down and use caution. The North Bound lane will be closed, allowing traffic to travel in the south bound lane.
Cement trucks will be using the closed traffic lane to deliver concrete to the new pool.

Public Invited To Hiring Fair at Motlow College

Motlow 3Motlow College students and area citizens are invited to attend a Hiring Fair on Wednesday, April 29, according to Brenda Cannon, director of student and campus relations.
The fair will be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. inside the Lincoln County Dining Hall in the Forrester Student Center on the Moore County campus.
There is no pre-registration fee or fee of any kind required to attend the event. Job seekers are encouraged to dress for success and bring copies of their resumes.
Vendors that have registered thus far include, Ascend Federal Credit Union, At Home Health Care-TN, Batesville Manufacturing, Inc., Haven of Hope, Lowe’s, Metro Industrial, Morning Pointe, Social Security Administration, Up Dish Services and Waffle House.
Representatives from Workforce Solutions and the Tennessee Department of Labor will be at the fair in order to assist with resume writing and will hold mock interview sessions, while providing information about local job opportunities.
For more information regarding the Hiring Fair, please contact Brenda Cannon at 931-393-1548 or at

Tullahoma Celebrates First Arboretum on Arbor Day

Arbor dayThe City of Tullahoma will observe Arbor Day on National Arbor Day, Friday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to attend the Tree Board ceremony to honor the establishment of the city’s first arboretum. The ceremony will be held at the Sunrise Rotary Disc Golf Course, where the arboretum is located (at East Park behind East Middle School).
The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) certifies an arboretum with 30 different species of labeled trees. The area must have a significant amount of woody vegetation in tree form that is cultivated for educational, scientific or appealing purposes. It must be open to the public, the trees must be properly labeled for educational purposes and they must be properly protected and maintained.
The Sunrise Rotary Club is being awarded the Tree Board Award for the donation of the signage for the East Park Arboretum.  The Noon Rotary Club is also being awarded the Tree Board Award for the 9 memorial trees they added to East Park Arboretum.

Manchester Crash Injures One

Two-vehicle crash occurred Tuesday afternoon in Manchester... Photo by Barry West

Two-vehicle crash occurred Tuesday afternoon in Manchester… Photo by Barry West

A traffic accident occurred on Tuesday afternoon in Manchester on Hwy 55. The two vehicle crash occurred at the intersection of MacArthur Drive and Oak Street. Manchester Police Captain Victor Jones says that the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck involved in the wreck apparently ran a traffic light and collided with the other vehicle. One female was injured and was taken to the Medical Center of Manchester for treatment by Coffee County EMS. Manchester Fire and Rescue and the Tennessee Highway Patrol also responded to the scene.

Crash scene photo by Samantha Watters

Crash scene photo by Samantha Watters

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