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Lady Raider Basketball Opens District Tournament with Win

Abby Morgan of Lady Raider basketball[Photo by Demarco Moore – Manchester Times]

A 9 to nothing run to end the first quarter propelled the Lady Raider basketball team to their 20th year on the season on Friday afternoon as Coffee County defeated Tullahoma 57 to 32.  The win advances Coffee County to the District 8AAA tournament semifinals on Saturday and also assures Coffee County a berth in the Region 4AAA tournament next week.

After a rash of turnovers and missed shots, Coffee County and Tullahoma were tied at 8 with 2:24 left in the first period.  The Lady Raiders closed out the quarter on a 9 to 0 run and opened the 2nd quarter with the first 4 points to build a 13 point lead.  From that point, Tullahoma was never able to cut the lead before 9 points as Coffee County got their 5th win in a row against their cross county rivals.

A trio of Lady Raiders scored in double figures as Abby Morgan led the way with 14 points.  Aerial Williams added 13 points and Holli Smithson finished with 12.  Morgan had 10 points in the 4th quarter to help Coffee County build a 12 point lead at the half.  Williams had 5 points in the 4th quarter and 9 points in the second half to keep the Lady Cats at bay.  For their efforts, Williams and Morgan were named the Crazy Daisies co-players of the game.

The win gives Coffee County 20 wins which is the most for the Lady Raiders since 2001 when the Lady Raiders finished with a record of 21 and 10.  2001 was also the last year that Coffee County won the District 8AAA tournament.  The win assures the Lady Raiders a region berth for the first time since 2013.

Coffee County will take on Lawrence County in the tournament semifinals on Saturday evening.  That game is scheduled to tip off at 5 PM at Franklin County High School.  Thunder Radio will be on hand to bring you all the action.  We will begin with the Char-El Apartments & Home Rental pregame show 10 minutes before tip-off.


Scammer Shutdown in Coffee County

Around one month ago a person using the name of Nicholas Christopher Douglas contacted the Coffee County mayor’s office about the possibility of creating a volunteer fire department in Beechgrove.
Coffee County Mayor Garry Cordell contacted the sheriff’s department and Coffee County Emergency Management about the legitimacy and credentials of Douglas. The man apparently was contacting other states and Tennessee counties about starting a volunteer department their particular area, using Beechgrove as an already established department.
Douglas has contacted Coffee County government to set up meetings with officials, but has never shown up.
Allegedly Douglas has a long criminal history that includes; fraud, impersonating an officer, intimidation of a witness, telecommunication fraud and other charges.
Through a thorough investigation it was discovered that the subject has been contacting county officials in Hickman, Crockett, Sumner, Overton and other areas of Tennessee about establishing volunteer fire departments in those areas. In these cases he has used numerous variations of the name Nicholas Christopher Douglas.
After an investigation by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department it was determined that this was a scam and Douglas was told to not contact the Coffee County government again.
Coffee County officials are asking the public that if you have been contacted by Douglas for donations or other reasons to call Investigator Kelly Smith at 931-570-4425. Residents outside of Coffee County should contact their local law enforcement.

Murder Suspect appears in Court

Connie King… Photo provided by the CCSD

We reported to you earlier this week that Connie King who was out of jail on house arrest after being charged with first degree murder in the Nov. 13, 2012 death of Thomas Colucci of Manchester was arrested again last week.
Her hearing for her bond being revoked was set for this week, but was delayed Wednesday afternoon. The reason was her new attorney Josh Crain of Murfreesboro told Coffee County Circuit Court Judge Vanessa Jackson that he needed time to get up to speed on the case.
When King was released Feb.24, 2015 on house arrest she was told that she had to stay at her mother’s residence in Grundy County. She also had to wear a GPS ankle monitoring device. That tracking device lead authorities to the Manchester apartment where she was arrested.
King and her husband Troy King were charged with first degree murder in 2012 for the murder of Colucci of Manchester at a residence she shared with Colucci in the Pocahontas Road area of Manchester.
King is now scheduled to appear in Coffee County Circuit Court March 29 at 1 p.m. She is now being housed at the Coffee County Jail.

2/17/17-H&R Block Student of the Week Ethan Hargrove

Congratulations to Student of the Week -Ethan Hargrove!!! Ethan, the son of Brent and Emily Hargrove, is a fifth grade student at Hickerson Elementary School. Ethan was chosen to be honored because he is very respectful to everyone, students and teachers. He is very involved in all school activities, and he is very responsible and intelligent. Ethan rides horses. Ethan has a dream to be a professional bull rider when he grows up, and then an auctioneer. He says that he loves the math world and can do a lot of math in his head, which is what auctioneers do. Rosalyn Partin, owner of the Manchester H&R Block, has been inspired to recognize great kids in our community all through hockey season. What does hockey season have to do with our local students? Well, H&R Block gives each Student of the Week a set of Nashville Predators Hockey tickets, a commemorative plaque, as well as a special letter of recognition. Ethan says that he plans to take his Mom to the hockey game! Check back here every Friday for H&R Block’s next Student of the Week award!
Pictured with Ethan is Rosalyn Partin of H & R Block, Jimmy Anderson, Principal of Hickerson Elementary School and fifth grade teacher Erica Patterson.

2/17/17–Westwood Elementary School gets a new outdoor basketball court

If you have driven by Westwood Elementary School on Oakdale Street recently, you may have noticed some changes to the playground. A concrete slab for a new basketball court was poured this week. It’s been a labor of love for the entire school, especially School Counselor, Rachel Sain. Here is Rachel to talk about the project and tell you how you can help.

Schools Close because of Illnesses

Due to illnesses among students and teachers Coffee County Schools and Manchester City Schools are closed Thursday and Friday. ESP closed in both systems.
Manchester City School system teachers will need to report Thursday only from 8am – 11am.
Schools are also closed on Monday, February 21 for Presidents Day.
Dr Ladonna McFall Director of Coffee County Schools said her system had 10% of students out at the beginning of the day on Wednesday and 12% by the end of the day. She said because of illnesses among teachers, it is difficult to find enough substitutes.

Old Scam back in Action

It has come to the attention of Duck River Electric Member Corporation that one of their members has been contacted by someone claiming to be a representative of the cooperative requesting payment. The member was threatened with disconnection if payment wasn’t made. Fortunately, the member became suspicious and hung up.
Do not share identity information with callers. Do not give them credit card numbers or bank account information. If they threaten disconnection of electric service unless you pay over the phone, immediately hang up and call DREMC.

Man that ran from Police Arrested in Shelbyville

Joshua Brown

We have an update on a story we brought you last week about a man Shelbyville Police were looking for.
The Shelbyville Police Department received a tip this week that Joshua N. Brown was inside Burger King on North Main. Detective Cody Swift spotted Brown sitting at a table and approached Brown with the intent to take him into custody. As Detective Swift placed one handcuff on Brown he began to actively resist arrest. Detective Swift noticed during the struggle that Brown had a semiautomatic handgun in his back pocket. After a brief struggle Brown was taken into custody.
A further search of the contents of his pocket revealed he also possessed 49 Xanax pills packaged in a manner consistent with possession with the intent to sell or deliver a schedule IV drug.
Brown is currently held at the Bedford County jail on the charges of Evading Arrest by Motor Vehicle and driving on a revoked license stemming from the incidents on January 31st. He was also booked on the charges of Felon in Possession of a Weapon, Possession of Schedule IV for resale, and Possession of a Weapon during the commission of Dangerous Felony.
The Shelbyville Police Department would like to thank all of the citizens that called in tips regarding Brown’s whereabouts.

Free Legal Clinics coming to Tennessee

The Tennessee Supreme Court has announced that free legal clinics will be held around the state to help citizens who find themselves in need of a lawyer’s advice on matters outside criminal law. It’s all part of the court’s initiative known as Access to Justice, a program aimed at helping a growing number of people find assistance when they can’t afford an attorney.
Tennesseans can log on to to learn more about the clinics. The program will kick off in mid-March with press conferences in Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis, Jackson and Chattanooga and run into April.
Court officials say more than 1.2 million in the state are indigent and struggle to get legal assistance. The top legal issues facing Tennesseans include health care, family law, landlord-tenant disputes and debt.

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network Offers More Help

The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is working to reach more people who might be in the middle of a crisis and thinking of hurting themselves.
They’re partnering with the crisis text line to offer a free text-messaging support line, which would be available 24 hours a day.
Anyone who needs help can text TN to 741-741 and they will be connected to a counselor.
Not everyone is comfortable voicing their problems, so everyone with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network is hoping this will help them reach more people.
An estimated 950 Tennesseans die from suicide every year. Suicide is the leading cause of violent deaths in the state and around the world, according to the organization. It is the second-leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15-24 in the state. More people die by suicide each year than from homicide, AIDS, or drunk driving.

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