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Winchester to hold ‘Day of the Dead’ fundraiser Saturday

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 5:00 am

STAFF WRITER courtney stachel   Winchester’s International Dogwood Festival fundraiser, Day of the Dead, is already pulling money in by leaps and bounds to help with the spring attraction in May. Winchester is holding Day of the Dead Saturday — in conjunction with Halloween activities — with a silent auction beginning at 6 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m., and the band Groove Holler starting at 8 p.m. The fundraiser

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  • Decherd decorates for the season

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 5:00 am

    The city of Decherd has been putting out fall decorations around establishments such as Duck River Electric, Co-Op, Walgreens, Freds and City Hall to season the streets with the taste of fall with hay bales and pumpkins. Mayor Robin Smith, Rob Bennett, Mike St. John and City Administrator Mike Foster finish last touches outside Duck River Electricity on Wednesday. —Staff Photo by Courtney Stachel

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  • Public Safety Day in Decherd Saturday

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 5:10 am

    Decherd Goes Pink

    To commemorate October as being National Cancer Awareness Month, Decherd employees are going pink in honor of the disease’s survivors and are highlighting the alertness effort through the city’s Public Safety Awareness Day. The City of Decherd is holding the event on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at John L. Sanders Park at East Main and College streets. The event — led by the city’s fire, police and

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  • First Winchester Wriggle tonight in Square area

    Posted on September 26, 2014 at 5:04 am

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    The City of Winchester and its Downtown Program Corp. have joined force together to sponsor a special evening to enjoy art, live music and dining. The corp. is hosting the first ever Winchester Wriggle tonight from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the downtown Square. The primary event will be a silent auction at San Miquel’s Coffee Company Ballroom. It will feature artists from Winchester’s New Life Center, with the

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  • State agency being hired in FC school director search

    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 8:39 am

    The Franklin County Board of Education has elected its officers for the current academic year with Kevin Caroland (from left) being renamed chairman, Cleijo Walker as the new vice-chairman, and newly elected board member Adam Tucker selected as legislative liaison. They are shown here on Sept. 15 after conducting the board’s first meeting with its new members.

    The Franklin County Board of Education is hiring the Tennessee School Boards Association to narrow the field in its search for a new school system director. The board unanimously approved this past week to go with a $5,000 search package instead of a costlier one at $8,500 that would have TSBA conducting additional public meetings. Dr. Rebecca Sharber, who has been the Franklin County system’s leader the past six years,

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  • Local Nissan employee in special housing project

    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 8:38 am

    A Decherd Nissan employee is one of five from the auto producer selected to participate in the 2014 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project conducted by Habitat for Humanity, which specializes in building homes for families in need. Among those selected from across the U.S. are Tennesseans Tim Rusk from Nissan’s Decherd Powertrain Assembly Plant and Dwayne Hylick from Nissan’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant. Next month, Rusk and Hylick will

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  • Paving beefed up with $3M bond issue

    Posted on September 19, 2014 at 5:30 am

    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.

    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

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    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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