Man Charged With Setting Fire To a Summitville Home

Thomas Lawrence “TJ” Vandusen of Manchester has been charged in connection with a house fire in the Forrest Mill area. The 22 year-old Vandusen was arrested, charged with the fire as well as vandalism over $1,000 and booked in at the Coffee County Jail. The fire was a mobile home at 330 Volunteer Avenue in …

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Former Corrections Officer In Court This Week Facing Charges

Earlier this month James M. Mayes, 26, of Brandontown Road, Manchester, a former corrections officer at the Coffee County Jail was charged with bribery of a public servant, extortion and official misconduct. The extortion charge was dropped at a court hearing on Tuesday, but Mayes still faces the other charges as those were bound over. …

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Construction Accident Takes The Life Of a Shelbyville Man

A Shelbyville man was killed in a construction accident in Brentwood Tuesday morning. It happened around 11 a.m. at a home in the 1800 block of Windstone Boulevard. Police told News 2 Greg Rigney, 45, was unloading concrete blocks and sand from a flatbed truck when the forklift he was operating flipped over, pinning him …

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Number of Uninsured People in Tennessee Hits 10-Year Low

A new University of Tennessee report says the number of uninsured people in Tennessee has hit a 10-year low. Media cited the study in reporting that the number of people without health insurance shrunk about 25 percent in the first year of the health insurance marketplace, which was implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act. …

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Slight Setback in Tennessee as Premature Births Rise

After dropping for six years in a row, the latest figures show the preterm birth rate in Tennessee inched back up in 2013. According to Phil Toothman, director of marketing and communications with the March of Dimes in Tennessee, while the rate grew to 12.6 percent last year, there’s still been much progress. That includes …

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Honoring First Responders

At Thunder Radio we want to thank and honor our brave men and women who serve in and around Coffee County as First Responders! Help us honor the First Responders in your life on Thunder Radio by sending us a picture and some information about your First Responder to Thunder Radio’s Facebook Page. We will post …

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Longtime Coffee County Public Defender Campbell Smoot Found Deceased

B. Campbell Smoot of Tullahoma, public defender for the 14th Judicial District, which serves Coffee County died Tuesday morning at his Moore County home. A co-worker discovered his body after he failed to show up for work early Tuesday. Although no foul play was immediately suspected, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation was called to the scene. …

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Coffee County Man Who Allegedly Cannibalized a Woman’s Body Was In Court Tuesday

On Tuesday, Gregory Scott Hale the man accused of murdering a woman and beheading her was in court. Hale’s case was bound over to the January term of the Coffee County Grand Jury. Hale, 37, of Pete Sain Road, Summitville was arrested June 8 for murdering Lisa Marie Hyder of Pikeville at his residence on …

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Manchester Police Needing The Public’s Input

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The Manchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help. Two thefts have occurred recently at Manchester Tobacco and Beverage Outlet, on Hillsboro Blvd. WMSR News has posted pictures of two different men wanted for questioning related to the separate theft investigations. Manchester Tobacco and Beverage Outlet, on Hillsboro Blvd. is located next to 1st …

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Drivers Continue To See Falling Prices At The Pump

Motorists continue enjoying the lowest gas prices in four years. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded dropped for the 52nd consecutive day on Sunday, falling 45 cents since September 26th. During that same period, gas prices fell 45 cents in Tennessee. The streak of declines is 44 days in Tennessee. “Gas …

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