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Tennessee Falls in KIDS COUNT Data

kids count2Tennessee’s ranking on overall child well-being slipped from 36 to 38, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT® Data Book. The change was largely driven by worsening economic indicators. The KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks child well-being in states across four domains. Tennessee’s overall ranking at 38 was compiled from its rankings of 42 on Economic Well-Being, 36 on Education, 28 on Health and 39 on Family and Community. Each domain is made up of four indicators.
Tennessee children continue to struggle financially. The state’s worst ranking, 42, was on the Economic Well-Being domain. More than one in four Tennessee children lives in poverty. Approximately one in three children lives in a household that spends more than 30 percent of its income on housing and/or in a household where no parent has full-time, year-round employment.
The state’s best domain ranking was on Health (28). The good news is fewer children in Tennessee lack health insurance than did in 2008 and the state ranked 17 on this indicator. However, there are still 78,000 children in Tennessee who are not covered, and as other states expand coverage Tennessee is likely to fall behind on this measure.

Machining Class Receives Grant at CCHS

Hinshaw receiving grant... Photo provided

Hinshaw receiving grant… Photo provided

Recently Machining Instructor Jeff Hinshaw was awarded another $10,000 grant for his machining classes at Coffee County High school. This is his second $10,000 award for the grant from the Gene Haas Foundation for his machining program. The awards are used to purchase lots of supporting items for his machining classes. Last year they built a moon buggy and competed in the rover challenge in Huntsville, Alabama and used the grant to assist in materials, tooling purchases and travel for the project. Hinshaw said, “I found these grants were available to assist in supporting the machining projects and education of my machining classes and submitted for the grant and received the first grant in January this year. I heard the grants were available again submitted for the funding and was awarded the grant again in June. That is $20,000 that has been awarded to my classes this year alone.” He added, “We train on a Haas TM1 CNC Mill that is state of the art equipment. We are proud to use Made in America Equipment.”
In 1999 Haas founded the Gene Haas Foundation. Growing up with a strong social conscience instilled by his family, Haas initially formed the foundation to fund the needs of the local community and other deserving charities. Haas is the owner Haas Automation, Inc., America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools, which he started in 1983.

Proposed County Budget has No Property Tax Increase

budgetThe Coffee County Commission will meet on June 28 to take its first vote on the Fiscal Year 2017 budget.
The Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee is proposing a budget with no county property tax increase.
After a 20-cent increase in 2015 the county now has a fund balance of $2 million. A big portion of the revenue is coming from the county receiving money from the state for housing their inmates at the new county jail.
The meeting is set for Tuesday (June 28) at the Coffee County Administrative Plaza, 1329 McArthur St at 6pm.

Area Law Enforcement Searching for Wanted Man

Stacy Craig Morris

Stacy Craig Morris

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a wanted man. Authorities are searching for Stacy Craig Morris. Morris is 45 years-old and his last known address is East Grundy St in Tullahoma. He is wanted for a state of Tennessee parole violation.
Morris is white male standing 5 feet 8 inches tall, approximately 160 lbs, brown hair, blue eyes and he has tattoos on his stomach, arms, back, chest and shoulder.
If you know any information that could help locate Morris, who is listed as a sex offender, please call the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department 931-570-4409 or 570-4410.

Manchester man facing several charges after Accident at Wal-Mart

Earl Winston Brinkley... Photo provided by the CCSD

Earl Winston Brinkley… Photo provided by the CCSD

On Sunday Manchester Police responded to Wal-Mart in response to an accident and a subject attempting to leave. Officers were given a description and a tag number. The man was located a short time later on Hillsboro Highway. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle and it continued traveling about a half mile before stopping. Upon making contact with the man, he had slow responses and when exiting the vehicle he very was unsteady on his feet. Manchester Officer Jon Holland attempted field sobriety tests but the subject refused, allegedly stating he could not do any. Then the man identified as Earl Winston Brinkley consented and was taken to Unity Medical Center for blood tests with results pending. A check of the subject’s driving privilege revealed him to be driving under the influence 4th offense and driving on revoked/suspended 5th offense.
The officer stated in the arrest warrant that the man did not make an attempt to report the accident.
Brinkley age 59 of Expressway Dr in Manchester was charged with driving under the influence 4th offense and driving on revoked/suspended 5th offense, failure to appear, and leaving the scene of an accident. His bond was set at $25,000 and he’ll appear in Coffee Court on July 26, 2016.

Summer Safety: Experts Advise Precautions during Activities

To stay hydrated during the summer months, experts say you can add flavoring to your water from products on the market to fruit to make it more likely you'll drink enough. (

To stay hydrated during the summer months, experts say you can add flavoring to your water from products on the market to fruit to make it more likely you’ll drink enough. (

There’s no shortage of summer fun in Tennessee, from Fun Fest in Kingsport, to Elvis Week in Memphis. And while those activities present great ways to celebrate the state’s heritage and support local economies, the Tennessee Department of Health advises you take precautions before heading out the door. Dr. Tim Jones, state epidemiologist with the Tennessee Department of Health, said taking steps to protect you and your family is key to enjoying the season.
“We certainly want people to be outside during good weather, enjoy their environment, get exercise, and not be concerned about being out there, but to take common-sense steps that they’re safe,” he said.
Mosquito and tick bites are a particular concern this summer, with the potential spread of the Zika virus and Lyme disease. Jones said to apply any insect repellents after sunscreen and to use products that contain DEET. Also important, he said, is sun protection and proper hydration in hot temperatures.
Jones added because bacterial illnesses contracted from drinking or exposure to contaminated water is a concern, think about where you are swimming and its proximity to potential contamination.
“Be careful about infectious diseases that can be acquired in water, and I think particularly if people are in lakes or streams or rivers that are near farms, or where there might be animals nearby,” he added.
Jones said it’s important to drink when you feel thirsty, since that is the body’s natural way to let you know it needs water. He added that cold water is the best way to rehydrate and you can add flavors to make it easier to drink enough.

Former Coffee Co. Resident Running for Congress

Steven Reynolds

Steven Reynolds

Steven Reynolds is a lifelong resident of Middle Tennessee, growing up in Coffee County and hopes to move to Washington D.C. Steven is running for congress. He spent his first eight years growing up on a farm outside the small community of Summitville before later moving to Manchester. Steven attended public schools at College Street Elementary, Westwood Junior High, and Coffee County High School. Reynolds is now running for Congress in the 4th district. He made the announcement at Barfield Crescent Park in Murfreesboro on Monday. Coffee County was formerly in the 4th district, but is now in the 6th. The 4th district includes Rutherford, Franklin, Bedford among other counties.
After bush hogging fields, caring for Tennessee walking horses as a groomer, delivering flowers and working as a short order cook, he went onto to attend MTSU. He has worked in the limestone mining business and construction for 28 years.
He is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination, but will face Incumbent (R) Scott DesJarlais in November.

Chattanooga man facing Several charges after someone calls police about Road Rage

Jail intake photo of Randy Leslie Williams Jr

Jail intake photo of Randy Leslie Williams Jr

On Sunday night Coffee County Deputy Lee Marcom responded to Interstate 24 concerning a road rage incident with a subject with a gun. The deputy pulled over Randy Leslie Williams Jr age 25 of Chattanooga in a vehicle that matched the description of both vehicle and subject that was given out by the Coffee County Communications Center. After making the traffic stop, the officer noted a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. After getting Williams out of the car, an assisting Tennessee Highway Patrolman observed a handgun beside the driver’s seat. The gun was a fully loaded .357 magnum Wesson revolver. The deputy searched the vehicle in the trunk and located behind the spare hole, a box containing allegedly one half a pound of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana, a set of scales, cash and several small sandwich bags.
Williams was charged with Manufacturing/delivering/selling/possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a weapon and unlawful paraphernalia uses and activities. Bond was set at $16,500 and he’ll appear in Coffee County Court July, 11, 2016.

Coffee Co. authorities continue Searching for Wanted Female

Candace Marie Walker

Candace Marie Walker

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help once again. Authorities are searching for 30 year-old Candace Marie Walker, last known address Goosepond Rd Manchester. Walker is wanted for aggravated burglary, theft of property over $1,000, forgery under $500 and failure to appear.
If you have seen Candace Marie Walker or know her whereabouts please call the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department at 931-570-4011. She is known to frequent Tullahoma and Decherd. They ask you to leave a detailed message if no one answers because investigators are working other cases.
As always the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department thanks the public for its help and support.

Shooting near a home Leads to Arrest

Joshua St Paul Ledbetter... Photo provided by the CCSD

Joshua St Paul Ledbetter… Photo provided by the CCSD

On Sunday Deputy Lee Marcom responded to Commodore Lane in Manchester concerning a shooting. Marcom says when he arrived, the victim told him that Joshua St Paul Ledbetter fired a .45 caliber pistol near the home. Ledbetter age 22 of Volunteer Ave Manchester allegedly left on foot and was located a short time later on Volunteer Ave. Marcom says that Ledbetter had a very strong odor of intoxicant, very unsteady on his feet and was very belligerent. Deputies were able to get the subject to give them the pistol. The man allegedly admitted to firing the pistol.
Ledbetter was charged with Aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, illegal possession and public intoxication. Bond was set at $19,000 and a court date of July 11, 2016.

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