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VFW Post 10904 in Manchester Receives 4 Awards

The local VFW Post 10904 in Manchester received 4 awards at the Tennessee State Convention this past weekend. The VFW won awards for All-State Post, Community Service, Membership and a National award for their Vietnam Day event.
The VFW also won a $100 drawing for the Post from a membership drive program.
This coming Friday is a special “Stars and Stripes Celebration” event for everyone. If you have kids or grandkids, consider taking them to this one. It is being put on by the Murfreesboro Symphony and will have food and fun. The event will be held at Fountains at Gateway; 1500 Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. The event starts at 6 pm. Please consider wearing a uniform as they are asking for vets to do that or at least wear a veteran’s shirt if possible.
Lastly, this Saturday, June 29th, is their monthly VFW breakfast. All are invited and encouraged to attend. They will be serving breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Please bring a friend and enjoy some fellowship.

Tuition Increases at University of Tennessee Campuses

Trustees have approved tuition increases at each of the University of Tennessee campuses for the next academic year. Media outlets report the Board of Trustees approved a 2% tuition increase at the Knoxville campus and a 2.5% increase at the Chattanooga and Martin campuses at a Friday meeting.
Tuition will increase by $258 at the Knoxville campus, $216 at the Chattanooga campus and $236 at the Martin campus.
The board also voted to combine the UT Institute of Agriculture with the UT-Knoxville campus and to create the Oak Ridge Institute to further the university’s partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Tennessee Opioid Prescriptions on the Decline

Tennesseeans filled about 885,000 fewer prescriptions for opioids in 2018 than they did in 2017, a one-year decrease of 13.4%. (Adobe Stock)

Opioid prescriptions in Tennessee dropped by about one-third between 2013 and 2018, according to new data released by the Tennessee Medical Association.
The figures show a steady decrease in the numbers of opioid prescriptions filled statewide – from more than 8.5 million in 2013, to almost 5.7 million last year.
Dr. Elise Denneny, president of the Tennessee Medical Association, says while the reduction is a step in the right direction, state health professionals and lawmakers should be focusing on the bigger picture.
“Opioid use disorder is just a symptom of what plagues our society,” she states. “We still have a problem with alcohol in our nation, and it’s even greater.”
In 2017, Tennessee legislators passed some of the most restrictive opioid supply laws in the country.
Senate Bill 2257 put restrictions on dosages and requires dispensers to check the state’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database prior to handing out opioids the first time a patient fills a prescription.
The database is used to spot over-prescribing and make it harder for patients to “doctor shop” for drugs.
Denneny points out that many physicians are beginning to advocate for approaches to pain treatment that don’t involve highly addictive drugs.
“Physicians definitely have treatment of pain on the radar,” she states. “There’s not just one way to treat pain, because not all pain is the same kind of pain. So, multi-modality approaches for management of pain is really important.”
Some doctors say they feel pressured to give in to patients’ demands for immediate pain relief.
However, one study published earlier this year found that U.S. doctors who received direct payments from opioid manufacturers were more likely to prescribe opioids than doctors who did not.

Motlow State President Dr. Michael Torrence Wins Award

Motlow President Dr. Michael Torrence was presented with the GlobalMindED Inclusive Excellence Leaders Award in the 2 Year and Post Graduate Higher Education category at the GlobalMindED Inclusive Leader Awards dinner in Denver. Pictured, L-R: Michael Celiberti, Motlow graduate; Robin Keel, human resources analyst; Dr. Torrence; Dr. Phyllis Adams, communications professor; Kirsten Moss, dean of students; Dr. Milton Nettles, Motlow adjunct faculty member; and Dr. Mika’il Petin, assistant vice president for student success.

Since his arrival in May 2018, Motlow State President Dr. Michael Torrence has positioned the College as a national leader through its ranking as the top performing college in Tennessee.
GlobalMindED recently announced Torrence as the winner of the Inclusive Excellence Leaders Award in the 2 Year and Post Graduate Higher Education category for his outstanding work and commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity. Torrence was one of three finalists in the category.
Torrence’s selection as a 2019 GlobalMindED Inclusive Excellence Leader Award winner is an endorsement of the vision and outcomes he has achieved during his first year as president at Motlow State.

Independence Day Celebration set for July 4 in Manchester

The July 4th Independence Day celebration will be held at Manchester’s Rotary Park as it will begin at 6:30pm on Thursday the 4th.
Music at 7pm by the group Burning Las Vegas. Food and beer vendors will be set up in the park and Fireworks will wrap up the night’s entertainment at 9pm.
This event is hosted by the Manchester Recreation Department and the Manchester Tourism Commission. Those organizations would also like to thank their sponsors, Coffee County Bank, Coke, and Sherrill Pest Control.
Come on out and celebrate America’s independence in a big way.

COFFEE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION Work Session / Special Called Meeting

1343 McArthur Street
Manchester, Tennessee 37355
Telephone: 931-723-5150 Facsimile: 931-723-8285
TO: All Board Members
FROM: Brett Henley, Chairman
SUBJECT: Work Session / Special Called Meeting
DATE: July 1, 2019
TIME: 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Coffee County Board of Education
I. Call to Order
II. Agenda Items
1. Director of Schools Selection
I. Agenda Items
1. Director of Schools Selection

More on Bonnaroo Related Arrests and Citations

The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and Manchester Police reported that they wrote a combined 303 citations people during the 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. That’s down from the numbers we reported from 2018, which were 381.
Officers, deputies and state troopers made 20 Bonnaroo-related arrests this year, down from 45 in 2018.
Despite some cooler weather during most of Bonnaroo 2019 medical transports were up.
Paramedics and medical staff transported 62 festival-goers to area hospitals, including two who were taken by helicopter during the four-day event.
The ground transports by Coffee County EMS were for a possible ankle fracture, muscle sprains, one complaint of chest pain, among others.
Last year, medics transported 44 people, including three taken by helicopter. The average is around 50 per year.

Wimberley Selected for SCORE Program

Deb Wimberley.. Photo provided

Deb Wimberley is a 7th Grade Teacher at Coffee County Middle School. Wimberly was recently selected to participate in the highly competitive Tennessee Educator Fellowship by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) organization.
The Tennessee Educator Fellowship is a yearlong program that equips teachers, school counselors, interventionists, and librarians to learn about education policy and advocate for their students and profession. Since the inception of SCORE’s Educator Fellowship program, cohorts have led new education initiatives, advocated for high-quality instructional materials, engaged community stakeholders in conversations centered around literacy and post-secondary opportunities, along with amplifying the voice, presence, and support for educators.

Wanted Man Captured in Franklin County

Jacky Wayne Bean

Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says Jacky Wayne Bean is in custody as of Thursday night. Bean was wanted for aggravated sexual battery and false imprisonment of a child.
The man was out of jail on probation after pleading guilty to felony reckless endangerment.
Bean was found late Thursday in Franklin County.
He was previously arrested and sentenced in 2017 after a deadly car chase in Grundy County. Bean was driving with 20-year-old Shelby Comer in the car when Grundy County Sheriff’s Deputy Mike Holmes tried to make a traffic stop. Officials said Bean failed to stop and led a chase. The TBI reported that Grundy County Deputy Mike Holmes fired on the vehicle several times as Bean drove past, and one bullet hit and killed Comer.
Bean was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to felony reckless endangerment, this after he agreed to testify in a separate murder trial. Bean has agreed to testify, if necessary, in the state’s murder case against Daniel Chandler. Chandler is accused of killing his wife Samantha Kathleen Chandler. Her body was discovered in Grundy County.

Unemployment Up Slightly in Tennessee

Tennessee’s statewide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2019 inched up slightly to 3.3 percent after remaining at an all-time historic low for three consecutive months, according to data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD).
May’s preliminary rate of 3.3 percent is 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the previous month’s rate. Since February, unemployment across the state had held steady at a record 3.2 percent.
When comparing year-to-year statistics, the current rate is 0.3 of a percentage point lower than it was in May 2018.
Total nonfarm employment in Tennessee grew by 3,900 jobs between April and May. The most significant amount of growth occurred in the accommodation/food services and nondurable goods manufacturing sectors.
In a year-to-year comparison, employers created 47,400 nonfarm jobs between May 2018 and May 2019 with the leisure/hospitality, trade/transportation/utilities, and manufacturing seeing the most jobs added.
Nationally, the unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.6 percent.

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