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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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Franklin County now has matching tag-license plate numbers

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 11:59 am

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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  • Grundy fatality marks bad start to Labor Day

    Posted on September 1, 2014 at 7:44 am

      A single vehicle crash in Grundy County was the cause of the first road fatality of the Labor Day weekend for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. On Friday night around 6 p.m., a Nissan Maxima was traveling north on State Highway 56 at a high speed, according to a THP accident report. The vehicle drove off of the right side of the roadway and struck a tree, which caused the

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Sports

Lady Hornet seventh grader Mikaylie Edwards (2) scored the first goal of the match and nearly scored more in the second period. Pictured here, Edwards takes a shot late in the second period that nearly went in.
 -Staff Photo by Evan Harris

Lady Hornets down Westwood to remain undefeated

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   It didn’t take long for anyone in attendance on Tuesday evening to realize just how talented the Huntland Middle School Lady Hornets soccer team is as it improved to 9-0-1 with a 2-0 win over Westwood Middle School. Westwood began with possession, but it didn’t seem to matter as the Lady Hornets quickly gained ball control and began attacking the defense. A few perfectly placed

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  • Foster shines in Hornet’s victory

    Posted on August 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    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

    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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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

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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

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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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