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1/20/17—H&R Block Student of the Week Jeffrey Hale

Congratulations to Student of the Week -Jeffrey Daniel Hale!!! Jeffrey, the son of Will and Crystal Hale, is a fifth grader at Westwood Elementary School. Jeffrey was chosen to be honored because “he is very well rounded and a great representative of the FISH philosophy that the fifth grade uses. Jeffrey is always there for other students and teachers. He makes people’s day and has a great attitude!”, says teacher Mae Anne Hale. Jeffrey says that when he grows up he wants to be a machinist-just like his Dad! 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. This will be Jeffrey’s very first Preds game! Check back here every Friday for H&R Block’s next Student of the Week award!
Pictured with Jeffrey is Rosalyn Partin of H & R Block and Melissa Glenn , Principal at Westwood Elementary School.

Man Wanted by Coffee County Authorities

Jeremiah James Vandagriff… Photo provided by the CCSD

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help. Authorities are searching for Jeremiah James Vandagriff age 33. His last known address was West Toliver Lake Road in Manchester.
Vandagriff is 6’3” 220lbs with brown hair and hazel eyes.
The man is wanted on a warrant for burglary in Coffee County.
Vandagriff could possibly be armed. Please do not approach.
If you have seen Jeremiah James Vandagriff 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.

Tullahoma woman accused of Stealing Prescription Medication

LaShawnda Ann Taylor… Photo provided by the TBI.

Special Agents in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit have obtained an indictment for a Tullahoma woman accused of stealing prescription medication from a patient in her care.
After receiving information from the Tennessee Department of Human Services Adult Protective Services Unit, Agents began investigating LaShawnda Ann Taylor of Tullahoma on April 18, 2016. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that on April 7th, while working as an employee of a company providing community-based living services in Decherd, Taylor took a patient’s prescription of Percocet without her consent.
On November 18, 2016, the Franklin County Grand Jury returned an indictment, charging Taylor age 34, with one count of Theft. On Wednesday, authorities booked her into the Franklin County Jail on $5,000 bond.

County to be reimbursed for Jail Building Problem

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

Coffee County is about to become $218,000 richer. The county will get reimbursed for expenses related to a problem with the smoke evacuation system of the new county jail.
The construction of the jail building began in December 2012. The problem with the smoke evacuation system was identified by the State Fire Marshal’s Office after completion of the building and caused a delay in moving of inmates until May of 2015 to the new jail and additional expenses for the county.
The two companies responsible for the deficiencies of the system are Centric Architecture and Smith Seckman Reid.
The full commission approved the settlement on Jan. 10. The two companies will pay the county by the end of the month.

Emergency Crews respond to House Fire in Wartrace

Coffee County Deputy Joey Ricco responded to a call around 4am Tuesday at 1344 French Brantley Road in Wartrace due to a structure fire. Once he arrived on scene, Ricco noticed that the whole house was engulfed in flames along with the yard and the swimming pool. He then was able to make contact with the owner of the residence, and he informed Ricco that he was at home by himself. He advised that he was in the kitchen and had placed the stove and oven on clean mode and then left the residence to go to the store. Once he arrived back at the residence he then went upstairs and then started hearing the smoke alarms going off.
North Coffee Fire Department and other volunteer fire stations arrived on scene along with state forestry and stopped the fire from going over the hill side.

New Apartment Complex closer to Reality

A new apartment complex in Manchester is one step closer to reality after Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen recently voted 4-1 on a third and final vote to rezone the property at the end of Truckers Lane to accommodate apartments, with Alderman Chris Elam the only no vote.
Rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the complex would be $500 per month, and $550 for a three-bedroom. Rent is based on annual income in Coffee County.
Many residents of Kimberly Lane, a possible entrance to the proposed apartment complex have voiced their concerns about increased traffic and other possible problems.
The complex at full capacity could hold 264 units, the current plan is for 84 apartments to start and grow from that point.

New Jail to be Certified in Grundy County

Almost two years ago the new Coffee County Jail opened and then became state certified and now another jail in a nearby county jail is about to be certified for the first time in 26 years.
The old jail on the mountain in Grundy County was 43 years old and had aged over time and the new jail opened late last year.
Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum called the conditions inside the old jail deplorable.
The old jail held only 34 inmates, the new $7 (M) jail holds 114.

Former Sheriff Pleads Guilty

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold… Photo from WGNS Radio

Former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold entered a guilty plea to the wire fraud, honest services fraud and extortion charges against him Wednesday morning.
The charges stem from the sale of e-cigarettes inside the Rutherford County jail. Arnold listed the company as a source of income.
Each count carries a sentence of five to 20 years and $250,000 fine each.
Before the judge accepted his guilty plea, Arnold filed a motion earlier Wednesday morning asking to be released from jail and stay with his Mother until his sentencing. The judge denied that request and decided Arnold must stay in custody pending sentencing, which is scheduled for May 8.

1/18/17–Coffee County Elementary Schools Release Second Quarter Honor Roll

East Coffee:

*Gold*
Patrick Jacobs
Sarah Weaver
Kanyen Alvarez
Autumn Gokey
Tia Buchanan
Ethan Stephens
Melena Gibbons
Derek Green
Zyler Spinner
Allie Floyd
Jaheim Weeden
Linley Freeze
Skylar Morris
Ellis Pichulo
Conor Waring
Kieran Welch

*Silver*
Holden Clark
Baylee Holt
Blake Lemons
Sarai Munoz
Lily Norman
Makenna Rowe
Seth Beaty
Allison Escamilla
Isabella Johns
Mario Arellano
Ashlyn Lowry
Caleb McCall
Ian Walker
Alonzo Rayas
Jaiden Foster
Lily Kilcoyne
Megan Smith
Kaylee Suggs
Chanse Baldwin
Lucas Beaty
Madison Evans
Juan Hernandez

*Bronze*
Jaida Foster
Zoie Welch
Makenna Hobbs
Daniel Honeycutt
Brian Perry
Victor Polo
Tracy Taylor
Jacob Wood
Kyrah Giles
Connor Pewitt
Julieta Rosales
Kaylan Bretz
Alyssa Money
Hassani Dade
Gabrielle Shortt
Keaton Rowe
Blake Reynolds
Ryan McCormick
Lindsay Honea
Vada Lowery
Riley Perry
Mason Phillips
Alex Prater
Nolan Sussen
Elizabeth Young
Emily Crisp
Marcos Rayas
Jason Reed
Trey Turner

*B.U.G.*
Landon Allen
Holden Clark
Amber Hyden
Sarai Munoz
Makenna Rowe
Kanyen Alvarez
Rhianna Baker
Allison Escamilla
Autumn Gokey
James Maynard
Hunter Reed
Tracy Taylor
Alivia Boyd
Ashlyn Lowry
Ethan Stephens
Juan Wilder
Kaylan Bretz
Guinavier Taylor
Hassani Dade
Stom Johnson
Zachary Warrick
Katilyn Morris
Hannah Farless
Ryan McCormick
Rylyn Lowery
Mason Hall
Gage Lamb
Sierra Maynard
Mitchell McBee
Camran Albert
Allie Floyd
Lily Kilcoyne
William Quinn
Kaylee Suggs
Sean Sanders
2nd Quarter Honor Roll Deerfield

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Missing Man Last Seen in Manchester

Justin Zeigler and his Mother

A man with a Decherd, TN address has not been seen in nearly two months. He was last seen in Manchester.
Justin Zeigler worked the Dollar Tree in Manchester and picked up his paycheck from the store on Nov. 20.
His Mother says the last time she heard from him was on Nov 19, 2016.
According to his family Justin was known to use inhalants from spray cans, which is one reason why his mother fears that he could be deceased. However, he was described as a good guy who simply had a bad habit.
On November 20, authorities said Zeigler’s phone was pinged in both Tullahoma and Franklin County.
He was last seen wearing dark pants and a dark-colored shirt. He is a white male 5 foot 9 inches tall, 215 lbs., has brown hair, blue eyes. He has tattoos and when last seen both ears were pierced and an eyebrow ring.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Investigator Bryan Elderidge with Manchester Police at 931-728-2099.

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