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Haslam’s budget announcement spells no teacher pay hike

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

EDITOR brian justice   Gov. Bill Haslam says he won’t be able to give state employees and teachers a pay increase next year mainly because of reductions due to an ongoing decline in revenue collections, and that statement means the Franklin County Board of Education might be going back to the budget drawing board. Haslam said in an Associated Press story that poor revenue collections are forcing him to make

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  • County Commission to consider $3 million bond issue to beef up paving

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 6:04 am


      The Franklin County Road and Bridge Committee passed a resolution Thursday for a $3 million bond issue for the highway department to do some much-needed roadwork. The committee’s recommendation will be considered later by the full County Commission and included in upcoming discussions about the 2014-15 fiscal year budget. If approved, the funds would be split among four districts according to the percentage of road miles in each district.

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  • Lifting for a cause, former rebel earns first gold medal

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   USA Weightlifting coach Clint Spencer held a sanctioned lifting competition in Tullahoma this past Saturday in an attempt to raise money for Tennessee teenager Cole Christopher who is diagnosed with Chronic Granulomatous, and needs a life-saving stem cell transplant. The event was held at Tullahoma’s CrossFit affiliate, and welcomed in several professional and Olympic lifters, along with a few local athletes as well. Of those

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  • A & E Services pursuing Estill ambulance contract

    Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    A& E Emergency Services, LLC, based in Decherd, has approached the Estill Springs Board of Mayor and Aldermen about potentially becoming the city’s ambulance provider. However, government leaders have not made a decision to move away from financially struggling Rural/Metro Corp. Arizona-based Rural/Metro filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August 2013, and eight employees left the company to find other jobs. Rural/Metro began its operations in Franklin County in 1996 and

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  • Duplex to help homeless to be christened

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Almost Home’s Board of Directors and organization volunteers proudly showcase the duplex at 210 6th Ave. S.W. in Winchester they will be christening in a special open house on April 6 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participating in the effort are, from left (in front of sign), Joyce Bennett, Janis Rose, Jeanna Thompson, James Cantrell, Edie Hobert and Pam Peck. In back are Scott Grover, Betty Pinkerton, Freda Nunley, A.L. Shasteen, Mike Eley, Mandy Hunt and John Thompson.
—Staff Photo by Brian Justice

    EDITOR brian justice Being homeless is a dire situation people don’t want to be in, but help is on the way for some through a special duplex to be used as transitional housing to allow tenants to get back on their feet while they train for careers, in hopes of securing gainful employment. Almost Home, a Franklin County organization that specifically targets helping the homeless, spearheaded the drive to purchase

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  • Sherwood man arrested for possession of illegal drugs, weapon

    Posted on March 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    STAFF WRITER deidre ortiz Deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop Tuesday about 9:10 p.m. and found illegal drugs and a weapon inside the vehicle. According to the report filed by Deputy Sam Davidson, the vehicle stop took place on Highway 56 near the Alabama state line and contact was made with the driver, identified later as Roger Alan Dobbins, 325 Church Street, Sherwood. Dobbins was

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  • County Commission approves tax relief resolution

    Posted on March 21, 2014 at 11:36 am

    The Franklin County Commission voted unanimously on Monday to pass a resolution encouraging the Tennessee General Assembly to fully fund the State Tax Relief Program for disabled and elderly owners. The resolution is an attempt to counter a bill in the Tennessee Legislature that would cut local tax relief funding meant to assist some of the county’s most vulnerable citizens. The Tennessee Tax Relief Program has been providing much needed

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