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High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™) to be given at Motlow

motlow-logo-verticalMotlow State Community College will administer the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™) several times throughout the remainder of 2016. Test locations will be in Winchester and on the Motlow State Fayetteville, Smyrna and Moore County campuses.
A high school diploma remains the primary ticket to many entry-level jobs. In most cases, it is also the prerequisite for advancement in employment, occupational training, and postsecondary education. The High School Equivalency Diploma provides adults with the opportunity to grow, whether it is through further education, enhanced employment or stature within the community.
As of April 1, 2016, the General Education Development (GED) test is no longer an option for the High School Equivalency Diploma for residents of Tennessee. The HiSET is the only option for residents of Tennessee who wish to obtain their High School Equivalency Diploma.
Applicants interested in completing the HiSET must register online at or by calling 1-855-MyHiSET (1-855-694-4739).
The fee for the HiSET is $15 per test or $75 for the entire test, and is available in both computer and paper-based format. Applicants should contact the Service Delivery Area (SDA), formerly the Adult Education Center, in their community for information on preparation classes for the tests and vouchers to take the test.
Applicants must complete the online registration form and bring a notarized copy of the Official Practice Test, present a government issued picture identification, confirmation letter, and an Eligibility for Enrollment Form, if applicable, to the test. For more information regarding the tests, visit the Motlow State testing website at

Coffee County man headed to Federal Prison

Brian Lee Fielding intake photos provided by the Coffee County Sheriff's Department

Brian Lee Fielding intake photos provided by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department

A Coffee County man will serve nearly 22 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a number of drug offenses. Brian Lee Fielding, a.k.a. “Bull”, 35, was sentenced to serve 262 months in prison by the Honorable Curtis L. Collier, U.S. District Judge last Wednesday. Fielding pleaded guilty in March to a federal indictment charging him with, among other things, conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine. According to information on file with the U.S. District Court, Fielding conspired with others to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute methamphetamine in the Eastern District of Tennessee and elsewhere from January 2015 until at least September 2015. According to a Department of Justice press release his role in the conspiracy was to obtain meth for others to distribute in furtherance of the conspiracy. As part of his plea agreement, Fielding admitted that he personally distributed one kilogram of methamphetamine in furtherance of the conspiracy. Fielding was also classified as a “career offender” under federal law, since he had two prior drug trafficking convictions, including a 2009 conviction for distribution of cocaine in Coffee County. The federal judge hearing the case recommended that Fielding take part in a drug treatment program while in prison.

Church Burglary in Grundy County

burglary4Grundy County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in solving a church burglary. The Chestnut Springs Congregational Methodist Church (better known as Orange Hill Church) was burglarized sometime between Sunday July 17 and Wednesday July 20.
A witness reported seeing two white vans at the church earlier in the day on Wednesday and thought it may have been someone performing maintenance. The thieves stole the sound equipment from inside the building. Anyone having any info that can help in this case is encouraged to contact Grundy County Sheriff’s investigators @ 931-692-3466 ext. 5.

Tennessee Unemployment Rate Drops

UnemploymentTennessee’s unemployment rate for June was 4.1 percent, unchanged from the previous month. That’s according to Tennessee Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips.
The U.S. preliminary rate for June was 4.9 percent, up two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.
Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has decreased from 5.7 percent to 4.1 percent while the national rate has declined from 5.3 to 4.9 percent.
Total nonfarm employment increased 11,200 jobs from May to June. The largest increases occurred in leisure/hospitality, local government, & other services.

Missing Bedford County Woman Found Safe

Jennifer Campbell

Jennifer Campbell has been found

The Bedford County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a missing person’s case. On Thursday July 21st, 2016, Jennifer Campbell left her Uncle’s home walking in the Unionville area at approximately 5 p.m. Jennifer told her family she was going to meet her friend Mike that she met off the internet at the El Bethel Church on 41A North.
According to police Jennifer was found safe on Sunday.

First National Bank Announces Staff Promotion

1st NationalFirst National Bank of Manchester Community President, Brent Parsley, recently announced the promotions of a branch manager, loan officer, and head teller at the Hillsboro Highway location.
Vice President, Brad Goodwin, has been named Branch Manager. Goodwin brings a wealth of knowledge in both lending and management to the position, Parsley said.
Kim Hopkins, former administrative assistant in new accounts and loans, has been named loan officer at the branch.
Former teller Jaime Mooneyham will be head teller at the Hillsboro branch after several years’ experience in loans and as a teller.
Additionally, Tammy Townsend will move from the branch to the Main Office on High St. She is an assistant Vice President in loans and will assume a supervisory position.
“All these fine individuals are very worthy of their promotions and are assets to First National Bank. We are always pleased to promote from within our organization when we can,” Parsley said.
“As always, First National Bank is pleased to have been a part of the community for the past 116 years. We look forward to serving you with quality hometown hospitality,’ Parsley added.

Dusty Elam Foundation makes donation to Coffee County Teen Expo

Pictured from left to right: Dusty Elam Foundation Board Members, Hanna Lovelady; Kristen Elam; Cooper Elam; Chris Elam; Coffee County Schools Family Resource Coordinator, Taylor Rayfield; Allison Chumley, Melinda Ashburn, Lee Cunningham, and Jay Nogodula

Pictured from left to right: Dusty Elam Foundation Board Members, Hanna Lovelady; Kristen Elam; Cooper Elam; Chris Elam; Coffee County Schools Family Resource Coordinator, Taylor Rayfield; Allison Chumley, Melinda Ashburn, Lee Cunningham, and Jay Nogodula

The Dusty Elam Foundation graciously donated $5,000 to Coffee County Teen Expo to go toward backpacks for students. “We are grateful for community partners like the Dusty Elam Foundation who continue to lookout for those without. We appreciate them always going above and beyond for our students,” said Taylor Rayfield, Coffee County Schools Family Resource Coordinator. Coffee County Teen Expo will be held on Saturday, July 30th for Coffee County Schools’ students in grades 7-12. They anticipate to serve 500 students providing them with a backpack, school supplies, new pair of shoes, hygiene products, haircut, as well as job fair for parents.

Pursuit in Coffee County leaves THP Cars Damaged and Montana Man Arrested

Erik Tyler Shalosky... Photo provided by the CCSD

Erik Tyler Shalosky… Photo provided by the CCSD

A Montana man is facing several charges after leading Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a high speed chase.
Erik Taylor Shalosky, 20, of Billings, Montana is charged with theft of property, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond was set at $105,000 and he’ll be in court on Sept. 27.
According to a warrant obtained by Trooper Donnie Clark, an attempt was made to stop the vehicle that Shalosky was operating because he was following another vehicle to close on Interstate 24, but the driver exited the interstate and drove into the parking lot of Quick Mart in Manchester. The trooper had learned from his license recognition camera that the vehicle was possibly stolen.
As the trooper started to turn his blue lights on and stop the vehicle, the driver took off at a high rate of speed and drove through a red light at an intersection in Manchester. Shalosky then, according to the warrant, took off on the wrong side of the road in a reckless manner. The pursuit then continued onto AEDC Road and struck Trooper Sam Johnson’s patrol car and pushed it off the roadway but he drove back onto the roadway. When he entered the roadway Trooper Clark pushed the vehicle back off the roadway. He then drove through a fence at Geo-Tronics damaging a large section of the fence and nearly struck a construction worker.
Shalosky then drove back onto the roadway but lost control of the car and crashed for a third time. He was then taken into custody.

It’s Official; Hastings to Close

HastingsRetailer Hastings will be liquidated and all 126 of its stores will close including the store in Tullahoma by October 31, 2016. reports that Hilco Merchant Resources LLC and Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC co-purchased Hastings and will oversee the liquidation of its assets.
According to the court documents filed Wednesday, the two companies can frame the liquidation as a “going out of business” sale. And by Halloween, Hastings will be closed.
Hastings stores can technically close whenever they choose. The Oct. 31 date is just the deadline. However, employees must be provided a seven-day notice before a store is closed.
Hastings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June.

Master Distiller leaves George Dickel

PopcornAllisa Henley of Manchester, the master distiller at George Dickel in Tullahoma has left the company to become the master distiller at Popcorn Sutton Distilling LLC, the Ohio-based whiskey maker that operates a large distillery in Newport.
According to the Knoxville News-Sentinel, Henley was named to the top distiller spot at the Dickel distillery near Tullahoma in 2014, replacing John R. Lunn, who left to take the same post at Popcorn Sutton. Henley worked with Lunn for 10 years at Dickel before being elevated to the top spot at the famous distillery, which is owned by London, England-based beverage giant Diageo PLC.
She said she will continue to live in Manchester while she’s working for Popcorn Sutton, but will make regular trips to Newport.

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