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No Weddings at County Mayor or Clerk’s Offices

Bridal_Fair_picCoffee County Mayor Gary Cordell has issued a statement concerning marriages. During his term as mayor no weddings have been or will be conducted by him. These have been performed as a courtesy in the past, but state law does not require weddings to be performed by a mayor.
The Coffee County Clerk’s office will no longer perform weddings either. They have not conducted ceremonies for some time now.
However, as required by law marriage licenses will continue to be issued at the county clerk’s office at the Coffee County Administration Plaza in Manchester.

Teenager Missing From Franklin County

Katlyn Rogers

Katlyn Rogers

Franklin County 17 year-old Katlyn Rogers was last seen on June 28, 2015 wearing a peach colored shirt and black pants. Katlyn has three tattoos; three stars on right forearm, marijuana on right leg and Burgess on left wrist. Katlyn may have a black trash bag full of clothes in her possession. She may be in the company of an adult male companion. Direction of travel is unknown.
If you have seen Katlyn, please contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (931) 967-2331 or 1-800-TBI-FIND.
Age: 17
Sex: Female
Race: White
Hair: Brown– Eyes: Green
Height: 5’4
Weight: 134

Wanted Man Busted In Tullahoma

Tullahoma police 3Recently Tullahoma Police Officer Johnny Gore observed Tommy Kapise walking in the parking lot of the Celtic Cup.
The officer’s report states that he knew there was a federal warrant for the arrest of Kapise, so he stopped the man. As Officer Gore was patting the man down he allegedly found 5.7 grams of crystal methamphetamine as well as a bag of marijuana.
Kapise was booked into the Coffee County Jail on the charges. Federal authorities were notified and have since taken the man into custody.

THP Stepping Up Patrols Over The 4th of July Weekend

THP 2The Tennessee Highway Patrol is taking steps to try to make the Fourth of July holiday period as safe as possible.
According to a news release, the agency will use predictive analytics to allocate manpower and target areas where the likelihood of alcohol-related, serious injury or fatal crashes may occur during the holiday period.
State troopers will also conduct saturation patrols, and sobriety and seat belt checkpoints.
Twelve people were killed in Tennessee during last year’s Fourth of July holiday period. That’s down from the 19 vehicular deaths during the 2013 holiday period.
Of last year’s 12 traffic fatalities, seven were vehicle occupants and five were motorcyclists.
Four of the individuals killed were not wearing seat belts and three of the traffic deaths were alcohol-related.

Former Woodbury Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Theft Of Federal Grant Funds

gavelKevin Mooneyham, 47, former Chief of Police for the City of Woodbury, Tennessee, pleaded guilty on Monday before Chief U.S. District Judge Kevin H. Sharp, to theft of federal program funds. Mooneyham was indicted on April 22, 2015.
During the plea hearing, Mooneyham admitted that, from January 2013 through February 2015, while acting in his official capacity as the Woodbury Police Chief, he submitted fraudulent timesheets for more than $28,000 in overtime hours that he had not in fact worked. The funds used to pay the false overtime hours claimed by Mooneyham were derived from federal grants provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, specifically for the purpose of enhanced alcohol enforcement efforts.
Mooneyham also admitted during the plea hearing that he misrepresented to other officers of the Woodbury Police Department that federally-funded overtime was not available, despite the fact that he had been submitting and continued to submit timesheets for such overtime on his own behalf. Mooneyham further disclosed that he had misrepresented to a Town of Woodbury official that he had received a large percentage of federally-funded overtime pay because no other officers of the Woodbury Police Department were willing to perform the overtime patrols. In fact, numerous Woodbury Police officers had expressed an interest in performing such overtime patrols.
Mooneyham will be sentenced by Chief Judge Sharp on October 19, 2015. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, plus forfeiture of the proceeds of his offense.
The case was investigated by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Abely.

Restaurant Inspection Scores Available On Free App

Google playThe Tennessee Department of Health and Agriculture has developed an app to allow users to check Tennessee restaurant inspection scores.
The app is available for both Apple and Android users. It is updated daily and features locations across the state.
Tennessee’s more modern Food Safety Act goes into effect on Wednesday. The Food Safety Act requires additional education and certification for those in the industry, eliminates bare hand contact with ready-to-eat foods and requires for training on procedures.
To get the app, search for Food Scores in the Apple or Google Play stores.

Independence Day Celebration In Manchester

July 4The Manchester Parks and Recreation Department invites you to their Independence Day celebration on Saturday, July 4.
They will start the day off with an opportunity to cool off in the outdoor pool, it will be open from 12:00-5pm. At 6:00pm come out to Rotary Park for a free concert with the group Spencer’s Own. At 9:00pm, the highlight of any 4th of July celebration is fireworks and Manchester Parks and Recreation Department has you covered with their annual fireworks display. Don’t miss the fun, we’ll see you there.

Manchester Man Facing Burglary and Vandalism Charges

Lucas Bailey Sarzosa

Lucas Bailey Sarzosa

Manchester Police say they have charged a local man with burglary and vandalism. Lucas Bailey Sarzosa of Manchester was arrested after police say he entered the Computer Shoppe on 112 East Main Street in Manchester by allegedly ripping open a screen door and kicking in the upstairs door to enter the business. Sarzosa is accused of taking an undisclosed amount of cash and a .38 Smith and Wesson pistol from the business. Investigators say he then tore down four security cameras which were not located and a D-link router, cable modem and 16 port switch box that Sarzosa is accused of tossing onto the roof of the business. Manchester Police also state that the man tore the ceiling tile out of the ceiling as he was taking down the cameras. Damage to the business was over $500.00.
Investigators were able to identify the Sarzosa through surveillance video. He was booked at the Coffee County Jail on a total bond of $39,000 and has a court date set for July 7.

Weekly Gas Prices

gas prices 6Gas prices are declining as we approach the most traveled Independence Day holiday weekend since 2007. Of the 41.9 million total travelers, 35.5 million Americans will take a road trip; the highest number of auto travelers on record (which dates back to 2000).
“Lower gas prices are added incentive for travelers to pack-up the family vehicle and hit the road this Independence Day,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group.
Tennessee’s state average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline ($2.55) is 3 cents cheaper than last week; 90 cents lower than the price on July 4, 2014. The low price in Manchester this week is $2.35 per gallon and in Tullahoma it’s $2.41.

UPDATE! Double Murder Suspect Caught In Florida

Bryan Cooke... Photo provided

Bryan Cooke… Photo provided


Officials with the Jacksonville, Fla. Police Department said in a Tweet Tuesday morning that 39-year-old Bryan Cooke was arrested at a hotel on the west side of town. He is the man that was put on the Tennessee Top 10 Most Wanted list on Monday. Cooke was wanted by Warren County officials in connection with a murder that took place on Monday in that county.
Two people were found murdered inside their Warren County home in the Fairview Community on Monday morning. Gary and Gail Dodson were owners of Gary and Gail’s Pit Stop on Beersheba Street in McMinnville.

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