Adult Education

South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance Project Learn offers free adult education classes to help adults prepare for the high school equivalency exam. Choose from morning or evening classes that meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5-8 p.m. at Townsend Center, 900 S. Shepherd St., Winchester. To enroll, call 931-438-0555.


Al-Anon’s “Peace and Serenity” group meets Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. at Winchester First United Methodist Church, 100 S. Jefferson St. in Winchester. All concerned about a loved one’s drinking are welcome.

Feb. 6



Free seminar today at 10 a.m. on Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage plans at Franklin County Library, 105 S. Porter St., Winchester.

Feb. 7

Free Go Red for Women breakfast

The fourth annual Go Red for Women breakfast event will be held Friday at 8 a.m., featuring a program with guest speaker cardiologist Dr. Roderick Meese at the Winchester Livery, 122 N. Jefferson St., Winchester. The event is sponsored by Southern Tennessee Regional Health System. Make reservations by calling 931-691-9484 or by sending an email to abby.pickett@lpnt.net.

Go Red for Women

Tennova Healthcare – Harton will hold their Go Red for Women luncheon Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lakewood Golf and Country Club in Tullahoma. Guest speaker is Dr. Ifeoluwa Okusanya, who is board-certified in cardiovascular disease. Enjoy vendor booths and door prizes. Tickets are $15. Make reservations by calling 931-455-9387. Tickets will also be available at the door (cash or check).

Feb. 8

Second Harvest

mobile food pantry

Winchester First Baptist Church will host their quarterly Second Harvest mobile food pantry Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at the church, located at 108 S. High St. in Winchester.

Broadview Fire District community meeting

All residents of the Broadview Fire District are urged to participate in the annual meeting of the Broadview Fire Department at the fire hall, located at 5253 Lynchburg Road in Winchester, on Saturday at 10 a.m. Election of officers and directors will be on the agenda.

Chocolate walk

Everyone is invited to the third annual chocolate walk Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Winchester. Tickets are $7 per person and are available at https://downtownchocolatewalk.eventbrite.com.

South Cumberland

Conservative Network

Everyone is invited to a meet and greet to hear Dr. Laurie Cardoza-Moore speak on anti-Semitism in America during the South Cumberland Conservative Network’s meeting on Saturday at 6 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Franklin County Annex Building, 851 Dinah Shore Blvd. in Winchester.

Feb. 11

P.E.O. Sisterhood

Chapter Z of the Tennessee International P.E.O. Sisterhood meets Tuesday, at 10 a.m. All unaffiliated members of the P.E.O. Sisterhood who are in the Middle Tennessee area are welcome to attend.  Call 931-962-0202 for more information.

Feb. 13

SNAP/Food Stamp presentation

A SNAP/Food Stamp presentation will be given for those aged 60 and older or disabled on Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. at the Franklin County Senior Center, 74

Clover Dr., Winchester. If unable to attend, call Bonnie at 931-379-2955.

Feb. 15

Mardi Gras

The 31st annual Good Shepherd Community Mardi Gras will be held Feb. 15 from 6-11 p.m. at Monterey Station, 104 Monterey St. in Cowan. Enjoy a gourmet Cajun buffet, desserts, a silent auction and live music by The Respectables Band and a DJ. BYOB is not allowed but a cash bar will be available. Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door. Call 931-967-0961 or visit https://www.goodshepherdtn.com/mardi-gras-fundraiser for tickets. This is a 21-and-older event. All proceeds benefit Good Samaritan Ministries, Linda Bauman Memorial Scholarships and the Good Shepherd Parish.

President's Day Spelling Bee/U.S. History Bee

The Franklin County Democratic Party invites everyone to join in for a night of friendly competition on Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Sewanee Senior Center located at 5 Ball Park Road in Sewanee. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat soup, salad and sandwich buffet. Area students could win a $50 cash prize in one of two spelling bees. Spelling lists will be age appropriate. Adults may enter the American History Bee to win dinner for two at Fiesta Grill in Cowan. Register the night of the contest. For information, call Helen Stapleton at 931-598-9731 or send an email to hfstaple@yahoo.com.

Feb. 17-18

Beginner Beekeeping


The Elk Valley Beekeeping Association, in conjunction with the Franklin County Extension Service, will hold a beginner’s beekeeping school on Feb. 17-18 at 6 p.m. at the Franklin County Extension Service, 330 Joyce Lane, Winchester. Topics include: setting up an apiary, equipment requirements, seasonal hive management and integrated pest management techniques. The program is for youth and adults wanting to learn more about starting a beekeeping project. Cost is $20 for the “Beekeeping in Tennessee” manual. Call John Ferrell at 931-967-2741 to register by Feb. 13.

Feb. 20

SCHRA Head Start/Early Head Start

The South Central Human Resource Agency’s Head Start/Early Head Start policy council meeting will be held Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the SCHRA office in Fayetteville.

Feb. 26

African American

History Celebration

 Dr. Michael Torrence will speak at the annual African American History Celebration Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. in the University of Tennessee Space Institute auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Information, 931-393-7226.

Feb. 28

Blood drive

American Red Cross blood drive Feb. 28 from 1-7 p.m. at Winchester Church of Christ, 1230 College St., Winchester.

Feb. 29

‘Townsend – A Study

of its Black History’

The Townsend Cultural Center invites everyone to “Townsend – A Study of its Black History” Feb. 29 at 5 p.m. in the Townsend Gym. The program will introduce a local war veteran, a student who benefitted, a study in pictures, an old-fashioned supper and an opportunity to help. Townsend Cultural Center is located at 910 S. Shepherd St. in Winchester. 

March 2

Academy for

Lifelong Learning

Everyone is invited to the Academy for Lifelong Learning March 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in Lower Cravens, 439 Kentucky Ave. on the Sewanee campus. Dr. Ole Molvig, assistant professor of history at Vanderbilt University, will speak on “Exploring Emergent Technology as a Humanist: Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality.” Cost is $3. Coffee and cookies will be available. Attendees may bring a sack lunch.

March 2-3

SHIP training

A free training class will be held March 2-3 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 101 Sam Watkins Blvd. in Mount Pleasant for volunteers who want to assist and counsel for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) /Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP). This statewide program provides free and objective counseling and assistance to people with questions or problems regarding Medicare and other related health insurance. Potential volunteers may call 1-877-801-0044 or send an email to mdavid@sctdd.org.

March 26

First responders breakfast

All Franklin County first responders are invited to a free first responders’ breakfast sponsored by the Franklin County AM Rotary Club on March 26 from 6-9 a.m. at SUNRISE (The Breakfast Place,) 42 Heikens Dr., Decherd.

March 28

UWFC Father-Daughter Dance

The United Way of Franklin County’s annual Father-Daughter Dance is March 28 starting at 4:30 p.m. at Winchester Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $30 per person and include dinner, dancing, photo booth and a formal 5x7 photo as well as a fresh flower and gift for girls. Tickets are on sale now at Citizens Community Bank in Winchester. All ages are welcome. Dress is Sunday best.

April 2

Business Expo

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 Business Expo will be held April 2 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Monterey Station in Cowan.

April 17-19

Trails and Trilliums

The 17th annual Trails and Trilliums festival is set for April 17-19 at the Dubose Conference Center in Monteagle. This fundraiser for the Friends of South Cumberland State Park features over 25 guided hikes in and around the park, a native plant sale and a great line-up of programs, author talks and workshops as well as the first Trails and Trilliums family camp-out with garden and outdoor vendors and music on stage. To learn more, visit www.trailsandtrilliums.org.

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