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Early Voting Starts Wednesday

early vote2Early voting is set to begin Wednesday, February 10, and runs until Tuesday, February 23. Early Voting Hours: Manchester: Coffee County Administrative Plaza 1329 McArthur Street, Suite 6, Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM and Saturday 8:30-12:00 PM. In Tullahoma: C.D. Stamps Community Center 810 South Jackson Street, Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:30 PM and Saturday 9:00-12:00 PM. Tennesseans must bring valid state or federal photo identification with them to the polls. On the ballot; Presidential preference primary for presidential candidates and the following offices will be on the March County Primary ballot: Public Defender (unexpired six (6) year term), Assessor of Property, Constable – Seat 4 – Dist. 3, 14 & 16 (unexpired two (2) year term), Constable – Seat 7 – Dist. 17, 19 & 20 (unexpired two (2) year term). District Offices are elected by voters living in those areas.
One person qualified Public Defender, John E. Nicoll who is a Republican. For Assessor of Property, Larry McIntosh, Roseanne Carden Riddle and Beverly H. Robertson, all republicans. For Constable – Seat 4 Democrat Danny Davis with no candidate qualified for District 7 Constable. For more information on Coffee County elections call 931-723-5103 or check out their website at www.coffeecountyelectioncommission.com

Man Busted for “Sizzurp”

sizzurpAn Antioch man has been charged with distributing bottles of sizzurp — a modified cough syrup — in Bedford County.
Chance Lyndell Norman, 27, of Antioch was charged with possession and sale of schedule II and III drugs Tuesday by the 17th Judicial District Drug Task Force and Metro Nashville police.
“We have been involved in a joint investigation with Metro Nashville police concerning illegal distribution of sizzurp, also known as lean,” DTF Assistant Director Tim Miller said.
“Sizzurp, also known as ‘Lean’ and ‘Purple Drank,’ is a mixture of cough medicine — often prescription strength, containing codeine — and soft drinks and candy for flavor,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse website.
“Bottles go for $125 in this area but if you take them to Atlanta they sell for $1,000 each,” Miller said. “He had four large bottles.”
Metro officers also found marijuana and possible cocaine in Norman’s home, Miller said. (Shelbyville Times Gazette)

Confusion over Grave Markers

Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller

Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller

In recent days a number of people have expressed concern about a posting of a video on Facebook of military grave markers being found in a ditch.
In the video, which has since been taken down, an unseen narrator alleges that the grave markers had been illegally removed from a Tullahoma cemetery.
However, according to Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller, the tombstones depicted in the video were never installed in any cemetery.
The markers are located on private property located on “Z” Lane in Franklin County which is off of Highway 130, according to Fuller.
“The tombstones/grave markers that were found were actually unwanted or misspelled markers that were never used and needed to be disposed of,” Fuller said Thursday. “There was no malice or negligence involved and these markers were just properly disposed of.”
Fuller also said that his investigators have traced where the grave markers came from and talked with officials with the monument company.
“They came from a local monument company and were properly disposed of and there is nothing sinister about the disposal site,” the sheriff reiterated.
Fuller said it is not uncommon for monument companies to dispose of misspelled or unwanted grave markers.
On Thursday morning, the man posted a new message on his Facebook page apologizing to the property owners and explaining why he decided to take the video down.
“I want to apologize to the family in my recent video. I never expected that video to go viral,” he wrote. “I also never said a name nor said the owners of that property were involved. I have talked to the owner personally. We have both received death threats. I removed the video to do what’s right.”

“Operation Watchful Guardians” nets more than 20 Arrest

sexual exploitationAuthorities say more than 20 people have been arrested on charges related to sex trafficking and online exploitation of children in Tennessee and Georgia.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday that law enforcement officers conducted “Operation Watchful Guardians” this week in the two states. Agents conducted operations that investigated and prosecuted people accused of being sex traffickers and online predators.
Agents arrested 16 men attempting to purchase sex from a prostitute and four women who were advertised as prostitutes. Victims of sex trafficking were identified and offered housing, counseling and addiction treatment.
In addition, three men were arrested for attempting to use the Internet to find underage girls for sex.

CCMS Sectional State Title Bid Comes Up 4 Seconds Short

The Coffee County Middle School Lady Raiders with the 2nd place trophy following the TMSAA Middle Section State Tournament on Saturday(Photo by Jay Bailey - Manchester Times)

The Coffee County Middle School Lady Raiders with the 2nd place trophy following the TMSAA Middle Section State Tournament on Saturday(Photo by Jay Bailey – Manchester Times)

Mt Juliet got a short jumper from Emma Palmer with 4 seconds remaining to hand the Coffee County Middle School Lady Raiders their first loss of the year 43 to 42 on Saturday afternoon in the TMSAA Middle School Sectional State Finals in Murfreesboro.  A Coffee County rebound under the Mt. Juliet goal was tied up with the possession arrow belonging to the Lady Bears with 9 seconds showing on the clock.  That set up the last second in-bounds play to the taller and more physical Lady Bear post player who sank the shot and the Red and Black’s state title dreams.

CCMS basketball players (left to right) Julia Duncan, Bella Vinson and Jenna Garretson were named to the All Tournament team following the TMSAA Middle Section State Tournament on Saturday(Photo by Jay Bailey - Manchester Times) [EDITED FROM ORIGINAL]

CCMS basketball players (left to right) Julia Duncan, Bella Vinson and Jenna Garretson were named to the All Tournament team following the TMSAA Middle Section State Tournament on Saturday(Photo by Jay Bailey – Manchester Times) [EDITED FROM ORIGINAL]

Coffee County, which trailed by 5 points at the half, roared back to take the lead with 69 seconds remaining behind the support of a huge Lady Raider cheering section.  A pair of 3 pointers helped Coffee County tie the score with 4:35 left in the 3rd quarter and set up an exciting final 10 minutes of basketball as each team swapped the lead down the stretch.  The loss broke a 34 game winning streak for Coffee County stretching back to 2014.   The Lady Raiders finished the season with a mark of 25 and 1.

Coffee County was led in scoring by Julia Duncan who had 16 points.  Jenna Garretson added 9 points, including 7 in the 4th quarter.  Ellie Graham and Bella Vinson each finished with 6 points.  Following the game, Duncan, Garretson and Vinson were all named to the All-Tournament Team.

Thunder Radio was on hand to record the finals match-up and that game will be broadcast on Monday night at 8 PM.  A copy of the podcast will be available at our website, beginning on Monday evening at: http://www.thunder1320.com/downloads/  The Lady Raiders will also be guests on Saturday’s Coffee Coaches Show at 10 AM here on Thunder Radio.  The Coffee Coaches Show is broadcast live from Al White Ford/Lincoln.

CCMS Lady Raiders Advance to Saturday’s State Sectional Finals

Coach George Pearson talks to his team during a timeout in the conference tournament last week.

Coach George Pearson talks to his team during a timeout in the conference tournament last week.

The Lady Raiders of Coffee County Middle School needed a 4th quarter comeback to punch their ticket to the TMSAA State Sectional Tournament finals as they outlasted Rossview 42 to 36 on Friday afternoon. Coffee County, who trailed 30 to 29 with 3:42 to play, was 7 of 7 at the free throw and got a pair of big 3 pointers in the 4th quarter to nail down a finals date with Mt. Juliet on Saturday at noon at Murfreesboro’s Central Magnet School. The Lady Raiders had six 3 pointers on the afternoon, with 5 of those coming from 7th grader Bella Vinson. Julia Duncan led Coffee County in scoring with 19 points while Vinson finished with 17. Keelie Hillis and Jenna Garretson each added 3 points for the Lady Raiders who won their 34th straight game as they improved to 25 and 0 on the season.
Saturday’s finals will pit the Lady Raiders against Mt. Juliet who defeated Christiana on Friday night. The finals will begin at noon. Due to scheduling conflicts, Thunder Radio will not be able to carry the broadcast live, but hope to have a podcast of the game available for a later broadcast. Fans who wish to ride in a caravan to the game, can meet the team and parents at Coffee County Middle School no later than 10 AM on Saturday morning. Those who cannot attend are encouraged to come out to CCMS at 10 AM on Saturday to give the team a rousing sendoff.

Burch & Stanley Attorneys at Law Student of the Week 5 February 2016

The Burch & Stanley attorneys at law “Student of the Week” for 5 February 2016 is Blair Pyrdum. Blair is in the eighth grade at East Middle School in Tullahoma. She is the daughter of proud parents Kelli and Brad. She was nominated and selected to receive this award because she is positive and energetic, always ready to put her best effort forth regardless of the assignment. Blair is also a great citizen and is helpful to both fellow students and teachers. She sets a positive example for all her classmates. Blair is on her school basketball team. Her favorite subject is History because she like learning about events in the past. She plans on being a dental hygienist when she gets older because she likes working with kids. She 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 Blair Pyrdum, the Burch & Stanley attorneys at law “Student of the Week”.

The Burch & Stanley Student of the Week Blair Prydum with Trenena Stanley

The Burch & Stanley Student of the Week Blair Prydum with Trenena Stanley

Female Arrested For Filing False Report

Coffee County Jail

Coffee County Jail

A resident of Manchester was arrested after she allegedly filed a false report.
Lisa Renee Milsaps, 49, of Butch Lane, Manchester was arrested Feb. 2 for telling Tullahoma Police Officer Willie Young that she had been struck by a car when she crossed North Jackson Street Tuesday night around 11:30 p.m.
Doctors at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma told officers that her x-rays revealed that she had not been injured nor were there any abrasions on the woman.

Shaw Industries to Close Franklin County Plant

ShawShaw Industries, which has had a carpet production plant in Franklin County since 1989, announced Wednesday it is consolidating operations and is closing its Winchester plant.
At stake are 228 jobs, according to Al Scruggs, Shaw human resource director for manufacturing and distribution.
He said that, although the plant is closing, employees will be given an opportunity to relocate.
“It is our hope that interested associates will remain with the company and consider opportunities available at other Shaw facilities,” he said. “Shaw’s Human Resources team will assist associates with benefits, retraining opportunities, and out-placement options.”
The consolidation process will begin in April, with operations ceasing in August, a company press release said.
Shaw Industries Group Inc. is planning to consolidate the operations of Plant 24 in Winchester, into other facilities in the North Georgia area, the press release said.

Campaign 2016: Turning Point for Political Parties

At least one political analyst believes the 2016 presidential election will affect the futures of both major political parties in the U.S. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

At least one political analyst believes the 2016 presidential election will affect the futures of both major political parties in the U.S. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)

It’s all hands on deck as presidential candidates migrate to New Hampshire for next week’s primary. Ted Cruz emerged as the GOP winner in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday night, and Democrat Hillary Clinton eked out a slight victory over Bernie Sanders. It’s a “pivotal election,” says Dr. Gerard Lameiro, a retired college professor and the author of a new book, “Great News for America.” He predicts the November vote will mean neither the Republican nor Democratic party will continue to exist in their current forms. “One of the characteristics of a historic election is that the electorate is upset about something. It could be the economy, it could be lots of things,” Lameiro says. “And when they get upset, they realign the party. But how do they realign it? They come out in a huge turnout.” He believes millions will vote for the first time this November, resulting in a historic turnout and a fundamental change in the party political system. Tennessee’s primary takes place on “Super Tuesday,” March 1. Lameiro conducted research about American elections going back to the early 1800s, and says the foundation is in place for 2016 to be another game-changer. “Any time the American people have come out, they have solved problems,” says Lameiro. “When they come out with a big voter turnout, it means they’re sending a message to their future politicians that they’re about to elect and saying, ‘We want these problems solved. We’re fed up with you not having these problems solved.'” Tennessee has 11 electoral votes and, in the last four presidential elections, the majority has voted for the Republican nominee.

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