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TRAVEL FORECAST: 1 million Tennesseans will travel for Independence Day

TRAVEL FORECAST: 1 million Tennesseans will travel for Independence Day

Independence Day will be the busiest on record in Tennessee, as travel volumes continue to trend upwards with no sign of slowing down. AAA predicts over 1 million Tennesseans will travel 50 miles or more during the holiday weekend (June 30 – July 4). That’s 3% more than last year’s holiday, and is likely to set a new travel record in Tennessee for Independence Day. “The volume of travelers expected over Independence Day is a definite sign that summer travel is kicking into high gear,” said Debbie Haas, Vice President of Travel for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Earlier this year,...

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Manchester Independence Day celebration set for July 4th; Thunder Radio to broadcast patriotic music for fireworks

Manchester Independence Day celebration set for July 4th; Thunder Radio to broadcast patriotic music for fireworks

Manchester Parks and Recreation Department has announced its annual Independence Day celebration will be held on July 4th at Rotary Park. Provided for free will be live music and a spectacular fireworks show. Thunder Radio (107.9 FM, 1320 AM) will broadcast patriotic music to go along with fireworks at 9 p.m. The live music starts at 7 p.m. with The Spazmatics performing at Rotary Amphitheatre. There will be food trucks on site at Rotary Park to purchase meals, including Jefferson’s, Mercantile, El Oro Verde, Crazy Daisies, Common John Brewing Company, SnoBros, Ms. Pokey’s Lemonade and Bad Boys Bbq. The...

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TDH urges Tennesseans to be cautious in extreme heat and ‘look before you lock’

TDH urges Tennesseans to be cautious in extreme heat and ‘look before you lock’

 Extreme heat continues to impact the state and the Tennessee Department of Health is urging Tennesseans to follow important safety tips to avoid heat-related illnesses. ‘’Summer is usually a great time to be outdoors, and it is important to be careful when you’re out in the sun, especially in recent high temperatures occurring across the state,’’ said Tennessee Health Commissioner Morgan McDonald, MD, FACP, FAAP.‘’ To avoid heat-related illness it’s important to drink plenty of water and avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.’’ Heat-related Illness includes heat exhaustion which causes heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps,...

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One death reported at Bonnaroo 2022

One death reported at Bonnaroo 2022

Thunder Radio News. 1:15 p.m., June 20, 2022 Thunder Radio News has learned that one person passed away at the 2022 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. A female was found unresponsive early Sunday morning (June 19th, 2022). According to Manchester Police Department Chief Investigator Brandon Tomberlin, CPR was performed, the woman was transported to the main medical area and then to Unity Medical Center in Manchester, where she was pronounced deceased. The body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy. According to Tomberlin, no foul play is suspected at this time but investigation is...

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Gas prices dip 5 cents; Tennessee now 7th least expensive state for gas in the nation

Gas prices dip 5 cents; Tennessee now 7th least expensive state for gas in the nation

Thunder Radio News. 1:14 p.m., June 20, 2022 Gas prices across Tennessee are trending lower this week after a run of record-setting prices at the pump. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $4.59 which is 30 cents more expensive than one month ago and $1.74 more than one year ago.   The average price per gallon in Coffee County is $4.57, which is 2 cents below the state average and 41 cents below the national average of $4.98. “After weeks of increasing gas prices, Tennesseans are finally catching a small break at the pump. Tennessee also moved up one spot this week to the 7th least...

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Bump in Coffee County EMS pay added to proposed county budget

Bump in Coffee County EMS pay added to proposed county budget

Coffee County Budget and Finance has voted in include large pay increases to Coffee County EMS staff in the next year’s proposed budget. The committee voted for a 25% increase in pay for medics, EMT’s and paramedics and a 10% increase in pay for drivers. A 5% increase was included for EMS director Michael Bonner. Hiring problems and staff shortages have plagued Coffee County EMS for some time now, leaving the county often underserviced when it comes to available ambulance to service emergencies and...

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Bonnaroo 2022 – IN PHOTOS

Bonnaroo 2022 – IN PHOTOS

The 2022 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is the 19th time the festival has been held in Manchester since its inception in 2002. The festival was not held in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 and weather cancellation. Here are some photos of this year’s festival – headlined by J Cole, Tool and Stevie Nicks. More photos will be added later. Tove Lo performs on What Stage Friday, June 17, 2022. Photo by Douglas Mason. The Chicks perform on the Bonnaroo What Stage Friday, June 17, 2022. Photo by Charles ReaganAllison Krauss and Robert Plant perform on the Bonnaroo...

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Investigator Billy Cook retires after 40 years

Investigator Billy Cook retires after 40 years

After 40 years working in law enforcement, District Attorney Investigator Billy Cook has retired from service. Cook has spent the past 33 years with the Coffee County DA’s office. Coffee County District Attorney General Craig Northcott released the following statement: “I am both happy and sad to announce that, after 40 years in law enforcement including 33 years as an investigator for the District Attorney’s Office in Coffee County, Inv. Billy Cook has retired. His daily presence will be missed by all in this office and certainly me. His positive impact on this community’s safety cannot be overstated. He...

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Birthdays – June 23

Carter Weaver – 5 – Pizza Winner! Brian Hill – 46

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David Henry Hammon

Funeral services for Mr. David Henry Hammon, age 64 of Manchester, will be conducted at 2:00PM on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.  Burial will follow in Concord Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 12:00PM until the time of services at the funeral home.  Mr. Hammon passed from this life on …

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Manchester woman dies after swimming incident at Barton Springs

A Manchester woman has passed away after an incident at Barton Springs boat ramp late Tuesday night (June 21, 2022). According to Frank Watkins with the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department, police received a call of CPR in progress at approximately 11:40 p.m. Tuesday at the boat ramp. The victim, a 52-year old female from Manchester, …

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Bonnaroo officials pen letter to Coffee County leadership, disappointed in new fees

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival organizers penned a letter to county and state officials, dated June 21, with a strong tone against new event fees passed by the county commission that will assess a $5 per ticket fee on all tickets sold. The letter from Bonnaroo was signed by Brad Parker, project manager for C3 …

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