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Honey Do: Halloween safety

Doug Green For the FFP Trick-or-treating, fun costumes and, of course, free candy usually make for a great Halloween celebration. But Halloween is probably more prone to accidents and mischief than any other holiday, so there a few things to remember to keep you and the children safe. See and be seen. Dark costumes are


Dave Says: October 29

Extra savings takes away volatility Dear Dave, I’m a 26-year-old journalist making $26,000 annually, and the only debt I have is $31,000 in student loans. I’m following your plan, so I also have $1,000 in my starter emergency fund and am working side jobs to make extra money. Since my job field is volatile, I’ve


Freedom OF religion, not FROM

Rebecca Thomason For the FFP The constitution of the state of Alabama says “that no religion shall be established by law; that no preference shall be given by law to any religious sect, society, denomination or mode of worship; that no one shall be compelled by law to attend any place of worship, nor to


Dave Says: October 22

School’s on the horizon Dear Dave, My husband will be leaving his full-time job in a year so that he can go back to school full-time and finish his degree. We’ve both agreed this is what we want to do, but it means that we’ll go from a yearly income of $90,000 to $45,000. We’ll


Unknown Journey: A fun day

Published on October 22nd, 2014 by in Columns

By Gail Motes [Editor’s note: Spruce Pine resident Gail Motes, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, will keep a journal of her treatment and progress in the Franklin Free Press during the coming months. She would appreciate you I guess I would have to say the best day of last week was Saturday on Spruce Pine


Honey Do List: Heating safely

Doug Green For the FFP There are several reasons for winter months to be more prone to fire accidents. The most obvious, of course, is heating the home as the temperature drops. Most homes are heated by wood-burning heaters, gas heaters or electric appliances. All are good sources of heat, but all can have deadly


The Western Front

Published on October 15th, 2014 by in Columns

The Western Front will provide information concerning educational events and activities from the communities of Belgreen, Red Bay and Vina. These events will be reported by Johnny Cleveland (above), a lifelong resident of Franklin County and teacher/administrator in the Franklin County School System for over 30 years. School-related events are welcomed from all our county


Bookworm: This week’s report from your local library

Ashley Cummins For the FFP Unfaithful lover, long since dead, Deep asleep, in thy wormy bed, Wiggle thy toes, open thine eyes, Twist thy fingers toward the sky. Life is sweet, be not shy. On thy feet. So sayeth I! -Winifred Sanderson (Hocus Pocus) We’re calling the undead to downtown Russellville on Saturday, October 25


Dave Says: October 15

Buy the dream car! Dear Dave, I’m in college, but I’m not the typical college student. I’ve gone back to law school after working for several years. My wife and I have followed your plan, and we’re completely debt-free. I’m cash-flowing school, and we’ve been fortunate enough to build up about $2 million in investments.


The Honey Do List: Outdoor fire safety

Doug Green For the FFP Telling ghost stories, making S’mores or just relaxing and thinking are all excellent ways to enjoy an outdoor fire on a cool fall evening, whether camping in the deep woods or entertaining in your own back yard. As we continue our October sessions on fire safety, there are several points


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