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Four Peat for Lady Raider Golf sends Coffee County Back to State Tournament

CHS Lady Raider golfers with their region tournament plaque.  Left to right are: Coach Mike Ray, Sophie Vinson, Savannah Quick, Ashley Gilliam and coach Marshall Gilliam. [Photo by DeMarco Murray - Manchester Times]

CHS Lady Raider golfers with their region tournament plaque. Left to right are: Coach Mike Ray, Sophie Vinson, Savannah Quick, Ashley Gilliam and coach Marshall Gilliam. [Photo by DeMarco Murray – Manchester Times]

Four in a row……..for the 2nd time this week! The Coffee County Central High School Lady Raider golf team qualified for their 4th straight state tournament appearance with their 4th straight Region 4AAA Tournament championship. The region win comes after Coffee County won their 4th straight district championship on Monday. The Red Raiders came up short in their bid to make the state as a team. Samuel Prater and John Parigger both qualified for state as individuals.
Besides being the 4th straight team appearance, 2016 marks the 5th straight year that a Lady Raider golfer will compete at the state tournament. Coffee County outdistanced 2nd place Oakland 139 to 159 as the region winning team score of 5 under par is a new school record. Ashley Gilliam shot the low round of the day for Coffee County as she tamed the 18 hole course in 69 strokes to finish 2nd overall. Savannah Quick was 1 stroke back at 70 to finish 3rd individually and Sophie Vinson carded a 78. Coffee County finishes the season with a team record of 54 and 3 which also sets a new school record for winning percentage.

CHS Red Raider golfers (left to right) John Parigger, Samuel Prater and coach Mike Ray [Photo by DeMarco Murray - Manchester Times]

CHS Red Raider golfers (left to right) John Parigger, Samuel Prater and coach Mike Ray [Photo by DeMarco Murray – Manchester Times]

For the Red Raiders, it was once again the talented Wildcats of Tullahoma that stood in the way of the Raiders first ever region title. Coffee County finished 2nd in the region shooting a 312 to Tullahoma’s 293. Samuel Prater shot the low round of the day for Coffee County as he carded a 76. John Parigger carded a 77. Those finishes were good enough to qualify both of them for the state tournament. Parigger had to win a playoff hole to secure his 2nd straight state tournament bid as the Red Raiders will have a golfer compete at the state meet for the 4th consecutive year. Austin Farris finished with a 79 and Reid Lawrence got around in 80 strokes.
The TSSAA state golf tournament will take place on October 11th and 12th at Manchester’s own WIllowbrook Golf Club. Admission to attend each round is $8 per person and riding carts will NOT be available for spectators. Thunder Radio will keep you updated on tee times daily during the tournament.
For more information, you can check out the TSSAA website at:

Authorities Searching for Wanted Female

Katrina Lanette Wolfe... Photo provided by the CCSD

Katrina Lanette Wolfe… Photo provided by the CCSD

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help. Authorities are searching for Katrina Lanette Wolfe age 35. Her last known address was Betsy Willis Rd. in Hillsboro.
Wolfe is 5’6” 160lbs with brown hair and brown eyes.
The female is wanted on warrants out of Coffee and Warren counties.
If you have seen Katrina Lanette Wolfe or know her whereabouts please call the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at 931-570-4409 or 570-4410. As always the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department thanks the public for its help and support.

17 Year-old Hit by Car in Tullahoma

Tullahoma Police CarA Tullahoma man was transported to the hospital after being struck while lying in the roadway Sept. 25.
According to a report by Tullahoma Police Officer Phil Bratten, a 17 year-old, of Reed Spencer Lane, Tullahoma was struck while lying on East Moore Street by a 2006 Chevrolet operated by Charles Kilcrease, 34, of East Moore Street.
Kilcrease told the officer that he was traveling on East Moore Street when he saw what he believed to be trash in the roadway. He stated that he tried to avoid the debris but was unable to avoid hitting it. He stated that he stopped to see what the debris was and saw a white male, stand up in the roadway and walk away.
The teenager reportedly told the officer that he was hot and laid down in the roadway because the asphalt felt cool.
He was transported to Tennova—Harton Hospital for treatment.
No charges were filed in the accident.

7,500 more Postsecondary credits were awarded to Tennessee Public School Students in 2016

booksDepartment of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced this week that nearly 7,500 more postsecondary credits were awarded to Tennessee public school students in 2016 when compared to 2014. Additionally, more students than ever before in Tennessee are taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams, with 27,699 students taking one or more exam in 2016–up 8.8 percent from last year.
The new data shows that not only are more Tennessee students taking AP tests, but also 3,700 more exams were scored a three or higher, making those students eligible to receive college credit for their high school work. AP classes offer students the ability to take college-level course work and earn college credit based on their performance on the national AP exam.
“Through Tennessee Promise, our students have an unprecedented opportunity to continue their education beyond high school, and we must ensure they are ready to be successful from day one,” McQueen said. “To ensure their success in college and their future careers, all students in Tennessee need to have access to rigorous and relevant early postsecondary opportunities, and AP course expansion is a key component to this work.”
The trends in Tennessee were mirrored in the national data that is out this week. Across the country, participation was up by 5.3 percent with a similar percentage increase in the number of exams that were scored as a three or higher.

TVA Board Member: Manufacturers Will Benefit from Clean Power Plan

A new report authored by a TVA board member finds that manufacturing in Tennessee would see significant benefits from the Clean Power Plan. (TheLeadSA/

A new report authored by a TVA board member finds that manufacturing in Tennessee would see significant benefits from the Clean Power Plan. (TheLeadSA/

A new study finds that it should be top of mind for big business in the state. Specifically, researchers found that manufacturers will see significant savings over time as the president’s Clean Power Plan is implemented.
Dr. Marilyn Brown, a Tennessee Valley Authority Board member, and the study’s author said, “Industry is the one sector of the economy that uses the most fossil fuels directly on site so the pollution consequences of large-scale growth of industry is more concerning than large-scale growth of say household consumption.”
Brown, who works for Georgia Tech, found that if states were to adopt a low-cost Clean Power Pathway to compliance, U.S. industries could realize a cumulative savings of $442 billion over the next 15 years. That could be used for plant modernization, product improvements, and even to help grow local jobs. Some manufacturers are challenging the Clean Power Plan in court, arguing that the law exceeds the EPA’s authority.
Earlier this month, the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency ranked Tennessee 13th in the country when it comes to potential carbon reductions with the Clean Power Plan. Specifically, the state would see a savings of almost $21 billion over a 15-year period.
Jennifer Kefer, the executive director of the organization said working to reduce the nation’s carbon footprint can’t ignore one of the biggest contributors to emissions.
“The industrial sector is the nation’s largest energy user,” she said. “It represents about one-third of U.S. energy demand, and so it’s virtually impossible to take on climate change without tackling emissions from the industrial sector.”
Brown said in addition to the potential savings for manufacturers, adopting policies in the Clean Power Plan can facilitate the creation of new jobs across sectors.
“Money spent on plant modernization or product improvement, expanding the customer base for these products leading to business growth, local jobs, all kinds of benefits,” Brown explained.
If no action is taken on the part of industries to incorporate clean energy in their manufacturing, Brown said their energy bills would rise by 44 percent over the next 15 years.

Follow-up on Drug Arrests in Tullahoma

Timothy Wayne Mooningham... Photo provided by the CCSD.

Timothy Wayne Mooningham… Photo provided by the CCSD.

On yesterday’s news we told you about Billie Jo Funk, age 44 of Morris Lane, Tullahoma, being a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation on East Grundy Street by Tullahoma Patrolman Tommy Elliott. Elliott reports that the driver fled on foot.
Now we have learned the alleged driver of the vehicle, Timothy Wayne Mooningham, age 32 of Faye Creek D-7 Wartrace, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.
Upon searching the vehicle the arrest warrant says that Tullahoma officers allegedly found several Xanax pills, 26 grams of ice, and 20 grams of marijuana. Several glass pipes were located in the car and a 9mm fully loaded handgun.
The original reason for the stop was because the driver ran a stop sign.
Funk and Mooningham have been charged with 3 counts of Manufacturing/delivering/selling/possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia uses and activities and illegal possession of a weapon. Mooningham also faces charges of driving on revoked/suspended license and violation of probation. Coffee County Sheriff’s Department deputies assisted in the arrest of Mooningham on Tuesday.
Funk’s bond was set at $82,500 and she is set to appear in court Nov. 10, 2016. Mooningham’s bond was set at $94,500 and he’ll be in court on October 10, 2016.

Lane Closure as New Exit ramp opens Soon

I-24Work continues on the new exit ramp on the eastbound side of Exit 111. Civil Constructers, who has been working on the new ramp since January, will be closing the right lane of traffic on Thursday. The lane of Interstate 24 on the eastbound side will be closed most of the day between exits 110-111 for removal of concrete barriers. On Monday the same area will be closed for milling work and paving. Next Tuesday there will be rolling roadblocks while workers are installing new signage for the exit. Civil Constructers is asking the public to avoid the area on those three days if at all possible.
At the completion of the work, all eastbound traffic wanting to go to Tullahoma will take the new ramp and not have to cross over Hwy 55 in order to turn toward Tullahoma. Work should be completed very soon.

Grundy County Deputy Injured

Grundy Co. Sheriff's CarA Grundy County deputy is at home recovering after being injured in a hit and run.
Sheriff Clint Shrum told reporters Deputy Rusty Parker was working at his second job at the time with Cumberland Outdoors.
Officials say the deputy approached a vehicle that was trespassing on Cumberland Outdoors property. When Deputy Parker asked the driver to exit, the driver identified as Nick Smart, took off hitting Deputy Parker instead.
Shrum says Parker’s leg was pinned in between the suspect’s vehicle and his own vehicle causing minor injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital, treated and released.
Nick Smart is wanted on aggravated assault charges. He is believed to be driving a red and black Chevrolet Blazer. If you see him or know where he is, call the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office at (931) 692-3860.

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold now in Jail

Artist rendering of Sheriff Robert Arnold being handcuffed by U.S. Marshals (Credit: Mike Sowers)... Story and picture by WGNS

Artist rendering of Sheriff Robert Arnold being handcuffed by U.S. Marshals (Credit: Mike Sowers)… Story and picture by WGNS

A US Magistrate revoked the bond of Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold, he was handcuffed in the courtroom and led away. Arnold will be incarcerated until his federal court trial set for February 7, 2017. That places Chief Deputy Randy Garrett in command. After that, the county commission has the power to name a temporary sheriff to serve Arnold’s remaining term. However, that phase likely would not happen until after the results of the federal trial.
Sheriff Arnold had a six-hour federal hearing on Tuesday that dealt with allegations that he abused his wife Megan Arnold. The allegations arose after an alleged argument in the Arnold household on Labor Day, September 5, 2016.
The Magistrate ruled that he had too much evidence to go over and study to make a quick decision. That is why Sheriff Arnold remained free overnight, and appeared again Wednesday in Nashville’s federal courts.
Arnold was on bond when the domestic incident reportedly occurred as he awaits a federal trial that will take place in February of 2017. You may recall that Arnold was indicted earlier this year on 14 charges of honest services fraud; mail fraud; wire fraud; bribery concerning federal programs; extortion under color of official right; obstruction of justice; and conspiracy.
Arnold appeared again in court on Wednesday to hear from the judge in regards to him allegedly violating the conditions of his bond. The judge ruled that Arnold did indeed violate his bond conditions. The Sheriff of Rutherford County will now remain behind bars until the date of his trial on February 7, 2017.

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