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7/5/14 —– Frances “Punkin” Louise Mitchell Painter

Frances “Punkin” Louise Mitchell Painter, age 89 passed away Saturday, June 27 at the Tullahoma Life Care Center.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, July 5 at 2 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma.

Visitation with the family will be from 1 PM until service time.

Mrs. Painter was born August 19, 1925 to Lillard and Frances Adams Mitchell at the home of her paternal grandparents in Tullahoma.

She attended school in Tullahoma and graduated from Tullahoma High School as a proud member of the Class of 1943. It was during these school years that she was a pumpkin in a class play. That led to the nickname,”Punkin” which friends and family continued to call her.

Frances attended the University of Tennessee and graduated in 1948. Her first full time teaching job was in Perryville, Missouri. After two years she returned to Tennessee and taught in the Crossville City Schools. While temporarily leaving the teaching field and working for a family business venture in Knoxville, she decided to serve her country during the Korean Conflict. She enlisted in the Woman’s Medical Specialist Corps of the Army and served at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas as a commissioned officer.

At the completion of her assignment in the army, she returned to Tullahoma and taught third and fourth grade at Normandy, Tennessee. The following year she accepted a job with the Tullahoma school system as a sixth grade teacher at Bel Aire Elementary School. During her teaching career, she had and continues to have a great influence on “my children” as she called them. Many of her former students continued to write, call or visit her, years after leaving her class. Punkin retired from teaching while at West Middle School.

Frances was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Tullahoma. She enjoyed her Sunday school Class and her circle group as well as the senior citizens activities. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Auburn M. Painter and her sister, Barbara Porter.

She is survived by sons, J. D. Painter and his wife, Kathryn of McEwen, TN and Marvin Painter and his wife, Teresa of Greenville, SC; six grandchildren; three step-granddaughters and four great grandchildren. She is also survived by many cousins who have been dear to her and share many memories.

The family would like to thank her caregivers, Judy Beaulieu, Loretta Starks and Margie Riggins and also many loyal friends who helped care for her.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to the First United Methodist Church, 208 W. Lauderdale Street, Tullahoma, TN or St Judes Children’s Hospital.
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Daves-Culbertson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



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Late Comeback Gives Nashville The Sweep


SoundsBrad Mills pitched brilliantly and Jason Pridie smoked a two-run triple in the eighth inning to propel the Sounds over Sacramento and secure the sweep against the River Cats with a 3-2 win at Raley Field on Thursday afternoon.

The four-game series sweep was Nashville’s first since June 9-12, 2014, when the Sounds swept Reno at Greer Stadium. It was also the first time the Sounds have swept the River Cats since the two teams began playing in 2000. The win propelled Nashville to a four-game winning streak, their best mark this season.

The three-run eighth inning began slowly as Nashville started the frame with a groundout, hit by pitch and fielder’s choice. But with two away, the Sounds made their push towards a huge rally. Joey Wendle singled which put Craig Gentry on third base. With runners at the corners, Ryan Roberts stayed perfect at the plate with his fourth single of the game. Gentry scored and Wendle moved to third on the line drive to center. Pridie then stepped in and on a full-count pitch, grounded a ball into the right field corner that went for a two-run triple. The deficit was quickly erased and Nashville held onto the 3-2 lead.

The Sounds were 1-21 when trailing after seven innings, but the three-run eighth was enough to break the chain. The one-run victory improved Nashville’s record to 6-10 in those games, as the Sounds moved to 20-27 overall on the season.

The Grizzlies took a quick 2-0 lead with a pair of solo home runs. Jarrett Parker led off the second with a homer and John Bowker started the third with a blast. The two home runs matched a season-high allowed by Sounds’ starter Brad Mills.

Mills kept his pitch count down through the early portions of the contest and got help by inducing his team-leading 10th groundball double play. The left-hander tossed 7.0 innings for the third consecutive start and pushed his quality start streak to five games by allowing just two runs. He gave up a walk and added a strikeout with his 80 pitches.

Pat Venditte notched a strikeout during a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Angel Castro, making his first appearance since a stint with Oakland, slammed the door to record his first save of the year.

Roberts led the offensive assault and had four of Nashville’s 10 hits in the victory. Anthony Aliotti collected two hits and was 8-for-16 with three doubles and five RBIs in the series at Raley Field.

The Sounds returns to Music City on Friday to face the Las Vegas 51s at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Chris Bassitt (1-3, 4.45) will go against Darin Gorski in the series opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Almost 11,000 Adults Apply For Free Technical College

tennessee reconnectMore than 10,700 adults have applied for a state grant that would send them to technical college for free.
The Tennessean reports the number of applicants for the Tennessee Reconnect grant has exceeded initial estimates by more than 2,000.
The grant offers eligible adults the chance receive training in nursing, cosmetology, early childcare, manufacturing and other programs from a Tennessee College of Applied Technology. It is part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Drive to 55 plan to ensure 55 percent of Tennesseans have a college education by 2025.
It will take a few weeks for colleges to know how many applicants ultimately will enroll in classes.
The state will pay only tuition and fees that aren’t covered by existing grants and scholarships.

CHS Basketball Senior Sara Brown Signs with Cumberland University

Sara Brown signs her college scholarship with Cumberland University surrounded by family and coaches.  Pictured are: Front Row (left to right) - Blanton Brown(brother), Ronnie Gunter(step father), Christie Gunter(mother), Brown, Brian Brown(father), Judi Brown(step mother), Faye Brown(grandmother).  Back Row (left to right) - CHS assistant coach Andrew Taylor, CCMS head coach Rece Chumley, CHS assistant coach George Pearson, CHS assistant coach Kandi Shemwell, Cumberland University head coach Jeremy Lewis, CHS head coach Herb Horton, CHS athletic director Richard Skipper and Buford Brown(grandfather)

Sara Brown signs her college scholarship with Cumberland University surrounded by family and coaches. Pictured are: Front Row (left to right) – Blanton Brown(brother), Ronnie Gunter(step father), Christie Gunter(mother), Brown, Brian Brown(father), Judi Brown(step mother), Faye Brown(grandmother). Back Row (left to right) – CHS assistant coach Andrew Taylor, CCMS head coach Rece Chumley, CHS assistant coach George Pearson, CHS assistant coach Kandi Shemwell, Cumberland University head coach Jeremy Lewis, CHS head coach Herb Horton, CHS athletic director Richard Skipper and Buford Brown(grandfather)

“Cumberland just felt right.” were the words of Coffee County’s Sara Brown shortly before signing a basketball scholarship with Cumberland University in a ceremony at CHS on Monday.  Brown, who averaged 8 points per game and ranked as one of the leagues top defenders, had fielded interest from other colleges and turned down a volleyball/basketball scholarship from Martin Methodist University.  Cumberland Coach Jeremy Lewis was very complimentary of Brown and liked her combination of shooting, quickness and tenacity.  “We invited Sara to our campus and our players loved her.  We wanted to recruit a good person, a good student and a good basketball player and Sara does all 3 of those things.”  Sara also liked the fact that Cumberland, located in Lebanon, Tennessee, is close enough for her parents and grandparents to watch her play.  “My grandparents are my number 1 fans.” added Sara.  Brown also loved the small, beautiful campus and her future coaches and teammates.  Lewis, who will begin his 7th year as head coach for the Bulldogs, led his team to a berth in the 2015 NAIA Division 1 Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament in March.   Cumberland is a member of the Mid-South Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.


5/1/15 —- Kathryn Ramsey Hickerson

Funeral services for Mrs. Kathryn Ramsey Hickerson, age 86, of Manchester will be conducted Friday, May 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Charles Williams officiating.

Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the funeral home.

Mrs. Hickerson passed away peacefully Wednesday,  April 29, 2015 in Manchester.

She was born December 31, 1928 in Coffee County, Tennessee the daughter of the late H.B. Ramsey and Sally St. John Ramsey.

She attended Coffee County Central High School, where she met the love of her life, J.D. Hickerson, and the two married April 8, 1950. In earlier years while raising their family, Mr. & Mrs. Hickerson enjoyed gardening together, he providing the vegetables and she doing the canning. During the 1970’s, Mrs. Hickerson served as Clerk with the Coffee County Circuit Court. Known as Grana to her grandchildren and most everyone else, Mrs. Hickerson was happiest spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to read and was a long standing member of Main Street Church of Christ. Most recently she resided at McArthur Manor where she was reunite with old friends and made many new friends, especially among the staff. She will be forever remembered by her loving family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, J.D. Hickerson, September 27, 2008; an infant son, John Wiley Hickerson; and four sisters, Virginia Holt, Leona Campbell, Jane Wiseman and Peggy McKenzie.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Jo Keele and husband, Stanley of Manchester; and Kim Floied also of Manchester; five grandchildren, Jeff Keele and wife, Beverly; Jenn Nogodula and husband, Jay; Julie Keele; Katie Roberts and husband, Chris; and Joseph Floied; and six great-grandchildren, Riley and Audrey Ruth Keele; Jaydee and Jenslee Kathryn Nogodula; Hunter and Lyla Roberts and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dusty Elam Foundation or one’s favorite charity in memory of Mrs. Hickerson.

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Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family of  Mrs. Kathryn R. Hickerson.

4/17/15 —- Sam Thomason

Sam Thomason of Estill Springs died peacefully in his sleep  April 17, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his spouse Doris Ann Sheldon Thomason, his parents Katie Mae Kitchen Thomason and Samuel E. Thomason Jr, his brothers: Troy Thomason and Richard Thomason, and his sisters Mildred Whitworth, Grace Mason, Mary Katherine Williams, Lily Mae Pate and Ruby Garwood.

He left behind sons: David W. Thomason and his wife Terri Dale of Atlanta, Barry P. Thomason of Estill Springs and daughter: Kristi T. Anderson of Estill Springs. His grandchildren: Michael A. Thomason and his wife Jenna Thomason of Seattle, Washington and Sara E. Anderson of Chattanooga, TN; his brothers Jack B. Thomason and wife Blanche of Dallas, TX and Gene E. Thomason and wife Betty of Powder Springs, GA. His godchildren: Ted Sheldon and his wife Bonnie Sheldon of La Pas, MS and their 2 children Cody and Sadie, and J. Marshall Sheldon II of La Pas, MS and cousin Arlene Hanlos of White Bear Lake, Minnesota along with many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was born June 6, 1928 in Loganville, GA. He was the 7th of 10 children. He graduated from Snellville High School. In his late teens while he was working at AC Delco a friend set him up on a blind date. The young woman became his wife when they were married 10 months late at Central Congregational Church of Christ. They had 3 children. Sam worked many second jobs over the years but his passion was working on anything that ran. He and his family moved to Memphis in 1976 where he was a member of Balmoral Presbyterian Church in Memphis. He was a patron of the arts at Germantown Playhouse. Sam retired from AC Delco as a Regional Service Sales Manager in 1985. That year he and his wife moved to Estill Springs where they designed and built their current home. While in Estill Springs he was a Member of Tullahoma 1st Presbyterian Church, Methuselah’s Mob, did volunteer work and received the John Knox Award in 2001. Sam was well known for his love of tinkering with cars and clocks. He was a seasoned traveler and enjoyed traveling especially with his spouse, children, grandchildren and godchildren. In recent years he has suffered from many medical issues which limited his abilities to travel and enjoy his hobbies. He continued to bring hugs to the lives of those that he came in contact with until his death.

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Local Business To Grow At Tullahoma Airport

Tullahoma Airport

Tullahoma Airport

A Florida company has announced that it is joining with a company based at the Tullahoma Regional Airport.
Sarasota Avionics will be teaming up with XP Services in providing Garmin equipment for aircraft. XP Services is located in the northwest section of the airport property.
The Florida company is known worldwide for installing flight equipment on airplanes.
“We will be a full-fledged Garmin dealer and sell avionics equipment,” Armstrong said.
He said at least six to eight new jobs will be created and that the business will be operating out of an existing hangar that XP Services has at the airport.
Airport manager Jon Glass informed the authority that the state Department of Transportation is scheduled to start construction of a road into the area where XP Services is located in July or August.

CHS Baseball Drops a Pair of Weekend Games

CHS baseball team celebrates with J.P. Duncan following his home run.  Photo by Hayden Proffitt

CHS baseball team celebrates with J.P. Duncan following his home run. Photo by Hayden Proffitt

A 2nd inning solo home run from J.P. Duncan staked the CHS Red Raider baseball team to a 1 to nothing lead thru 3 innings of play as Coffee County played host to Warren County on Friday afternoon at Pwers Field.  Warren County answered with 2 runs in the 4th inning before scoring 10 runs in the 5th and 6th innings to drop Coffee County 12 to 4.  In addition to Duncan’s home run, Noah Anderson was 2 for 3 on the game with an RBI, Dylan Sandoval was 1 for 2 with an RBI and Deandre Wakefield, who pitched well as he finished the game on the mound in relief, added the other RBI.

CHS senior baseball player Dylan Sandoval at third base in early season action

CHS senior baseball player Dylan Sandoval at third base in early season action

Another strong start but disastrous finish doomed the Red Raider baseball team on Saturday at Powers Field as they dropped a 17 to 2 decision to Independence.  After giving up a run in the top of the 1st to the visiting Eagles, Coffee County starting pitcher Daniel Gassman settled in to hold Independence scoreless through 3 innings which allowed Coffee County to plate the tying run on a Brandon Haston double in the 2nd inning which scored Dylan Sandoval from 1st base.  However, 3 Raider errors in the 5th inning broke open a close game as Independence built up a 8 to 1 lead which they would never relinquish.    Sandoval scored the 2nd run of the game when Haston reached on an Independence error in the 5th.  Coffee County could only muster 4 hits on the game as Sandoval, Wyatt Day and Zach Wise had singles to go with Haston’s double.  The JV baseball team will travel to Tullahoma on Monday for a doubleheader beginning at 4:00 PM.  Coffee County will play host to Tullahoma on Tuesday night at Powers Field.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM and you can hear the game on Thunder Radio beginning with the pregame show at 5:50.

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