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Tullahoma To Host Reception For Hypersonic Leadership and National Merit Finalists

TullahomaThe public is invited to a reception on Monday, October 27, from 5-5:30pm in the City Council Chambers. The Tullahoma Mayor and Board of Alderman will be hosting a reception to honor two important groups of the best and brightest in Tullahoma.
The Board of Mayor and Alderman will welcome Mr. Glenn W. Liston, Chief of the High Speed Experimentation Branch (AFRL/RQHX), High Speed Systems Division. Along with Mr. Liston, the Board will welcome the Professor of Aerospace Engineering and the H.H. Arnold Chair.
Additionally, the BMA will congratulate the five National Merit Finalists from the THS class of 2015: Matthew Crowson, Adam Daniel, Austin Poff, Ashley Roepke and Ashley Stevens.

Manchester Police Investigating Woman Who Tried To Cash An Apparent Stolen Check

US Bank surveillance picture of the female trying to cash the check.

US Bank surveillance picture of the female trying to cash the check.

Last week Manchester Police responded to a call at US Bank. A bank employee told police that a person in a Toyota van was trying to cash a check on a closed account for $195 at the drive-thru window. The employee ask the female driver for an ID, which she did. The teller questioned the woman about the picture not looking like her and the teller ask the female to come into the bank to sort things out. The woman said she could not come in the bank because she had somewhere she needed to be and left the bank.
The female left the ID and the check with the teller. The ID belonged to a Carla Fowler from Franklin County.
Office Ernie Colvin made contact with Fowler and she stated that someone broke into her car and stole her pocketbook a couple of weeks ago. She stated that her child support card was in her purse and it was used in Tullahoma for a purchase of $140 on October 5. The manager and an employee of the store the purchase was made at confirmed through a picture that was taken from US Bank surveillance that the female trying to cash the check was the same person that made a purchase at their store.
Manchester Chief Investigator Billy Butler said in an email that this is an on-going investigation with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Police have developed suspects in this case and plan to make an arrest or arrests in the not so distant future.

Motorhome Burns On I-24

Motorhome burns on I-24 on Saturday afternoon... Photos by Barry West

Motorhome burns on I-24 on Saturday afternoon… Photos by Barry West

A blazing motorhome fire on eastbound I-24, between Beechgrove and Manchester shutdown traffic on I-24. It’s not clear what happened, but the incident occurred around 5:00 o’clock Saturday afternoon, October 18, 2014.motorhome1
Prior to the Coffee County authorities arriving on the scene, a slow stream vehicles passed within 10-feet of the inferno. If someone slowed to a stop, the drivers behind them started honking. All of the time, you could hear explosions from within the motorhome–each causing the flames to get higher and wider across the adjacent lanes of traffic.
WMSR Radio reached out the Tennessee Highway Patrol several times but got no response. When details are released by the THP we will post it on this website.

Early Voting Continues

Administrator of Elections for Coffee County Vernita Davis... Photo by Samantha Watters

Administrator of Elections for Coffee County Vernita Davis… Photo by Samantha Watters

Early Voting has already begun in Manchester and will continue to run now through October 30th. Locations for early voting include the Coffee County Election Commission in Manchester and the CD Stamps Center in Tullahoma. Remember you must bring a TN or Federal ID with you in order to vote. According to Vernita Davis of the Coffee County Election Commission the November Ballot will include a Race for Governor, State Representatives, and State Senators as well as a Wine & Grocery Stores Referendum, a Wheel Tax Referendum, and 4 Constitutional Amendments. If you would like to learn about the 4 Constitutional Amendments, you can read a full set of amendments at either Early Voting Location. To find out more about early voting hours at each voting location, watch our all new Thunder TV News Video & don’t forget to the view the sample ballot located at
In Coffee County through the first 4 days of early voting there has been 1,070 ballots cast.

2015 Bonnaroo Set For June 11-14

Cooling fountain at Bonnaroo

Cooling fountain at Bonnaroo

The 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be held June 11-14. The 2015 festival will mark the 13th Bonnnroo, all of which have taken place on farmland in Coffee County. Ticket prices and a limited number of early tickets are not expected to go on sale until December. Performers for the festival have traditionally been announced in February with regular tickets going on sale shortly thereafter.
The festival has drawn 100,000 music fans each year to the site since it was founded in 2002. The festival has been widely praised as one of the best music festivals in the world and features more than 100 performers over four days.

Scam Alert: Delinquent Utility Bill Phone Call

scam4The Tullahoma Police Department was recently notified by several local businesses and TUB of a phone scam claiming to be a local Utility Department.
The caller is advising that the business has a delinquent account with a utility company other than the one which provides them service, and the account balance must be paid to prevent termination of services.
At this time police have only received reports from businesses; however, if an individual receives a call of a similar nature, please check with your local provider to confirm your account status. Tullahoma Police would like to remind our citizens to be mindful before giving any credit card or banking information over the phone without first verifying the caller.

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Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week

Maggie Partin - Student of the Week

Maggie Partin – Student of the Week

The Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the week for 17 October 2014 is Maggie Partin. Maggie is in eighth grade at Westwood Middle School in Manchester. She is the daughter of proud parents Chad and LeAnn and has a little brother. She was nominated for this award because she exemplifies what is is to be a Westwood Rocket. Maggie is a cheerleader and also an avid golfer. Her favorite subject is science because she is very interested in the medical area. She hopes to be a pediatrician at Vanderbilt Hospital when she grows up. Maggie was presented with a plaque (courtesy of K&S Trophies of Tullahoma) and a set of tickets to an up-coming Nashville Predators game. Congratulations to Maggie Partin, the Aaron’s Sales and Lease Student of the Week.


Winchester Man Killed In Mortorcycle Crash

motorcycle_crashA 72-year old man has been identified as the victim in an accident on I-24 Thursday morning.
Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that Earl Winn of Winchester, TN died when the motorcycle he was riding crashed into a tractor trailer.
THP says the call came in around 9:15 a.m. CST. The accident happened around mile marker 165 which is near the Marion County, TN /Dade County, GA line.
THP reports that Winn was going east on I-24 when he ran into backed up traffic in the Interstate. He was unable to decelerate his motorcycle and laid it down crashing into the back of the tractor trailer and continued sliding. The tractor trailer continued traveling east.
The motorcyclist died at the scene.

Burn Permit Needed For Any Outdoor Burning

Tenn forestryThe Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and the Department of Commerce and Insurance’s Division of Fire Prevention are reminding homeowners to follow simple safety practices to prevent wildfires.
The online burn permit system is fast and simple. If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, log on to for approval.
For a larger burn, apply for a free permit by calling your local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. In Coffee County call (877) 731-2221. Permits may be obtained in advance for weekends and holidays.
Burn permits are only issued when conditions are conducive to safe burning. If you live inside city limits, there may be additional restrictions. Check with your municipality before you burn.
Burning without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine not to exceed $50. Wildfires caused by arson are a class C felony punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 fines. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline toll-free at 1-800-762-3017.

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