Republican Leader Found DEAD In Home Under Mysterious Circumstances

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The Tullahoma Police Department (TPD) discovered Coffee County Mayor Judd Matheny dead inside his residence on Tuesday. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) is looking into his death.

From 2002 to 2018, Matheny, 53, represented District 47 as a Republican member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. On August 4, 2022, he was elected as Coffee County’s mayor.

The TPD said shortly after 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday that Matheny was found dead at his residence, 1909 E Lincoln St., by police following a call “reporting a possible death.”

The TPD stated that the TBI had taken over the “ongoing investigation” into Matheny’s death.

“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,” TPD said in a Facebook post. “Mayor Matheny dedicated his life to serving our community, both as a successful businessman, farmer, and as a committed public servant. His leadership and dedication will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

Matheny passed away just one day after his office released the most recent episode of The Mayor’s Message, a weekly YouTube prerecorded program in which Matheny interviews locals and provides updates about the county.

After Matheny’s death was announced, condolences for him were many.

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A few others honored Matheny, including Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, who said, “I am heartbroken to hear about the passing of my longtime friend and public servant, Coffee County Mayor Judd Matheny.”

“Since Judd was elected to the House in 2002, we were close friends. As an elected official, he attacked his role as a public servant with vigor and passion and always had the safety and success of Coffee County and our state in mind when taking action. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this time of grief,” Hargett said.

Tennessee U.S. Representatives Mark Green (R-TN-07) and John Rose (R-TN-06) also released statements on Matheny’s death.


“Camie and I join Tennesseans in praying for the family and loved ones of Coffee County Mayor Judd Matheny. A statesman, businessman, and farmer, his service as Mayor and a State Representative will never be forgotten,” Green said.

Rose called Matheny’s death “an unexpected and tragic loss,” adding that the mayor will be “remembered by many for his decades of public service, both at the county and state level.”

“I hope you’ll join me in praying for his family and friends in the days ahead,” Rose said.


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