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Festival season sparks life in Franklin County

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:02 am

STAFF WRITER courtney stachel Festival season kicked off Friday night with the Winchester Wriggle boosting up the spring season for the upcoming High on the Hog barbecue competition and the International Dogwood Festival. The Wriggle is sponsored by the Winchester Downtown Program Corp., which is a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is to recruit and retain an optimal mix of small businesses in the downtown district to support the city’s

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Burn permits required

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:27 am

The recent winter storms were hard on Tennessee’s landscape. Heavy ice brought down limbs and trees across the state. Brush pile burning is one of the best ways for landowners to clean up woody debris from the storms. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is reminding citizens that outdoor burning requires a permit through May 15. Those burning a leaf or brush pile smaller than 8 feet by

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  • Saying ‘thanks’

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:03 am

    George Fraley bridge dedication draws residents, politicians from all sides together   STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III   Franklin County citizens, politicians, friends and family braved a cold, wet Friday to show their respect to life-long Democrat and former Tennessee State Rep. George Fraley at the dedication ceremony to rename the Mansford Bridge in his honor. The bridge leads to the entrance of Tims Ford State Park, a scenic

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  • Joining together Biz Expo promotes commerce options

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 8:59 am

    STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III Bringing local businesses and non-profit organizations together with residents from surrounding communities together in one location is a recipe for fun and learning. Franklin County’s 23rd Annual Biz Expo, which took place at Winchester’s North Middle School for the first time at that location on Thursday, drew about 900 residents and 85 local businesses together for what many of them described as an enjoyable

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Sports

Rebel senior Timothy Farris looks to
stick the landing while competing in
the long jump at Saturday’s Tomahawk
Chop Track and Field Championship.
—Staff Photo by Zach Birdsong

FCHS athleticism on display at Tomahawk Chop Championship

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 12:28 pm

SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Franklin County High School’s track and field team traveled to Riverdale High School on Saturday and left with the girls’ and boys’ earning second place at the Tomahawk Chop Championship. Both teams placed behind Riverdale, but ahead of rival Tullahoma High School’s boys’ and girls’ teams which finished in third place. The team placement was a big accomplishment for the track and field team that was made possible by several Rebels and Rebelettes stepping up. Franklin County had seven

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  • Rebels’ opening day met with sunshine, win

    Posted on March 17, 2015 at 12:11 pm

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    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Rebel baseball’s opening day was originally set for March 9, but after inclement weather forced Franklin County to reschedule its first six games, the team was able to earn a victory on Sunday in 70 degree weather. The skies were clear, and the sun was out as the Rebels used and extra inning to defeat the Ooltewah Owls 2-1. Kade Rigsby received the start on the

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  • Rebelette softball team opens with tough no-hitter district loss

    Posted on March 13, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Facing a division one college committed hurler on the road isn’t the ideal situation for the first game of the season, but the Rebelettes did just that in a 7-0 loss Monday night to District 8-AAA foe Coffee County. Coffee County started three-year running District 8-AAA pitcher of the year Brianna Jones on the mound. Jones is committed to play college ball for Southern Illinois. Jones was simply unhittable, pitching

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Lifestyles

April’s Fools — It’s no joke

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 11:07 am

By Daris Howard Beatrice first saw Merritt when she went to eighth grade. Actually, he had been there during all of her years going to school, but two things had changed: her, and him. He was now tall and handsome, and, well, she was at an age where boys were more interesting to her. She started flirting with him, but boys are an interesting lot, and he being a typical

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  • Boy Scout Troop 184 staying busy

    Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:24 am

    ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy Scouting keeps young boys busy and focused on giving back by encouraging them to participate in community service projects. In this way, Scouts learn hands-on lessons that stick with them throughout life. Members of Boy Scout Troop 184 recently completed a very physically demanding service project which will be enjoyed by folks long after they have grandchildren and great-grandchildren of their own. These Scouts took it

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  • Local couple celebrates 60 years

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Julius and Helen Lightfoot of Franklin County celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 8, 2015, at Paynes Baptist Church. They were married in Rossville, Ga. on March 3, 1955. The anniversary celebration was attended by about 65 of their family and friends. It was hosted by Linda Swann, Sue Lightfoot, Rebekah Swann and Jennifer Kilgore. Servers included, Freda Bennett, Roxanne Bennett and Joyce Armstrong. Guests enjoyed looking at past

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Entertainment

Father Daughter Date Night a big success

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 9:01 am

ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy Memories to last a lifetime were made recently for more than 300 guests who attended the United Way of Franklin County’s annual Father Daughter Date Night held at San Miguels in Winchester. UWFC Executive Director Jeannie Amacher was very pleased with this sold out event which helped raise money to fund local non-profit charities. “It is truly amazing to see an event like this come together,”

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  • Winchester ready to ‘wriggle’ tonight

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

      STAFF WRITER courtney stachel   There are plenty of things to do tonight on the historic Winchester Square — namely “wriggling” through a series of artistic, musical and shopping opportunities. The Winchester Downtown Program Corp. is hosting its first spring season Wriggle, and organizers are optimistic the first chapter will pave the way for other great Wriggles, hoping to mirror the success the fall version had last September. The

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  • Theatre Sewanee presents ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Theatre Sewanee will present William Shakespeare’s comedy All’s Well That Ends Well at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday thru Sat-urday, Feb. 25-28, with a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, March 1, in the Tennessee Williams Center on the University of the South campus. Admission is free, but reservations are suggest-ed; please email mcook@sewanee.edu. “There’s place and means for every man alive,” says the character Parolles in his moment of greatest loss. He means

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