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City of Manchester Supplies Sandbags To Army Recruiting Center

City of Manchester personnel and Army leaders outside recruiting center on Wednesday... Photo provided

City of Manchester personnel and Army leaders outside recruiting center on Wednesday… Photo provided

After four marines and one sailor were killed in Chattanooga last week, the Manchester Police Department and city personnel volunteered to line the interior of their Army recruiting center in the city with dozens of sandbags on Wednesday.
15 volunteers worked to place the sandbags inside the center so they could possibly absorb ammunition in the event of an attack in Manchester.
“It’s personal for us to protect these guys and help them the best that we can,” Assistant Cheif Adan Floied said.
Sandbags inside center... Photo by Barry West

Sandbags inside center… Photo by Barry West

Manchester PD, along with the Manchester Street Department, rallied together, filled sandbags and delivered them (approx 300) to the U.S. Army recruiting office. These were installed as a safety measure to better protect soldiers or citizens while inside the office. MPD and the Army work shoulder-to-shoulder to provide the best service and protection to our communities. This was a team effort and a successful mission.
The sandbags are temporary, but Army leaders are looking at a more permanent security measure at recruiting centers.

Accident On Hwy 55 Injures Cookeville Woman

AmbulanceA Cookeville woman suffered minor injuries when the car she was driving rear-ended a tractor trailer. It happened Wednesday morning on Highway 55 near Morrison.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 27 year old Heather Renner was driving eastbound on Highway 55 in a 2012 Nissan Altima when she was momentarily distracted and ran into the back of a flat-bed trailer. The tractor trailer was driven by 36 year old Mark Hale of McMinnville. Renner suffered minor injuries and was treated at Unity Medical Center in Manchester and released.

Report: TN Economic Recovery Leaves Some Families Behind

The Annie E. Casey Kids Count Data Book finds that Tennessee children continue to live in poverty, even after economic recovery. Photo credit: gaborfromhungary/

The Annie E. Casey Kids Count Data Book finds that Tennessee children continue to live in poverty, even after economic recovery. Photo credit: gaborfromhungary/

The year 2014 represents the best year of job growth in the nation since 1999, but that upturn is skipping over thousands of Tennessee families, according to a report released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. According to the 2015 Kids Count Data Book, more than 390,000 children in the Volunteer State are living in poverty and 85,000 lack health insurance. Linda O’Neal, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, said efforts to improve the lives of children all add up to a bigger picture. “For Tennessee children, today and in the coming months and years, what we do for them will have a lasting impact on their opportunities for success in school and in life,” she said. “We’ve made progress, but we have a long ways to go to really producing the best outcomes for Tennessee children.” The Kids Count report ranked Tennessee 36th nationwide when it comes to child well-being and 36th for education. According to the report, the number of children living in poverty nationwide has increased from 18 percent to 22 percent and the number of children living in high-poverty areas has also increased since 2008. According to the report, one in three Tennessee children lives in a family that lacks secure employment. O’Neal said offering parents support to provide for their family has a trickle-down benefit for children. “We know substantially improving outcomes for children requires a two-generation approach to reducing poverty,” she said. “We must support parents, by improving education, employability and parenting skills, while at the same time providing high-quality early learning opportunities for their children.” The Casey Foundation recommended providing parents with ways to get family-supporting jobs, access to early childhood education and quality child care. The full report is online at

Ribbon Cutting Is Monday At New Tullahoma Pool


Photo credit: Carla Glick

The staff at the Tullahoma Parks and Recreation Department and the Board of Mayor and Aldermen are pleased to invite the public to the ribbon cutting and open house for the new Splash Island and indoor pool. The ribbon cutting will be held on Monday, July 27 from 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm.
Visitors are asked to enter through DW Wilson, tour the new indoor pool and exit on to the new deck of Splash Island. The Island Snack shack will provide samples of their new menu.
“This is a great time for people to stop by and see this great new facility,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “The staff is doing an excellent job managing the new facility. They have been averaging more than 600 visitors per day, and many of these visitors are traveling from out of town to Tullahoma.”
The new Splash Island has many new features for children and adults. These include three 25-foot tall slides, a 300 foot lazy river, basketball goal and splash area with features for young children.
Improvements for the indoor pool include a regulation size 25-yard pool with racing lanes, starting platforms and backstroke markers. Another feature is the new touch sensors for the new scoreboard. These changes allow the pool to be sanctioned by USA Swimming, the national governing body for competitive swimming.
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Man Facing Several Charges After Car Accident

Daniel James Williams intake photo from the Coffee County Jail

Daniel James Williams intake photo from the Coffee County Jail

On Tuesday, Daniel James Williams age 29 of Murfreesboro was the operator of a vehicle that was involved in a property damage accident on eastbound near the 100-mile marker of Interstate 24 in Coffee County. In a warrant, Williams is said to have admitted to a Coffee County deputy to injecting oxycodone. The warrant also says the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs, as his speech was sluggish, he was unsteady on his feet and he was jittery. The warrant indicates that five field sobriety tests were administered with the subject allegedly performing unsatisfactorily on four of the five tests given. The warrant goes on to say that Williams refused to submit to a blood/alcohol test as well. The Murfreesboro man was also allegedly found to be in possession of six pills believed to be clonazepam, five pills believed to be zolpidem, a used syringe and unused ones as well as a spoon with residue on it.
Daniel James Williams was charged with DUI 2nd offense, violation of implied consent law, possession of schedule III and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was released from the Coffee County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond and has a court date of August, 24.

Prisoners Might Spend More Time Behind Bars

Jail2A task force appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to look at prison sentencing is considering recommendations for longer prison terms.
The Tennessean reports the enhanced penalties under consideration would boost the prison population in Tennessee by 4 percent over a five-year period, according to a report by Vera Institute of Justice that the newspaper has obtained.
Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security communications director Jennifer Donnals says the governor’s task force has been at work for a year and could reveal its recommendations as early as next month.

Recent TN Storms Open Floodgates For Insurance Claims

The state advises consumers to file any storm damage claims quickly with their insurer, and to beware of scammers. Photo courtesy: wallyir/

The state advises consumers to file any storm damage claims quickly with their insurer, and to beware of scammers. Photo courtesy: wallyir/

It’s been a stormy summer in recent weeks in parts of Tennessee, with storms causing thousands of dollars in property damage.
With many consumers expected to file claims with their insurers to cover the damage, the state wants to make sure people understand the best way to do that and how to protect themselves from scammers trying to make a quick buck.
Kevin Walters, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI), says the first thing to remember is to act quickly.
“The most important thing that consumers can do is file their claim as soon as possible,” he advises. “Call your insurance company or your agent with your policy number and relevant information.”
Walters also recommends taking pictures and video to document the damage.
Also, ask your insurer for a complete list of documentation needed and an explanation of how to go about the process.
It’s also important to save all receipts, including those for temporary repairs.
Walters says every time there is an increase in property damage because of storms, there are a bevy of unscrupulous businesses ready to take advantage of the situation.
“People should be wary of contractors who demand up-front payment before the work is initiated, or payment in full before the work is completed,” he stresses. “If a contractor needs payment to buy the supplies, you should go with the contractor and pay the supplier directly.”
The state recommends asking for at least three references and getting more than one bid for repairs.
You can also use the TDCI’s website to verify a contractor’s license.

Motlow Offering COMPASS Assessment Test

Motlow 3Motlow College is offering the COMPASS assessment test at all Motlow campuses multiple times through the end of the 2015 calendar year. Students planning to enroll at Motlow for the fall semester who need to take the COMPASS, which is used to assess a student’s readiness for college-level work, should do so as soon as possible.
Before taking the test, students must have the following on file in Motlow’s admissions office: a completed admission application, official high school and/or college transcripts, and if applicable, official test scores. Special test accommodations are available for students who require other than standard conditions for taking the test.
The COMPASS test is a computer testing system that helps determine students’ academic readiness in reading, writing and mathematics for college level work. Test results determine which courses are best suited to the students’ level of readiness.
The first initial test is provided free of charge. Students who take the COMPASS test and feel their test results have placed them incorrectly, may challenge their initial placement score and retake the test or portions of the test. The college charges a $10 challenge fee for each portion of the test or $20 to challenge the entire test.
Students who are 21 years of age or older must take all three portions (reading, writing and math) unless they have valid ACT scores on file or collegiate credit from an accredited college or university.
For the next available test dates and registration, please visit the Motlow College testing website ( or call 931-393-1763 or 1-800-654-4877 ext. 1763.

Domestic Situation Leads to the Arrest of a Tullahoma Man

Dylan Michael Jones intake photo

Dylan Michael Jones intake photo

Early Monday morning Tullahoma officers responded to 935 East Grizzard Street in response to a domestic situation. According to a warrant, police arrived at the scene and spoke to a female that said she and Dylan Michael Jones had a verbal argument. She claimed that he spit in her in her face and threw her out the door. Then according to the warrant, Jones then barricaded himself in the home with three small children. Police say Jones was screaming at them and refusing to comply. The warrant says officers were forced to break in the home and the subject began fighting with the officers and had to be tased to get him under control.
Officer Rocky Reughling took Jones, age 28 into custody and charged him with Disorderly Conduct, 3 charges of Child Endangerment, Domestic Violence and Resisting Arrest. He was booked at the Coffee County under a $45,000 bond.

Three People Injured In I-24 Crash

Crash scene photo

Crash scene photo

On Friday night (July 17) around 7pm a 1999 Dodge minivan and a 2008 Toyota 4 Runner were traveling west on Interstate 24 near mile-marker 104 in Coffee County. The Dodge van driven by Courtney Bievenue age 28 of Monteagle was in the right lane and the Toyota driven by Grace Benedict age 25 of Beechgrove was in the left lane. The van’s left rear tire went down and caused the driver to lose control. The Bievenue vehicle struck the Benedict Toyota in the right rear corner causing it to spin. The Dodge van traveled down the median and impacted a ditch and rolled, coming back to rest on its wheels. The Toyota left the roadway on the left and traveled sideways until it came to rest.
Bievenue and two children were transported by Coffee County EMS to Unity Medical Center in Manchester for treatment of their injuries. Benedict and a child in the Toyota were uninjured.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol was in charge of the accident scene.

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