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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Cyclist on mission to visit 24 ‘Winchesters’ to arrive here July 7

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 4:46 am

Motorcyclist Jackie Battles of Winchester, Va., is on a mission to visit all the cities named Winchester in the United States The idea came about when the Mayor of Winchester, England attended his town’s annual Apple Blossom Festival. Battles said, “It set me to wondering just how many Winchester’s there were and once I looked them up, decided that this could be a really good ride.” He found out there

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  • Trails and Trilliums Festival – April 11-12-13

    Posted on March 21, 2014 at 1:26 pm

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      The 11th Annual Trails and Trilliums Festival is set to be the biggest and best festival yet coming up on the weekend of Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12-13, at the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly. The festival, which continues to grow in size and reputation, is the main fundraiser for the Friends of South Cumberland State Park. General admission is $10 and an additional $10 provides entry to all

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Commission to select new School Board member

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

EDITOR brian justice   With important steps in a school director search fast approaching, the Franklin County Commission will hold a special meeting Monday to consider a replacement for School Board Member Mike Holmes who recently resigned. The commission will meet at 7 p.m. at the Franklin County Courthouse. Citing a residential move outside Franklin County School System’s Eighth District, Holmes tendered his resignation on Jan. 13 County Mayor Richard

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  • Local students recognized for academic achievement

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

        UT Knoxville     Joseph Barnes of Winchester was honored with placement on the fall 2014 dean’s list at Tennessee Tech University Knoxville. Barnes is a 2014 honors graduate of Franklin County High School. He is in his freshman year studying pre-med and accounting. His parents are Troy and Angela Barnes. Students on the dean’s list must maintain a GPA of 3.5 or greater while enrolled in 12

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  • School Board Appreciation Week begins Sunday

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Gov. Bill Haslam has declared Jan. 25-31, 2015 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee, and the Franklin County School District is joining public school districts from across the state to celebrate the occasion and honor local board members for their commitment to the community and its children. A press release from the governor’s office says that School Board Week “helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our

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Local church invites all to get healthy, join running program

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Getting in better shape is a New Year’s resolution for many in 2014. For that reason, the Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church invites everyone to do just that, by joining its “Run for God” program, which starts Feb. 9. Rev. Dr. Michael Clark mentioned it’s fun and anyone can sign up because this program allows participants to slowly gain endurance, and by the end of the 12 weeks, be able to

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National Radon Action Month

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

Help prevent lung cancer in 2015 by spreading awareness   What naturally occurring, colorless and odorless gas in a home can cause cancer in human beings, if they are exposed to it at high enough levels over an extended period of time? The answer is radon, a radioactive gas that occurs naturally in the soil. “As it breaks down in the soil, radon (and the radioactive particles it produces) seep

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  • Medical forum focuses on education, prevention

    Posted on June 20, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Chief Dennis Young, Sheriff Tim Fuller, Phil Young, Senator Janice Bowling, Representative David Alexander, Asst. Director Skye Maxon, Director Tabatha Curtis, Dr. Mangru, Representative Barry Doss, TBI Meth/Pharmaceticual Taskforce Director Thomas Farmer and U.T.Martin Police Chief David Moore.

    The Franklin County Prevention Coalition has been charged with combating the area’s prescription drug abuse problem, and it recently held its second annual medical forum to continue escalating that effort. The coalition, in collaboration with local, state and federal partners, has placed its focus on education and prevention, and that approach was highlighted during the forum, held June 12 at the Winchester Church of Christ. This year’s speaker line-up was

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  • Prevention Coalition addressing prescription drug abuse issue

    Posted on June 6, 2014 at 4:58 am

    The Franklin County Prevention Coalition, in collaboration with local, state and federal partners, will be hosting a medical professional forum to address prescription drug abuse on Thursday, June 12, at the Winchester Church of Christ. The coalition is a community partnership that brings people and organizations together to educate and reduce substance abuse and violence in Franklin County. The medical forum is a one evening event from 6 p.m. to

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