Tennessee Maneuvers 2016 declared “Complete Success”

Maj. Gen. Terry “Max” Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, declared that the opening exercise for Tennessee Maneuvers 2016, the Guard’s largest statewide disaster drill in history, was “a complete success.” From May 13-16, more than 600 Soldiers and 20 units from Tullahoma’s 30th Troop Command completed a series of grueling disaster preparedness exercises throughout Middle Tennessee …

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Manchester Woman facing charges after allegedly Spitting On and Biting Officers

A Manchester resident had a number of charges lodged against her. Janice Rena Castillo, 35, of Murfreesboro Highway Manchester was charged with assault, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal impersonation by Manchester Police Officer Daryn Gadeken and correction officers at the jail. According to warrants, she was arrested after she was found to …

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Unemployment Rate Down in Tennessee

Tennessee’s unemployment rate for the month of April was 4.3 percent, a decrease of two-tenths of a percentage point from the March rate of 4.5 percent. That’s according to Tennessee Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips. The U.S. rate for April was 5.0 percent, remaining unchanged from the previous month. Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate …

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Some Republican Lawmakers want special session on Bathroom Bill

Gov. Bill Haslam is questioning the need for a special legislative session that some fellow Republican lawmakers want to have called over a directive issued by President Barack Obama’s administration that public schools must allow students to use facilities consistent with their gender identity. Haslam told reporters on Wednesday that it’s unclear what the strategy …

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Panbalou is Saturday in Downtown Manchester

The first ever Panbalou pancake breakfast & bluegrass will take place this Saturday on the square Downtown Manchester. All proceeds benefit phase 1 of landscaping on Manchester’s historic square. Tickets $10/person. The event starts with the pancake breakfast at 8am. 8:30-9:30am: The students of Becky Buller’s music studio will perform. 9:30-11:30am: Judge Talford Band will …

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16 year-old Injured in Wednesday Crash

An accident occurred on Wednesday morning at approximately 7:44 am in the Gnat Hill community in Coffee County. The 16 year-old female driver was traveling east on Hwy 2A in a 2003 Toyota Camry. The driver was attempting to negotiate a turn when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. The driver was …

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TVA Controlling Water Levels

The Tennessee Valley Authority says that Normandy and Tims Ford reservoir water being released from the dams will be at an absolute minimum this summer. Water levels are currently low due to a relatively dry spring season, and, as a result, the TVA is in full conservation mode releasing only what is absolutely necessary. Officials …

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Company Hired to score TNReady Assessments

Tennessee has entered into a contract with Pearson Education to have it score the TNReady assessments this year after the previous vendor was fired this spring. News outlets report that the Tennessee Department of Education gave Pearson the $18.5 million job, avoiding a competitive bidding process because of a law that allows for the state …

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Pesticides, Mites Threaten Nation’s Bees, Report Says

Beekeepers across the country report losing nearly 44 percent of their colonies over the last year, according to an annual report just out. It was put together by the USDA’s Bee Informed Partnership in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America and the USDA. The report says climate change, loss of habitat and pesticide use …

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Coffee County Jail Recommended for Certification

The Coffee County Jail has been recommended by the Tennessee Corrections Institute (TCI) for certification. Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves says this is the first time for certification in 12 years. Graves says the new jail on County Jail Lane in Manchester, that was opened one year ago, met the required standards for the certification. …

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