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Micah Williams resigning as CHS Red Raider basketball coach

Micah Williams resigning as CHS Red Raider basketball coach

Micah Williams celebrates as the final whistle sounds on a Red Raider victory over Riverdale in the 2021 Region 4-AAA quarter-finals. — Thunder Radio photo by Holly Peterson Coffee County Central High School head boys basketball coach Micah Williams is resigning his position, Thunder Radio learned Friday morning. Williams just completed his sixth season at the helm of the Red Raider basketball program. He is expected to be named the head coach at Webb School in Bell Buckle, although that has yet to be officially confirmed by Webb officials. Williams has communicated his resignation with his Raider players. Williams,...

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Gov. Lee’s budget amendment includes tax holidays, investments in mental health, education and economic development

Gov. Lee’s budget amendment includes tax holidays, investments in mental health, education and economic development

The state budget is the central focus in the last remaining weeks of the first session of the 112th General Assembly as committees begin to complete their business for year. Gov. Bill Lee this week announced his amendment to the proposed 2021-22 fiscal year budget which includes $580 million in available funds. These funds will be invested in strategic long-term projects that focus on a return to pre-pandemic priorities and deliver critical services while not growing government. The budget amendment also includes nearly $100 million for a two-week sales tax holiday on all grocery sales, purchases at restaurants, and...

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CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH: Share. Show you care. Prevent child abuse.

CHILD ABUSE AWARENESS MONTH: Share. Show you care. Prevent child abuse.

By Elena Cawley Below is part 4 of a 7-part series written by Elena Cawley and published by Thunder Radio in an effort to bring awareness to child abuse awareness and prevention in our community. It’s extremely important to promote awareness by educating everyone on what signs to look for and how to report abuse, according to Leanne Eaton, director of Youth Services for Coffee County. Eaton has seen the effects of child abuse. She has seen children who became withdrawn or resistant to discuss their home life with her. Their grades would drop, or they would lose interest...

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Manchester Police Dept. promotes ‘slow down Tennessee’ to reduce speed-related crashes

Manchester Police Dept. promotes ‘slow down Tennessee’ to reduce speed-related crashes

– The Manchester Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to promote “Slow Down Tennessee.” During April 16 – 30, The Manchester Police Department will increase education, awareness, and enforcement efforts to help reduce speeding-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities statewide. The Manchester Police Department enforces all traffic laws on each and every shift. We will also use funds from our THSO Grant to hold a Saturation during this period of time to focus on traffic offenses and DUI Enforcement. The State of Tennessee requires motorists to always exercise due care and maintain a safe speed...

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Tennessee has slight unemployment uptick in March

Tennessee has slight unemployment uptick in March

In March, Tennessee employers had the most people on their payrolls since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic one year ago. Despite the increase in job creation during the month, the state did experience a slight increase in overall unemployment.According to newly released data from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD), unemployment increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 5% in March.The new jobless rate continues to sit near pre-pandemic levels. Over the past year, Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 4% in March 2020, to 5% this year.Tennessee employers added 15,400 employees to their...

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Tennessee residents can now manage WIC from their phone

Tennessee residents can now manage WIC from their phone

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Health announced Thursday the release of the WICShopper application for smartphones. As a part of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, the new WICShopper app is another tool to help participants establish and re-enforce healthy eating habits.The WICShopper app helps WIC participants identify what they can purchase with their prescribed WIC benefits. The app allows WIC participants to scan the UPC barcode of store products determining whether that product is allowable as a WIC food item and on the participants WIC benefits. There are many key features such as location of Health...

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Pretrial incarceration up 163% in 53 Tennessee rural counties

Pretrial incarceration up 163% in 53 Tennessee rural counties

By Nadia Ramligan, TN Public News Service For rural Tennesseans, the cash-bail system has accelerated an endless cycle of arrests, excessively high bonds and incarceration, in communities already grappling with a substance-abuse epidemic and shrinking local economies.According to a Vera Institute of Justice study, pre-trial incarcerations have jumped by 163% in the 53 rural Tennessee counties, compared with a 2% increase in urban areas in the past two decades.Selina Williams, a mental-health liaison at Carey Counseling Center in Union City, a town with a population of about 10,000, said rural families without the means to pay bail suffer the most.“People feel like...

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Manchester Police need help solving storage unit burglaries

Manchester Police need help solving storage unit burglaries

The Manchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify a man responsible for recent storage unit burglaries in the area.  Look at the photos below. If you can identify this person or the vehicle, contact MPD investigator Bryan Eldridge at 931-728-2099. Tips are anonymous. ...

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Virginia Scruggs Jared

Virginia Scruggs Jared (83) of Hillsboro, passed away Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a brief illness.  Born in Nashville she attended Hillsboro High School in Nashville and Christian Women’s College in Missouri.  Virginia is survived by her husband of 61 years, Shaw Jared, daughters Anne Sinclair (Clark) of Bluffton, SC …

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JoAnn H. Bivins

JoAnn H. Bivins of Tullahoma passed this life on Monday, April 19, 2021 atthe Life Care Center of Tullahoma at the age of 84. Funeral Services arescheduled for 2 PM Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Daves-Culbertson FuneralHome with burial to follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.  The family willreceive friends from 1 – 2 PM. …

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Manchester Police need help identifying subjects in two incidents

Manchester Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify individuals in two separate incidents. There is a photo of a small, white extended-cab pickup truck that was allegedly involved in a hit and run accident at Murphy Oil on April 10. Police also need help identifying three individuals – a white female and …

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Dream for Weave Foundation offering two scholarships to CHS athletes

The Dream for Weave Foundation – founded after the passing of Dennis Weaver – has announced that it will be awarding two scholarships to deserving Coffee County Central athletes next month. There will be one scholarship each awarded to a graduating male and female athlete at CHS. These scholarship recipients will be selected by the …

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