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Tullahoma Police Investigating Church Theft

Tullahoma Police are investigating the theft of $400 from St. Paul’s Catholic Church located on West Grizzard Street.
According to a report by Officer Tommy Elliott, Pastor Steven Klasek said that when he returned to the office he found that a rear door had been broken and an envelope with $200 cash had been taken from a filing cabinet in the kitchen and $200 in petty cash had been taken from the secretary’s desk at the front of the building.
Klasek told the officer that he left the building around 4 p.m. and returned around 10:30 p.m.
Officer Elliott’s report states that he observed what appeared to be bicycle tracks leading up to the back door of the office.
Investigator Johnny Gore with the Tullahoma Police Department is leading the investigation.

Decherd Police Looking for Theft Suspect

On Monday, August 14th at around 4:30 pm, a white male subject broke into a vehicle at Elite Energy Gym in Decherd and stole a purse and wallet. The man then proceeded to go to Walmart in Winchester and use one of the debit cards he obtained from the wallet.
The Decherd Police Department would like your assistance identifying the subject.
He was driving a red/maroon colored SUV, possibly a Dodge Durango.
If you have any information in regards to this person, please contact Franklin County Communications anytime at 931-967-2331 or message Decherd Public Safety on Facebook.

Bluegrass Underground Moving to Grundy County

After nine years in Cumberland Caverns, Bluegrass Underground will be moving to a new location. Beginning in 2018 Bluegrass Underground will present its concerts at The Caverns, located within the base of Monteagle Mountain near Pelham.
Organizers say the venue will hold larger audiences and will be more accessible to people with physical disabilities. It is also closer to Interstate 24.
The Bluegrass Underground television show is broadcasted on Public TV.
The City of McMinnville has helped underwrite the concert series ever since it began at Cumberland Caverns.
The concerts that are scheduled for the rest of 2017 will still be held at Cumberland Caverns in Warren County.

Lowest Unemployment Rate in Tennessee History

Tennessee’s unemployment for the month of July again made history with a 3.4 percent rate. This exceeds the previous month’s revised rate of 3.6 percent, which was the all-time low.
Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate fell one and four-tenths of a percentage point from 4.8 to 3.4 percent. The national rate declined from 4.9 percent to 4.3 percent, a six tenths of a percentage point change during the same 12-month span.

Tennessee National Guard ready for Eclipse

From Clarksville to Athens, Tennessee is at the epicenter of Monday’s eclipse. With the eclipse comes thousands of visitors, and the Tennessee National Guard is well prepared. Guard Soldiers and Airmen will work with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency to support local and state authorities as needed.
“This is part of the Guard’s dual mission, we not only fight America’s wars, but are available here at home to respond as part of our domestic operations mission”, Maj. Gen. Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General said. “We are well prepared to move throughout the state as needed to assist in any mission deemed critical by the Governor.”
Tennessee has more than 13,000 Soldiers and Airmen throughout the state from Memphis to Mountain City.
“If something catastrophic were to happen, we would work side by side with local authorities,” Haston said.
The National Guard has prepositioned equipment to be used if needed and is prepared to go 24/7 if need be during the eclipse.

Powerball Worth $650 Million on Wednesday

Powerball Mania is sweeping the nation again after nobody had the right combination of numbers of Saturday night.
That means the jackpot is now estimated at $650 million, with a cash payout of $411.7 million. The next drawing is on Wednesday, Aug. 23.
Before you get your hopes up too high, your odds of winning are about one in 229 million. Odds are, you’re more likely to be killed by an asteroid (1 in 700,000), hit by lightning while drowning (1 in 183 million) or give birth to quadruplets (1 in 729,000).
Powerball is played in 44 states including Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Coffee County Schools plan for Eclipse on Monday

Coffee County Schools have announced that they are excited about the upcoming activities that are planned for Monday’s Solar Eclipse at each school. Parents/Guardians have some options regarding how they wish for their child to participate. Parents may choose to opt-in which means the student will participate in viewing the eclipse outside, to opt-in please sign and return the provided permission slip. The school system will provide students and staff with approved safety glasses for eclipse viewing. Parents also have the option of not returning the permission form and thus not approving outside viewing. These students will participate in an inside viewing of the eclipse. The third option parents have is come to the school and enjoy this event with your child, you will have the opportunity to directly supervise your child and participate in the festivities around this historic event. Lastly, parents always have the option to keep your child out of school to view at home or attend one of the many viewing opportunities around the region. This will count as an absence for your child and you will need to provide a note to the school upon return. While we realize there are strong opinions on both sides, school will remain open on Monday. Officials feel that our students are provided a safe environment and are well supervised at school and many working families depend on us. The school system also feel they have provided options to address parental concerns regarding viewing the eclipse. For more information regarding eclipse activities for your child, please contact your child’s school.

Five People Arrested after Speeding through School Zone–Stolen Vehicle and Guns Discovered

Miguel James Harvey… All photos provided by the CCSD.

On Wednesday, (August 16, 2017) at approximately 7:15am Coffee County SRO Charles Taylor, was working the student entrance school zone at Coffee County Central High School when a gray Lexus SUV with Florida registration was traveling east on McArthur Drive in the right lane at a high rate of speed. He motioned for the vehicle to slow down and observed it continuing east toward the crossing guard at the main entrance of the school. The vehicle did not slow down and the crossing guard also motioned for the vehicle to slow, but it did not. Taylor got into his patrol unit and was able to catch up to the vehicle between Lincoln Street and Royal Trail.
Taylor hit his air horn as the vehicle changed from the right lane to the left between two vehicles and accelerated. Taylor activated his siren and advised the Coffee County Consolidated Communications Center that he was attempting to stop the vehicle. The vehicle continued on McArthur Street toward the intersection of McArthur Street and Hillsboro Blvd, reaching a high rate of speed. At the intersection, which was red for east bound traffic, the vehicle went in the lane to turn right toward Hillsboro and abruptly turned back left into the intersection, and proceeded east onto McMinnville Highway. The vehicle accelerated through the intersection and continued at a high rate of speed before entering the parking lot of J&G Restaurant, going behind the restaurant onto the driveway of St. Bede’s Episcopal Church.

Karvis Christian David

The vehicle then traveled toward Old Bushy Branch Road and into a driveway facing Interstate 24 off Old Bushy Branch Road. Upon his arrival, all occupants had abandoned the vehicle on foot, leaving all four doors open. In Taylor’s report, he says he observed a handgun in the back floorboard that was loaded with the hammer back.
Other units observed individuals running across Interstate 24 toward Ragsdale Road.
Other officers apprehended the five males at the equipment rental business on Ragsdale Road. The communication center advised that the vehicle was stolen out of Coral Gable, Florida, valued at $40,000. In the vehicle, were four handguns and three backpacks. Investigation revealed that the items in the vehicle were taken during nine vehicle burglaries in Valdosta, GA at a hotel. All suspects were transported to the Coffee County Jail.
Arrested were Miguel James Harvey age 18 of Sunrise, FL, Karvis Christian David age 20 of Coral Springs, FL, Dean Hyatt age 19 of Margate, FL. Two juveniles were also charged and one is a fugitive from justice.

Dean Hyatt

The three adults are facing charges of evading arrest, resisting/halt/frisk/stop or search (non-violent), theft of property, adult contributing to delinquency of a child and unlawful carrying or possession of weapon. Bond was set for the adults at $52,500. The two juveniles were transported to a juvenile detention center.
Deputy Taylor wanted to thank other officers involved; James Sherrill, Danny Ferrell, Eva Villegas, Dwayne Mullins, Keith Rainey, Cody Lendley, Frank Watkins, Brandon Reed and Jason Walker

Former Coffee Co. 911 Dispatcher Arrested

Katie Lynn Hillis… Photo provided by the CCSD.

Katie Lynn Hillis, 28, of Maple Springs Road Manchester who is now a former 911 dispatcher was arrested last Friday by Manchester Police on charges of false reporting and manufacturing/delivery/sale of a controlled substance.
Her arrest came after Manchester Police Investigator Jonathan Anthony received information that Hillis was selling prescription pills. On July 6 Anthony and Investigator Jackie Matheny sent an individual into Hillis’ apartment and that person allegedly purchased several Adderall pills and Hydrocodone pills from her. The allegations were presented to the August term of the Coffee County Grand Jury which returned indictments against her. She was also indicted for reporting on July 3 to Manchester Police Officer Jamie Norris that her prescription for Adderall had been stolen from her vehicle when allegedly they had not been.
According to the acting director of the Coffee County Communication Center, Diane Argraves, Hillis walked off the job on Aug. 7 around lunch time and did not return to work. “So she abandoned her job and doesn’t work here anymore,” Argraves told the Tullahoma News.

THP makes POT Bust in Manchester

Ben Patrick Mullavey… Photo provided by the CCSD.

On Wednesday, (August 16th, 2017) Tennessee Highway Patrolman Donnie Clark stopped a vehicle on Interstate 24 west-bound near the 114 mile-marker in Manchester for a traffic violation. The Trooper spoke with the driver and allegedly detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Driver, Ben Patrick Mullavey age 57 of Cedar Town GA allegedly admitted that he had approximately 5 lbs of a green leafy like substance believed to be marijuana inside of the vehicle. According to the arrest warrant, Clark also located 64 hydrocodone pills and a marijuana pipe with residue. Troopers also recovered a loaded pistol from the vehicle and approximately $15,000 in cash.
Mullavey was booked in at the Coffee County Jail on charges of schedule VI and III drug violations, firearm use in association with dangerous felonies, and unlawful drug paraphernalia uses and activities. His bond was set at $40,500 and a court date of Sept. 26, 2017.

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