Middle School Raiders Pick Up Baseball Win

The Coffee County Middle School Red Raider baseball team completed the series sweep of North Franklin on Tuesday night with a 17 to 3 win over the Gators in 5 innings.  The Red Raider bats banged out 11 hits on the night as Tyler Surber went 3 for 4 with 6 RBI and Andrew Mahaffey was 3 for 4 with 3 RBI. Harley Hinshaw started on the mound and went 4 innings with 2 strikeouts giving up only 1 hit to get the win.  Hayden Skipper came in relief and had 2 strikeouts in his inning of relief.   The Raiders will be back in action on Thursday as they take on South Franklin with a 5:00 PM first pitch.





birthday cakeBirthdays:

Nicole Ryan – Pizza Winner!

Bill Thacher

Anniversaries:  Frank & Jen Clayborne




Brenda Jones – Pizza Winner!

Robert Clutter – 50!

Wayatt Nettles, Ken Halbeck,

Brenda Lovelady – 50,  Julie Davis, Jordin Hill

1/25/15 ——- Richard Allison Willingham

Mr. Richard Allison Willingham, age 67, of Tullahoma, Tennessee, passed away Thursday morning, January 22, 2015.

He was the son of the late Truman and Mary Willingham.

Mr. Willingham was a graduate of Tullahoma High School, Class of 1967. He entered into the Army in October of 1967 and served until October 1969. He was in the 8th Infantry Division of the US Airborne, where he received the National Defense Service Medal, Parachute Badge, Good Conduct Medal, and Sharpshooter M14.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by one sister Marie Harper.

He is survived by a son Troy (Penny) of Harvest, AL., daughter Tracy of Killen, AL., granddaughter Taylor, grandson Dylan, brothers Tommy Willingham of Tullahoma, TN., Jerry Willingham of Nashville, TN., sister Pat Stone of Tullahoma, TN., nephews Marty Stone of Atlanta, GA, Johnny Willingham of Fairview, TN., Michael Stone of Tullahoma, TN., Terry Cargile of Manchester, TN., Travis Willingham of Tullahoma, TN., nieces Dawn Morris of Toney, AL., Crystal Peery of Murfreesboro, TN., Jamie Caldwell of Fairview, TN., Julie Harper of Tullahoma, TN., Robin Johnson of Tullahoma, TN., Tabitha Willingham of Hixson, TN., aunts Bennie Adcox of Brentwood, TN., and Dorthy Adcock of Joelton, TN.

Visitation with the family will be Sunday, January 25, 2015, from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM in the Tullahoma Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral Services will begin at 2:00 PM in the Tullahoma Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial will follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. Richard Allison Willingham.

After Thrilling Boys Game, Cats Sweep Raiders

basketball7Tuesday night in high school basketball Coffee County traveled to Tullahoma for District 8-AAA action. In girl’s play the Lady Cats got off to a hot start leading 14-0 early in the game and 38-20 at halftime. Coffee County fought hard to pull within 7 points in the 4th quarter but Tullahoma held on for the 59-47 district win.
Leading the way for the Lady Raiders was Holli Smithson with 10 points. Sara Brown was named the Gateway Tire & Service Center player of the game.
Coffee County is now 11-9 overall and 2-4 in district play.

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The Coffee County boys played their first game after Head Coach J.D. Douglas was relieved of his duties. Under direction of interim Head Coach Ben Holl the Raiders lost a heartbreaker 59-56 in double overtime.
Red Raider Peyton Talley tied the game at 45 with 16 seconds remaining in regulation after he made three free-throws and Tullahoma failed to get a shot off at the buzzer.
At the end of OT #1 the game remained tied at 49. In OT #2 Tullahoma was able to put away Coffee County thanks to two big 3 point shots.
Addison Carter led the Raiders in scoring with 15. Peyton Talley was named the player of the game.
Coffee County drops to 4-17 overall and 0-6 in district play.
The Lady Raiders and Raiders will host Lawrence County on Friday beginning at 6pm. Airtime on Thunder Radio is 5:50pm.



Jacob Carter – 6 – Pizza Winner!

Stephen Landers – 59

Donna Turney – 82

Anniversaries:  Bill & Alice Breward


11/21/14 —— M.C. Brewer, Jr.

Mr. M.C. Brewer, Jr., age 94, of Tullahoma, TN., passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014, at Life Care Center of Tullahoma.

He was the son of the late Michael Campbell Brewer and Dovie Brazier Brewer.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, and was retired from Genesco.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his stepmother Odell Brewer, brothers Charles Brewer, Clarence “Rabbit” Brewer, sisters Ethel Lee and Clara May, and cousin Charles Ray.

He is survived by his wife of seven years and long time friend, Mrs. Diane Brewer, daughter Patricia McMillon of Tullahoma, son Carl Brewer of Manchester, daughter Ann Williams of Indiana, granddaughter Brandy Arnold, sisters Lois Brewer and Janell Frazier, great grandchildren Jacob and Lauren, sister in law Lela Willette, nieces Helen(Von) Soriano and family, Sandy (Charles) Willette and family, extended family and family friends Karen Mullins and family, Edie Ray and family, and Sue.

Visitation with the family will be Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 4 PM until 8 PM in the Chapel of Tullahoma Funeral Home.

Funeral Services for Mr. Brewer will be Friday, November 21, 2014, at 11 AM in the Chapel of Tullahoma Funeral Home with burial to follow in Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, TN.

Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Mr. M.C. Brewer.veteran

Dangers Abound for Children Working in Tennessee’s Tobacco Fields

The dangers are many for the children who are doing farm labor in tobacco fields in several southeastern states. Photo credit: Mangrove Mike/Flickr.

The dangers are many for the children who are doing farm labor in tobacco fields in several southeastern states. Photo credit: Mangrove Mike/Flickr.

Children half the smoking age are reportedly laboring in tobacco fields in Tennessee and they’re being exposed to a multitude of perils. New research shows one in 10 working in the region’s tobacco fields are younger than 18, often using dangerous tools and machinery and facing hazards including serious injuries and falls.
The kids also are at risk for green tobacco sickness from overexposure to nicotine, says Baldemar Velasquez, president AFL-CIO’s Farm Labor Organizing Committee.
“When you try to eat, nothing tastes right,” Velasquez says. “Workers say they try to drink milk. It’s the only thing you can consume when you get really, really sick.”
The major tobacco companies all have policies against child labor, but a federal loophole intended for farm families leaves the practice in a legal gray area. Most growers insist they obey the law, to the best of their ability.
Velasquez worked in tobacco as a teen in fact, he started fieldwork with his family at the age of six, saying “it was either that or not eating.” He also notes families are often undocumented, putting them at the mercy of their employers.
“Doesn’t matter to the crew leader, the labor contractor, because he gets the money from the harvest,” says Velasquez. “He doesn’t care how small the hands are putting the cut tobacco on the trailer, as long as the acres get done.”
Ninety percent of tobacco grown in the U.S. is cultivated in four states: North Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.

11/19/14 —– Charles Martin Helton

Funeral services for flower vase 3Charles Martin Helton, age 90, of Manchester will be conducted Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Brother Bobby Zumbro officiating.

Entombment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens mausoleum.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Mr. Helton passed away Sunday, November 16, 2014 at his residence in Manchester after an extended illness.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph A. and Maggie Rogers Helton; brothers, Otha Helton and Robert Helton; sister, Iva Lane, all of Lenior City, TN; and a sister, Inez Carroll of Idaho.

Mr. Helton was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Manchester and was a member of the Masons for over 50 years, Masonic Highland Lodge # 214. He enjoyed reading, classical music and gardening but his greatest joy in life was providing for his family. He retired in 1982 from AEDC as a machinist.

In addition to his siblings, Mr. Helton is preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Raye Tallent Helton, who passed away July 23, 2012.

Survivors include three children, Richard Helton and wife, Linda of Hillsboro, TN; Dinah Walker and husband, David of Murfreesboro, TN and Linda Ghorbani also of Murfreesboro, TN; three grandchildren, Tracy Todd, Nathan Walker and Susan Ghorbani and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

The family would like to note a special thanks to Sherry Platt and her daughter, Staphnie for their support and kindness.

Memorial contributions for those wishing to do so, may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or online at www.stjude.org/tribute

Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family of  Mr. Charles Martin Helton.

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