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TDOT to halt lane closures over long Thanksgiving weekend

TDOT to halt lane closures over long Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving travelers will not be delayed by construction on Tennessee roads during this holiday. TDOT will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state. All construction related lane closures will be stopped beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 through 6:00 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2020. “Thanksgiving is typically the most traveled holiday of the year,” said TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright. “Halting road work during this time will provide maximum capacity on our highways and help alleviate congestion, especially during the predicted peak travel days of...

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Coffee County Explorers learn handcuff, radio techniques with sheriff’s department

Coffee County Explorers learn handcuff, radio techniques with sheriff’s department

Coffee County Sheriff’s Department SRO Hassan Peterson and other officials spent time Monday with members of the Coffee County Explorers Post 1935. The explorer program is designed for students to understand the basics of law enforcement. On Monday, members trained in handcuffing techniques. Interviewing victims and radio procedures. The Coffee County Explorer Post 1935 name comes from the same year Ben McCullough was killed in the line of duty in Coffee County – August 10, 1935. (A Coffee County Explorer practices his handcuffing skills on Daniel Ray with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department). ...

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Manchester Christmas Parade to feature 70 entries

Manchester Christmas Parade to feature 70 entries

This year’s Manchester Christmas Parade lineup is set. The COVID-19 pandemic means fewer entries – but still a large list of participants. There are 70 entries signed up for this year’s parade. Due to COVID-19 – participating floats are asked to not throw out candy this year. The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28 and travel North on US Hwy 41 from Highway 55, then turn onto the downtown square via W. Main St. Thunder Radio will be on hand to emcee the parade as it passes the main stage on W. Main...

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Citing COVID-19, Manchester Parks Department closes park restrooms through Feb. 1

Citing COVID-19, Manchester Parks Department closes park restrooms through Feb. 1

Manchester Parks and Recreation Department announced Monday that it is closing bathrooms in public parks. The department cites an “increase in cases of COVID-19” for the reasoning to close restrooms in Dave King Park, Fred Deadman Park and the Soccer Park. The restrooms will remain closed through February 1, according to the department. Despite these closures, the Manchester Recreation Center remains open for business. According to Tennessee Department of Health, there are 321 active cases of the COVID-19 virus in Coffee County as of Monday. This number is up 3 from the previous...

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Tennessee now 7th cheapest market for gas in U.S.

Tennessee now 7th cheapest market for gas in U.S.

Tennessee gas prices, on average, are nearly two cents cheaper heading into the Thanksgiving holiday. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $1.85 which is nearly seven cents less than one month ago and nearly 46 cents less than one year ago. The average price in Coffee County is one penny higher than the state average, at $1.86 per gallon of regular unleaded. The national average is $2.10. “Typically, cheaper gas prices are an incentive for people to travel during a holiday weekend, but that is just not the case this year,” said Megan Cooper, spokeswoman, AAA – The...

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Homelessness expected to worsen as pandemic continues

Homelessness expected to worsen as pandemic continues

By Nadia Ramligan, Tenn. public news service As eviction moratoriums let up at the start of the new year, more families are likely to experience homelessness. People without stable housing are at higher risk of exposure to the coronavirus. And with the onset of cold weather, providers expect a spike in demand for shelter, food and outreach services. Marybeth Shinn, a professor at Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, said while moratoriums imposed during the pandemic work to delay evictions, they do not prevent them. She noted arrears for rent, utilities and fees continue to...

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Motlow places thermal scanners at each campus

Motlow places thermal scanners at each campus

Motlow State has placed thermal temperature scanners at building entryways on each of its campuses. Each thermal scanner provides a non-contact fever inspection kiosk that provides detection of temperature, with or without a mask, in less than one second. The thermal scanners are now provided as a supplemental aid to Motlow’s existing on-campus requirements (mscc.edu/healthy-motlow). Students, staff, and visitors are still required to submit a self-assessment health screening form before coming to any Motlow campus. The scanners are simple to use. Walk towards the scanner and it will detect your presence. It will display your temperature on the screen...

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Take extra precaution to avoid house fires during the holidays

Take extra precaution to avoid house fires during the holidays

 In a year when large holiday gatherings may not be possible, fire damage restoration specialist Gene Walter of SERVPRO of Coffee/Franklin/Warren Counties says a focus on family decorating traditions and more intimate celebrations may take on extra significance. “It’s as important to keep safety top of mind with a small family gathering as it is with a large holiday party,” says Walter. “We all enjoy bringing the glow of the holiday season to our homes with Christmas trees or menorahs and candlelight, but these statistics from the U.S. Fire Administration show how easy it is for home decorating to...

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