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Current Headlines

​Local Area to Experience Near Total Solar Eclipse

by Leslie Lytle, Messenger Staff WriterOn Monday, Aug. 21 at 1:31:35 p.m., the moon will obscure 99.1 percent of the sun from view for people living in Sewanee. Just 26 miles northeast, the moon Read more...

​Maintaining FC Property Tax Rate Approved

by Bailey Basham, Messenger Staff WriterDuring a specially-called meeting of the county commission last month, the commissioners voted 10–3 in favor of an $800,000 increase in the general Read more...

​Summer Meal Program Served 7,800 Meals

by Bailey Basham, Messenger Staff WriterThe South Cumberland Summer Meal Program served 7,800 meals to about 700 kids this summer. That’s up 2,000 meals from last year. The number of kids served Read more...

​Monteagle Council Appoints Alderman; Addresses Town Beautification

by Leslie Lytle, Messenger Staff WriterAt its July 31 meeting, the Monteagle Town Council voted to appoint Anna (Susie) Zeman to fill the remaining vacancy on the board of alderman. The council Read more...

​Tillinghast Book Signing at the Blue Chair

On Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., the Blue Chair is hosting a book signing and brief reading from Richard Tillinghast’s “Journeys into the Mind of the World: A Book of Places,” Read more...

​The SWC 1990 to the Present: Survivors’ Reminiscence

by Leslie Lytle, Messenger Staff WriterAmong many other notable presences, the 28th Sewanee Writers’ Conference (SWC) welcomed poet Charles Martin and fiction writer Tim O’Brien, both who served Read more...

​Healthcare Reform Panel

by Bailey Basham, Messenger Staff WriterA group of concerned Franklin County residents met on Monday night for a panel on healthcare reform sponsored by Sewanee Organize and Act. The panel was Read more...

​Sales Tax Holiday

The state of Tennessee’s annual sales tax holiday is held every year, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on the last Friday in July and ending at 11:59 p.m. the following Sunday night. During this weekend, Read more...

​‘Tigers Don’t Leave Tracks!’ Community Project

“Tigers Don’t Leave Tracks!” is a community-wide project bringing together the Sewanee Parent Organization, Sewanee Elementary School and local businesses. The project encourages customers to Read more...

​Bean Resigns Franklin County Commission Seat

by Bailey Basham, Messenger Staff WriterStanley Bean, who was appointed Director of Schools in June, resigned from his position as county commissioner in the July meeting.Bean had been on the Read more...