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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).

City of Winchester receives TACP award

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:49 am

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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  • DesJarlais outcome still up in the air

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Scott DesJarlais and Jim Tracy

    The count is over in the political race between U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and state Senator Jim Tracy, with the former ahead by 38 votes, making the count thus far, 34,793 to 34,755. On Friday, election officials in Franklin County threw out one provisional ballot, which was the last to be counted, after they determined that the voter had not been registered. A provisional ballot is counted only after a

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  • New events highlight Franklin County Fair

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:36 am


    Tractors, dirt and muddy shirts are a new part of what residents will be experiencing when the Franklin County Fair’s main attractions get under way next week. The big event and its side attractions will be held Tuesday through the following Saturday. However, a fair-sponsored 5K run/walk will officially kick off the event Saturday at the Southern Middle Tennessee Pavilion on Wilton Circle at 7:30 p.m. This year’s show will

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  • Safety concerns prompt ERPUD to relocate Winchester facility

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:19 am

    Future home of ERPUD offices in Winchester

    The Elk River Public Utility District will soon have a new Winchester office. The board of commissioners gave the go-ahead to ERPUD management in March to proceed with the purchase of a $250,000 United Bank-owned vacant lot on the corner of Dinah Shore Blvd. and Chamber Way for the construction of a new office nearer downtown Winchester. The move represents an eight-block location shift south from 1416 Dinah Shore Blvd.

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  • Hank Weddington Park improvements christened

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:40 am

    Hank Weddington Park in Decherd has received another facelift with a new veteran memorial garden. Mayor Robin Smith and Senator Janice Bowling, shown here discussing details, thank all volunteers involved in the effort and the hard work they have put into revitalizing the city recreational amenity.

    Decherd is getting another face lift to the Hank Weddington Park, located on West Main Street. Sponsors, including Home Depot, Kroger, Cash Loans and Swann Equipment, donated supplies, equipment and food for the opening day on Friday. Mayor Robin Smith held a ceremony to introduce the enhancements to the park with the community, thanking all involved. “The park is being utilized so much more now, we are so proud of

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  • All FC students get free breakfast

    Posted on August 12, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Fourth grader Jackson Wine goes through the breakfast line at Clark Elementary School Monday, participating in a year-long free breakfast program the Franklin County school system has implemented to help promote better learning.

    In a move to promote a better learning environment, all Franklin County school system students are getting free breakfasts the entire academic year through a special pilot program Melissa Livesay, Franklin County school nutrition supervisor, said this past week that the program stemmed from a move to comply with the Community Eligibility Provision, a law being implemented nation-wide this year. She said the law is part of the ‘Healthy Hungry

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  • Multiple new faces on County Commission

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Thursday night’s election has spelled a whole new set of names on the Franklin County Commission with seven of the 16 members being new, either through winning races or being unchallenged for open seats. The new members include Gene F. Snead Jr., Iris Rudder, Lisa Mason, Dave Van Buskirk, Dale Schultz, Helen Stapleton and Don Cofer. In the county commissioner District 1, Seat A race, Snead, an Independent, defeated Republican

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  • Sheriff Fuller to serve third term; easily outdistances Foster

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Sheriff Tim Fuller

    Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller emerged victorious in his third bid for election and will continue to serve the county for another four years. Fuller, a Democrat, recorded 68.92 percent of the vote to defeat Republican challenger Mike Foster by a 5,655-2,543 margin. Fuller said he looks forward to continuing to serve the county. “I am very, very proud of citizens of this county and proud of our employees,” he

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  • Broken Decherd water main disrupts schedules

    Posted on August 5, 2014 at 9:35 am

    This is the area on Diagonal Street where a major Decherd water leak occurred, leaving a large section of the city without water from late Thursday until early Friday morning.

    Decherd city officials on Monday were still trying to determine the cause of a 12-inch line break that left major parts of the city without water right before the weekend. The break occurred Thursday evening at Diagonal Street and left a major section of Decherd with no water or pressure from 2 p.m. until early Friday morning, impacting business schedules and halting a Nissan North America work shift. Decherd Mayor

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