Death of Coffee County Mayor Being Investigated by TBI

Apr 02, 2024 at 03:13 pm by WGNS

Judd Matheny, the Mayor of Coffee County

ullahoma, TN - Earlier today, WGNS reported on the death of 53-year-old Judd Matheny, the Mayor of Coffee County, and we have since confirmed that an investigation into his death is now being conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.


On Tuesday morning, the Tullahoma Police Department responded to a home at 1909 E Lincoln St., where officers discovered the lifeless body of the Coffee County Mayor. The Tullahoma Police Department reported that an investigation into the mayor's death is now in the hands of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. WGNS spoke with TBI Communications Director Josh Devine, who informed us that District Attorney General Craig Northcutt (District 14) requested the investigation, as well as an autopsy. Devine indicated that it would take a considerable amount of time to perform the autopsy because certain laboratory procedures will be needed along with other scientific protocols.

As the community mourns the loss of the local businessman, several county departments have released statements offering their sympathy to his family. One statement was released by the Tullahoma Police Department, which said, “The Tullahoma Police Department expresses its deepest condolences on the passing of Coffee County Mayor Judd Matheny. Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and constituents during this difficult time.”

Prior to becoming the Mayor of Coffee County, Matheny served as a state representative in a district that included Coffee County, Grundy, and Warren Counties. The local resident was a graduate of Tullahoma High School and held a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice. Matheny was also an 8-year veteran of the Tennessee Army National Guard and a 10-year veteran of local and state law enforcement.

Sam Harper, Mayor Matheny’s Chief of Staff, emailed representatives for the county on Tuesday, stating that all committee meetings scheduled for this week in neighboring Coffee County have been canceled and will be rescheduled for a later date. At this time, there are no further details available on the mayor's death. Again, an investigation is in the hands of the TBI.


CLICK HERE to link to ealier story. NewsRadio WGNS will keep you informed. 

Sections: News