Manchester is one of Tennessee’s Safest Cities

LendEDU recently released a report that highlighted the safest cities in Tennessee and Manchester was ranked as one of the safest. Congrats on the recognition!
Using licensed data, each city’s crime index was rated against the state and national average crime index. And, Manchester has a crime index that makes it the #26 safest city in Tennessee!
The full report and a more detailed methodology can be found here:
Everyone wants to know that they live in a safe place! It provides a sense of comfort and security. Manchester is one of the safest towns in the entire state of Tennessee.

Haslam Officially Signs Free Community College Plan into Law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The words “free community college for all” echoed in several corners of Tennessee on Wednesday.

Governor Bill Haslam conducted ceremonial signings of the measure that was one of his key bills this past session.

While there was no shortage of political power at each of the governor’s stops with top legislative leaders in tow, the star of the Middle Tennessee event at Motlow State’s Smyrna branch was a young woman named Carie Huffman.

She plans to head back to school after a decades long break from her first try.

“Then life happened. Two kids and 20 years later … read more

Industrial Maintenance Program to Begin Soon

A higher education opportunity is projected to open in January 2018 in Coffee County through a collaborative effort between Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennessee College of Applied Technology – McMinnville, Viam Manufacturing, Coffee County Government, Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and Coffee County Schools.

A significant need for industrial maintenance technicians has been identified by Coffee County manufacturers through the Manchester Chamber’s Industrial Roundtable. In effort to address this workforce need, the county began collaborative efforts toward that end.

The signing ceremony (pictured) marked the official launch of an instructional service center that will operate under the direction and support of TCAT -McMinnville. The program, in its infancy, will provide industrial maintenance training through a 16-month process in which students will earn a certificate or diploma, depending upon the number of hours they complete. In the future, plans would include expansion into other programs such as machining, welding, transportation services such as auto mechanics, diesel mechanics, and auto repair. Eventually, offerings in areas such as hospitality, culinary, cosmetology, and certified nursing could be made available.

Keith Hayes, Chief Operating Officer of Viam Manufacturing, is providing the facility at no cost, including utilities, parking, custodial services, phone, and maintenance. Mr. Hayes, an admitted skeptic of many educational programs, believes strongly in this program and its ability to prepare students for the workforce. Over the course of this past school year, Viam partnered with Coffee County Schools Career & Technical Education Director, Richard Skipper, on a work based learning program which graduated 21 students, all of whom have been offered permanent full-time positions at Viam.

“Keith Hayes has a huge heart for the kids in our community. He was willing to step out on faith with me to try this work based learning program, and it’s been a win for all concerned. Now, his generosity in donating the space for the industrial maintenance program is just as commendable and will have a major long-term impact,” says Skipper. “This program will provide our students dual enrollment opportunities that weren’t available before because of the logistics of having to travel to McMinnville or Shelbyville. Coffee County Schools actively pursues post-secondary opportunities for our students, and this has the potential to open doors that simply haven’t been available before.”

The Coffee County Industrial Board is very supportive of this initiative as well. “This will be an asset to our existing industries in providing the workforce needed for expansion. It will also be attractive to prospects looking to locate in Coffee County,” says Ted Hackney, Industrial Board Executive Director.

“This training opportunity has been made possible through the chamber’s initiative and tenacious efforts in forging the relationships necessary between TBR, Coffee County CTE, and Keith Hayes,” says Dr. Warren Laux of TCAT McMinnville. “Many thanks to Executive Vice Chancellor, James King, for his assistance in making this vision become reality.”

Governor Haslam Signs Broadband Accessibility Act

Gov. Bill Haslam signed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act in Brownsville last week. After studying broadband access statewide and finding that nearly 834,000 Tennesseans go without broadband access, TNECD strongly supported the measure designed to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens. – See more at: