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Burglars hit Huntland athletic bus

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 9:06 am

MANCHESTER — A basketball team had their uniforms and equipment stolen after their bus was burglarized on the way to a game. The boys and girls teams from Huntland High School had apparently stopped at a Manchester area restaurant and found thieves had broken into the team bus while they were dining. About $7,000 worth was stolen, including five laptops, two iPads and a number of jerseys. Without the jerseys,

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Winchester Council approves grant request

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

STAFF WRITER courtney stachel   Winchester is taking a step forward with the Tims Ford Marina project with the City Council approving a grant application to develop a three-phase road from Highway 50 to the facility’s boat ramp and parking lot. The city is applying for an $806,000 Federal Land Access Grant of which the city will pay $161,200 with the federal governing chipping the remaining $644,800 in an 80-20

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  • Estill Springs man saves two from SUV fire

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

    STAFF WRITER courtney stachel A driver and passenger on an isolated Keith Springs Mountain road stretch were saved from their burning vehicle last Saturday by a passing Good Samaritan motorist on his way to restore a vintage car at a friend’s residence. Driver Brad Steele, from Belvidere, and passenger Jamie Solomon, from Winchester, were injured on Highway 16 when the vehicle Steele was operating apparently lost control due to icy

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  • Estill residents charged with distributing marijuana to minors

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

    STAFF WRITER courtney stachel Two Estill Springs residents are being held on charges in Franklin County Jail for the contribution of delinquency of a minor. An investigation led by Inv. Nick Watson exposed Anthony D. Coffman and Virginia D. Slatton to be the suspected perpetrators responsible for providing four minors with what is believed to be marijuana. Reports say the suspects also are being charged with possession of a schedule

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Huntland teams successful in irregular Monday night games

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Playing on a Monday night, Huntland’s High School’s Hornets and Lady Hornets hosted Cascade High School for two wins in front of the home fans. Both Huntland teams got redemption from its first game of 2015, which were road game losses to Cascade. The Lady Hornets won 46-32, and the Hornets avenged an 18-point loss with a 56-54 win. Lady Hornets Following an opening basket from

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  • Rebels slam door on Wildcats: Rebelettes can’t extend strong start

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Franklin County High School’s student section, known as the “Dawg Pound,” has spirit fingers up, hoping to help a Rebelette sink a free throw shot.
—Staff Photo by Evan Harris

    SPORTS WRITER evan harris Friday night proved to be a double-edged sword for Franklin County High School’s basketball teams on home court against rival Tullahoma with the Rebels emerging victorious and the Rebelettes faltering after taking an early lead. The Rebelette’s held a 21-8 advantage, but were outscored in each of the final three quarters in a 67-52 loss to the Lady Wildcats. With the Rebels, it was another story.

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  • Russell Barnett and FCHS team up to draw big crowd

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris In an effort to drum up a large crowd for tonight’s rivalry basketball game against Tullahoma High School, Franklin County High School and the Russell Barnett dealership are teaming up. Not only will all Franklin County High School students receive free admission to tonight’s contest, but they will also have the opportunity to win $2,500, courtesy of Russell Barnett. During halftime of the boys’ game, Russell

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A year, a month and a day to remember A Franklin County World War II veteran looks back on a difficult journey

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III   As of September 2014, of the 16,112,566 members of the United States Armed Forces who served this country during World War II, only 1,017,208 of those veterans are still alive, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs study. With each passing day, that number seems to inevitably decline. One of those surviving veterans is Winchester native Leon Hawkersmith, who came into the world

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  • Free recycle bins available: roadside litter problem continues

    Posted on January 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

    ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy   There’s no excuse for tossing plastic, paper, metal or aluminum cans in with the rest of your trash when free recycling bins are readily available to everyone in Franklin County. Thanks to a $25K recycling grant received from the state, along with a match from the county, there are plenty of yellow, blue and green, recycling bins still available at the Solid Waste Management Center

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  • STRHS Winchester welcomes first baby of 2015

    Posted on January 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

    ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy The old saying, “the early bird gets the worm,” comes to mind as Franklin County’s newest citizen arrived bright and early on New Year’s Day. Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester is proud to announce the arrival of the first baby of 2015 at The Childbirth Center in Winchester. Born at 9:17 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, little Abel Mercer will forever hold the title

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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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