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TennCare will Not Expand

Another effort to expand the Tennessee Medicaid program has failed after the state’s House refused to support an amendment on a bill on insurance coverage for certain cancer patients.
The failed amendment was brought by House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, a Democrat from Ripley who is running for governor.
The amendment would have allowed the governor to expand TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program. Fitzhugh said on the House floor that he would be willing to impose work requirements on people and have them make small copayments.
House members voted 65-28 to reject the amendment.
The Legislature has shot down several attempts to expand Medicaid in Tennessee. A legislative cost analysis last year said nearly 294,000 Tennesseans would be eligible for health care if TennCare were expanded.

TNReady NOT So Ready

The Tennessee Department of Education said that students taking the TNReady test experienced issues on Monday and again Tuesday.
According to a tweet from the TN Department of Education, there may have been a “deliberate attack” on Questar’s data center. Questar is the company that administers the testing system.
They added that the system is being reset, and they have shared additional information with directors of schools.
Candice McQueen, education commissioner, said, “to our knowledge, no student data has been compromised.”
Coffee County schools had a delay Tuesday morning, so testing schedules have been modified.
There were no problems for Manchester City School system students as they are testing with paper and pencil.

Atlanta Man Arrested in Manchester for Allegedly Passing Counterfeit Money

Peter James Odol jail intake photo

On Monday (April 16th, 2018) Manchester Police responded to a call at WalMart for someone allegedly passing counterfeit $100 bills. Officers arrived and made contact with Peter James Odol age 27 of Atlanta, GA who was a passenger in a vehicle in the parking lot. After speaking Odol officers noticed a $100 bill hanging from the man’s left pocket and with further investigation were able to determine that the bill was counterfeit. A search of the vehicle located another fake $100 bill inside the console of the vehicle making a total of $200 in counterfeit money.
Officer Ben Sneed charged Odol with criminal simulation. His bond was set at $50,000 and his preliminary hearing was held on Tuesday.

Coffee County Female Sports Programs Receive Grant

L-R: CHS Principal Dr. Joey Vaughn, Volleyball Coach Andrew Taylor, Mike Stein, teacher and president of the Coffee County Education Association, Jackie Pope with the Tennessee Education Association, Women’s Athletic Director Rebecca Koger and
Softball Coach Brandon McWhorter.

Athletes at Coffee County Central High School will benefit from the 2018 California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant program. They are among 79 public middle schools and high schools in 32 states awarded a total of $83,000 to aid sports programs affected by tight budgets.
Coffee County High School received $1,000.
The grant will provide new equipment for the Coffee County Central High girls volleyball, softball and track teams.
The grant is named for California Casualty Chairman Emeritus Tom Brown, an avid sportsman who believes that teamwork, confidence and sportsmanship help develop high achievers in academics and in life.
Since its inception in 2011, more than $660,000 has been awarded to some 600 schools across the nation.

Bill to Force Disclosure of who Paid for Political Ads on Social Media Fails in Tennessee

Tennessee State Capital

A Tennessee bill that would require the disclosure of who paid for political ads on social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook are likely dead for the year.
Other forms of advertising such as, radio, newspaper, TV, signs and others must state who paid for the ads.
The state Senate passed the bill last month. However, the measure couldn’t get enough support during a House floor vote late Monday.

Digital Spring Cleaning: Experts Urge Desktop Cleanups

Checking your location settings on laptop, browser and smart phone can help protect your personal information from scammers. (Twenty20)

This weekend, you may want to set aside your broom and dustpan and use your mouse instead to do some cleaning. With spring cleaning on the minds of many, tech experts say home computers also need cleaning – that is, the email inbox and hard drive.
Taking care of this digital housekeeping will help protect you from scammers and hackers in addition to making your daily life easier, says Russell Schrader, the executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance.
“We’re saying go through and get rid of apps that you haven’t used,” Schrader says. “Clean out your inbox. Look at who is using what part of your information. Open up some space on your hard drive. Just get rid of all those things that might cause problems later on.”
According to Schrader, it’s also a good time to review your privacy and security settings on websites and make sure you’re comfortable with the information you’re sharing. Don’t forget to include your location services and Bluetooth settings on mobile phones, since many apps are able to track your location and activity.
The Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker received more than 47,000 reports of scams in 2017, and the riskiest included online scams.
Nancy Crawford, director of marketing and communications with the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South, says with so many people participating in the virtual world, it’s important to be vigilant.
“We do our socializing online, we do our banking online,” she says. “We buy things online and we do our work online, and that information needs to be protected.”
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released new password recommendations. After years of experts suggesting obscure passwords filled with upper- and lower-case letters mixed with punctuation marks, Schrader says it’s now considered better to use long phrases you can remember, even if they’re lines from nursery rhymes or songs.
“What people do now is use passphrases,” Schrader explains. “Things that are long. The longer the better, in terms of hacking; and they don’t have to be as tricky, they just need to be long and memorable.”
He adds it’s also a good time to back up important data on a cloud or external hard drive.

Special Called meeting of the Coffee County School Board

cc school board agenda
The Board Work Session / Special Called meeting has been cancelled for
today. We have rescheduled the meeting for next Thursday, April 26 at 4:30
p.m.

*Maggie Orames*
Administrative Assistant
to the Director of Schools

Good Voter Turnout so far for Early Voting

We have a reminder for you that early voting continues through April 26 for the May 1 primary elections. Voters can vote early by stopping by the election commission in Manchester or the C.D. Stamps building in Tullahoma. It will only take a few minutes and it means you will not have to stand in line on Election Day. After the weekend’s voting 713 Coffee Countians had voted. There were 488 Republicans and 225 Democrats who cast their ballots.
Remember if you plan to vote, you need a photo ID, it is the law.
In Manchester early votes may be cast at the Coffee County Election Commission office in the county administrative plaza. Voting there will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon. In Tullahoma voting will take place at the C.D. Stamps Center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
Winners will face off in the county general election on August 2.

Commissioner says No Contract, No EMS on location at Bonnaroo

During last week’s county commission meeting it was discussed that there is still no contract between Coffee County and Bonnaroo. Commissioner Mark Kelly said that if that contract is not signed before this year’s event, he’ll suggest that the ambulance authority not “support the event” through Coffee County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He said they could call 911 like everyone else.
Kelly serves as chairman of the Coffee County Ambulance Authority.
Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves and Emergency Management Director Allen Lendley say their departments are prepared to respond. Graves said, “We will be doing exactly what we have always done.” Lendley says regardless of whether the county government has a contract or not with Bonnaroo, his department is responsible to handle any crisis situation that occurs in Coffee County.
Last week commissioners approved Mayor Gary Cordell to negotiate a one-year contract with Bonnaroo officials. There is no current contract since the previous deal ended after last year’s event. Various proposals have been presented but no contract has been signed and Bonnaroo is set to begin in 2 months. Some county officials want money from Bonnaroo fees to go into the general fund and others along with Bonnaroo want the money going into infrastructure around the complex.

Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder Charge facing Murfreesboro man in Shelbyville

Abel A. Villagrana

The Shelbyville Police Department has arrested Abel A. Villagrana, age 19, of Murfreesboro for Criminal Attempt to Commit First Degree Murder and Especially Aggravated Burglary. Villagrana was taken into custody by the Murfreesboro Police Department shortly after midnight (Monday morning) in the parking lot of the Best Western on Chaffin Place.
Villagrana was wanted by the Shelbyville Police Department for his involvement in a violent home invasion that took place at the Ridge Apartments on Anthony Lane just before 5:00pm on April 15, 2018. Villagrana, armed with a semi-automatic handgun at the time of the burglary, shot Deonte Taylor multiple times before fleeing to Murfreesboro, according to police. The incident is believed to have been a retaliatory shooting regarding an overdue drug debt.

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