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Fire Committee correcting communications challenges

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III When lightning strikes someone’s home, igniting a fire, residents are most likely not thinking about a fire department’s tight budget or the condition of the equipment used to dispatch first responders. However, technicalities related to the county’s approach toward handling dispatching has become a problem the Countywide Fire Committee is addressing to reach a uniform standard so dispatchers and first responders are following the

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Huntland to send sewer surveys

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

STAFF WRITER courtney stachel The Huntland Board of Mayor and Alderman has agreed to send residents surveys to receive feedback on applying for a loan to upgrade the town’s sewer system. In February 2014, the board decided to take a step back with the sewer implant venture and wait until this year to gather income surveys of all residents before applying for money. City engineer Jimmy Highers informed the board

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  • Winchester Council approves grant request

    Posted on January 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

    STAFF WRITER courtney stachel   Winchester is taking a step forward with the Tims Ford Marina project with the City Council approving a grant application to develop a three-phase road from Highway 50 to the facility’s boat ramp and parking lot. The city is applying for an $806,000 Federal Land Access Grant of which the city will pay $161,200 with the federal governing chipping the remaining $644,800 in an 80-20

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  • Estill Springs man saves two from SUV fire

    Posted on January 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

    STAFF WRITER courtney stachel A driver and passenger on an isolated Keith Springs Mountain road stretch were saved from their burning vehicle last Saturday by a passing Good Samaritan motorist on his way to restore a vintage car at a friend’s residence. Driver Brad Steele, from Belvidere, and passenger Jamie Solomon, from Winchester, were injured on Highway 16 when the vehicle Steele was operating apparently lost control due to icy

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Rebelettes split games in two-day run

Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm

SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris After a Friday night off, Franklin County High School’s Rebelettes’ basketball team went back to work Monday and Tuesday night, losing a road game to Giles County before rallying back to win a District 8-AAA matchup against Coffee County. Monday night’s road loss to Giles County came against a familiar coaching face with Jack Harlow’s Giles County team defeating the Rebelettes 60-45. Harlow had previously been

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  • Stingy defense key to Lady Hornet victory

    Posted on January 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Lady Hornet junior guard Tara Cates, left, defends an Eagleville player from advancing up court.
—Staff Photo by Evan Harris

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris On a night when Huntland High School’s girls’ basketball team made just 34 percent of its shots, the team relied on its defense to seal a 41-36 District 9-A victory over Eagleville. Paydirt was a rarity in the first quarter with both teams combining to score just seven points. Freshman Caylee McLennan scored all three of Huntland’s points in the opening quarter, and the Lady Hornets

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  • Huntland teams successful in irregular Monday night games

    Posted on January 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Playing on a Monday night, Huntland’s High School’s Hornets and Lady Hornets hosted Cascade High School for two wins in front of the home fans. Both Huntland teams got redemption from its first game of 2015, which were road game losses to Cascade. The Lady Hornets won 46-32, and the Hornets avenged an 18-point loss with a 56-54 win. Lady Hornets Following an opening basket from

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Lifestyles

A year, a month and a day to remember A Franklin County World War II veteran looks back on a difficult journey

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 5:00 am

STAFF WRITER philip j. lorenz III   As of September 2014, of the 16,112,566 members of the United States Armed Forces who served this country during World War II, only 1,017,208 of those veterans are still alive, according to a Department of Veterans Affairs study. With each passing day, that number seems to inevitably decline. One of those surviving veterans is Winchester native Leon Hawkersmith, who came into the world

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  • Free recycle bins available: roadside litter problem continues

    Posted on January 9, 2015 at 5:00 am

    ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy   There’s no excuse for tossing plastic, paper, metal or aluminum cans in with the rest of your trash when free recycling bins are readily available to everyone in Franklin County. Thanks to a $25K recycling grant received from the state, along with a match from the county, there are plenty of yellow, blue and green, recycling bins still available at the Solid Waste Management Center

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  • STRHS Winchester welcomes first baby of 2015

    Posted on January 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

    ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy The old saying, “the early bird gets the worm,” comes to mind as Franklin County’s newest citizen arrived bright and early on New Year’s Day. Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Winchester is proud to announce the arrival of the first baby of 2015 at The Childbirth Center in Winchester. Born at 9:17 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, little Abel Mercer will forever hold the title

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Entertainment

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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  • Cowan Christmas Parade celebrates 50 years

    Posted on December 5, 2014 at 5:00 am

    ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy   Excitement is in the air as plans are being finalized for the 50th Annual Cowan Christmas Parade starting tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Cowan. The theme, most appropriately, is “Celebrate Christmas.” The parade lineup starts at Cookie’s Corner and proceeds down Cumberland Street through the downtown area, ending at Cowan Elementary School. This very special anniversary parade promises to be the biggest and best ever

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  • Winchester Council preparing marina lease

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Winchester Council preparing marina lease STAFF WRITER courtney stachel The Winchester City Council has been working diligently in recent weeks to get details worked out with a lease agreement to develop a marina on 80 acres near Dry Creek Beach. The goal is to meet a March 2015 deadline to have the lease agreement in place with developers Adam Casey, Dennis English and David Kiger who are partnering together to

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