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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.

Overflowing sewer drain impacts Decherd residents

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 4:44 am

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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  • Duck River Electric, Mount Pleasant eye merger

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 5:00 am

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    In an uncertain economic world, Duck River Electric Membership Corp. and Mount Pleasant Power are considering merging to curb costs. Duck River, headquartered in Shelbyville with service also in Franklin County, and Mount Pleasant, named after the city where its located, have agreed to begin a feasibility study to determine whether the merger would be in each utility’s best interest. In a joint announcement, representatives of each utility said this

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  • From the FC Sheriff’s Office

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

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    Three charged in alleged methamphetamine bust On Friday August 15th at approximately 2:00am. Franklin County Sheriff’s Office personnel in conjunction with the Estill Springs Police Department conducted a search at Safehaven Circle residence in Estill Springs, TN. The search of the residence resulted in authorities discovering components consistently used in the production of methamphetamine as well as white powder, believed to be methamphetamine. Law enforcement officials also discovered drug paraphernalia

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Sports

Huntland junior was outstanding during Friday night’s game, hauling in three catches for 169-yards and two touchdowns, along with intercepting a pass on defense, which he returned for 39-yards to help seal the victory. 

—Staff Photo by Evan Harris

Foster shines in Hornet’s victory

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm

STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Though it is just Kobe Foster’s first year playing high school football, the Huntland junior put opposing defensive coordinators on notice in week 0, hauling in three catches for 169-yards and two touchdowns as Huntland defeated Cornersville 28-18. Huntland’s offensive attack led the charge during the team’s season opening victory with 417 total yards on offense. Running backs Cameron Mahaffey, a senior, and D.J. Taylor,

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  • Rebels get taste of live football in Jamboree

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Senior Keaton Tipps (Front), and Sophomore Mike Leslie (Behind) combine to make a tackle on a Soddy-Daisy ball carrier.

    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Franklin County High School’s Rebel football team got its feet wet Saturday night when it took on Soddy-Daisy in the 2014 Best of Preps Jamboree. With a 20-minute continuous clock, the Rebels received a small portion of time on Finely Stadium’s field — home of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs football team — under the lights. Facing a District 5-AAA team, the Soddy-Daisy

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  • Huntland primes air attack in Jamboree

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Senior running back Cameron Mahaffey (far right with ball) watches as a running lane opens up. Cole Isbell is shown just ahead getting his block on number 10 of the Forrest Rocket defense. 

—Staff Photo by Evan Harris

    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   When the Huntland High School’s football team took the offensive side of the ball at this past Friday night’s scrimmage one thing became clear, these Hornets aren’t afraid to fly. Often known for being a ground-and-pound style team, the Hornets displayed a more balanced attack, taking a few shots through the air in shortened scrimmages against two District 9-A foes, Fayetteville City High School and

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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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Citizen's Journalism

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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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Volunteering

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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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