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Coffee Co. Sheriff’s Dept. Searching for Owners of Recovered Stolen Property

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department along with Cannon County and Warren County Sheriff Department Investigators have been working recovering stolen property from burglaries that occurred in the Maple Springs Road area.
The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department would like to thank the other departments for their assistance in the investigations. There are still several items that the agencies recovered that the victims have not identified.
If anyone within the past five days has had any guns, TV’s, or stereos stolen, call Investigator James Sherrill with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at 931-570-4404 and give a description of the property and serial number, if you have it, to see if any of the property is yours.

Tullahoma Police and Fire asking for the Public’s Help

The Tullahoma Fire and Police Departments are seeking the public’s help finding an arsonist. Discovered on July 13 by school staff, a fire at Tullahoma High School’s Wilkins Stadium was determined by the Tennessee Bomb & Arson Division to have been intentionally set.
Anyone having information that can help to determine the person or persons responsible for this fire is encouraged to report it to the Tennessee Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information.
Tullahoma Police Department Investigator, Tyler Hatfield, is leading the investigation.

Funding Cuts Put TN Teen Pregnancy Prevention on Hold

Tennessee has made significant progress in preventing teenage pregnancies, but still has one of the highest teen birth rates in the country. (Janine/Flickr)

Tennessee’s teen birth rate has declined by 59 percent in less than 30 years, but that progress is in question after the Trump administration announced it is cutting funding for teen pregnancy-prevention programs across the country. The cuts will directly affect at least three programs in Tennessee.
Bill Albert, chief program officer for the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, called the announcement to end a program with a proven success rate, with no opportunity for public input, “alarming.”
“It is one of the few federal government programs that is administered on the basis of what works, rather than ideology,” he said. “The Office of Adolescent Health made this announcement before there was any congressional action on funding.”
Tennessee still ranks in the top 10 states for the highest teen birth rates, with 6,200 births to teen mothers in 2015 alone. The high school graduation rate for teenage parents plummets to 40 percent. Teen pregnancy-prevention programs in Memphis, Morristown and Nashville will be affected by the funding cuts.
Rural communities and communities of color continue to have disproportionately higher rates of teen pregnancy. With one in 19 girls across the United States getting pregnant before their 20th birthday, Albert said, the nation continues to have a higher teen birth rate than other developed societies – and progress was being made to change that.
“We have done such an extraordinary job as a nation and bringing these rates down, that one wonders what’s broken, what needs to be fixed here,” he said. “Our rates in the U.S. are far out of whack with other comparable countries. Our rates remain far higher than those in, say, Western Europe. ”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that that teen pregnancy and childbirth total more than $9 billion in health-care and foster-care costs in 2010, the most recent data available. According to the United Health Foundation, the Tennessee birth rate is 35 per 1,000 females, ages 15 to 19.
Tennessee data is online at

Tennessee Unemployment Rate at an All Time Low

Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee’s unemployment rate for June was the lowest in recorded state history.
At a news conference on Thursday, Haslam said the 3.6 percent figure is best the state has performed since at least 1976, when the statistic started being recorded.
June’s preliminary seasonally adjusted rate surpasses the previous low mark of 3.7 percent in March 2000. The last time Tennessee registered below 4 percent was February 2001.
Haslam’s office says the improvement occurred as the national preliminary rate increased by one-tenth of a percentage point to 4.4 percent over the same month.
Haslam pointed to Tennessee’s low taxes, business environment, high quality of life and workforce preparation as reasons for the drop.

C-CCAP Parking Lot Closed This Weekend

The parking lot at the Coffee County Administrative Plaza on McArthur Drive in Manchester will be closed this weekend (July 21 night through 23) starting Friday evening around 5:30 p.m. This is due to pavement striping being performed.
There will be access to the doctor office at the entrance of the plaza.

UPDATE: Arrest made in Deadly Hit and Run

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Chattanooga District responded to a fatal hit and run crash in Coffee County on Monday, July
17, on U.S. Highway 41. The hit and run vehicle left behind a mirror at the scene. THP’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) identified the
mirror belonging to a 1999-2003 Mitsubishi Galant, champagne in color.
Tuesday, July 18, at 6:06 p.m. (EST), THP received information from an unknown source advising that the suspect in question was located at 140
Alva Jones Road in Warren County. The source stated the vehicle involved in the Coffee County fatal incident was also at this location. Troopers
from the THP Cookeville District were notified of the tip, and were dispatched to the residence to make contact with the driver and secure
the vehicle.
The alleged fatal hit and run driver Shelton G. Martin, II age 23 of Smithville was located and taken into custody at 7:01 p.m. (CST) and transported to
the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash took place on Hwy 41 near Hillsboro around 2:30pm Monday afternoon. The crash occurred in the ten thousand block of Highway 41. Arthur J Mantone Jr age 79 of Hillsboro was struck and killed while checking his mailbox. Mantone Jr had parked his vehicle in the driveway of his residence on Highway 41. The man then crossed Hwy 41 to check his mail and he was allegedly struck by vehicle driven by Martin II.

Missing Child Alert

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department has issued a missing child alert.
Keana Watters age 17 of Coffee County has been missing since June 30, 2017. Watters was last seen at her residence.
She is a white female standing 5’4” and weighing 118lbs with brown hair and eyes. There is no known last clothing description nor direction of travel.
If you have any information please contact Investigator Jason Dendy at the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at 931-570-4427.

Tullahoma Police Investigating Theft Case

A resident of East Moore Street in Tullahoma reported that she woke up to a person in her apartment on Monday, July 17.
April Pool told Tullahoma Police Officer Jeremiah Kirk that around 4:30 a.m. she woke up to a man with flashlight walking around her apartment. She said when he saw that she was awake the man left.
When she checked that her purse with her wallet and cell phone as well as other personnel items from it were taken.
Officer Rocky Ruehling is investigating the incident.

Juveniles Charged for Break-Ins in McMinnville

Three juvenile suspects have been charged in connection with a series of break-ins that occurred between June 29th and July 8th in McMinnville. Break-ins were committed at multiple locations, including The Store at Westwood and three separate incidents at McMinnville Civic Center concession stands.
Items taken in the burglaries included concession items, cash, portable radios, beer and cigarettes.
During their investigation, McMinnville Police received information that led them to the West Riverside area, where they recovered numerous items taken in the burglaries. Police say the portable radios that were taken in an earlier break-in were used to communicate during the break-in at The Store.
Three juvenile suspects have been charged, including one that had fled DCS custody. One juvenile is charged with 4 counts of burglary, theft and vandalism. Another is charged with 2 counts of burglary, theft and vandalism and the third is charged with a single count of burglary, theft and vandalism.
They face a July 24th court date.

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