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Two of the Tullahoma Police Department’s certified Police Mountain Bike Association patrol officers are Derrick Derlien, left, and Daryn Gadeken.
-- Photo by Winston Brooks

Certified bike patrol officers to increase public safety

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 3:54 pm

The Tullahoma Police Department has taken another step to improve services to the citizens and visitors of the community, according to Chief Paul Blackwell. Four officers assigned to the patrol division have received certification from the Police Mountain Bike Association and will be deployed at public events where the use of a motorized vehicle is not practical, Blackwell said. The Rock Creek greenway is one of the areas frequently used

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Report: Social Security trust funds depleted by 2033

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm

The Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds on Tuesday. The combined asset reserves of the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds are projected to become depleted in 2033, unchanged from last year, with 77 percent of benefits still payable at that time. The DI Trust Fund will become depleted in 2016, also

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  • Contentious DA race evident at political forum

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    Craig Northcott

    STAFF WRITER josh peterson   Both candidates for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s office, which is comprised of Coffee County, were on the offensive at Thursday night’s political forum held at the Manchester-Coffee County Conference Center and sponsored by the Manchester Times and Thunder Radio. Incumbent District Attorney Mickey Layne (D) and challenger Craig Northcott (R) spent most of their 30-minute debate attacking one another on key voting points. Northcott

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  • Police to watch for speeders in school zones

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    press release Summer break has ended for students in the Tullahoma City Schools, and Police Chief Paul Blackwell is asking all drivers that travel city streets in the mornings and afternoons to be as careful as possible. According to Blackwell, officers will be particularly watchful for traffic violations for speeders in school zones, children not buckled up or not in a proper child restraint system, illegal parking, letting children out

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Tullahoma football players Jake Crabtree (right) and Riley Darden battle in a blocking drill at practice on Monday. --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

Tullahoma football: Position battles start to heat up

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:26 pm

By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor As Tullahoma High School started a new school year on Tuesday, the football team officially opened fall camp one day earlier. According to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) rules, teams were allowed to open full-padded practices on Monday. Until this point, teams were only allowed to practice in helmets and shoulder pads. During the months of June and July, Tullahoma Head Coach John

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  • Golf season tees off with Lakewood tourney

    Posted on July 26, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Brentwood High School golf player Nash Gilchrist chips a ball just outside of the green on the second hole at the Lakewood Country Club on Thursday. After three players tied for first, shooting a 73 on the course, a playoff was needed to determine a winner. Gilchrist ended up winning the American City Bank and Star Physical Therapy High School Invitational. 
—Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    TULLAHOMA NEWS staff report The Tullahoma High School golf season officially got underway on Thursday when the American City Bank and Star Physical Therapy High School Invitational took place at Lakewood Country Club. Twelve boys teams competed in the tournament alongside six complete girls teams. In total, 10 high schools had girls compete in the Tullahoma tournament. On the boys’ side, Tullahoma finished seventh out of the 12 teams competing.

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  • Tullahoma gets set to tee off new season

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Ellen Morataya

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor While students from around Tullahoma are enjoying their final days of summer, some of the THS athletes are already back at work. School officially opens on July 29, but the Tullahoma High School golf season officially gets underway on Thursday. The Wildcats and Lady ’Cats squads start their 2014 season by participating in the American City Bank and Star Physical Therapy High School Invitational held

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Ray and Ginny Burns, of Hillsboro, prepare homemade peach ice cream using family-made milk and local peaches. 
--Staff Photos by John Coffelt

We all scream for peach ice cream

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Local dairy’s peach ice cream recipe offers straight-from-the-farm taste   STAFF WRITER john coffelt For Ginny Burns, daughter of local farm-direct dairy provider Dennis and Lois Casey of Casey Family Farms, freshness is a family legacy. So her go-to ice cream recipe is sure to deliver. “With the Cream Line Milk, you don’t need the cream because it has the cream in it,” Burns said. The Burns recipe is wonderfully

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  • Old Stone Fort to hold Don’t Muck the Duck II cleanup

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Kirsti Tuers, Old Stone Fort State Park seasonal interpretative park ranger, and volunteer Brian Wofford collect trash during this year’s first Cruise the Duck canoe litter pickup. 
--File Photo by John Coffelt

    Old Stone Fort State Archeological Park will hold another cruise the Duck canoe litter clean up at 2 p.m., Aug. 3, on the Duck River. Space is limited for on park canoes. Make reservations by calling the office at 723-5073, or bring your own canoe or kayak.   Old Stone Fort weekend program schedule Friday, Aug. 1 3:30 p.m.: Prehistoric Toys. The Native Americans created dolls out of corncobs, branches,

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  • Today’s kindergarten is no longer ‘cut and paste’

    Posted on July 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Ginny Pack, kindergarten teacher at Farrar Elementary School in Tullahoma, shows some of her teaching techniques as she gets set to begin her 29th year with the city system.  
— Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be. Just ask Ginny Pack. “It’s no longer cut and paste kindergarten,” she said. “If I did cut and paste kindergarten, I wouldn’t be teaching very long because my kids wouldn’t be ready for the next grade level.” Pack has been a Tullahoma City Schools teacher for nearly 30 years, spending her entire career working with the youngest pupils

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Good Reads: ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ is funny, heartbreaking

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

EDITOR susan campbell   With the advantage of history, Americans will look back on the Iraq War and wonder if it was worth it. We will ask ourselves if we were deceived as to the reasons for invading a country that had not invaded us. We will wonder if Iraq was truly the epicenter of Middle East unrest that we were led to believe. And what about those WMDs? Ben

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  • N’uh Uh! The curse of rage face

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Jack White’s rage face sparked an Internet frenzy after someone snapped this unflattering photo of the musician at a Cubs game last Friday. –Photo provided

    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   Jack White, I feel your pain. The Internet exploded this week when a photo of the musician taken at last Friday’s Cubs game popped up online. Let’s just say it doesn’t look like Jack is having a good time. It wasn’t long before the image went viral, spawning dozens of memes using Jack’s expression as a jumping off point for jokes about everything from his

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  • N’uh Uh! Discovering the naked truth on basic cable

    Posted on July 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    The Discovery Channel is currently airing "Naked and Afraid" a reality show where two strangers are dropped off in the wilderness, without food, water or clothing and left to survive on their own for three weeks. -- Photo by The Discovery Channel

    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   When reality TV first came into vogue, many shows promoted themselves as depicting the naked truth. The latest cringe worthy trend in the genre seems to involve taking the naked part of that literally. The Discovery Channel is currently airing “Naked and Afraid,” a show in which two strangers — a man and a woman — are dropped in the middle of the wilderness for

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