Historic Sewanee Landmark Damaged by Fire

Rebels Rest, on the campus of University of the South, following a fire on July 23. Photo courtesy of Sewanee Today

Fire caused heavy damage to historic Rebel’s Rest on the campus of the University of the South last Wednesday night.  The blaze was reported at approximately 11:30 p.m. and the Sewanee Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene at 11:35.  There were no injuries or damage to adjacent buildings. The cause of the fire is …

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Senator Lamar Alexander Visits Coffee County

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander visited Manchester on Tuesday as part of his two week “Standing up for Tennessee” Bus Tour.  At the Oak Restaurant, the US Senator met with local voters over lunch as part of his 35 stop tour before Election Day.  Since 2002, Lamar has served in the US Senate. During his visit …

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Manchester Couple Charged with Child Abuse

A Manchester couple is being held under a bond of $100,000 in the Coffee County Jail after their arrest on child abuse charges. According to warrants, Carlena Scalf, 22, of Maple Springs Road in Manchester is charged with hitting her 3-year-old son multiple times across the face causing swelling and bruising to his face. She …

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Fires at Two Manchester Businesses on Monday

The Manchester Fire Department had a busy day on Monday responding to a pair of fires at local businesses. The fire department responded alongside the Hickerson Station Volunteer Fire Department to a fire on the loading dock at Johnson’s Mulch on the Old Tullahoma Highway in Manchester on Monday morning. Crews worked together to extinguish …

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State Unemployment Rates Go Up

County unemployment rates for June 2014, released last week, show the unemployment rate increased in all 95 Tennessee counties since the May survey. Overall, the state seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 6.4% in May to a June rate of 6.6%. The rate for Coffee County increased from 5.6% in May to 6.6% in June. …

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Manchester Man Arrested on Florida Warrants

A Manchester man has been arrested on fugitive from justice charges. Steven Eric Pless Jr., 19, of Park Motel was arrested July 23 on warrants from Florida. The warrants allege that he is wanted for two counts of sexual battery and lewd or lascivious molestation. Florida authorities notified the Coffee County Sheriff’s department that he …

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Coffee County Middle School Open House Tonight

Tuesday marks a big day for Coffee County Schools as students return to the classroom for the 2014-2015 school year. A few of those students will get the honor of attending the recently completed Coffee County Middle School on the Woodbury Highway in Manchester which opens its doors on Tuesday. To celebrate, the Coffee County …

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Shelbyville Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Case

A one-time youth pastor from Shelbyville has been sentenced to three years and four months in federal prison for possessing child pornography. U.S. District Judge Harry S. “Sandy” Mattice could have leveled a 20-year sentence on 38-year-old Joseph Todd Neill for downloading child pornography on his home computer. Shelbyville police were investigating Neill on charges …

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Two Saturday Afternoon Wrecks

Two single vehicle accidents in southern Coffee County on Saturday afternoon kept emergency crews busy. A wreck on I-24 near mile marker 125 occurred around 4:41 PM and backed up interstate traffic for as much as 8 miles. Zhameca Hall of Nashville was driving a Ford Econoline van eastbound on I-24 with 10 passengers aboard …

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Missing Manchester Woman Found Safe

Brook Roberts. Photo courtesy of Facebook

The week long search for a Manchester woman came to a happy ending on Sunday. Elizabeth Brook Roberts was located and is safe in Colorado according to Roberts’ mother. Roberts, who was last seen Monday at the Harper’s Point Apartments in Murfreesboro where she worked as a leasing agent was said to have been “dropped …

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