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Wine in grocery stores a no go in Franklin County

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm

After the Tennessee Legislature changed the law to allow municipalities to decide by referendum vote whether to allow wine to be sold in grocery stores, the issue is moot for now in Franklin County. Winchester, Decherd and Cowan met the criteria — state approval to sell package liquor or liquor by the drink — to allow a referendum vote on the issue. However, not enough signatures were garnered in any

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  • Overflowing sewer drain impacts Decherd residents

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Some Decherd residents came home from work on Tuesday to find lime and bleach sprinkled across the ditches and some yards in the attempt to sanitize the area where a sewer drain overflowed from the seven inches of rain the county received late Sunday night into early morning Monday. City officials say steps are being taken to correct the problem.

    Some Decherd residents are stepping up after a torrential downpour Sunday night left more than just rainwater in their yards. A sewage manhole was flooded in southeast Decherd, between Old Winchester Road and Noles Street, leaving some residents with solid waste and an odor that made them more than upset with the issue. A.J. Ladd, a Noles Street resident, said he woke up Monday to find his garage and yard

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  • Duck River Electric, Mount Pleasant eye merger

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

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    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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  • From the FC Sheriff’s Office

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

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    Three charged in alleged methamphetamine bust On Friday August 15th at approximately 2:00am. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office personnel in conjunction with the Estill Springs Police Department conducted a search at Safehaven Circle residence in Estill Springs, TN. The search of the residence resulted in authorities discovering components consistently used in the production of methamphetamine as well as white powder, believed to be methamphetamine. Law enforcement officials also discovered drug paraphernalia

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  • Sheriff Fuller to serve third term; easily outdistances Foster

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Sheriff Tim Fuller

    Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller emerged victorious in his third bid for election and will continue to serve the county for another four years. Fuller, a Democrat, recorded 68.92 percent of the vote to defeat Republican challenger Mike Foster by a 5,655-2,543 margin. Fuller said he looks forward to continuing to serve the county. “I am very, very proud of citizens of this county and proud of our employees,” he

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  • Young Lynchburg man killed in crash after fleeing police

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

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    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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