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Judge Lowers Bond For Murder Suspect

Judge Vanessa Jackson

Judge Vanessa Jackson

Last week Coffee County Judge Vanessa Jackson lowered the 39 year old accused murder Connie Sanders King’s bond from $500,000 to $75,000. King is facing charges in the murder of Thomas Colucci on Nov. 13, 2012 at a residence on Pocahontas Road near Manchester that they shared.
At the time, King was seen running from the house with blood on her screaming hysterically. She claimed that someone broke into the house and assaulted her and killed Colucci. His body was found just inside the garage by authorities.
After the murder police later arrested her husband Troy King in California near San Diego. He was charged with murder. She was later arrested in Florida.
Connie King’s mother testified before Judge Jackson that if Connie King was granted bond that she would live in Grundy County with her. Her attorney, Chris Stanford, told the judge that his client would wear a GPS ankle bracelet for tracking purposes and that she would stay at her mother’s house. According to Assistant District Attorney Kristy West, the order does allow King to visit her attorney’s office while wearing the She has been held in the Franklin County Jail. Meanwhile, Troy King remains in the Coffee County Jail under a bond of $1 million.
The Colucci murder has drawn national attention as the CBS television show 48 hours has filed a request with the court to video the trial. The trial is set to get started on May 14 in the Coffee County Circuit Court with Judge Jackson presiding.

Body Found In Shelbyville Identified

Body FoundThe body found alongside Mullins Mill Road in Shelbyville last Monday has been identified as a Murfreesboro woman.
Lois Jean Espy, 86, apparently lived alone, Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said Thursday, but has family in the Nashville area.
Her body was positively identified by the state medical examiner’s office, said Susan Niland, a spokesperson for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
A TBI forensics team is searching her residence for possible evidence, officials said. An online telephone directory indicates Espy, whose maiden name was Parker, lived on Battleground Drive in Murfreesboro.
Espy’s naked body was found a half-mile north of U.S. 41A South around sunrise Monday. Investigators are still not releasing further details such as suspects or the cause of death.
“It’s a death investigation at this time,” a Bedford County detective said Thursday when asked if investigators have a suspect. (Courtesy of Shelbyville Times-Gazette)

Missing Teenager Found

missing grundy girlThe Grundy County Sheriff’s Office says Autumn Spencer has been located and is safe.
The Sheriff’s office had been searching for a missing teenager. 16 year old Autumn Spencer was considered a possible runaway.
She was last seen on February 20th leaving a residence on Hardbarger Road in Monteagle, TN.
The Grundy County Sheriff’s announced they had located the teenager on Saturday.

Tennessee Exports Lots Of Goods and Services

tennessee flagTennessee exported $33 billion worth of goods and services last year – a record amount for the fifth year in a row.
The Tennessean reports that the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that Tennessee exports increased 2.2 percent last year over the previous year and 61 percent over 2009.
Tennessee helped the U.S. hit an all-time high of $2.35 trillion of exports of goods and services in 2014.
Canada got more Tennessee products than any other country, followed by Mexico, China and Japan.
Transportation equipment was the leading category of exports, accounting for $7.4 billion of the total $33 billion. Other leading exports included computer and electronic products, which accounted for $5.3 billion of the total. The state also exported $5 billion worth of chemicals.

ACT Prep Classes Set For Motlow’s Fayetteville Site

testingArea high school students planning to take the ACT can prepare for the test by enrolling in an ACT preparation class at the Motlow College Fayetteville Center campus. Classes will meet each Thursday (March 26, April 2, 9, and 16, 2015) from 6 – 9 p.m. in the first building on campus, Room 104. The registration deadline is March 20, and the course is limited to 25 students. Registration forms can be obtained on Motlow’s web site at Completed forms can be mailed or faxed to the address indicated on the form. However, registration is not complete until payment is received. The cost is $60, plus $30.95 for a textbook, with each to be paid separately. Registrants should write a check for the registration fee to Motlow College. For a textbook, checks should be written to the Motlow College Bookstore. Textbooks will be available only on the first night of class. Those wishing to purchase a book with cash are asked to have the exact amount. The ACT prep class focuses on four areas of the ACT: English, mathematics, reading and science. Emphasis will be on test-taking skills, logical analysis and pacing oneself. Practice tests in each of the four areas will be administered during and at the conclusion of each course. The ACT prep classes are designed to prepare students for the national ACT on Apr. 18, but taking the prep class does NOT register a student to sit for the actual ACT. Students must register separately with ACT to take a national exam; the registration deadline is March 13. For more information visit, For more information, call Motlow’s Office of Extended Services at 931-393-1760 or 1-800-654-4877, ext. 1760.

10-Digit Calling For Some Portions Of Middle Tennessee

telephoneDTC Communications would like to remind Middle Tennesseans that Sunday, March 1, 2015, marks the first day of the new 10-digit dialing requirements for making phone calls in the area. This process is being required by the Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) in order to accommodate the newly established (629) area code that now joins the (615) area code.
This new “Overlay” option was implemented based on the results of a TRA survey conducted in 2013 in which consumers were asked how best to resolve the issue of limited phone number availability in the existing (615) area code. Starting tomorrow, all current (615) numbers will require 10-digit dialing (area code and seven-digit telephone number) for local calls within the (615) area as well as the new (629) area code. Phone calls that are currently treated as local calls will remain as local calls and calls that are treated as long distance calls will remain as long distance calls. In addition, when making long distance calls within any area code, you will still be required to dial a (1) before dialing the 10-digit number as usual.
“This new TRA requirement will take some time for everyone to get accustomed to,” says Craig Gates, Chief Executive Officer of DTC Communications. “But it’s truly a result of the positive growth that our area of the state is currently experiencing.”
DTC Communications is a member owned telephone cooperative established in 1951. The cooperative supplies communication, entertainment, and security products and services to residential and business customers primarily throughout Middle Tennessee.

Domestic Dispute Leaves One Man Shot In Coffee County

Coffee County Sheriff Investigator looks in the door at Henley and Son TV with Manchester Police Officer Dustan Foster providing backup... Photo by Barry West

Coffee County Sheriff Investigator Larry Floyd looks in the door at Henley and Son TV with Manchester Police Officer Dustan Foster providing backup… Photo by Barry West

A shooting occurred on Thursday afternoon in Coffee County at Henley and Son TV, 2202 Woodbury Hwy. According to Coffee County Sheriff Investigator Frank Watkins, James Henley, Sr allegedly shot his son James Henley, Jr after a domestic disagreement with a .380 caliber pistol.
Henley, Jr suffered a gunshot wound to his side and was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Henley, Sr suffered an injury and was transported to Medical Center of Manchester for evaluation.
Watkins stated that the case will be presented to the Coffee County Grand Jury on Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
Manchester Police, Coffee County Sheriff department and Coffee County EMS responded to the scene.

One Person Killed In I-24 Crash

Red Saturn involved in deadly crash... Photos by Barry West

Red Saturn involved in deadly crash… Photos by Barry West

An accident occurred on Interstate 24 eastbound near mile-marker 121 on Thursday morning just before 10am. According to emergency workers on the scene, it appears a van lost control and went into the median. The driver of the red Saturn car saw the van and was pulling over to apparently assist. An 18-wheeler driven by David Lynn Wright of Illinois was unable to stop in time and rear ended the Saturn causing it to leave the roadway and strike a tree.

18-wheeler that collided with the car in Thursday's crash.

18-wheeler that collided with the car in Thursday’s accident.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of the Saturn, Tracey Michele Hullender age 44 of Villa Ridge, Missouri was killed at the scene. Her passenger, Anthony Craig Hullender, Jr age 20 was injured and transported by Coffee County EMS to Medical Center of Manchester.
Manchester Fire and Rescue, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, Coffee County EMS and the THP responded to the accident.

FCC Rules City-Owned Broadband Providers Can Expand Service

lighttubeThe Federal Communications Commission says city-owned broadband companies can expand and compete with commercial Internet providers.
The cities of Wilson, North Carolina, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, asked the FCC for the ruling because state laws have prevented them from expanding.
The cities built networks offering super-fast speeds at low cost when telecommunications companies decided not to expand fast service in their area.
President Barack Obama has supported the expansion of city-owned broadband, saying the laws stifle competition and economic development.
The FCC voted 3-2 on Thursday in Washington to pre-empt state laws limiting the two cities, but the decision could set a precedent for other towns in 19 states that enforce limits.
This is good news for the Tullahoma Utilities Board (TUB). They have been wanting to provide broadband Internet services to rural customers around Tullahoma. Before this vote there were restrictions on municipal utilities like TUB who could not provide broadband service outside their defined electric service territory.

Study Shows Manchester As Safest Tennessee City In Terms Of Flooding

manchester-signA recent study conducted by found that Manchester is the tenth safest Tennessee city from severe weather threats. Though Manchester ranks as number 10, it is the state’s safest city on the list in terms of flooding. Tullahoma was ranked 25th overall.
Analysts used a variety of storm data points to create the total score for 51 Tennessee cities with populations greater than 10,000. Analysts used the NOAA storm events database to factor in occurrences of tornadoes, hail and lightning in each area.
McMinnville ranked number 2 with Elizabethton ranked as Tennessee’s safest city.

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