Community


Coffee County, located in the heart of beautiful Southern Middle Tennessee, is an ideal place to live, work and operate a business.  Its two major cities, Tullahoma and Manchester, offer public schools rated among the best in the state; two major hospitals which have attracted a outstanding array of healthcare providers including specialists in every major field, a highly-rated community college just outside the city limits of Tullahoma; excellent access to transportation including an interstate highway, a mainline and a short line railroad, and a regional airport;  and outstanding recreational facilities including immediate access to three large lakes, two state parks, and several Tennessee Wildlife Management Areas making the area a fisherman’s and hunter’s paradise.

Additionally, Coffee County is home the United States Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), which is the most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world.  In fact, the county is centered in a region of technology excellence that runs from the Oak Ridge National Labs, through the AEDC, to the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. As a result of this strategic location, several spin-off defense-related industries have been established in Coffee County over the years since AEDC was established.

In summary, Coffee County offers the “best of the best” – the low-stress, easy-living attributes often associated with rural communities, combined with the strong educational opportunities, excellent healthcare services, and sufficient retail access that are sometimes only available in metropolitan areas.  And, the large metropolitan cities of Murfreesboro, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Huntsville, AL are all within an hour’s drive.

 

AEDC

Arnold Engineering Development Complex - AEDC is the most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world. The complex operates 43 active test cells which include aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges and other specialized units. >Details of the AEDC Capabilities and Workforce

The AEDC has a huge impact on Coffee County’s and surrounding counties’ economies.  The total impact is estimated to be over $6 million. 
>Details of the Estimate

 

 

 

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Demographics

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Education

Education is a high priority in Coffee County.  Our primary and secondary schools are continually changing to rise up and meet the challenges put before them in educating our children to become better citizens. 

Coffee County has eleven elementary schools, four middle schools, and two high schools.  Tullahoma High School leads the state and the country with a 1:1 digital initiative and the students consistently earn ACT scores above the state average. Coffee County Central High School has the most active and diverse CTE (Career and Technical Education) program in the state with enrollment increasing annually.  Both high schools work with the area colleges to advance the education and training of their students.




     

    Higher Education & Workforce Development

    Drive to 55 Alliance
    Governor Haslam has challenged our state
    with a critical new mission: the Drive to 55 –
    the Drive to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or
    certificate by the year 2025.
     
    Tennessee Promise
    Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship
    and mentoring program focused on increasing the number of students that attend
    college in our state.
     
    Tennessee Reconnect
    Tennessee Reconnect is Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to help more of our state’s adults
    enter higher education to gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill lifelong dreams of completing a degree or credential.


    Beyond the excellent secondary education that our students receive, our community is center to several higher education opportunities.  Our students have a multitude of choices ranging from religious studies to robotics to rocket science, Marketing & Management to Mechatronics to Medicine.  Their choices are nearly limitless. With the State of Tennessee’s Drive to 55 initiative, all our traditional and non-traditional students have access to the TN Promise and the TN Reconnect programs to help them further their education and reach their highest potential.

    Specialized training courses and competency certificates are regularly offered through the Tennessee College of Applied Technology based in Shelbyville.  Furthermore, both credit and non-credit classes and 2-year degree programs are available through Motlow State Community College in Tullahoma.   From these institutions, Tennessee residents can obtain the technical skills, professional training, and formal education necessary to advance in today’s competitive job market while ensuring local businesses and industries have access to a qualified workforce.    Tomorrow’s economic and technological advancements will place increasingly higher demands on companies and manufacturing plants to perform at newer levels of quality and production.   Management continually mandates employees be re-trained to higher standards, and job applicants must come already possessing new skills.    These two nearby higher educational institutions are valuable resources and are here to help meet those requirements.

    Special programs may be developed for training in areas such as blueprint reading, industrial electricity, hydraulics, precision measurements, math for trades, pneumatics, quality control, programmable logic controls, communication skills, computer technology and computer aided drafting (CAD).   Additionally, Motlow State offers Transfer Pathway degrees including A.A.S. degrees in nursing, early childhood education, information systems technology, business technology and emergency medical services. Technical certificates can be earned in early childhood education, EMT/paramedic and mechatronics.  The mechatronics program has multiple partnerships with area industry and high schools and has received national recognition. Through the dual/joint enrollment program, high school juniors and seniors can take college courses while attending high school.  The 2-year Associate of Applied Science degree allows you to immediately begin a challenging career with excellent growth potential.

    • University of Tennessee Chattanooga: 70 miles. Offering degrees in more than 100 bachelor’s and 40 master’s degree programs.

    • University of the South at Sewanee: 30 Miles.  Private, coeducational, liberal arts college that has produced the most Rhodes Scholars per capita in the USA (25)

    • Middle Tennessee State University: 35 Miles.  The oldest, largest, and fastest growing public university in Middle Tennessee.  It is the destination of choice for Tennessee undergraduates while expanding its reach nationally and internationally through signature programs and select masters and doctoral programs.

    • University of Tennessee Space Institute: Located between Manchester and Tullahoma adjacent to the Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), UTSI was established in 1964 as part of The University of Tennessee and has become an internationally recognized institution for graduate study and research in engineering, physics, mathematics, and aviation systems.

    • Motlow State Community College: Motlow’s main campus is located near Tullahoma, with satellite campuses located within 30 miles of Coffee County.  MSCC is a public, multi-campus college offering certificate programs and associate degree programs.  MSCC is home to the Mechatronics Industrial Training program.

    • Tennessee College of Applied Technology: Coffee County is centrally located to 3 TCAT locations (McMinnville, Murfreesboro, and Shelbyville).  TCAT offers extensive industrial training and will work with industries to include their training needs into the programs being offered.


     

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Transportation

Interstates and Highways

Our county seat, Manchester, is intersected by Interstate I-24 from exits 105 to 117.  Furthermore, 35 miles west along I-24, is I-840 providing access to both I-40 and I-65access and 71 miles east is I-75.

State Highway 55, a divided 4 lane highway, travels through Coffee County, connecting the Cities of Manchester and Tullahoma.  US Highway 41 runs through the center of the City of Manchester while US Highway 41A runs through the City of Tullahoma.


Airports


Aerial of Tullahoma Regional Airport during
AOPA Regional Fly In October 2015 
Photo Courtesy of Tullahoma Airport Authority

(Click to Enlarge)

Local - The City of Tullahoma is home to the Tullahoma Regional Airport that averages nearly 40,000 flights each year and has over 150 based aircraft. The Airport has a 5,500’ x 100’ runway capable of handling all types of corporate jet aircraft, an additional 4,200’ x 100’ paved and two turf runways. The two paved runways have RNAV (GPS) instrument approaches.

The Tullahoma Regional Airport is home to the world class Beechcraft Heritage Museum. The Airport is also home for the University of Tennessee Space Institute, Vanderbilt LifeFlight, Tennessee Skydiving, XP Services and Sarasota Avionics. Every June, the Airport host attendees and Rock stars such as Paul McCartney, Sting, Elton John, Pearl Jam and Metallica for the Bonnaroo Arts and Music festival. In 2015 the Airport was one of four Airports in the United States selected to host an AOPA Regional Fly-In.

The Tullahoma Airport Authority has won numerous awards from the Tennessee Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division such as the Governing Body of the Year, Most Improved Airport and Red Carpet awards. The Airport Authority took over FBO services at the Airport in 2011 and has seen fuel sales double by providing excellent customer service and competitive fuel prices. In 2015 the Tullahoma Business Airpark opened with 100 acres available for Aerospace related industries and corporate hangars. In 2017 the Tullahoma Regional Airport was named the 2017 Airport of the Year by the Tennessee Aeronautic Commission. >Read Article, Courtesy of The Tullahoma News

The Tullahoma Regional Airport is home to the Beechcraft Heritage Museum and, since 2011 the annual Beechcraft Bonanza Society annual spring fly-in.  The airport is also home to the Tullahoma Business Airpark with sites available for locating aerospace related industries.

National & International - For national and international travel, the Nashville International Airport (BNA) is 66 miles west of Manchester.  With a record 12 million passengers traveling through BNA in 2015, it is has become one of the fastest growing airports in the country.  In August 2015 The Nashville International Airport Authority announced a $1.2 Billion Dollar, 5 year, renovation plan to improve every aspect of your travel experience at this destination. >Read Article, Courtesy of The Tennessean

 

Port Facilities

The Tennessee ports access the Tennessee TomBigbee Waterway.  There are multiple ports within 100 miles of Coffee County. 


Rail and Intermodal

CSX rail line from Nashville to Chattanooga runs through Tullahoma, along US Highway 41A, with a short line connection to Caney Fork Western Railroad. www.csx.com

Caney Fork & Western Railroad (CFWR) interchanges with the CSX in Tullahoma, TN and extends Northeast 61 miles through I-24 at Manchester and continues to McMinnville and to Sparta, TN.

Port of Nashville, located 74 miles west along I-24, multiple intermodal facility locations

Port of Huntsville, located 91 miles south in Huntsville Alabama, is an intermodal facility handling highway, rail and air freight.

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Utilities


Utility Service Providers in Coffee County, TN City of Manchester City of Tullahoma Coffee County Interstate Industrial Park Manchester Industrial
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Electric                
Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) YES   YES YES YES YES    
Tullahoma Utilities Authority   YES YES       YES YES
Natural Gas                
Elk River Public Utility District YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
Water/Wastewater                
Manchester Water & Sewer Department YES   YES YES YES YES    
Tullahoma Utilities Authority   YES YES       YES YES
Telephone                
Spectrum/Charter Communication Available Available Available Available Available Available Available Available
Tullahoma Utilities Authority   YES YES       YES YES
Ben Lomand YES       YES Available    
Internet (Maximum Available)                
Spectrum/Charter Communication Available Available Available Available Available Available Available Available
Tullahoma Utilities Authority   1GB Fiber 1GB Fiber       1GB Fiber 1GB Fiber
Ben Lomand YES       YES Available    
Cable Television                
Spectrum/Charter Communication Available Available Available Available Available Available Available Available
Tullahoma Utilities Authority   YES YES       YES YES
Ben Lomand YES       YES Available    


Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (Electric) - Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC), a Touchstone Energy® cooperative, is a not-for-profit, member-owned utility providing electric and other services to more than 73,000 homes, farms, businesses and industries in southern Middle Tennessee. DREMC serves an area of approximately 2,500 square miles in Coffee, Bedford, Franklin, Giles, Grundy, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marion, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Rutherford, and Williamson counties.

DREMC provides reliable and affordable electricity to Manchester and much of Coffee County, with the exception of the city of Tullahoma. The electric cooperative’s roots go back to 1936. This year marks DREMC’s 80th anniversary.

The co-op has five district offices – Manchester, Shelbyville, Decherd, Lewisburg and Columbia – and area offices in Sewanee, Lynchburg and Chapel Hill. With a work force of 170 employees, DREMC has its corporate headquarters and administrative center in Shelbyville. The president and chief executive officer is Michael Watson.

DREMC is the fourth largest electric cooperative in Tennessee and among the 50 largest in the nation.


Manchester Water & Sewer Department

The City of Manchester Water and Sewer Departments are the providers of potable water and sanitary sewer service for areas within Coffee County and the corporate limits of the City of Manchester, including the Coffee County Interstate Industrial Park, the Manchester Industrial Park, and the Coffee County Joint Industrial Park.


Elk River Public Utility District (Natural Gas)
The Elk River Public Utility District (ERPUD) is a public utility district established by the State of Tennessee in 1955.  The District has 56 dedicated and experienced employees who provide safe, clean, dependable natural gas energy for our residential, commercial and industrial customers throughout our franchised service area of Coffee and Franklin Counties.  The District has approximately 16,000 meters, 750 miles of mains and 24/7 emergency dispatch. 


Tullahoma Utilities Authority (Electric, Water/Wastewater, Telecommunications)

Tullahoma Utilities Authority(TUA) provides dependable utility service to 10,700 electric, 9,900 water, 7,600 sewer, and 3,500 fiber customers in the City of Tullahoma and surrounding area. TUA’s electric department is a Reliable Public Power Provider as certified by the American Public Power Association, scoring 97 out of 100 most recently. TUA has embraced technology, as evidenced by its Fiber to the Premise system, which can provide up to 1GB symmetrical internet to any residential or business customer, its electric distribution automation system, its redundant 161 kV TVA delivery points, and its state of the art water and wastewater treatment plants.


Ben Lomand (Telecommunications)

Unwavering commitment to quality service is at the heart of how Ben Lomand Connect has done business since 1954.

Releasing the future throughout the city of Manchester, through Ben Lomand Fiber, has been a top priority with Ben Lomand Connect. From large production facilities to small businesses, Ben Lomand Fiber brings DIRECT Gig service (1,000 mbps/1000 mbps) to businesses in the area. The road to future proofing Manchester’s business is being laid “at the speed of light” with Ben Lomand Fiber.

Add our LOCAL Customer Response Center (CRC), made up of LOCAL people standing by to take your calls from early morning till late at night, to the mix and you have a level of LOCAL commitment that is unprecedented throughout the state. www.benlomandconnect.com  


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