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Man dies in Estill Springs fire

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 9:38 am

STAFF WRITERS wayne thomas & linda stacy A fire that took the life of an Estill Springs man is under investigation by state and local authorities. According to Franklin County Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Chris Guess, Ovie Sisk, 70, of Nash Lane died in an early Sunday morning fire. According to Sgt. Guess, Sisk’s body was found inside a bedroom of the residence. “We are trying to determine what caused the

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Clerk & Master’s Office damaged by broken HVAC line

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 9:42 am

EDITOR brian justice Good news for property taxpayers — bad news for those who are delinquent. A roof located heating and air conditioning unit’s copper line burst sometime between last Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, causing water damage to three Franklin County Clerk & Master’s rooms, plus a hallway. The incident threated the 360 Wilton Circle, Winchester, office’s central computer system which houses delinquent tax records and court docket information.

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  • Courthouse roof project to affect Square traffic flow

    Posted on February 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

    STAFF WRITER courtney stachel For many years the Franklin County Courthouse has had an outdated roof, starting Monday the various leaking issues will begin to come to an end. TBM Inc., based out of Chattanooga, will begin the four to eight week project that will be blocking off parking adjacent to the courthouse and, on occasion, closing a traffic lane. Franklin County Mayor Richard Stewart said traffic would be blocked

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  • Franklin County HOME Program

    Posted on February 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Franklin County has received HOME grant funds in the amount of $250,000 dollars from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to those who qualify.   These funds are for rehabilitating owner-occupied homes within Franklin County (including any incorporated cities). The funds will be used to bring homes to code. Eligible applicants must be low-income, show proof of ownership (warranty deed, 99 year lease, life estate), have lived in the home for

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Huntland faithful watch Hornets rout Houston County

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 2:44 pm

SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris To say Huntland High School basketball supporters are proud of the boys’ basketball team wouldn’t begin to cover it, as hundreds of fans piled into the gymnasium Tuesday night to see the Hornets dismantle Houston County 73-55. The final score is a misrepresentation of the game’s early stages however, that saw the Hornets trailing after the first quarter 13-12 District 9-A Tournament MVP Kobe Foster scored

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  • Rebels early tournament exit a first under Taylor

    Posted on February 17, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Franklin County senior Dre Braston (34) battles through a foul for a few of his game-high 19 points in Friday’s loss.
—Photo provided by

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Under the tutelage of Rebel head coach and alumni Jeff Taylor, Franklin County’s boys’ basketball team had advanced to the District 8-AAA championship game in Taylor’s first two seasons. However, that won’t be the case this year as the Rebels took a first round exit from the district tournament Friday night with a 55-48 loss to Lincoln County High School. Franklin County finished the regular season

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  • One-point heartbreaker ends Rebelettes’ 2015 season

    Posted on February 17, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    In her sophomore season, Rebelette Sydney Ingle became a double-digit scoring threat on any night. Here Ingle, right, drives past a Lincoln County defender into the paint.
—Photo provided by Trent Loman

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Rebelettes’ basketball coach Larry Helton’s first year at Franklin County High School is in the books, but despite improvements, it didn’t end quite how he had hoped. Franklin County’s Rebelettes suffered a tough loss to Lincoln County Thursday night with a score of 58-57 in the first round of the District 8-AAA tournament. The Rebelettes avoided the dreaded play-in game by claiming fifth place among the

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Religious Happenings

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 3:13 pm

Feb. 14 Gospel singing Gospel singing featuring Old Time Singers Saturday, Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. at Hardees, 1600 Dinah Shore Blvd., Winchester. Feb. 15 Cannon Creek Bluegrass at Goshen CP Cannon Creek Bluegrass of Dunlap will perform Sunday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. at Goshen Cumberland Presbyterian Church will have the musical group evening, February 15, 2015 at 6:00. They bring a unique blend of the bluegrass sound with

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  • Happenings

    Posted on February 12, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Senior Citizens casino trip  Franklin County Senior Citizens’ Harrah’s Casino trip Feb 26. Leaving the Center at 7 a.m. (be there by 6:45 a.m.). Cost is $10 for the driver and the Senior Center. Gray Lines is not charging to show appreciation to the Center. Need 30 to make the trip. Please sign up by Feb. 19.              Feb. 13-14  Winter book sale       Franklin

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  • Train the brain to create the automatic mind

    Posted on February 6, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Train the brain to create the automatic mind STAFF WRITER karen vest fishman   The ability to train the brain toward a specific outcome is one of the most significant powers humans have and few understand. Famous Spanish neuroscientist, Santiago Ramón Cajal, illustrates his conclusions about how the brain works with his statement, “Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.” Cajal was

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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 “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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  • Tickets available for Father Daughter Date Night

    Posted on February 19, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Father Daughter Date Night, sponsored by United Way of Franklin County, is just around the corner. The event, being held this year from 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church is sure to be a blast. Dads out there who’d like to do something special for their daughters definitely don’t want to miss out on this event. Luckily, tickets for the Father Daughter Date Night are

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  • Oldham Theater: A legacy of movie history, architecture, civil rights and technology

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

      STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III   Art Deco architecture that dominated many of the prominent buildings in Winchester, including the courthouse during the 1930s was followed in 1950 by the Moderne Art style with the construction of the Oldham Theater on the northern side of the square in the spot once occupied by the H. B. Franklin Grocery. The Oldham Theater originally opened as a replacement for the

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