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Food Lion to close next month

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 8:49 am

STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III   As word spread that Winchester’s Food Lion grocery store will be closing, it took residents by surprise, especially Judy Roden. Roden, a retired nurse, has a 40-year-old son, Joey, who has Downs Syndrome but has managed to work at Food Lion part-time. She said the store’s closing has been a “shock,” and she is greatly saddened that her son will no longer be

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Lowndes participates in medical symposium

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:45 am

A Franklin County native was among the presenters at the 31st International Seating Symposium, held Feb. 26–28 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. Dr. Emily Lowndes, formerly from Winchester, has presented in other research projects and was also one of the presenters at the 2014 ISS Conference held in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. The ISS is the lead educational and scientific conference which features the field of

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  • Pressure builds as deadline for jail expansion plan nears

    Posted on March 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Overcrowding an ongoing problem   STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III   Inmate overcrowding in the Franklin County Jail isn’t unique to this county or middle Tennessee, but it is an issue demanding attention locally before it puts more stress on inmates, law enforcement and opens the door to expensive litigation. Sheriff Tim Fuller and Franklin County Commissioner Eddie Clark invited the county commissioners to attend a special County Corrections

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  • High bond set in Shelbyville shooting case

    Posted on March 19, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    A Winchester man accused of murdering his estranged wife in Shelbyville last weekend had his bond set at $750,000 in Bedford County General Sessions Court. James Timothy Hall, 58, of Winchester was also ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. Hall is accused of first degree murder, burglary and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of Kristal L. Hall at a residence on Highway 64 East in Shelbyville last Saturday morning.

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Rebels’ opening day met with sunshine, win

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 12:11 pm

SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Rebel baseball’s opening day was originally set for March 9, but after inclement weather forced Franklin County to reschedule its first six games, the team was able to earn a victory on Sunday in 70 degree weather. The skies were clear, and the sun was out as the Rebels used and extra inning to defeat the Ooltewah Owls 2-1. Kade Rigsby received the start on the

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  • Rebelette softball team opens with tough no-hitter district loss

    Posted on March 13, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Facing a division one college committed hurler on the road isn’t the ideal situation for the first game of the season, but the Rebelettes did just that in a 7-0 loss Monday night to District 8-AAA foe Coffee County. Coffee County started three-year running District 8-AAA pitcher of the year Brianna Jones on the mound. Jones is committed to play college ball for Southern Illinois. Jones was simply unhittable, pitching

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  • Lady Hornets stumble late for first defeat

    Posted on March 13, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Huntland sophomore Savannah Davis made her varsity pitching debut in Monday’s season opener. Here, Davis releases the ball looking to strikeout a Grundy County batter.
—Staff Photo by Evan Harris

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Huntland High School’s Lady Hornet sophomore Savannah Davis started her first varsity softball game as a pitcher in Monday evening’s tough opening day 5-4 loss to Grundy County. Davis pitched an excellent game in her debut, allowing just six hits and two runs through six innings on the mound. After holding Grundy County scoreless through two innings, Huntland was poised to be the first to score

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Franklin County Republican Women’s Club-Federated Officers

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:37 am

Republican Women’s Club-Federated Officers The Franklin County Republican Women’s Club-Federated officers are, from left, Sheila M. Williams, president; Joanne (Jody) McGee, vice president; Shirley Wert, second vice president; Janet Doran, recording secretary; Anna Marie Brickse, corresponding secretary. Tere Anderson, not pictured, is the treasurer. —Photo provided

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  • Franklin County Democratic Party Officers Elected

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:34 am

    FCDP Officers Elected The Franklin County Democratic Party met March 21 to choose officers for the next two years, discuss issues, and determine a meeting time.  The new officers pictured from left are, chair, Nancy Silvertooth, vice-chair, Robin Smith; treasurer, Dianne Hand; and secretary, Helen Stapleton. FCDP meets the second Monday each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Franklin County Annex, 839 Dinah Shore Blvd in Winchester. They are focusing on

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  • Free ‘Listen’ concert Friday in Sewanee

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Free ‘Listen’ concert Friday in Sewanee A big treat awaits Friday night in Sewanee for music lovers. The Sewanee Symphony Orchestra (SSO) presents “Listen,” a concert dedicated to modern American composers Friday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Guerry Auditorium at the University of the South in Sewanee. Listen will feature chamber and orchestral music by Aaron Copland, John Philip Sousa, and Terry Riley. Additionally, the SSO will record one of the most controversial works

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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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  • Tickets available for Father Daughter Date Night

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Father Daughter Date Night, sponsored by United Way of Franklin County, is just around the corner. The event, being held this year from 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church is sure to be a blast. Dads out there who’d like to do something special for their daughters definitely don’t want to miss out on this event. Luckily, tickets for the Father Daughter Date Night are

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  • Oldham Theater: A legacy of movie history, architecture, civil rights and technology

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

      STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III   Art Deco architecture that dominated many of the prominent buildings in Winchester, including the courthouse during the 1930s was followed in 1950 by the Moderne Art style with the construction of the Oldham Theater on the northern side of the square in the spot once occupied by the H. B. Franklin Grocery. The Oldham Theater originally opened as a replacement for the

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