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High on the Hog: Fun, comradery at Winchester

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Contestants, judges and vendors came from Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee — from across the country to around the corner — to enjoy great food, comradery and to share their passion for barbecue at the 28th Annual High on the Hog Festival which came to a head this weekend. The festival featured special events and gatherings throughout last week. Inclement weather slowed the action on Friday, but with

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THP makes significant drug bust in Coffee County

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 10:56 am

Members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s West Bureau Interdiction Plus team discovered about one and a half pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine on a routine traffic stop on Wednesday morning in Coffee County. Ashton Jones, 27, of Atlanta, Ga., was arrested and charged with possession of schedule II drugs with intent to sell and deliver, simple possession of schedule VI drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and speeding. She was taken

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  • Gun deaths surpass motor vehicle deaths in Tennessee

    Posted on April 20, 2015 at 10:54 am

    A new analysis by the Violence Policy Center finds that gun deaths surpassed motor vehicle deaths in Tennessee and 16 other states, along with the District of Columbia. The VPC analysis refers to gun deaths and motor vehicle deaths in 2013, the most recent year for which comprehensive state-level data is available. Data is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. The

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  • AEDC firefighters train for readiness

    Posted on April 20, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Thirty-eight Arnold Engineering Development Complex firefighters participated in a three-day live fire training March 23-25 at the Complex. Live fire training is critical for AEDC firefighters to ensure readiness during an emergency either at the Complex or for mutual aid in the surrounding counties. “Structural firefighting is the heart of our mission to protect the lives, property and mission capability of AEDC,” said Chief of AEDC Fire and Emergency Services

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FC soccer defeats Shelbyville to win Rebel Classic

Posted on April 14, 2015 at 12:28 pm

SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris By going 2-0-1 over the weekend, the Franklin County High School Rebel soccer team claimed top honors at its annual Rebel Classic event. Making the victory even sweeter, the Rebels two wins both came against quality District 8-AAA opponents in the form of Lincoln County on Saturday in a forfeit, and Shelbyville on Sunday, 1-0. The Classic winner is determined by points which the Rebels topped

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  • Rebels go 2-1 in baseball Classic

    Posted on April 14, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris A weekend filled with baseball is exactly what happened down at Loel E. Bennett Stadium as the Franklin County High School baseball team hosted its annual Rebel Classic. Franklin County won two of its three games, defeating Giles County on Thursday 5-0, losing to North Oldham on Friday, and bouncing back for a 2-1 win over McMinn County on Saturday. Colton Elliott and Hunter Perry combined

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  • FCHS athleticism on display at Tomahawk Chop Championship

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Rebel senior Timothy Farris looks to
stick the landing while competing in
the long jump at Saturday’s Tomahawk
Chop Track and Field Championship.
—Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Franklin County High School’s track and field team traveled to Riverdale High School on Saturday and left with the girls’ and boys’ earning second place at the Tomahawk Chop Championship. Both teams placed behind Riverdale, but ahead of rival Tullahoma High School’s boys’ and girls’ teams which finished in third place. The team placement was a big accomplishment for the track and field team that was made possible by several Rebels and Rebelettes stepping up. Franklin County had seven

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Haven of Hope to hold ‘The Big Pay Back’

Posted on April 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm

To raise awareness and to serve victims, the Haven of Hope needs the public’s help. The Haven provides resources to domestic and sexual violence victims. It serves Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall and Moore counties. Haven advocates are holding a fundraiser, The Big Payback, on Tuesday, May 5. The payback is a 24-hour online event to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits. Donors can go to and select a nonprofit and

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  • Young mom shares experience during ‘Autism Awareness Month’

    Posted on April 20, 2015 at 10:52 am

    ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy Many readers may have noticed puzzle pieces appearing on signs and in various publications in recognition of April being “Autism Awareness Month.” Cyndi McKenzie of Huntland says having a child with autism is truly puzzling, even downright complicated, but it’s a challenge she has come to embrace. By sharing a brief glimpse into her life, she hopes to shed some light on this often misunderstood disorder.

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  • Bonner and McGee to wed

    Posted on April 17, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Leo and Trina Bonner of Cowan announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Takiyah LeAnn Bonner, to Nicholas McGee, son of Ricky and Sharon McGee of Cowan. The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Rev. and Mrs. Willie L. Bonner Jr. of Cowan, Rubye Kinslow of Decherd and the late Marvin L. Kinslow. She is the great-granddaughter of Lillie R. Bonner of Winchester, the late Willie L. Bonner, Sr. and Margaret

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Father Daughter Date Night a big success

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:01 am

ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy Memories to last a lifetime were made recently for more than 300 guests who attended the United Way of Franklin County’s annual Father Daughter Date Night held at San Miguels in Winchester. UWFC Executive Director Jeannie Amacher was very pleased with this sold out event which helped raise money to fund local non-profit charities. “It is truly amazing to see an event like this come together,”

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  • Winchester ready to ‘wriggle’ tonight

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

      STAFF WRITER courtney stachel   There are plenty of things to do tonight on the historic Winchester Square — namely “wriggling” through a series of artistic, musical and shopping opportunities. The Winchester Downtown Program Corp. is hosting its first spring season Wriggle, and organizers are optimistic the first chapter will pave the way for other great Wriggles, hoping to mirror the success the fall version had last September. The

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  • Theatre Sewanee presents ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Theatre Sewanee will present William Shakespeare’s comedy All’s Well That Ends Well at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday thru Sat-urday, Feb. 25-28, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 1, in the Tennessee Williams Center on the University of the South campus. Admission is free, but reservations are suggest-ed; please email “There’s place and means for every man alive,” says the character Parolles in his moment of greatest loss. He means

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