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The Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the week for 24 October 2014 is Emily Whitten. Emily is in fifth grade at College Street Elementary School in Manchester. She is the daughter of proud parents Krista and Clay. She was nominated for this award because she helpful, attentive and set the example for all other students. Emily is plays volleyball, basketball and softball. Her favorite subject is social studies because she enjoys learning about history. Her favorite things to do when not at school is the various sports she plays and reading a good book. Emily 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 Emily Whitten, the Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week.
Early voting continues in Coffee County, with a total of over 2,500 ballots completed as of Thursday afternoon.
Early voting continues through Thursday, October 30, at the C.D. Stamps Community Center in Tullahoma and at the Coffee County Election Commission office in Manchester with Election Day, November 4th.
Included on the current ballot are choices for Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the four amendments to the Tennessee constitution and two local referendums, one for the wheel tax and the other for wine in grocery stores.
Voters located in the cities of Manchester and Tullahoma are the only ones eligible to vote on the wine in grocery store issue.
While October’s observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month soon will come to a close, women across Tennessee are being reminded of the importance of early detection every day of the year. Linda Reddick, founder of the Memphis-based nonprofit Seeds 2 Life, said breast cancer continues to take too many lives, although progress has been made over the years through more awareness and early diagnosis. “The sooner you catch it, the sooner the treatment can present itself,” she said. “The best thing we always tell our ladies is to do self-breast exams. If you’re not sure how to do a self-breast exam, we would teach them or refer them to doctors.” It’s estimated that nearly 5,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in Tennessee and more than 900 will die from the disease. Despite the life-saving benefits, many women still aren’t performing self-exams or getting in for mammograms on a regular basis. Reddick said they often include women with disabilities or other chronic health conditions, such as a woman with multiple sclerosis whom she met at a recent health fair. “She’s so bogged down with her MS, she never thought about a self-breast exam or a mammogram,” Reddick said. “And here she was 40 years old, be turning 41 soon, and that was not on her radar because of her MS had just overtaken her life.” Another factor in the lower rates of screenings is that women with disabilities or other chronic health conditions are also more likely than the general population to be in poverty. “We’re in the Shelby County area and we deal with a lot of low-income, no-income, uninsured and under-insured women,” she said, “and if they don’t have the funds to go and get these services, they’re not going.” For eligible women, a number of health-care providers across the state do offer free mammograms and other testing through the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. More information is online at seeds2life.org. Free mammogram information is at 1-877-96WOMEN or health.state.tn.us. Breast cancer information is at cancer.org. Disease data is at cdc.gov.
Earlier this week Seven Springs Orthopedics & Sports Medicine held their open house and ribbon cutting event in Manchester. This event allowed community members to meet the staff of this all new clinic including Manchester’s new full time Orthopedic Specialist, Jason Huddleston. When asked what makes Seven Springs unique, Huddleston stated that Seven Springs offers same day appointments, accepts all insurances, and is open 5 days a week to help the community with their medical needs ranging from acute injury to chronic care.
Manchester’s Seven Springs Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic is the newest of 4 Middle TN locations and according to Brant Bell the COO of Seven Springs, they are truly thankful for the warm reception that Manchester has given to them and they are looking forward to serving Manchester and surrounding communities in the many years to come.
Those who enjoy good music, dancing and dining will have the opportunity to have the best of all three Saturday evening at a fundraiser to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
The event will be held at San Miguel’s on the Square in Winchester.
Bands that will perform for listening and dancing, include The Jerry Anderson Ensemble at 5 p.m., South Jackson Street Band at 7 p.m. for ballroom dancing and Michael Rudder’s rock band, Jackwagon, at 9 p.m.
Admission is at each attendee’s discretion, according to coordinators, Sgt. Major Larry Williams and Anderson, but $30 per person is the recommended “ticket” contribution.
Five top veteran’s charities are on the list this year and a check or checks should be made to the attendees’ choice, including the Independence Fund, Disabled American Veterans (Chapter 71 of F.C.), Fisher House, The Wounded Warrior Project and The Wounded Warrior Program of Fort Campbell, Ky.
Dinner, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase at San Miguel’s.
For additional information call Sgt. Major Larry Williams at 931-224-3226 or Dr. Jerry Anderson at 931-205-6380.
Join the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition Saturday, October 25th at First Vision Bank in Manchester for the annual Drug Take Back.
The coalition is working in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, national take back initiative, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and Manchester Police. Bring your unused/expired prescription, over-the-counter, or veterinary medications for proper disposal.
Call the Coalition office in Manchester for more information at 931-570-4484.
From a TSSAA release issued on Thursday morning, the Coffee County football team will play in Class 6A for the new classification period which begins in August, 2015. Class 6A features the 31 largest schools in enrollment, plus Maryville High School. Maryville, who was originally classified for Class 5A, but requested a move UP to Class 6A just ahead of Wednesday’s deadline. LaVergne, who was ranked 32nd, accepted Maryville’s vacated position in Class 5A. Coffee County was ranked 30th in average attendance and will likely compete in an 8 team region with the following mid-state teams: (listed in descending attendance numbers) Cookeville(2201 students), Oakland(1933), Blackman(1839), Warren County(1787), Smyrna(1774), Siegel(1758), Coffee County(1730), Riverdale(1724). Tullahoma has been classified to play in Class 4A
Other classification moves announced on Thursday:
For the purposes of Division I Football Classification, the following schools have notified the state office they wish to move up:
Class 2A to 3A
Alcoa High School
Goodpasture Christian School
Class 3A to 4A
Memphis East High School
Class 4A to 5A
Clinton High School
Gibbs High School
Kirby High School
Class 5A to 6A
Maryville High School
With Maryville High School requesting to move up to Class 6A, LaVergne High School has agreed to move to Class 5A.
Interquest Detection Canines will go into the three schools during regular school hours searching for ammunition, alcohol and illegal and abused prescription drugs.
On Sunday October the 19th at approximately 9:35pm Franklin County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded to an armed robbery just outside the Winchester area. A report filed by Deputy Charles Keller stated that and unidentified individual entered Gary’s Lakeside Market and held a handgun at the clerk. The suspect then demanded the clerk remove all money from both registers and hand it over then locked the clerk in the office located at the rear of the store. The suspect then fled the premises on foot. The suspect was dressed in black gloves, black hood and black shoes with white trim. The suspect appeared to be male between 5”7- 5”9 and weighed between 170-200lbs. Any citizen having any information regarding this incident is asked to contact Inv. Todd Hindman at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 931-962-0123 ext. 2110 or Crime Stoppers at 931-962-INFO.