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Franklin County receives nearly $500,000 in grants – Winchester downtown phase five on tap

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

Christmas might be five months away, but it came early to Winchester, Decherd, Franklin County and Tims Ford State Park Monday when Gov. Bill Haslam announced that they are getting nearly a combined $500,000 in Tennessee grant money. The funds are being appropriated through the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, and the money will go toward revitalizing Winchester’s downtown area, lighting Decherd’s

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Installation of new HVAC unit

FC Business Development Center sees improvement, growth

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:49 am

The Franklin County Business Development Center recently received more than $100,000 in major improvements at no cost to taxpayers, thanks to grant funding. Two grants, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business Enterprise and the Appalachian Regional Commission, provided necessary funds to address needed improvements at the Business Development Center. Funds were used to replace 10 out dated heating ventilation and air conditioning units with energy efficient models, plus

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  • Rural/ Metro: Staffing changes not related to bankruptcy

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 9:40 am


    Staffing changes at Franklin County’s Rural/Metro Ambulance are not related to the Arizona-based corporation’s financial struggles but merely stem from a supply and demand issue where personnel are being placed where they will be most effective, according to the company’s directors. Recent Facebook social media postings indicated that Rura/Metro was reducing its staff and several employees were gone, including Nita Jernigan, Rural/Metro market general manager. However, John Karolzak, chief relations

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  • Boswell Road’s poor condition draws candidates to home gathering

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Mayor candidates Burt Brown, Bill Green and Richard Stewart take a moment to relax at a recent meeting held to determine what it would take to get Boswell Road, near Tims Ford State Park, resurfaced.

    A road leading to the edge of Tims Ford Lake has also led to a pronounced movement by area residents to get county government to widen and improve it. Fred and Kathy Galanga held a special meeting Thursday evening at their home to discuss the issues with county government candidates to get Boswell Road — near the north Franklin County line toward Tims Ford State Park — resurfaced. Mr. Galanga

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Braston sideline

Longtime Wildcat becomes a Rebel

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:52 pm

STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Going to school and coaching in Tullahoma, Mario Braston has been a Wildcat for quite some time. Now he is set to trade that in and become a Rebel as he joins Franklin County High School as a coach and teacher. Braston is set to become the new head track and field coach, and will join the football and basketball coaching staffs at FCHS. A

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  • First ever Rebel 7-on-7 a roaring success

    Posted on July 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Franklin County freshman lineman Jordan Pickett (on  tug  opposite end) pulls his way over Tullahoma Wildcat Eli Champion Wednesday in the team s first-ever Rebel challenge.

    STAFF WRITER Evan Harris   Linemen and 7-on-7 challenge are a big part of summer football workouts, but this past Wednesday Franklin County’s Rebel football team hosted one of these events for the first time ever. Judging by attendees’ comments and overall results, the event — tabbed as, “The Rebel Challenge” — was the first of many to come. Rebels head coach James Carr summed up what the summer football

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  • Winchester rallies past Gallatin to reach state semis

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

    After a thrilling district tournament showing, the Winchester Coach-Pitch All-Stars are state bound. Pictured here are Winchester’s players. In the front row, from left, are Jackson Lynch, Evan Lynch, Cason Eslick, Brayden Henley, Chase Towry, DaShuan Reynolds and Trace Kilpatrick. The second row includes Andrew Fulmer, Jack Santi, Payton Miller, Shaimar Lyons and Mason Moore. In the third row are coaches Craig Eslick, Robby Fulmer, John Henley and Patrick Lynch. 

—Staff Photo by Evan Harris

    Winchester rallies past Gallatin to reach state semis CORRESPONDENT allen lamountain   ELIZABETHTON – Winchester Little League held on to capture a 6-5 victory Sunday over Gallatin to remain undefeated in the 7- and 8-year-old Coach Pitch State Tournament, advancing to a semifinal matchup tonight against Goodlettsville. Winchester ended the weekend’s tournament action 2-0 at Carter County American Little League’s Jim Ensor Field, also downing Clarksville National 10-0 in the

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Motorcyclist Jackie Battles takes a breather in front of Winchester City Hall Monday after spending most of the day on his motorcycle to get to the “Winchester” in Franklin County, from his native Winchester, Va. In addition to his Virginia home, his trip agenda includes Winchesters located in the states of Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Motorcyclist is roaring through the Winchesters

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:42 am

Just as promised, motorcyclist Jackie Battles rolled into Winchester on Monday, on the first part of his whirlwind trip across the country to visit all the other 23 towns in the United States named Winchester. Looking tired but in good spirits, the Winchester, Va., resident stopped by the Herald-Chronicle’s news office Tuesday afternoon to provide readers with an update about how his trip to the nation’s many Winchesters was going.

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  • Fight for freedom… WW II vet attends D-Day anniversary

    Posted on July 4, 2014 at 5:33 am

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    The Fourth of July is all about the nation’s independence, and World War II veteran James E. Hill is one who had gone above and beyond the call of duty 70 years ago to keep it that way. Hill, from Elora, recently returned to France for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. The 89-year-old veteran had served as a member of H Company of the 29th

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  • Cyclist on mission to visit 24 ‘Winchesters’ to arrive here July 7

    Posted on June 24, 2014 at 4:46 am

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    Motorcyclist Jackie Battles of Winchester, Va., is on a mission to visit all the cities named Winchester in the United States The idea came about when the Mayor of Winchester, England attended his town’s annual Apple Blossom Festival. Battles said, “It set me to wondering just how many Winchester’s there were and once I looked them up, decided that this could be a really good ride.” He found out there

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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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  • Art show ‘Fantasy’ opens Friday with reception

    Posted on May 6, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Community Art show Fantasty opens Friday

    The Franklin County Arts Guild announces the opening of the Community Arts Show “Fantasy” with a meet the artist reception Friday, beginning at 5 p.m. at the Artisan Depot in downtown Cowan. The reception will feature music by the Bazzania Girls Band, a local folk group. The show will include a wide variety of imagined work from many local artists, including fanciful animals, all things fairy (including a fairy treehouse)

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  • Tenth Annual International Dogwood Festival starts today

    Posted on May 2, 2014 at 4:43 am


    This weekend’s weather forecast promises to be perfect for the 10th Annual International Dogwood Festival starting today and running through Sunday in and around down-town Winchester. This year will include more free fun and entertainment than ever before, with concerts, kidz zone, teen zone, arts and crafts vendors, a parade, car and tractor shows, food vendors, a plant auction and much more. Beth Rhoton, City of Winchester Administrator, said Thursday

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