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Investigator Ray “Butch” Stewart was assigned the case and began searching for Mr. Massicotte. Manchester Police, along with surrounding agencies performed a search on A.E.D.C. property. That search did not result in locating any evidence. Several interviews were performed by Inv. Stewart and other members of the Manchester Police Department. When all leads and interviews were exhausted, outside resources were utilized, in cooperation with inv. Stewart and were also unsuccessful. Investigator Jason Kennedy, (with M.P.D. at the time) was assigned to assist Inv. Stewart with the case, and this past Spring, in another effort to locate Mr. Massicotte, performed a second search of the A.E.D.C. area. Cellular phone forensics identified the area of the search as the last place the cell phone Mr. Massicotte was carrying was active. After several days of exhaustive searches, Manchester Police, along with several other agencies, were unable to locate any evidence and/or remains.
On November 10th, 2014, Manchester Police was notified by Arnold Police (A.E.D.C.) of human remains found by hunters in the same general area of the past searches. The scene was secured and the investigation began to identify the remains and to search for any evidence related. Several agencies were involved in the investigation: Manchester Police C.I.D., Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, Arnold Police, O.S.I., Air Force Investigations, Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, Tennessee Highway Patrol (C.I.R.T. team), Dr. Berryman along with M.T.S.U. Forensic Anthropology Search and Recovery Team and the State Medical Examiner’s Office. The scene was processed and the remains were recovered and removed by the forensic team and medical examiner’s office.
During the initial investigation, DNA samples from the Massicotte family were sent to the University of Texas for a DNA profile in the event that remains were found and not identifiable. M.T.S.U. Forensic Anthropology Department was tasked with extracting the DNA from the remains. Both the University of Texas and M.T.S.U. agreed to compare information and determine if the remains located at A.E.D.C. were that of Leo Paul George Massicotte III. Based on the DNA profile and the DNA extracted from the remains, it is confirmed that these are the remains of Mr. Massicotte.
Based on the evidence from the scene, the remains and the investigation, there is no suspected foul play connected with Mr. Massicotte’s death. This missing person case is considered closed.
Manchester Police is remorseful for the Massicotte family, our thoughts and prayers will be with them during this difficult time.
The Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the week for 21 November 2014 is Haley Koren Sherrill. Haley is in fifth grade at Hickerson Elementary School in Tullahoma. She is the daughter of proud parents Sonya and Todd. She was nominated for this award because she is always great to be around, very helpful to both teachers and students and also a great student. Haley plays third base during softball season and is a point guard during basketball season. She enjoys reading and her favorite books are from the Sisters Grimm series. She hopes to be a teacher some day, when she grows up, just like her Mom. Haley 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 Haley Koren Sherrill, the Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week.
This week the Coffee County Commission met and approved by a vote of 21-0 a Tax Increment Financing plan (TIF) for Northgate Mall in Tullahoma. The infrastructure improvements are designed to finance these projects through future property tax abatements. The approval is for 10 years instead of the 14 requested by Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corp.
In addition to the proposed public improvements of up to $1.8 million, Northgate LLC plans to invest an additional $12-14 million in upgrades to the mall itself in an attempt to attract new, higher-end retailers.
The $1.8 million portion designated for government financing involves upgrades that benefit the public, such as paving, drainage improvements and landscaping. The remaining $12 million or so of improvements are designed to enhance the mall’s commercial appeal to attract more and better stores.
According to the Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation, tax-increment financing is a way for counties and municipalities to attract retail and other types of development at minimal risk to the taxpayer and reduced cost to the developer at the same time.
For the second time in recent weeks, a dead bobcat has been found at Tullahoma High School.
Tuesday afternoon a dead bobcat was found in the parking lot on the southwest side of the football field.
According to a report by Officer Daryn Gadeken, someone passing by the parking lot saw the bobcat and contacted police.
According to the police report, the animal had been shot just behind the shoulders, however, the officer stated that the animal had been shot somewhere else and placed in the parking lot.
Tullahoma animal control was notified and removed the animal.
According to Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) is investigating the killing of the animal.
The week of the annual Coffee Pot football game a dead bobcat was found hanging from the goal post of the football practice field at the school.
A Coffee County High School student was charged with killing the animal out of season, however, the person who hung the animal from the goal post is not known.
Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced Thursday afternoon the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for October was 7.1 percent, two tenths of one percentage point lower than the September revised rate of 7.3 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for October was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in September.
• Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased from 8.1 percent to 7.1 percent while the national rate declined from 7.2 percent to 5.8 percent.
• Total nonfarm employment increased 7,900 jobs from September to October. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and manufacturing.
• Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 59,800 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, trade/transportation/utilities, and leisure/hospitality.
The Tullahoma school district has been named the 14th best school district in the state by Niche K-12.
Launched in May 2013, Niche.com is a research site that combines community reviews and opinions with hard data to compare public and private school districts across the country.
According to the website, “Best Public School Districts ranks 8,738 school districts based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents.
The rankings were determined by evaluating districts across eight categories, with each category making up a percentage of the overall grade. Tullahoma’s highest grade was for its teachers, scoring an A-
Niche.com weighted academics most heavily, accounting for 50 percent of the overall score. Tullahoma City Schools earned a B+ on this area.
The Maryville city school system ranked #1 in Tennessee.
More information on Niche’s 2015 K-12 school rankings, including a detailed explanation of the methodology used to determine the placements, is available online at www.niche.com.
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who’s advocating nationally in support of raising the minimum wage to $10.10, said the federal minimum wage is the floor that states should use for their hourly rates.
Tennessee has the highest percentage of minimum wage workers in the nation but is one of only a few states without a minimum wage law, according to a federal report released in March. The roughly 117,000 minimum wage workers in Tennessee account for about 7.5 percent of the state’s workforce.
The prevalence of minimum wage workers has no bearing on the likelihood of any minimum wage increase through the state legislature this year.
Last year a bill proposing a $1-an-hour raise failed to advance out of committee.
Thomas Lawrence “TJ” Vandusen of Manchester has been charged in connection with a house fire in the Forrest Mill area.
The 22 year-old Vandusen was arrested, charged with the fire as well as vandalism over $1,000 and booked in at the Coffee County Jail.
The fire was a mobile home at 330 Volunteer Avenue in Summitville and according to a report by Coffee County Sheriff’s Investigator James Sherrill, Vandusen admitted to setting the fire.
He allegedly told officers that he poured gas throughout the mobile home and lit a match and set the fire. The mobile home was destroyed by the fire on November 10.
According to warrants obtained by Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Danny Ferrell, Mayes took $100 from an inmate to allow him to keep a quarter pound of tobacco the inmate had in his possession in the tobacco-free jail. According to the warrants, he had told the inmate to pay up after catching him with the tobacco.
Ferrell alleges that Mayes, then threatened to “lock the inmate down” and restrict his privileges if the money was not paid.
Ferrell alleges that the inmate was told that for another $150 he could bring anything he wanted into the jail.
After the $100 was allegedly paid, Ferrell took possession of the money. “I had recorded the serial numbers and the serial number on the money seized was the same,” Ferrell said.
According to the investigator, the sheriff’s department had been investigating Mayes for the last six months after the allegations arose.
Mayes is being held in the Franklin County Jail under a $65,000 bond.