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Young Lynchburg man killed in crash after fleeing police

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:28 am

A vehicle pursuit by the Winchester Police Department ended with the death of a young Moore County man following a one-car crash Thursday night near downtown Winchester. Killed in the crash was Jonathan Allen Ford, 22, of Lynchburg, a 2010 graduate of Moore County High School. Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young provided a detailed account of the accident. “At approximately 10:30 p.m. on the 24th of July, a Winchester police

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  • Rural Re-entry Program saves money, lives, director says

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

    A resounding success, the Middle Tennessee Rural Re-entry Program boasts a drastic reduction in the recidivism rate for those participating in the program, a 64 percent job placement rate, and an annual savings of more than $3 million for the county, according to Executive Director Christine Hopkins. In just the past year alone, 86 offenders placed in jobs through the program earned $1.52 million in wages, Hopkins said recently. If

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  • Opposition squelches Oak Grove School housing proposal

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 8:56 am

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    Amid controversy, the Almost Home Transitional Housing Program is abandoning its efforts to covert the former Oak Grove School building into temporary housing. James Cantrell, a county commissioner and an Almost Home board member, said Monday that his organization had thoroughly discussed the issue and agreed enough opposition from nearby residents made it unfeasible to move ahead with the project. “Due to concern by the neighbors, we’re not going to

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Sports

Pictured is the 2014 Franklin County High School Football Hall of Fame induction class. Front row, from left to right, Danny Smith, Harold “Red” Roberts, Barry Lydell Corn, Elizabeth Holmes (accepting for Pete Holmes), Janis Rogers (accepting for Rodney Rogers), Kristin Huff (accepting for Doug Pittenger), and Cos Dematteo; top row, from left, Gene Snead Jr. (accepting for Gene Snead Sr.), Terry Vanzant, Jeremy Nunley, Bill Rudder, Jimmy Moss, Greg O’Neal, Dwight Gray and Jeff Walker.
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Hall of Fame Banquet a step in the right direction for Franklin County Football

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Editor’s note: This is Part I of the Hall of Fame Banquet story. Please see Part II in Friday’s edition with more photos included. STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Family and Rebel Pride were the main themes on Saturday night, July 26th, as 15 new members were inducted into Franklin County High School’s Football Hall of Fame. Quarterback Club president Vance Pituch kicked off the evening with some opening remarks,

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  • Longtime Wildcat becomes a Rebel

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm

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    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Going to school and coaching in Tullahoma, Mario Braston has been a Wildcat for quite some time. Now he is set to trade that in and become a Rebel as he joins Franklin County High School as a coach and teacher. Braston is set to become the new head track and field coach, and will join the football and basketball coaching staffs at FCHS. A

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  • First ever Rebel 7-on-7 a roaring success

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Franklin County freshman lineman Jordan Pickett (on  tug  opposite end) pulls his way over Tullahoma Wildcat Eli Champion Wednesday in the team s first-ever Rebel challenge.

    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Linemen and 7-on-7 challenge are a big part of summer football workouts, but this past Wednesday Franklin County’s Rebel football team hosted one of these events for the first time ever. Judging by attendees’ comments and overall results, the event — tabbed as, “The Rebel Challenge” — was the first of many to come. Rebels head coach James Carr summed up what the summer football

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Lifestyles

New homeowners Jennifer and Andre Reynolds accept the keys to their new Habitat House sponsored by Nissan. Pictured, from left, are Rick Youngblood, Nissan director/plant manager; Jennifer Reynolds, Andre Reynolds and their children Byron, Skylar and Amber.

House allows Franklin County family to live out dream

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 10:24 am

A young Franklin County family accepted the keys to their brand new Habitat for Humanity home Sunday afternoon. Andre and Jennifer Reynolds were all smiles as they accepted a symbolic key to the home they had always dreamed of owning. The home was made possible by the Highland Rim Habitat for Humanity, Nissan, and the hard work and dedication of many volunteers. Jim Miller, director of the Highland Rim Habitat

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  • FC School Board settles on 7-cent tax hike request

    Posted on May 30, 2014 at 10:18 am

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    In an attempt to reach a compromise that might stand a better chance at being accepted by the County Commission, the Franklin County Board of Education unanimously approved a budget request Monday that includes a 7-cent property tax increase. The board has been trying to develop a budget that will have at least $2.4 million as a reserve fund balance at the end of June to carry over into the

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  • Famous for the wrong reason

    Posted on May 20, 2014 at 11:22 am

    Selena Humphries washes a window at Winchester Inn where she lives and works as a maid to earn a free room. The 28-year-old former meth addict’s face was badly scarred in a meth lab explosion when she was just 15 years old. Laser specialists in Nashville are providing their services free of charge to help improve her appearance. She hopes by sharing her story, she can pass on the message that meth is the “Devil’s medicine” to spare another person from the fate she has encountered. 
 
 —Staff Photo by Brian Justice

    Selena Humphreys’ name and face have popped up in the state and national news for about a decade. Most recently her story appeared on the front page of the Tennessean, and just a few weeks ago, a follow-up story to that one. Her photo has been in Newsweek, Time Life, USA Today and it also appeared on Channel 4 News and on Oprah. Selena acknowledges she’s fairly famous, but says

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Pet Stories

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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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County officials, residents participate in 24-hour Cold Water Challenge

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

Among thousands to participate in the effort to help Grundy County girl STAFF WRITER deidre ortiz   The effort to raise donations to help little Madi Rogers receive a service dog has went viral and has even caused quite a stir in Franklin County. Madi is toddler from Grundy County who suffers from seizures related to juvenile diabetes. As a way to see to it that Madi gets the service

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  • 22nd Annual Business Expo is Thursday

    Posted on March 21, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Franklin County and surrounding area residents have a great opportunity to explore and shop at the sold out venue with over 90 exhibitors at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd Annual Business Expo this coming Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Monterey Station in Cowan. Area residents are being encouraged to visit some of Franklin County’s finest businesses. The Expo is the perfect venue to purchase and discover

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  • Business Expo fast approaching

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

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        The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s 22nd Annual Business Expo is scheduled for Thursday, March 27, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Monterey Station, 104 Monterey St., Cowan. A $5 admission fee provides attendees with an opportunity to shop and network with more than 90 exhibitors and local professionals of Franklin County’s business community as well as an opportunity to win more than 100 door prizes

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Education

South Middle School students Billy Sims (from left), Rachel Hammer, Victoria Howard and Macasia Dedrick recently received state recognition for their American College Testing scores in the Duke Talent Identification Program.

South Middle students honored for academics

Posted on May 20, 2014 at 11:44 am

Four South Middle School students have excelled academically to where they are being recognized through a special program by Duke University, based in Durham, N.C. Students Billy Sims, Rachel Hammer, Victoria Howard and Macasia Dedrick recently received state recognition for their American College Testing scores in the Duke Talent Identification Program. Academically-talented seventh graders are being recognized this spring for their exceptional scores on the ACT or Scholastic Assessment Test.

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  • Haslam’s budget announcement spells no teacher pay hike

    Posted on April 8, 2014 at 10:42 am

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    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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  • FCHS students learn about alternative energy

    Posted on March 28, 2014 at 11:07 am

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      The National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) cadets at Franklin County High School recently expanded their energy education knowledge. Because the  cadets wanted to know more about the future of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and its application as an alternative energy source for transportation so they recently visited with Elk River Public Utility representatives. Don Keele and Mr. Lavoid Baltimore of  ERPUD gave a presentation on the environmental and economic

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County officials, residents participate in 24-hour Cold Water Challenge

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

Among thousands to participate in the effort to help Grundy County girl STAFF WRITER deidre ortiz   The effort to raise donations to help little Madi Rogers receive a service dog has went viral and has even caused quite a stir in Franklin County. Madi is toddler from Grundy County who suffers from seizures related to juvenile diabetes. As a way to see to it that Madi gets the service

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