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Paving is nearly complete on Floyd Lane near Decherd. The road has been resurfaced and new shoulders put down, crews will return to add striping before moving on. Floyd Lane is just one of 37 roads being considered for repair with a $3 million dollar bond issue re-cently approved by the Franklin County Commission.

Paving beefed up with $3M bond issue

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 5:30 am

The Franklin County Highway Department announced the list of roads under consideration for repair using a $3 million bond issue approved by the County Commission earlier this year. It costs an estimated $140,000 to pave one mile of road. With around 700 miles of roads in Franklin County, the $3 million requested would cover only a fraction of the overall paving. In recent years the Highway Commission budget has allowed

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  • Cowan Fall Heritage Festival kicks off a new tradition

    Posted on September 19, 2014 at 4:52 am


    The first ever Cowan Fall Heritage Festival begins today with live music in the heart of the community’s downtown area. The festival was organized this year as an alternative to the Polly Crockett Festival, which is no longer being held. Organizers say the event promises to provide some of the best top-notch entertainment at any festival in the state. The fun begins today at 5 p.m. and runs until 10

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  • 9-11 requiem reaches 13th year

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Franklin County Sheriff’s Department held a Sept. 11 memorial service to pay tribute to the ones who lost their lives 13 years ago. Participating in the tribute are, from left, Sheriff Tim Fuller, Executive Director of the Tennessee Sheriff’s Association Terry Ashe, Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart and Decherd Mayor Robin Smith. At the podium introducing Ashe is Winchester Mayor Terry Harrell.

    Thursday marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the nation that left several thousand dead, and Franklin County did its part to pay tribute to the fallen heroes by holding a special ceremony. The Sheriff’s Department had a memorial service at 6 p.m. on that evening at the Franklin County Courthouse to pay tribute to the victims and emergency personnel who lost their lives to the

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  • Hopkins, Williams honored at TSBA District meeting

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Christine Hopkins

    Two Franklin County School Board members received accolades from the state level last week for their accomplishments in trying to be more knowledgeable about the legal and governing side to education. Christine Hopkins and Lance Williams received TSBA Boardmanship Awards for 2014 Thursday at Marshall County High School in Lewisburg at the Tennessee School Boards Association’s South Central Fall District meeting. Local boards of education learned about the changing landscape

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  • Survivors explain Cancer Support’s personal significance

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Doris North releases a flock of beautiful white doves at the Multi-County Cancer Support Network’s Walk-A-Thon held on Friday night in Winchester. It was one of the most poignant moments during the fundraising event that helps to raise money for cancer patients in an eight-county area including, Franklin, Coffee, Moore, Lincoln, Grundy, Marion, Warren, and Bedford counties. MCCSN is a not-for-profit organization formed to help relieve the everyday crises of families touched by cancer. Watson-North Funeral Home in Winchester provided the doves.

    Several thousand participants made their rounds Friday night on the former Franklin County High School track in a 21st Annual Walk-A-Thon to draw support for the Multi-County Cancer Support Network’s mission to help those afflicted with the dreaded disease. The Walk-A-Thon is all about increasing awareness about cancer and how to spark victims into combating it through positive reinforcement and support. Here are three survivors — in addition to those

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  • Winchester to kick off fall season with festival

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 1:24 pm


    With the beginning of autumn crispness in the air, the City of Winchester is gearing up to give area residents an entertainment avenue to welcome the change of seasons. For the past four years, the city has held it’s annual Taste of Autumn Fall Festival, which has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the downtown Winchester Square. The Winchester Downtown Program Corp., which

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  • Annual MCCSN Walk-A-Thon is tonight

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    2013 Walk-a-thon

    Annual MCCSN Walk-A-Thon is tonight To raise awareness to combat a dreadful disease, the annual Multi-County Cancer Support Network’s Walk-A-Thon is tonight starting at 6 p.m. and continuing to midnight at the old Franklin County High School football field located on Dinah Shore Blvd. next to the F.C. Annex Building. Joining in the Walk-a-Thon is a great way to get the entire family involved in giving back to their community

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  • School Board to continue director search process

    Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    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.

    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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  • Motivational speaker comes back to FC

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Victor Woods

    Victor Woods’ life had taken a turn for the criminal worse, but now rehabilitated, he tells others how not to go down the wrongful path he had taken. For that reason Franklin County Director of Schools Rebecca Sharber and Sheriff Tim Fuller welcomed motivational speaker and nine time felon back to speak with students at Franklin County High School and to the inmates at the jail. Woods, by the age

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