birthdays and anniversityBirthdays:

Chad Lorance – 37 – Pizza Winner!

Carolyn Simpson

Jan Hollowell

Katie Foster -95

Meranda Bumpus – 31

Larry Chandler, Peggy Bryan

Weekly Birthday Winner:  Birthday Cake from Food Lion:  Jan Hollowell

Weekly Anniversary Winners Flowers by Michael:  Jeff & Debbie Grosch

7/9/15 — Michael Glenn Austin

Michael Glenn Austin, age 61, of Lynchburg passed from this life on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at Harton Regional Medical Center.

He was the son of the late Thurman and Bessie Louise (Foster) Austin of Lynchburg.

Mike was a faithful and loving husband, father, Papa/Pa, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was a retired member of the United States Army National Guard. He enjoyed spending time with his family, and they were his pride and joy. He also enjoyed Vanderbilt Commodore athletics, farming, and being on the sidelines on Friday nights as the statistician for the Moore County Raider football team coached by his son. Mike enjoyed many years as a youth girls’ softball coach and had lots of fun playing the sport himself.

He was loved by all who knew him and valued the relationships that God brought into his life. Mike was a devoted friend—he understood and valued the importance of friendship and had a unique way of making everyone he met feel like they mattered. Many of his friendships have stood the test of time and go back to elementary school days. He was a faithful member of Hilltop Church of the Nazarene where he had served as a member of the church board as well as Sunday School Superintendent. His life as a follower of Christ made a marked difference in the way he led his family and interacted with everyone he met. Mike lived a life of integrity in the workplace, in his home, and in his community. He lived every day to the fullest despite a twenty year battle with heart disease and left an incredible legacy of faith and the value of family for his children and grandchildren. “He fought the good fight. He has finished the course, he has kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7)

Michael is survived by his wife of 44 years Dorothy Charlene (Boswell), his daughter Jennifer Ray and husband Jason of Tullahoma, and his son Jeremy and wife Callie also of Tullahoma. He has four grandchildren: Carrington, Anna Claire, Colson, and Slade.

His grandchildren were the source of his daily joy and his reason for living. Anyone who met him knew that his grandchildren mattered MOST.

He was preceded in death by two brothers Harlan and Gerald and one sister Sarah Louise Gannon and is survived by one brother Norman.

He is also survived by his best friend of over fifty years, Billy Dodson of Sparta and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends.


Lynchburg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



birthdays and anniversityBirthdays:

Roe Adams – Pizza Winner

Weekly Birthday Winner Birthday Cake from Food Lion – Jasmine January

Weekly Anniversary Winners Flowers by Michael:  Brenda & Robert Parson




Dale Chandler – Pizza Winner!


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.



birthday cakeBirthdays:

Danille Long – 18 – Pizza Winner!

Tommy Tritschler,  Eliana Levengood – 5


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.

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