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Ronnie and Irene Spears get a jump on seasonal shopping by purchasing a 32-inch flat panel television from Electronic Express at 2020 N. Jackson St. Sales associate Justin Teal is helping them with the purchase. Like a number of other local businesses, the store is opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in hopes of getting a head start on Black Friday.
--Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

Ready, set, go …

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Shopping season begins STAFF WRITER kelly lapczynski   Forget the pumpkin pie; the turkey won’t even be in the oven by the time the first retailers open for holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day this year. The momentum for earlier and earlier openings picked up during the Great Recession when retailers hoped desperately that Black Friday would live up to its name and put them in the black; but even as

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Former teacher, school board agree on severance package

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:37 pm

STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   The Tullahoma City School District and Sam Melton have reached an agreement that will formally end Melton’s employment as a teacher. According to the agreement, Melton will resign his position effective Nov. 7 in exchange for a severance package worth more than $36,000. On Aug. 25, the board approved a motion terminating Melton’s employment, “if charges be true that dismissal is proper and that Sam

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  • Ready, set, go …

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    Ronnie and Irene Spears get a jump on seasonal shopping by purchasing a 32-inch flat panel television from Electronic Express at 2020 N. Jackson St. Sales associate Justin Teal is helping them with the purchase. Like a number of other local businesses, the store is opening at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day in hopes of getting a head start on Black Friday.
--Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

    Shopping season begins STAFF WRITER kelly lapczynski   Forget the pumpkin pie; the turkey won’t even be in the oven by the time the first retailers open for holiday shopping on Thanksgiving Day this year. The momentum for earlier and earlier openings picked up during the Great Recession when retailers hoped desperately that Black Friday would live up to its name and put them in the black; but even as

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  • Higher fuel sales paying off for airport

    Posted on November 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    STAFF WRITER wayne thomas   The Tullahoma Regional Airport is continuing to sell a high volume of fuel and that’s paying off is several ways. Airport manager Jon Glass told the Airport Authority at its meeting Tuesday night that fuel sales are up significantly over last year and that through the month of October the airport sold 15,123 gallons more than over the same period last year. He noted that

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Sports

Annual Bobcat/Panther 5K takes place

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 3:43 pm

TULLAHOMA NEWS staff report More than 200 participants came out to support the local middle schools by competing in the Second Annual Bobcat/Panther 5K on Saturday morning. The 5K was part of the Get Fit! Tullahoma program that was launched in March 2013. Mayor Lane Curlee is behind the initiative that was created to encourage wellness and to reduce obesity and diabetes in the community. “Over 200 people gathered for

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  • Lady Wildcats scrap for win over Cascade

    Posted on November 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Tullahoma guard Jeniya Davis fights for the ball against Cascade on Friday night. --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor Holding just a 20-18 lead at halftime, Tullahoma Head Coach Keith Dean made some adjustments. The Lady Wildcats made those changes and cruised to an easy 58-34 road win over Cascade on Friday. Tullahoma was solid on the defensive end the entire night, forcing the Lady Champions to turn the ball over a total of 22 times. Tullahoma continued to apply pressure late in the

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  • Champion rally past ‘Cats

    Posted on November 22, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Tullahoma guard Cody Stephens dribbles the ball after stealing it from Cascade on Friday night. --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor While the Lady Wildcats notched a win at Cascade, the THS boys struggled on Friday night. The ’Cats tied the game at 14 with 2:49 left in the first quarter. From that point, the Champions controlled the pace of the game and went on to beat Tullahoma soundly, 64-49. Jake Crabtree led Tullahoma in scoring, putting up 11 in the loss. Zack Lovvorn added nine

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Thanksgiving: The story behind the turkey

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:36 pm

LIFESYTLES EDITOR kali bolle   Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite national holidays. For some holiday fun, take a moment to discover some of the most interesting things about Turkey Day.   The history of Thanksgiving   According to history.com, in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than

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  • Business owner connects volunteers, supplies with needy pet owners

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Happy Tails Pet Care owner Julianne Peel, left, and employee Lindsay Martin display some of the donations that will benefit pets and their families this holiday season and through-out the winter. To donate items or nominate an in-need individual, call Happy Tails at 393-4848.
									-Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

    LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle   Julianne Peel, Tullahoma resident and owner of Happy Tails Pet Care, is hoping to help pets and their owners in need this holiday season and throughout the winter. Peel recently took to social media to ask for donations of food, shelter and other items to benefit pets. She also asked for pet owners who might be in need of such items or for recommendations of

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  • Area Christmas tree farms help keep planet green

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Natural trees from local tree farms are completely recyclable and are close to home. While they grow, trees absorb carbon dioxide and other gases and emit fresh oxygen.
--File Photo

    Christmas tree farms grow a completely renewable and recyclable resource which contains no petroleum products and leaves a negligible carbon footprint, according to information provided by Pick Tennessee, a program provided by the state Department of Agriculture. A natural tree is 100 percent biodegradable in stark contrast to artificial trees which are made from plastic and various metals. Natural trees from local tree farms are completely recyclable and are close

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Entertainment

TUB’s lighting contest begins Dec. 2

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Tullahoma Utilities Board’s (TUB) annual “Light Up the Season” holiday lighting contest will be held again this season with cash prizes going to the winners. The competition will be judged nightly by members of the East Middle School Honor Society between Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. TUB holds the annual contest to encourage a friendly competition between neighbors and friends to see who is tops when it comes to Christmas

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  • N’uh Uh! Happy 45th birthday, Sesame Street

    Posted on November 14, 2014 at 2:50 pm

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    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   I usually use this column as an opportunity to complain or to vent my confusion at the inane, the ridiculous, the pointless and the just plain weird. And while writing about those things is definitely a good time, and I can’t recommend the catharsis of getting a good rant down on paper strongly enough, there are actually a lot of things swirling around in the

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  • N’uh Uh! Smile Clock app not for grouchiest among us

    Posted on November 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Smile Clock is a new Smartphone alarm clock app that requires the user to take a smiling selfie in order to turn off the alarm.
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    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   I am not now, nor have I ever been, a morning person. If you ask me, there’s nothing that’s currently done at 9 a.m. that simply can’t wait until noon. But, since I’ve yet to discover a way to bend the world to my will and I enjoy the modern conveniences of living in a heated apartment with cable, Wi-Fi and the occasional six pack

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