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Meth Bill heads for showdown in Senate

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 5:00 am

Gov. Bill Haslam’s anti-methamphetamine legislation has been approved by the Senate, but the finite details about how much pseudoephedrine will be allowed at over-the-counter purchases remains at odds with the House, and lawmakers must iron out the differences. If that happens, the legislation will be forwarded to the governor’s desk for final approval. The Senate voted 23-8 on Tuesday for a 4.8-gram month maximum and an annual cap of 14.4

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  • FC Prevention Coalition seeks financial assistance

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 11:16 am

    After losing much-needed grant money, Franklin County Prevention Coalition Director Tabatha Curtis asked the Finance Committee this past week to make up the difference to keep the organization fully functional. Curtis requested $76,000, the amount lost when the grant program ended. This is the first time the coalition has asked for funding assistance from the county. The program has been fully funded by grants and other monies since its inception.

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  • Decherd sued over Drug Court housing dispute

    Posted on April 15, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Azoning dispute over a Franklin County Drug Court program building’s use has escalated into two lawsuits against Decherd and two municipal employees on grounds they didn’t have the authority to terminate water services to force tenants to vacate. The lawsuits were filed in Franklin County Circuit Court on March 27. The first lawsuit was filed by Russell L. Leonard and wife Kirkland W. Leonard against the City of Decherd and

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  • Kid’s MMA on verge of reality spotlight

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Bunny photo

    A recent Winchester children’s martial arts event could be hitting television sets nationally as a reality show series. Bunny Hawkersmith, owner of Bunny’s Mixed Martial Arts in Winchester, held a children’s MMA event that brought competitors from as far away as Las Vegas, Nev., and it turned out to be quite entertaining. Those who watch the show will probably be imagining a 180-degree twist from the reality show Toddlers and

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  • FC School Board to whittle away at $1.2 million gap

    Posted on April 11, 2014 at 4:00 am

    Employee insurance cuts, scaling back bus purchases and changing the high school class schedule are main avenues the Franklin County Board of Education is begrudgingly considering to offset a $1.2 million budget shortfall. The board worked through an initial draft Monday and the prognosis for the coming months is simple — more money is needed or something is going to have to give way. Cindy Latham, Franklin County deputy director

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  • New lighting desperately needed at Babe Ruth field

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Members of the Decherd Board and Parks and Rec Committee meet with South Central Development District's Lorie Braley to fill out the application for the grant.

    Decherd Board hoping to get grant to help make improvements  STAFF WRITER deidre ortiz   The Decherd Board of Mayor and Aldermen has decided to seek a Parks and Recreation Grant through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for $160,000 to install lights at the Decherd Babe Ruth field. During its board meeting earlier this month, a public hearing was held to receive suggestions from the public about the

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  • Haslam’s budget announcement spells no teacher pay hike

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Teacher Pointing at Map of World

    EDITOR brian justice   Gov. Bill Haslam says he won’t be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, and that statement means the Franklin County Board of Education might be going back to the budget drawing board. Haslam said in an Associated Press story that poor revenue collections are forcing him to make

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  • Franklin County official found dead

    Posted on April 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    John DeMoll

    John DeMoll, 62, a supervisor of the Franklin County Sanitation Department, was found dead Wednesday evening in Alabama. Authorities said DeMoll’s death was self-inflicted and that no foul play is suspected. He was reported missing Tuesday morning. He was last seen around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday as he was driving toward Sewanee on Highway 41A. According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, DeMoll was found in his car around 6 p.m.

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  • FC’s Edwards receives promotion at Nissan

    Posted on April 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm


    Nissan North America officials announced Tuesday that Franklin County native Gary Edwards has been promoted to vice president of the Decherd Powertrain Operations and Smyrna Battery Plant. Edwards began his Nissan career at the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in 1983. Throughout the years, he worked in various engineering departments as he pursued his BS degree in engineering technology. When Nissan began construction on its Decherd plant, Edwards came from Smyrna

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