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Graves returns to work after attack

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm

STAFF REPORT wayne thomas   Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves has returned to work after being attacked allegedly by an inmate last week. The attack resulted in 15 stitches to his head. “I came back on Friday, May 15,” the sheriff said.   According to reports, Graves was at the Coffee County Jail on Tuesday, May 12, helping as inmates were being transported to the new, $22 million facility on

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The Tullahoma Board of Education recognized students who participated in the 2015 Duck Stamp competition Monday night. In the front, from left, are Sara Coppeans, Jada Spry, Christina Petty, Jordyn Spry, Justin Baker and JosEllen Turrentine. In the back are Meredith Fogle, Serenity Dull, Pas-ley Foster, art teacher Michelle Cantrell, Lexi Brewer and teaching assistant Kathy Mullins.
--Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

Young artists shine with duck drawings

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 3:56 pm

STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   The Tullahoma Board of Education took a few moments during Monday evening’s meeting to officially recognize the efforts of a group of young artists. Students at Bel-Aire and Jack T. Farrar elementary schools recently tested their artistic mettle against their peers throughout Tennessee in the annual state Duck Stamp competition. Twenty of those students earned recognition for their duck drawings. Before introducing the winners, Michelle

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  • City’s feral cat population cut with help of grant

    Posted on May 21, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Debbie Burns of Manchester, a member and volunteer trapper for the Coffee County Hu-mane Society, recently spearheaded a trap-neuter-return program for 150 stray and feral cats in Tullahoma.  Inside the trap is Ronald, a socialized stray from behind McDonald’s in Manchester she recently trapped and had neutered.
--Staff photo by Marian Galbraith

    STAFF WRITER marian galbraith   Although most area animal shelters do not take cats, the Coffee County Humane Society recently helped cut down on the feral cat population with help from a $6,750 PetSmart grant. The Humane Society trapped, neutered and released 150 feral cats in Tullahoma last winter. Humane Society co-president Hazel Fannin said the grant program required them to focus on a problem area or “colony” of feral

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  • July 4 fireworks, air show a no-go

    Posted on May 21, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    STAFF WRITER wayne thomas   The annual July 4 fireworks and air show, sponsored by the Tullahoma Kiwanis Club, will not happen for the second consecutive year, club member Mike Rutherford said Wednesday. “We just couldn’t get enough money and there was some uncertainty about whether we could get trusties from the county jail,” Rutherford said. Rutherford told The News that a county commissioner informed him that there could be

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THS junior Shannon Reagan took eighth at the state pentathlon. After making it on to the podium, she celebrated with her coaches. From left: Chris Clemens, assistant coach; Reagan, Maurice Shaw, THS Head Track and Field Coach; and Stephanie McGowen, assistant coach.

Reagan nabs podium spot at state pentathlon

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 4:15 pm

By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor Heading into Monday’s TSSAA Class AAA State Pentathlon, Shannon Reagan had one objective: Make it on to the podium at MTSU. With just the 800 meters remaining in the competition, Reagan sat in eighth place, trying to maintain her position in the point standings. The Tullahoma junior nabbed third place in the race to secure her spot on the podium, finishing eighth overall at the

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  • Bailey hired as new Wildcats’ coach

    Posted on May 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Zach Bailey was hired as the Tullahoma High School boys basketball coach on Tuesday. --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor After looking over resumes for over the last month, Tullahoma High School announced on Tuesday that assistant coach Zach Bailey would be promoted to head the boys basketball team next season. Rather than hire from outside the school, THS Athletic Director Jerry Mathis said he wanted to find somebody who had familiarity with the program. Additionally, Mathis was impressed with Bailey’s collegiate basketball career. Before

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  • 17 Tullahoma athletes head to sectionals

    Posted on May 9, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Clark Dixon runs during a meet earlier this season. Dixon qualified for sectionals after finishing first in both the 1,600-meter and 800 runs on Thursday. --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    TULLAHOMA NEWS staff report Kris Potts-Howard and Shannon Reagan topped a list of 17 Tullahoma High School track and field athletes who qualified for the TSSAA 2-AAA Sectional Meet scheduled to be held on Tuesday at Rhea County. When the subsectionals wrapped up on Thursday at Riverdale High School, 11 Wildcats finished in the top four of their respective events to qualify for the next round. Jake Crabtree, Cole Potter,

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Chattanooga is home to the nine-day Riverbend Music Festival in June, with five stages of classic rock, jam bands, country, urban and bluegrass along the Tennessee River. St. Paul and The Broken Bones is among the artists that will be playing the festival. 

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A summer of music

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm

LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle and press release   For dedicated music lovers, summer is the ideal season, with music festivals and outdoor events taking place almost every weekend across the country. And Tennessee is no stranger to summer music events with a number of festivals set, including Bonnaroo and the CMA Music Festival. Check out the following festival line up and mark your calendars accordingly.   Free community concerts with

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  • Memorial Day events kick off summer

    Posted on May 19, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Lee Greenwood

    LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle   Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer. Throughout the long weekend, patriotic events, backyard barbecues, festivals and more will welcome back warm weather. Locally, the Winchester City Park will be the site of the inaugural “Red, White, and You” patriotic event to honor the nation’s veterans. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday and visitors will be treated to an evening of music, exhibits,

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  • Camps help stop ‘summer slide’

    Posted on May 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Eli Fuqua checks out a machine that examines the human blind spot at the HOSC. The center is open year-round to help children of all ages discover the world of science. -Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

    LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle   Students will soon flee the confinement of their classroom walls for a few weeks of freedom fondly known as “summer vacation.” Although most children relish being away from school during the warm summer months, according to, children often lose about 2.6 months of math skills over the summer. Some groups of children also lose two months of reading skills. This leaves both teachers and

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Chili’s recently made headlines when the company announced it will spend $750,000 on burger buns treated with an egg wash for the express purpose of making the burgers more photogenic.
--File Photo

N’uh Uh! Burger beauty is more than bun deep

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 3:51 pm

STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   For better or worse, corporate America has gotten onboard with the food porn craze. For those unfamiliar with the concept, food porn is the term used to describe the artsy, carefully staged photographs of meals that are popping up all over social media sites, Instagram in particular. Instead of heavily made-up young women showing off their surgically enhanced assets or pumped up dudes flexing for

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  • ‘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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