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Exit 111 patron passes away; low arrest numbers

A patron of the Exit 111 Festival passed away Saturday, Oct. 12, according to local authorities. The man is reportedly a resident of Kentucky. According to sheriff Chad Partin, the victim was transported to Unity Medical Center where he died. An autopsy will likely be conducted, according to Partin. 

“We are saddened to learn of the death of an individual who attended Exit 111 on Saturday.  Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time,” Exit 111 organizers said in a statement.

In other festival related news, there had only been on arrest as of mid-afternoon Sunday, according to Partin. We will update these numbers Tuesday.

New Safe at Home program now has partners in 60 counties, including Coffee Co.

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is pleased to announce the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program now has partners in nearly 60 counties in the state. Each of these partners has trained application assistants to guide participants through enrollment.

“As we pause to remember Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we want all survivors to know their safety matters,” Hargett said. “This program plays a critical role in the overall safety plan for victims.”

Secretary Hargett launched Safe at Home only seven months ago. There are active participants in 18 counties across the state.

The Safe at Home program provides approved applicants a substitute address that may be used for all legal purposes, including voter registration, along with additional government services such as a driver’s license and access to assistance programs.

Under current Tennessee law, most state or local government records are considered public and available for public review. These public records include identifying documents like voter registration and other documents and information, making it easy for abusers to track and find their victims.

There is no cost to participate in the program. However, domestic violence victims must complete an application with the assistance of a certified application assistant.

Tennessee is fifth in the country for domestic murders. Shelby County alone reported more than 20,000 instances of domestic violence in 2018. Davidson County ranks second and Rutherford County third for reported cases. Knox and Hamilton counties round out the top five.

Safe at Home is currently partnering with several organizations across the state including: YWCA of Tennessee, Wo/Men’s Resource and Rape Assistance Program (WRAP), Metro Office of Family Safety, Center of Hope in Maury County, Genesis House of Cookeville, Family Justice Centers, Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking and End Slavery TN. 

In an effort to serve more victims and survivors, partnering agencies are still needed.

For more information about the Safe at Home program, participant eligibility or information regarding how to become a partner agency, visit sos.tn.gov/safeathome.com or call 615-253-3043.


* Centerstone 709 Davidson St, Tullahoma, TN 37388 (888) 291-4357

*Legal Aid Society of Middle TN 281 Industrial Blvd, P.O. Box 1293, Tullahoma, TN

37388 (931) 455-7000

* Haven of Hope Inc. P.O. Box 1271, Manchester, TN 37349 (931) 728-1133


* Haven of Hope Inc. P.O. Box 1271, Manchester, TN 37349 (931) 728-1133

* Legal Aid Society of Middle TN 281 Industrial Blvd, P.O. Box 1293, Tullahoma, TN

37388 (931) 455-7000


* 17th Judicial District Attorney's General Office 1 Public Square, Suite 100 Shelbyville,

TN 37160 (931) 685-2191

* Haven of Hope Inc. P.O. Box 1271, Manchester, TN 37349 (931) 680-3011

* Centerstone 604 S Wall St, Shelbyville, TN 37160 (931) 684-0522

* Legal Aid Society of Middle TN 281 Industrial Blvd, P.O. Box 1293, Tullahoma, TN

37388 (931) 455-7000


*Legal Aid Society of Middle TN 281 Industrial Blvd, P.O. Box 1293, Tullahoma, TN

37388 (931) 455-7000

 31st Judicial District Attorney's Office 131 East Main Street, McMinnville, TN 37110

(931) 473-9572

 Families In Crisis (Warren, Grundy and Sequatchie) 101 W Main St, McMinnville, TN

37110 (800) 675-0766


 17th Judicial District Attorney's General Office 311 East Market Street, Fayetteville, TN

37334 (931) 438-1908

 Legal Aid Society of Middle TN 281 Industrial Blvd, P.O. Box 1293, Tullahoma, TN

37388 (931) 455-7000

 Lincoln County Sheriff's Department 4151 Thornton Taylor Parkway, Fayetteville, TN

37334 (931) 433-9821

 Haven of Hope (UT extension) 208 Division Street East, Fayetteville, TN 37334 (931)


Monday is reception for new Tullahoma chief

The Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen invite the public to a reception to meet the new Tullahoma Police Chief, Jason Williams. The Reception is Monday, October 14 from 5-5:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Board Chambers. Light refreshments will be served.

Jason Williams

“I invite the community to the reception to meet and get to Chief Williams.  This position is vital to Tullahoma’s operations. I have enjoyed getting to know both Chief Williams over the last few weeks,  and I am confident he will be great a contributors to Tullahoma,” said Mayor Lane Curlee.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Central High School to host 9th team up to tackle breast cancer event on Oct. 15

October 25th is the CHS FBLA 9th Annual Team Up to Tackle Breast Cancer event at the home football game versus Oakland at 7 p.m. Participants of the night’s activities will be sporting pink.

Fans are encouraged to participate by purchasing the t-shirt designed for the event. Anyone wishing to purchase a shirt can contact any Coffee County CHS FBLA member or contact the high school at 931.723.5159.

Shirts are on sale now. The shirts are black soft style and short-sleeved costing $12 and $15 for extended sizes. All proceeds from the shirts will be donated to the Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition to assist breast cancer patients in Coffee County. Let’s all team up with Coffee County CHS and FBLA to tackle breast cancer.

Coffee County Volleyball Captures District Title with Doubleheader Sweep on Thursday

Coffee County Lady Raider volleyball team with their District championship plaque.

Hosting the District 8AAA volleyball tournament on Thursday, the Coffee County Lady Raiders were looking for their 8th consecutive trip to the region tournament and their 2nd district title in the last 3 years.  A straight set win in the semifinals over Franklin County accomplished the first goal.  The Lady Raiders captured the second goal with a straight set win over Lincoln County.

In the finals, Coffee County dominated the play at the net and overcame 16 service errors to capture the win by set scores of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-21.  Coffee County had a 38% hitting success rate as they hammered home 43 kills in the match.  Coffee County also finished with 9 ½ blocks.  Keri Munn and Kiya Ferrell each finished with 11 kills to lead the Lady Raiders.  Kellie Hillis and Lexi Bryan each added 8 kills.  Munn finished with 5 blocks and Hillis added 4.  Amanda Mukai led the team in aces with 2 and assists with 25.   Ferrell and Sarah West led the team in digs as each had 9.

In the semifinals, the Lady Raiders cruised to easy wins in their first 2 sets by set scores of 25-13 and 25-7.  In the 3rd set, the Rebelettes rallied to lead most of the match.  Coffee County fought off 4 set points to grab the set and the match by a set score of 28 to 26.  The Lady Raiders finished with a remarkable 40 kills in the match led by Kiya Ferrell who had 11.  Keri Munn added 10 kills.  Ferrell and Munn both served up 2 aces.  Lexi Bryan and Amanda Mukai led in aces as they each served up 3.  Mukai led in assists with 16 while Bryan finished with 8 kills and a block.  Keelie Hillis had a block and 10 assists for the Lady Raiders.  Sarah West led Coffee County in digs with 7.

After the match, 4 members of the Lady Raiders were named to the All-District team.  Keri Munn, Lexi Bryan and Kiya Ferrell were all named to the All-District team and Keelie Hillis was named the District 8AAA Most Valuable Player.

The Lady Raiders will travel to Murfreesboro on Tuesday for the Region 4AAA tournament at Siegel.  Coffee County will match up against the District 7AAA runner-up Blackman.  Opening serve is set for 5:30 PM.

Coach Andrew Taylor will be a guest on Saturday’s Coffee Coaches Show.  The Coffee Coaches Show is broadcast live each Saturday at 10 AM from the showroom of Al White Ford/Lincoln.  The Coffee Coaches Show is heard exclusively here on Thunder Radio.

Download the broadcast of the semifinals over Franklin County at: http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/franklin-county-at-coffee-county-volleyball_149631

Download the broadcast of the finals over Lincoln County at: http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/coffee-co-vs-lincoln-co-2019-dist-8aaa-volleyball-finals_149637

Exit 111 Festival begins rocking Friday

Friday is the first day of the first ever Exit 111 Festival in Manchester!

Music will begin at about 4 p.m. and five stages will be playing. The main stage will fire up music at 4:45 p.m. Main attractions for Friday night include Slayer, taking the stage at 8:30 and Lynyrd Skynyrd will play late at 11:10 p.m.. Def Leppard will headline Saturday night at 11:45 p.m. Saturday and Guns N’ Roses will close the festival at 8 p.m. Sunday. To see the full lineup click here. 

Man wanted in Coffee County captured in Franklin Co.

Thunder Radio News reported to you Thursday that authorities were searching for Eric Dewayne Hall after he fled from deputies Tuesday afternoon. Friday we can report that Hall was captured in Franklin County. 


According to reports from the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, deputies approached Hall because he was a wanted subject. Hall attempted to leave the area in a black pickup. Deputies struck his vehicle with a patrol vehicle to stop Hall’s truck. However, Hall then ran from the scene. Deputies deployed a taser that caused Hall to stumble. However, he was able to get back up and continue to run. Deputy Steele caught up to him after the climbed a fence and grabbed his leg, but Hall was able to get away and cross State Route 55. Deputies were unable to cross at that time due to congested traffic. 

Warrants were obtained for evading arrest, resisting stop, halt and frisk, reckless endangerment and driving on a revoked license.

Rotary recognizes Matthew McBride as Farmer of the Year

The Manchester Rotary Club recognized the Manchester Rotary Farmer of the Year Thursday – presenting the award to cattle farmer Matthew McBride. 

McBride and his family farm nearly 500 acres in the Hoodoo community in Beech Grove. The McBride farm features around 250 cattle. You can actually by fresh beef from the McBride’s for better prices than most large chain grocery stores. You can email them at mcbrideangusfarms@gmail.com or call 931-267-0102. They also have a website here.

The Manchester Rotary Club has been presenting a farmer of the year for over 40 years now. 

Coffee County, Manchester schools partner to host mobile food pantry

Coffee County and Manchester City Schools are partnering together to host a Mobile Food Pantry for families in need on Friday, November 15th at First Baptist Church of Manchester. A Mobile Food Pantry is a large scale food distribution in which food items are delivered via Second Harvest Food Bank to a designated location for immediate distribution to those in need. 

“We, Coffee County and Manchester City Schools, are excited to offer this opportunity for our families. By working together, this allows us to ensure we are serving every family in need,” said Taylor Rayfield, Coordinator of Family Resource for Coffee County Schools. 

The Mobile Food Pantry will be held on Friday, November 15th at First Baptist Church of Manchester, 1006 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester, Tennessee 37355. Doors open at 9 AM and is a first come, first serve opportunity. This program is for families who have a student enrolled in the Coffee County Schools or Manchester City Schools System. 

For questions, contact Taylor Rayfield, Coordinator of Family Resource for Coffee County Schools at (931) 222-1066, or BJ Sylvia, Coordinator of Family Resource for Manchester City Schools at (931) 728-3412. 


Manchester Board of Education
Regular Board Meeting
October 14, 2019 – 5:00 PM
Administration Building

1. Meeting Called to Order
1.1 Recognition of Visitors
1.2 Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
1.3 Intent to Address the School Board
2.1 Approval of September 17, 2019 Minutes
2.2 Additions/Deletions and Acceptance of Agenda
2.3 Approval of Textbook Selecting Committee
2.4 Staff Incentives
3.1 Approval of Data Based Intervention by Design
4.1 MEA
4.2 Finance
4.3 Administrators/Directors
 Maintenance/Facilities
 Technology/Safety
 Nutrition/Student Services
 Attendance/Testing
 Instruction/Federal Programs
 Exceptional Education
 Director of Schools
November 11 School Board meeting at 5:00 p.m. at the Admin. Bldg.
Dates of Interest
October 31 Abbreviated Day (students dismissed at 12:30 p.m.)