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"Franklin County, TN is a progressive community with a tradition of faith and an awareness of its heritage. We strive to preserve and protect our environment and natural beauty and are strongly committed to quality education, cultural diversity, enterprising in both its economy and government."

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As a business owner, manager, or community member, your time is valuable. You want someone listening to your concerns that affect commerce and working to understand and address those concerns for the common good. That's where we come in. The Chamber is always on the lookout for issues that could affect Franklin County businesses and our community in a positive or negative way. The Chamber engages in dialogue with representatives at all levels of government - federal, state, and county.


Jerry Belgrave & Jerry Foster

1814 Awalt Road
Winchester, TN 37398

Ralph & Maria Jackson

2215 Mansford Road
Winchester, TN 37398

Steve & Rose Pearson

5516 Georgia Crossing Road
Cowan, TN 37318






Franklin County Government

Agriculture Extension Office - 931-967-2741

Assesor of Property - 931-967-3876

F.C. Board of Education Board of Education - 931-967-0626

Chancery Court - 931-967-2843

County County Clerks Office - 931-967-2541

County Mayors Office - 931-967-2905

Circuit Court Clerk - 931-967-2923

Elections Administrator - 931-967-1893

Emergency Communications - 931-967-2331

Emergency Management - 931-967-4532

Finance Office - 931-967-1279

General Sessions Clerk - 931-967-2089

General Sessions Judge - 931-962-4133

Health Department - 931-967-3826

Highway Department - 931-967-2755

Industrial Development - 931-967-5319

Jail - 931-962-0123

Library - 931-967-3706

Planning and Zoning - 931-967-0981

Probation Services - 931-968-0005

Rabies Control - 931-967-5389

Register of Deeds - 931-967-2840

Senior Citizens - 931-967-0741

Solid Waste Authority - 931-967-1139

Trustee - 931-967-2962

Veteran Affairs - 931-967-9322


Tims Ford Lake is considered one of the most picturesque lakes in Tennessee and is
regarded by many as one of the top Smallmouth Bass Fishing and recreational lakes in the
Southeast. This reservoir is located on the Elk River in South Central Tennessee and consists
of just over 14,200 surface acres of water.
Area anglers become excited when thinking about angling Tims Ford from September to
Early June because we know what lurks in the lake, Trophy Smallmouth Bass, Giant Crappie,
Stripe Bass and Walleye. Mid-September to late May is one of the best times of year to hook a
monster Smallmouth Bass and to catch some of the biggest fish of the year. Over the summer
months it all about night fishing.
Tims has a reputation for huge stringers of Smallmouth Bass, especially in late spring, this
is confi rmed every year on the first Saturday in April as anglers fishing the annual Tims Ford
Bass Classic will normally need a five fish limit weighing 20 to 26 pounds mainly smallmouth
to win. In 2009, Tims Ford play host to the Ultimate Match TV Series…While there are many
ways of catching Tims Ford bass, most anglers usually stick with proven tactics such as Jigs,
Carolina Rigs and Crankbaits. Tims is a deep-clear reservoir for the most part with a hard rock/
gravel bottom for the most part. Anglers should look for flats that range in depth of 10 to 17
feet near a drop; it helps to have transition area made of chunk rock and gravel running along
on the bottom. I tend to find these kinds of places on round points, just in side of creeks and
along the main lake.
Tims Ford Lake host an exceptional amount of Crappie ranging from 12-19 inches well
above the 10 inch minimum length. Winter and spring months produce the best results as
anglers target them around docks and tree tops as the winter drawdown takes place. With
the size of Black Nose Crappie we are catching on Tims Ford, I don’t see the current state
record of 4 pounds 4 ounces lasting much longer.
Although not native to the waters, one of the most sought after fish is the lake is Stripe Bass.
Thanks to the TWRA, Tims has a good population of Stripers (both Striped and Cherokee).
Many anglers target them by trolling both artifi cial and live bait.
Last but certainly not least, is Tennessee’s “other” world record fish…Walleye! Yes, many may think the world record Walleye may have come from parts
north of here, but Tennessee currently holds the world record for Walleye of 25 pounds. Anglers in pursuit of these toothy water based critters can find
them by trolling deep running crank bait or drifting night crawler harnesses around one of the many islands throughout the lake.
When visiting Tims Ford, I highly recommend staying at Tims Ford Marina. They have fifteen fully furnished cabins and 29 RV sites. The Hard Dock Café
is open daily for lunch, dinner and supplies. If you wish to be closer to town Winchester has several great hotels that are within a mile or so of the lake, not
to be forgotten, Twin Creeks Maria and Resort is currently under development on Dry Creek point at the Winchester City limits. Another little secret of the
area and the terrific Trout fishing that can be found just below the Tims Ford Dam on the Elk River. Let’s Go Fish’n Y’all…Capt. Jake Davis
The Tims Ford Bass Club is the only Club in the State of Tennessee to have
their own clubhouse. For information about the bass club call 931-224-7140. 
Captain Jake Davis,
Mid South Bass Guide
Capt Jake Davis is a USCG Licensed professional  shing guide/Professional Angler on Tims Ford
Lake. Capt Jake has  sh all over the world and currently is a freelance writer for several outdoor
and angler publications. To reserve your “Day on the Lake” visit www.midsouthbassguide.com or
call/email 615-613-2382, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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"Its just like home......a wonderful place!"


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Nancy Hibler
Mary Kay Cosmetics

Vice President
Sandra Thomas
The Exchange, Inc.

Diana Rocha
US Bank

John Shelton
First Vision Bank



Jeannie Bates

Winchester Council Woman

Susan Carver
Workforce Solutions
Nancy Damron
Citizens Community Bank

Sue Fulmer

Franklin County Kiwanis

Edie Hoberg

Barbra Lamb-Gass
DiversaTech Plastics Group, LLC

Chase Lawson

93.9 The Duck

Denise Marshall

Franklin County Chief Deputy Registry

Marla Moreland

Citizens Community Bank

Melanie Morrow

Herald Chronicle/ Lakeway Publishing

Kim Pendergraff

Ascend Federal Credit Union

Brandy Penny

American City Bank

Elaine Pruett 

Franklin County United Bank

Amanda Slaughter
Southern Tennessee Regional Health System

Ann Solomon
Regions Bank

Yvonne Stewart

Winchester City Hall

L.D. Thompson
Remax Mountain Views Reality

Robert Tubb II

A1 Chimney Specialist

Cassie Wade
V. R. Williams & Co.

Ashlie Wells
Center Stage Dance Co.

Gay Wells
First Community Financial Services, LLC

Debra West
Southern Tennessee Regional Health System

Kevin Wiseman
Rural Metro 
Carolyn Montoye-Wiseman
Rural Metro 


"Franklin County is a progressive community from its tradition of faith, aware of its heritage, protective of its environment and natural beauty, committed to quality education and cultural enrichment, and enterprising in its economy and government."

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Program of Work is comprised of support projects and services, leadership activities, appreciation events, development activities, and fundraising projects which allows Franklin County to progress and grow. This “Program of Work” promotes a better quality of life for the community of Franklin County.

Leadership Franklin County is a five month program designed to build and enhance leadership skills through interactive learning sessions at the local and state levels.
Franklin County Leadership consists of Youth & Adult classes meeting together to explore leadership styles and methods to operate city and county leadership roles in growing communities.  Youth class members are provided a mentor in their chosen career path to explore opportunities and challenges of their career choice. Leadership Franklin County is a requirement of the State of Tennessee’s Three-Star Program.

• The mission of Leadership Franklin County is to assist personal development of the county’s current and future leaders by:
• Identifying potential and existing leaders and helping them to improve their knowledge and skills for carrying out their voluntary commitment to the community.
• Providing participants with practical understanding of how existing institutions in the county function and interact.
• Providing participants with a diversity of leadership skills training.
Adult Class
The program is for adults who work or live in Franklin County and for juniors who attend school in Franklin County.  Leadership Franklin County consists of an orientation, a retreat in September and five topic-oriented day-long sessions from September to February with Graduation in February.  Each participant will become involved in several civic/volunteer organizations. 
Youth Class
Each youth class member will be assigned a mentor (a knowledgeable and respected leader in the community).  Meetings of mentor & protégé will be scheduled monthly to discuss leadership skills.

Topics include:
Courts and Public Safety
Community Needs and Services
Local Government
Economic and Community Development
State Government
Franklin County History/ Education/Geography Civic participation activities include:
Attending a County Commission Meeting
Attending a School Board Meeting


All classes are mandatory and required for completion of Leadership Franklin County.  Full day classes are scheduled for Wednesdays from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. On State Government Day, Leadership will depart from the Chamber at 6:00AM and return about 6:00PM.  To obtain a confirmed schedule contact the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.

Packets for Adults must be submitted by August 29th and for Youths by the last Friday in June
Each class is limited.  The groups chosen will include a cross-section of adults and high school juniors who are broadly representative of the community.  They will have demonstrated a desire to serve the community, a willingness to seek leadership roles, and a commitment to participate in their Leadership program. Applications may be obtained from the Chamber at (931) 967-6788 or for the youth at their school guidance office. The Leadership Franklin County Steering Committee will review all applications for the adult and the youth class.  Those selected will be notified in  August. 
Each participant must contribute $300. For expenses incurred  (Meals, travel, and other expenses)   Participants may secure a sponsor if needed.


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