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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.
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    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

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    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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Sports

Elementary Basketball roundup

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 9:51 am

SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Elementary basketball season is in full swing with third through fifth graders getting their shot on the hardwood. Games are played on Thursdays at either Cowan Elementary School or Townsend gym, and here is a recent recap of the most recent contests. Cowan played host to Huntland against Broadview, and Decherd against Cowan. Huntland and Broadview’s girls’ game ended with the slimmest margin of victory of

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  • South gets two wins over rival East Middle

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Much of South Middle School’s offense runs through big man, Omar Robinson. Here, Robinson (42) fades back after posting up a defender and goes on to sink a two-point basket.
—Staff Photo by Evan Harris

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris South Middle School basketball fans had plenty to cheer about Thursday night with the Lady Trojans and Trojans, respectively defeating East Middle School in Tullahoma. The girls’ game was a no contest with the Lady Trojans sprinting away with a 61-4 victory while the boys’ game got interesting late, but the Trojans prevailed 27-26. South’s girls were unstoppable, wreaking havoc at both ends of the court.

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  • Rebels, Hornets conclude regular season with senior night

    Posted on October 31, 2014 at 11:37 am

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    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris High School football is ramping down in the Franklin County area with the conclusion of the regular season setting up a possibly spooky ending on Halloween night. Halloween will be on the back of a few parents’ minds tonight as they watch their young men’s last regular season home game with Franklin County and Huntland High School football teams honoring their seniors this evening. Franklin County

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Lifestyles

Doris North releases a flock of beautiful white doves at the Multi-County Cancer Support Network’s Walk-A-Thon held on Friday night in Winchester. It was one of the most poignant moments during the fundraising event that helps to raise money for cancer patients in an eight-county area including, Franklin, Coffee, Moore, Lincoln, Grundy, Marion, Warren, and Bedford counties. MCCSN is a not-for-profit organization formed to help relieve the everyday crises of families touched by cancer. Watson-North Funeral Home in Winchester provided the doves.

Survivors explain Cancer Support’s personal significance

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 8:52 am

Several thousand participants made their rounds Friday night on the former Franklin County High School track in a 21st Annual Walk-A-Thon to draw support for the Multi-County Cancer Support Network’s mission to help those afflicted with the dreaded disease. The Walk-A-Thon is all about increasing awareness about cancer and how to spark victims into combating it through positive reinforcement and support. Here are three survivors — in addition to those

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  • Cowan moves forward with new Fall Festival

    Posted on September 5, 2014 at 4:53 am

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    Starting a completely new book in its event history, Cowan will be holding its first-ever Fall Heritage Festival. The event is set for the Sept.19-21 weekend in the heart of the community’s downtown area. This festival was organized this year as an alternative to the Polly Crockett Festival, which is no longer being held. Event organizers say the festival promises to provide some of the best top-notch entertainment at any

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  • House allows Franklin County family to live out dream

    Posted on May 30, 2014 at 10:24 am

    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.

    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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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

Suggesting speedway change seasons

Posted on November 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

  TO THE EDITOR: I was pleased to read in your Oct. 28 edition that the Winchester Speedway had closed for the season. Too bad the season hasn’t just begun. That way, we could enjoy Saturday evenings with our friends on the patio without being driven indoors by the deafening roar of racers. Switching seasons would make living in the city more desirable and preserve a local entertainment venue. CARL

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

    Posted on March 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

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    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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Education

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‘Ms. Bubbles’ and her entourage spread sunshine

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Victoria Vaughan of Belvidere (aka “Ms. Bubbles,” by those who know her best) regularly visits area nursing homes on a mission to spread cheer. Nursing home residents can always look forward to being entertained by this clever and young-at-heart 83-year-old visitor who often brings along cookies and a bag of tricks to coax out a smile. Ms. Vaughan takes it upon herself to make the long trip in her old

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  • Achievement gaps place FCHS, HHS on ‘focus’ list

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 8:50 am

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    Franklin County’s two high schools have been cited by the Tennessee Department of Education as “focus schools” under the state’s new accountability system that replaced No Child Left Behind last year. Under the accountability system, schools are highlighted in these areas — reward, priority and focus. Focus schools are the 10 percent with the largest achievement gaps between groups of students, such as racial and ethnic groups, students from economically

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  • School Board takes steps to hire director by next year

    Posted on August 15, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Dr. Sharber with exiting school board member Chris Mcdonough.

    Dr. Rebecca Sharber’s contract doesn’t expire for almost a year, but the process to fill the Franklin County director of schools’ position is expected to be extensive, and it could take nearly that long to complete. Sharber, who has been the Franklin County system’s leader the past six years, is retiring on June 30, 2015. The Franklin County Board of Education began the process Monday to fill her shoes by

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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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