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Duck River Electric at Mount Pleasant 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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  • From the FC Sheriff’s Office

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

    David Paul Zwarton.

    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


    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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