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Dickens of a Christmas will feature new ice skating rink in return to downtown Franklin, Dec. 9-10

Dickens of a Christmas will feature new ice skating rink in return to downtown Franklin, Dec. 9-10
BY BROOKE WANSER Two hundred musicians, dancers and characters from old England will fill the streets of downtown Franklin on Dec. 9 and 10 as the popular recreation of Charles Dickens classics commences for the 32nd year. This year, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County is adding an ice skating rink to the festival, which ...
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Red Seven Pizza Co. opens on Wall Street

Red Seven Pizza Co. opens on Wall Street
The Red Seven Pizza Co. celebrated its grand opening Friday afternoon in Spring Hill. The local pizza chain, with locations in Lewisburg and Columbia, opened at the corner of Wall Street and Commonwealth Drive. Tennessee songwriters Paul Marino and Jeremy Johnson own the series of pizza joints, which have a 4.7/5 star consumer rating on ...
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And they’re off: 21 pick up petitions to run for county offices

And they’re off: 21 pick up petitions to run for county offices
21 people picked up petitions on Friday — the first day possible — for the May 21 primary election to choose candidates for the Aug. 2 County election. One of them — County Clerk Elaine Anderson, wasted no time in getting signatures on the petition and returning it to the Election Commission office just down the ...
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UPDATE: Duplex Road contractors to mobilize equipment, trim trees this week

UPDATE: Duplex Road contractors to mobilize equipment, trim trees this week
According to the city, the beginning stages of the Duplex Road widening project are set to start this week. Eutaw Construction will begin mobilization of equipment on Thursday and tree trimming will begin Monday, November 20. All utilities relocations must be completed before the roadway construction can begin. Electric lines have been moved. Relocation of ...
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Anti-sex trafficking group scores Tennessee tops in nation for laws

Anti-sex trafficking group scores Tennessee tops in nation for laws
Shared Hope International, a self-described “Christian abolitionist” group fighting the sexual exploitation of minors, announced on Wednesday that Tennessee has received the highest score in the United States for strengthening the state’s child sex trafficking laws. According to Shared Hope International, Tennessee has demonstrated a 7-year trend of gradu...
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New study shows preventable diseases are costing Tennessee billions

New study shows preventable diseases are costing Tennessee billions
The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness on Wednesday released a new study conducted by the Sycamore Institute that confirms Tennessee’s higher rates of chronic diseases have significant economic consequences, costing state taxpayers more than $5.3 billion in 2015. Governor’s Foundation CEO Richard Johnson presented highlights of the study during a media event to...
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All are safe after small fire at Marvin Wright Elementary

All are safe after small fire at Marvin Wright Elementary
Photo courtesy of the Spring Hill Fire Department By SARAH GRACE TAYLOR A small fire at Marvin Wright Elementary School caused a brief interruption Wednesday morning, but resulted in no injuries. According to Spring Hill Fire Department, an air conditioning unit above the cafeteria malfunctioned, causing the small fire late in the morning. SHFD posted ...
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Songwriter Miller enters race for 7th Congressional District

Songwriter Miller enters race for 7th Congressional District
Lee Thomas Miller, a Williamson County songwriter who describes himself as a Conservative Republican, on Tuesday announced his campaign for Congress in Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District. Miller is seeking the seat being vacated by Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Brentwood, who has launched a campaign for the U.S. Senate. “I’m a songwriter, the smallest of ‘small business,’ ....
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Williamson Inc. celebrates 5 years, Mars Petcare president talks about purpose in business

Williamson Inc. celebrates 5 years, Mars Petcare president talks about purpose in business
By BROOKE WANSER Williamson, Inc. Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 5th anniversary on Tuesday evening at 302 Innovation Drive, an office space where guests received a 360-degree view of Williamson County. President and Chief Executive Officer Matt Largen opened the evening, which included  by announcing new officers and board members and recognizing those who had ...
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Red Cross blood drive at Lotz House to commemorate bloody battle

Red Cross blood drive at Lotz House to commemorate bloody battle
Lotz House historic site once again is partnering with the American Red Cross for the fifth annual blood drive on Nov. 25, commemorating the 153nd anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. In addition to the blood drive, the Lotz House will host its Living History Day on Nov. 25 and will offer one of two battlefield walking ...
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Battle-damaged Carter farm office will open to the public Nov. 28

Battle-damaged Carter farm office will open to the public Nov. 28
BATTLE OF FRANKLIN TRUST A building believed to be the most battle-damaged structure still standing from the time of the American Civil War will open to the public as one of the centerpieces of the Carter House tour experience. At 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, The Battle of Franklin Trust will open the Carter House ...
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Beth Lothers sworn in to replace long-time commissioner Lew Green at County Commission meeting

Beth Lothers sworn in to replace long-time commissioner Lew Green at County Commission meeting
PHOTO: Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson swears in Beth Lothers as District 5 Commissioner // Photo by Brooke Wanser. By BROOKE WANSER Beth Lothers was unanimously selected to serve as the Williamson County District 5 commissioner during Monday evening’s county commission meeting. Lothers replaced longtime commissioner Lewis “Lew” Green, who died last month at age .....
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Nearly $775,000 in funding for new school startup costs approved by County Commission

Nearly $775,000 in funding for new school startup costs approved by County Commission
By SARAH GRACE TAYLOR The Williamson County Commission voted unanimously to allocate $774,600 to startup costs for the new middle and elementary schools being built in the district. The resolution amended the 2017-18 general purpose school fund by nearly $775,000 from the Unappropriated Fund Balance. This money will to go toward expenses for Thompson’s Station ...
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