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The Franklin County Commission approved on Monday to enter into a five-year contract with Shoals Ambulance LLC to be its primary service provider after the coronavirus pandemic placed A&E Emergency Services in financial difficulty, forcing the local company to join forces with another entity.

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Pelham native Denny Gilliam, 53, loved being a registered nurse, and it was his drive to help others with the COVID-19 pandemic in the New York City metropolitan area that may have ultimately cost him his life.

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While emergency first responders and medical professionals have received accolades for their contributions in getting residents through the coronavirus pandemic, an often overlooked element in the survival scheme has been those who collect garbage while stay-at-home orders were in effect.

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Between preparing healthy food, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, Franklin County school nutrition professionals have a lot on their plate.

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Franklin County’s government operations are following through with Gov. Bill Lee lifting his stay-at-home coronavirus pandemic order on April 30 with most branches planning to open their doors on May 4.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, formerly referred to as Food Stamps, has been asked by the State of Tennessee and the USDA to remind those age 60 and older that support may be available.

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Coinciding with the number in COVID-19, as many Franklin County women joined together recently to make personal protective equipment masks to help Southern Tennessee Regional Health System employees remain safe.

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