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Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week 30 January 2015

AaronsluckydogThe Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the week for

30 January 2015 is Ava Weidenbacher. Ava is in fifth

grade at Hillsboro Elementary School in Coffee County.

She is the daughter of proud parents Amanda and Pat.

She was nominated for this award because she is and

exemplary student and is always helpful to her fellow

classmates and her teachers. Ava’s favorite subject is

language arts because she uses those skills every day,

it’s fun and she like to learn new things. She plans to

be a doctor when she gets older because she enjoys

helping people. Ava was presented with a plaque

(courtesy of K&S Trophies of Tullahoma) and a set of

tickets to an up-coming Nashville Predators game.

Congratulations to Ava Weidenbacher, the Aaron’s

Sales and Lease Student of the Week.

The Aaron's Sales and Lease Student of the Week - Ava Weidenbacher

The Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week – Ava Weidenbacher

Local Murder Suspect Wants Bond Lowered

Connie King

Connie King

It’s been over 2 years since we reported the murder of Thomas Colucci, at his residence on Maple Springs Road near Manchester on Nov. 13, 2012.
Connie King and Troy Lynn King are accused of killing the man. Their trial is set to begin in May, 2015.
Connie King was arrested in July of 2013 in Daytona Beach, Fla., on charges of felony murder and premeditated first-degree murder. She was returned to Coffee County July 18, 2013. She is being held under $500,000 bond.
Connie King, 38, appeared in court on Wednesday with her attorney Chris Stanford, who made a request that her bond be lowered from $500,000 to $50,000.
King’s mother Shirley Nunley testified on behalf of her daughter. Nunley told the court that her daughter would stay with her at her home in Altamont in Grundy County if she is released on bond, but said she did not think she could financially afford to post a $50,000 bond if the judge lowered it to that amount, although she would try.
Stanford told the judge that if King is released she could wear a GPS tracking device at a cost of $300 a month. Her mother testified that she would pay for the tracking device.
Judge Vanessa Jackson will decide on the bond reduction in the next few weeks.

Tullahoma Police Asking For The Public’s Help

If you know this woman's identity contact Tullahoma Police

If you know this woman’s identity contact Tullahoma Police

On Monday Jan 26, 2015 a female was at Walmart in Tullahoma. The woman left without paying for items. Anyone with information regarding the identity of this person is asked to contact the Tullahoma Police Department.
On Jan, 19, 2015 two unknown black males entered two liquor stores in Tullahoma and cashed counterfeit checks. The two subjects of interest appeared to be driving a white Chevy Equinox when they left the businesses.
Anyone with information regarding these three crimes is asked to contact the Tullahoma Police Department at 931-455-0530 or email at See more photos below. The people in the photos are innocent until proven guilty.

Contact Tullahoma Police if you can identify the black male in this picture.

Contact Tullahoma Police if you can identify the black male in this picture.

Tullahoma Police wants to talk to the black male in this picture. If you can identify him call police.

Tullahoma Police wants to talk to the black male in this picture. If you can identify him call police.

Franklin County Detective’s Gun and Bulletproof Vest Missing

Photo from WGNS. Not actual gun.

Photo from WGNS. Not actual gun.

Authorities are investigating after a Franklin County detective reported his gun and bulletproof vest missing.
According to a police report, Detective Nick Watson said the items were in his car at the Ashwood Cove Apartments on North Tennessee Boulevard in Murfreesboro.
Upon returning to his car he noticed the items were missing. Watson said there were no visible signs of forced entry.
At this point, no word on who may have stolen the detective’s gun and vest. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-STOP.

EMPOWER Program In Need Of Adult Mentors Who Want To Make A Difference

Coffee Co. Anti DrugAt the beginning of a new year, we often feel compelled to look forward at the year ahead and think, “What could I do differently this year?” or “How could I improve myself as a person?” Our resolutions may lead to us to get in better physical shape, to volunteer more, to spend more quality time with our families, and so on. This year, the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition wants to challenge everyone to take on a resolution that will make a real difference for kids and parents in our community – Be a Mentor! Their EMPOWER program matches adult mentors with middle school students in our county who could benefit from some extra help academically. All you have to do is volunteer an hour per week. Our youth need you! Make 2015 the year of changing a life in Coffee County by making the resolution to be a Mentor! To get involved, call the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition office at 931-570-4484, or email Robert Ray at

Tullahoma Love Your City Clean Up Day

TullahomaThe Think Green Tullahoma Committee is sponsoring a city clean-up day Saturday, February 14, 2015. The Love Your City Cleanup Day runs from 8:00 a.m. until noon.  Volunteers are needed to spend as little or as much time as they can to make Tullahoma more attractive.
Four times a year the Tullahoma Public Works Department organizes a Clean-up Day and asks for the help of volunteers.
“I am convinced 99.5% of Tullahoma citizens want to live in a clean and attractive community,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “I know 100% of the people that want to invest in Tullahoma want to invest in a clean and attractive community.”
To report an area needing to be cleaned, call Public Works prior to the event.
“Organize your church group, business, or even family and join me in making a difference by helping to clean up Tullahoma.   Although the official day is Saturday, the 14th, if another day works better for you and your team, go for it,” said Mayor Curlee. “We need your help. Last month, Public Works removed 93 bags of litter along Highway 55.”
Please don’t make an excuse.  Public works will supply the bags and grabbers to pick up the trash.
If you want to be officially counted for service hours, Volunteers should call Public Works at 931-454-1768 to sign up and then meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Tullahoma Public Works Department, 942 Maplewood Avenue for supplies and assignments the day of the event. Or you can do it on your own schedule, but if you need supplies, contact Public Works sometime in the morning before 10:30 am and let them know what you need and when you will be there to pick up bags or gloves.
Rain date is February 21.

School Merger Meeting Is Thursday— Unscientific Survey Says People Are In Favor

Screen shot 2015-01-26 at 3.05.38 PMA joint meeting of the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the city school board will take place Thursday, Jan 29 beginning at 5:30pm at city hall. This meeting is to discuss possible cuts in the school system budget and merging with the county school system.
Last week WMSR started an online survey concerning the merger issue. The results are in and 1,147 people participated. Question 1: Are you in favor of Manchester City Schools merging with Coffee County Schools? 763 voters said yes and 380 said no. 4 people did not vote. Question 2: Are you a resident of the City of Manchester? 919 yes and 198 no. 30 people did not vote. Question 3: Do you have a child who attends a Manchester City School? 683 voted no and 435 said yes. 29 did not vote.
The survey was conducted on for 6 days and the votes were volunteer. More survey graphs below.
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2015 Citizens’ Trooper Academy Starts In March

THP 3The Tennessee Highway Patrol is accepting applications for the 2015 Citizens’ Trooper Academy in March.
The academy consists of about 30 hours of training. It’s designed to develop a better understanding of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, as well as its parent agency, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
Topics covered include investigations, special operations, homeland security and many other areas of the patrol.
Participants must be at least 21 years old, available to attend weekly three-hour sessions with no more than one absence and have no criminal history.
The Nashville session is scheduled to begin March 10, and the Knoxville class will start March 12. Both sessions will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. local time weekly.
To apply, visit:

Consumer Group Asks McDonald’s To Hold The Antibiotics

PHOTO: In the wake of a new campaign from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, McDonald's is being urged to stop using meat that's been raised with antibiotics. Photo credit: Elliot/Flickr

PHOTO: In the wake of a new campaign from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, McDonald’s is being urged to stop using meat that’s been raised with antibiotics. Photo credit: Elliot/Flickr

A new campaign has been launched urging the largest restaurant chain in the nation to stop purchasing meat that’s been raised with antibiotics. Pamela Clough, campaign coordinator with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG)’s Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics initiative, says there’s a growing public health threat with what she calls the overuse of antibiotics in meat agriculture. They’re asking McDonald’s to take food made with antibiotics off the menu. “They are one of the largest purchasers of beef, pork and chicken in the U.S.,” says Clough. “This commitment from McDonald’s would really help tackle the growing public health crisis of antibiotics resistance.” In 2003, McDonald’s did adopt a policy on purchasing meat raised without antibiotics, but Clough says while it was a step in the right direction, the “Golden Arches” didn’t go far enough. “It only applied to some suppliers and didn’t require the suppliers to only purchase meat raised without antibiotics,” she says. “It had to do with antibiotics used for growth promotion versus disease prevention. So in the end it’s not enough. We need stronger action.” McDonald’s says it recognizes the importance of combating antibiotic resistance, and an update to its policy on antibiotic use in food animals is due out this year. According to the CDC, each year some two million Americans become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. At least 23,000 of those infected die as a direct result of their infections.

New Area Code Coming To Portions Of Middle Tennessee

telephoneThere’s no denying the current 615 area code is quickly running out of numbers, so the Tennessee Regulatory Authority has announced a new area code in portions of middle Tennessee.
The TRA had been gauging public opinion on how best to handle the area code problem, and it decided to go with the overlay option by popular demand.
Cell phones and online numbers have ramped up the use of phone numbers.
Skype allows each user to reserve up to 10 phone numbers, while Google has purchased thousands of 615 numbers for its Google Voice customers.
On top of that, pre-paid phones use tens of thousands 615 area code numbers.
That means the new 629 area code will cover the same region as 615, and everyone will have to dial all 10 digits no matter your area code.
The good news is people who currently have 615 phone numbers will get to keep them, and calls that are local now will still be local when the new rules go into effect.
That is expected to happen this spring.

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