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Local High Schoolers go to D.C. to learn about the Political Process

Nearly 1,800 high schoolers from rural America packed their suitcases and boarded airplanes and buses bound for Washington, D.C., to learn about the political process, meet elected officials and gained an up-close understanding of U.S. history as they toured numerous monuments and memorials and visited renown sites in and around the D.C. area.
It’s all part of the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour, and DREMC sent students from its coverage area to the event, which ran June 14-20 for Tennessee participants. With around 2,000 national participants, including 10 from DREMC’s service area, and about 250 are adult chaperones, this year’s Washington Youth Tour (WYT) brought unforgettable excitement and education to these young adults.
Scout Bryan and Melanie McKelvey attended the event from Coffee County.

Coffee County Government MEETINGS THE WEEK OF JUNE 24, 2019


Monday, June 24
Caucus Meetings:
4:00 p.m. – Manchester Caucus – CCAP Conf. Room #2
5:00 p.m. – Rural Caucus – CCAP Conf. Room #1
6:00 p.m. – Tullahoma Caucus – Marcum Building

Tuesday, June 25
4:00 p.m. – Planning Commission

6:00 p.m. – Full Commission

Manchester City Board of Mayor and Aldermen Special Call Meeting

Special Call 6-25-19 BOMA Notice (1)

Strong Storms Power Through Coffee County

Tree down near Coffee County Middle School.. Photo by Josh Peterson

A strong storm with straight-line winds passed through Coffee County Wednesday night causing power outages affecting approximately 3,500 members in the northeast part of the county. At least seven poles were broken, five of which were in a row, and damage was reported in several other areas.
With Duck River Electric Membership Corporation’s (DREMC) alternate line feeds, all but approximately 750 members were restored quickly. Pole replacements are time-consuming; therefore, extended outages remained for several hours.
DREMC brought in five contract construction crews immediately to aid in power restoration.

Photo from DREMC

As of Thursday morning, about 200 DREMC members remained without power as crews continued to work to replace the fallen poles and downed lines.
Several trees were down, and cars damaged during the storm near Batesville Casket Company in Manchester.

Photo from DREMC

Around 11:20 pm trees were reported down in the Ragsdale, Asbury, Old Woodbury and New Union areas.
At 12:55 am Thursday morning, Ragsdale Road was closed between New Hope Road and Wiser Road.
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation reported power lines down and the Coffee County Highway Dept. reported several broken poles.
No major injuries were reported.

Woman Charged with Murder in Georgia Arrested this week in Tullahoma

Melody Farris

In July of 2018, the body of a prominent Atlanta, GA attorney Gary Farris was found in a wooded area in Cherokee County, GA.
After several months of testing, it was determined by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that Harris had been shot. His body had been severely burned. At least one .380-caliber bullet was recovered from Farris’ body.
Farris’ wife, Melody Farris, 59, was arrested at the home of an acquaintance, in Tullahoma, TN on Tuesday night. She is charged with murder with malice, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and concealing the death of another.
Farris’ body was so badly burned that it was several weeks before GBI crime lab technicians could identify him.
She’s was housed at the Coffee County Jail until early Thursday morning when she was transported back to Georgia.

Man with Heavy Criminal Past on the Run

Jacky Wayne Bean

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Dunlap Police, and other local law enforcement need your help finding a Hamilton County man wanted for aggravated sexual battery and false imprisonment of a child.
The Dunlap Police Department says Jacky Wayne Bean is believed to be in the Dunlap-Sequatchie County area.
Bean 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.
Right now, officers with Dunlap Police, Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, and others have joined the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in searching for Bean.
If you have any information on Bean’s whereabouts, please notify the Sequatchie County 911 Center at 423-949-9912.

MTSU Tuition and Fees Rise

Middle Tennessee State University’s Board of Trustees has approved a 2.37% increase in tuition and fees beginning this fall.
The Daily News Journal reports that increase averages to $109 more per semester for students. The increase is expected to generate $3.8 million. Beneficiaries of the new funds will include the campus recreation center, health services, athletics and new academic programs.
The board approved a new bachelor’s degree in public writing on Tuesday.
MTSU President Sidney McPhee told the board the school expects to enroll about 8% more freshmen than last year. MTSU also has seen an 8% increase in transfer students.
McPhee said the university is the top choice for Tennessee Promise students transferring from the state’s community colleges to a four-year institution.

70% of Americans think they won’t get Stopped by Police while Driving High on Marijuana

Nearly 70 percent of Americans think it’s unlikely a driver will get caught by police for driving while high on marijuana, according to a new AAA For Traffic Safety survey. A finding shows an estimated 14.8 million drivers report getting behind the wheel within one hour after using marijuana in the past 30 days. A news release says the impairing effects of marijuana are usually experienced within the first one to four hours after using the drug. And users who drive high are up to twice as likely to be involved in a crash.
In the AAA Foundation survey, 7 percent of Americans said they approved of driving after recently using marijuana-more than other dangerous behaviors like alcohol-impaired driving, drowsy driving, and prescription drug-impaired driving.

Identity of Man who Died at Bonnaroo Released

We have an update on the death at Bonnaroo. We now know the identity of the 27 year-old man that died Saturday morning inside the campground area of Bonnaroo in Manchester.
According to local authorities, Ryan Dunleavy of Brentwood, TN died from an “underlying medical condition” while attending Bonnaroo with his Father.
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 Unity Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The was the 14th death at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival over its 18-year history.

New Hands-Free Law begins July 1

Drivers on Tennessee roadways will have to put down their phones in less than two weeks. The state’s new hands-free law takes effect on July 1.
The key to the new law comes down to whether the car moving. If it is, Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers say you can’t touch your phone in any way, even balancing it on your shoulder.
The new law makes it illegal for a driver to hold a cellphone, send a text or take a picture on a phone or mobile device.
THP troopers say a driver can use technology like Bluetooth earpieces or similar devices.
If you have to make a call or text, troopers say find a safe place, like a parking lot, to pull over.
There are exceptions. This law does not apply to certain people while working: These include law enforcement officers, campus police and public safety officers, emergency first responders, firefighters, including volunteer firefighters, paramedics and utility service employees or contractors.
One more exemption is if you’re calling first responders in the case of a genuine emergency.

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