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Citing COVID-19, Manchester Parks Department closes park restrooms through Feb. 1

Citing COVID-19, Manchester Parks Department closes park restrooms through Feb. 1

Manchester Parks and Recreation Department announced Monday that it is closing bathrooms in public parks. The department cites an “increase in cases of COVID-19” for the reasoning to close restrooms in Dave King Park, Fred Deadman Park and the Soccer Park. The restrooms will remain closed through February 1, according to the department. Despite these closures, the Manchester Recreation Center remains open for business. According to Tennessee Department of Health, there are 321 active cases of the COVID-19 virus in Coffee County as of Monday. This number is up 3 from the previous...

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Tennessee now 7th cheapest market for gas in U.S.

Tennessee now 7th cheapest market for gas in U.S.

Tennessee gas prices, on average, are nearly two cents cheaper heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $1.85 which is nearly seven cents less than one month ago and nearly 46 cents less than one year ago. The average price in Coffee County is one penny higher than the state average, at $1.86 per gallon of regular unleaded. The national average is $2.10. “Typically, cheaper gas prices are an incentive for people to travel during a holiday weekend, but that is just not the case this year,” said Megan Cooper, spokeswoman, AAA – The...

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Homelessness expected to worsen as pandemic continues

Homelessness expected to worsen as pandemic continues

By Nadia Ramligan, Tenn. public news service As eviction moratoriums let up at the start of the new year, more families are likely to experience homelessness. People without stable housing are at higher risk of exposure to the coronavirus. And with the onset of cold weather, providers expect a spike in demand for shelter, food and outreach services. Marybeth Shinn, a professor at Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, said while moratoriums imposed during the pandemic work to delay evictions, they do not prevent them. She noted arrears for rent, utilities and fees continue to...

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Motlow places thermal scanners at each campus

Motlow places thermal scanners at each campus

Motlow State has placed thermal temperature scanners at building entryways on each of its campuses. Each thermal scanner provides a non-contact fever inspection kiosk that provides detection of temperature, with or without a mask, in less than one second. The thermal scanners are now provided as a supplemental aid to Motlow’s existing on-campus requirements (mscc.edu/healthy-motlow). Students, staff, and visitors are still required to submit a self-assessment health screening form before coming to any Motlow campus. The scanners are simple to use. Walk towards the scanner and it will detect your presence. It will display your temperature on the screen...

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Take extra precaution to avoid house fires during the holidays

Take extra precaution to avoid house fires during the holidays

 In a year when large holiday gatherings may not be possible, fire damage restoration specialist Gene Walter of SERVPRO of Coffee/Franklin/Warren Counties says a focus on family decorating traditions and more intimate celebrations may take on extra significance. “It’s as important to keep safety top of mind with a small family gathering as it is with a large holiday party,” says Walter. “We all enjoy bringing the glow of the holiday season to our homes with Christmas trees or menorahs and candlelight, but these statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration show how easy it is for home decorating to...

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Manchester Christmas Parade is Saturday

Manchester Christmas Parade is Saturday

The Manchester Annual Christmas Parade is set for this Saturday – Nov. 28. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. The deadline has passed for float registration. For those wishing to watch the parade, you can find a spot along US Highway 41 North between the intersection of Highway 55 and W. Fort St. You can also position along W. Fort. St. on the downtown square. There will not be a downtown tree-lighting ceremony this year due to COVID-19. The parade route is...

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Manchester seeking volunteer for tourism commission

Manchester seeking volunteer for tourism commission

The City of Manchester is looking for a volunteer to fill an open seat on the Manchester Tourism and Community Development Commission. This term will run through Sept. of 2021. Anyone seeking appointment must be a resident or a property owner of the City of Manchester. This commission generally meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Manchester City Hall. Deadline to return applications is Nov. 30 and the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen will confirm an appointment on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Return applications to Manchester City Hall at 200 W. Fort St. Click...

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COVID-19 update

COVID-19 update

There are currently 46,245 active cases of COVID-19 virus in Tennessee, this according to numbers provided by the Tennessee Department of Health on Sunday. There have been 55 new deaths reported, bringing the total of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in Tennessee to 3,929. According to TDH, there are approximately 318 active cases of the virus in Coffee County. There have been 41 deaths reported in Coffee County that are related to the virus. Among school-aged children in Coffee County, there have been 37 cases reported over the last 14 days. Pertaining to hospital availability, 83 % of floor beds remain...

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ELEMENTARY BASKETBALL: Results from Saturday, Nov. 21

 BOYS Hillsboro – 14 Michael Hasty – 4 Lane Sheppard – 7 Kortland Grosch – 3 East Coffee – 21 Kameron Stafford – 4 Isaac Walker – 6 Ethan Reed – 5 Ryan Bower – 6 *** Hickerson – 9 Brayden Ramsey – 2 Hunter Stoner – 4 William Garber – 3 Westwood – 31 …

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Raiders, Lady Raiders to host White County Tuesday night

The Coffee County Central Lady Raiders and Red Raiders will be at Joe Frank Patch Memorial Gymnasium Tuesday night to take on the Warriors and Warriorettes of White County High School in two highly -anticipated matchups. The girls tip at 6 p.m. with the boys to follow. The Lady Raiders enter the game 2-0 and …

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Titans rookie Aaron Brewer steps up in Sunday win

Titans rookie Aaron Brewer had prepared as a starter all week, but as the hours ticked down to Sunday’s game against the Ravens, he got emotional. Brewer, an undrafted rookie from Texas State, was about to make his first NFL start. “There were actually a lot of emotions (before the game),” Brewer said. “(I thought) …

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