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Former Sheriff Pleads Guilty

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold… Photo from WGNS Radio

Former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold entered a guilty plea to the wire fraud, honest services fraud and extortion charges against him Wednesday morning.
The charges stem from the sale of e-cigarettes inside the Rutherford County jail. Arnold listed the company as a source of income.
Each count carries a sentence of five to 20 years and $250,000 fine each.
Before the judge accepted his guilty plea, Arnold filed a motion earlier Wednesday morning asking to be released from jail and stay with his Mother until his sentencing. The judge denied that request and decided Arnold must stay in custody pending sentencing, which is scheduled for May 8.

1/18/17–Coffee County Elementary Schools Release Second Quarter Honor Roll

East Coffee:

*Gold*
Patrick Jacobs
Sarah Weaver
Kanyen Alvarez
Autumn Gokey
Tia Buchanan
Ethan Stephens
Melena Gibbons
Derek Green
Zyler Spinner
Allie Floyd
Jaheim Weeden
Linley Freeze
Skylar Morris
Ellis Pichulo
Conor Waring
Kieran Welch

*Silver*
Holden Clark
Baylee Holt
Blake Lemons
Sarai Munoz
Lily Norman
Makenna Rowe
Seth Beaty
Allison Escamilla
Isabella Johns
Mario Arellano
Ashlyn Lowry
Caleb McCall
Ian Walker
Alonzo Rayas
Jaiden Foster
Lily Kilcoyne
Megan Smith
Kaylee Suggs
Chanse Baldwin
Lucas Beaty
Madison Evans
Juan Hernandez

*Bronze*
Jaida Foster
Zoie Welch
Makenna Hobbs
Daniel Honeycutt
Brian Perry
Victor Polo
Tracy Taylor
Jacob Wood
Kyrah Giles
Connor Pewitt
Julieta Rosales
Kaylan Bretz
Alyssa Money
Hassani Dade
Gabrielle Shortt
Keaton Rowe
Blake Reynolds
Ryan McCormick
Lindsay Honea
Vada Lowery
Riley Perry
Mason Phillips
Alex Prater
Nolan Sussen
Elizabeth Young
Emily Crisp
Marcos Rayas
Jason Reed
Trey Turner

*B.U.G.*
Landon Allen
Holden Clark
Amber Hyden
Sarai Munoz
Makenna Rowe
Kanyen Alvarez
Rhianna Baker
Allison Escamilla
Autumn Gokey
James Maynard
Hunter Reed
Tracy Taylor
Alivia Boyd
Ashlyn Lowry
Ethan Stephens
Juan Wilder
Kaylan Bretz
Guinavier Taylor
Hassani Dade
Stom Johnson
Zachary Warrick
Katilyn Morris
Hannah Farless
Ryan McCormick
Rylyn Lowery
Mason Hall
Gage Lamb
Sierra Maynard
Mitchell McBee
Camran Albert
Allie Floyd
Lily Kilcoyne
William Quinn
Kaylee Suggs
Sean Sanders
2nd Quarter Honor Roll Deerfield

2nd nine weeks Honor Roll 2016-2017 North Coffee

Honor Roll - 2nd nine weeks 2016-2017 Hillsboro 

Hickerson Honor Roll Report Q2 2016-2017

New Union Q2 Honor Roll 2016-2017 (1)

Missing Man Last Seen in Manchester

Justin Zeigler and his Mother

A man with a Decherd, TN address has not been seen in nearly two months. He was last seen in Manchester.
Justin Zeigler worked the Dollar Tree in Manchester and picked up his paycheck from the store on Nov. 20.
His Mother says the last time she heard from him was on Nov 19, 2016.
According to his family Justin was known to use inhalants from spray cans, which is one reason why his mother fears that he could be deceased. However, he was described as a good guy who simply had a bad habit.
On November 20, authorities said Zeigler’s phone was pinged in both Tullahoma and Franklin County.
He was last seen wearing dark pants and a dark-colored shirt. He is a white male 5 foot 9 inches tall, 215 lbs., has brown hair, blue eyes. He has tattoos and when last seen both ears were pierced and an eyebrow ring.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Investigator Bryan Elderidge with Manchester Police at 931-728-2099.

Two Men Wanted by Coffee County Authorities

Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an ongoing burglary investigation that occurred recently in Hillsboro.
Some arrests have made, but 2 other subjects are being sought.
The two men were last seen in Marion County, TN at a Motel 6.
If you have any information about these two men or you can identify them please contact the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at 931-570-4409 or 570-4410, your call can remain anonymous. As always the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department thanks the public for its help and support.

Update on Interstate 24 Meth Bust

William Travis Malone… Photos provided by the CCSD

We have a follow-up to a story we brought you on Monday.
A routine traffic stop on Interstate 24 by the Tennessee Highway Patrol led to the discovery of a large amount of methamphetamine and more.
Highway patrolmen took two subjects into custody late Sunday morning after they found a little over 2 pounds of meth. The value of the drug can range from $9,500-$16,000 per pound. Also found was an undisclosed amount of cash, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a prescription drug.

Angelea Nicole Vallem


Two unnamed subjects have now been identified as William Travis Malone age 35 of Curtis Ave Manchester and Angelea Nicole Vallem age 41 of Estes St Smithville. Malone faces charges of, driving on revoked suspended license, unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities, 2 counts of simple possession/casual exchange, manufacturing delivering/selling/possession of a controlled substance and driving while in possession of methamphetamine. His bond is $134,000. Malone’s driving on revoked court date 2-28-17 and the other charges on 3-28-17.
Vallem was charged with, unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities, 2 counts of simple possession/casual exchange and manufacturing delivering/selling/possession of a controlled substance. Her bond was lowered from our previous story to $102,500. She is scheduled for court on 3-28-17.

Friday the 13th Unlucky Day for Manchester Man

David Andrew Melton… Photo provided by the CCSD

On Friday (January 13th 2017) Manchester Police Officer Dustan Foster stopped a man on McArthur Street in Manchester for having prior knowledge that the man was not to be operating a motor vehicle. A check of David Andrew Melton’s driver’s license showed it to be revoked/suspended 9th offense and habitual motor offender 3rd offense.
Melton age 44 of Shelly Rd, Manchester was arrested for his 8th offense on December 29, 2016.
His bond was set at $40,000 and Malone’s court date for his most current charges is Feb 28, 2017.

Former Sheriff to Plead Guilty

Former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold

Former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is expected to enter a guilty plea as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.
A hearing in federal court has been scheduled for Wednesday. In addition, former jail administrator Joe Russell and Arnold’s uncle John Vanderveer are expected to reach plea deals as well.
NewsChannel 5 TV is reporting Arnold’s deal is expected to mean five-to-10 years in a federal prison. However, the judge must approve any arrangement made between Arnold’s attorney and prosecutors. (WGNS)

State Rep pulls Bill concerning Food Stamps

Last week a Tennessee Republican Rep. Sheila Butt of Columbia introduced legislation seeking to ban the use of food stamps to buy items without nutritional value. However, due to ongoing discussions regarding this very issue in the newly GOP controlled federal government under an incoming Trump administration, Butt is pulling the legislation in hopes of federal action.
Since filing HB43, Butt noted the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 defines eligible food as:
“Any food or food product for home consumption and also includes seeds and plants which produce food for consumption by SNAP households. The Act precludes the following items from being purchased with SNAP benefits: alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, hot food and any food sold for on-premises consumption. Nonfood items such as pet foods, soaps, paper products, medicines and vitamins, household supplies, grooming items, and cosmetics, also are ineligible for purchase with SNAP benefits.
Soft drinks, candy, cookies, snack crackers, and ice cream are food items and are therefore eligible items, as is steak and bakery cakes.

Two People Dead in Cannon County Incident

Two people are dead and another woman is in the hospital after an incident in Cannon County Saturday night.
It does not immediately appear the women were shot, but instead injured with another type of weapon.
The TBI reported that 42-year-old David Wooten died from a gunshot wound. Officials also say 19-year-old Elizabeth Clement and 28-year-old Laura Jastre suffered serious injuries and were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Clement died Sunday night from her injuries.
No arrests have been made for the crime.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

County-Wide Bike and Walking Pathway? It’s Possible

Lots of people in Coffee County get their exercise from walking and or bicycle riding so how does going county-wide on a pathway sound?
According to Bonnie Gamble, council chair, who also directs the City of Manchester’s Parks and Recreation department, the Coffee County Health Council is asking for the public’s input about this possibility. Their will summit, at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of Christ at Cedar Lane in Tullahoma. The meeting will include representatives from Tullahoma, Manchester and Coffee County government agencies, utility companies and school systems.
The three government groups will be searching for grants to fund the project when the project moves forward. The summit is only the beginning to the process.

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