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Burn permits required

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:27 am

The recent winter storms were hard on Tennessee’s landscape. Heavy ice brought down limbs and trees across the state. Brush pile burning is one of the best ways for landowners to clean up woody debris from the storms. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is reminding citizens that outdoor burning requires a permit through May 15. Those burning a leaf or brush pile smaller than 8 feet by

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  • Saying ‘thanks’

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:03 am

    George Fraley bridge dedication draws residents, politicians from all sides together   STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III   Franklin County citizens, politicians, friends and family braved a cold, wet Friday to show their respect to life-long Democrat and former Tennessee State Rep. George Fraley at the dedication ceremony to rename the Mansford Bridge in his honor. The bridge leads to the entrance of Tims Ford State Park, a scenic

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  • Joining together Biz Expo promotes commerce options

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 8:59 am

    STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III Bringing local businesses and non-profit organizations together with residents from surrounding communities together in one location is a recipe for fun and learning. Franklin County’s 23rd Annual Biz Expo, which took place at Winchester’s North Middle School for the first time at that location on Thursday, drew about 900 residents and 85 local businesses together for what many of them described as an enjoyable

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Franklin County young leaders attend conference

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:26 am

A group of outstanding local folks recently had a chance to attend a conference to learn about current rural issues. The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives (TCC) co-sponsors an annual conference with Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers and Ranchers organization. Young leaders elected to represent Franklin County at the conference were Kary Robinson, Tracy Robinson, and Jared and Holly Berke. They joined more than 300 others at the 2015 Young

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  • Initialing way to Winchester Square business opportunities

    Posted on March 26, 2015 at 9:30 am

    STAFF WRITER courtney stachel   The Winchester Square has a diversified business climate with one shop signing its way toward five full years in operation. Initial it, owned by Jen McCarty at 111 1st Ave. N.E., is a monogramming shop, specializing in monogramming, embroidery and personalizing gifts. McCarty recently renovated her space on the Square to accommodate more items like bags and monogrammed onesies. McCarty opened up Initial It in

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  • Long extended sweet tooth satisfaction

    Posted on March 19, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Winchester’s business climate is paramount to the city’s economy, and Designer Cakes & Cookies has been a mainstay, satisfying sweet cravings more than a dozen years on the historic Winchester Square. Shae Frame, owner of Designer Cakes & Cookies, purchased the store in January 2013 at its 7A South College Street location. Frame says she purchased the bakery to embrace new opportunities. Designer Cakes & Cookies offers cakes for any

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George Fraley: A leader who has given so much back to Franklin County

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

To those who know George Fraley, his track record speaks for itself. And fittingly so, today will mark a significant milestone in paying tribute to a local political leader who has given so much back to his home county. A resolution, recently passed by the Tennessee House of Representatives of the 109th General Assembly, pays tribute to the former state representative who is a long-time Winchester resident with a long

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  • Playtime is over for Obamacare’s foes

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Friends of Obamacare, horrified that the Supreme Court has taken a case that could blow up the federal health insurance exchanges, should recalibrate their dread. While the health reforms were safely humming along, there was little political price for demanding their demise. Thanks to the Supreme Court, now there is. Years of carpet-bombing assaults on Obamacare have left many Americans thinking that they don’t like the Affordable Care Act. But

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  • A genuine heavyweight

    Posted on January 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

    There is a shorthand people around politics use when measuring potential presidents: Is this candidate really a “heavyweight” — meaning an individual of seriousness, intelligence and gravity — or is he, heaven forfend, a “lightweight” so un-reflective and superficial that he could tap-dance on a souffle? By every measurable standard, Mario Cuomo, the former three-time governor of New York who died on New Year’s Day at 82, was a genuine

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