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Opposition squelches Oak Grove School housing proposal

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 8:56 am

Amid controversy, the Almost Home Transitional Housing Program is abandoning its efforts to covert the former Oak Grove School building into temporary housing. James Cantrell, a county commissioner and an Almost Home board member, said Monday that his organization had thoroughly discussed the issue and agreed enough opposition from nearby residents made it unfeasible to move ahead with the project. “Due to concern by the neighbors, we’re not going to

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Young Lynchburg man killed in crash after fleeing police

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

A vehicle pursuit by the Winchester Police Department ended with the death of a young Moore County man following a one-car crash Thursday night near downtown Winchester. Killed in the crash was Jonathan Allen Ford, 22, of Lynchburg, a 2010 graduate of Moore County High School. Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young provided a detailed account of the accident. “At approximately 10:30 p.m. on the 24th of July, a Winchester police

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  • Rural Re-entry Program saves money, lives, director says

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

    A resounding success, the Middle Tennessee Rural Re-entry Program boasts a drastic reduction in the recidivism rate for those participating in the program, a 64 percent job placement rate, and an annual savings of more than $3 million for the county, according to Executive Director Christine Hopkins. In just the past year alone, 86 offenders placed in jobs through the program earned $1.52 million in wages, Hopkins said recently. If

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  • FC Business Development Center sees improvement, growth

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Installation of new HVAC unit

    The Franklin County Business Development Center recently received more than $100,000 in major improvements at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to grant funding. Two grants, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise and the Appalachian Regional Commission, provided necessary funds to address needed improvements at the Business Development Center. Funds were used to replace 10 out dated heating ventilation and air conditioning units with energy efficient models, plus

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Pictured is the 2014 Franklin County High School Football Hall of Fame induction class. Front row, from left to right, Danny Smith, Harold “Red” Roberts, Barry Lydell Corn, Elizabeth Holmes (accepting for Pete Holmes), Janis Rogers (accepting for Rodney Rogers), Kristin Huff (accepting for Doug Pittenger), and Cos Dematteo; top row, from left, Gene Snead Jr. (accepting for Gene Snead Sr.), Terry Vanzant, Jeremy Nunley, Bill Rudder, Jimmy Moss, Greg O’Neal, Dwight Gray and Jeff Walker.
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Hall of Fame Banquet a step in the right direction for Franklin County Football

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Editor’s note: This is Part I of the Hall of Fame Banquet story. Please see Part II in Friday’s edition with more photos included. STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Family and Rebel Pride were the main themes on Saturday night, July 26th, as 15 new members were inducted into Franklin County High School’s Football Hall of Fame. Quarterback Club president Vance Pituch kicked off the evening with some opening remarks,

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  • Longtime Wildcat becomes a Rebel

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Braston sideline

    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Going to school and coaching in Tullahoma, Mario Braston has been a Wildcat for quite some time. Now he is set to trade that in and become a Rebel as he joins Franklin County High School as a coach and teacher. Braston is set to become the new head track and field coach, and will join the football and basketball coaching staffs at FCHS. A

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  • First ever Rebel 7-on-7 a roaring success

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Franklin County freshman lineman Jordan Pickett (on  tug  opposite end) pulls his way over Tullahoma Wildcat Eli Champion Wednesday in the team s first-ever Rebel challenge.

    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Linemen and 7-on-7 challenge are a big part of summer football workouts, but this past Wednesday Franklin County’s Rebel football team hosted one of these events for the first time ever. Judging by attendees’ comments and overall results, the event — tabbed as, “The Rebel Challenge” — was the first of many to come. Rebels head coach James Carr summed up what the summer football

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Increase in brown recluse spider bites

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:36 am

Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer. The venomous bites usually heal well if left alone, according to Tennessee Poison Center Medical Director Donna Seger, M.D., but there are so many urban legends about these bites, patients frequently apply many treatments before seeking medical advice. There are two components to spider bites — the cutaneous lesion and, more rarely, the

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  • Motorcyclist is roaring through the Winchesters

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Motorcyclist Jackie Battles takes a breather in front of Winchester City Hall Monday after spending most of the day on his motorcycle to get to the “Winchester” in Franklin County, from his native Winchester, Va. In addition to his Virginia home, his trip agenda includes Winchesters located in the states of Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

    Just as promised, motorcyclist Jackie Battles rolled into Winchester on Monday, on the first part of his whirlwind trip across the country to visit all the other 23 towns in the United States named Winchester. Looking tired but in good spirits, the Winchester, Va., resident stopped by the Herald-Chronicle’s news office Tuesday afternoon to provide readers with an update about how his trip to the nation’s many Winchesters was going.

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  • Fight for freedom… WW II vet attends D-Day anniversary

    Posted on July 4, 2014 at 5:33 am

    with president

    The Fourth of July is all about the nation’s independence, and World War II veteran James E. Hill is one who had gone above and beyond the call of duty 70 years ago to keep it that way. Hill, from Elora, recently returned to France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. The 89-year-old veteran had served as a member of H Company of the 29th

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Community Arts Show ‘It’s Just Trash’ opens Thursday

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of its Community Arts Show, “It’s Just Trash” on Thursday at the Artisan Depot, located at 201 E. Cumberland St. in Cowan. The show will be open through Aug. 2. It includes a wide variety of works made from recycled materials by many local artists in such mediums as wood, iron, plastic sculptures and a number of paintings. A meet the artist

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  • Art show ‘Fantasy’ opens Friday with reception

    Posted on May 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Community Art show Fantasty opens Friday

    The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of the Community Arts Show “Fantasy” with a meet the artist reception Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Artisan Depot in downtown Cowan. The reception will feature music by the Bazzania Girls Band, a local folk group. The show will include a wide variety of imagined work from many local artists, including fanciful animals, all things fairy (including a fairy treehouse)

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  • Tenth Annual International Dogwood Festival starts today

    Posted on May 2, 2014 at 4:43 am


    This weekend’s weather forecast promises to be perfect for the 10th Annual International Dogwood Festival starting today and running through Sunday in and around down-town Winchester. This year will include more free fun and entertainment than ever before, with concerts, kidz zone, teen zone, arts and crafts vendors, a parade, car and tractor shows, food vendors, a plant auction and much more. Beth Rhoton, City of Winchester Administrator, said Thursday

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