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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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  • 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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  • Rebel Pride Band returns from Outback Bowl with the gold

    Posted on January 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

    ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy Franklin County High School’s Rebel Pride Band lived up to its name, giving a strong performance at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on New Year’s Day. The Rebel Pride Band performed in a combined, mass band comprised of 2,800 members from 28 bands that came together from 22 states to perform during halftime at the bowl game. In addition, they marched in the Outback Bowl

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  • Cold delays school opening, closes mid-state schools

    Posted on January 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

    The dangerously cold weather descending upon Franklin County in mid-week forced Superintendent of Schools Rebecca Scharber to make a decision to delay school opening for two hours Thursday. The thermometer in Winchester flashed 3 degrees Thursday morning, but weather forecasters said the “feels-like” temperature with wind chill figured in was actually minus-8 degrees. In addition to Franklin County’s school delay, 36 other counties in Tennessee had delays or closings, including

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  • Charges filed against water superintendent

    Posted on December 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

    STAFF WRITER courtney stachel   After four months of recovery from a vehicle accident in mid-August, James Wesley Parks, Decherd’s water works superintendent at the time, is charged with multiple driving offenses. Parks has been charged with three counts of vehicular assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, open container, financial responsibility and a driving under the influence charge. Parks’ automobile accident left him in critical condition, and he was airlifted

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  • Winchester Utilities receives Christmas early

    Posted on December 12, 2014 at 5:00 am

    STAFF WRITER courtney stachel Sewer systems and related maintenance equipment might not lead to visions of sugar plums dancing in Winchester Public Works employees’ heads, but a new truck to get the job done has neared that emotional high. In essence, Christmas has come early for Winchester Utilities with the purchase of a new sewer cleaning truck. A brand new $348,000 Vactor 2100 plus combination sewer cleaning truck has made

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  • Local Therapy Dogs International chapter makes a difference to students, seniors

    Posted on December 9, 2014 at 5:00 am

    As University of the South students prepare for their last day of classes on Dec. 10, with their final exams set for Dec. 17, the anxiety of many undergraduates is palpable. However, many of the students are also aware of the availability of a profound calming agent in the form of teams of humans with their therapy dogs, members of Therapy Dogs International Chapter 234. “When studying for finals, spending

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