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Recently elected officials pledge to serve in new terms

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:49 am

Friday marked another chapter in Franklin County’s political history with 38 recently elected candidates giving their oath of office to Chancellor Jeffrey F. Stewart in front of about 100 witnesses at the Courthouse. The day’s activities also included Stewart accepting, Suzanne McDowell’s oath of office in a separate ceremony at Winchester City Hall to serve on the council. The county’s 38-member group included a mayor, five department heads, a general

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  • Wine in grocery stores a no go in Franklin County

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm


    After the Tennessee Legislature changed the law to allow municipalities to decide by referendum vote whether to allow wine to be sold in grocery stores, the issue is moot for now in Franklin County. Winchester, Decherd and Cowan met the criteria — state approval to sell package liquor or liquor by the drink — to allow a referendum vote on the issue. However, not enough signatures were garnered in any

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  • Buddy Perry ends long tenure as District Court Judge

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

    After 28 years as 12th Judicial District Court judge, Buddy Perry has stepped down from his bench. Perry’s last day as head of his court was on Aug. 22. The 12th District, which Perry has represented Part III, includes Blesdoe, Franklin, Grundy, Rhea, Marion and Sequatchie counties. Opting not to seek re-election, Perry is being replaced by Justin C. Angel, a Republican who defeated Democrat Steve Blount in the Franklin

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  • Motorcyclist wraps up trip, tags favorite Winchester, USA

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:05 am


    Jackie Battles of Winchester, Va., can now mark one off his bucket list. He can brag that he has set foot in every one of the 23 other “Winchesters” in the United States, including the one in Tennessee. Battles’ visit to Franklin County on July 7 included a brief stop in the The Herald Chronicle news office and a photo shoot in front of City Hall before he headed south

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  • New sign ordinance to offer more options

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 9:03 am


    Changes the Winchester City Council is considering to a downtown overlay ordinance will be geared to allow business to have up to three signs, one more than currently allowed. A workshop was held this past week at the Winchester Annex building that brought more issues to the table on how the overlay district ordinance should be changed. Even though it has been a controversial topic in recent years, Winchester is

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  • Highway Dept. seeking grant for UTSI road project

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Long awaited paving on Ridge Road, just west of Winchester was recently completed. Ridge Road is one of several badly deteriorated roadways that were scheduled for paving, following the approval of a $3 million bond issue to improve roads in the county. In addition to the bond issue the Highway Department hopes to receive a grant that it recently applied for that will allow them to improve UTSI Road.

    The Franklin County Highway Department has applied for a half million-dollar grant through The Federal Lands Access Program to improve, widen and add bicycle lanes to a 2.672-mile stretch of UTSI road. The grant would provide $457,696.26 for the project and the County would be responsible for the remaining $114,424.07 of the total $572.120.33. The Franklin County Finance Committee and County Commission approved of the project and agreed to the

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  • Winchester council resolves resignation of councilman

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Winchester has a new councilman — Suzanne McDowell — who was appointed by the City Council Thursday morning to replace John K. “Jack” Bell who has resigned. Bell said in his letter of resignation that he is stepping down due to health reasons and is unable to continue serving as a councilman. The council voted unanimously in a special Thursday morning meeting to replace Bell with McDowell. McDowell will officially

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  • Four airlifted following crash on Bible Crossing Road

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Tennessee Highway Patrol and their Critical Incident Response Team are investigating a crash that occurred early Sunday morning on Bible Crossing Road that resulted in four being airlifted to Vanderbilt and Erlanger Hospitals. James Wesley Parks, 32 of Decherd was airlifted from the scene to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. Lisa Smith, 44 of Hazel Green, Ala., was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Ricky Riddle, 47 of

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  • City of Winchester receives TACP award

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Mayor Terry Harrel, left, and Police Chief Dennis Young, third from left, accept the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police City of the Year Award at its 44th Annual Conference held in Chattanooga. The award is given to a city, agency or individual for their support, and assistance in pursuit of the goals and objectives of the TACP by law enforcement from across the state. Sharing in the honors are, from left, Franklin County Mayor Terry Harrell, Tabatha Curtis, Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young, Vice Mayor Bruce Spencer, and incoming TACP President Chuck Forbis (Lewisburg PD).

    Winchester has one of the best track records when it comes to combating methamphetamine abuse, and the city and its Police Department were recently recognized by the top law enforcement organization in the state for what they’ve accomplished. Winchester has been named “City of the Year” by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, which bestowed the honor upon city officials at the organization’s 44th Annual Conference, recently held in

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