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Don’t worry if your Cajun French is rusty: “laissez les bon temps rouler” (pronounced “Lay-say le bon tom roo-lay”) just means “let the good times roll.” Now you know.

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With classes officially starting Wednesday, parents and their children were at Franklin County’s schools earlier this week through special orientation gatherings so parents could meet the teachers who will be guiding their children educationally through a pandemic.

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The Franklin County Courthouse was closed about 9:30 a.m. on Friday because an employee had tested positive for COVID-19, according to County Mayor David Alexander.

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The third suspect wanted in connection with the murder of James Eric Hanger that occurred in the Pleasant Grove area of Franklin County in June has been located and taken into custody, according to a Franklin County Sheriff’s Office press release.

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Eight residents at the Waters of Winchester rehabilitation and skilled nursing center, three employees at the Decherd Kroger store and one at the adjacent Taco Bell restaurant tested positive for COVID-19, according to spokespersons for the facilities.

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With early voting out of the way, those who still wish to cast ballots in the Tennessee state and federal primary and Franklin County general election will have to go their respective polling districts and precincts listed on their voter registration cards.

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A 41-year-old Franklin County man remains in jail on a $500,000 bond, charged with criminal homicide in connection with a suspected murder in the Spring Creek Road area, according to Sheriff’s Office reports.

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Harry Boswell will turn 90 years old on August 24, 2020, and he still mows his lawn with a push mower and operates an appliance-repair business.

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The Franklin County Commission approved its $85.783 million budget for the 2021 fiscal year on July 20 with no property tax increase.

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has been doing its own mechanic work to save money by not having to outsource costly repairs, and Sheriff Tim Fuller told the County Commission on July 20 that the savings since March have exceeded $30,000.

Cowan has made strides in improving fire-fighting coverage and will soon be benefiting from an Insurance Services Office Inc. rating improvement that will lower coverage rates and make the community more attractive to industrial recruitment.

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Just a reminder, early voting for the Aug. 6 Tennessee state and federal primary and Franklin County general election ends on Saturday.

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The ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the new North and South middle schools planned for Aug. 2 are being delayed until late September to early October to give contractors time to complete the few remaining details on the two projects.

Tennessee Farm Bureau President Jeff Aiken attended the Franklin County Farm Bureau’s monthly meeting on June 29.

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An Aug. 3 workshop to field input about potentially removing the Rebel mascot and changing team names is being postponed so personnel can concentrate on opening school amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Despite optimism that the COVID-19 pandemic would subside and the Franklin County Fair could be held in October, organizers decided Wednesday it wasn’t feasible and have scrapped the 2020 event.

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System-Winchester/Sewanee is urging community members to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing is not easily achieved in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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As a way to aid one of Franklin County’s most beneficial nonprofit organizations, Winchester Walmart and the Herald Chronicle are partnering together in a campaign called “Read a paper…support the paws” to help Animal Harbor.