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Fatal Motorcycle Crash In Tullahoma

fatal accident4On Saturday evening approximately 10:13 pm, Tullahoma Police was notified of an accident with injuries at the intersection of Anderson & Carroll streets. A motorcycle was eastbound on Carroll street and struck the side of a Chevrolet Trailblazer that was going north on Anderson.
The driver of the motorcycle, Terry W. Sanders, 50, of Tullahoma was pronounced deceased at the scene. A passenger on the motorcycle, a 34 year old female, also of Tullahoma, was transported to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga via Air Evac. The identity of the woman nor her condition has been given at this time. Also the health condition of the others involved in the accident has not been released.
The accident is still under investigation by SGT Robert Weaver.

More On Scams Working In The Area

scam5After a live interview on WMSR Radio with Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves this past Friday, more information on various scams is being reported to police.
A number of individuals across the county are getting calls from an individual who claims to be from the sheriff’s department and that he has a warrant for their arrest for various things. He then tells his intended victim that they can avoid being booked into jail if they send money via a Green Dot credit card. Graves stated that these calls are definitely SCAMS.
The latest victim, a Tullahoma couple, received a call from an individual claiming to be Sgt. Michael Snider of the Coffee County Sheriff Department. He even had their full name. He then informed them that they had missed jury duty, which he claims the individuals signed a certified letter for.
The scammer told his victims that the warrant will go away if they will purchase a Green Dot card and call him back. The Tullahoma couple purchased two cards valued at $395 each for a total of $790 and called the phone number provided to them by the fake deputy. They then provided him with the number on the card which enabled him to get the money. The cell phone number he called from has been disconnected.
After providing the Green Dot number, the couple went to the Coffee County Jail and asked for “Sgt. Snider” to get the arrest warrant cancelled and was told that there was no such person with the department. The thief had their money and there was no way of tracing him. The sheriff stated that numerous attempts have been made to catch the individual making the calls, but so far they have not been able to do so.
Graves says that no deputy or police officer will never attempt to collect money in this manner.
In addition to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department receiving reports of the scam, Tullahoma and Manchester Police have also had reports of the scam operating in their cities.

Don’t Forget Early Voting Ends Thursday (Oct. 30)

early vote2Early voting continues through Thursday, October 30 in Coffee County. There has been a total of over 3,300 ballots completed as of Monday afternoon.
In Manchester, early voting is being held at the Election Commission office at 1329 MacArthur Drive from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Thursday. In Tullahoma, early voting is held at C.D. Stamps Community Center at 810 S. Jackson Street from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Thursday, Election Day, November 4th. Remember proper identification is required.
Included on the current ballot are choices for Governor, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, as well as the four amendments to the Tennessee constitution and two local referendums, one for the wheel tax and the other for wine in grocery stores.
Voters located in the cities of Manchester and Tullahoma are the only ones eligible to vote on the wine in grocery store issue.

Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center Brings Chili Cook-Off Back To The Historic Manchester Square


On Saturday, November 8th from 12-4 PM, the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center will be bringing back a popular community event to the newly renovated historic Manchester Square. For a number of years, the Manchester Fire Department hosted a chili cook-off to benefit local organizations, including the Children’s Advocacy Center the final year it hosted the event in 2012. All proceeds from this year’s event will go to supporting the Children’s Advocacy Center and the work that they do for children who are victims of abuse in Coffee County.
There will be three $500 prizes awarded on November 8th and the community gets to vote for two of the three winners, including the Crowd Favorite Chili and the Best Decorated booth. The third $500 prize will be the Judges’ Choice and the judges for this year’s event include Judges Brock, Jackson, Johnson and Ledsinger. Teams can be comprised of up to 5 team members and a $25 donation to the Advocacy Center serves as the entry fee. Teams are asked to make at least six gallons of chili for the event. The Advocacy Center will be accepting team entries up until November 5th. For more information, call 723-8888.
The cost to taste the chili and vote for your favorite will be $5. For $5, guests will receive a ballot and a tasting spoon to taste the chili from each team and vote for their favorite chili and decorations.

Former Coffee County Corrections Officer Arrested

James M. Mayes intake photo

James M. Mayes intake photo

A former corrections officer at the Coffee County Jail found himself behind bars after being arrested by investigators.
James M. Mayes, 26, of Brandontown Road, Manchester, is charged with bribery of a public servant, extortion and official misconduct.
According to warrants obtained by Sheriff’s Investigator Sgt. Danny Ferrell, Mayes took $100 from an inmate to allow him to keep a quarter pound of tobacco the inmate had in his possession in the tobacco-free jail. According to the warrants, he had told the inmate to pay up after catching him with the tobacco.
Ferrell alleges that Mayes then threatened to “lock the inmate down” and restrict his privileges if the money was not paid.
Ferrell alleges that the inmate was told that for another $150 he could bring anything he wanted into the jail.
After the $100 was allegedly paid, Ferrell took possession of the money. “I had recorded the serial numbers and the serial number on the money seized was the same,” Ferrell said.
According to the investigator, the sheriff’s department had been investigating Mayes for the last six months after allegations arose.
“He had been allowing cell phones and other contraband to be taken into the jail for a fee,” the investigator alleged. Ferrell stated that several inmates in the jail had been a victim of the corrections officer for allegedly taking money for favors.
Mayes is being housed in the Franklin County Jail under $150,000 bond and is to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court Nov. 17.
(Story from Wayne Thomas of the Tullahoma News)

Unemployment Rate Down In Coffee County

unemployment_2County unemployment rates for September show the rate decreased in 94 counties and increased in only one. Fayette County in west Tennessee experienced a slight increase of one tenth of a percentage point.
Coffee County had a good month dropping from 7.0 percent to 6.1.
Warren County’s unemployment rate for September was 6.8 percent, which is down a full percentage point from the August rate of 7.8 percent. Bedford County fell from 7.1% to 6.3. Franklin County dropped a full point to 5.5%. Down in Moore County they fell from 6.2% to 5.4. In Grundy County the unemployment rate went from 8.7 in August to 7.7 in September, and Cannon County the percentage went from 6.6 to 5.6.
Lincoln County had the state’s lowest unemployment at 4.6 percent. Scott County had the highest at 12.3 percent.

Emergency Training Exercises Going On This Week

CCEMCoffee County Emergency Management Agency will be conducting some joint training exercises with Coffee County Emergency Medical Services, Local Fire Departments, Harton Regional Medical Center, the Medical Center of Manchester, and United Regional Medical Center. The inter-agencies training exercises will be utilized in testing the emergency response services and medical facilities capabilities in the safe handling, transport, and receiving of patients with possible Blood borne Pathogen exposure through the various facilities Emergency Departments.
The training exercises will be conducted from October 27th thru November 4th at the various medical facilities.

We Honor First Responders

Coffee County Rescue members (L-R) Captain Davis Bryant and Chief Neil Simmons... Photos by Samantha Watters

Coffee County Rescue members (L-R) Captain David Spry and Chief Neil Simmons… Photos by Samantha Watters

Thanksgiving is a month away, and at Thunder Radio we want to thank and honor our brave men and women who serve in and around Coffee County as First Responders! Help us honor the First Responders in your life on Thunder Radio by sending us a picture and some information about your First Responder to Thunder Radio’s Facebook Page. Then, tune in during the week leading up to Thanksgiving to hear them honored on air & much more. We can never thank our First Responders enough, but this Thanksgiving we’d like to try.

Coffee County EMS Director Allen Lendley

Coffee County EMS Director Allen Lendley

The deadline to submit your First Responders to us will be Wednesday, November 12th. So visit Thunder Radio’s Facebook page today and help us tell your First Responders how thankful we all truly are for their willingness to serve. Plus, while you’re at it, watch the all new Thunder TV News Video at to learn first-hand why some of our local First Responders chose their heroic profession in order to protect us.

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Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week 24 Oct 2014

AaronsluckydogThe Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the week for 24 October 2014 is Emily Whitten. Emily is in fifth grade at College Street Elementary School in Manchester. She is the daughter of proud parents Krista and Clay. She was nominated for this award because she helpful, attentive and set the example for all other students. Emily is plays volleyball, basketball and softball. Her favorite subject is social studies because she enjoys learning about history. Her favorite things to do when not at school is the various sports she plays and reading a good book. Emily 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 Emily Whitten, the Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week.

Emily Whitten - Aaron's Sales and Lease Student of the Week

Emily Whitten – Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week

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