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Herb Horton Steps Down as CHS Lady Raider Basketball Coach

Herb Horton(file photo)

The Coffee County Central High School Lady Raider basketball team will be looking for a new head coach for next season.  Herb Horton, the Lady Raiders coach for the last 4 years, has resigned his position effective immediately.  Horton met with his team on Wednesday afternoon to inform them of his decision.

Horton, who was named the District 8AAA Coach of the Year last season, led Coffee County to a 21 and 8 record and a berth in the Region 4AAA Tournament this year.  Horton was hired in April of 2013 and came to Coffee County after spending the previous 24 years as head coach at Gilmer High School in Ellijay, GA.

Dr. Joey Vaughn, Coffee County Central High School principal, had nothing but praise for Coach Horton when contacted by Thunder Radio on Wednesday afternoon. “ I appreciate Coach Horton and the work he has done at Coffee County Central High School and with our student athletes” said Vaughn.  He went on to say “I am confident that he leaves our program in a better state than he inherited it 4 years ago and I believe Lady Raider basketball will continue to build on the foundation he has laid here.”

The resignation was announced to the public via a press release from Ryan Sulkowski, Coffee County athletic director.  In the release, Sulkowski had this to say: “On Wednesday April 26, 2017, Coffee County Central Principal Dr. Joey Vaughn and I received and accepted the letter of resignation of Lady Raiders Girls Basketball Coach, Herbert Horton.  The Coffee County School District, Coffee County Central High School, and our Athletic Department would like to thank Coach Horton for everything he has done for the young ladies at CCCHS and wish him and his family nothing but the best of luck in their future endeavors.  A search for his replacement will begin immediately.”

Coach Horton released a statement, via an open letter to the Community of Manchester and Coffee County, early Wednesday evening.

“It has been an honor, a blessing, and a privilege to have been the coach for the Lady Raiders Basketball Team for the past 4 years. During this time I can honestly say that I have put my heart into our team, my players, and our program. I have enjoyed getting to know many of you and having you support our team and our school. After much thought, much prayer, and much discussion with my family, I have decided to step down as your Lady Raiders’ Basketball Coach. I only wish the best for this community, our school, and all of our students and teachers. The time spent with the Lady Raiders Basketball Team over the last 4 years has been very special to me. I have seen our players and our program grow and gain much respect in the district and surrounding area. In sports, as well as in life, there seems to be constant construction. I have tried to encourage my students and my players to always give their best effort in the classroom, on the basketball court, but more importantly in life. For me teaching and coaching has always been about developing relationships with my students, as well as my players. Teaching these kids the importance of being a person with high morals and character is the most important legacy that we can leave with our kids. I wish only the very best for them and for the citizens of Coffee County. May God always bless each of you and your families!


Herb Horton”



ERPUD will Raise Rates beginning May 1

Elk River Public Utilities District (ERPUD) will begin a rate increase beginning May 1.
The customer charge, is a flat fee that helps pay for the infrastructure costs of delivering gas safely to customers and is not based on usage.
A rate increase implemented last year to bolster Elk River Public Utility District (ERPUD) against a potential budget shortfall in FY2017 proved to be too little to protect the company from flagging sales due to warm temperatures and the loss of two of its biggest customers, according to ERPUD officials.
Since the July 1, 2016 start of the fiscal year, recorded temperatures for the year have been 31 percent warmer than average, with the effect that customers have purchased less gas to heat their homes and businesses.
Residential customers with year-round service will see a $1.50 increase from $9.25 to $10.75.
Residential customers with heat-only service will see a $1.75 increase from $12.25 to $14.
Customers the utility classifies as “small commercial” will see their monthly charge bump from $14.75 to $17.
“Large commercial” customers will see the charge move from $55 to $60.
For “industrial processing” and “interruptible” customers, the charge will bump from $225 to $250. (Tullahoma News)

Take Back Day is April 29

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day (DTB) is set for Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As part of this major health and safety initiative, the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition (CCADC) will host two take-back events, one in Manchester and one in Tullahoma.
Community members are encouraged to stop by one of these local take-back locations to drop off their unused or expired medications, especially pain relievers and other prescription drugs. Pharmacists and law enforcement officers will be on hand to accept the medications and safely dispose of them, no questions asked.
• First Vision Bank, 2134 Hillsboro Blvd, Manchester, TN
• Walgreens 700 N Jackson St, Tullahoma, TN
“Count It! Lock It! Drop It!™ is an easy way a concerned citizen can instantly help themselves and others,’ said Stacy Lee, the Community Outreach Coordinator for the CCADC. ‘One person can make a difference by counting their meds, locking up what they need to keep, and dropping the unwanted ones. Getting meds accounted for is the best way to prevent harm. With 52 percent of individuals statewide having concerns about a loved one becoming addicted, the more opportunities people have to clean out their medicine cabinets, the less likely it is those pills will fall into the hands like a teenager or someone seeking a high.”
Marcrom’s Pharmacist and CCADC board member, Richard Randolph said, “I am always willing to be a part of such an important outreach event for our community. As a pharmacist, I enjoy being able to help identify various medications that are being dropped off so we can assign “street values” to the controlled substances we receive. This gives our community good information about what is being removed from the supply chain of potential misuse. It is truly a great service that the Anti-Drug Coalition provides.”
If you can’t make it to the take-back day or you want to dispose of meds before the event, visit to find a permanent drop box in your community. Coffee County has three permanent drug disposal sites: Tullahoma Police Department, Manchester Police Department and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department. The CCADC also offers lockboxes and drug testing kits to Coffee County citizens, to help combat the growing drug problem.

Attorney General’s Office says it would Defend an Amended Abortion Bill

The Tennessee attorney general’s office says it would defend an amended abortion bill in court if it becomes law, despite previously calling its key requirements “constitutionally suspect.”
Attorney General Herbert Slatery’s spokesman says “the law to some degree is unsettled” surrounding the legislation, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks if doctors determine the fetus is viable. It wouldn’t apply in medical emergencies or if the mother faced serious risks.
The bill is in a House committee and could receive a Senate floor vote this week.
Previously, Slatery’s opinion said the bill impermissibly criminally punishes doctors using “good faith medical judgment.” Anti-abortion advocates contend an amendment has been added to address that concern.

Bill will allow Students to take American Sign Language for their Foreign Language Requirements

The Tennessee Legislature has passed a measure that allows students to take American Sign Language and get credit for their foreign language requirements.
Sen. Becky Massey, a Republican from Knoxville who sponsored the Senate Bill, said Tennessee passed a law allowing kids to take ASL for credit back in the early ’90s. But Massey said lawmakers never made sure it got implemented. She said the new bill assures that it will.
Massey said there are approximately 500,000 Tennesseans who are deaf or hard of hearing and many use ASL to communicate.
The bill still has to be signed by the governor.
Russell Rosen, an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York, says more than 40 states have passed similar measures.

Tullahoma Citizen Allegedly Robbed by man with Knife

Cory Michael Smith… Photo provided by the CCSD.

On Monday (April 24th 2017) in Tullahoma officers responded to Ada Ferrell apartments to a call of someone being robbed. Upon arrival the victim told Officer Phillip Smith that the subject was in his vehicle where he was giving him a ride. According to the arrest warrant, when the victim arrived at the apartments the subject allegedly placed a knife close to his throat and told him to give him all his money. The victim said he complied and gave the man $252 and subject then left and ran toward the apartment building.
Cory Michael Smith age 29 who list an address of Hunter Road Boonville, IN was located a short time later at a store across from the apartments. Smith allegedly had a knife that matched the description given by the victim.
Smith was charged with aggravated robbery. His bond was set at $25,000 and a court date of May 11, 2017.

Air Engineering Metal Trades Council at AEDC turn down Contract Offer from National Aerospace Solutions

Officials have announced that workers represented by the Air Engineering Metal Trades Council (AEMTC) at AEDC have rejected the labor agreement recently presented by National Aerospace Solutions (NAS).
AEMTC represents 612 wage employees of NAS at the Arnold Engineering Development Complex. The two sides have a June 30 deadline to ratify a contract.
AEDC workers represented by the Metal Trades Council will continue to work under the provisions of the current labor agreement which expires June 30, 2017.

Grundy County Deputy Injured after Stopping ATV

Grundy County deputies are searching for the suspect involved in an early Monday morning incident in which Deputy Paul Sweeton was injured.
At approximately 5:45 Deputy Sweeton was patrolling Woodland Avenue in Altamont when he encountered an individual riding an ATV on the roadway with a shotgun. Deputy Sweeton stopped the ATV and discovered the driver had a revoked license. A struggle ensued and Deputy Sweeton was dragged down the road.
He sustained non-life threatening injuries. He was treated and released from the hospital.

Gas Price Update

Tennessee gas prices reached $2.18 last week-the highest daily average since June 2016. The Tennessee average declined every day since, averaging $2.17 on Sunday. The current average is 22 cents more than this time last year.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said falling oil prices and wholesale gas prices should signal lower prices at the pump this week. However, he said, oil prices have been fickle this year, so motorists should expect continued volatility in the next couple of months as oil prices fluctuate, demand rises, and refineries complete the switch-over to more expensive summer blends.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.42. Tennessee average is $2.17.
The low price per gallon in both Manchester and Tullahoma is $2.07.

$50 million for New Tennessee State Library and Archives building

Gov. Bill Haslam

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposed budget amendment includes $50 million for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building.
Finance Commissioner Larry Martin said Tuesday that the combined $40 million from the state and $10 million from the Secretary of State’s Office represents about half of the projected cost for the facility.
Martin says the second half of the funding is expected to be included in next year’s spending plan.
The Library and Archives’ current facility is 65 years old and has faced moisture issues and space limitations.
The new facility is planned to be built across from the new state museum that is under construction near the state Capitol in Nashville.

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