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Manchester, Coffee Co. Mayors proclaim September as Suicide Awareness Month

Manchester, Coffee Co. Mayors proclaim September as Suicide Awareness Month

Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman and Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell joined several leaders across the state in signing a proclamation recognizing September as Suicide Awareness Month in Manchester and Coffee County .The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network will hold several events across the state in observance of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month this September. According to an August 2020 Harris Poll conducted by leaders in the suicide prevention field, more than half of adults know someone who has had suicidal thoughts or behaviors, and approximately 1 in 4 U.S. adults has personally thought about or attempted suicide. In Tennessee, an...

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Poll workers needed for election day

Poll workers needed for election day

Written by Susan Campbell, Thunder Radio With the presidential election quickly approaching, election commission officers around the country are scrambling to meet the need for additional poll workers, and Coffee County Administrator of Elections Andy Farrar is no exception. COVID-19, coupled with the older age of most poll workers, has led to a critical shortage around the country because many experienced poll workers are choosing to stay home. According to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, even as Tennessee and many other states expand access to vote-by-mail and absentee voting options, many county residents, especially voters with disabilities and those...

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Area citizens, businesses organize trunk-or-treat event after safe on square cancellation

Area citizens, businesses organize trunk-or-treat event after safe on square cancellation

With the recent announcement to cancel Safe on the Square in Manchester, local citizens and businesses have quickly organized a large-scale trunk-or-treat event or 6-9 p.m. on Friday, Oc.t 30 at the old Southern Family Market parking lot on Hillsboro Blvd. in Manchester. There will be a costume contest, food vendors and music on hand provided by Thunder Radio. There will be prizes for first, second and third place for best costume and a prize for best decorated trunk. There will be a $100 prize for first-place costume and a $50 gift card for first-place trunk. There will also...

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Adult learners in Tennessee can now earn high school equivalency online

Adult learners in Tennessee can now earn high school equivalency online

Adults across Tennessee who did not graduate high school now have an online pathway that will lead them to a high school equivalency diploma. Every county in the state offers students virtual classes that will prepare them to take the online HiSET examination. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) is coordinating the statewide campaign “Learn Online. Graduate Online.” to make adult education accessible to all interested Tennesseans. “There are still several adult education programs whose classrooms are closed due to COVID-19,” said Jay Baker, interim Assistant Commissioner of Adult Education. “We want everyone interested in improving...

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Local Patriot Day ceremony celebrates first responders, announces student winners

Local Patriot Day ceremony celebrates first responders, announces student winners

The annual Patriot Day Ceremony was held on Manchester Square Friday, September 11th, hosted by the Coffee County Veterans Association (CCVA). Rather than single out individuals, local veterans organizations honored the service and dedication of all local first responder departments. The event included a commemoration honoring the victims of Sept 11th as well as an art competition by Coffee County High School students. Students submitted 104 entries for judging: of those, 36 were awarded First, Second and Third Place in ten categories. Approximately 300 attendees were present to show their gratitude to the everyday heroes who live, work and...

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Unity to close rural health clinic for cleaning

Unity to close rural health clinic for cleaning

 Administrators at Unity Medical Center were notified on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 of a positive COVID-19 result from Manchester Rural Health Clinic. A decision has been made to close the office for cleaning and to allow other exposed employees to self-isolate and receive testing. Unity is happy to provide free COVID testing to any patient that was treated at Manchester Rural Health Clinic on Monday, September 14, 2020 or Tuesday, September 15, 2020, upon request. “We are thankful that we were able to avoid having any positive results up until this point,” said Martha McCormick, CEO. “We knew that...

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Coffee County District Attorney issues statement after Sunday crime spree; praises area law enforcement

Coffee County District Attorney issues statement after Sunday crime spree; praises area law enforcement

Coffee County District Attorney General Craig Northcott issued a statement Tuesday morning regarding the Sunday crime spree that left two people dead, several injured and hundreds more grieving and scared. Northcott praised area law enforcement for their work on the case. The full statement from Northcott is below: “As you know, Dangelo Dorsey went on a murderous rampage in Coffee County and many surrounding counties on September 13, 2020. However, we often focus on the murderer rather than the victims. This, in my opinion, is a crime in and of itself. Thus, I want to focus on the victims...

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Coffee County Fair opens on Monday

Coffee County Fair opens on Monday

Coffee County Fair opens its gates next week. The annual fair will look slightly different this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, with no pageants this year. However, midway rides will proceed as usual and entertainment will be available every night. When it comes to midway rides, Monday will be fun night – tickets only for rides. Tuesday will be $20 hand stamp day from 6 p.m. until closing. Wednesday will be dollar a ride day. Thursday will be two for one rides. Friday will be $20 hand stamp during the day (10 a.m. until 5 p.m.) and Saturday will...

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Lady Raider volleyball gets road win, improves to 12-0

The Central High School Lady Raider volleyball team remains perfect after a 3-1 win on the road in Columbia Thursday night. After dropping the first set 25-22, CHS rebounded to win 25-22, 25-22 and 25-19 to claim the best-of-five match. Kiya Ferrell had an impressive evening for the Lady Raiders, leading the team in kills …

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CMS volleyball reaches double-digit wins after dropping North

The Coffee County Middle School Lady Raider volleyball team reached double-digit wins with a 2-0 sweep of North Franklin on the road Thursday. Coffee County picked up wins of 26-24 and 25-20 to get the sweep of North. The JV Lady Raiders also won 2-0 for a clean sweep on the trip. CMS will travel …

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Rocket football gets defensive, beats Cannon County to stay unbeaten

The stats weren’t pretty. But the one that mattered most went in Westwood’s favor Thursday in Woodbury. In a game you heard on Thunder Radio Thursday evening, the Westwood Rocket football team brought its defense on the road to win a 2-0 struggle over Cannon County in Woodbury. The Rockets lone score came via a …

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Raiders return home, set to host Siegel Friday night on Thunder Radio

The Coffee County Central High School Football team hosts Region 3-6A opponent Siegel at 7 p.m. Friday night at Carden-Jarrell Field. Coffee County (1-2 overall) is looking to get back to .500 after back-to-back losses. Meanwhile, Siegel is 0-4 and looking for its first win of the season. Tickets will not be sold at the …

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