Political Forum News and Early Voting Starts Friday (13th)

The Manchester Times and Thunder Radio hosted a political forum on Thursday evening at “The Church at 117.” Candidates for Road Superintendent, Trustee, Circuit Court Clerk, County Mayor, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, school board, aldermen and Sheriff gave speeches and answered questions during the event. If you missed the forum or would like to …

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Former Grundy County Pastor Indicted, Accused of Attempted Child Rape

A grand jury indicted a former Grundy County pastor this week, who is accused of attempted child rape. District Attorney Mike Taylor told WRCB-TV that 48-year-old William E. “Tim” Smith, Jr. was indicted on charges of attempted rape of a child, aggravated sexual battery and possession of a controlled substance. Smith is accused of trying …

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Motlow Now Offering Associate of Science in Agriculture Degrees

Tennessee’s rural communities have a new pathway to higher education. This fall, Motlow State Community College will be offering associate of science degrees in agricultural business and animal science at the Fayetteville campus. The new degrees are part of the Tennessee Transfer Pathway program allowing students to earn an associate degree at Motlow while being …

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Tennessee Planning Execution Next Month

Tennessee’s first execution in almost a decade is now scheduled for next month. Fifty-nine-year-old Billy Ray Irick is set to die August 9th. He raped and killed a 7-year-old girl in Knox County 33 years ago. He is one of 60 people currently on death row. WBIR-TV reports that the Tennessee Department of Correction says …

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New Dog Park to be built in Manchester

The Boyd Foundation introduced the Tennessee Dog Park Dash earlier this year, a multi-year commitment toward making Tennessee the most pet-friendly state in America. Through the program, The Boyd Foundation will award a $1 million annual donation for building and enhancement of dog parks in communities across the state. The Tennessee Dog Park Dash will …

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Political Forum is set for Thursday

The Manchester Times and Thunder Radio will be hosting a political forum from 5:30-9 p.m. Thursday, July 12 at The Church at 117, located at 117 East Fort St, Manchester. The event will be free to the public and will be an opportunity for you to hear from local candidates. The forum will be broadcast …

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Governor Candidates Spending Large Amounts of Money

Four Republicans have spent $33 million-plus in Tennessee’s primary for governor, unleashing about $33 million of personal wealth. Reports through June show ex-state economic development commissioner Randy Boyd has added $14.2 million in personal cash and spent $15.7 million since the race began. Congresswoman Diane Black has added $10.3 million and spent $10.3 million. Businessman …

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Litter–Big Problem in Tennessee

Unsafe, unsightly and unsanitary garbage is piling up along Tennessee’s interstates, and the problem is costing taxpayers millions of dollars. TDOT reportedly spends $15 million each year on litter prevention and pickup. Now, TDOT and THP are looking to crack-down on these incidental litterbugs. According to TDOT, most of the littering is not done on …

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No Smoking in Public Housing

Smoking will no longer be allowed inside public housing nationwide starting on July 31. The ban from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department was announced back in November 2016 but gave Public Housing Agencies until July 31, 2018 to comply. HUD explained that the smoke-free rule will reduce damage and maintenance costs tied to …

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Federal Grants to Help Homeless Veterans Find Jobs

The federal government has awarded grants totaling more than $47 million to help homeless veterans find jobs. The Labor Department announced the funding Monday, with recipients in Tennessee awarded more than $906,000. The grants are awarded to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and faith-based and community …

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