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Speedway LLC has announced plans to construct a convenience store on four parcels of land located at the southwest corner of North Jackson Street and Wilson Avenue. The tract will be combined into a near-acre tract for commercial development. 
--Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

$2-3M Speedway store approved

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm

STAFF WRITER kelly lapczynski   Ohio-based convenience store chain Speedway LLC will be making its entrance into the Tullahoma market in 2015, city officials confirm. On Monday, the Tullahoma Planning Commission approved a request to combine four parcels of land located at the southwest corner of North Jackson Street and Wilson Avenue into one near-acre tract for commercial development. The consolidation was approved contingent on the removal of all existing

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EMS: Halt some TennCare transports

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm

STAFF WRITER marian galbraith   Coffee County EMS Director Michael Bonner said at Thursday’s Ambulance Authority meeting that it might not be in the county’s best interest to renew its contract with Tennessee Carriers, a third-party broker for non-emergency medical transportation for patients covered by TennCare. Since not all board members were present to vote on that decision, the authority instead voted to table the motion until next month’s meeting.

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  • Churches, charities fill food boxes

    Posted on December 20, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Trinity Lutheran Church members Ron and Sharon Martini help to prepare boxes of food for area families in need Friday morning.  With contributions from the congregation and a large food donation from Cubic Transportation Systems, Trinity Lutheran prepared 54 boxes for Saturday delivery.  Trinity Lutheran is one of many local churches coordinating their efforts to see that no family goes without Christmas dinner.  -- Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

    STAFF WRITER kelly lapczynski   At least 300 families in Tullahoma will have Christmas dinner this year, thanks to the efforts of area churches, non-profit groups and other donors. All week, churches have been collecting non-perishable food donations and preparing gift boxes to be delivered to families in need. On Monday, members of First Baptist Church prepared more than 150 boxes as a part of their annual “White Christmas” program,

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  • Mock interviews take students out of ‘comfort zone’

    Posted on December 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Ken Keller, general manager of Northgate Mall, greets Devin Brady, cadet gunnery ser-geant of the THS Marine Corps JROTC, on Tuesday in the THS gym for a mock interview.  
--Staff Photo by Chris Barstad

    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   Thanks to a helping hand from members of the local business community, Tullahoma High School students had an opportunity to hone an important life skill last week. On Tuesday, the high school gym became a temporary office as dozens of juniors and seniors participated in mock job interviews. Asking the questions were representatives of a variety of area businesses including Householder Artman PLLC, Nissan, First

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Tullahoma wrestler Jovahny Sanchez looks at the referee during his matchup against Walker Valley's Tyler Womac on Thursday night. Sancez defeated Womac via pinfall in the 120-pound division. --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

Wildcats dominate Walker Valley

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 11:15 am

By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor The Wildcats followed a strong performance in Lawrenceburg Tuesday night with a good showing at Walker Valley High School on Thursday. The Wildcats barely lost to Cleveland, falling 34-28, before running roughshod over the host school Mustangs, winning 54-18. With Thursday’s matches behind them, the ’Cats moved to 9-6 on the season. Following a loss to Cleveland in the opener, Tullahoma dominated its first four

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  • Lady Wildcats topple Warren County

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm


    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor After falling twice to the Lady Pioneers in November, the Lady Wildcats got a little revenge with a 51-40 victory at home on Tuesday night. Heading into halftime, Tullahoma (9-4, 3-1) controlled the matchup and had a 27-19 advantage. The Lady Pioneers came out and put up the second half’s first nine points, to take a 28-27 lead with 3:24 left in the third quarter.

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  • Offensive woes plague THS squads

    Posted on December 13, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Tullahoma guards Kerstin White (20) and Anastasia Wellington (3) trap Lincoln County's Sloan Mann during Friday's contest. --Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    By ZACH BIRDSONG Sports Editor The Lady Wildcats couldn’t overcome a scoreless first quarter and fell to Lincoln County 46-37 in Fayetteville on Friday. Without senior forward Ashlyn McDonald on the road trip, the Lady Wildcats were left without an inside presence. That void hurt Tullahoma on the glass as Lincoln County out rebounded the Lady ‘Cats 37-28. Trailing 38-19 heading into the final period of play, Tullahoma forced the

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Join Ranger Park at the Foster Falls parking lot on Jan. 1 for a moderate five-mile out and back hike to view the gulf from atop the beautiful Laurel Gorge Overlook.
--File Photo

South Cumberland State Park joins in ‘First Hikes’

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Getting outdoors to take a hike is a great start to 2015. The South Cumberland State Park rangers have organized two “First Hikes” of the year in an effort to start off the New Year naturally. South Cumberland State Park is located within four different Tennessee counties, Grundy, Franklin, Marion and Sequatchie. The park is composed of more than 20,299 acres in nine separate areas and boasts some of the

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  • Churches plan Christmas week events

    Posted on December 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Three years ago, the Rev. Christian Watts, left, took over the reins of coordinating the Night in Bethlehem at First Baptist Church in Tullahoma from his father, the Rev. David Watts. From left are Watts, daughter Ashton Watts and the Rev. David Watts. 

							-Staff Photos by Kali Bolle

    LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle   Christmas Day is Thursday, and local and area churches will celebrate the Christian holiday with special musical events and services beginning today. For the members of First Baptist Church in Tullahoma, this is a particularly busy time of the year, as the annual “Night in Bethlehem” event opens to the public tonight. Night in Bethlehem will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. tonight through

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  • Sewanee exhibit to feature women artists from Egypt

    Posted on December 18, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    "The Journey" by Marwa Adel

    LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle and press release   The University Art Gallery in Sewanee will present “Beyond Classification,” a group exhibition of contemporary photography and video by women artists from Egypt, beginning in January. The exhibit is curated by Dr. Nagla Samir, associate professor of art and design at the American University in Cairo in collaboration with Greg Pond, professor of art and art history at the University of the

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Once you finally get the Christmas lights untangled, it’s just about inevitable that half the strand won’t light.  
					--File Photo

N’uh Uh! Half-strand of blinking Christmas lights is evil plot

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm

STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   This is my favorite time of year. I absolutely love Christmas. The lights, the decorations, finding the perfect gift for everyone on my list, big family dinners and seemingly endless supply of homemade treats, what’s not to love? Having said that, the holiday season comes with its own unique set of pet peeves. Here are just a couple of examples of annoyances that could make

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  • The Beatles ‘Return’ Friday to the South Jackson stage

    Posted on December 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

    From left, Shane Landers, Michael Fulop, Adam Thurston and Richard Stelling are “The Return.” The Beatles tribute band will perform on the South Jackson Civic Center stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday. For ticket information call 931-455-5321 or go to
--Photo Provided

    LIFESTYLES EDITOR kali bolle   The South Jackson Civic Center will welcome The Beatles tribute band “The Return” to the civic center stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12. The band will share its love of “all things Beatles” in a show that covers the span of the iconic rock band’s musical history. According to band member Michael Fulop, who performs as George Harrison, the band’s performance will be broken

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  • N’uh Uh! Black Friday: a retail free-for-all

    Posted on November 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Is any bargain really worth this?
– Photo provided

    STAFF WRITER andrea agardy   It’s roughly 10:30 a.m. the day after Thanksgiving as I’m writing this, and already there are reports of fights at stores and malls across the country. According to just one story I’ve read this morning, two women got into a shoving match at a California Wal-Mart over a Barbie doll and two people were arrested after a brawl at an Indianapolis mall. Fa la la

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