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Young Lynchburg man killed in crash after fleeing police

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

A vehicle pursuit by the Winchester Police Department ended with the death of a young Moore County man following a one-car crash Thursday night near downtown Winchester. Killed in the crash was Jonathan Allen Ford, 22, of Lynchburg, a 2010 graduate of Moore County High School. Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young provided a detailed account of the accident. “At approximately 10:30 p.m. on the 24th of July, a Winchester police

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  • Rural Re-entry Program saves money, lives, director says

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

    A resounding success, the Middle Tennessee Rural Re-entry Program boasts a drastic reduction in the recidivism rate for those participating in the program, a 64 percent job placement rate, and an annual savings of more than $3 million for the county, according to Executive Director Christine Hopkins. In just the past year alone, 86 offenders placed in jobs through the program earned $1.52 million in wages, Hopkins said recently. If

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  • Opposition squelches Oak Grove School housing proposal

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 8:56 am


    Amid controversy, the Almost Home Transitional Housing Program is abandoning its efforts to covert the former Oak Grove School building into temporary housing. James Cantrell, a county commissioner and an Almost Home board member, said Monday that his organization had thoroughly discussed the issue and agreed enough opposition from nearby residents made it unfeasible to move ahead with the project. “Due to concern by the neighbors, we’re not going to

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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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  • Boswell Road’s poor condition draws candidates to home gathering

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    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.

    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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  • Rescue Squad gets much needed boat

    Posted on June 24, 2014 at 5:57 am

    The Franklin County Rescue Squad has received a new piece of equipment emergency responders are hoping will make a difference in how fast they can get to victims at Tims Ford Lake. Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart, Sheriff Tim Fuller and Rescue Squad Chief Scott Smith are presenting the community with a 14-foot Inmar 470-SR. Inflatable rescue boats, nicknamed “rubber ducks,” are made of rubber and consist of four inflatable

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  • Finance Committee asks school system to remove re-quest for additional revenue

    Posted on June 20, 2014 at 4:02 am

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    The Board of Education’s request to have the Franklin County Commission approve a 7-cent property tax increase to balance the system’s budget appears to be taking a major step backward. The County Finance Committee approved, in a 4-1 vote Wednesday, to send the school system’s budget request back to the Board of Education to determine its budget without the additional revenue. Voting against the funding request were committee members Eddie

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