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Young Lynchburg man killed in crash after fleeing police

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

A vehicle pursuit by the Winchester Police Department ended with the death of a young Moore County man following a one-car crash Thursday night near downtown Winchester. Killed in the crash was Jonathan Allen Ford, 22, of Lynchburg, a 2010 graduate of Moore County High School. Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young provided a detailed account of the accident. “At approximately 10:30 p.m. on the 24th of July, a Winchester police

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  • Rural Re-entry Program saves money, lives, director says

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

    A resounding success, the Middle Tennessee Rural Re-entry Program boasts a drastic reduction in the recidivism rate for those participating in the program, a 64 percent job placement rate, and an annual savings of more than $3 million for the county, according to Executive Director Christine Hopkins. In just the past year alone, 86 offenders placed in jobs through the program earned $1.52 million in wages, Hopkins said recently. If

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  • FC Business Development Center sees improvement, growth

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Installation of new HVAC unit

    The Franklin County Business Development Center recently received more than $100,000 in major improvements at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to grant funding. Two grants, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise and the Appalachian Regional Commission, provided necessary funds to address needed improvements at the Business Development Center. Funds were used to replace 10 out dated heating ventilation and air conditioning units with energy efficient models, plus

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  • Rural/ Metro: Staffing changes not related to bankruptcy

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:40 am


    Staffing changes at Franklin County’s Rural/Metro Ambulance are not related to the Arizona-based corporation’s financial struggles but merely stem from a supply and demand issue where personnel are being placed where they will be most effective, according to the company’s directors. Recent Facebook social media postings indicated that Rura/Metro was reducing its staff and several employees were gone, including Nita Jernigan, Rural/Metro market general manager. However, John Karolzak, chief relations

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  • Boswell Road’s poor condition draws candidates to home gathering

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Mayor candidates Burt Brown, Bill Green and Richard Stewart take a moment to relax at a recent meeting held to determine what it would take to get Boswell Road, near Tims Ford State Park, resurfaced.

    A road leading to the edge of Tims Ford Lake has also led to a pronounced movement by area residents to get county government to widen and improve it. Fred and Kathy Galanga held a special meeting Thursday evening at their home to discuss the issues with county government candidates to get Boswell Road — near the north Franklin County line toward Tims Ford State Park — resurfaced. Mr. Galanga

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  • Franklin County Schools in running for grant

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm


    The Monsanto Fund has announced the finalists for this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants, and Franklin County Schools has made the short list. If approved, the school system could get a $25,000 grant to be used toward educational computer related upgrades. Dr. Rebecca Sharber, the school system’s director, said the grant being pursued is called “Flipped Learning, Instruction, and Practice in Math,” F.L.I.P. Math for short. “It addresses

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  • Parents maintain eliminating bus route would cause hardship

    Posted on July 19, 2014 at 4:21 pm


    Parents maintain eliminating bus route would cause hardship Much to area parents’ liking, a half-century old school bus route serving Belvidere’s Marshall Road area is going to get at least two years older. The Board of Education had considered abandoning the route — as the system has done with another on Monteagle that had been picking up students residing in Marion County — to have the designated bus serve students

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  • Early voting starts Friday

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:20 am


    The Aug. 7 Franklin County general election might be nearly a month away, but the early voting period gets underway Friday for those who want to get their civic responsibility out of the way beforehand. The ballot also includes candidates vying in primary elections for state and federal positions. The early voting period extends from Friday to Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Election Commission

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  • Business Development ‘TennesSeed Camp’ free for entrepreneurs

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:04 am


    The Franklin County Business Development Center is partnering with Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneur Centers to offer a free one-day “TennesSeed Camp” at the Franklin County Business Development Center on Thursday. The camp is designed to provide potential entrepreneurs with a foundation on how to transform and idea into an “investable story” and to assist start-up companies in finding seed funding and resources necessary for success. Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart

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