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Charges Dismissed in Clown Case

Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott

Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott

On Friday night Sept. 23, 2016 the Coffee County Communications Center notified officers that a call had come in with the caller identifying himself as the clown who has been threatening children. According to the arrest warrant, the subject became very lewd with the dispatcher talking sexually with her and stating he was going to harm children. He also allegedly stated that he was going to kidnap children and her, cut their ears off and other lewd acts. The call came through the non-emergency line and was not traceable. 64 year-old George Randy Hoppe of Manchester was charged in the case.
According to District Attorney Craig Northcott, “After an investigation, it was discovered that Hoppe was not the person who made the calls and charges were dismissed.” Northcott says his office is investigating possible charges against another individual concerning this case. It is unknown if the two individuals are connected.

Warren County man facing TennCare Fraud Charges

Matthew Haycox

Matthew Haycox

A man who fled to Michigan to evade capture has been arrested and charged with TennCare fraud for selling prescription drugs paid for by the state’s healthcare insurance program.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has announced the arrest of Matthew Haycox, 46, formerly of McMinnville, after a joint investigation with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. An indictment in Warren County accuses him of TennCare fraud and three counts of delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance. The indictment says Haycox used TennCare benefits to obtain the painkiller Morphine, which he sold to an undercover informant. He then fled to Michigan where he was incarcerated on unrelated charges. When he was released, he was brought back to Warren County where he was served with the four outstanding indictments.
As of July 1, 2016, TennCare fraud was changed to a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,742 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or visit the website and follow prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”

Small Increase for Social Security Recipients

social-securityMillions of Social Security recipients and federal retirees will get a 0.3 percent increase in monthly benefits next year, the fifth year in a row that older Americans will have to settle for historically low raises. The adjustment adds up to a monthly increase of less than $4 a month for an average recipient.
The cost-of-living adjustment, announced by the government Tuesday, will affect more than 70 million people – about 1 in 5 Americans. For recipients, the average monthly Social Security payment now is $1,238.
Unfortunately for some seniors, even the small increase will probably be wiped out by an expected increase in Medicare Part B premiums, which are usually deducted from Social Security payments.

Hometown Hero for October

Sgt. Chris Paterson

Sgt. Chris Paterson

Al White Motors and WMSR (Thunder Radio) are teaming up to honor those who serve that thin blue line, our local law enforcement. Each month someone in law enforcement will be honored as a Hometown Hero.
Our hero this month is Sgt. Chris Patterson with the Manchester Police Department. After receiving a degree in Criminal Justice from MTSU he attended the police academy in 2000. He began his career in law enforcement the same year with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department as a School Resource Officer. Patterson was hired in 2005 by the Manchester Police Department as a patrol officer. Patterson was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2012, taking over the training duties of the department. He is in charge of all training for the officers of Manchester PD. The department also provides training in multiple facets relating to law enforcement, he schedules and instructs for both the law enforcement and civilian arena. Sgt. Patterson has the difficult task of maintaining the department to P.O.S.T. standards, both in training and personnel. He is also the liaison between the department and the Governors Highway Safety Office, applying for grants and training provided at no cost to the citizens. Patterson is a very valuable asset to the department and the City of Manchester. Citizens are fortunate to have someone with his abilities, knowledge and education as part of the administrative staff of the department.
We are continuing to ask for the public’s help for more hometown heroes. Go to our Facebook page or the Al White Ford Lincoln Mercury Facebook page to nominate a law enforcement official. Tell us why you think someone that serves Coffee County in law enforcement deserves to be chosen as a “Hometown Hero”. The man or woman that is selected each month will be recognized on and receive a nice surprise from Al White Motors.
Thank you to all that serve and protect us, our Hometown Heroes.

Teenager Charged with Aggravated Child Abuse or Neglect and more

Brandi Michelle Gurdak... Photo provided by the CCSD

Brandi Michelle Gurdak… Photo provided by the CCSD

Brandi Michelle Gurdak, 19, of Expressway Dr in Manchester has been arrested on child abuse charges.
Gurdak was arrested late last week and charged with aggravated child abuse or neglect, possession of schedule II and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The arrest was made after a complaint was lodged about the alleged abuse.
She was arrested by Manchester Police Investigator Butch Stewart after the officer served a search warrant at her residence.
The investigator alleges in a warrant that he found Percocet tablets with no prescription and a glass pipe.
She was booked into the Coffee County Jail with a bond of $76,500.

Unity Medical Center holds Disaster Drill

umcUnity Medical Center in Manchester held a mock disaster drill on Tuesday. More than 20 volunteers and hospital employees took place in the drill at the hospital.
The event was done to focus on plans for an actual crisis, which could send several patients to Unity.
During the drill, mock patients were transferred by ambulances to the Unity Medical Center Emergency Department on Interstate Drive.
The State of Tennessee Department of Health, MedStat, Coffee County EMS, Coffee County EMA, Manchester Fire Department, the South Central Regional Health Care Coalition and others were included in the drill.
Hospitals are required by the Joint Commission, formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, to have disaster response plans in place and to conduct disaster drills periodically for improvement and training purposes.
Unity CEO Martha McCormick said she was very pleased with the drill.

Hit and Run in Coffee County sends one man to Jail

Timothy Wade Hampton... Photo provided by the CCSD

Timothy Wade Hampton… Photo provided by the CCSD

On Monday police responded to a hit and run accident on Highway 55. The driver of the hit vehicle gave officers a description of the fleeing vehicle. A witness stated to police that the driver was throwing some type items out of his car as he drove. The witness to the accident followed the vehicle to Highway 127 where the subject stopped and allegedly tried to remove parts from his vehicle.
Tennessee Highway Patrolman Larzo Serna arrived and the man was outside his vehicle and had the keys. The arrest warrant states that the man identified as Timothy Wade Hampton age 46 of Fults Cove Road Morrison had a strong odor of intoxicant, was unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech. The warrant alleges that Hampton admitted to drinking some beer. He was given three field sobriety tests doing poorly on all three. Hampton consented and was taken to Unity Medical Center for blood work with results pending.
Hampton was charged with; DUI 2nd offense and leaving the scene of an accident. His bond was set at $10,000 and a court date of December 13, 2016.

Pump Prices Down Slightly in Tennessee

gas prices2Pump prices in Tennessee continue their descent. Tennessee’s state average of $2.12 is 2 cents less than a week ago.
“Gas prices are a mixed bag across the southeastern United States,” said, Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Motorists in Georgia and Tennessee continue to benefit from abundant gasoline supplies at a time when demand is low.
Tennessee’s average has declined for several days in a row.
In Coffee County the low price per gallon in Manchester is $1.98 and in Tullahoma it’s a $1.97.

Teen Fatality Crashes Up 10 Percent

aaaTeen involved crash fatalities increased 10 percent in 2015, according to a new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association.
Distracted driving is the number one cause of teen driver crashes and teen passengers are the number one distraction for teen drivers.
AAA suggests teen passengers avoid unnecessary conversations, don’t pull the driver’s attention from the road, silence phone notifications and navigate and stay alert to help the driver avoid danger.
AAA also recommends that parents get involved as their teens learn to drive by helping them practice in varying conditions, enrolling them in a drivers education program, and setting a good example behind the wheel.

Statewide ACT Senior Retake is Saturday

testingThe statewide ACT Senior Retake will be next Saturday, October 22 for students who met the September 16 registration deadline.
The retake provides every eligible high school senior, meaning any public school student who took the ACT as a junior, the ability to retake the ACT free of charge.
With more Tennessee students than ever before taking the ACT, Tennessee public high school students this year held steady at a 19.4 average score, whereas nationally scores declined as more students participated.
Nearly 1,300 more Tennessee public school students became eligible for the HOPE scholarship in 2016 by achieving composite scores of 21 or higher. Additionally, Tennessee improved its national standing in 2016 among the 18 states that require students to take the ACT, climbing to seventh in the nation when looking at the average composite of both public and private school students.

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