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Shooting Investigation Continues In Tullahoma

ShootingTullahoma Police are continuing to investigate the shooting of Jeremy Fielding who fell into the apartment of his neighbor on East Grundy Street Monday night covered in blood.
According to police, investigators met with Fielding Wednesday to ask him about the shooting and hopefully get a lead in the case.
According to police Fielding was shot 5 times Monday night when he entered his residence. He then went across the street to a neighbor’s apartment and asked for help. Investigators say they were able to follow a very large path of blood from his residence to a woman’s across the street.

UPDATE–Items Stolen From Vehicles At Two Manchester Businesses

The subject wanted for questioning is in the blue cap... Photos provided

The subject wanted for questioning is in the blue cap… Photos provided

We have an update on a story we brought you earlier this week. The Manchester Police Department is investigating thefts from vehicles at Marcrom’s Pharmacy and McArthur Manor.
A male subject is a person of interest in the local thefts. We have now learned that a female may have also been involved. The man and woman were possibly in a silver Ford Focus. Authorities believe the car may have a stolen license plate.
Police obtained photos of the two people from Wal-Mart in Murfreesboro where the subjects were using stolen credit / debit cards from Manchester.
If you have any information regarding either the vehicle or the man and woman subjects, please contact Manchester Police Department Crime Investigation Division Investigator Jackie Matheny @ 931-728-2099.
The police department reminds the public that all persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Possible stolen license plate.

Possible stolen license plate.

Female possibly involved in thefts.

Female possibly involved in thefts.

Students Taking Advanced Placement Exam Prep Courses

testingThousands of students are taking advantage of Advanced Placement exam prep courses developed by faculty from the Tennessee Board of Regents.
According to the TBR, more than 20,000 students in Tennessee and across the country have registered for the free online preparation courses in English and statistics.
Officials say the courses, available for registration at, will better prepare high school students for college placement exams and can benefit other learners in need of tutorial support or a refresher.
The courses are offered online through the edX, the nonprofit online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT, which provides free 24/7 access to the course content.
The Tennessee Board of Regents oversees six universities, 13 community colleges, including Motlow College and 27 colleges of applied technology.

Bicycle Club Gives To Motlow

Highland Rim Bicycle Club members Tim and Julia Harrison present a donation to the Motlow College Foundation to Jan Rogers, director of advancement at Motlow College.

Highland Rim Bicycle Club members Tim and Julia Harrison present a donation to the Motlow College Foundation to Jan Rogers, director of advancement at Motlow College.

The Highland Rim Bicycle Club recently donated a portion of the proceeds from its annual Elk River Valley 100 bicycle ride to the Motlow College Foundation, according to Jan Rogers, director of advancement for the College.
This year’s ride was the club’s 42nd anniversary for the ERV100 ride, with almost 200 riders participating.
“The Highland Rim Bicycle Club has been a great partner with Motlow College for the past several years,” said Rogers. “We appreciate the continued support for our students through this donation to the Foundation.”
This year’s donation will benefit the Adult College Express (ACE) scholarship fund. ACE is a program that enables working adults to attend classes one night per week and finish their degree in two years. Many students in the ACE program are not eligible for traditional financial aid other than through the Motlow Foundation.
“We are currently fundraising for this scholarship and we need to raise at least $6,000, which will be matched by a donor,” added Rogers.
The Motlow College Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization. Others wishing to help with this campaign or donate to the Foundation may contact Rogers at 931-393-1692 or
For more information about the Highland Rim Bicycle Club, visit or

Franklin County Man Pleads Guilty To Arson and More

ArsonThe Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance announced this week that a Franklin County man will serve 15 years in a Tennessee prison after pleading guilty to arson and assault charges.
John W. Worley, age 25 pleaded guilty to two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault and one (1) count of Arson stemming from an October 23, 2014 incident where Worley attempted to set a fire outside a Winchester, Tenn. residence. The home belonged to Worley’s ex-girlfriend who was inside the house at the time of the fire along with his daughter.
Tennessee Bomb & Arson Section agents assisted Franklin County law enforcement authorities in helping gather evidence needed to secure a conviction in this case.
As punishment, Worley will receive a sentence of five (5) years in a state prison for each count (to be served consecutively). The Franklin County District Attorney’s Office accepted Worley’s guilty plea on September 24, 2015.
“This is another good example of teamwork between our investigators and local law enforcement partners that will help make Tennessee a safer place,” said Gary West, Deputy Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance.
To report an arson or suspicious fire, call the Arson Hot Line (1-800-762-3017) 24 hours a day. Callers may remain anonymous when providing information. Cash awards are offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

Gov. Haslam Addresses Unfunded Road Projects

Gov. Bill Haslam

Gov. Bill Haslam

Gov. Bill Haslam says a long-term revenue plan is needed to address Tennessee’s growing list of unfunded road projects.
The Republican governor spoke to a conference of the Transportation Coalition of Tennessee in Murfreesboro on Tuesday.
He urged the members, many of whom were local government officials, to explain to people in their communities that something needs to be done to tackle the state’s $6 billion backlog.
The governor has suggested a gas tax increase, which has been met with resistance from members of his own party.
Haslam reiterated Tuesday that’s he’s open to discuss proposals to use surplus tax collections but said that would only be one-time money and that the state needs a long-term fix.
When asked about the gas tax following his speech, Haslam told reporters he’s unaware of “another alternative that addresses long-term need.”

Reaching Out to Ease the Pain from the Loss of a Child

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and experts say if a friend or family member has suffered an infant loss, it's beneficial to them if you recognize the pain they may feel as a result of that loss. Credit: Lisa Runnels/Morguefile.

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and experts say if a friend or family member has suffered an infant loss, it’s beneficial to them if you recognize the pain they may feel as a result of that loss. Credit: Lisa Runnels/Morguefile.

Thousands of Tennessee families lose a pregnancy or newborn child every year, and experts say the loss can devastate an entire family, particularly when they don’t access help that is otherwise available.
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and Amy Moseley with the Hope Clinic for Women in Nashville says if you have a friend or family member who experiences an infant loss, experts recommend you reach out to them to show your concern and recognition of that loss.
“The more they’re able to talk about it too and feel like it’s not something that people shy away from and that they can’t express, the more acceptance there is,” she says. “Then the less shame and guilt there’s going to be around these issues.”
In addition to the mother, Moseley says it’s important to also check in on fathers and siblings who are also mourning the loss of the child. Counseling resources available through your doctor or local hospital.
Moseley says grief from the loss of a child can re-emerge as years pass, when parents think of what milestones the child would be reaching, such as learning to walk, starting kindergarten and other life events.
“They say they feel like people are putting an expiration date on their grief,” she says. “They feel that they should have moved on, or ‘gotten over it by now.’ Just acknowledge and understand there’s a real relationship with this unborn child that they had, and it’s a real loss.”
Sleep-related deaths – just one cause of infant mortality – are on the decline in Tennessee, falling from 130 in 2012 to 117 in 2013, according to the most recent data available. Despite the decline, experts recommend safe sleeping practices to prevent any unintended deaths to young infants.

City of Tullahoma Finance Department Receives Awards

R to L: Christopher Ratliff, Whitney White, Donna Graham, Mayor Lane Curlee, Susan Wilson, Debi Graham and Frances Samples.

R to L: Christopher Ratliff, Whitney White, Donna Graham, Mayor Lane Curlee, Susan Wilson, Debi Graham and Frances Samples.

The City of Tullahoma has been notified by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) that it has received both the GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its FY2014-2015 budget and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year ending July 2014.
Only fifteen municipalities in the State of Tennessee received both awards.
This is the 16th year the City has received this honor. The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
The awards were presented to Susan Wilson, Finance Director, Donna Graham, Accounting Supervisor, and the Finance Department staff.

Alontae Taylor Gives Verbal Commitment to Vanderbilt

CHS Quarterback Alontae Taylor (Photo by John StClair -

CHS Quarterback Alontae Taylor (Photo by John StClair –

Ending a whirlwind year of recruiting, Coffee County sophomore quarterback Alontae Taylor pledged his verbal commitment to Vanderbilt University on Tuesday night in an announcement on Twitter.  Taylor, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder is rated the nation’s No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2018.  Taylor is also listed as a 4 star prospect and is the #5 prospect in the state of Tennessee for the Class of 2018.  Alontae is the first commitment for Vanderbilt for the 2018 recruiting class.

In an interview with Barton Simmons of 247Sports Nation, Taylor said:  “I just like their academics, football program and it’s close to home.”  Taylor, who has close to 1,000 yards in total offense this season as the Coffee County quarterback, is projected to play as a wide receiver or defensive back in college.

Thunder Radio caught up with Coffee County head coach Ryan Sulkowski and Taylor on Wednesday to get their thoughts. “The physical ability to play at the next level is there. The field vision, the strength and the speed is all there” said Sulkowski. He also said that mentally, the coaching and experience he is getting has been beneficial. “(Playing at the 6A level) has not helped him statistically, but he is playing against guys that he will play against at the next level and it will only help him in the future” added Sulkowski. “Alontae’s commitment helps Vanderbilt and their coaches are excited about (getting an athlete with Taylor’s versatility).”

When asked what position Vanderbilt planned to play him, Taylor said: “I tell every coach, put me where you want me and I will give you my 100%. Just give me a chance to play and show you what I can do.” Taylor was humble but excited as he talked about Vanderbilt and his reasons for committing. “(My commitment) would not be possible without my teammates and coaches. Vanderbilt offered me and has shown me a lot of love and I am loving it.” Vanderbilt, which has shown a recent increase in funding facilities improvements, sold Taylor on their commitment to football. “It was real big. Their indoor facility, field and stadium (convinced me that they are serious about football.)” Taylor, who plans to major in athletic physical therapy, admitted that a Vanderbilt diploma and proximity to home were huge factors in his decision. “The big factor in my decision has been the education. Vanderbilt is close to home and it will be easy for my family and teammates to come and watch me.”

With Coffee County on a bye this Friday, Alontae Taylor will be a guest on the pregame edition of Friday Night Thunder on Friday night. Friday Night Thunder will air from 6:00 to 6:45 on Friday night as hosts Dennis Weaver and Josh Peterson will get the chance to interview him live on the air for the Thunder Radio listening audience.

Shooting In Tullahoma Leaves One Man Injured

shooting investigation2Jeremy Dewayne Fielding of Tullahoma is in Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being shot Monday night.
Fielding, 33, of West Grundy Street was flown to the Nashville hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the body by an unknown shooter or shooters. He was to undergo surgery Tuesday afternoon for his injuries.
According to a report by Tullahoma Police Officer William Pyrdom, a resident of 206 North College Street called 911 after a man came to her door covered in blood asking for help.
The woman told the officer that she was sitting in her home when Fielding fell through the open front door and asked for help.
According to the officer, police found a blood trail leading to an address on East Grundy Street.
According to Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell, detectives worked the case throughout the night Monday and are continuing to investigate the shooting and are following up on leads in the case.

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