February is National Child Dental Month. The Coffee County School Nurses have been promoting dental and oral health during the month of February to the students. Dental caries and other oral health related problems are the number one cause of school absences. Many oral problems that can affect your children are preventable. The Department of Health Services has been in a partnership with the TN Department of Health Dental Office for more than ten years. This month the State Dental Hygienists and Dentist are conducting dental screening’s for all students at Coffee County Middle School. This is a free service from the TN Department of Health. When children are identified as having chronic tooth decay or require immediate dental attention they will l be referred to their family dentist for a further evaluation through the Department of Health Services. If parents have questions regarding this program please contact your child’s school nurse or Janet Thornton, RN Director of Health Services for Coffee County Schools.
A disagreement Sunday between two brothers ended in one being shot and the other facing charges. Jamie Zawacki, 40, of Cedar Lane told Tullahoma Police Officer Rana Pawlowski that his brother, Mancie Zawacki, 45, arrived at his house and after an exchange of words struck him in the back of the head with a 4 by 4 piece of wood. Mancie then, according to the victim, jumped on Jamie Zawacki and started to hit him in the back of the head. The victim told the officer that he started to loose consciousness and told his son, Matthew, to “get a gun and get him off” of him. As Mancie was about to strike his brother, the 20-year-old grabbed a .22 caliber gun and pointed at his uncle, shooting him in the leg. The assailant then got up, threatened the shooter and “ran to his truck,” and left.
Nora Sanders of Shelbyville was named the Adult Learner of the Year by the Commission on Adult Basic Education, according to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette.
Sanders was named Tennessee Adult Learner of the Year last fall and was selected by the commission from among other state winners.
Sanders, who is a native of Mexico, took classes in English and basic skills at Bedford County Adult Education Center before moving on to GED classes. Her studies took on a sense of urgency after she learned her husband had a terminal illness.
Jeffrey Sanders, who died in 2010, met Nora while working in Mexico. They moved to Shelbyville in 1990.
Nora Sanders had attended college in Mexico, but did not have a U.S. education. When her previous employer, Summit Polymers, closed its doors, she was left without any prospects of a job unless she went back to school.
Her husband urged her to continue her studies even while he suffered from cancer treatments and open-heart surgery.
She took the GED test three times before passing and shortly afterward was rewarded with a job offer at SMW Automotive.
While enjoying her new job, Sanders also takes time to volunteer in the English language program at the Adult Education center.
Bedford County Adult Education officials nominated her for the award due to her persistence. She will receive $1,000 and be recognized in April at the commission’s annual conference.
A man has been arrested in the November death of his cousin in Warren County. Tracy Martin, 38, was found dead on a Warren County riverbank last fall. Chad Ray Thompson, 33, was taken into custody Monday in connection with the death of Martin, according to Sheriff Jackie Matheny.
Thompson faces first-degree murder, felony murder and especially aggravated robbery charges. Robbery appears to be the motive, said Matheny. Thompson is being held on $5 million bond.
This week’s winners who had the correct guess to Nurse Angie’s Mystery Question at CCMS were 6th grader Renee Martin and 8th Grader Trey Lashlee. The answer this week was Michael Jordan. They won a Wilson Tennis Racket with pedometer and a Spaulding NBA Basketball with Reusable Water Bottle. The Subway card winners this week were 6th Grader Andrew Branch, 7th Grader Taylor Anderson, and 8th Grader Blake Jones (Not pictured). The school has started letting Staff and Teachers participate in the Mystery Answer too!! This week’s staff member who won was Terry Baldwin. All of this is made possible through the Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant. Helping kids make healthier food choices and be more physically active for a healthier life!!
It was 12:25AM Sunday Morning and 18 degrees when the North Coffee Fire Department was paged to a structure fire at 2734 Cathey Ridge Road. The family was awakened to fire in the home with just enough time to save themselves and very few personal items. When the Fire Department arrived the house was fully involved. Everyone got out safely and watched as the home was totally destroyed. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Coffee County Sheriffs investigators say there are signs that a recent house fire in Summitville was the work of an arsonist. There were several obvious hot spots in the house, Coffee County Sheriffs fire investigator Jeff McCullough stated Friday afternoon. He added that the spots of origin start in the front of the house and exit out the door of a house located on Hickory Drive in Summitville. The Summitville Fire Department was dispatched to the fire around 3 a.m. Sunday, Feb 5. Fire Chief Dwayne Pinegar noted that the house was fully engulfed when the fire department arrived. The house was unoccupied at the time of the fire and was a total loss. McCullough stated that investigators are continuing to investigate fires that have destroyed several houses in the Manchester area. We are continuing to receive information on those fires, the investigator stated.
Lawyers for the former executive director of the Franklin County Industrial Board has notified the Franklin County Mayor of an impending lawsuit for breach of contract. Funding for John Paynes position and the industrial board office were deleted by the Franklin County budget last year and the duties of the industrial recruiter as well as that office were transferred to the county mayors office. The commissioners noted that the reason for removing the salary would save the county money during the tight budget time. The commissioners determined during budget discussions that they could save over $100,000 a year by closing the industrial recruiter office. A letter from Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart notified Payne on Aug. 29, 2011that the county commission had removed the funding for his position of recruiter and all duties of the board moved to Stewarts office. The attorney gave Franklin County officials until Tuesday, Feb. 21, to contact him and if they dont then legal proceedings will be taken.
Several small but important pieces of metal are missing from the bolts on a Middle Tennessee bridge. Crews recently spent time replacing several nuts that have disappeared on the Westwood Bridge railing in Warren County. Tennessee Department of Transportation officials say no one was ever in any danger because of the missing parts. Authorities are still trying to figure out how the nuts came off the McMinnville bridge.