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Fireworks Shot In Manchester–Postponed In Tullahoma

Photos of some of the fireworks shot at Manchester's July 4th celebration.

Photos of some of the fireworks shot at Manchester’s July 4th celebration.

Despite wet weather and damp fuses on fireworks the Independence Day celebration took place in Manchester
Entertainment was moved inside the Manchester Recreation Center and was provided Spencer’s Own.
With a huge crowd on hand an outstanding fireworks display began around 8:30pm and lasted nearly 30 minutes. Those in attendance said the fireworks show was very exciting.2015 fireworks A
The fireworks show in Tullahoma was postponed Friday night and again on Saturday, but officials said they will announce a new date as soon as possible.

Man Who Allegedly Pulled Knife and Lunged At Local Deputy Was In Court Thursday

Robert Travis Rosson... Photo provided by the Coffee County Sheriff's Department

Robert Travis Rosson… Photo provided by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department

A preliminary hearing for Robert Travis Rosson was held on Thursday. Judge Jere Ledsinger lowered Rosson’s bond from $500,000 to $75,000 and his case was bound over to the August term of the grand jury.
He is accused of pulling a knife and allegedly lunging at a Coffee County Sheriff’s deputy on June 11. The deputy, Phillip Smith, then fired 3 shots at him, striking him in the shoulder and the thigh.
Rosson was flown to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where he underwent surgery to repair his shoulder.
He was taken back to the Coffee County Jail after Thursday’s hearing.

Manchester Police Asking For The Public’s Help With Two Cases

Person of interest in All Things E Cigs case.

Person of interest in the All Things E Cigs case.

The Manchester Police Department is attempting to identify a person of interest. He is a person they are wanting to speak to about a theft that occurred at All Things E Cigs on the Hillsboro Blvd. The theft took place June 28, 2015. If you have any information about this person, please contact the Crime Investigation Division and talk with Investigator Bryan Eldridge at 931-728-2099.

Person of interest in the Walgreens case

Person of interest in the Walgreens case

The Manchester Police Department is also trying to identify another male subject. The picture is not good quality, but at this point it’s the best they have available. The subject is a person of interest in a theft case that took place at Walgreen’s in Manchester.
And like the other case if you have any information that could identify this person call 931-728-2099.
(MPD says all persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty)

Coffee County Judicial Commissioners Will No Longer Conduct Weddings

bridalAfter yesterday’s announcement that Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell and County Clerk Teresa McFadden said they will not be conducting marriages, Coffee County judicial commissioners are making the same decree. After a discussion took place between all full and part-time judicial commissioners, it was decided that they will no longer conduct marriages.
The Coffee County judicial commissioners say they have an extreme workload and time limitations making it very difficult to perform this courtesy.

TDOT Celebrating 100 Years

TDOTThe Tennessee Department of Transportation is celebrating its centennial by placing a time capsule in a new granite memorial at Bicentennial Mall.
The time capsule is to be opened after another 100 years, on July 1, 2115. The agency says it contains photos of current employees, a 2015 highway map and a hard hat belonging to the Transportation Commissioner.
The department says employees and industry partners paid for the capsule and memorial through donations.
The first state highway agency, the Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works, was created July 1, 1915, to create a network of state highways and perform and oversee construction and maintenance on state roadways. It was renamed the Tennessee Department of Transportation in 1972.
The agency has been celebrating the centennial for the past year.

Postal Service Previews Elvis Presley Forever Stamp

Elvis stampThe U.S. Postal Service previewed the Music Icons: Elvis Presley Commemorative Forever stamp yesterday and joined with Sony Music’s RCA/Legacy Recordings in announcing the upcoming debut of an exclusive music CD titled ELVIS FOREVER that includes an Elvis song, as you’ve never heard it before. The CD will be available online and in select Post Offices beginning August 12 — on the same day as the Elvis Presley stamp dedication ceremony.
Priscilla Presley will join Postmaster General Megan Brennan in dedicating the stamp on the morning of Aug. 12 at Graceland in Memphis as part of this year’s Elvis Week celebration.

Community Service Saturday Is July 11 At Motlow

Motlow 3In support of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) initiative to help ensure that TN Promise eligible students complete the required eight hours of community service by August 1, Motlow College will participate in the Community Service Saturday on July 11.
Students will participate in an outdoor campus clean-up, sessions on career exploration, service learning opportunities, and college readiness check-ups.  To participate, students must pre-register no later than July 9.
To register, go to the Motlow College web site, ( and select Community Service Saturday or type ( in the browser. Complete the registration form and submit.
Motlow College will provide community service opportunities for students from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. At 8 a.m., official check-in will be held in Crouch Center. Participants have the option of completing the eight hours of required community service in a single day or they may complete remaining hours needed to satisfy the eight hour requirement.
Community Service Saturday is being offered only at the Moore County campus located at 6015 Ledford Mill Road, Tullahoma, Tenn. Lunch will be provided. The college-wide collaboration includes staff from the Student Affairs, Business Affairs, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, and Technology and Administrative Services divisions.
Motlow College is one of several two-year institutions across the state participating in this event. Questions regarding Community Service Saturday should be directed to Brenda Cannon at or 931.393.1548.

No Weddings at County Mayor or Clerk’s Offices

Bridal_Fair_picCoffee County Mayor Gary Cordell has issued a statement concerning marriages. During his term as mayor no weddings have been or will be conducted by him. These have been performed as a courtesy in the past, but state law does not require weddings to be performed by a mayor.
The Coffee County Clerk’s office will no longer perform weddings either. They have not conducted ceremonies for some time now.
However, as required by law marriage licenses will continue to be issued at the county clerk’s office at the Coffee County Administration Plaza in Manchester.

Wanted Man Busted In Tullahoma

Tullahoma police 3Recently Tullahoma Police Officer Johnny Gore observed Tommy Kapise walking in the parking lot of the Celtic Cup.
The officer’s report states that he knew there was a federal warrant for the arrest of Kapise, so he stopped the man. As Officer Gore was patting the man down he allegedly found 5.7 grams of crystal methamphetamine as well as a bag of marijuana.
Kapise was booked into the Coffee County Jail on the charges. Federal authorities were notified and have since taken the man into custody.

THP Stepping Up Patrols Over The 4th of July Weekend

THP 2The Tennessee Highway Patrol is taking steps to try to make the Fourth of July holiday period as safe as possible.
According to a news release, the agency will use predictive analytics to allocate manpower and target areas where the likelihood of alcohol-related, serious injury or fatal crashes may occur during the holiday period.
State troopers will also conduct saturation patrols, and sobriety and seat belt checkpoints.
Twelve people were killed in Tennessee during last year’s Fourth of July holiday period. That’s down from the 19 vehicular deaths during the 2013 holiday period.
Of last year’s 12 traffic fatalities, seven were vehicle occupants and five were motorcyclists.
Four of the individuals killed were not wearing seat belts and three of the traffic deaths were alcohol-related.

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