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Gas Pipeline Repaired

gas prices 4The pipeline company working to repair a leak that led to gas shortages and higher prices for drivers across the South says its bypass repair is complete and restarted its main gasoline line Wednesday.
Company spokesman Steve Baker told The Associated Press that crews have been working around the clock to get fuel to markets, and that it will take a few days for the fuel supply chain to fully recover after the line restarted.
AAA’s Tennessee Public Affairs Director said they anticipate pump prices to return to last week’s level “fairly soon after fuel deliveries are back on schedule.”
As of Tuesday, Tennessee’s gasoline average was $2.14, up about 15 cents from last week. However, the state’s average is still about seven cents below the national average. The low price in Coffee County as of Wednesday afternoon was $1.99 in Manchester and Tullahoma. Some stations ran out of gas this past Saturday in Manchester.
The 500-foot bypass was needed to move fuel around the leak of its main gasoline pipeline in Shelby County, Alabama. The leak, which spilled 6,000 barrels of gasoline into a detention pond, was detected Sept. 9.

Follow up on Clown Story

clownFollowing up on our story of freighting clowns in the area and also in Chattanooga, two juvenile Red Bank Middle School students, described as both male, were charged by the HCSO for making online threats against schools via social media. These threats were directed to Red Bank High and Red Bank Middle Schools and were first reported Tuesday night to authorities.
A joint investigation between the HCSO, Red Bank Police Department, and administrators with the HCDE, led to the discovery of these two students based on information they received as being responsible for the clown threat made against Red Bank Middle and High Schools.
The two students will be charged as juveniles and have been released to their parents’ custody pending further action by the juvenile court.
Reports of these types of clowns have been reported in Coffee and Grundy counties.

Coffee County Authorities Investigating Scary Clown Possibly Injuring Local Resident

Coffee Co BadgeRecent claims concerning scary clowns frightening people that have been heard in other parts of the country have now been heard here in our area.
The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department received a call about a possible incident in Summitville Monday night concerning a clown cutting an individual. Deputies responded to the area and conducted a search for the clown, but no clown was found
Sheriff department officials say that the department is checking the report out. The spokesperson said, “We check all reports to prove or disprove such claims.”
Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves says, “People in Tennessee carry guns and somebody jumping out and scarring someone is subject to getting shot.” He also noted that if a person is found to be scaring people or hurting someone they will be arrested. It is also important to note that filing a false report about such alleged incidents can result in the person being prosecuted.
The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department receive two calls Monday night about someone dressed up as a clown in the Tracy City area. Chattanooga Police also warned its residents on Tuesday.
The National Crime Prevention Council offer the following tips for parents:
• Know where your children are at all times
• Point out safe places for children to play, safe roads & paths to take and safe places to go if there’s trouble.
• Encourage children to play with others. Remember there is safety in numbers.
• Don’t talk to, take anything, or go anywhere with strangers
• Always go to a trusted adult when needing help – i.e. teacher, police officer, SRO, school bus driver, parent, older siblings or neighbor.
• Report suspicious activity to school & police department

Fire Heavily Damages Hillsboro Home

fire-9-19-16While Coffee County Deputy Eric Clem was patrolling the Prairie Plains area of Hillsboro on Monday night around 10:45pm he observed a structure fire at 1853 Prairie Plains road. Hillsboro Fire Department was called to the scene along with other departments.
Clem says in his report that flames were coming out from under the front porch area of the roof and from the living room window area of the house. He also said that he noticed that both eves of the house had a tremendous amount of black smoke coming from them along with the garage door area as well.
Electric and gas company personnel were also called to the scene to cut off the utilities to the home.
Firemen extinguished the blaze, but rekindled on Tuesday morning and Hillsboro and Summitville Fire Departments were called back to the scene.
No one was injured and the fire is under investigation.

Man Facing Charges after Alleged Incident at the Coffee Co. Jail

Coffee County Sheriff's Department and Jail... Photo by Barry West

Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and Jail… Photo by Barry West

On Monday, Coffee County Deputies received a call of a subject causing a disturbance in Beechgrove. Upon arrival, Clay Lee Cockerham age 21 of Cheyenne Circle Beechgrove was at the bath house in Lakewood Park. As deputies were on the scene a man and woman pulled up and said the man had allegedly gone through their mailbox, destroying it.
Deputy Blake Simmons charged Cockerham with vandalism and he was booked in at the Coffee County Jail.
Early Tuesday, Cockerham allegedly attacked a corrections officers and struck him several times. Supposedly the man attempted to leave his cell and was being detained by officers when the attack occurred. The arrest warrant says that Cockerham scratched the officer’s face around and inside of his mouth leaving cuts and long scratches about his face.
Cockerham was additionally charged with assault and criminal attempt. His first court date was set for September 27, 2016.

Kasai Opens New Headquarters

Commissioner Randy Boyd of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, participated in the Kagami Biraki, a traditional sake barrel ceremony… Photo and a portion of this story from WGNS Radio

Commissioner Randy Boyd of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, participated in the Kagami Biraki, a traditional sake barrel ceremony… Photo and a portion of this story from WGNS Radio

Kasai held a grand opening ceremony for its new North American headquarters last week in Murfreesboro. The new office is across the street from Murfreesboro Medical Clinic in the gateway district.
In late 2014, the Japanese-based company, which supplies Nissan and other automotive companies, announced plans to invest $13.4 million and add 250 jobs in Rutherford County.
Kasai operates a manufacturing plant in the Coffee County Industrial Park.
Their main operations are planning, development and manufacturing of car interior trim parts including door trim and roof trim.

“Youth Field Day Events” set for Friday at the Coffee County Fair

CC FairComing up on Friday at the Coffee County Fair is the 15th annual “Youth Field Day Events” sponsored by the Coffee County D.A.R.E. program.
The event normally has between 300-400 children participating in; sack races, 3 legged races along basketball and football throwing, dash and relay races and finishing with a water balloon throw.
All events are open to boys and girls in age brackets of 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 year olds.
The D.A.R.E. program will give out cash prizes to the top 3 finishers in each category. Also D.A.R.E. prizes will be awarded to all those who participate.
“Youth Field Day Events” begin at 11am at the fairgrounds arena and family and friends are invited to come out and watch.
This will be the 14th year the “Field Day Events” trophy will be awarded to the school with the most overall winners.
Sgt. Morris Vanattia, Coffee County D.A.R.E. officer, is asking for volunteers to assist in line judging, cheering and more to come on out.
Vanattia and Sheriff Steve Graves thanks all those who have participated and welcome all those coming out this year.

Coffee County Deputies Searching for Wanted Man

Wesley Kyle Sullivan

Wesley Kyle Sullivan… Facebook photo

 

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help. Authorities are searching for 28 year-old Wesley K Sullivan. His last known address was Dwight Sherrill Rd in Hillsboro. Sullivan is wanted for 2 counts of manufacturing/delivering/selling/possession of a controlled substance, schedule VI drug charges.
Sullivan is 5’10” around 180lbs with hazel eyes and brown hair.
If you have seen Wesley K Sullivan or know his whereabouts please call the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at 931-570-4409 or 570-4410. As always the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department thanks the public for its help and support.

Manchester Police Department News

cc-bankThe Manchester Police Department needs the public’s help with identifying a male subject. Police department officials stress that this man is NOT a suspect in a crime, but may have witnessed a crime take place at Coffee County Bank on the Murfreesboro Hwy.
If you can identify this person of interest please contact Investigator Bryan Eldridge at the Manchester Police Department, 931-728-2099.

Also Unity Medical Center recently donated numerous medical supplies for Manchester Police Department’s SWAT team. These supplies will be used to equip officers with emergency first aid kits. The police department thanks the hospital for their donation.

Pictured is Kristen Fox, Unity Medical Center and Officer Daniel Ray, SWAT team leader, MPD.

Pictured is Kristen Fox, Unity Medical Center and Officer Daniel Ray, SWAT team leader, MPD.

Burglary Suspect Caught in Grundy County

Dakota Blake Byers... Photo from the Grandy Co. Sheriff's Dept.

Dakota Blake Byers… Photo from the Grundy Co. Sheriff’s Dept.

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office has been working recently to locate a suspect that was wanted in connection to recent burglaries.
Grundy County deputies captured 22 year-old Dakota Blake Byers on Sunday without incident.
He was wanted in connection with two residential burglaries, two church burglaries and at least one business burglary on the mountain.
According to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department, Byers also had several outstanding warrants.

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