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Recently elected officials pledge to serve in new terms

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 5:49 am

Friday marked another chapter in Franklin County’s political history with 38 recently elected candidates giving their oath of office to Chancellor Jeffrey F. Stewart in front of about 100 witnesses at the Courthouse. The day’s activities also included Stewart accepting, Suzanne McDowell’s oath of office in a separate ceremony at Winchester City Hall to serve on the council. The county’s 38-member group included a mayor, five department heads, a general

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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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  • Buddy Perry ends long tenure as District Court Judge

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:42 am

    After 28 years as 12th Judicial District Court judge, Buddy Perry has stepped down from his bench. Perry’s last day as head of his court was on Aug. 22. The 12th District, which Perry has represented Part III, includes Blesdoe, Franklin, Grundy, Rhea, Marion and Sequatchie counties. Opting not to seek re-election, Perry is being replaced by Justin C. Angel, a Republican who defeated Democrat Steve Blount in the Franklin

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Future home of ERPUD offices in Winchester

Safety concerns prompt ERPUD to relocate Winchester facility

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:19 am

The Elk River Public Utility District will soon have a new Winchester office. The board of commissioners gave the go-ahead to ERPUD management in March to proceed with the purchase of a $250,000 United Bank-owned vacant lot on the corner of Dinah Shore Blvd. and Chamber Way for the construction of a new office nearer downtown Winchester. The move represents an eight-block location shift south from 1416 Dinah Shore Blvd.

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  • FC Business Development Center sees improvement, growth

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Installation of new HVAC unit

    The Franklin County Business Development Center recently received more than $100,000 in major improvements at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to grant funding. Two grants, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise and the Appalachian Regional Commission, provided necessary funds to address needed improvements at the Business Development Center. Funds were used to replace 10 out dated heating ventilation and air conditioning units with energy efficient models, plus

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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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