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Kidnapping and Other Charges Facing Manchester Man

kidnapping2James Addison Haley, 20, of East Fort Street, Manchester of was arrested recently and charged with kidnapping involving a former girlfriend.
The 20 year-old Haley was also charged with aggravated assault and vandalism.
According to warrants, after entering the woman’s home on the New Tullahoma Highway in Manchester an argument turned in to a physical altercation.
The warrants allege that Haley chocked the woman and forced her into his vehicle and drove her to the Barton Springs area of Normandy Lake where he drove her around and allegedly threatened to kill her numerous times. He also allegedly forced the female out of his vehicle.
Haley is free on a bond of $21,500.

Two Coffee County Escapees Caught

Shawn Michael Luce

Shawn Michael Luce

Two inmates who escaped from the Coffee County jail late Friday morning were captured about two hours later.
Authorities said Shawn Luce and Brandon Grant were caught in a wooded area near the Koss Center Alternative School around 1:30 p.m.
College Street Elementary School, located directly across the street from the jail, was placed on lockdown as a precaution while the inmates were on the loose.
Brandon Shane Grant... Photo from the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry .

Brandon Shane Grant… Photo from the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry .


According to officials, the pair escaped as welders were fixing some doors.
Luce and Grant will face a number of charges including escape and evading arrest.
The Manchester Police Department assisted the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department in the search.

Franklin County Woman Charged Twice In a Week On TennCare Fraud

Angela Shetters

Angela Shetters

A Franklin County woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, or using TennCare healthcare insurance to go to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain controlled substances.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has announced the arrest of Angela Shetters, 36, of Estill Springs.  She is charged with fraudulently obtaining TennCare controlled substance benefits to which she was not entitled by doctor shopping for the painkiller Hydrocodone.

Shetters was arrested again last week after being accused by a grand jury in Coffee County of two counts of fraudulently obtaining controlled substances by doctor shopping.
She turned herself in to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office just after being released on indictments earlier last week from a separate incident. The cases were worked concurrently, with indictments being handed down separately.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $5 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $176 million for TennCare, according to latest figures.  To date, 2,222 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions.  Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”

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Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week 21 November 2014

AaronsluckydogThe Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the week for 21 November 2014 is Haley Koren Sherrill. Haley is in fifth grade at Hickerson Elementary School in Tullahoma. She is the daughter of proud parents Sonya and Todd. She was nominated for this award because she is always great to be around, very helpful to both teachers and students and also a great student. Haley plays third base during softball season and is a point guard during basketball season. She enjoys reading and her favorite books are from the Sisters Grimm series. She hopes to be a teacher some day, when she grows up, just like her Mom. Haley 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 Haley Koren Sherrill, the Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week.

Haley Koren Sherrill - Aaron's Sales and Lease Student of the Week

Haley Koren Sherrill – Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week

Tax Increment Financing Plan Approved By County Leaders For Northgate Mall

northgate-mall-entranceThis week the Coffee County Commission met and approved by a vote of 21-0 a Tax Increment Financing plan (TIF) for Northgate Mall in Tullahoma. The infrastructure improvements are designed to finance these projects through future property tax abatements. The approval is for 10 years instead of the 14 requested by Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corp.
In addition to the proposed public improvements of up to $1.8 million, Northgate LLC plans to invest an additional $12-14 million in upgrades to the mall itself in an attempt to attract new, higher-end retailers.
The $1.8 million portion designated for government financing involves upgrades that benefit the public, such as paving, drainage improvements and landscaping. The remaining $12 million or so of improvements are designed to enhance the mall’s commercial appeal to attract more and better stores.
According to the Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation, tax-increment financing is a way for counties and municipalities to attract retail and other types of development at minimal risk to the taxpayer and reduced cost to the developer at the same time.

Bobcat Part 2

Bobcat 2For the second time in recent weeks, a dead bobcat has been found at Tullahoma High School.
Tuesday afternoon a dead bobcat was found in the parking lot on the southwest side of the football field.
According to a report by Officer Daryn Gadeken, someone passing by the parking lot saw the bobcat and contacted police.
According to the police report, the animal had been shot just behind the shoulders, however, the officer stated that the animal had been shot somewhere else and placed in the parking lot.
Tullahoma animal control was notified and removed the animal.
According to Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) is investigating the killing of the animal.
The week of the annual Coffee Pot football game a dead bobcat was found hanging from the goal post of the football practice field at the school.
A Coffee County High School student was charged with killing the animal out of season, however, the person who hung the animal from the goal post is not known.

Unemployment Rate Drops In Tennessee

unemployment3Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced Thursday afternoon the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for October was 7.1 percent, two tenths of one percentage point lower than the September revised rate of 7.3 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for October was 5.8 percent, down from 5.9 percent in September.
Economic Summary
• Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased from 8.1 percent to 7.1 percent while the national rate declined from 7.2 percent to 5.8 percent.
• Total nonfarm employment increased 7,900 jobs from September to October. The largest increases occurred in trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and manufacturing.
• Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 59,800 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, trade/transportation/utilities, and leisure/hospitality.

Tullahoma City Schools 14th Best In The State

Tullahoma City SchoolsThe Tullahoma school district has been named the 14th best school district in the state by Niche K-12.
Launched in May 2013, Niche.com is a research site that combines community reviews and opinions with hard data to compare public and private school districts across the country.
According to the website, “Best Public School Districts ranks 8,738 school districts based on dozens of key statistics and 4.6 million opinions from 280,000 students and parents.
The rankings were determined by evaluating districts across eight categories, with each category making up a percentage of the overall grade. Tullahoma’s highest grade was for its teachers, scoring an A-
Niche.com weighted academics most heavily, accounting for 50 percent of the overall score. Tullahoma City Schools earned a B+ on this area.
The Maryville city school system ranked #1 in Tennessee.
More information on Niche’s 2015 K-12 school rankings, including a detailed explanation of the methodology used to determine the placements, is available online at www.niche.com.

Labor Secretary Wants Minimum Wage Raised

minimum wageU.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, who’s advocating nationally in support of raising the minimum wage to $10.10, said the federal minimum wage is the floor that states should use for their hourly rates.
Tennessee has the highest percentage of minimum wage workers in the nation but is one of only a few states without a minimum wage law, according to a federal report released in March. The roughly 117,000 minimum wage workers in Tennessee account for about 7.5 percent of the state’s workforce.
The prevalence of minimum wage workers has no bearing on the likelihood of any minimum wage increase through the state legislature this year.
Last year a bill proposing a $1-an-hour raise failed to advance out of committee.

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