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TCS teacher, coach fired by school board

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   In a brief special meeting on Monday evening, the Tullahoma Board of Education unanimously approved a recommendation by Director of Schools Dan Lawson to dismiss teacher Sam Melton. Melton did not attend the meeting, nor did board member Vickie Shelton, who was on vacation. Melton most recently worked as a teacher at the district’s alternative school. He had been employed with the district since 1995.

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The team at U.S. Bank has issued a challenge to other Tullahoma Banks to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit ALS awareness and research, setting a donation goal of $250 from staff and customer contributions.  Being doused, from left, are financial advisor Rob Norman, teller Terri Minor, universal banker Danielle Middleton, teller coordinator Tina LeGeune, sales and service coordinator Charla Hopkins-Graves and branch manager Carolyn Littlefield.  
– Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

Getting ‘iced’ for charity

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 4:16 pm

STAFF WRITER kelly lapczynski   Riding the wave of a nationwide social media phenomenon, U.S. Bank has issued an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to all Tullahoma banks. “We’re following the example set by our CEO Richard Davis,” said branch manager Carolyn Littlefield Friday afternoon as her team prepared to be doused with ice water. “There’s only one drug to treat (ALS) and it only extends it two or three months.

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  • TCS teacher, coach fired by school board

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   In a brief special meeting on Monday evening, the Tullahoma Board of Education unanimously approved a recommendation by Director of Schools Dan Lawson to dismiss teacher Sam Melton. Melton did not attend the meeting, nor did board member Vickie Shelton, who was on vacation. Melton most recently worked as a teacher at the district’s alternative school. He had been employed with the district since 1995.

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  • Labor Day gas prices hit 5-year low

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Josh Taylor fills up his Harley-Davidson at Murphy Express on North Jackson Street Tuesday and said he is also plan-ning an extensive road trip by car over the Labor Day week-end. Gasoline prices in Tennessee have dropped to a 5-year low.
—Staff Photo by Marian Galbraith

    STAFF WRITER marian galbraith   Labor Day travelers may get to enjoy some of the lowest gas prices in four years for the upcoming holiday weekend, according to recent predictions from AAA – The Auto Club Group out of Tampa, Fla. Tennessee’s average gas price as of Tuesday was $3.21 per gallon, as opposed to $3.39 last year and $3.66 in 2012. The national average on Tuesday was $3.43. “Record

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Sports

The Tullahoma High School football team takes the field for the season opener. From left: Emanuel Williams (9), Brandon Bullard (51) and Jose Justiniano (45). --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

Wildcats ‘whipped’ by McGavock

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm

By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor McGavock High School jumped out to a 21-0 lead on Tullahoma and never looked back as the Raiders handed Tullahoma a 42-7 loss in the season opener on Friday night. From the start, Tullahoma’s offense was stagnant and could not move the ball consistently against McGavock’s defense. Wildcat quarterbacks Eli Grow and Chase Dixon combined to throw five interceptions in the loss. After the Raiders

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  • Trinity Goon finishes 12th at World Championships

    Posted on August 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Trinity Goon finished 12th out of 111 total racers in the stock car division at the All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships held in July. Trinity and her family posed for a photo. From left: Mother Kay Goon, sister Allysa, Trinity and father Jay Goon. --Photo provided

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor Tullahoma native Trinity Goon had the opportunity of a lifetime this last month when she traveled to Akron, Ohio to compete in the 77th annual All-American Soap Box Derby World Championships. Trinity was one of four locals to go compete in Akron after she finished first in the stock car division in the Tullahoma Soap Box Derby held June 7. The other three locals who

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  • Wellington scores twice in Lady ‘Cats first win

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Tullahoma junior Anastasia Wellington (21) plays the ball against Warren County on Thursday. Wellington scored twice as THS picked up a 4-0 win. 
—Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor After dropping its first two games of the season, the Tullahoma High School girls soccer team notched a 4-0 win over Warren County at home on Thursday. Tullahoma lost its season opener on the road to Cookeville on Monday 4-0, and fell to Blackman in its home opener on Tuesday 4-2. Three Lady Wildcats scored on Thursday night to notch the team’s first win of

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Lifestyles

According to AEDC historian Chris Rumley, the oldest parts of Camp Forrest date back to Camp Peay National Guard summer camp, located south of what is now the Wattendorf Memorial Highway, and first used to house POWs.

Unearthing the Forrest

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Experts search for remains of one of the nation’s largest WWII POW camps     STAFF WRITER john coffelt   Earlier this month, the Manchester Times met AEDC historian Chris Rumley, AEDC archaeologist Shawn Chapman and base public affairs chief Jason Austin for a tour of what is now dense secondary-growth forest near Tullahoma on the western edge of Arnold Air Force Base to see just what remains of the

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  • Special event Aug. 26 at Sgt. York exhibit

    Posted on August 25, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Sponsors of the exhibit now showing at Tullahoma’s South Jackson Civic Center, “In the Footsteps of Sergeant York,” are presenting a special event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at the center. David Currey, a Nashville public historian who designed the exhibit will be sharing detailed information about the explorations in France with the expedition which researched the story of Sgt. Alvin C. York, one of Tennessee’s most celebrated World

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  • The Weekly Dig: Always do things ‘like a girl’

    Posted on August 24, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Little League pitcher Mo’ne Davis proves that there is nothing wrong with doing things ‘like a girl’ as she has become the 18th girl to play in the Little League World series during its 68-year history.

									-Photo Provided

    By Kali Bolle   What if someone said you did something “like a girl?” Would you be offended? Would you feel as if the person making the comment was degrading you somehow? Recently, on Facebook I came across a video promoted by the personal care brand Always, in which there were several on-camera interviews asking young boys, teenage girls, young women and men to perform several actions (i.e. run, fight)

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Entertainment

web All the Light We Cannot See

Good Reads: Return to war-torn Europe in Doerr’s lyrical new novel

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

EDITOR susan campbell   The greatest compliment a reader can pay is to say that she is sorry to reach a book’s final page. This is exactly the way I felt reading Anthony Doerr’s wonderful latest novel, “All the Light We Cannot See.” I knew long before I reached page 530 that I wanted to read it again. The heroine of Doerr’s novel is a blind French girl named Marie-Laure

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  • N’uh Uh! The dreaded fanny pack makes a comeback

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Matthew McConaughey wore a leather fanny pack to an Astros game at Fenway Park last weekend, becoming the latest celebrity to embrace the comeback of the waist pouch. 
– Photo  Provided

    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   Everything old is new again, especially when it comes to fashion. And I’m sad to say that the day has finally come: The fanny pack is making a comeback. The belted pouches had their heyday in the ’80s. I wore one from time to time back in the day — in a truly hideous shade of fluorescent yellow, if memory serves. Thankfully, I’m pretty sure

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  • Good Reads: Outlander obsession continues with ‘Dragonfly in Amber’

    Posted on August 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    web GOOD READS Dragon Fly in Amber

    LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle   My obsession with all things Outlander continues as we embark on the second book in the series, “Dragonfly in Amber.” I hope you’ve completed the first book, but if you haven’t, it’s probably best to stop reading this review right about now. Now on book No. 4, the one thing I have learned about this series is that you don’t want to read ahead. Traditionally,

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