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Future home of ERPUD offices in Winchester

Safety concerns prompt ERPUD to relocate Winchester facility

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:19 am

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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    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

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    The Franklin County Business Development Center recently received more than $100,000 in major improvements at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to grant funding. Two grants, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise and the Appalachian Regional Commission, provided necessary funds to address needed improvements at the Business Development Center. Funds were used to replace 10 out dated heating ventilation and air conditioning units with energy efficient models, plus

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  • Franklin County receives nearly $500,000 in grants – Winchester downtown phase five on tap

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:43 am


    Christmas might be five months away, but it came early to Winchester, Decherd, Franklin County and Tims Ford State Park Monday when Gov. Bill Haslam announced that they are getting nearly a combined $500,000 in Tennessee grant money. The funds are being appropriated through the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, and the money will go toward revitalizing Winchester’s downtown area, lighting Decherd’s

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    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 5:20 am


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    Posted on June 27, 2014 at 5:11 am


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  • FC Industrial Board honored

    Posted on April 30, 2014 at 9:34 am

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  • FC’s Edwards receives promotion at Nissan

    Posted on April 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm


    Nissan North America officials announced Tuesday that Franklin County native Gary Edwards has been promoted to vice president of the Decherd Powertrain Operations and Smyrna Battery Plant. Edwards began his Nissan career at the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in 1983. Throughout the years, he worked in various engineering departments as he pursued his BS degree in engineering technology. When Nissan began construction on its Decherd plant, Edwards came from Smyrna

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