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New Rules for Cleaning-up Crashes

State safety and transportation officials have unveiled new protocols aimed at getting major highways reopened more quickly after crashes.
Among them: a goal of 90 minutes maximum to re-open highways at crash sites, a reassessment of a wreck situation every 30 minutes and new rules regarding towing companies.
The departments began working on new procedures in December after a truck carrying potatoes crashed in Wilson County, closing Interstate 40 for nearly 12 hours and stranding hundreds of motorists overnight.
The tractor-trailer was carrying about 40,000 pounds of potatoes when it crashed on December 16 just before mile marker 245 east of Lebanon. The driver of the truck, 55-year-old Roy Golden, was charged with DUI and reckless endangerment.

Miss Buttercup Pageant

The Coffee County School Nurses are co-sponsoring the 1st Annual Miss Buttercup Pageant on April 21, 2012. The proceeds for the pageant will go towards the construction of a walking track on the Hickerson Elementary School campus. Angela Ridner, RN School Nurse at Hickerson Elementary has been working with the students at Hickerson this year to increase their physical activity and make healthy food choices. She has developed a walking club, The Hickerson Health Hawks. Nurse Ridner stays after school 2 days a week while the students walk around the campus. Currently the students are walking in the school drive and along the grassy perimeter of the campus. Many days the ground is not suitable for walking and the students walk inside the school in the hallways. A walking track would benefit all of the children at Hickerson Elementary as well as the community.
Entry forms can be obtained at Hickerson Elementary, 5017 Old Manchester Hwy, Tullahoma, TN 37388 or at hickerson.coffeecountyschools.com
Entry forms and fees are to be turned in at Hickerson Elementary between 8am and 4pm on days that school is in session or mailed to the above address. Deadline is Friday, April 13.
Please contact Hickerson Elementary with any questions at 931-455-9576.

Tax Collections Are Up

Sales tax collections are up throughout Coffee County. Tax revenue in January was just over $2(M).
In the county collections were just above $215,000 up $64,000 over last January. Manchester received $711,000 up $43,000 over the same time last year. In Tullahoma they collected over $1.1(M) that’s an increase of over $145,000 over January of 2011.
Across the state of Tennessee is up over $37(M).

Crash Injures Deputy

At around midnight an off-duty Coffee County corrections officer lost control of his vehicle in Manchester and hit a tree on Tuesday night.
Deputy Dustin Blackwood was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries by ambulance after apparently over-correcting his vehicle at Fredonia Road at Big Oak Drive. THP who handled the incident noted that the road was slick.

Tullahoma Man Headed To Jail For Child Porn

Denver C. Cole, 40, of Tullahoma, Tenn., pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee at Chattanooga, to receipt of child pornography in interstate commerce by means of a computer. Sentencing was set for 9:00 a.m., May 21, 2012, in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.
Denver Cole faces a minimum term of five years and up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and supervised release of at least five years and up to life.
As set out in the plea agreement, in August 2010, an undercover on-line investigation by the Winchester Police Department discovered that a computer traced to Cole was using file sharing software to make child pornography available on the internet.

Tullahoma Dealing With Gang Members

Tullahoma has prison ex-convicts with connections to gangs, but their presence is under law enforcement scrutiny and doing any illegal business here is “not going to be pleasant,” according to Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne. A report that was recently published in The Tullahoma News quoted Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Poole, who is the anti-gang coordinator for the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Tennessee, as saying that at least four active nationally known gangs have been operating in Coffee County. In addition, Coffee County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Watkins said his department has been notified by the Tennessee Department of Correction that individuals associated with one of the most violent gangs, MS-13, have been released from prison and have listed Coffee County as where they are located. Layne told the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen Monday that his office and Coffee County’s law enforcement resources have a strong working relationship with the Tullahoma Police Department. The DA said that the authorities have known a long time about potential connections to gangs. However, he said many of those in Coffee County with gang affiliations are ex-convicts, and it is a routine survival practice to join gangs while incarcerated. Tullahoma Police Chief Paul Blackwell said that about 30 suspected gang members have been identified in Tullahoma and 24 of them have prison records. Layne said that while attention has been focused on gangs in larger cities, their operations have migrated to smaller communities to focus on illegal drug trafficking in a new market. He said that in Tullahoma’s case, the Police Department has identified those associated with the illegal organizations, has their photographs on file and is aware of their movements.

Moore Co. Man Indicted In Rutherford Co.

A Lynchburg man was indicted in Rutherford County on two counts of selling a schedule two drug. The indictment came after several months of investigating Derrick S. Holden who was allegedly selling illegal mushrooms. The investigation started at 1706 New Lascassas Pike in Murfreesboro. During the investigation, detectives seized 1 pound of illegal mushrooms, a BMW, a computer, and $3,000 cash. After the investigation was complete, Detective Jensen of the Vice Unit presented the case to a Rutherford County Grand Jury. Soon after the indictment was generated, Holden was arrested.

Power Rates Going Down

Residential monthly bills for customers using Tennessee Valley Authority power will decrease up to $1 in March.
The federal utility said Monday the fuel cost for next month will be the lowest in almost two years.
Most of the decrease is related to lower sales projections for March and, consequently, lower fuel cost expectations. TVA also said Monday that mild January temperatures resulted in lower sales, helping to drive down January fuel expenses.
The federal utility serves 9 million customers in Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

The Beach Boys Are Coming To Bonnaroo

The reunited Beach Boys are coming to Manchester. The boys are just one of many acts announced yesterday on Bonnaroo.com. The 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will feature Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish and Bon Iver.
The always eclectic four-day festival also will include Skrillex, The Roots and Alice Cooper June 7-10.
Several acts had notable nights at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. Bon Iver won best new artist, Skrillex took home three trophies and two-time Grammy winners The Civil Wars are scheduled to play just a few weeks before singer Joy Williams’ baby is due.
The Chili Peppers will play Bonnaroo as new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members.
About half of the lineup was announced Tuesday and additions will be made later. Bonnaroo will feature about 125 music acts and 30 comedians.
General Admission tickets will be offered for purchase for 5 payments of $52 plus service fees! You’ll also be able to pick up VIP tickets in 5 payments, as well. Payment Plan tickets will be available while supplies last.
General Admission tickets are available for purchase in multiple payments through the payment plan for 5 payments of $52.00 ($260.00 total), plus applicable ticket fees and shipping.
Payment plan ticket fees are $29.90 per ticket, which includes a $6.00 facility fee, $3.00 contribution to Coffee County, $1.00 charity donation, $5.00 payment plan fee ($1.00 per payment), and service fees.
There is a limit of (10) general admission payment plan tickets per order.
VIP packages are available for purchase in multiple payments through the payment plan for 5 payments of $295.00 ($1,475.00 total), plus applicable ticket fees and shipping.

Tullahoma Man Busted For Drugs

A Tullahoma man was arrested Monday night after authorities received information from California. An investigator with San Bernardino County, California notified investigators with the Tullahoma Police Department that they had intercepted a package that was being mailed to an addressed in Tullahoma.  Police decided to work with the California authorities and the package was shipped to Tullahoma. Monday night when the package was delivered, police and members of the Coffee County Drug Task Force arrested Dexter O’Neal Wellington, 33, of Cedar Lane Apartments. Drug Task Force member Billy Cook stated once inside the residence, we found seven pounds of what appeared to be Mexican marijuana that had apparently been shipped into this country in a tire”. In addition to the marijuana police also found a small amount of cocaine in the apartment. Wellington was charged with manufacture/delivery/sell of a controlled substance. His bond was set at $100,000 and he is scheduled to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court Feb.16. He remains in jail.