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Two Fatal Accidents In Coffee County

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Manchester Police officer Trey Adcock responded to the scene of an accident involving a car and a pedestrian around 5:30pm Friday afternoon. Adcock found a white Kia vehicle that was damaged including a shattered windshield on Hwy 55 in front of United Regional Medical Center.
Adcock said he talked with the driver of the Kia and she said she knew she struck something but did not know what it was. The female said she pulled over and exited the vehicle and that’s when she saw a person in the roadway. The person that was hit was identified as 70 year-old James Nelson Brewer of Manchester.
When Adcock arrived on the scene an ambulance was already at the location and had Brewer loaded and providing medical treatment. Coffee County EMS transported Brewer to United Regional Medical Center where a short time later he was pronounced deceased from multi-trauma injuries.

Also on Friday afternoon the Tullahoma Police Department confirmed that a 10-year-old boy was killed in a car accident at the intersection of Freeman Street and Highway 55. No other information was provided.

Murder Trial Continued Until May 14, 2015

Judge Vanessa Jackson

Judge Vanessa Jackson

The trial for Troy and Connie King has been continued until May 14.
Motions were made last week in court for the couple who are accused of murdering Thomas Colucci on Nov. 13, 2012 at his Maple Springs Road residence just outside Manchester.
The continuance was granted Friday during a special hearing before Circuit Court Judge Vanessa Jackson.
The continuance was granted due to the death of Public Defender Campbell Smoot, who was representing Troy King. Margo Kilgore will take over the defense of King and she needed “time to get up to speed” on the case. After hearing the request and noting that there are several other murder cases coming up next year the trial was delayed.
Attorney Chris Stanford who represents Connie King filed a motion for a bond reduction. Judge Jackson set Jan. 14 for the bond hearing. She is currently being held under a $500,000 bond. To keep her away from Troy King, she is currently housed in the Franklin County Jail.

Former Jailer Arrested

Jail2According to warrants a former female jailer, Jo Nannette Cole has been charged by the same people she worked for. Cole, 46 of Hillsboro worked as a jailer at the Coffee County Jail. She was arrested last Thursday for official misconduct.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Danny Ferrell investigated the incident.
According to warrants Cole was arrested after she picked up a baggy containing some 6 oz of tobacco from the ladies restroom in the lobby of the jail. She then allegedly took the package to a cell in the jail and gave the package to an inmate there.

ABLE Act: New Savings Options for Tennesseans with Disabilities

When the ABLE Act becomes law, people with disabilities will be able to save up to $100,000 to use for qualified expenses without losing their eligibility for government benefits. Photo credit: Rebecca Wilson/Flickr.

When the ABLE Act becomes law, people with disabilities will be able to save up to $100,000 to use for qualified expenses without losing their eligibility for government benefits. Photo credit: Rebecca Wilson/Flickr.

A bill aimed at promoting financial stability for individuals with disabilities now awaits the president’s signature after winning approval by the U.S. Senate. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act allows people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their eligibility for Social Security and Medicaid benefits. That’s key for financial security and independence, says Melanie Bull, public policy director for the Tennessee Disability Coalition. “It allows you to live and lead a more productive life,” says Bull. “It gives you some economic self-sufficiency and allows you to have a lot more flexibility with your employment, your health care, supplementary income, things like that.” Under current law, a person with a disability can’t have assets worth more than $2,000 without forfeiting program eligibility. The ABLE Act allows for a savings account of up to $100,000. These accounts would accept deposits from the family and friends of an individual with disabilities. Carrie Hobbs Guiden, executive director of The Arc Tennessee, says they would also be tax-exempt when used for qualified expenses such as education, housing and health care. “So, if you have extra medications and you have to pay co-pays, and you can’t afford those, it would help for that,” she explains. “If you have a job and you’re able to work, but you don’t have transportation because you can’t drive, it would help you pay for a driver to get you to and from your job.” It’s estimated that about 170,000 Tennesseans will be able to work and grow their savings without fear of losing their benefits once the ABLE Act is signed into law.

Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week 19 December 2014

AaronsluckydogThe Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the week for 19 December 2014 is Jason Tundidor. Jason is in fifth grade at North Coffee Elementary School in Coffee County. He is the son of proud parents Nancy and Jim. He was nominated for this award because he is helpful to his teachers and classmates and he is also a great student. Jason likes sports and plays basketball and football. Jason’s favorite subject is math because he says it’s fun. He plans to be a police officer when he gets older just like his parents. Jason 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 Jason Tundidor,

the Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week.

Aaron's Sales and Lease Student of the Week - Jason Tundidor

Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week – Jason Tundidor

Public Meeting Set To Discuss Consolidating Manchester and County School Systems

Manchester city sealManchester Mayor Lonnie Norman has called a special meeting of the board of mayor and aldermen to meet at Westwood Middle School at 5:30pm on Jan. 12.
This will be a public meeting to discuss a possible Manchester City School system consolidation with the Coffee County school system. All interested parties are invited to attend. One possibility city leaders may look at and will be talked about at the public meeting is a voter referendum on the subject.
Many people for years have voiced opinions about combining the three Coffee County school systems into one. Here are the numbers; it runs taxpayers around $79 (M) annually to run the schools. The Manchester schools’ budget is roughly $14 million for the current year. Coffee County’s budget is just under $35 million and the Tullahoma City Schools’ current operating budget is just under $30 million.

Middle Tennessee Mayors Want More Funding For Roads

pavingA group representing 40 mayors in Middle Tennessee is urging Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers to find new sources of revenue to pay for transportation needs.
The Tennessean reports that the Middle Tennessee Mayor Caucus listed transportation revenue as its top state priority for the upcoming legislative session.
The mayors’ group did not lay out a preferred path for a road funding system that keeps pace with inflation.
Haslam, Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and others have acknowledged that Tennessee’s antiquated road funding system needs to be updated, but none has taken the reins on making a specific proposal.
The state’s gas tax that funds most of the Tennessee’s road program has not been increased in 25 years.
Tennessee currently taxes 21.4 cents per gallon of fuel, providing the state with $657.8 million in yearly revenue. Local governments collect 7.9 cents of the per-gallon share, the Tennessee Department of Transportation collects 12.8 cents and the remaining portion goes to the state’s general fund.

Don’t Crumble Under the Weight of Family Stress During the Holidays

What's on your to-do list this Christmas? While the movies portray fun and meaningful family holiday gatherings, the reality for many is often hectic and stressful. Photo credit: Jason Meredith/Flickr.

What’s on your to-do list this Christmas? While the movies portray fun and meaningful family holiday gatherings, the reality for many is often hectic and stressful. Photo credit: Jason Meredith/Flickr.

While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family obligations and dynamics can be the “lump of coal” in some people’s Christmas stockings. According to the American Psychological Association, fatigue and stress are the top sources of negative feelings during this time of year. Sometimes, said clinical social worker and psychotherapist Lisa Ferentz, the best thing to do is simply not take part in potentially stressful situations. “Sometimes,” she said, “you have to give yourself permission to avoid family interactions that you know are going to be too painful or that will set you up to be ‘triggered’ in some way.” If you do feel compelled to see family or friends who can be a source of conflict, Ferentz said, limit time you spend, bring a friend to act as a buffer and use your cell phone as an excuse for a break. Sometimes, the best relief is to break away from habits, from the past, she said, by beginning a new tradition or doing something for others. “I encourage people to volunteer during this time of year,” Ferentz said. “I think when you do things that kind of help you step outside of yourself and your own emotional upset. It gives you perspective about life. It also helps you to kind of reclaim a feeling of gratitude.” Ferentz said it’s also important to avoid self-destructive behaviors such as overeating or drinking too much – and replace them with exercise or meditation. Tips from the American Psychological Association are online at apa.org.

Unemployment Rate Down In Tennessee

unemployment3Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced Thursday the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for November was 6.8 percent, three tenths of one percentage point lower than the October revised rate of 7.1 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for November was 5.8 percent, unchanged from the prior month.
Economic Summary
• Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased from 7.9 percent to 6.8 percent while the national rate declined from 7.0 percent to 5.8 percent.

• Total nonfarm employment decreased 1,900 jobs from October to November. The largest decreases occurred in accommodation/food services, retail trade, and administrative/support/waste services.

• Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 53,900 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, trade/transportation/utilities, and durable goods manufacturing.

Holiday Benefit Concert At Motlow

christmas3Motlow College will host a holiday benefit concert tonight (Friday, Dec. 19) at 7 p.m. inside Eoff Hall’s Powers Auditorium on the Moore County campus. Prior to the performance, there will be a reception inside Eoff Hall at 6 p.m.
Admission to the event is free to the public, but reservations are required as seating will be limited. To make reservations, please call Bobbie Underwood at 931-393-1627 or email bunderwood@mscc.edu. Donations will be accepted and proceeds will support the music program at Motlow.

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