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Brad Weir, 44, was suspended without pay from his coaching position at Coffee County Central High School in February after he was charged with statutory rape by an authority figure after an alleged sexual incident with a 15-year-old student. He was released on $100,000 bond.
--File Photo by Josh Peterson

Investigation shows pattern of behavior by suspended Coffee County coach

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm

MANCHESTERTIMES EDITOR josh peterson   Suspended Coffee County Central High School head baseball coach Brad Weir came to Coffee County in 2014 after six separate, one-year stints as head coach at different schools in Georgia, according to public records and testimony obtained in a Manchester Times investigation. These included a mysterious, early-season resig-nation, inappropriate text messages and an inauspicious history with women. Weir, 44, a 17-year coaching veteran before arriving

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Hundreds of planes expected at AOPA event

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 4:48 pm

STAFF WRITER wayne thomas   The local community got its first taste of what is involved in hosting an Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) fly-in during a gathering of pilots and city officials held Tuesday at the Beechcraft Heritage Museum. The local AOPA event is set for Oct. 9-10 at the Tullahoma Regional Airport. Chris Eads, director of outreach and events for AOPA, said they are expecting between 500

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  • City set for first wave of grocery wine sales

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    STAFF WRITER kelly lapczynski   Tullahoma’s Kroger grocery store will be among the first wave of supermarkets to sell wine under a new state law going into effect in July 2016. Community Relations Manager Melissa Eads confirms that in every Mid-South city where the wine in retail food stores legislation passed, Kroger is working to have its grocery stores “ready to sell in July of 2016.” The wine in retail

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  • Results promising in classroom breakfast program

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Analejah Pearson, a second-grader in Amber Glutch’s class at Farrar Elementary School, enjoys lunch during Pajama, Green Eggs and Ham Day in honor of the 111th birthday of Dr. Seuss. Tullahoma is currently piloting a program whereby students are served break-fast in their classrooms at both Farrar and Bel-Aire elementary schools.
 --Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   For the past several weeks students at two of the city’s four elementary schools have been eating breakfast in their classrooms. Despite a few kinks in the system, the pilot program is showing promising results, according to Angela DeLucenay, the district’s director of nutrition. DeLucenay was on hand at Monday night’s study session to update the board of education on the program’s progress. Last summer

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This past weekend, Tullahoma High School had three athletes compete at the Tennessee State High School Indoor Track and Field Championships. Those three athletes included, from left, Cole Potter, Kris Potts-Howard and Clark Dixon. --Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

Three Wildcats excel at state meet

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor In early November, Tullahoma High School athletes Cole Potter, Kris Potts-Howard and Clark Dixon hit the track to start their training to try in order to compete at the state’s highest level on Saturday. That hard work paid off as the three Wildcats spent their weekend at Eastern Tennessee State University. Potter, Potts-Howard and Dixon traveled to Johnson City on Saturday to compete in the

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  • Levi Dykes takes second in first career race

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Levi Dykes celebrates after finishing second at the Union Grove Individual Time Trial on Feb. 7. --Photo Provided

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor At just 9 years old, Levi Dykes has made a name for himself on the local bicycle circuit. In September, Levi became the youngest rider to complete the 62-mile course at the 41st Annual Elk River Valley in Lynchburg. Last month, Levi added to his list of accomplishments and entered in his first career race, competing as a junior in the annual Union Grove Individual

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  • Lady Wildcats’ season ends in Smyrna

    Posted on February 28, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Tullahoma guard Kentoria Alexander drives the lane against Oakland in the Region 4-AAA semifinals held on Thursday at Smyrna High School. Teammate Ashlyn McDonald watches on the play. The Lady Wildcats’ season came to an end as the Lady Patriots notched a 54-34 victory to advance in the playoffs.
—Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

    TULLAHOMA NEWS staff report Led by forward Shelby Gibson, Oakland cashed its ticket to the sectional round of the playoffs on Thursday, ending Tullahoma’s season in the process. Gibson scored 18 points, 12 of which came in the first quarter, as the Lady Patriots defeated the Lady Wildcats 54-34 in the Region 4-AAA Semifinal contest held at Smyrna High School. Blackman dismantled Lawrence County 63-27 in the other region semifinal

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Lifestyles

Attic Outlet donates to Elementary Schools with Winter Outreach Project

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:56 pm

Local non-profit organization, The Attic Outlet is helping to keep elementary school students warm this winter with their winter outreach project. The organization recently donated winter hats, scarves and gloves that were donated to East Lincoln, Bel-Aire, Farrar, and Robert E. Lee Elementary. The Attic Outlet is a thrift store ministry staffed by paid employees and volunteers. The thrift store receives donations from the community. Donations are then sold through the

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  • South Cumberland Park schedules March hikes

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    South Cumberland State Park rangers are planning a number of hikes to kick off the early spring season in the mountains. All are open to the public. For more information call the Visitor Center at 931-924-2980. Here is the schedule as provided by the park:   Friday, March 6 10 a.m., Waterfall Photography Hike: Join Ranger Jessie at the Greeter Falls parking lot for a moderate 1-mile hike to capture

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  • It’s spring festival season

    Posted on March 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    In conjunction with Knoxville's month-long Dogwood Arts Festival, Rhythm N’ Bloom will be held April 10-12. The event will bring together big-name artists and up-and-coming musicians.

    LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle   Daylight saving time begins Sunday, and with it comes an extra hour of sunshine to enjoy warmer temperatures and numerous outdoor activities. One of the most popular activities around the Volunteer State during the spring season are festivals. From the Road to Nightfall in Chattanooga and Dollywood Festival of Nations in Pigeon Forge to Mule Day in Columbia, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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In conjunction with Knoxville's month-long Dogwood Arts Festival, Rhythm N’ Bloom will be held April 10-12. The event will bring together big-name artists and up-and-coming musicians.

It’s spring festival season

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm

LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle   Daylight saving time begins Sunday, and with it comes an extra hour of sunshine to enjoy warmer temperatures and numerous outdoor activities. One of the most popular activities around the Volunteer State during the spring season are festivals. From the Road to Nightfall in Chattanooga and Dollywood Festival of Nations in Pigeon Forge to Mule Day in Columbia, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

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  • N’uh Uh! How low can junk food go?

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Nabisco may soon be launching cotton candy Oreos.  
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    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   I like junk food as much than the next girl — Who am I kidding? Probably much, much more — but sometimes you’ve just gotta say enough is enough. I found a couple of stories online this week that left me scratching my head and seriously considering making Brussels sprouts for dinner to make up for the damage just reading about this stuff could do

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  • Sibling showcase set for South Jackson

    Posted on February 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Pianist Vicki Collinsworth said it has taken a marathon of preparation for the upcoming performance at South Jackson with her sister Gay Grosz. Living more than 400 miles apart, the sisters will have only two days to practice together before their live performance on Friday. 

						-Staff Photos by Chris Barstad

    LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle and press release   A showcase of classical music is set for Friday, Feb. 27 at the South Jackson Civic Center featuring local artist and Tullahoma resident Vicki Collinsworth and Dr. Gay Grosz, of Louisiana. The two performers are sisters and both are excited about getting to play together and present an evening of some of their favorite classical literature. “We are expecting great things from

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