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Why city and county schools closed for illness

Both the City of Manchester and Coffee County sch0ol districts closed this past week due to illness – the city was closed Monday, Feb. 11, while the county was closed Friday, Feb. 8 and the following Monday. Neither district’s calendar will be affected by the closings.


Four officers disciplined concerning inmate left outside overnight in Coffee County Justice Center

The Coffee County Sheriff Department’s investigation concerning an inmate being left outside overnight at the county Justice Center has resulted in four officers facing disciplinary actions.


Heavy rains close road, bridge over Wilson Dam; Tennessee River spots near flood stage

The Tennessee Valley Authority has closed the road and bridge over Wilson Dam due to hazardous conditions created by heavy rain. TVA spokesman Scott Fiedler said the road and bridge that spans the Tennessee River between Florence and Muscle Shoals will remain closed until further notice. North Alaba


UPDATE: Escaped inmate captured in Tennessee, waiting extradition to be brought back to Warren County

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Warren County Regional Jailer Stephen Harmon says it's just a matter of time before Benjamin Pedigo is back in Kentucky. Pedigo was an inmate in the Warren County Regional Jail who escaped while taking out the trash on the night of February 10.


Lightning hits plane, diverts flight to Tennessee

A plane carrying 164 people was forced to land in Tennessee after a lightning strike, Chattanooga CBS affiliate WDEF reported. The flight was heading from Milwaukee to Atlanta when it landed safely around 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.


Alzheimer’s Tennessee revives local playwright’s work

The Alzheimer’s Tennessee of South Central Tennessee presents “Beyond the Rain,” a play written by local author Weldon Payne that discusses the struggles caregivers face when a loved one faces memory loss. It will run March 1-3 at the Manchester Arts Center.


Some Tennessee SNAP recipients to receive March benefits early

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Human Services is advising SNAP recipients that they may receive their March benefits early. Those who normally get their benefits on the first through sixth day of the month will receive benefits on their normal date.


Preparation is key to staying safe during floods

It’s expected to rain every day this week, so flooding is expected in some areas of the county. Learning how to better prepare yourself for a flood and what to do during a flood could make a difference in damages, life and death.


High court won’t consider Tennessee death row inmate’s case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t hear the case of a Tennessee death row inmate who claimed his rights were violated when he was forced to represent himself at trial. In 2016, WREG’s Stephanie Scurlock reported on the case of Tony Von Carruthers and his accomplice after the family claimed they we


Nurse practitioners not allowed to prescribe drug used to treat opioid addiction

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Nurse practitioners across the state are trying to prescribe a drug to treat opioid addiction. However, it’s not allowed in Tennessee. The CEO of Neighborhood Health, Brian Haile, wants that to change so their clinics can serve their clients in rural areas. There are clinic


Suspects arrested after AK-47 fired outside Tennessee bar: police

A suspect in Nashville, Tenn., fired off an AK-47 outside a bar early Wednesday before fleeing the scene, police said. Officers were patrolling the area around 2:15 p.m. when they observed a fight outside a nightclub. Security guards broke up the fight and three people walked away from the scene.


City schools to add to ESP program

City schools to test ESP at Westwood Middle School. Manchester Board of Education approved a motion during the February board meeting to create a pilot extended school program for middle school age students.


County delays attorney hiring decision

County officials continue to discuss hiring a full-time county attorney instead of keeping a local attorney on retainer. Talks of hiring a full-time attorney began at a Jan. 9 meeting of the Coffee County Personnel and Compensation Committee, at which time members voted to initiate the process.


Thanks to Anger and Lust, Tennessee is 5th most sinful state in the US

Tennessee is the 5th most sinful state in the Union, according to a study done by WalletHub. Every state is known for its own virtues and vices and the Volunteer State seems to have more than a few.


Tennessee Highway Patrol's 'Ghost' to patrol Tri-Cities region

TRI-CITIES, TN (WJHL) - Tennessee Highway Patrol is using a low-profile method to patrol area roads and catch impaired or distracted drivers. THP rolled out what it calls "Ghost". The incognito vehicles allow law enforcement markings to appear almost invisible giving troopers the opportunity to keep


Tennessee woman stabs customer in McDonald's drive-thru line, police say

woman wasn't apparently lovin’ it while waiting in a McDonald’s drive-thru line. Asalene Branch, 29, was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after she allegedly attacked another woman in the drive-thru line at a McDonald’s in Memphis on Monday, FOX13 reported.


Flash flood threat Wednesday morning in Middle Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Heavy thunderstorms could create areas of flooding Wednesday morning across Middle Tennessee. The early commute is going to be a challenge. Check the latest weather advisories at wkrn.com/alerts.


When it rains: Thunderstorms bring rain, lightning, & hail to Tennessee, North Georgia

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Tuesday night's thunderstorms brought rain, lightning, and hail to parts of North Georgia and Southeast Tennessee. Many in Rossville shared videos and pictures with us showing pea-sized hail covering the ground.


Middle Tennessee police department seeking volunteers to get drunk on their dime

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--A Middle Tennessee police department is looking for volunteers to get drunk for free. The Coopertown Police Department is seeking six volunteers to drink alcohol of their choosing in an effort to help the department with a day of DUI training.


Franklin County arrest reports in Feb. 19 edition

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The following information on arrests made by state and local authorities is taken from Franklin County Jail intake reports.) Lindberg Dewayne Bailey, 49, 305 Hawkins Cove Road, Cowan, arrested on Feb. 5, disorderly conduct, released $1,500 bond, court date March 7.