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Some Decherd residents came home from work on Tuesday to find lime and bleach sprinkled across the ditches and some yards in the attempt to sanitize the area where a sewer drain overflowed from the seven inches of rain the county received late Sunday night into early morning Monday. City officials say steps are being taken to correct the problem.

Overflowing sewer drain impacts Decherd residents

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 4:44 am

Some Decherd residents are stepping up after a torrential downpour Sunday night left more than just rainwater in their yards. A sewage manhole was flooded in southeast Decherd, between Old Winchester Road and Noles Street, leaving some residents with solid waste and an odor that made them more than upset with the issue. A.J. Ladd, a Noles Street resident, said he woke up Monday to find his garage and yard

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Long awaited paving on Ridge Road, just west of Winchester was recently completed. Ridge Road is one of several badly deteriorated roadways that were scheduled for paving, following the approval of a $3 million bond issue to improve roads in the county. In addition to the bond issue the Highway Department hopes to receive a grant that it recently applied for that will allow them to improve UTSI Road.

Highway Dept. seeking grant for UTSI road project

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:05 am

The Franklin County Highway Department has applied for a half million-dollar grant through The Federal Lands Access Program to improve, widen and add bicycle lanes to a 2.672-mile stretch of UTSI road. The grant would provide $457,696.26 for the project and the County would be responsible for the remaining $114,424.07 of the total $572.120.33. The Franklin County Finance Committee and County Commission approved of the project and agreed to the

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  • Winchester council resolves resignation of councilman

    Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Winchester has a new councilman — Suzanne McDowell — who was appointed by the City Council Thursday morning to replace John K. “Jack” Bell who has resigned. Bell said in his letter of resignation that he is stepping down due to health reasons and is unable to continue serving as a councilman. The council voted unanimously in a special Thursday morning meeting to replace Bell with McDowell. McDowell will officially

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  • Four airlifted following crash on Bible Crossing Road

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Tennessee Highway Patrol and their Critical Incident Response Team are investigating a crash that occurred early Sunday morning on Bible Crossing Road that resulted in four being airlifted to Vanderbilt and Erlanger Hospitals. James Wesley Parks, 32 of Decherd was airlifted from the scene to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga. Lisa Smith, 44 of Hazel Green, Ala., was airlifted from the scene to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Ricky Riddle, 47 of

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Senior Keaton Tipps (Front), and Sophomore Mike Leslie (Behind) combine to make a tackle on a Soddy-Daisy ball carrier.

Rebels get taste of live football in Jamboree

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:16 am

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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  • Huntland primes air attack in Jamboree

    Posted on August 19, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Senior running back Cameron Mahaffey (far right with ball) watches as a running lane opens up. Cole Isbell is shown just ahead getting his block on number 10 of the Forrest Rocket defense. 

—Staff Photo by Evan Harris

    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   When the Huntland High School’s football team took the offensive side of the ball at this past Friday night’s scrimmage one thing became clear, these Hornets aren’t afraid to fly. Often known for being a ground-and-pound style team, the Hornets displayed a more balanced attack, taking a few shots through the air in shortened scrimmages against two District 9-A foes, Fayetteville City High School and

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  • Franklin County swimmer a top talent

    Posted on August 8, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Franklin County senior swimmer Michael Dunphy is shown here with the four medals he won in San Antonio, Texas, at the 2014 ST AAAA Southern Zones Championships.
—Staff Photo by Evan Harris

    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Franklin County swim team member Michael Dunphy is progressing his skills in the water at an incredible rate, and in doing so, has became a name to watch in the sports top-tier circle. Dunphy just recently returned from competing in the 2014 ST AAAA Southern Zones Championships. Representing the southeastern region, a team made up of some of the top talent from Tennessee, Alabama and

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Baby Max

Special event set to aid Baby Max’ recovery

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 10:41 am

Toddler Garrett Maxwell Redwine has faced an uphill battle with brain cancer, and friends, family and area residents will have an opportunity Saturday to help him combat the disease during a special event. The gathering, simply called “Max’s Celebration,” will be held at the Red Roof Pavilion at Winchester City Park, 1562 Phillip Fulmer Parkway, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will include barbeque, live music, infl atable

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  • Increase in brown recluse spider bites

    Posted on July 29, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Brown Recluse Spider

    Vanderbilt medical toxicologists are reporting an increase in patients seen with brown recluse spider bites this summer. The venomous bites usually heal well if left alone, according to Tennessee Poison Center Medical Director Donna Seger, M.D., but there are so many urban legends about these bites, patients frequently apply many treatments before seeking medical advice. There are two components to spider bites — the cutaneous lesion and, more rarely, the

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  • Motorcyclist is roaring through the Winchesters

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Motorcyclist Jackie Battles takes a breather in front of Winchester City Hall Monday after spending most of the day on his motorcycle to get to the “Winchester” in Franklin County, from his native Winchester, Va. In addition to his Virginia home, his trip agenda includes Winchesters located in the states of Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

    Just as promised, motorcyclist Jackie Battles rolled into Winchester on Monday, on the first part of his whirlwind trip across the country to visit all the other 23 towns in the United States named Winchester. Looking tired but in good spirits, the Winchester, Va., resident stopped by the Herald-Chronicle’s news office Tuesday afternoon to provide readers with an update about how his trip to the nation’s many Winchesters was going.

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Community Arts Show ‘It’s Just Trash’ opens Thursday

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:55 am

The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of its Community Arts Show, “It’s Just Trash” on Thursday at the Artisan Depot, located at 201 E. Cumberland St. in Cowan. The show will be open through Aug. 2. It includes a wide variety of works made from recycled materials by many local artists in such mediums as wood, iron, plastic sculptures and a number of paintings. A meet the artist

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  • Art show ‘Fantasy’ opens Friday with reception

    Posted on May 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Community Art show Fantasty opens Friday

    The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of the Community Arts Show “Fantasy” with a meet the artist reception Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Artisan Depot in downtown Cowan. The reception will feature music by the Bazzania Girls Band, a local folk group. The show will include a wide variety of imagined work from many local artists, including fanciful animals, all things fairy (including a fairy treehouse)

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  • Tenth Annual International Dogwood Festival starts today

    Posted on May 2, 2014 at 4:43 am


    This weekend’s weather forecast promises to be perfect for the 10th Annual International Dogwood Festival starting today and running through Sunday in and around down-town Winchester. This year will include more free fun and entertainment than ever before, with concerts, kidz zone, teen zone, arts and crafts vendors, a parade, car and tractor shows, food vendors, a plant auction and much more. Beth Rhoton, City of Winchester Administrator, said Thursday

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