Al-Anon’s “Peace and Serenity” group meets each Thursday from 7-8 p.m. at Winchester First United Methodist Church, 100 S. Jefferson St. in Winchester. The “Faith Alive” Al-Anon group meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 101 Bragg Circle in Tullahoma. The “Serenity Seekers” meet Mondays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Serenity House, 313 Collins Ave. in Tullahoma. All who are concerned about a loved one’s drinking are welcome.

Senior Center trips

Franklin County Senior Center invites everyone to join in for the following planned trips: Myrtle Beach show trip Sept. 16-21; Hawaii cruise Feb. 6-15, 2020. Contact Linda Weaver at the Center at 931-967-9853 or email fcscctrips@gmail.com.

Aug. 8

Business Expo & Marketplace

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s 27th annual Business Expo and Marketplace is Aug. 8 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Monterey Station in Cowan. Enjoy the many booths, sign up for door prizes and more. Entry fee is $5 with 12 years and under free. The theme is “Expo of the Decades.” Info., 931-967-6788.

Academy for

Lifelong Learning

The public is invited to hear Secret Service Agent G. Darren Earle speak in Sewanee on Aug. 8 at noon at the Sewanee Seminars Academy in Lower Cravens Hall, 439 Kentucky Ave. on the Sewanee campus. Cost is $3 for attendees who aren’t members of the Academy. Refreshments available. Bring a sack lunch if desired. 

Aug. 9

Cookies & Comedy

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee will present “Cookies and Comedy” featuring comedian Heather Land on Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. at Manchester Coffee County Conference Center, 147 Hospitality Blvd. in Manchester. Tickets $27. Call 615-460-0256 or go to www.eventbrite.com

Aug. 10

South Cumberland Conservative Network

 South Cumberland Conservative Network meets Aug. 10 at 300 1st Ave. NW, Winchester with guest Chancellor Melissa Blevins, 12th Judicial District Court speaking on drug court and graduates of the drug court.  The meet and greet is from 5:30-6 p.m. followed by the meeting.

Aug. 12

Rural Health Caucus

Everyone is invited to join the Marion County Democratic Party in Jasper on Monday at 6 p.m. to hear from local leaders, healthcare professionals and impacted families to discuss the need for real solutions to Tennessee’s healthcare crisis at the Marion County Commission building (Richard K. Lawson building).

Aug. 13

P.E.O. Sisterhood

Chapter Z Tennessee of the International P.E.O. Sisterhood meets Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.    All unaffiliated Members of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in the Middle Tennessee area are welcome.  Call 931-962-0202 for info.

Aug. 15

Down on the farm

Everyone is invited to down on the farm with Congressman Scott DesJarlais Aug 15 at 6 p.m. at the Peters-Davis farm located in Estill Springs behind Factory Furniture. Enjoy hearing from our Congressman, eating barbecue, viewing the lake and listening to music. Bring a chair and join the fun. Sponsored by F.C. Republican Party. 

Starting a Business Boot Camp

Starting a Business Boot Camp Aug. 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Motlow College in Fayetteville. Cost is $25 for Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce members or $35 for non-members with lunch included. Info., call 433-1234 or email flcchamber@fpunet.com.

Aug. 16

Sobriety checkpoint

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Aug. 16 at 10 p.m. at Hwy. 41A at Duck River Baptist in Franklin County.

Aug. 17

Free groceries

All those in need in the community are welcome to Christ the King Anglican Church’s grocery / food distribution Aug. 17 beginning at 9 a.m. The church is located at 1231 Cumberland St. in Decherd. The giveaway is held in association with Feed America First and items will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

FCHS Class of 1959 Reunion

The Franklin County High School class of 1959 will hold their 60 year reunion Aug. 17 at the Franklin County Country Club in Winchester. Gather at 5 p.m. and eat at 6 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Please RSVP to Carolyn Harris Garner, 114 Westmeade Dr., Winchester, TN 37398 no later than Aug. 1. Make checks payable to Class of 1959.

FCHS Class of 1962 Reunion

The Franklin County High School class of 1962 will hold their 57 year reunion Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. at Off the Square restaurant (former Oasis restaurant) in Winchester. If you plan to attend, please contact Linda Williams Vaughan at 931-308-4435. Other classes are also welcome.

Aug. 20

Democratic Party meeting

The community is invited to join in for a meet and greet and cookout with announcements about upcoming events with the Franklin County Democratic Party on Aug. 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Louis and Sandy Rice, 201 Kentucky Ave. in Sewanee. Join in for a corn hole game. Child care will be available.

Aug. 23-24

Lynchburg Music Fest

Lynchburg Music Fest will be held Aug. 23-24 in downtown Lynchburg. The two-day music festival will feature Easton Corbin to headline night one and Jamey Johnson to headline night two. Other confirmed artists include Sam Bush, Craig Campbell, David Lee Murphy, Joe Diffie, Keith Anderson, Montgomery Gentry, Cassadee Pope, and RaeLynn, bringing multiple stages of country and bluegrass music. Single-day tickets available at Jack Daniel’s Distillery, online at Lynchburg Music Fest’s official website, on-site at the festival and at American Craft Distillers in Lynchburg. Passes purchased online start at $70 for Friday and $90 for Saturday, with gate prices increasing to $80 and $100. In addition to single-day passes, festival-goers can purchase general admission weekend passes and VIP packages that include whiskey tastings on-site.  Visit: www.lynchburgmusicfest.com for details on the festival.

Aug. 24

Summer concert

The Kiwanis Club of Franklin County will provide a free concert featuring the Rock Candy Band Aug. 24 starting at 6 p.m. at the Franklin County Downtown Amphitheater adjacent to Oldham Theatre. Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Aug. 29

Downtown Songwriter’s Night

 All musicians are welcome to join in to showcase their talent free for Downtown Songwriters’ Night Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Kiwanis Club Amphitheater on North College St. in downtown Winchester. The Downtown Songwriter’s Night Series is presented by Support Local Independent Music (S.L.I.M.), a non-profit organization that helps local musicians.

Aug. 30

Borrower clinic

The U.S. Small Business Administration Tennessee District Office (SBA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center will hold a borrower clinic for small businesses seeking financial assistance on Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Franklin County Library. Learn about SBA and USDA loan programs to assist in starting, operating, maintaining or expanding a small business.  Find out about the importance of a business plan and how to create one. For information and to register, please access http://ow.ly/f7al30piWCM

Sept. 14

MAD SAM Unity Walk

Everyone is invited to the Making A Difference Suicide Awareness Movement (MAD SAM) Unity Walk “Stamping Out Suicide” Sept. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Red Roof Pavilion in Winchester City Park. Enjoy special music guest artist Alison McCormick, bingo, auction and a free barbecue dinner sponsored by Weaver Farms. For information on the MAD SAM memory wall call Gina Steele at 931-308-0574.

Sept. 20-22

Fall Heritage Festival

Fall Heritage Festival Sept. 20-22 in downtown Cowan celebrating the life, history, arts and culture of the Cumberland foothills with music, arts, crafts, living history kids zone, demonstrations, food, music, fireworks, cruise-in, Smokey and the Bandit Convoy, music by Bad Nayber, Jackwagon and Whey Jennings. Free admission and parking. Info., go to FallHeritageFestival.info. Facebook.com/FallHeritageFestival 931-563-3868.

Sept. 23


Cardiopulmonary resuscitation class Sept. 23 at 1 p.m. at the Franklin County Senior Center, 74 Clover Dr., Winchester. Class has just six openings available for $20. Call the Franklin County Senior Center at 931-967-9853.

Oct. 12-13

Heritage Day & Fall Festival

Tims Ford’s Heritage Day and Fall Festival Oct. 12-13 from 9-5 p.m. at Tims Ford State Park. Enjoy demonstrations, reenactments, crafters and vendors, woodcarvers, food, games, live music, competitions and more. The event is free to the public.  For vendor application email Destiny.Adcox@tn.gov.

Oct. 25

Trunk or Treat

Tims Ford State Park will host a free trunk or treat at the Fairview Campground Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. To volunteer to set up a trunk or treat station email Destiny.Adcox@tn.gov. Trunkers participating should be ready between 5-5:30 p.m. Volunteers who register to set up a trunk or treat station may receive a retail or camping/cabin discount.

Haunted hike

Tims Ford State Park will host a haunted hike on Devil’s Step Island departing from Devil’s Step Boat Ramp at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 25. Boats will depart every 15 minutes with the last boat departing at 9:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person, $2.50 for children under 10 and registration is required at the Fairview camper check-in station the day/evening of the event. Enjoy a fire with cider, hot chocolate and s’mores in the boat ramp area. To volunteer to be a part of the haunted hike email Destiny.Adcox@tn.gov.

Oct. 26

Fall Christmas Craft & Vendor Fair

Everyone is invited to a Fall / Christmas Craft Fair Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Franklin County Annex building, 851 Dinah Shore Blvd., Winchester. Spaces to participate as a vendor are $30 payable at the Franklin County Senior Center, 74 Clover Dr., Winchester or email fcdirector@fcsc.comcastbiz.net or call the center at 931-967-9853. Reserve your space by Oct. 11.