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Coffee County Leadership Goes On Tour

Coffee County Leadership members visiting the Manchester Recreation Center... Photo by Tiffany Clutter

Coffee County Leadership members visiting the Manchester Recreation Center… Photo provided.

Coffee County Leadership is a personal development program designed to educate participants on community dynamics and issues while also motivating participants to develop and utilize their knowledge and leadership skills in addressing important community issues and needs for the economic well-being and quality of life of Coffee County and our region.
The highly structured ten-month program presents a wide range of opinions and perspectives through lectures, panel presentations, tours and group activities. A primary goal of these activities is to train persons for leadership and involvement in public affairs and to establish channels of communication among community leaders.
On Wednesday the group had a “Quality of Life” day. The future leaders visited several locations around the area including the Manchester Recreation Center, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Drug Court/Anti-Drug Coalition, Manchester Art Center and in Tullahoma Hands on Science Center, South Jackson Civic Center and the Tullahoma Chamber of Commerce.

Galaxy Skate Burglary Suspect Charged

galaxy skateTullahoma Police Investigator Rana Pawlowski has charged 47 year-old Georgia resident, Harold L. Wiley, with the September 28, 2014, burglary of Galaxy Skate, located on Ledford Mill Rd. in Tullahoma, in which several arcade machines were broken into and damaged. Wiley was identified by both Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and Manchester Police personnel after Investigator Pawlowski forwarded surveillance video footage of the suspect from another local business to the departments. Personnel were able to identify Wiley due to his having been released from the Coffee County Jail, where he had been serving time and his involvement in the burglary of the Portillo Mexican Restaurant in Manchester, TN, in 2012.
Pawlowski continued to gather evidence relating to the case and on Monday, October 20, 2014, arrested Wiley and charged him with the Burglary. Wiley is currently being held in the Coffee County Jail under a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court on November 3, 2014.

Sheriff Warns About Scam

Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves

Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department has received complaints from area residents that a person posing as a fake deputy are calling their phones advising that they have warrant for their arrest. The caller then states to get a green dot credit card and deposit money into an account or they will be arrested by the deputy.
Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves told WMSR News that this a 100% SCAM. Neither the local police departments nor the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department would attempt to collect money for this, nor would they request any payment in lieu of going to jail.
Contact the sheriff’s department at 728-3591 if anyone calls you and attempts to collect money in this manner. Do not give these people any money or personal information.

Gas Falls To Lowest Price Since 2010

gas prices2U.S. oil production has soared to its highest level since 1985, placing downward pressure on oil and gasoline prices. Crude settled at $82.75 on Friday, after dropping below $80 a barrel for the first time in two years on Thursday. The savings at the pump, created by the US “Shale Boom”, comes as a relief to consumers as the holiday shopping season approaches.
“Motorists are paying $5 to $15 less to fill their tanks than they were around July 4th,” said Josh Carrasco, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “This is extra money that consumers can use for the holidays, either to put presents under the tree, or dinner on the table.”
Gas prices slid 10 cents nationally to $3.11 a gallon compared to last week, the lowest average since February 2011. Motorists in Tennesseans are seeing gas prices at their lowest point since December 2010. The average price at the pump in Tennessee is $2.89, down 11 cents from last week.
In Coffee County gas prices are as low as $2.78 per gallon in Manchester and $2.75 in Tullahoma. Memphis has the lowest price in Tennessee at $2.55 per gallon at several stations.

Tennesseans Paid $47-Billion In Federal Taxes In 2013

A new report on the federal budget and Tennessee finds that federal taxes paid by residents and businesses in the state in 2013 was $47 billion. Photo credit: MoneyBlogNews/Flickr

A new report on the federal budget and Tennessee finds that federal taxes paid by residents and businesses in the state in 2013 was $47 billion. Photo credit: MoneyBlogNews/Flickr

Residents and businesses in Tennessee paid $47 billion in federal taxes in 2013, according to a new report analyzing the federal budget’s impact on individual states. Becky Sweger, director of data and technology for the National Priorities Project, said most of the federal taxes coming out of Tennessee were paid by or on behalf of individuals in the form of income tax, self-employment tax and payroll tax. “On a per capita basis,” she said, “taxes paid by Tennessee comes out to about $7,300 a person in 2013.” The analysis also looked at how much is received in Tennessee from the federal budget over the course of a year, which totaled $66 billion. Sweger said that figure includes federal grants and contracts, the salaries of federal employees in the state and direct federal assistance. “Most of the money coming is aid to individuals,” she said, “and that has certainly been trending up for a total of about $66 billion, so that’s about $10,000 per capita.” The aid-to-individuals category includes programs such as Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and unemployment benefits. The report’s data is online at

Unity Walk Among Motlow Breast Cancer Awareness Month Activities

2014 Pink Unity Walk at Motlow

2014 Pink Unity Walk at Motlow

Motlow College kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its annual ‘Pink-Out’ event on the Moore County campus recently.
The Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa and the Office of Student and Campus Relations worked together to plan the event. Motlow students, faculty, staff, and the public participated in a ‘Unity Walk’ to show that those affected by cancer are not alone in the fight.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages. The National Breast Cancer Foundation encourages people to be tested.

Tullahoma Man Who Pled Guilty To Murder Asking For New Trial

Intake photo of Donnie Jones after he was arrested

Intake photo of Donnie Jones after he was arrested

A hearing on a motion for a new trial for a man convicted of murdering a 24-year-old Tullahoma nursing student in July 2012 will be held Nov. 21.
Donnie Jones of Tullahoma entered a plea of guilty on Feb 4, 2013, in the murder of Megan Sharpton. Her partially-burned body was discovered on the morning of July 2, 2012, off Awalt Road near Tims Ford Lake in Franklin County.
After pleading guilty he filed a motion later the same month with the Franklin County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office to withdraw the plea and in October of 2013 his new court-appointed attorney, Sam Hudson of Dunlap, filed an amended withdrawal motion asking for a new trial. The motion for a new trial claims that Jones was coerced into pleading guilty to the murder charge by his attorney at the time.
The motion for a new trial will be heard by Franklin County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Smith.
Jones was arrested Nov. 5, 2012, on a charge of first degree murder, especially aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape of Sharpton.
In addition to claiming that he was coerced, he also claims that there is evidence that proves he was at another location at the time of the murder and that his former attorney Joseph Ford told him that information would not matter.
According to the motion, Jones said authorities told him if he did not plead guilty they would find a way to convict his wife, as well.
Jones’ lawyer will attempt to convince the judge that a new trial should be granted.
Jones is currently housed in the Morgan County Prison, serving life in prison. (Some information provided by the Tullahoma News)

Two People From Grundy County Die In Car Crash

fatal accident 3Two people from Grundy County were killed in a single car crash on Highway 108 in Marion County early Sunday morning.
Tennessee Highway Patrol says the Pontiac Grand Am was going north on Highway 108 when the driver went off the road going around a curve.
The car crashed through a fence, and hit a tree before stopping in the field. The car was on fire when emergency crews arrived.
The driver and the passenger were ejected and died on the scene. They have been identified as 33-year-old Glenda White of Palmer and 28-year-old Jeremy Braden of Gruetli Laager.

State Unemployment Rate Down Slightly

unemployment_2Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips has announced that the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for September was 7.3 percent, one tenth of one percentage point lower than the 7.4 August revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for September was 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in August.
Economic Summary

• Tennessee’s September unemployment rate declined to 7.3 percent after four consecutive months of increasing rates.
• Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate decreased from 8.2 percent to 7.3 percent while the national rate declined from 7.2 percent to 5.9 percent.
• Total nonfarm employment increased 7,200 jobs from August to September. The largest increases occurred in accommodation/food services, education/health services, and government.
• Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 60,700 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, leisure/hospitality, and trade/transportation/utilities.

New Trial Date Set For Bedford County Detective

Court roomA February 2015 trial date has been set for a former Bedford County detective charged with theft after investigators say she took more than $10,000 from sex offenders.
The Commercial Appeal reported that Senior Judge Don R. Ash of Murfreesboro set the date and a Jan. 23 deadline for any negotiated plea in the case.
A trial for 58-year-old Rebecca Hord of Shelbyville had been scheduled to begin Tuesday. She’s charged with theft over $10,000, official misconduct and four counts of forgery.
Investigators say Hord took the funds from convicted sex offenders who paid their registration fees and were issued generic receipts.
She was fired in 2012 for allegedly driving her county patrol car to Nashville and Kentucky for non-work related reasons and other non-specified violations of department policy.

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