Local News airs at 6:00am | 6:30am | 7:00am | 7:30am | 8:00am | 12:05pm |

Two Local Schools to Become State’s First Trauma Informed Schools

North Coffee Elementary Lead Trauma Informed Team: Left to Right – Adam Clark, Principal; Cindy Gilliam, Teacher; Beth Penick, Teacher; Monica Barton, Teacher; and Elizabeth Price, School Counselor.

North Coffee Elementary and Coffee County Middle School are slated to become two of Tennessee’s first Building Strong Brains — Trauma Informed Schools designated by the Tennessee Department of Education.
“North Coffee Elementary and Coffee County Middle School were selected because they have clearly demonstrated that they are not only ready to begin the work, but they are also committed to the work,” said Pat Conner, Executive Director, Office of Student Support, Tennessee Department of Education.
In a Trauma Informed School, the adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Those adults include administrators, teachers, staff, and parents. Trauma Informed Schools provide students with clear expectations and communication strategies to guide them through stressful situations. The goal in a model Trauma Informed School is to not only cope with extreme situations but to create an underlying culture of respect and support.
“Becoming a model Trauma Informed School aligns with the many practices North Coffee already has in place. This designation will allow us as a school community to not only continue, but also increase our system of supports meeting the social, emotional, academic, and physical needs of every student,” said Adam Clark, North Coffee Principal.
Through the Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of Student Support, North Coffee Elementary and Coffee County Middle School will receive high-quality training, resources, and on-going support as they implement trauma informed practices.

Coffee County Middle School Lead Trauma Informed Team: Left to Right: Travis O’Kelley, Teacher; Kim Prater, Teacher; Gina Cleek, School Counselor; Lana Creek, School Counselor; and Valerie Cawthron, Teacher.

“Coffee County Middle School is privileged to become one of the state’s first Trauma Informed Schools. A study suggests that during childhood over 60% of students will have at least one traumatic event,” said Kim Aaron, CCMS Principal. Research shows the benefits of implementing a trauma informed approach which includes: improved school climate; improved attendance; decreased discipline; decreased stress for staff and students; and reduced dropout rate.
Aaron added, “Without proper intervention and support, traumatic events hinder learning. The training our teachers are slated to receive will help them better address the social and emotional needs of our students so that more learning can occur, and students have the opportunity to be more successful.
North Coffee Elementary and Coffee County Middle School were selected, through a highly competitive application process, as two of 88 schools across the state of Tennessee to become the state’s first Trauma Informed Schools.

Rutherford County Police Pursuit Ends in Coffee County

Early Wednesday morning a Murfreesboro Police officer arrived on the scene of an incident on South Church Street. The officer attempted to talk with the occupants of a car, who were later identified as Justin Arwood and Sarah Dalton.
The officer approached the car on foot and tried to talk to the couple, but, police say they were uncooperative and drove off, hitting the officer.
The officer got back in his patrol car and tried to stop them. Rutherford County Deputies joined the pursuit as the pair got onto I-24 heading toward Coffee County.
When they crossed the county line, Coffee Deputies stopped the car with spike strips.
Deputies say they used a taser because Arwood, who was driving, allegedly physically resisted arrest.
Arwood now faces charges of Aggravated Assault, Evading Arrest, Reckless Driving and Driving on a Revoked License.
Passenger, Sarah Dalton, had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for violating probation.

Federal Judge Orders State to Stop Suspending Driver’s Licenses of People Unable to Pay Fines

A federal judge in Nashville has ordered the state to stop suspending the driver’s licenses of people who are unable to pay traffic fines and court costs.
In an order Tuesday, a U.S. District judge also instructed the state to allow indigent drivers to get suspended licenses back without fees.
The lawsuit is the second of two similar cases. The earlier one dealt with people who lost licenses because they were unable to pay fines related to criminal convictions. The judge ruled against the state in July, and Tennessee appealed.
Plaintiffs argue the suspensions leave people unable to work, making it even harder for them to pay court debts.
The rulings potentially affect tens of thousands of Tennesseans and could have implications for similar policies in dozens of other states.

Mega Millions Now Over $900 Million

The Mega Millions jackpot is now up to over $900 million.
Lottery officials raised the estimated prize Wednesday, less than a day after another drawing without a winner increased the prize to $868 million.
Officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the Mega Millions prize Tuesday night.
The next drawing is Friday night. The estimated jackpot for that drawing would be the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
The largest lottery jackpot was a $1.6 billion Powerball prize won in January 2016.
The odds of winning the jackpot aren’t good, at one in 302.5 million.
Mega Millions is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

High School Football

Launch the LIVE scoreboard at

Red Raider Football Game Moved from Friday to Thursday

The Coffee County Red Raider football game scheduled for Friday night at Siegel has been moved up until Thursday night.  The threat of rain for Friday triggered the decision to change the date on Wednesday afternoon.  Athletic directors in Rutherford County have moved all the games for Friday night until Thursday night hoping for better weather.  Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you the broadcast as Lucky Knott and Dustin Murray will have the call.  Thunder Radio’s exclusive coverage will begin with the pregame show at 6:45 live from Siegel on Thursday.  On Friday night, Thunder Radio will team up with our partner station WCDT of Winchester to bring you the broadcast of Franklin County hosting Lincoln County.  We will have the pregame show on Friday night from 6 to 6:45.  The Friday Night Thunder Scoreboard Show will air from 9:30 to 11 PM on Friday night.

Early Voting Has Begun

Early voting for the November midterm elections has begun in Tennessee. Voters can cast their ballots through November 1 or on Election Day November 6.
You will see on the ballot, 28 people running for the office of Governor. 8 candidates are on the ballot for U.S. Senate and 4 individuals are running for 6th District Congress.
Two local candidates are running for 47th District State Representative, Mike Winton and Rush Bricken. The district includes all of Coffee County and small portion of Warren County.
These locations are:
Coffee County Election Commission, 1329 McArthur Street, Manchester, TN 37355, Monday through Friday, early voting will be conducted from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm daily. Saturday early voting hours are 8:30 AM to 12 Noon (Oct. 20, Oct. 27).
CD Stamps Center, 810 South Jackson Street, Tullahoma, TN 37388
Monday through Friday, early voting will be conducted from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm daily. Saturday early voting hours are 9 AM to 12 Noon (Oct. 20, Oct. 27).
Voters shall show a Federal or State Photo ID when they appear to vote. This is true during early voting and at your election day polling place.
If you do not vote early during these times, registered voters can vote on November 6, 2018 at your assigned precincts, according to your residential address. Hours for all precincts in Coffee County will be 8:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Searching for Wanted Man

Terry Justin Vaughn

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department has sent out a request on their Facebook page for information on a wanted suspect.
Terry Justin Vaughn is wanted in connection with a theft case and has active arrest warrants here in Coffee County.
Any contact or information on Vaughn please contact Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Investigator James Sherrill at 931-570-4404.

Rutherford County Deputy Suspended after Inmates Escape

Deputy Beth Miles

A Rutherford County Adult Detention Center employee who enabled two inmates to escape last Wednesday was suspended for two weeks without pay from October 19-30, said Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh. Deputy Beth Miles was also placed on probation one year.
Miles was serving as the Central Control operator when inmates Dewayne Halfacre and Jonathan Baxter were accused of assaulting another detention deputy about 12:30 a.m. Oct. 10.
The injured deputy could be heard calling out for assistance on her radio and another employee alerted co-workers who rushed to help the injured deputy.
Also, the escapees pulled the fire alarm to cause an additional distraction.
While operating the doors for deputies responding to the injured deputy, Miles opened the exterior door at the bottom of the fire escape that exited onto the back-loading dock of the warehouse. Miles failed to properly identify the people requesting entry into the secure area and the operator error allowed the inmates to escape.
Halfacre and Baxter were returned to the jail last Thursday after a 35-hour manhunt from local, state and federal law enforcement officers and emergency responders.
Miles is being disciplined for failing to identify people requesting entrance into a secure area of the jail and maintaining the custody of inmates, which jeopardized the protection of citizens.
Miles may be terminated for any future infractions.
She has worked at the sheriff’s office nine years.

Tennessee Regulators Reject MTSU Plan for Law School

Tennessee regulators have rejected a plan to move Valparaiso University’s struggling law school to Middle Tennessee State University.
The Tennessee Higher Education Commission voted 8-5 Monday to deny the law school’s transfer to the MTSU campus.
The vote came after the two schools’ governing boards endorsed the transfer agreement earlier this month.
Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney McPhee says the commission’s decision “denies a legal education to Nashville-area students financially unable to attend an expensive, nearby accredited private institution” or unable to move to a university hundreds of miles away, in Knoxville or Memphis.
Valparaiso University officials said in a statement that they’re disappointed by the commission’s vote.

Older posts «