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Veterans Day set for 11 a.m. at CHS Monday

Students at Westwood greet active military members during a Veterans Day ceremony last week.

Today is Veterans Day. Join us at Thunder Radio in saying thank you to the thousands of veterans who live in and around our community for the great sacrifices they have made and continue to make for our great country. There is a veterans day program at 11 am Monday at the Central High School gymnasium. All veterans are welcome to attend. 

Veterans Day parade set for 10 a.m. Saturday

The Coffee County Veterans Association (CCVA) will conduct the first ever Manchester Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 9th starting at 10 a.m.  with a very special parade line-up followed by a military veterans ceremony, and live music and entertainment directly following the parade.  

The parade will begin at the Coffee County Red Raider Academy and proceed down State Highway 55 terminating on the Manchester City Square.

The ceremony will be at the Manchester City Square immediately following the parade.

The Grand Marshall for the parade will be Mr. Edward Reader, a World War II Army Air Corps Veteran.  Reader’s B-17 Flying Fortress bomber was shot down and subsequently he was held as a Prisoner of War by the Germans in Romania following a bombing raid on the oil refineries at Ploiesti.  He is but one example of the countless courageous heroes and military veterans we take pause to celebrate this Veterans Day.  

Local vendors, businesses and civic organizations will also be on hand on the square at this event as our community celebrates the men and women in uniform who have served and currently serve in defending our nation, our freedoms, and our way of life.  

The Coffee County Veterans Association, which consists of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and American Legion posts extends an especially warm welcome to all Coffee County residents and ask that you join us as we honor  and respect our military veterans.  

County Commission looks to replace empty seat Tuesday

The Coffee County Commission is set to have a full meeting next Tuesday, November 12th at the Coffee County Administrative Plaza.

One key item on the agenda will be filling the vacant seat for District 8, which was vacated earlier this summer when Emily Howes resigned after moving out of the district.

The commission attempted to fill the seat in September but the vote ended in a 9-9 tie between Jeff Keele and Tim Brown at the time. That item is back on the agenda for this upcoming Tuesday. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and, as always, is open to the public. 

TPD releases October statistics

The Tullahoma Police Department released monthly statistics for October. According to TPD, the department answered 1,223 calls in the month, worked 50 traffic accidents and issued 252 citations – 130 fewer citations than the same month last year. The department made 75 arrests, down 50 from last year’s arrest total of 125 in October. The department logged 16,701 patrol miles in the month. 

H&R Block Student of the Week – Trey Elgouhary

Join us at Thunder Radio and the Manchester H&R Block and say congratulations to our student of the week – Trey Elgouhary. 

Trey is a freshman student at Coffee County Raider Academy. He is the son of Erik Elgouhary and Julie Anderson. He was nominated by his teachers for his excellent attitude, attendance and desire to be a good student. 

Trey enjoys soccer and likes to play video games. 

He says in the future he would like to either be a police officer or a petroleum engineer. 

Rosalyn Partin, owner of the Manchester H&R Block, has been inspired to recognize great kids in our community all through hockey season. What does hockey season have to do with our local students? Well, H&R Block gives each Student of the Week a set of Nashville Predators Hockey tickets, a commemorative plaque, as well as a special letter of recognition.

Congratulations, Trey!

Suicide prevention meeting set for Thursday in Coffee County

Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network and the Coffee County Mayor’s office will host a community meeting on suicide prevention at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 7. The meeting will be at Coffee County Administrative Plaza and everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. 

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for those age 10-24 in Tennessee. The meeting is designed for suicide education, how and why it happens and how it can be prevented. You will be able to ask questions, share stories and concerns. Suicide prevention material will also be available. The statewide suicide crisis telephone line is 1-855-274-7471. You can also text the letters TN to 741741

Downtown street closure should end Thursday

A street closure on the Manchester downtown square of Fort Street at the intersection of Irwin St. has made navigating the square slightly more cumbersome.

Don’t worry, the closure, which is for street repairs, is set to end by Thursday, November 7.

Coffee County government working to finalize ADA plan

Coffee County government could spend $370,000 to implement an ADA plan that will be in place to meet minimum requirements. 

The County is required to have an ADA transition plan in place by no later than the end of 2019.

The plan is to look at every building in the county to ensure all buildings comply with ADA requirements. While the plan needs to be submitted by the end of this year, the state will allow 10 years for repairs to be completed.  

State sees highest ACT participation in history

Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced a total of 63,829 students from Tennessee’s 2019 graduating class took the ACT, earning an average composite score of 20. This represents a 98 percent participation rate, which is an all-time high in the state. Of those students, 41.7 percent earned a score of 21 or higher, making them eligible for the HOPE scholarship.

The average ACT score for the public school graduating class of 2019 in each subject area was:

• 19.6 in English, 0.1 point decrease from 2018,

• 19.4 in math, 0.1 point decrease,

• 20.5 in reading, 0.2 point decrease; and

• 20.0 in science, 0.3 point decrease.

Coffee County Schools composite score was 19.4, virtually unchanged from the prior year and just slightly below the state average of 20. Coffee County’s English score was 18.9, Math 18.8, reading 20 and science 19.5. 37% in Coffee County scored higher than 21 and 48% scored below 19. Tullahoma City Schools score was 20.4

Tennessee 10th in country for fraud; gift card scams see 44% increase

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Consumer Sentinel Network reports Tennesseans lost nearly $1 million – over $943,000 – through prepaid gift card scams in 2018, which is a 44 % increase compared to 2017 when scammers stole $653,709 from consumers. Tennessee actually ranks 10th in the country in fraud. 

While family, friends, and co-workers may use gift (or ‘reload’) cards to express holiday appreciation, scammers want the cards’ PIN numbers for fast cash, and they’re willing to do and say anything to get those numbers from consumers and victims are especially susceptible during the holiday season.

Tennessee officials are warning consumers of a new and increasingly common scam where callers pretending to represent a federal or state agency contact consumers about a fictitious debt and demand payment in the form of a prepaid gift card or risk punishment. Consumers should remember that no government agency will ever demand payment in the form of a reloadable gift card.