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Coffee County Softball Coach Steve Wilder Resigns

Steve Wilder talks to his team on Tuesday prior to the opening game of the 2017 TSSAA state softball tournament.[File photo]

“We had planned on being here forever.”  Those were the words of Coffee County softball coach Steve Wilder on Thursday night shortly after informing his team of his impending resignation.  Coach Wilder is resigning to accept a job as the new head softball coach at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Wilder told his team following Thursday’s elimination from the state tournament “to make sure they did not hear it from someone else” said Wilder.  “It was one of the hardest decisions we have ever made”, said Wilder as he and his wife Jackie have been the Lady Raider coaches for the last 2 years.  “We prayed and prayed and prayed and went to bed crying, but we feel like it is where the Lord is leading us”, added Wilder.  The Florida job offer includes a substantial raise which “will allow Jackie to retire” said Wilder.

Pine Crest School is a private school with campuses in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale.  In addition to being the head softball coach, Wilder will teach a weightlifting class and be over the grounds and facilities for both campuses.  Pine Crest has a strong academic tradition and is rated as one of the best academic schools in America.

Pine Crest reached out to him through a former colleague from his days in Dyersburg.  “They invited us down to talk to us in February and I thought that would be the end of it”, said Wilder.  “Looking up in the stands this week (at the state tournament) and seeing the support made the decision even tougher.  I just want to thank the school, the players, the parents and the entire community for their incredible support.”

Coffee County Central High School principal Dr. Joey Vaughn indicated that the search for Wilder’s replacement would begin immediately.  “I can’t begin to say how much we appreciate the job that Steve & Jackie have done here at Coffee County.  They came to a strong program, with high expectations and tradition, and built on that foundation”, added Vaughn.

CHS Seniors Graduate Friday

Graduation will be held tonight (May 26) at 7pm night for Coffee County High School seniors. A crowd estimated of over 5,000 will watch graduates accept their diplomas behind Raider Academy in Manchester at Carden-Jerrell Field.
Around 460 seniors will take their next step toward a future full of expectations as they will hear from fellow classmates; Valedictorian – Baylee Nester and Salutatorian – Kaylee Skipper. 
Many of the grads will take a break from school for a short period before heading off to college, and others will jump right into the workforce.
The 2017-2018 school year begins in just over two months.

Parkpalooza Returns Saturday

Parkpalooza is tomorrow (May 27) in Manchester at Rotary Park. It is a celebration of our parks, families, and good health. The event features many activities for enjoyment by children and adults alike; such as, inflatables, carnival games, 5K color run, bike parade, gaga tournament, and outdoor movie! The entire event is free to the public!
This year Parkpalooza begins at 8:00 a.m. with a 5K color run and ending with an outdoor movie in Rotary Park featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
For additional information, please contact the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at (931)-728-0273.

TBI Seeks Public’s Help in Solving 2006 Murder

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department are asking for the public’s assistance in providing information about a homicide that took place on Memorial Day 11 years ago. At the request of then-17th District Attorney General Mike McCowan, TBI Special Agents were requested to work with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department in investigating the homicide of 79-year-old Hosea “Junior” Prince. The Mimosa resident was found deceased behind shrubs in his front yard on May 30th, the morning after Memorial Day, in 2006. Mr. Prince lived at 445 Mimosa Road, and was last seen doing yard work around 6:00 p.m. on that Memorial Day, May 29, 2006.TBI Special Agents and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s help in gathering any information that can help them solve the murder of Mr. Prince. There is a reward up to and including $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for the murder of Hosea “Junior” Prince. If you have any information about this homicide, including people or vehicles who may have been seen on or around the property on Memorial Day in 2006, please call Lincoln County CrimeStoppers, at 931-433-STOP (7867).

Federal Courthouse Named After Fred Thompson

Photo: WKRN

The U.S. Senate has voted to name Nashville’s new federal courthouse after former Sen. Fred Thompson, the late actor who appeared in at least 20 movies and in the TV series “Law & Order.”

Sen. Lamar Alexander announced the Senate vote Wednesday on a resolution already passed by the House, leaving the final decision to President Donald Trump.

Thompson died at 73 in 2015.

A Tennessee-trained lawyer and prosecutor, Thompson was a hard-driving Senate counsel during the Watergate hearings and later a popular actor and fleeting presidential hopeful in 2008. He commanded audiences with a booming voice, folksy charisma and a 6-foot-6 frame.

Besides a starring role in the “Law & Order” TV series, he appeared in such motion pictures as “The Hunt for Red October” and “Die Hard II.”

Man Runs from Police–Now Facing Charges in Three Counties

Billy Farron Marshall intake photo from the CCSD in late 2016.

On Tuesday May 23, 2017 Deputy Brandon Reed and Investigator James Sherrill of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department observed a male in a maroon Nissan Altima that appeared to be under the influence. The vehicle pulled up to the gas pump at the Marathon Market on North Jackson Street in Tullahoma, TN. When the deputies approached the vehicle the driver sped off at a reckless and high rate of speed. The vehicle avoided spike strips that Corporal Harmon Campbell attempted to deploy on Riley Creek Road. The vehicle continued into Moore County and then into Lincoln County. Once in Lincoln County the vehicle ran off the roadway on Haysland Road and when it attempted to re-enter the roadway, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department conducted a precision immobilization technique and stopped the driver.
The driver has been identified as Billy Farron Marshall age 48 of Fayetteville.
Coffee County had three (3) outstanding warrants for this subject. Methamphetamines, and drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle he was driving.
Marshall was booked at the Lincoln County Jail under charges of vandalism, reckless endangerment, failure to appear, evading arrest, DUI, drug paraphernalia uses and activities and driving on suspended/revoked license. He will also face charges in Moore County along with outstanding warrants and additional charges in Coffee County.

Suicides in Tennessee are Increasing with Middle-Aged People

A new report shows that suicides in Tennessee are increasing with middle-aged people being most at risk.
The report by the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network shows that suicides increased by nearly 13 percent in 2015, the latest year figures available.
Three people die on average every day in Tennessee from suicide and it is the third-leading cause of death for young people age 10 to 19.
Those who are middle age, especially white males, tend to be at the most risk, the report says, and Tennesseans aged 45 to 64 years old are more than three times more likely to die by suicide than those aged 10 to 19.
The report shows that firearms are used in roughly two-thirds of the suicides in any given year.
Earlier this year, the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network partnered with the crisis text line to offer a free text-messaging support line, which is available 24 hours a day.
Anyone who needs help can text TN to 741-741 and they will be connected to a counselor.

Tennessee Tax Collections Exceed Expectations in April

Tennessee general fund tax collections have exceeded expectations by $159 million in April.
The revenues reflecting economic activity in the previous month include corporate franchise and excise tax collections that came in at $141 million higher than projections.
Sales taxes beat estimates by another $34 million.
Through the first nine months of the budget year, general fund tax collections beat budgeted estimates by $579 million.
The state’s healthy surpluses were frequently cited by opponents of Gov. Bill Haslam’s 6-cent gas tax increase that was signed into law earlier this month.
But supporters of the governor’s transportation plan argued that it made bigger cuts in taxes in other areas, and that general fund revenue shouldn’t be used to pay for roads.
April fuel taxes were $3.8 million more than budget estimates.

TDOT Suspends Construction-Related Lane Closures Friday-Tuesday Morning

Motorists won’t be slowed down by road construction as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend. The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 26 through 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30. This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.
Motorists may still encounter some lane closures or restrictions while traveling through long term construction projects. Drivers should be aware that reduced speed limits will be in effect in work zones. Drivers convicted of speeding through work zones where workers are present face a fine of up to $500, plus court fees and possible increased insurance premiums.
AAA estimates 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this Memorial Day holiday, a 2.7% increase over last year’s numbers. This marks the highest travel volume on record since 2005 for the holiday. The total number of Tennessee travelers is estimated to top 785,000, with nearly 700,000 expected to travel by automobile.

Tennessee Traffic Deaths Down Slightly so far in 2017

Traffic fatalities in Tennessee are down by only five people as we head into the extended Memorial Day weekend. During this period in 2016, there were 376 fatal accidents in the state. Right now, the number stands at 371.
As for the month of May, there have been 53 fatal accidents reported in Tennessee. In May of 2016, there were 75 fatalities reported during this same period last year.
Last year, 37 of the fatal wrecks reported involved teenagers. This year, that number is down to 27.
Tennessee also saw 38 motorcycle fatalities during this same period of time in 2016. Year to date for 2017 that number is up to 44 fatal motorcycle accidents.

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