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Starting with the first day of school on July 29, pupils at all four of the city’s elementary schools will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at school for no charge, after the district entered into an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture. Lunch menu items will include popcorn shrimp and chicken, along with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Breakfasts will include at least one cup of fruit with the milk and grain compo-nent daily.
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No-cost meals await all elementary pupils when doors open Tuesday

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:12 pm

STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   Parents of elementary school pupils will not have to worry about remembering to include lunch money in their children’s backpacks, school officials announced this week. Beginning on the first day of school, Tuesday, July 29, students at all four of the city’s elementary schools will be provided with breakfast and lunch at no charge, regardless of family income. Tullahoma City Schools has entered into a

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City’s ‘Child Find’ checks tots who may need special services

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:16 pm

Tullahoma City Schools provides special education programs and related services for children beginning at age three, according to La Donna Smith, paraprofessional with the CDC pre-K classroom. “If the child is determined to be eligible for services according to state and federal criteria, early intervention services are provided at no cost to the family and are designed to meet the unique needs of each individual child,” Smith said. The Child

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  • Wheel tax vote on November ballot

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    STAFF WRITER marian galbraith   In November, voters will be asked at the ballot booth whether or not to implement a motor vehicle privilege tax (wheel tax) of $50 per vehicle in Coffee County. The Coffee County Commission approved a bill Tuesday that will let voters decide how they would prefer their tax increase. If voters approve the wheel tax, which will be implemented through the Coffee County Clerk’s office,

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  • Veterans Viaduct repairs underway

    Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Bridge carpenter Juan Carlos Ramirez with Mid-State Construction from Livingston works on the underside of the Veterans Viaduct on East Carroll Street Thursday morning. Begin-ning next week, lane closures on the viaduct are expected as crews work on the topside of the structure.  
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    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   A project to upgrade the structural integrity of the Veterans Viaduct is underway. The tee beam and concrete bridge, which spans the CSX railroad tracks and Southwest and Southeast Atlantic streets, was constructed in 1941. It is maintained by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Mid-State Construction, based in Livingston, was awarded the state contract in the amount of $1,177,559. Following an following an inspection

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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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Sharon Edwards, children’s librarian at the Coffee County Lannon Memorial Public, leads children’s story hour on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. The library has planned a series of special events throughout the month of August.
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The library: A place for learning and dreaming

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm

LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle   Oftentimes, early in the morning, children’s laughter can be heard throughout the Lannom Memorial Public Library in Tullahoma. While the library is otherwise known for its quiet atmosphere, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, children’s story hour means lots of laughter and participation from some of the library’s youngest patrons. Children’s librarian Sharon Edwards leads each story hour, saying it is all about having the

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  • Sewanee Writers’ Conference begins 25th year

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

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    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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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 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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