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New Tullahoma Animal Shelter to Open June 24

After years of hard work and dedication from staff and citizens, the Tullahoma Animal Shelter is pleased to announce the doors are ready to open on the new facility. The public is invited to join the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for a ribbon cutting on Monday, June 24, 2019, at 4:45pm at 942 Maplewood Avenue.
“It’s a tremendous feeling to finally officially open the doors to the new public Animal Shelter,” said Animal Control Supervisor, Jeff Wilson. “We take the health of our dogs very seriously, and this new facility is going to allow us to provide better care.”
Construction started in the spring of 2018, and the community had been helping to raise funds for the new shelter since 2016. “The citizens of Tullahoma have stepped up in a tremendous way,” said Mayor Lane Curlee. “The total amount of privately-raised funds is $133,571, or about 25 percent of the total project costs. The result is a facility that our community can be very proud of.”
“The support that we’ve already gotten from the community has been amazing. And now, to have this ribbon cutting and actually be moving into the new shelter is going to make a difference,” said Wilson. “This building has so much to offer the public, and it really is exciting. My team and I are most excited about the good the shelter will do for the dogs in our community.”
The shelter is a 2,700-square-foot building with 36 separate dog kennels. In addition, there are 36 exterior dog runs.
For additional information, please contact Animal Control Supervisor, Jeff Wilson at 931.454.9580 or Animalcontrol@tullahomatn.gov.

UPDATE: Boy Identified in Tragic Motorcycle Crash

As we reported earlier, a dirt bike adventure turned into a tragic event for a Hillsboro family over the weekend.
According to Coffee County authorities, a dad and his son were riding a dirt bike in a yard on Saturday afternoon when tragedy struck.
Allegedly the bike they were riding on ran into a barbed wire that was between two trees and the wire wrapped around 7 year-old’s throat. Authorities have identified the boy as Desal Reek.
According to reports the father called 911 and performed CPR on his son. Coffee County Emergency Services arrived at the scene and rushed the boy to Unity Medical Center in Manchester where he apparently died a short time later.

Sheriff’s Department Arrests and Citations Report for Bonnaroo

The 18th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival ended late Sunday night and the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department is reporting that they wrote 230 citations during the event. According to WMSR News stories from past years, in 2017 there were 181 written and in 2016 the sheriff’s department wrote 295 citations.
Deputies made 15 arrests during Bonnaroo 2019.
Most of the arrests and citations were drug and alcohol-related.
We plan to report the numbers from the Manchester Police Department on tomorrow’s news.
The 18th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival was sellout meaning at least 80,000 people attended, up around 15,000 from last year.

TN Promise Scholars Can Log Community Service Hours Saturday at Old Stone Fort State Park in Manchester

Tennessee State Parks and State Natural Areas are offering a variety of volunteer events across the state on June 22, 2019, to help TN Promise Scholars log community service hours required to meet their scholarship commitments. It’s a great opportunity for TN Promise Scholars to improve a state park or natural area and bank volunteer service hours while having a little bit of fun at the same time.
They ask all TN Promise participants to complete the online registration form that is available on the details page of each event. These RSVPs will help park staff be better prepared for their volunteer crews and also make it easier to provide information on volunteer hours on behalf of participants.
At Old Stone Fort State Park in Manchester, TN Promise Scholars will be working to remove invasive and overgrown plants from the Garrison Road Trail. Please come prepared by wearing shoes and clothing that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty. The clean-up is from 9am-Noon. They also recommend bringing a reusable water bottle and wearing bug protection and sunblock.
If you have any questions or need assistance making your reservation for a TN Promise volunteer event, please contact Nancy at 615-532-5249.

Report: Tennessee’s Child Population has Ballooned in Last 3 Decades

Tennessee’s child population has grown by 24 percent since 1990, according to a report by The Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Adobe Stock)

Tennessee’s child population has grown rapidly since 1990, according to a report just released by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The state now has more than 1.5 million children, many of whom are part of immigrant families. The percentage of Tennessee children living in those families has quadrupled in the last three decades, according to the report.
Leslie Boissiere, the Casey Foundation’s vice president for external affairs, says that mirrors a nationwide trend.
“A lot of the growth in child population is just the result of natural migration from surrounding states,” she states. “And in some cases, because birth rates are exceeding death rates. We’re seeing growth in particular areas – in the South, in the West. We’re seeing a tremendous increase in diversity in this country.”
Poverty continues to be a problem for the state, with one in five children living in poverty, according to the report.
Nationwide, the number of children has increased from 64 million in 1990 to 74 million since the Casey Foundation first began tracking child demographics in the U.S.
Child and teen deaths in the state also are on the rise. In 2017, more than 500 children and teens in Tennessee died, according to the report.
Richard Kennedy, executive director of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, says most of these deaths involved guns.
“We know that more than 60% of those involved a firearm,” he states. “So, we certainly have an opportunity in Tennessee to continue to look at strategies, continue to raise awareness and educate about safe gun storage and looking at other avenues to be able to prevent that from happening.”
State legislators have increased funding this year for expanding mental and behavioral health resources for children, youths and families, as well as funding for a partnership with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.

Probation and Parole Officers Graduate Correction Academy in Tullahoma

Tennessee Correction Academy in Tullahoma

On Friday, June 14, 2019, the Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) welcomed the next generation of Probation and Parole Officers into the workforce during a graduation ceremony at the Tennessee Correction Academy in Tullahoma. The ceremony celebrated the hard work of 20 Officers who will be serving the citizens of Tennessee by working in the field across the state.
The keynote speaker for the event was Correctional Administrator David Lane. Lane spoke to the class about the importance of being an agent of change for someone else. “Be intentional with what you’re doing and have a positive influence on others, so that you become the type of leader TDOC will look to in the future.”
During their weeks of training, the class learned skills that will assist them in being effective Probation and Parole Officers. Classes on leadership, effective listening and interviewing techniques, teamwork and defense skills were taught during the six-week academy.

7 Year-Old Dies in Hillsboro Dirt Bike Accident

A dirt bike adventure turned into a tragic event for a Hillsboro family over the weekend.
According to Coffee County authorities, a dad and his son were riding a dirt bike in the family yard on Saturday afternoon when tragedy struck.
Allegedly the bike they were riding on ran into a barbed wire that was between two trees and the wire wrapped around 7 year-old’s throat.
According to reports the father called 911 and performed CPR on his son. Coffee County Emergency Services arrived at the scene and rushed the boy to Unity Medical Center in Manchester where he apparently died a short time later.
As of late Sunday afternoon, identities had not been released by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.

NO Active Shooter at Walmart

WalMart Store — Image by © Alan Schein Photography/CORBIS

Manchester Police responded to Walmart on Saturday afternoon for a report of a man carrying an AR style rifle and knife into the store. Officers were able to make contact with the individual. The man had the rifle with a shoulder-strap on a shoulder, a large knife in a sheath and a handgun that was holstered.
Manchester Officer Landon Pence told WMSR News that officers interviewed the local man who said he had rights to carry the items because he had a handgun carry permit. Police told the man that covered him on the pistol. The rifle nor the handgun had ammunition in the firing chamber.
At this time the man was escorted to his vehicle and was allowed to leave the Walmart parking lot.
Manchester Police are continuing to investigate and if something else develops WMSR News will update the public.

Death at Bonnaroo

A 27-year-old man died at Bonnaroo on Saturday, June 15. The man’s death occurred in the Bonnaroo campground. According to crisis communication for the festival, Bonnaroo Medical and Coffee County Emergency Services responded quickly to the scene.
In a statement from officials, “The medical team administered CPR, and he was transported to the hospital.” The statement went onto say, “We understand that he had an underlying medical condition, and he died, and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”
According to crisis communication, the man was attending Bonnaroo with his father.
No information was released on his underlying medical condition and his name was also not released at this time. No foul play is suspected.

Petition Asking for Coffee Co. District Attorney Craig Northcott to Resign has Over 22,000 Signatures

Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott

An organization called Care2 has drafted the petition asking for Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott to resign.
The organization Care2 drafted the petition in response to Northcott’s Facebook posts about Muslims and comments he made concerning the LGBTQ community.
According to screenshots of Facebook posts, Northcott wrote Islam is “evil, violent and against God’s truth”.
He was recorded on video at a religious conference, saying he didn’t believe in gay marriage and added same-sex partners wouldn’t receive protections under domestic violence laws because he didn’t recognize the marriage.
So far Northcott has not made a comment to any member of the media.
The Tennessean reports that Gov. Bill Lee says he isn’t prepared to call on an embattled Tennessee prosecutor to resign over his comments about Muslims and same-sex couples but wants to ensure Coffee County that District Attorney Craig Northcott is upholding the law.
The governor declined to say whether he planned to speak with Northcott or call on him to resign.
The Care2 petition has over 22,000 signatures so far.
The state Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Responsibility is currently investigating whether Northcott is ethically fit for his position.
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