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Shooting in Tracy City

ShootingTracy City Police are searching for two white males in connection with a shooting. 34 year old Cody Hill of Tracy City, told police that two men kicked in his door and demanded drugs at approximately 3 p.m. Monday. After Hill informed them there were no drugs in the home, the two men questioned him about prescription medications. Hill was shot in the leg, the men later tied him up before leaving with his prescription medications. Hill was then flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga for treatment.
The two men are described as white and in their late-20s or early-30s, authorities said.
Anyone with any information on the incident or whereabouts of the two suspects should call the Tracy City Police Department at 931-592-9711.

Great Tennessee Airshow is this Weekend

An F-22 Raptor flies over Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 23 on a routine training mission.  The F-22 is deployed from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway)

An F-22 Raptor flies over Kadena Air Base, Japan, Jan. 23 on a routine training mission. The F-22 is deployed from the 27th Fighter Squadron at Langley Air Force Base, Va. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Andy Dunaway)

Members of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team will visit MTSU this coming Friday (6/3/2016) in advance of this year’s Great Tennessee Airshow June 4th and 5th at the Smyrna-Rutherford County Airport.
The special combined appearance by representatives of both groups, free and open to the public, will run from 8:30 to 10:30 Friday morning in the State Farm Lecture Hall at the MTSU’s Business and Aerospace Building.
Interim University Provost Dr. Mark Byrnes said, “We’re honored to welcome the Blue Angels and Raptor teams to our campus. This terrific event, sponsored by MTSU’s Department of Aerospace, will allow campus and community to talk to the pilots and learn more about their powerful aircraft.”
The back-to-back presentations will feature Blue Angels personnel from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by Raptor team members from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
You may remember the Raptor planes, as they flew several practice runs over Coffee County a few years ago. (Portions of this story from WGNS)

Experts Say, Screen Time Impacts Kids’ Communication Skills

Experts say talking face-to-face is critical in developing communication and relationships. (Texas.713/

Experts say talking face-to-face is critical in developing communication and relationships. (Texas.713/

Smartphones and tablets make communicating easy in some ways and yet, experts warn there may be consequences for youngsters. A new poll from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association found the biggest concern of speech pathologists is that excessive technology use is replacing conversation and human interaction. Senior Director of Speech-Language Pathology at Cincinnati Children’s Dr. Ann Kummer explains that when kids are on devices, they’re not only missing out on verbal interaction, but also physical language. “What’s most important in communication development and also in the development of relationships, is direct communication,” says Kummer. “Which means that you look at each other, you have eye contact, you laugh together and that is not well done through devices.” A majority of speech-language pathologists in the poll said they believe the overuse of technology could cause irreversible damage to the communication skills of future generations. During Better Hearing and Speech Month in May, they are encouraging parents to model safe technology use and set reasonable parameters for their children. Kummer notes that technology isn’t bad, but the key is moderation. She says nothing can replace what a child can learn through communicating person-to-person. “A lot of times, parents are driving and kids are sitting using their devices and there’s no talking going on,” she says. “I always found in raising my kids that, sometimes, the best conversations were when we were together in the car.” Kummer says there’s been a significant rise in hearing loss in young people in recent years, which coincides with an increase in MP3 players and iPods. She suggests encouraging kids to keep the volume at half-level, because most hearing loss is irreversible.

State Reminds Employers about Working Teenagers

teenagers jobAs students across Tennessee look for summer jobs, state Department of Labor and Workforce Development officials are reminding employers about child labor laws that ensure teens are safe.
State officials say students as young as 14 can work on a limited basis in Tennessee. When school is out, teens ages 14 and 15 can work as much as eight hours a day, 40 hours per week, but they aren’t allowed to work after 9 p.m. Labor and Workforce Development officials say teens who are 16 and 17 can work up until midnight when school is out of session, but they must have written permission from a parent to work that late.
Minors are also barred from serving alcoholic beverages, selling items door-to-door and working jobs declared as hazardous.

Motlow Receives Grant

Motlow 3Motlow State Community College was recently selected to receive a Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Student Engagement, Retention, and Success (SERS) grant for the 2016-2017 academic year in the amount of $25,000. The SERS grant is based on a TBR initiative that focuses on institutions using high impact practices (HIP) identified by the American Association of Colleges and Universities.
The Motlow State grant is titled “Empowering Student Success: Engaging High Impact Practices through First Year Experience.”

Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Searching for Wanted Woman–Decent Captured

Candace Marie Walker

Candace Marie Walker

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help once again. Authorities are searching for 30 year-old Candace Marie Walker, last known address Goosepond Rd Manchester. Walker is wanted for aggravated burglary, theft of property over $1,000, forgery under $500 and failure to appear.
If you have seen Candace Marie Walker or know her whereabouts please call the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at 931-570-4011. She is known to frequent Tullahoma and Decherd. They ask you to leave a detailed message if no one answers because investigators could be working other cases.
As always the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department thanks the public for its help and support.

Christopher James Decent... Photos provided by the CCSD.

Christopher James Decent… Photos provided by the CCSD.

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department received great response from the public on another wanted case. On Sunday, 32 year-old Christopher James Decent of Hillsboro Blvd Manchester was captured. Decent was wanted on a burglary charge, violation of probation, child support and failure to appear.

Tullahoma Female Facing TennCare Fraud Again

Vicki Hargrove

Vicki Hargrove

Vicki Hargrove, 34, of Tullahoma, is charged in Moore County with fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance by doctor shopping. In addition, she was charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. District Attorney General Robert Carter will prosecute. Hargrove was arrested just three months ago, in February, on an indictment in Coffee County for TennCare fraud in connection with fraudulently obtaining the painkillers Hydrocodone and Oxycodone by means of doctor shopping. She has since plead guilty and was placed on two years’ probation. District Attorney General Craig Northcott prosecuted the Coffee County case. TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. 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.”

Man Accused of Killing His Child to go on Trial in August

murder3A trial date for Robert ‘Blaine’ Roper, 27, has been set for Aug. 8 according to court officials.
Roper and his wife Carol Michelle ‘Keri’ Roper, 21, were arrested in November 2014 and charged with killing their newborn child following an investigation by the TBI in conjunction with the Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department.
The pair will be tried separately; no trial date has been set for Keri Roper at this time.
According to Sheriff’s Department officials, both Keri Roper and Blaine Roper are being held in a Nashville correctional facility, each under a $1 million bond.
Jury selection for the case is expected to be Aug. 3-5 in Lynchburg, with Blaine Roper’s trial set to begin the following Monday, Aug. 8.
On Oct. 31, 2014, the Moore County Grand Jury indicted the Ropers, each with one count of conspiracy to commit first degree murder, one count of premeditated first degree murder and two counts of felony murder.
Investigators discovered the newborn’s remains in a fire pit and ditch located on and near the property where the Ropers resided.

Unemployment Down in most Counties

unemployment claimCounty unemployment rates for April 2016 show the rates decreased in 90 counties, increased in two, and remained the same in three counties.
Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for April was 4.3 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month’s revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for April was 5.0 percent, unchanged from the previous month.
Coffee County unemployment rate fell from 4.0 in percent March to 3.8 percent April. Warren County’s unemployment rate was 3.7 percent, down from the March rate of 4.0 percent. Franklin County stayed the same in April, 3.8 percent. Bedford County dropped slightly from 4.1 to 4 percent. Moore County had one of the state’s lowest rates, falling from 3.4 to 2.8 percent. Grundy County went from 5.5 to 5.0 percent. Cannon County went from 4.0 to 3.7 percent.
Williamson County had the state’s lowest unemployment at 2.7 percent, while Houston County had the highest at 6.8 percent.

Memorial Day Event held in Manchester

Congressman Diane Black introduces her husband at Manchester's Memorial Day event on Monday morning.

Congressman Diane Black introduces her husband at Manchester’s Memorial Day event on Monday morning.

The Coffee County Veterans groups (American Legion Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and Disabled American Veterans Chapter) held the annual Memorial Day event on the square in Manchester on Monday morning.
The guest speaker was Dr. David Black, a Vietnam Veteran and businessman. He is the husband of 6th District Congressman Diane Black, who also spoke.
Rob Moreland, the master of ceremonies for the event says the event is an opportunity for citizens to remember the 646,568 Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for and dying defending our freedoms.

Download Thunder Radio’s broadcast of Monday’s ceremony

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