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Firearm Information Privacy Protection Act advances in TN committees

Firearm Information Privacy Protection Act advances in TN committees

Legislation that seeks to protect the anonymity of citizens related to firearm ownership is moving through the Tennessee House committee system. Similar to the protections guaranteed by the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), House Bill 1171, also known as the Firearm Information Privacy Protection Act (FIPPA), will protect Tennesseans who are exercising their right to own and purchase firearms. This legislation will create a Class A misdemeanor for any public personnel that intentionally discloses information about an owner of a firearm, for the purpose of compiling a federal firearms registry or confiscation of firearms. The bill will...

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Tennessee Department of Health issues statement on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Tennessee Department of Health issues statement on Johnson & Johnson vaccine

The Tennessee Department of Health is acting upon recent guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Our vaccine supply continues to surpass demand and we do not anticipate this shift will impact our efforts to vaccinate as many Tennesseans as possible. We continue to monitor the situation closely. While the reports of serious adverse events after the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are rare, six cases out of nearly 7 million doses administered, TDH is taking necessary...

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COVID vaccines available at fairgounds next week without appointment

COVID vaccines available at fairgounds next week without appointment

Anyone still looking to receive the COVID-19 vaccine – there will be vaccines next week at the fairgounds with no appointment needed. Currently, the vaccine is available to people ages 16 and older. The health department will be administering the vaccine at the Coffee County Fairgrounds  next week with no appointment required at the following times: Monday, April 12 from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Tuesday – Thursday, April 13-15, from 1-3 p.m. Friday, April 16, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Appointments for vaccines are also still available and can be booked at...

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United Way of Highway 55 still accepting applications for allocation cycle

United Way of Highway 55 still accepting applications for allocation cycle

The Director of United Way of Highway 55, Ashley Abraham, is reminding non profits that this is the time to apply for allocations from the organization. United Way of Highway 55 allocations process has begun. Each year, United Way of Highway 5 strives to reach and receive more applications in all 3 counties served – Coffee, Moore and Warren. Last year, there were 22 applicants. Any non profits wishing to apply should email Ashley Abraham directly at director@highway55unitedway.org. United Way prides itself on being a safe, effective outlet for donors to make a difference in their community. We raise...

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TN General Assembly passes bill aiming to curb catalytic converter thefts

TN General Assembly passes bill aiming to curb catalytic converter thefts

The Tennessee General Assembly last week unanimously passed legislation that aims to curb thefts of catalytic converters in Tennessee.  In partnership with local and state law enforcement agencies, House Bill 1155 targets those who steal catalytic converters from cars. The bill requires any entity engaged in buying these unattached parts to notify law enforcement of these purchases. This will support the creation of a registry which will help suppress criminal activity in Tennessee.  House Bill 1155 heads to the governor’s desk for his...

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TN legislature to make COVID relief tax deductible for business

TN legislature to make COVID relief tax deductible for business

Tennessee businesses will be eligible to receive more pandemic assistance through a bill that will exempt relief funds from state taxes. Tennessee lawmakers  last Monday night successfully guided unanimous passage of House Bill 776 which exempts Covid-19 relief payments received between March 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2021 from the state’s excise taxes. This legislation provides an excise tax deduction for Tennessee business and entities that have received or will receive such relief payments in 2020 and 2021. Businesses that received funds from the following programs are eligible for the deduction: Tennessee Business Relief Program; Tennessee Supplemental Employer Recovery...

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Tennessee gas prices down a penny from last week

Tennessee gas prices down a penny from last week

For the second time this year, the Tennessee Gas Price average saw a week over week decrease – down a penny compared to last week. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $2.68 which is 4 cents more than one month ago and $1.05 more than one year ago. The average price in Coffee County is $2.65 per gallon of regular unleaded, which is 3 cents below the state average. The national average is $2.86. “After a wild March, Americans are seeing a little stability at the pump. On the week, 40 states’ averages either increased or decreased by...

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Tullahoma needs volunteers for beautification day

Tullahoma needs volunteers for beautification day

Saturday, April 24 from 8:00 am until 11:00am volunteers are asked to help spring clean Tullahoma in the Community Beautification Day. Volunteers can report to Public Works for tools, safety vests and assignments between 8:00 and 9:00 am. Citizens are also encouraged to do their own cleaning without Public Works if they do not need to report service hours. “Getting litter picked-up is critical to the vibrancy of our City,” said Director of Public Works, Butch Taylor. “We ask residents to not litter. With your help, we can go a long way in keeping Tullahoma clean and beautiful. It...

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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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