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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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  • County Commission to consider Farmers Market pavilion grant

    Posted on June 13, 2014 at 4:58 am

    Franklin County government is acquiring a state grant to go toward providing a pavilion for the Farmer’s Market that has been operating on school system property at Dinah Shore Boulevard. The County Commission is expected to vote to officially accept the grant, provided through the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, when it meets Monday at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse. The pavilion, which does not have its location determined, is expected

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  • Citizens’ input requested at town meetings on cat spaying options

    Posted on May 27, 2014 at 10:24 am


    Animal Harbor and Animal Control are extending an invitation to all Franklin County residents to attend local town meetings on the subject of spay/neuter opportunities for free-roaming, feral and owned cats. PetSmart Charities is offering grants to help communities promote spay/neuter programs, which will reduce pet overpopulation, slow the spread of feline illness, prevent the suffering of thousands of homeless cats and kittens, and lower the euthanasia rate in the

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  • Highway Department seeks employee pay hike

    Posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:18 am


    Amid fear that some Franklin County Highway Department employees may be looking toward greener financial pastures, the Highway Commission is requesting a pay increase in the upcoming budget. The Highway Commission approved to ask the full Franklin County Commission to include additional funding in the budget without a property tax increase because five employees left through attrition and no longer work for the department. Highway Superintendent Johnny Woodall said no

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