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Williamson County commissioner creates petition asking homebuilders to drop lawsuit against county over impact fee

Williamson County commissioner creates petition asking homebuilders to drop lawsuit against county over impact fee
PHOTO: The Harpeth Square construction site in downtown Franklin. Along with a hotel, the site will be home to residential apartments / Photo by Brooke Wanser By BROOKE WANSER As voters begin casting their ballot for a sales tax increase on referendum this month, an online petition has begun circulating, entitled “Demand Williamson County Homebuilders ...
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Police officer: hiding and hoping not good strategy for surviving an active shooter

Police officer: hiding and hoping not good strategy for surviving an active shooter
By LANDON WOODROOF Most people will never encounter an active shooter scenario in their lives. The fact that some will, though, is a distressing fact. The sad recurrence of these types of attacks in American life has led many law enforcement agencies to increase educational efforts about active shooter situations. Brentwood Police Officer Mark Wood led ...
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Sen. Mark Green will open campaign office in Cool Springs

Sen. Mark Green will open campaign office in Cool Springs
Dr. Mark Green, a Republican state senator and healthcare entrepreneur who is running for the 7th Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Marsha Blackburn, will hold a grand opening celebration for his Franklin campaign office on Jan. 27. Green, a U.S. Army combat veteran and West Point graduate, has been endorsed by Williamson County ...
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Community members, church leaders invited to active shooter response seminar

Community members, church leaders invited to active shooter response seminar
Officer Mark Wood with the Brentwood Police Department will be presenting an active shooter emergency response seminar at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18, at Concord Road Church of Christ. Community members and church leaders from all across Middle Tennessee are invited to attend.  The Citizen’s Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training presentation will cover lessons...
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Tennessee smokers spend or lose $1,197,782 over a lifetime

Tennessee smokers spend or lose $1,197,782 over a lifetime
Smokers spend — and lose — the most from their habit in New York, and the least in Kentucky, according to a new study by WalletHub, the personal finance Web site. Smoking costs the average Tennessean $1,197,782 over a lifetime, according to the study, which calculated the cost of a cigarette pack per day over ...
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Franklin pastor says future Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches will be more than symbolic

Franklin pastor says future Martin Luther King Jr. Day marches will be more than symbolic
PHOTO: Pastor Chris Williamson speaks outside the old county courthouse / Photo by Brooke Wanser By BROOKE WANSER After a spirited service at First Missionary Baptist Church in Franklin on Monday morning, around 200 gathered to march from the church to the old Williamson County Courthouse. Children and adults walked the over half-mile route to ...
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Pastor rebukes Trump’s comments during moving Martin Luther King Jr. Day service

Pastor rebukes Trump’s comments during moving Martin Luther King Jr. Day service
PHOTO: Aretha Turner is joined in her rendition of “God Is” by the choir and congregation / Photo by Brooke Wanser By BROOKE WANSER During a multicultural Martin Luther King Jr. Day service at First Missionary Baptist Church on Monday, Pastor Brandon Mason used biblical references to denounce President Donald Trump’s recent remarks pertaining to ...
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Smoking, obesity lead to "alarming" diabetes increases in the South

Smoking, obesity lead to "alarming" diabetes increases in the South
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER Rising obesity rates in several Southern states are leading to a rapid increase in new cases of diabetes among both black and white adults. A new study led by investigators at the University of Texas Health Science Center and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) found the risk of diabetes is double ...
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Snowfall to hit Williamson County Monday night, bringing Arctic chill before warming later in the week

Snowfall to hit Williamson County Monday night, bringing Arctic chill before warming later in the week
Snow flurries in Leiper’s Fork Friday, Jan. 12/ Photo by Brooke Wanser. By BROOKE WANSER This weather report is sponsored by Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical. Though the sun shone through veiled clouds on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, prepare for temperatures to drop Monday night as a winter front moves in. John Cohen, ...
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When and where to cast your early vote for the sales tax referendum

When and where to cast your early vote for the sales tax referendum
Early voting for the county’s proposed sales tax increase referendum begins Wednesday. Below are the hours and locations where you can cast your vote. Franklin Area Locations Where: Williamson County Administrative Complex (Election Commission) 1320 West Main St. Franklin, TN 37064 When: January 17-February 1, 2018 Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays (extended hours...
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Monday weather should be moderate for Martin Luther King march in Franklin

Monday weather should be moderate for Martin Luther King march in Franklin
Slightly warmer temperatures will greet Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities on Monday, including a march from First Missionary Baptist Church on Natchez Street in Franklin to the Historic Courthouse on the Public Square. The MLK Day activities, including school and bank holidays on Monday, launch a year of reflection on the Civil Rights leader, ...
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