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From left, Jacob Shinta, construction superintendent with Robins & Morton; Russ Spray, CEO of Harton Regional Medical Center; and Trevor Castaneda, Harton COO, look over construction plan blueprints of a $4.9 million critical care unit expansion on the medical center’s third floor.
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$4.9M expansion planned to Harton CCU

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

STAFF WRITER kelly lapczynski and press release   Harton Regional Medical Center has begun construction on an estimated $4.9 million expanded Critical Care Unit (CCU) on the third floor of the patient tower, according to hospital CEO Russ Spray. Construction on the new unit is expected to be complete by the end of 2014. At more than 10,000 square feet, the new CCU will triple the size of the current

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Early voting turnout up 45% in Coffee County

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

STAFF WRITER marian galbraith   Early voting has grown in popularity across the state and in Coffee County compared to the last major election cycle in 2010, according to statistics released Thursday. Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett released a statewide comparison, by county, Thursday, of the first four days of early voting between August 2014 and August 2010. The table shows a 15 percent increase in early voting statewide,

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  • ‘Girl Scout royalty’ Milly Ellis honored

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Girl Scout Troop 1263 joins Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam Monday in honoring Tullahoma’s Milly Ellis, Tennessee’s oldest Girl Scout. In the front row, from left, are Megan Smith, Aubyrne Phillips, Abi-gail Fletcher, Alexis Smith, Olivia Hogan and Elizabeth Whiting. In the next row, on the left side, are Elizabeth Damewood, Casey York and Rachel Johnson. In the next row are Taylor Patterson, Sydnee Pendergraff, Molly Gupta, Ms. Ellis, Reanna Merrit, Taylor Chandler, Brooke Williams and Gracie Basham. In the back are Grace Morgan, Katie Giltner, First Lady Crissy Haslam, Gov. Bill Haslem, Mikayla Gressel, Laura Baker and Heather Dweck.  
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    STAFF WRITER marian galbraith   At age 104, Mildred “Milly” Ellis was recognized Monday as the “oldest living Girl Scout” in Tennessee, and possibly the nation as a whole, at the second annual “Coffee County Friends of Girls Scouting” luncheon at Lakewood Golf and Country Club. The event featured Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam, Mayor Lane Curlee and several executives of the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee.

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  • $4.9M expansion planned to Harton CCU

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    From left, Jacob Shinta, construction superintendent with Robins & Morton; Russ Spray, CEO of Harton Regional Medical Center; and Trevor Castaneda, Harton COO, look over construction plan blueprints of a $4.9 million critical care unit expansion on the medical center’s third floor.
--Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

    STAFF WRITER kelly lapczynski and press release   Harton Regional Medical Center has begun construction on an estimated $4.9 million expanded Critical Care Unit (CCU) on the third floor of the patient tower, according to hospital CEO Russ Spray. Construction on the new unit is expected to be complete by the end of 2014. At more than 10,000 square feet, the new CCU will triple the size of the current

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Tullahoma gets set to tee off new season

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:35 pm

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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  • CATS win Summer Race League Championship

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    The CATS swim team celebrates after winning gold at the Race League Championships held in Sewanee earlier this month. --Photo provided

    PRESS RELEASE After wrapping up an undefeated season, the Coffee County and Tullahoma Swim team (CATS) celebrated in Sewanee earlier this month. In their final race of the season on July 12, the CATS competed in the 2014 Summer Race League Championship. The local squad brought home the gold, finishing first out of nine total teams that competed in the championship. In a tight matchup, the CATS finished with 2,113.5

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  • Orzino, Capezza compete at Senior Olympics

    Posted on July 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    TULLAHOMA NEWS staff report Two Tullahoma residents recently made the most of their opportunities to prove that age is nothing but a number. Joe Capezza, 72, and Rick Orzino, 69, represented Franklin County last month in the state finals of the Tennessee Senior Olympics. Open to athletes ages 50 and up, the Tennessee Senior Olympics celebrated its 34th anniversary in late June with seven days of competition in Williamson County.

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Sewanee Writers’ Conference begins 25th year

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

press release   Celebrating its 25th summer session, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference began Tuesday and will run through Saturday, Aug. 2. It will feature readings, panels and lectures by distinguished faculty and nationally recognized editors, publishers, and literary agents. The conference opened Tuesday with a reading by poet Claudia Emerson. All readings and lectures are free, open to the public, and held on the University of the South campus in

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  • The Weekly Dig: For the love of school supplies

    Posted on July 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

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    LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle It’s that time of the year again, when the grind of going back to school is upon us. While I know most children can’t stand this time of the year, for me it’s one of my favorites as I love the school supplies that are available. Notebooks, notepads, Post-its, pencils, and the list just goes on and on. I love them all and take great delight

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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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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

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

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm

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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  • Community Playhouse sets new season

    Posted on July 17, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    The Community Playhouse is gearing up for a blockbuster season of productions that will include “9 to 5: The Musical,” “Deadly Departed,” “Shrek! The Musical” and “Legally Blonde.” Season tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online at www.communityplayhouse.org. Community Playhouse officers and members seated from left are Cynthia Reddekopp, president, and Debbie Sanders. Standing from left are Peggy Heyden, treasurer Amy Swanson, Todd Nichols, secretary K. Leigh Wilson, Janet Patter-son, Tim Warren, and librarian Rosie Graham.
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    SPECIAL TO THE NEWS rosie graham   The Community Playhouse, Inc. has announced its 2014-15 season of plays as it celebrates 60 years of providing live theater in Tullahoma and the surrounding communities. Along with the announcement of a new season, the playhouse has also elected new officers to carry on the business of the theater through the new year. Heading up the playhouse and its activities for the 2014-15

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  • Lehane’s latest crime drama returns readers to Prohibition

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 10:56 am

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    EDITOR susan campbell   In the opening paragraph of Dennis Lehane’s 2012 crime drama “Live by Night,” Joe Coughlin reflects on his life as the cement around his feet dries and he waits for death that will shortly come. It occurs to him that almost everything of note that had happened in his life, good or bad, had been set in motion the morning he first crossed paths with Emma

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