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Winchester police officer is arrested on DUI charge

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  A Winchester police officer, Sgt. Danny Mantooth, has been suspended without pay following his arrest around midnight Tuesday on driving under the influence charges. Winchester City Administrator Beth Rhoton said Wednesday that Mantooth has been suspended without pay, and his employment status will be determined later. She said he was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Franklin County Jail records show that Mantooth was jailed on a DUI charge

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Posted on November 21, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Vehicle accident on Highway 130 causes traffic back-up near North Lake School this afternoon. More details to come.

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  • American Pickers’ van peeks lots of curiosity here

    Posted on November 20, 2014 at 8:47 am

    ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy   A big white van parked on the Winchester Square Thursday surely drew more attention than was intended. Observant folks realized right away the van was affiliated with the popular television show, “American Pickers,” even though it only had “Antique Archaeology” and a rooster emblem on it. Those who watch cable television’s History Channel have probably heard of the reality show, American Pickers, featuring Mike Wolfe

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  • Fire destroys Decherd home Friday

    Posted on November 18, 2014 at 5:00 am

    ASSISTANT EDITOR linda stacy   Decherd Firefighters responded to a 9-1-1 call Friday night reporting that a house was on fire in the Decherd Greenhaw community. The call was made by Serenity Payne who lives about a mile away and was driving her son, Harley, to a friend’s home. Payne said, “At first before we got right up on it, I thought it looked like a huge bonfire, then I

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Franklin County to name Scott Smith new head football coach

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm

SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Franklin County has hired Scott Smith to be the Rebels new football coach. Smith had a 113-67 overall head coaching record in stops at Greenbrier, Ezell Harding, Independence, Science Hill and Moore County. Smith spent a lone season at Warren County High School last year where he posted a 4-6 record, improving the Pioneers from 1-9 the year prior to his arrival. Smith won a 1A

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  • Elementary Basketball roundup

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 9:51 am

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris Elementary basketball season is in full swing with third through fifth graders getting their shot on the hardwood. Games are played on Thursdays at either Cowan Elementary School or Townsend gym, and here is a recent recap of the most recent contests. Cowan played host to Huntland against Broadview, and Decherd against Cowan. Huntland and Broadview’s girls’ game ended with the slimmest margin of victory of

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  • South gets two wins over rival East Middle

    Posted on November 25, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Much of South Middle School’s offense runs through big man, Omar Robinson. Here, Robinson (42) fades back after posting up a defender and goes on to sink a two-point basket.
—Staff Photo by Evan Harris

    SPORTS WRITER Evan Harris South Middle School basketball fans had plenty to cheer about Thursday night with the Lady Trojans and Trojans, respectively defeating East Middle School in Tullahoma. The girls’ game was a no contest with the Lady Trojans sprinting away with a 61-4 victory while the boys’ game got interesting late, but the Trojans prevailed 27-26. South’s girls were unstoppable, wreaking havoc at both ends of the court.

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Franklin County Fairest of the Fair Pageant Winners

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm

F.C. Fairest of the Fair Queen is Kylee B. Norris Kylee B. Norris, age 16 of Winchester, was named Franklin County’s Fairest of the Fair Queen. She is the daughter of Ronnie and April Norris. In addition to her crown, sash and award, Norris received $300 for wardrobe expenses and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Tennessee Fairest of the Fair Pageant in January 2015 where she will compete against 53

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  • Tablescapes by Southern Tennesseee Ladies’ Society

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Tablescapes held by STLS There was an explosion of talent at the October Southern Tennessee Ladies’ Society Tablescapes luncheon, as revealed by the 15 imaginatively and creatively decorated tables. A feast for the eyes was enjoyed by guests who viewed the talented members’ creations. Proceeds from this event are used to fund scholarships for high school seniors.  

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  • Happenings in Sept. 26 edition

    Posted on September 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Farmers Markets  Farmers Markets Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 8 a.m. at Franklin County Senior Center behind STMC in Winchester. Farmers Market Saturdays on Sewanee Hwy. at 7 a.m. north of Sewanee Market. Farmers Markets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 7 a.m. in the parking lot of old high school on Dinah Shore Blvd. in Winchester. 967-2741.  Volunteers needed  Franklin County has several elderly that need volunteers to check on them

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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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  • DesJarlais easily outdis-tances Democratic challenger in FC

    Posted on November 7, 2014 at 5:00 am

    EDITOR brian justice   Incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais easily outdistanced Democratic challenger Lenda Sherrell in Franklin County’s general election Tuesday and held on in the other counties he represents to retain his Fourth Congressional District seat. DesJarlais recorded 5,841 votes (60.68 percent) while Sherrell received 3,420 votes (35.53 percent) in Franklin County. Through the entire Fourth District, DesJarlais recorded 58.33 percent of the total vote with 84,781 being cast

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  • Community Arts Show ‘It’s Just Trash’ opens Thursday

    Posted on June 17, 2014 at 10:55 am


    The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of its Community Arts Show, “It’s Just Trash” on Thursday at the Artisan Depot, located at 201 E. Cumberland St. in Cowan. The show will be open through Aug. 2. It includes a wide variety of works made from recycled materials by many local artists in such mediums as wood, iron, plastic sculptures and a number of paintings. A meet the artist

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