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Shane Lowery

A private graveside service was held for Shane Lowery, age 43 of
Manchester, on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in the Summitville Cemetery, with
Bro. Charles Williams officiating. Shane passed away suddenly on Sunday,
April 25 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro.

Shane was born on July 20, 1977, to the late Ronnie Lowery and Judy Guess
Lowery, in Manchester. He was a carpenter by trade, and he enjoyed fishing
and hunting. Shane was said to be an exceptional man, husband, father, son,
and “Pop-Pop”, and he loved spending time with his family, especially his
grandson, Elijah.

In addition to his father, Shane is preceded in death by his infant
daughter, Alexis Danielle Lowery, grandparents, Margurite and Oscar Jr.
Guess and Eulis and Elouise Floyd Lowery, and mother-in-law, Sharon Kay
Lowery. Along with his mother, Judy, Shane is survived by his loving wife
and best friend, Kay Lowery; daughters, Jessica Grimes and her husband,
Alex, and Candace Duncan and her husband, Raphael; grandson, Elijah Espy,
and grandbaby Trull (which is on the way); sister, Rhonda Prater and her
husband, Jr.; nieces, Kierstyn, Amelia, and Paisley Prater; aunts, uncles,
cousins, and a host of friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the

American Lung Cancer Society.

Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the Lowery family.

Pursuit reaches 177 mph; suspect stopped in Pelham

On Tuesday, May 4, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Chattanooga District responded to a BOLO from the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) that their troopers were in pursuit of a stolen Rolls-Royce out of Georgia. THP Sergeant David McVey observed the stolen vehicle speeding at 177 mph on I-24 WB in Marion County, Tennessee. The stolen vehicle then passed a Porsche 944 and caused the driver of the Porsche to crash into the rear of the Rolls-Royce. Both vehicles pulled to the shoulder of I-24 at the 127 mm just outside of Coffee County, where two males exited the Rolls-Royce and attempted to physically remove or carjack the driver of the Porsche. During the altercation, a semi-automatic pistol was presented by one of the suspects.

THP Sergeant McVey pulled in behind the vehicles, where he observed one male with his clothing partially torn yelling for help. The sergeant quickly brought the man to safety behind his patrol vehicle. Sergeant McVey then apprehended the two male suspects. Sergeant McVey then recovered a loaded Glock 9 millimeter semi-automatic pistol which had been dropped in the Porsche during the altercation.

“We are so thankful for the high level of partnership that the THP has with the Georgia Department of Public Safety and all of our federal, state, and local partners,” said Colonel Matt Perry.

The driver, Tyler O. Long, age 20 from Jackson, TN, and a juvenile, age 17 from Jackson, TN, were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office. Booking photos and a list of charges can be obtained by contacting the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office booking section.

“If not for the swift action of Sergeant McVey, the outcome of this incident could’ve been tragically different,” said Captain Timothy Spicer.

Elam Benefit is set for this Saturday

The 17th annual Dusty Elam Foundation Benefit to serve underprivileged children will be held Saturday and tickets are still available.

Featured will be a $5,000 grand prize, food, fun, games and live music. The event will be held at The Elam Farm on Highway 53. Gates open at noon with live music beginning at 6 p.m. There will be inflatables and games for kids. You can purchase tickets at John Roberts Toyota or at Peoples Bank & Trust. Your ticket includes the raffle, your food the games and entertainment.

The escort for “Dusty’s Kids” will be held at approximately 9:50 a.m. on Friday and businesses and individuals are encouraged to line the route to support the kids on their way to a fun day at the Elam Farm.

Parade route is below:


Raider Academy Freshman Jacob Barlow, center.

Join us at Thunder Radio and Rosalyn Partin of the Manchester H&R Block and congratulate our student of the week – Jacob Barlow.

Jacob is a freshman at Coffee County Raider Academy. He  is the son of MaryBeth Barlow and Roger Barlow. His favorite subject is social studies. After school, he would like to join the military. During his free time Jacob enjoys fishing and wrestling.

All students of the week are selected for their work ethic and excellent attitudes in and out of the classroom. Rosalyn Partin, owner of the Manchester H&R Block, has been inspired to recognize great kids in our community all year long. H&R Block gives each Student of the Week a gift card, a commemorative plaque, as well as a special letter of recognition. Job well done, Jacob

Raider soccer shocks Tullahoma, wins Coffee Cup in 5-3 shootout

The Coffee County Soccer Team poses with the “Coffee Cup” trophy after beating Tullahoma Wednesday night, May 5.

Coffee County’s defense held Tullahoma without a goal for two halves Wednesday night in Tullahoma.

Then the Raiders took advantage in a shootout, outscoring the Wildcats 5-3 to get the win and win the coveted “Coffee Cup” trophy.

After each team traded goals a few times in the shootout, Tullahoma missed its third shot. With a 4-3 advantage, Raider freshman Izick Sierra stepped up and nailed his shot to give the Raiders the win. Emilio Contreras, Breyton Anderson, Aiden Abellana and John Martinez also scored during the shootout.

Meanwhile, not to be forgotten, Bodey Todd was stellar in goal for Coffee County to preserve the shutout throughout.

The Raiders now move on to postseason play.

Birthdays- May 5

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Andrew Taylor named CHS head boys basketball coach

Andrew Taylor has been named the head boys basketball coach at Coffee County Central High School.

“Coach Taylor has significant experience as both assistant and head men’s coach here at CCCHS,” Coffee County principal Paul Parsley said in a press release. “There is a mutual respect between coach Taylor and our student-athhletes, and his competence in coaching the game is recognized in our community and within basketball circles in the surrounding area. We are happy to entrust leadership in our men’s basketball program to coach Taylor as we move forward.”

It will be Taylor’s second stint as the basketball program head coach. He previously served as head basketball coach from 1998 through 2008, when he resigned. He has served as the head volleyball coach since 2008, building the Lady Raider volleyball team into a perennial power. He will remain as head volleyball coach. He has served as an assistant boys basketball coach the past 5 years with head coach Micah Williams, who resigned last month to take a head coaching job at Webb School.

Taylor is a graduate and former player at CHS.

Taylor will be a guest on The Coffee Coaches Show Saturday – which airs from 10-11 a.m. live at Al White Ford Lincoln.

Lady Raider tennis advances to team finals in district play

The CHS Lady Raider tennis team advanced to the team district finals with a 4-3 win over Marshall County.

Coffee County’s tennis Lady Raiders have advanced to the District tennis finals as a team after a 4-3 win over Marshall County in the semi-finals.

In singles play, the Lady Raiders got wins from Lauren Perry (8-1), Rylea McNamara (8-1) and Wren Lawson (8-5). The doubles team of Perry and McNamara won 8-2 to give Coffee County the 4-3 edge.

The Lady Raiders will play Lincoln County in the championship match – date is yet to be set.

Meanwhile, the Raider tennis team is set to play in the team semi-finals at Tullahoma on Thursday, May 6.

Wren Lawson hits a serve in a recent tennis match at Raider Academy. — Thunder Radio photo by Holly Peterson

Westwood soccer caps unbeaten season with championship win over Cascade

The Westwood soccer team poses with its trophy after finishing the 2021 season without a loss.

Westwood Middle School’s Rocket soccer team completed an unbeaten season with a 3-0 win over Cascade in the conference championship game on Friday at Dyer-Bouldin Field in Manchester.

Westwood finished 10-0-1 on the season.

Westwood dominated conference opponents, outscoring them 30-1 on the season in conference play.