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Huntland High School 50-year reunion held

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Members of the Huntland High School Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th class reunion on Aug. 30 at the Huntland Community Center. The 19 classmates in attendance enjoyed a catered meal on tables decorated with their school colors of royal blue tablecloths overlaid with white lace. Each table was accented with a UFO lamp. Diane Womack Elk of Peotone, Ill., traveled the farthest distance to attend the reunion. Other classmates

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  • Cowan moves forward with new Fall Festival

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 4:53 am

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    Starting a completely new book in its event history, Cowan will be holding its first-ever Fall Heritage Festival. The event is set for the Sept.19-21 weekend in the heart of the community’s downtown area. This festival was organized this year as an alternative to the Polly Crockett Festival, which is no longer being held. Event organizers say the festival promises to provide some of the best top-notch entertainment at any

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  • ‘Ms. Bubbles’ and her entourage spread sunshine

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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    Victoria Vaughan of Belvidere (aka “Ms. Bubbles,” by those who know her best) regularly visits area nursing homes on a mission to spread cheer. Nursing home residents can always look forward to being entertained by this clever and young-at-heart 83-year-old visitor who often brings along cookies and a bag of tricks to coax out a smile. Ms. Vaughan takes it upon herself to make the long trip in her old

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Travel

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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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Education

Franklin County School Board members give their oath of office recently at a swearing-in ceremony for all newly elected officials. From left are newcomers Gary Hanger and Adam Tucker and veteran members Lance Williams and Christine Hopkins who officially give their pledge to serve the school system to Chancellor Jeffrey F. Stewart. The matter at hand for the school board meeting on Monday will be for members to select officers then begin conducting the school system’s business.

School Board to continue director search process

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm

The Franklin County School Board will decide Monday who its officers will be then go immediately into determining the approach it will take to replace Dr. Rebecca Sharber who is retiring at the end of the current academic year. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the system’s administration building, 215 S. College St., Winchester. Since the Aug. 7 elections, the board has two new members — Adam Tucker

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  • Fired school employee sues sheriff over statements

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 8:49 am

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    A Franklin County teacher has been released from her position, following a Department of Children’s Services child abuse investigation that stemmed from a previous probe about a potential link to methamphetamine production. However, the teacher, Susan Meeks, was never charged nor arrested in connection with the incident and has subsequently filed a $1.5 million defamation of character lawsuit against Sheriff Tim Fuller in response to statements he had allegedly made

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  • FC School Board seeks ways to up TCAP results

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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    The Franklin School Board has outlined a list of target areas to improve student Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program test results. The board reviewed recently released district-wide test results that show slight declines in student performance from the previous year at the grade school level in reading/ language arts, science and social studies. At the high school level, declines occurred in algebra I and II and English III. Dr. Rebecca Sharber,

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Religion

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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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Health

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.

Medical forum focuses on education, prevention

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 5:08 am

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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  • STMC celebrates 50 years serving area

    Posted on May 21, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Phil Young, CEO of Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, listens as Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart reads a proclamation, honoring the hospital’s 50th anniversary.

    Fifty years might not be a long time, geologically speaking, but the time frame is a milestone for Southern Tennessee Medical Center, which celebrated its golden anniversary Friday. A small crowd gathered in the hospital’s cafeteria Friday afternoon to pay tribute to STMC, now known as Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, for its five decades serving patients in the immediate area. Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart signed a proclamation honoring

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