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Father of boys in shooting case indicted

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 3:17 pm

STAFF WRITER wayne thomas   The father of a Hillsboro toddler who was accidentally shot in March has been indicted by the Coffee County Grand Jury. Martin Jackson Anderson, 20, of A Street, Hillsboro, was indicted on two counts of aggravated child abuse of children under 8 years old, and two counts of reckless endangerment by the April term of the grand jury. Anderson’s 18-month-old son was accidentally shot in

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County to outsource inmate health care

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm

STAFF WRITER marian galbraith   In an attempt to get inmate medical costs under better control at the county jail, the Coffee County Purchasing Commission voted Monday to outsource the inmate health care operations to Quality Correctional Health Care (QCHC). Outsourcing will begin in May and is expected to cost $456,000 per year. According to its website, QCHC is a physician-owned correctional health care provider based in Birmingham, Alabama. The

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  • Father of boys in shooting case indicted

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    STAFF WRITER wayne thomas   The father of a Hillsboro toddler who was accidentally shot in March has been indicted by the Coffee County Grand Jury. Martin Jackson Anderson, 20, of A Street, Hillsboro, was indicted on two counts of aggravated child abuse of children under 8 years old, and two counts of reckless endangerment by the April term of the grand jury. Anderson’s 18-month-old son was accidentally shot in

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  • Martha’s owner unhappy with Matheny wreck settlement

    Posted on April 21, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Martha’s Home Décor owner Martha Bowlin has placed signs outside her 503 E. Carroll St. business in response to an insurance settlement dispute over a damage done to her business when state Rep. Judd Matheny crashed through the building in December. 
Staff Photo by Kelly Lapczynski

    STAFF WRITER kelly lapczynski   Delays in an insurance settlement have prompted business owner Martha Bowlin to place a couple of signs berating state Rep. Judd Matheny and his auto insurance agency, State Farm, on site outside her 503 E. Carroll St. flower and gift shop. Bowlin says she is still seeking compensation for damages to her shop after a December traffic accident caused extensive damage to the building and

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Tullahoma junior Shannon Reagan competes in the high jump at the District 8-AAA Championships on April 14. Reagan qualified for the state pentathlon with her performance at sectionals on Tuesday. --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

Tullahoma junior clinches spot at state pentathlon

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 4:52 pm

By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor  Tullahoma High School junior Shannon Reagan added her name to the lore of track and field history after clinching a spot in this year’s TSSAA Class AAA State Pentathlon Tuesday. This week the THS track and field teams sent five competitors to the Section 2-AAA Pentathlon and Decathlon held at Rhea County High School. The pentathlon and half of the decathlon took place on Tuesday,

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  • Wildcats take two over Buckhorn

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor After a pair of dismal performances to end last week, the Wildcats opened this week’s slate of games with a similar result when they hosted Huntsville on Tuesday. With the game tied at 6 in the top of the sixth, the Panthers plated a run off of a Tullahoma error. Four unearned runs in the seventh allowed Huntsville to break the game open as it

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  • Jones punches out 17, downs Tullahoma 3-0

    Posted on April 23, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Coffee County pitcher Brianna Jones throws against Tullahoma on Wednesday. Jones had 17 strikeouts in the Lady Raiders' win. --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor Coffee County senior Brianna Jones upped her season record to 17-0 as she limited Tullahoma to just two hits in a 3-0 road victory for the Lady Raiders on Wednesday. Jones recorded 17 strikeouts on the night and boosted her strikeout total on the year to 236. In 119.2 innings pitched to date, she has an ERA of 0.18 and allowed 38 hits. Senior Joanna

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Lifestyles

Cassie Jackson and her son, Connor Donahue, enjoy the view from the back porch of the main house at Blue Monarch.
								--Photo Provided

‘Dreams, miracles’ offered at Blue Monarch

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm

STAFF WRITER marian galbraith   Now in its 12th year of operation, “dreams, miracles and positive transformation” continue as goals of Blue Monarch, a long-term, Christian faith-based treatment and recovery center located in rural Coffee County for abused and addicted women and their children. Owned and operated by and for women, Blue Monarch’s stated mission is to provide a therapeutic residential community for women with a history of drug addiction,

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  • Chow down with food festivals

    Posted on April 21, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Attendees of all ages have the chance to participate in the annual Cornbread Festival Cook-off in South Pittsburg. Finalist Lauren Woods shows off her freshly baked bread at 2014 4-H cornbread cook-off.
					  -Photos Provided by the National Cornbread Festival

    LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle   Cornbread, barbeque and ramen noodles are just a few of the mouth-watering dishes that await epicureans across the Volunteer State in the next few weeks. Just down the road, the 19th annual National Cornbread Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday in downtown South Pittsburg. Activities and events include a carnival, beauty contest, classic car show, historic tours of the surrounding area, a pancake breakfast, 5K

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  • Sketching his future

    Posted on April 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

    John McAmis of Tullahoma is a sophomore at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and the university’s only animation major through the College Scholars program.
--Photo by Ryan McGill

    McAmis UT’s sole animation major   SPECIAL TO THE NEWS jessica carr   Paper. Pencil. Imagination. Sitting in a coffee shop and studying people, John McAmis presses his sharpened pencil to his sketchbook. As he draws, he tries to capture people’s facial expressions and hand gestures—essential details to an animator. “I 100 percent believe that animation is the closest that humans will get to real magic,” said McAmis, of Tullahoma,

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Entertainment

‘Shrek: The Musical’ opens April 17

Posted on April 5, 2015 at 8:00 am

SPECIAL TO THE NEWS rosie graham   There’s a big green ogre headed to Tullahoma, and he’s bringing a wisecracking donkey, a feisty princess and a host of well-known and beloved fairy tale characters with him. In time for the spring play season, the Community Playhouse Inc. will paint the town green as it presents its final production of the year, “Shrek: The Musical.” According to director Heather Kleinfeld, Shrek

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  • ‘The Girl on the Train’ is good summer thriller

    Posted on April 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    web Girl on the Train

    EDITOR susan campbell   I will be the first to admit that when choosing a book to read, I generally do not turn to thrillers. The last thriller I read was “Gone Girl,” and it took me quite a long while to recover. Prior to that it was “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and I could spend an entire column writing about how much and why I disliked that

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  • N’uh Uh! Now you can literally wear that Big Mac

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    One item in the new McDonald’s clothing line is a two-piece thermal underwear set. Or maybe it’s pajamas. I guess it’s possible they’re supposed to be workout clothes.  -- Photo provided

    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   Writing this column is not always easy. Believe it or not, sometimes I have a hard time finding things to complain about. There are weeks when I scour the remote corners of the Internet, searching for something weird, wonderful or out-there enough to write 20 inches about only to come up empty or find myself stretching so hard to make a point that I’m risking

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