New Plan to Help Farmers Expand their Markets and Increase Food Safety

Farmers in Coffee County and throughout Tennessee looking to expand their markets and increase food safety by becoming Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certified now have the opportunity to receive financial assistance from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA). GAP certification allows producers to sell directly to more businesses and institutions with stringent food safety requirements, …

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January is Thyroid Awareness Month: Diagnoses on the Rise

January is Thyroid Awareness Month, and according to the American Thyroid Association, nearly 60 million Americans, mostly women, have some type of thyroid problem. Dr. Elizabeth Pearce, president of the American Thyroid Association, says hypothyroidism is the most common disorder, which means the thyroid – a gland located at the bottom of the neck – …

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New Inn, Restaurant and Conference Center being built at Fall Creek Falls State Park

Tennessee State Parks and elected officials broke ground this week for a new inn, restaurant and conference center at Fall Creek Falls State Park, part of a broader $200 million investment in state parks over the last eight years by Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration and the Tennessee General Assembly. The facility at Fall Creek Falls …

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Manchester Board of Education wants Vaughn as their next Director of Schools

The Manchester Board of Education voted to offer Dr. Joey Vaughn the job of Manchester city schools director on Monday evening. Vaughn is the former principal at Coffee County High School and is now the current Deputy Director of Coffee County Schools. He was also a District Supervisor for Manchester City Schools for 6 years. …

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Scam Alert from DREMC

Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) members should be on guard for an electric payment scam that has hit DREMC members over the weekend, taking advantage of a Bedford County business that fell victim to the scammers. The people behind this fraud sound professional as they instruct DREMC members to pay a specific amount due …

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Bomb Threat at North Middle School in Decherd

At approximately 10:00am Tuesday morning authorities received a call of a bomb threat at North Middle School in Decherd. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Decherd Police Dept., Decherd Fire Dept. and AEDC K-9 unit all responded. The gym was cleared, and students were evacuated to the gym while the rest of the building was cleared …

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Bowling Named Deputy Speaker

16th District State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) has been reappointed as Deputy Speaker, a key leadership role in the Tennessee Senate. The appointment was made by Lt. Gov. Randy McNally on Saturday. The Deputy Speaker is appointed to a two-year term and serves at the pleasure of the Speaker of the Senate. Principle duties of …

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Tennessee Leaders want certain Adults to Work to Keep TennCare

Tennessee is seeking federal approval to require about 56,000 low-income adults to work, volunteer, or take classes – or risk losing their government-funded Medicaid health coverage, known as TennCare. Tennessee is following the call of President Donald Trump, who wants to require able-bodied adults on Medicaid to work. The state has asked Trump’s administration to …

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Medical Cannabis Bill being Introduced in Tennessee

State Senator Janice Bowling of Tullahoma and Rep. Ron Travis say they will introduce comprehensive legislation to regulate access to medical cannabis. The proposal would allow qualified patients to obtain medical cards if they are diagnosed with specific medical conditions and purchase products from companies that are licensed by Tennessee and owned by Tennesseans to …

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Deadly Shooting in McMinnville

43 year-old Terrence Lamont Malone of McMinnville has been arrested and charged with murder in connection to a deadly burglary. Malone was charged with one count of felony murder and one count of especially aggravated burglary. According to officials, 33 year-old Darius Michael Bishop was shot and killed Friday on Lind Street in McMinnville. Police …

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