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UPDATED: Authorities searching for man who escaped Coffee Co. deputies

UPDATE 8:10 A.M. OCT. 10 — Hall has been captured in Franklin County.


Coffee County authorities are searching for Eric Dewayne Hall after he allegedly fled from deputies Tuesday around 4:30 p.m.

According to a report with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, deputy Scott Steele and other deputies arrived at 3802 Old Manchester Highway in reference to a wanted subject – identified as Hall.

Hall pictured here from a previous mugshot.

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 Hall 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, according to Steele’s report.

Warrants were obtained for evading arrest, resisting stop, halt and frisk, reckless endangerment and driving on a revoked license. Hall is 32 years old, stands at 5’7” and weighs 125 pounds.If you are aware of Hall’s whereabouts, you are encouraged to contact the sheriff’s department at 931-570-4421.

Tullahoma Police issue alert for missing adult

UPDATE AT 12:30 P.M. OCT 11, 2019 — Christine has been found safely
The Tullahoma Police Department has issued an alert for a missing adult – Christine Michelle Prince.

Christine is 45 years old, white, stands 5’4” and weighs approximately 135 pounds. Her last contact was at her residence on Sunday, Oct. 6. A possible vehicle for her is a 2004 Saturn Ion, four-door and gray in color. If you have seen her or are aware of Christine’s whereabouts, you are encouraged to contact the Tullahoma Police Department at 931-455-0530.

Job fair is at Manchester library Thursday

There will be a 2020 Census job fair Thursday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There are office positions in Shelbyville paying $16 an hour and up and also work from home and around your neighborhood part-time jobs paying $14 per hour and up, plus 58 cents per mile. This includes paid weekly training. This job fair is at the Manchester Public Library at 1005 Hillsboro Blvd. 

Children twice as likely to be struck by vehicle during Halloween season

Seven people were killed in traffic crashes in Tennessee during last year’s Halloween period between Tuesday, October 30 through Thursday, November 1. That’s why the Tennessee Highway Patrol is urging all motorists to drive cautiously, buckle up, never drive distracted and don’t drink and drive this Halloween.


One of the seven vehicular fatalities during last year’s Halloween period involved an unrestrained vehicle occupant. Two motorcyclists were killed. There were zero alcohol-related traffic deaths. Last year, state troopers issued 398 speeding and 83 distracted driving citations and arrested nine individuals on suspicion of drunk driving in Tennessee on October 31.


As of October 7, there have been 104 pedestrian fatalities in Tennessee in 2019. That’s nine more pedestrian deaths compared to this same time last year.


“Our troopers will increase patrols in the evening and will conduct a variety of traffic enforcement initiatives to ensure a safe Halloween,” Colonel Dereck R. Stewart said.  “There is simply zero tolerance for drunk, distracted or unrestrained drivers.  We will be working hard to ensure that this is a safe Halloween for children and adults alike.” Stewart added.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate children are twice as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween compared to any other day of the year.  Children are at a greater risk of being struck because they may not look for oncoming vehicles before crossing the road. They are smaller and more difficult to see. Plus they have trouble judging distances and speeds of oncoming vehicles.


THP personnel will conduct saturation patrols, sobriety and seat belt checkpoints, as well as bar and tavern checks this holiday period.


Below are tips parents, children and motorists should keep in mind before heading out this Halloween.




Tips for Motorists

  • Slow down. Watch for children walking on roads, medians and curbs.
  • Be extra alert when pulling in and out of driveways.
  • Be especially alert for children darting out from between parked vehicles and from behind bushes and shrubs. They’re excited and may not be paying attention.
  • Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway.  They could be dropping off children.
  • If you are driving to a Halloween party, put your mask on after you park the car.
  • Never drink and drive – tonight or any night. If you are partying, designate a driver.


Tips for Parents

  • Adults should accompany children at all times and supervise their “trick or treat” activities.
  • Teach children to “stop, look left-right-left, and listen” before they cross the street.
  • Instruct children to stay on sidewalks and to cross only at corners or crosswalks.
  • Use a flashlight and wear retro-reflective strips or patches on your clothing or costume to be more visible to motorists.
  • Be certain that the mask does not obstruct vision or hearing.
  • Ensure that costumes do not impede walking or driving ability.


Tips for Pedestrians (children and adults)

  • Require children to wear retro-reflective materials and carry a flashlight at dawn and dusk and in other low-light situations, such as rainy or foggy weather.
  • Before crossing a street, stop at the curb or edge of the road and look left, right and left again to be sure no cars are coming. Continue to check for traffic while on the street.
  • Walk – never run – from house to house or across the road.
  • Cross the street only at intersections and crosswalks.
  • When crossing at an intersection with a traffic light, be sure to watch for turning cars. Obey all pedestrian signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If there are no sidewalks, walk on the left side of the street facing traffic.

Manchester icon Pete Sain passes away at 79

Well known Manchester resident and businessman William Ray Sain, Jr. more commonly known as Pete Sain, passed away Sunday. He was 79. Pete was well known for many things, including being a partner in Sain Construction Company, serving on the board of Motlow Development Council, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation and being a co-founder of the Sportsmen and Businessmen’s Charitable Organization 36 years ago. Sain was also a key figure in the relocation of the Houston Oilers to the Nashville area. He was appointed to an advisory committee by late team owner Bud Adams to choose the team’s new name – which is now the Tennessee Titans. He also served in the Marine Corps from 1957 to 1960.

Pete was involved in the governor campaigns for John J. Hooker, Jr., Ned Ray McWherter and Philip Bredesen.

A memorial service for Sain will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday October 12at the First United Methodist Church in Manchester, TN. Visitation will be from Noon until the memorial service at 3 p.m.

Pedestrian struck, killed Monday evening on Interstate Dr.

A Manchester man is dead after being struck by a vehicle at approximately 7 p.m. Monday evening on Interstate Drive.

The deceased has been identified by Manchester Police as Lawrence Reggie Mullican, age 58. He was commonly known around Manchester as “Caveman.”

According to Manchester Police Department Assistant Chief Adam Floied, Mullican left Unity Medical Center and walked in front of an elderly female driver on Interstate Dr. where he was struck and killed.

According to Floied, the driver did not appear to be intoxicated and did voluntarily submit to a blood alcohol test. Floied stated that the driver was “very distraught.”

Safe on the Square set for Oct. 31

As October moves along folks are starting to get curious about Halloween activities in Manchester. The annual Safe on the Square event put on by the Coffee County Children’s Advocacy Center will be from 2:30 until 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. 

One of the biggest downtown events of the year, officials expect 2,000-plus trick-or-treaters and family to be downtown for the event. If your organization or business would like to participate, contact Heather at 931-723-8888 to sign up no later than Friday, Oct. 18. If you have a business or organization that would like a space on the courthouse lawn or around the square, you can also contact the same number. Everyone is welcome to attend the annual event. 

TBI searching for person last seen in McMinnville

The TBI is trying to locate Carl Winton Rich in connection to an ongoing criminal investigation.

He’s 40 years old, stands 5’9″, weighs 160 pounds, and has brown eyes and hair. He was last seen in the area of Northgate Shopping Center in McMinnville on the night of March 30th.

Rich has connections to Montana and may have traveled out of state.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or the McMinnville Police Department at (931) 473-3808.

Carl Winton Rich

Authorities expect traffic to flow well for Exit 111 Festival

Exit 111 Festival will be in town Friday through Sunday and many residents have been asking about the expected attendance and traffic plans. 

According to Coffee County Sheriff Chad Partin, authorities expect traffic to flow quickly in and out each night of the festival. He said that the state does not want to open the special interstate exit (often unofficially referred to as 112) that was designed many years ago just for the Bonnaroo.

Partin added that the main artery for traffic will be Ragsdale Rd and New Bushy Branch Rd. With three toll booths open into the Great Stage Park property. He said that officials do not expect to use other roads such as Asbury. However, additional access roads can be used as necessary.

Although official numbers are not available, attendance for this festival is expected to be below 25,000, according to Thunder Radio News sources. However, tickets remain on sale and are available on site and those numbers can rise significantly through the week leading up to the event.

Rutherford County farmer dies in tractor accident

Last week a farmer in the Lascassas Pike area was killed while attempting to jump-start a tractor that was in-gear when it stopped. Unfortunately, the man in his 60s did not realize the machine was in gear until the cable from his pickup was connected to the the tractor.

The tractor had tracks instead of wheels. When the tractor stopped, he couldn’t get the engine to turn-over. He went to get his truck and attempt a “jump-start” using the pickup’s battery. He was crawling around the tracks putting the battery cables in place.

Again, the tractor was in gear, and when he connected the two–the tractor lunged forward killing the man.

WGNS Radio provided this report