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Animal Harbor opens today in new location

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy   After several postponed dates, Animal Harbor opens its doors today at noon at its new location on 56 Nornan Road off Highway 127 in Winchester. The past week has been busy with organizers and volunteers working diligently to move supplies and pets from the old location in Belvidere. Gail Castle, Executive Director of Animal Harbor, said she’s very pleased with the move and commented Wednesday

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Charges filed against water superintendent

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

STAFF WRITER courtney stachel   After four months of recovery from a vehicle accident in mid-August, James Wesley Parks, Decherd’s water works superintendent at the time, is charged with multiple driving offenses. Parks has been charged with three counts of vehicular assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, open container, financial responsibility and a driving under the influence charge. Parks’ automobile accident left him in critical condition, and he was airlifted

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  • Winchester Utilities receives Christmas early

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 5:00 am

    STAFF WRITER courtney stachel Sewer systems and related maintenance equipment might not lead to visions of sugar plums dancing in Winchester Public Works employees’ heads, but a new truck to get the job done has neared that emotional high. In essence, Christmas has come early for Winchester Utilities with the purchase of a new sewer cleaning truck. A brand new $348,000 Vactor 2100 plus combination sewer cleaning truck has made

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  • Local Therapy Dogs International chapter makes a difference to students, seniors

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 5:00 am

    As University of the South students prepare for their last day of classes on Dec. 10, with their final exams set for Dec. 17, the anxiety of many undergraduates is palpable. However, many of the students are also aware of the availability of a profound calming agent in the form of teams of humans with their therapy dogs, members of Therapy Dogs International Chapter 234. “When studying for finals, spending

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Rebel football closes one chapter, readies another

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Franklin Cunty High School’s Rebel football team concluded its 2014 season officially on Saturday night, with the team’s end of the year banquet. The banquet offered a reflection on the year and gave recognition to several deserving coaches and players. In his last night as the head coach of the Franklin County Rebels, James Carr spoke to what will forever be his team. Throughout the night

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  • Lady Hornets break streak with rout over rival

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Huntland Lady Hornet sophomore Caylee McLennan (21) gets past a trailing, Moore County senior, Makayla Ray (3) for an easy two point layup. McLennan finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth consecutive double-double.
—Staff Photo by Evan Harris

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Feb. 28, 2004 — That was the last time that Huntland High School’s girls’ basketball program had beaten Moore County until Tuesday night when the Lady Hornets routed the Raiderettes 50-39. To put the time frame into perspective, with a roster consisting predominately of freshmen and sophomores, the last time the Lady Hornets defeated Moore County the current players were between the ages of 4 and

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  • Rebels start strong in district race

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Franklin County senior Hunter Watson (with ball) battles through contact and soars over Tullahoma defender Luke Mitchell (31) for two of his 16 points on Tuesday night.
—Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Tuesday night marked the tip-off of the District 8-AAA basketball season with Columbia, Lawrence County, and Franklin County’s boys’ team all earning victories. The Franklin County Rebels drowned out rival Tullahoma by a margin of 25 points, 67-42, to improve to 4-2 on the early season. Initially things looked to be close with the Rebels escaping the first quarter of play up by just one point,

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Pictured from left, Bunny Hawkersmith and Jeff McCool with several toys to be donated to the North Middle School toy drive.

Teaming up for a worthy cause

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 5:00 am

  In support of a North Middle School toy drive, Bunny Hawkersmith, owner of Bunny’s Gym, and Jeff McCool, from Moccasin Creek, have teamed up to challenge any or as many businesses in the county as they can to get more toys donated toward the effort. Their move follows another challenge at the school where North Middle School Principal Stanley Bean and teacher Chris Hawkersmith, Bunny’s son, have agreed to

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  • Teaming up to support North Middle School toy drive

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Pictured from left, Bunny Hawkersmith and Jeff McCool with several toys to be donated to the North Middle School toy drive.

    In support of the North Middle School toy drive, Bunny Hawkersmith of Bunny’s gym, and Jeff McCool of Moccasin Creek have teamed up to challenge any, or as many businesses in the County that they can get more toys donated than any opposition. So confident in the feat, both Hawkersmith and McCool have agreed to fress up as Santa and his elf and visit several businesses in Fraklin County, passing

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  • December activities to spread holiday cheer

    Posted on December 4, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Christmas is 20 days away and already an abundance of holiday fun is springing up all around. This weekend starts off with lots of fun, including a couple of parades, and Christmas at Tims Ford State Park. Other holiday fun follows in the coming weeks, including musical productions, opportunities to meet with Santa, Christmas cookie sales and entire town celebrations. In addition, many churches have special services listed in

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Cowan Christmas Parade celebrates 50 years

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 5:00 am

ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy   Excitement is in the air as plans are being finalized for the 50th Annual Cowan Christmas Parade starting tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Cowan. The theme, most appropriately, is “Celebrate Christmas.” The parade lineup starts at Cookie’s Corner and proceeds down Cumberland Street through the downtown area, ending at Cowan Elementary School. This very special anniversary parade promises to be the biggest and best ever

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  • Winchester Council preparing marina lease

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Winchester Council preparing marina lease STAFF WRITER courtney stachel The Winchester City Council has been working diligently in recent weeks to get details worked out with a lease agreement to develop a marina on 80 acres near Dry Creek Beach. The goal is to meet a March 2015 deadline to have the lease agreement in place with developers Adam Casey, Dennis English and David Kiger who are partnering together to

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  • DesJarlais easily outdis-tances Democratic challenger in FC

    Posted on November 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

    EDITOR brian justice   Incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais easily outdistanced Democratic challenger Lenda Sherrell in Franklin County’s general election Tuesday and held on in the other counties he represents to retain his Fourth Congressional District seat. DesJarlais recorded 5,841 votes (60.68 percent) while Sherrell received 3,420 votes (35.53 percent) in Franklin County. Through the entire Fourth District, DesJarlais recorded 58.33 percent of the total vote with 84,781 being cast

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