Category: News

Fire At AEDC

Fire burned several acres

Arnold Fire Department responded to a grass fire at 3:45 p.m Tuesday afternoon. It was located between the mission area and the AEDC airfield and seems to have originated under some power lines, but no cause has been determined. The fire spread and crossed a perimeter road and fence burning some adjacent land between AEDC and I-24. Hillsboro and Tullahoma fire departments both sent crews. The blaze was under control on base around 6 p.m. Fire crews had terminated their response around 9 p.m. The fire was within AEDC’s 4,000 acre industrial area, but never threatened buildings, being contained to the buffer area between the mission area and the airfield.

“Micro Burst” Damages Building

Wind causes problem even on a clear day... By Barry West

Wind rips off part of a roof... Photo by Barry West

Around 4:00 Tuesday afternoon a “Micro Burst” hit a building at the home of Phil Fletcher, 5379 Woodbury Hwy. The building is a converted garage used as a family room. People had just gone into the house when they heard a loud noise and ran out to see the roof scattered across the yard. Part of the roof was blown about 200 yards across Woodbury Hwy. Debris damaged vehicles and a neighbor’s roof. No one was hurt. Mr. Fletcher was quoted as saying that there was not a cloud in the sky when the freakish winds came.

Woman Charged In Warren Co. For Misusing Money

A woman who once served as the color guard instructor at Warren County High School was responsible for using more than $3,400 in band booster club funds for her personal benefit, according to a recent report from the Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Municipal Audit.
The auditor’s report noted that between August 25, 2009 and July 31, 2010 the former color guard instructor either disbursed or withdrew $3,465 from a band booster bank account for her personal benefit. These transactions included 15 ATM withdrawals totaling $2,340, a cash withdrawal from a bank branch in the amount of $500, and 13 debit card transactions totaling $625. The former instructor, Jennifer Fisher, was indicted last month by the Warren County Grand Jury on one count of theft over $1,000.
The Comptroller’s report mentioned other funds belonging to the band boosters which were missing but could not be traced to any specific individual. The investigative report notes that total collections deposited into the booster club’s bank account by the former treasurer from two fundraisers held during the summer of 2009 were $1,898 less than documented collections shown in business records prepared by the former treasurer. Additionally, the band boosters’ concession sales during the fall of 2009 were $5,798 less than expected based upon a profit analysis.
As a result of the significant lack of appropriate safeguards and oversight by booster club officers indicated in the report, there were more than $12,000 in disbursements which had no supporting documentation in the band booster financial records in addition to the missing collections from concession stand operations and other funds that were apparently collected but not deposited into the booster club’s bank account.
The report further details how, as a condition for participating in the school band and color guard, members and/or their parents were required to pay monthly fees (or dues) to the band booster club – a practice that is contrary to state laws requiring all money received from any source for a school-sponsored activity to be accounted for by the school and deposited into the school’s bank account.

Reward Offered In Missing Teen Case

Cheyanne Belcher... Picture and info from WSMV-TV

There is now a $1,000 reward being offered for information that leads authorities to a missing teen from Shelbyville. 13-Year-old Joanna Cheyanne Starr Belcher was last seen on June 22 when she ran away from home. Reports indicate the teenager could be in Murfreesboro, but that is only speculation. The reward is being offered by the Shelbyville / Bedford County CrimeStoppers organization.
The 13-year old is described as a white female with sandy blonde hair, hazel eyes, weighing 120-pounds and standing at 4’11”.
Police have said that she may have changed her hair color after running away.
If you have information that could help the authorities, call Shelbyville CrimeStoppers at 931-685-4300. You can also call 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678).

Celebrating America’s Birthday

The Independence Day celebration will be held Wednesday in Manchester. Music will begin in Rotary Park at the Rotary Amphitheatre at 6 p.m. with Chancy Willis, Charlie Allen and Tony Stampley performing live. The fireworks show will begin at 9pm. The event is free, but food and drink vendors will be set up throughout the park if you get thirsty or hungry.

UPDATE!!! Burned Body Investigation Continues—Woman Identified

Erika Megan Sharpton

Early Monday morning preliminary reports indicated that a motorist noticed a grass fire on Awalt Road in Franklin County, and when they turned around to confirm what they thought was just a grass fire ,the motorist discovered a partially burned corpse.
An agent from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) along investigators from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were busy Monday searching for clues in the death of a woman whose body was found on Awalt Road in Franklin County. Tullahoma Police later joined the investigation. Investigators arrived and started the task of collecting evidence at the scene and attempting to identify the woman. Tullahoma Investigator Jason Kennedy joined TBI agent Larry B. Davis and investigators from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department in searching an apartment on East Lauderdale Street in Tullahoma where the woman lived. Around mid morning Monday, investigators asked area police to be on the lookout for the woman’s missing red 1995 Ford Mustang. The car was located in Bedford County on Three Forks Road. Investigators searched the vehicle for clues in connection with the woman’s death.
Today (July the 3rd) the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office identified the body. The female was identified as Erika Megan Sharpton. The case involving Ms. Sharpton has been ruled a homicide, and anyone having any information regarding this matter is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 931-962-0123 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-TBI-FIND. Any information or assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Monteagle Man Dies In Crash

Crash scene after a Monteagle man loses his life

A 24-year-old Monteagle man was killed when his vehicle collided with a tree Saturday night.
According to a report by Tennessee Highway Patrolman Tommy Lyles, a 2002 Nissan Frontier pickup truck that had been reported stolen in Monteagle was traveling along Highway 156.  The driver, David L. Smith of Sam Sargent Road in Monteagle, lost control of the vehicle. The trooper’s report states that the truck went off the right side of the roadway and Smith overcorrected. He then went across the road and the truck struck a tree, ejecting him. The pickup then caught fire. Franklin County Deputy Sheriff Cpl Chuck Stines assisted at the scene.

Fire Takes The Life Of Shelbyville Woman

Fire investigators in Shelbyville said Monday they are looking into the possibility that a 70-year-old disabled woman’s wheelchair may have had an electrical problem late Saturday night, triggering a fire that killed her.
The fire occurred just after 11 p.m. at Freida Fuston’s home on Depot Street.
Two police officers tried to gain access to the home, but flames were too strong, officials said.
Fuston was overcome by the smoke and flames and died.
The state fire marshal is investigating the fire death, which is routine. Fire investigators do not suspect foul play.
A fund has been set up for Fuston’s family at the Heritage Credit Union on Main Street in Shelbyville.

No Refusal Now In Place

Tennessee law enforcement officials are intensifying their crackdown on drunken driving with the state’s first-ever “no refusal” campaign.
The “no refusal” measure passed during the recent Legislature and was signed by the governor in May. It allows judges to compel blood tests from people arrested on drunken driving charges.
The “no refusal” enforcement period runs today through Sunday. It will take place in selected counties that have experienced increased cases of impaired driving this year, specifically Anderson, Bradley, Davidson, Maury and Warren counties.
The campaign coincides with the state’s Fourth of July enforcement period, which runs Wednesday through Sunday.

Political Forum July 12

Thunder Radio and the Manchester Times will host the Manchester Municipal political forum July 12 at the Coffee County Central High School Auditorium.
Carefully planned to take place one day prior to early voting – the forum will focus on the Manchester city election, which will see the mayor’s seat and five of the six aldermanic seats up for grabs.
The debates will be held at separate times – with aldermanic candidates taking the stage from 6-7:30 p.m. and mayoral candidates taking the stage from 8-9:30 p.m. Both will be aired live on Thunder Radio – WMSR AM-1320 and FM-107.9. The Times will also be providing live Tweets throughout the event.
WMSR radio commentator Lucky Knott and Manchester Times Editor Josh Peterson will moderate both forums.
Four candidates have qualified for the mayor’s race, including incumbent Betty Superstein, and 14 have qualified for the aldermanic race, including all incumbents with the exception of Janet Nettles, who was recently appointed to fill Lonnie Norman’s seat and said she would not be running for re-election.
Moderators will ask all of the questions, but citizens wishing to submit questions for consideration may do so by filling out a form at the Manchester Times office – 300 N. Spring St., Manchester, TN.
Questions must be submitted in person with a name. Questions in poor taste will not be considered.
Call the Times at 931-728-7577 or Thunder Radio at 931-728-1320 with any questions about the forum.