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Officials move ahead with plan to outsource new jail’s medical services

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 8:30 am

STAFF WRITER marian galbraith   As the final touches are made on the polished concrete flooring of Coffee County’s new jail, the county’s purchasing commission voted Wednesday to move forward in soliciting bids to outsource inmate medical services in an attempt to gain control over soaring medical costs at the old facility. Accounts and budgets director Marianna Edinger said in January’s meeting that inmate medical costs had already surpassed its

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Mayor Lane Curlee introduces plans for two new dog facilities in Tullahoma.  -- Photo by Winston Brooks

City planning pet village, hopes to fund new shelter

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 11:44 am

STAFF WRITER kelly lapczynski   Caring for Tullahoma’s dogs – both those with homes and those without – was the focus of a Thursday meeting at City Hall. City leaders and interested residents met to discuss plans for two new dog facilities in the city: a replacement animal shelter and a public dog park. Animal Shelter Public Works director Wayne Limbaugh detailed the disadvantages of the existing shelter building. “The

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  • Food, liquor fly off the shelves as shoppers face bad weather

    Posted on February 28, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Marlene Finney, a 43-year-emplpyee of the Kroger store in Tullahoma helps out the dairy department by checking and stocking the milk section Friday morning. Although milk and bread prove to be best sellers during snow and ice storms such as the area just experienced, customers were buying numer-ous other staples as well.  Only rain is forecast this week when temperatures are expected to inch up to as high as the upper 60s, at least for one day.
--Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

    STAFF WRITER kelly lapczynski   As an unusual two-week span of snowy, freezing weather hit Tullahoma, area grocery and liquor stores were challenged to keep up with shopper demand. Food Lion general manager Rodney Hawkersmith said that at his store sales had notably increased during the ice and snow storms. “It’s been a good couple of weeks,” he said. Along with the expected bread and milk, Hawkersmith said frozen foods

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  • Officials move ahead with plan to outsource new jail’s medical services

    Posted on February 28, 2015 at 8:30 am

    STAFF WRITER marian galbraith   As the final touches are made on the polished concrete flooring of Coffee County’s new jail, the county’s purchasing commission voted Wednesday to move forward in soliciting bids to outsource inmate medical services in an attempt to gain control over soaring medical costs at the old facility. Accounts and budgets director Marianna Edinger said in January’s meeting that inmate medical costs had already surpassed its

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Sports

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

Lady Wildcats’ season ends in Smyrna

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 11:03 am

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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  • Morris to head TMS football program

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    THS Wrestling Coach Al Morris watches one of his grapplers against Cookeville in the Region 5-AAA Duals on Jan. 22. --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor Following last year’s season finale against Harris in October, Tullahoma Middle School Head Football Coach Randy Edwards announced he was stepping down from his position. Edwards served as head coach for the Wildcats for nine seasons and prior to that had been an assistant since 1992. In 2013, the ’Cats won the Central Tennessee Conference Championship game and last season finished the season 3-4. In

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  • Late 3 lifts THS over Shelbyville

    Posted on February 18, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Tullahoma guard Anastasia Wellington shoots the ball over a Columbia defender on Thursday night. Against Shelbyville on Saturday, Wellington knocked down a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to give the Lady Wildcats a 44-41 victory. --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor Tied at 41 with 23.8 seconds remaining in the contest, Tullahoma and Shelbyville needed every second to settle a winner during the District 8-AAA semifinal matchup on Saturday. After the Eaglettes tied the contest, the Lady Wildcats made sure to get the shot they wanted on their next possession. From the top of the key, Kentoria Alexander found teammate Anastasia Wellington open with a good

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Lifestyles

Kathleen Shelton began hand weaving nine years ago. She said what she loves most about weaving is that she able to accomplish more work in a shorter amount of time.  -Staff Photos by Chris Barstad

Local weaver keeps ancient art alive

Posted on March 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle   The craft of weaving is acknowledged as being one of the oldest surviving artistic skills in the world. Weaving can be traced to Neolithic times – approximately 12,000 years ago, according to History.com. Weaving is one of the primary methods of textile production and it involves interlinking a set of vertical threads with a set of horizontal threads. The set of vertical threads are known

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  • The Weekly Dig

    Posted on March 1, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Soap it up By Kali Bolle   Since its humble beginnings in the Roman bathhouses of 312 B.C., soap has come a long way. In the beginning, soap was created from goat’s tallow, wood ashes and salt. Today, soap not only cleans, but it soothes, moisturizes and is also able to make one smell heavenly – not like wood ashes. Today’s soaps are fancy enough to be displayed when guests

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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.  
--File Photo

    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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Nabisco may soon be launching cotton candy Oreos.  
--File Photo

N’uh Uh! How low can junk food go?

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:35 pm

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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  • Good Reads: ‘Secret Wisdom of the Earth’ lovely story of redemption

    Posted on February 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

    The Secret Wisdom of the Earth

    EDITOR susan campbell   Those of us raised in the South and who have spent many years hiking its hills and valleys will immediately recognize the characters and scenery in Christopher Scotten’s wonderful and highly praised debut novel, “The Secret Wisdom of the Earth.” Set in the imaginary Appalachian coal-mining town of Medgar, Kentucky, which might as well be Harlan, Scotten’s novel tells the story of 14-year-old Kevin and his

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