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Manchester Rec Center announces holiday hours

The Manchester Recreation Center has announced its holiday hours for Christmas.

The complex will be closed on December 24, 25 and 26. The facility will be open regular hours Dec. 27-29, but will have no classes, will have regular hours and classes on Dec. 30, will close at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, will be closed on New Year’s Day, and return to regular business and class on Jan. 2. You can see all these details and get information on the Christmas Break Daycamp at 12:30 p.m. Friday when Tiffany Clutter with Parks and Recreation joins us on Thunder Radio for Lunch and Learn – 107.9 FM, 1320 AM, 106.7 FM

Army major charged with child pornography

A U.S. Army Major assigned to the U.S. Army Cyber Command at Fort Gordon, Ga., has been charged with distribution of child pornography.

Jason Michael Musgrove, 39, of Grovetown, was charged in U.S. District Court Monday morning in a federal criminal complaint, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. It is reported that Musgrove formerly lived in Manchester. 

Musgrove, who is an Integrated Threat Operations Officer with Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information clearance, is assigned to the Army Cyber Joint Headquarters at Fort Gordon.

Jason Michael Musgrove

According to court testimony and documents, the case in which Musgrove is charged occurred on or about Dec. 5. Following a hearing before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Brian Epps, Musgrove was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

FBI agent Tripp Godbee said he was working undercover monitoring groups on the mobile app Kik when a man logged in last Wednesday and Thursday and began sharing nude photos of a teenage girl. Musgrove allegedly filmed a teenage relative with a spy camera and shared the images on the site. He allegedly made other inappropriate and disturbing comments, that we have chosen not to share on Thunder Radio News. 

A criminal complaint contains only charges; defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI and the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), and prosecuted for the United States by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Lyons.

Local realtors collect coats for school systems

Pictured, local realtors pose with coats collected along with area school officials.

Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, in partnership with local real estate agencies across Coffee County, partnered together to host a coat drive for Coffee County, Manchester City, and Tullahoma City Schools. 

“We appreciate the Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, local real estate agencies, and members of the Coffee County community for rallying together to ensure every child in need has a warm coat this winter,” said Taylor Rayfield, Coordinator of Family Resource for Coffee County Schools. 

To learn more on how to help students in need or donate warm coats to schools, contact Taylor Rayfield – Coffee County Schools – rayfieldt@k12coffee.net; Leslie Brasfield – Manchester City Schools – lbrasfield@k12mcs.net; or Gina Bumbalough – Tullahoma City Schools – gina.bumbalough@tcsedu.net

Realtors donate money for Coffee County cadet program

Pictured, Janet Nettles with MTAR and broker with Middle Tennessee Properties, donates a $1,000 check on behalf of MTAR to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department SRO program for junior cadets. Accepting the check is Sgt. Laura Nettles.

The Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors donated a $1,000 check to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department this week that the department will put toward its junior cadet program. 

The money is proceeds from the Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors Charity Golf Tournament held earlier this year. 

The sheriff department’s junior cadet program utilizes students at the county’s elementary schools, and culminates in a cadet camp over the summer break. Most of the money will go toward hosting the camp this summer, according to CCSD officials. 

Police need help identifying theft suspects

The Shelbyville Police Department is asking for the publics’s help identifying individuals wanted for questioning regarding an ongoing theft offense at Walmart. Anyone with information should contact Shelbyville Police Department detective Nathan Everhart at 931-684-5811 ext. 4433.

If you know these subjects, contact Nathan Everhart at 931-684-5811


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Bedford County Schools – CLOSED, ESP open

Cannon County Schools – 2 hour delay

Coffee County Schools – CLOSED, ESP open
Franklin County Schools – CLOSED, ESP open
Grundy County Schools – CLOSED

Manchester City Schools – CLOSED, no ESP

Moore County Schools – CLOSED

Temple Baptist Christian School – 2 hour Delay
TCAT McMinnville – Opening 1.5 hours late
Warren County Schools – 2 hour delay


School Patrol – sponsored by bread and milk experts at Spring Street Market in Manchester. Your hometown grocery store. 801 S. Spring St. Manchester, TN.

Bedford County Schools – closing at 1 p.m.

Cannon County Schools – closing 11:30 a.m.

Coffee County Schools – closing 1 p.m. NO ESP

Franklin County Schools – closing at 12:30 p.m.

Manchester City Schools – closing at 1 p.m.

Rutherford County Schools – closing at 1 p.m.

Warren County Schools – closing 11:30 a.m.

Other closings, cancellations and postponements

  • Coffee County High School Basketball vs. Columbia – PPD
  • Coffee Middle School Chorus Concert – PPD, will now be Tuesday, Dec. 17.
  • Coffee County High School wrestling at Warren County – cancelled
  • Westwood 6th grade basketball game AT Dibrell – PPD, makeup TBD
  • Manchester School Board Meeting – PPD, makeup Dec. 17
  • Tuesday (Dec 10) WMS Choir Concert has been cancelled due to inclement weather. The choirs will now join the bands in a joint concert on December 17th at 6:30pm.
  • The Manchester Parks and Recreation complex is cancelling classes December 10th, due to weather. There will also be no “Mud Sweat and Gears” today.

First of two Census job fairs is Tuesday

The first of two United States Census job fairs that will be held this week will be held Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Jobs Center located at 111 E. Lincoln St. in Tullahoma. 

The second job fair will be Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Manchester Public Library from 10 a.m. to. 2 p.m.

Doctors voice concern for flu vaccine for migrants

By Nadia Ramlagan, Public News Service

Peak flu season is here, when most people check in with their doctors about whether to get a flu shot. But for migrants being held in detention centers, that isn’t an option – and U.S. Customs and Border Protection has refused to offer the flu vaccine to detainees. 

Now, a group of physicians from across the country is pushing the federal government to allow the group to open a pilot flu vaccination clinic. Dr. Danielle Deines signed the group’s letter to government officials advocating for migrant access to free flu vaccines. 

She says detention centers are high-risk settings for severe flu cases. 

“So, you’ve taken a very high-risk, vulnerable population and then, you’ve put them into these very unsanitary conditions,” says Deines, “where you then have people who are surrounding them who may or may not have flu vaccines, and may not know the right precautions to take. And it’s just kind of a recipe for disaster.”

She says so far, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Health and Human Services have ignored the request. 

The traveling clinic would be run by a volunteer network of doctors, with a donated stock of vaccines and a multi-language consent process. 

Anyone who is considering getting a flu shot should consult with their medical provider. 

She adds flu infections were responsible for the deaths of at least three children in federal custody during the 2018 flu season, a mortality rate nine times higher than the general pediatric population. Deines says some in the medical community are alarmed. 

“And so, we started seeing child deaths,” says Deines, “The letter that came out over the summer was something that was written by a group of pathologists and other physicians who performed autopsies on several of the kids who had died in some of the detention centers.”

She believes more deaths are likely this flu season if government agencies don’t take action. 

“You know, our group is made up of about 2,000 physicians who all believe that this is a very important issue, and we’re both Democrats and Republicans,” says Deines, “And I think that speaks to the humanitarian issue that this is. It is not a partisan issue, it is not a politics issue.”

Children, older people and pregnant women are among those at the highest risk of contracting the flu. Deines points out that overcrowded conditions and lack of access to soap and hand sanitizer can spur the spread of the virus.

Manchester board approves garbage contract

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted at its Dec. 3 meeting to approve a contract with BFI Waste Services to continue to handle residential and commercial sanitization for the city. This is the same company that has handled these services prior, but the new contract means about $52,000 in increased costs for the city. This is a five year contract. The city received only one bid for services.