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Finance Committee agrees to raises for four employees

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm

The Franklin County Finance Committee has approved a pay hike for the finance director, a deputy assistant, the planning and zoning director and Chancery Court deputy clerk. Andrea Smith, the finance director for Franklin County, said the money for the pay adjustments had already been allocated in the county budget and would not result in a tax increase. “None of them (pay adjustments) are that much money,” she said. “We’re

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  • Russell Barnett hosts 13th Annual Disabled Veterans Appreciation Dinner

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

    STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III   Franklin County’s disabled military veterans, their spouses and friends shared memories and a hot, Thanksgiving-themed meal this past week at the Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner. Russell Barnett, Doyle Searcy and Sonny Gattis have been hosting this event on the third Tuesday in November for the past 13 years at the Russell Barnett Chrysler Dodge and Jeep dealership on Highway 41-A in Winchester. According

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  • Franklin County now has matching tag-license plate numbers

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Franklin County Clerk Phillip Custer (with vehicle registration in hand) displays how tags now appear on registration forms and will have the same number as the metal plates where they will be placed as Deputy Clerks (from left) Pam Ennies, Eileen Fly and Eva Lewis go about their daily work routine. Stoney Hale, (in back) a consultant with Business Information Systems, a technical support company under contract with the county, has guided the system’s setup.
—Staff Photo by Brian Justice

    Attention: Franklin County motorists and those who steal their decals — life has just become much better for the former and worse for the latter. The County Clerk’s Office has just installed special printers that deputy clerks will use to produce decals with the same numbers that are on the issued metal license plates. The decals will be printed on the same form as vehicle registrations. The system was put

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  • Boosted Nissan sales spark Decherd plant outlook

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Nissan employees and state and political officials partake in a special Infiniti plant christening on June 27, starting the subsidiary’s namesake production at an expanded Decherd plant. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, third from foreground in front row, listens intently to one of several tribute speeches made that day. Two month’s later, the company has continued the Nissan plant’s sales objectives with a record-breaking August.

    Nissan’s newest products — the Altima, Sentra, Pathfinder, Rogue, Versa and all-electric LEAF vehicles — are resonating in the marketplace and driving record sales, up 12.4 percent in 2014, which has led to an optimistic outlook about how well the corporation’s new Infiniti addition at Decherd will be doing. Justin P. Saia, Nissan corporate communications manager, summed up last week the direction he sees the company is heading. “We’ve increased

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  • Duck River Electric, Mount Pleasant eye merger

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 5:00 am


    In an uncertain economic world, Duck River Electric Membership Corp. and Mount Pleasant Power are considering merging to curb costs. Duck River, headquartered in Shelbyville with service also in Franklin County, and Mount Pleasant, named after the city where its located, have agreed to begin a feasibility study to determine whether the merger would be in each utility’s best interest. In a joint announcement, representatives of each utility said this

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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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  • FC Business Development Center sees improvement, growth

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Installation of new HVAC unit

    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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