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Mayor candidates Burt Brown, Bill Green and Richard Stewart take a moment to relax at a recent meeting held to determine what it would take to get Boswell Road, near Tims Ford State Park, resurfaced.

Boswell Road’s poor condition draws candidates to home gathering

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

A road leading to the edge of Tims Ford Lake has also led to a pronounced movement by area residents to get county government to widen and improve it. Fred and Kathy Galanga held a special meeting Thursday evening at their home to discuss the issues with county government candidates to get Boswell Road — near the north Franklin County line toward Tims Ford State Park — resurfaced. Mr. Galanga

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    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm


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    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:20 am


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  • Business Development ‘TennesSeed Camp’ free for entrepreneurs

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:04 am


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  • Animal Harbor gets help to build new facility

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:58 am

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    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:55 am


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    Posted on July 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

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    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 4:33 am


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