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DesJarlais easily outdistances Democratic challenger in FC

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    EDITOR brian justice   Incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais easily outdistanced Democratic challenger Lenda Sherrell in Franklin County’s general election Tuesday and held on in the other counties he represents to retain his Fourth Congressional District seat. DesJarlais recorded 5,841 votes (60.68 percent) while Sherrell received 3,420 votes (35.53 percent) in Franklin County. In early statewide returns, DesJarlais had won 59 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Tennessee

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  • Franklin County now has matching tag-license plate numbers

    Posted on September 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Franklin County Clerk Phillip Custer (with vehicle registration in hand) displays how tags now appear on registration forms and will have the same number as the metal plates where they will be placed as Deputy Clerks (from left) Pam Ennies, Eileen Fly and Eva Lewis go about their daily work routine. Stoney Hale, (in back) a consultant with Business Information Systems, a technical support company under contract with the county, has guided the system’s setup.
—Staff Photo by Brian Justice

    Attention: Franklin County motorists and those who steal their decals — life has just become much better for the former and worse for the latter. The County Clerk’s Office has just installed special printers that deputy clerks will use to produce decals with the same numbers that are on the issued metal license plates. The decals will be printed on the same form as vehicle registrations. The system was put

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  • Winchester Main Street Community

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 5:02 am


    Winchester’s Main Street community and committee members are taking pointers from their parent organization at the national level on how to revitalize the square and bring more tourism and vendors to the area. Committee members held a special meeting recently, featuring information provided by the National Main Street Organization. Most Franklin County residents are aware that in the past few years, Winchester’s nine block downtown area has received a facelift

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  • Grundy fatality marks bad start to Labor Day

    Posted on September 1, 2014 at 7:44 am

      A single vehicle crash in Grundy County was the cause of the first road fatality of the Labor Day weekend for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. On Friday night around 6 p.m., a Nissan Maxima was traveling north on State Highway 56 at a high speed, according to a THP accident report. The vehicle drove off of the right side of the roadway and struck a tree, which caused the

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  • Man drowns at Tims Ford

    Posted on August 31, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    A 42-year-old Grundy County man drowned Saturday while tubing in Tims Ford Lake. Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said Craig Caldwell, of Palmer, drowned around 3 p.m. in the lake,. Caldwell reportedly was tubing on the lake, when he fell off into the water. About 30 minutes later, crews arrived on the scene but were unable to revive him. The TWRA said he was found not wearing a

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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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