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Premier Lawn Care paints blue line on N. Irwin St. in support of MPD

Brandon Imhoff, owner with Premier Lawn Care, had the urge to show his appreciation to local law enforcement. The owner of the property maintenance company saw an opportunity to do just that and enhance the aesthetics around Manchester City Hall with the simple painting of a blue line on N. Irwin St.

Premier Lawn Care workers painted a blue line along N. Irwin St. in the middle of the street between the two center yellow traffic lines. This was done in the area where the Manchester Police Department is located.

“I actually saw this done somewhere else and thought, ‘man, that would look awesome here,'” explained Imhoff. “I reached out to the street department and they took it to Mayor Norman and he loved the idea.”

Imhoff received permission from Manchester Mayor Lonnie Norman before proceeding. Labor and materials were donated. 

“We appreciate people and business owners in our community recognizing the hard work put in every day by our local police officers,” said Norman. “We have a department that is committed to our community and safety. These gestures are refreshing and needed.”

Manchester political debate on Thunder Radio Thursday night

The Thunder Radio political debate will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16.

Unlike past forums hosted by Thunder Radio where attendance in person was possible, due to COVID-19 concerns and limitations for crowds, this year Thunder Radio has decided it would be best to host the forum on the radio.

You can hear the debate at 107.9 FM and 1320 AM, as well as stream on www.thunder1320.com and on your smartphone with the Manchester Go smartphone app. Those with Facebook can watch via Facebook live.
Candidates for Manchester Mayor will be on the air taking questions from 6 -6:35 p.m. on July 16. Meanwhile, candidates for Manchester aldermen will follow. The phone lines will be open during the debate for the public to ask questions by calling 931-728-1320 or 931-728-3526.

MPD warns of recurring phone scam

Manchester Police Department officials are warning the public of phone scams, in particular a recurring scam involving someone appearing to be a law enforcement officer. 

In this scam recently reported to MPD, the suspect tells the intended victim that they are a DEA agent  and attempts to get that potential victim to send money to avoid arrest or other legal actions. 

“There are no law enforcement agencies that will contact you and request money to be sent to them,” said MPD in a release. “We encourage you to not communicate during these phone calls – simply hang up the phone.”


Early voting for August 6 election starts next week

Early voting for the Aug. 6 election begins one week from Friday. Early voting for the Aug. 6 election will be July 17 through Aug. 1

Registered voters in Coffee County can appear and cast their ballot for the candidates of their choice at the following locations:

Coffee County Election Commission at 1329 McArthur St. from 8 until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or 8:30 a.m. until noon on Saturdays. Residents in Tullahoma can vote at CD Stamps Center at 810 South Jackson St. in Tullahoma from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

All voters shall show a federal or state Photo ID when voting. This is true during early voting and at election day. If you choose to wait to vote on Aug. 6, you will need to vote at your registered precinct.

Election day precincts will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.
For additional information, call 931-723-5103.

Reminder – Thunder Radio will host an election forum for the city of Manchester municipal elections on the air at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16.


Coffee County Schools, Manchester Schools, Tullahoma City Schools release reopening plan

 Coffee County Schools, Manchester City Schools and Tullahoma City School systems have all released a joint statement and plan to return to school in the upcoming fall semester – plans that include different tiers based on percentage of county population with COVID-19.

The “pathway to re-entry” plan calls for typical classroom schedule with the Coffee County active case count less than 0.5 percent of the county total population, which is 56,520. This means there would need to be over 282 active cases of the virus to alter school schedules.  As of Wednesday, there were 34 active cases of COVID-19  – well below the 282 cutoff for 0.5%.

If there is moderate spread, defined as active cases between 0.5 and 1.0 percent of total population(between 283 and 565 active cases), there will be a hybrid model in which case there will be modified scheduling with a combination of onsite and distance learning for students. There will be district specific distance learning programs.

If there is substantial spread, with an active case rate greater than 1 percent of the county population  (greater than 565 active cases in Coffee County), there will be no students in school buildings and district specific distance learning program in place.

Each school system will reach out to their students with more specifics. 

In the case of minimal spread (less than 0.5%) and there is a typical classroom schedule, there will continue to be safety and health considerations – such as clean and thorough disinfecting of surfaces, teachers will review and reinforce handwashing, temperature checks will be done daily upon arrival, social distancing will be practiced when feasible, strategic movement of students will take place and masks will be recommended for faculty, staff and students.

If cases reach a moderate spread (0.5-1.0 percent), deep cleaning and disinfecting spaces and surfaces will continue, student movement will be limited, there will be fewer after school activities and masks will be highly recommended for all times.

Manchester City Schools director Dr. Joey Vaughn said that MCS will follow the approved school calendar for 2020. The first student attendance day is August 3, 2020 with an abbreviated schedule from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. The first full student day will be August 5, 2020. All three school systems are following their previously approved calendars. 

For Manchester City Schools, families will have an opportunity to choose between in-person classes and an online learning option. More information, including a family survey for in-person or online learning, will be available from Manchester City Schools on July 14 after the Manchester City Schools BOE meeting on July 13.

Coffee County Schools say families will have an opportunity to choose between in-person classes and an online learning option. More information, including a family survey for in-person or online learning, will be available soon.

Tullahoma City Schools are offering students the option of choosing in-person or distance learning for the first quarter of the school year. 

While this is the plan set forth by the school systems, it is subject to change if different guidance is provided at the state level. 

Active COVID-19 count at 36 for Coffee County as of Thursday

As of 2 p.m. Thursday, there are 36 active cases of COVID-19 in Coffee County, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. Since testing began in March, there have been a total of 134 positive tests in Coffee county. Of these, 98 have recovered, leaving 36 active cases.

Meanwhile, across the state there are approximately 22,860 active cases. There have been 684 confirmed deaths and 3,088 hospitalizations. There have been 972,276 tests administered, which means of everyone testing – about 5.88% are testing positive.

34 active cases of COVID-19 in Coffee County, according to TDH reports

According to the Tennessee Department of Health, there are now 34 active cases of COVID-19 in Coffee County.

Since testing began in mid-march, there have been 132 total cases in Coffee County. With 98 cases recovered, that leaves approximately 34 active cases.

Meanwhile, there are approximately 22,171 active cases in the state of Tennessee. There have been 660 confirmed deaths since mid March, and 3,023 hospitalizations since the middle of March.

Tax deadline of July 15 is fast approaching

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many things this year. One of those disruptions came in the form of taxes – don’t forget that the deadline to file and pay your 2019 federal income taxes is Wednesday, July 15.

Earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service postponed the tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15 due to the pandemic.

The deadline will not be extended further, meaning the deadline to pay without penalties and interest is July 15.
If you need an extension to prepare returns, you will need to file a Form 4868 by July 15 to receive a three-month automatic extension to file in October. However, filing an extension does not exempt you from payment, which will accrue interest and steep penalties after July 15.

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TBI REPORT: Hate crimes down, violence against law enforcement up

On Monday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two publications, detailing the volume and nature of hate crime in Tennessee, along with one detailing violence directed toward the state’s law enforcement officers.
Among the findings of ‘Tennessee Hate Crime 2019’:

 Overall, the number of incidents indicated as bias-motivated decreased by 36% from 2018 to 2019.
 Property crime offenses accounted for 21.5%, with the remainder of bias-motivated crimes being those designated as being ‘Crimes Against Persons.’
 Assault offenses were the most frequently reported bias-motivated offenses in 2019.
 Race/Ethnicity/Ancestry bias was the most frequently reported known bias in 2019 at 72.1%, with Anti-Black/African American comprising 48.8% of the total reported number of hate crime.

Among the findings of ‘Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted (LEOKA) 2019’:
 In 2019, there were a total of 2,416 LEOKA victims reported across Tennessee.
 The number of reported LEOKA offenses increased by 29.3% from 2016 to 2019.
 The most frequently reported offense was Simple Assault, at 57.6%.
“I am very proud of the efforts of all participating law enforcement agencies, to provide the data necessary to produce these reports,” said TBI Director David Rausch. “Our combined efforts have resulted in a successful program that continues to give our state helpful insight on the volume and nature of crime.”
Both reports are available for review and download by clicking here.

Thunder Radio political debate set for Thursday, July 16

The Thunder Radio political debate is one week away – it will be held Thursday, July 16. This is one day prior to the start of early voting in Coffee County.

However, unlike past forums held by Thunder Radio, due to COVID-19 concerns and limittions for crowds, this year Thunder Radio has decided it would be best to host the forum on radio only.

Candidates for Manchester Mayor will be on the air taking questions form 6—6:35 p.m. on July 16. Meanwhile, candidates for Manchester alderman have been invited to follow. The phone lines will be open for public questions the night of the debate (931-728-1320). The forum can be heard live on Thunder Radio – 107.9 FM, 106.7 FM and 1320 AM) and streaming on the Manchester GO app and www.thunder1320.com. The debate will also be streamed on the Thunder Radio Facebook page.

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