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School Board to rezone former FCHS land

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 5:00 am

EDITOR brian justice   The Board of Education will consider rezoning the former Franklin County High School property on Monday for a two-fold purpose — to accommodate a Farmer’s Market pavilion and a possible vocational-technical facility. The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the school system’s administration building at 215 S. College St. in Winchester. The board has approved to allow the Dinah Shore Boulevard property to be used

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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 Gov. Bill

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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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Sports

Eric Taylor 7th annual STEP program set for Saturday

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 12:43 pm

SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Former Franklin County Rebel, Memphis Tiger, and now current Calgary Stampede football player Eric Taylor will hold his 7th annual STEP program this Saturday at the old high school from 9-1pm. STEP stands for striving towards excellence and performance, and for seven years now Taylor has held the one-day training camp that it is very important to the Canadian Football League defensive tackle. “It’s something that

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  • FC soccer defeats Shelbyville to win Rebel Classic

    Posted on April 14, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris By going 2-0-1 over the weekend, the Franklin County High School Rebel soccer team claimed top honors at its annual Rebel Classic event. Making the victory even sweeter, the Rebels two wins both came against quality District 8-AAA opponents in the form of Lincoln County on Saturday in a forfeit, and Shelbyville on Sunday, 1-0. The Classic winner is determined by points which the Rebels topped

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  • Rebels go 2-1 in baseball Classic

    Posted on April 14, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris A weekend filled with baseball is exactly what happened down at Loel E. Bennett Stadium as the Franklin County High School baseball team hosted its annual Rebel Classic. Franklin County won two of its three games, defeating Giles County on Thursday 5-0, losing to North Oldham on Friday, and bouncing back for a 2-1 win over McMinn County on Saturday. Colton Elliott and Hunter Perry combined

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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

Ladies Society hears about America’s youth

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

SPECIAL TO H-C violet nauseef The Southern Tennessee Ladies Society heralded the new year at their Jan. 7 meeting with a very serious and worthy topic — America’s youth; specifically at risk 18-25 year-olds. Speaking on their behalf was John Dwyer, President and CEO of Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG), part of the larger Jobs for American Graduates (JAG). Dwyer left a long and successful career in TV sports casting

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  • 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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Education

Board to discuss math textbook review

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

The Franklin County School District is offering the public an opportunity to review textbooks and material being considered for use in K-12th grade math programs and will discuss the issue further when it meets Monday night. The board will gather at the Board of Education’s Central Administrative building, 215 S. College St. in Winchester, at 6:30 p.m. Plans are to have the textbooks and related educational available for public review

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  • Ride for Reading boosts Decherd Elementary

    Posted on December 1, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Chief Master Sgt. Everett Smith, who heads the National Defense Cadet Corps program at Franklin County High School, begins the Ride for Reading route along Spring Street this past week to deliver more than 1,500 books to Decherd Elementary School students (main photo). Each student was granted an early Christmas present by getting four books to take home and read. Cadets have chosen Ride for Reading as their community project

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  • ‘Ms. Bubbles’ and her entourage spread sunshine

    Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm

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    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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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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